Engineering Physics Elective Options

In consultation with his/her adviser, each student will elect a set of technical or professional courses that address an intellectually coherent body of knowledge. A minimum of twelve (12) hours must be at the 200 level or higher, with the exception of CHEM 104/105. Required courses may not be included in the set.

Students may select from a list of pre-approved options or design a custom option, subject to departmental approval. Physics courses used to satisfy the Flexible Physics Core (Lists A & B) may not also be used to satisfy the option requirements, with the exception of the Professional Option.

Acoustical Physics

Course Title Hours
PHYS 406 Acoustical Physics of Music 4
ECE 473 Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics 3
choose 2 classes from the following:
PHYS 402 Light 4
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits I 5
PHYS 402 Musical Acoustics 3
ECE 210 Analog Signal Processing 4
ECE 410 Digital Signal Processing 4
ECE 403 Audio Engineering 3
ECE 417 Multimedia Signal Processing 4
Total: 13-16

Astrophysics

Course Title Hours
ASTR 210 General Astronomy 3
ASTR 404 Stellar Astrophysics 3
ASTR 350 Introduction to Cosmology 3
    OR ASTR 406 Galaxies and the Universe 3
ASTR 405 Solar Sys and IS Medium 3
ASTR 414 Astronomical Techniques 4
Total: 15-16

Atmospheric Science

Course Title Hours
ATMS 201 General Meteorology 3
choose 4 classes from the following:
ATMS 301 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
ATMS 302/
PHYS 329
Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
ATMS 304 Atmospheric Radiation 3
ATMS 305 Computing and Data Analysis 4
ATMS 306 Cloud Physics 4
ATMS 314 Mesoscale Processes 4
ATMS 405 Boundary Layer Processes 4
Total: 15-18

Biophysics

Course Title Hours
CHEM 104/105 General Chemistry II/Lab II 3/1
   OR CHEM 204/205 Accelerated Chemistry II/Lab II 3/2
CHEM 232/233 Elementary Organic Chemistry I/Lab I 3/2
    OR CHEM 236 Fundamental Organic Chem I 4
MCB 450 Introductory Biochemistry 3
    OR MCB 354 Biochemistry & Physics Basis for Life 3
choose 2 classes from the following:
PHYS 475 Introduction to Biological Physics 3
    OR BIOP 401 Introduction to Biophysics 3
Total: 14-16

Business

Course Title Hours
ENG 451 Sucess in the Workplace 2
ENG 360 Lecture in Engr Entrepreneurship 1
    OR ENG 460 Entrepreneurship for Engineers 1
ENG 465 Business Technical Consulting 4
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
choose 5 hours from the following:
ENG 333 Creativity, Innovation, Vision 4
ENG 461 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
ENG 466 High-Tech Venture Marketing 2
ENG 471 Seminar Energy & Sustain Engineering 1
IE 420 Financial Engineering 3
Total: 16

Computational Physics

Course Title Hours
CS 173 Discrete Structures 3
CS 225 Date Structure 3
choose 3 classes from the following:
CS 418 Computer Graphics 3
CS 357 Numerical Methods 3
CS 233 Computer Architecture (same course as CS 398) 3
    OR CS 398 Computer Architecture (same course as CS 233) 3
CS 241 System Programming 3
CS 373 Theory of Computation 3
Any course number between CS 410 and CS 498 (except CS 413, CS 492, CS 493, CS 494)
Total: 16

Computer Engineering

Course Title Hours
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits I 5
ECE 110 Introduction to Electronics 3
ECE 120 Introduction to Computing 4
ECE 310 Digital Signal Processing 3
Total: 15

Energy/Sustainability

Course Title Hours
ENG 471 Seminar Energy & Sustain Engr 1
ECE 205 Electronics and Electronic Circuits 3
ATMS 201 General Physical Meteorology 3
NRES 210 Environmental Economics 3
PHYS 329 Atmospheric Dynamics 3
choose 1 classes from the following:
NPRE 402 Nuclear Power Engineering 3
NPRE 412 Nuclear Power Econ & Fuel Management 3
NPRE 470 Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Sources 3
NPRE 475 Wind Power Systems 3
Total: 16

Materials Science

Course Title Hours
MSE 280 Introduction to Engineering Materials 3
MSE 206 Mechanics for MatSE 4
MSE 401 Thermodynamics of Materials 4
choose 1 class from the following:
MSE 304 Electronic Properties of Materials 3
MSE 402 Kinetic Processes in Materials 3
MSE 403 Synthesis of Materials 3
MSE 405 Microstructure Determination 3
MSE 406 Thermal-Mechanical Behavior of Materials 3
Total: 14

Nuclear Physics

Course Title Hours
PHYS 470 Subatomic Physics 4
NPRE 402 Nuclear Power Engineering 3
choose 2 classes from the following:
NPRE 446 Radiation Interaction with Matter I 3
NPRE 435 Imaging with Ionizing Radiation 3
NPRE 441 Radiation Protection 4
Total: 13-14

Optical Physics

Course Title Hours
PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II 3
PHYS 402 Light 4
ECE 455 Optical Electronics 3
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits I 5
Total: 15

Law

Course Title Hours
LAW 301 Introduction to Law 3
JOUR 200 Introduction to Journalism 3
CMN 211 Business Communication 3
choose 2 classes from the following:
GE 400 Engineering Law 3
PS 225 Environmental Politics & Policy 3
PS 273 Environmental and Society 3
NPRE 480 The US Constitution I: Energy and Security 3
ESE 320 Water Planet, Water Crisis 3
Total: 15

Professional Option

Course Title Hours
MATH 415 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 326 Mechanics & Relativity II 3
PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II 3
PHYS 427 Thermo & Statistical Physics 3
PHYS 487 Quantum Mechanics II 4
PHYS 403 Modern Physics Laboratory 5
choose 1 class from the following:
PHYS 401 Classical Physics Lab 3
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits 5
PHYS 402 Light 4
PHYS 406 Acoustical Physics of Music 4
Total: 24-26

Solid State Electronics

Course Title Hours
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits I 5
ECE 110 Intro to Elec & Comp Eng 4
PHYS 460 Condensed Matter Physics 4
ECE 444 IC Device Theory & Fabrication 3
Total: 16

Pre-Med

Consult with the Career Center Pre-Health Professional Counselors
http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/health/atillinois.php
715 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL (217) 333-7154

Pre-Law

See the pre-law advising office in the Campus Center for Advising & Academic Services and consult with your physics adviser to approve pre-law option courses. You need to take a minimum of 12 hrs beyond courses used to fulfill general education requirements in the one or more of the following subjects: history, political science, speech communication (SPCOM 111 & 112 recommended), psychology, sociology, business administration, philosophy, literature, economics, accountancy classics, computers, other courses that deal with law and policy.

http://www.prelaw.illinois.edu/