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
ECE 210 Analog Signal Processing 4
ECE 473 Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics 3
choose 2 classes from the following:
ECE 310 Digital Signal Processing 3
ECE 417 Multimedia Signal Processing 4
ECE 473 Fundamentals of Engineering Acoustics 3
ECE 402 Electronic Music Synthesis 3
PHYS 402 Light 4
Total: 13-16 hours

Astrophysics

Course Title Hours
ASTR 210 Introduction to Astrophysics 3
ASTR 404 Stellar Astrophysics 3
ASTR 350 The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe 3
    OR ASTR 406 Galaxies and the Universe 3
ASTR 405 Planetary Systems 3
ASTR 414 Astronomical Techniques 4
Total: 15-16 hours

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 Radiative Transfer-Remote Sensing 3
ATMS 305 Computing and Data Analysis 3
ATMS 306 Cloud Physics 3
ATMS 314 Mesoscale Dynamics 3
ATMS 405 Boundary Layer Processes 4
Total: 15-18 hours

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 4/2
    OR CHEM 236 Fundamental Organic Chemistry I 4
choose 2 classes from the following:
MCB 450 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
    OR MCB 354 Biochemistry and Physical Basis of Life 3
BIOP 401/
    PHYS 475
Introduction to Biological Physics 3
PHYS 498 QB Quantitative Biology 4
Total: 14-16 hours

Business

Course Title Hours
TE 100 Intro to Innovation, Leadership and Engineering Entrepreneurship 1
TE 360 Lectures in Engineering Entrepreneurship 1
SE 400 Engineering Law 3
choose at least 8 hours from the following:
TE 333 Creativity, Innovation, Vision 4
TE 461 Technology Entrepreneurship 3
TE 450 Startups: Inc, Fund, Contracts, IP 3
TE 466 High-Tech Venture Marketing 2
ENG 471 Seminar Energy & Sustain Engineering 1
IE 420 Financial Engineering 3
Total: 16 hours

Computational Physics

Course Title Hours
CS 173 Discrete Structures 3
    OR MATH 213 Basic Discrete Structures 3
CS 225 Data Structures 4
choose 3 classes from the following:
CS 357 Numerical Methods I 3
CS 420 Parallel Programming: Sci & Engr 3
CS 418 Interactive Computer Graphics 3
CS 450 Numerical Analysis 3
PHYS 298 OWL Computational Physics 2
PHYS 498 CMP Computation in Physics 3
Total: 16 hours

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Course Title Hours
ECE 110 Introduction to Electronics 3
    OR ECE 205 Electrical and Electronic Circuits 3
ECE 120 Introduction to Computing 4
ECE 210 Analog Signal Processing 4
choose 1 class from the following:
ECE 310 Digital Signal Processing 3
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits 5
    OR ECE 342 Electronic Circuits 3
ECE 330 Power Circuits & Electromechanics 3
ECE 385 Digital Systems Lab 3
Total: 15 hours

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
ATMS 302/
    PHYS 329
Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
choose 1 class 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
ECE 333 Green Electric Energy 3
Total: 16 hours

Materials Science

Course Title Hours
MSE 280 Engineering Materials 3
MSE 206 Mechanics for MatSE 4
MSE 401 Thermodynamics of Materials 4
    OR PHYS 427 Thermal & Statistical Physics 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 hours

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 Radiological Imaging 3
NPRE 441 Radiation Protection 4
Total: 13-14 hours

Optical Physics

Course Title Hours
ECE 455 Optical Electronics 3
ECE 460 Optical Imaging 4
ECE 465 Optical Communications Systems 3
choose 1 class from the following:
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits 5
PHYS 402 Light 4
PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II 3
Total: 15 hours

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 Energy and Security 3
ESE 320 Water Planet, Water Crisis 3
Total: 15 hours

Professional Option

Course Title Hours
MATH 415 Applied Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 326 Classical Mechanics II 3
PHYS 436 Electromagnetic Fields II 3
PHYS 427 Thermal & Statistical Physics 4
PHYS 487 Quantum Mechanics II 4
choose 1 lab from the following (cannot count toward Flexible Physics Core):
PHYS 401 Classical Physics Lab 3
PHYS 402 Light 4
PHYS 403 Modern Experimental Physics 5
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits 5
Total: 24-26 hours

Solid State Electronics

Course Title Hours
PHYS 404 Electronic Circuits 5
PHYS 460 Condensed Matter Physics 4
ECE 110 Introduction to Electronics 3
ECE 444 IC Device Theory & Fabrication 3
Total: 16 hours

Pre-Med

Consult with the Career Center Pre-Health Professional Counselors
https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/instructable/pre-health-illinois
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/

Secondary Education

See the Teacher Education minor in Secondary School Teaching for requirements http://catalog.illinois.edu/undergraduate/education/secondary/. Prerequisites for the minor: Students must pass one of three State approved basic skills tests (Test of Academic Proficiency; ACT Plus Writing; or SAT); be in good academic standing; and have a minimum content, UIUC, and cumulative GPA of 2.5. Additionally, each major stipulates prerequisite courses that must be completed before admission to the teaching option. Interested students should see the academic advisers in the major or the LAS Secondary Education Program Adviser for further information.