Brown University School of Engineering

Engineering Physics

Our aim in creating this combined concentration is to ensure that students take a significant portion of the usual engineering and physics programs, obtain substantial laboratory experience, and take several upper-level elective courses, focusing on applied material. The program is designed so that students can take either the standard physics or engineering programs during their freshman and sophomore years and then switch to this combined program.

Concentration Advisors

Prof. A. Zaslavsky (Engineering)
B&H 222, x3-1406

Prof. R. Pelcovits (Physics)

Undergraduate Study Information

Concentration Requirements:

The total number of courses required for the program is 19. (We assume that a student begins his or her mathematics courses at Brown with Math 0190 or its equivalent. Students who begin in Math 0200 or equivalent are encouraged, but not required to take an additional upper level mathematics course.)

The courses are as follows:

  • PHYS 0050-0060, or PHYS 0070-0160, or ENGN 0030-0040.
  • MATH 0170-0180 (or equivalently, MATH 0190-0200) and three additional higher level math, applied math, or mathematical physics (Physics 0720) courses.
  • CSCI 0040 or higher-level programming course like CSCI 0150.
  • Physics 0470, 1510 or Engineering 0510, 1560.
  • Physics 0500 or Engineering 1370.
  • Physics 1410-1420.
  • Physics 1530 or Engineering 0720.
  • Engineering 1620.
  • One course from: ENGN 0310, ENGN 0810, CHEM 0330 or a Physics course on Continuum Mechanics.
  • One course from the following: ENGN1690, ENGN 0410, PHYS 0560.
  • One course from the following: PHYS1560, ENGN1590, or a 2000-level Engineering or Physics course as approved by the concentration advisor
  • A thesis under the supervision of a Physics faculty member (PHYS1980) or Engineering faculty member (ENGN1970/1971). Students are also encouraged to consider taking courses dealing with philosophical, ethical or political aspects of science and technology. 

To accommodate the diverse preparation of individual students, variations of the above sequences and their prerequisites are possible with permission of the appropriate concentration advisor and the instructors involved. We recommend that each student’s degree program be submitted for prior approval (typically in semester four) and scrutinized for compliance (in semester seven) by one faculty member from the Department of Physics and one faculty member from the School of Engineering.

For more information, please see the program guide.

Resources for Undergraduate Engineers