Curriculum: Engineering Physics

Core Courses and Typical Schedule

This curriculum is for students who entered the Engineering Science program in summer 2013 or earlier. 

The following list provides a typical schedule, please consult official degree requirements in the university calendar for more details.

Year 1

Term 1, Fall Term 2, Spring Summer
CHEM 121-4 General Chemistry & Lab ENSC 102-1 Form, Style, & Professional Genres*  
CMPT 128-3 Intro to Computing Science & Programming for Engineers* ENSC 150-3 Intro to Computer Design*
ENSC 100(w)-3 Engineering, Science, and Society* MATH 152-3 Calculus II*
ENSC 101(w)-1 Writing Process, Persuasion & Presentations* MATH 232-3 Elementary Linear Algebra*
MATH 151-3 Calculus I - or MATH 150 PHYS 121-3 Optics, Electricity, & Magnetism*
PHYS 120-3 Modern Physics & Mechanics* PHYS 131-3 General Physics Lab*
Cmpl I First Complementary Elective

Year 2

Term 3, Fall
Term 4, Summer
ECON 103-4
Principles of Microeconomics
Co-op Term
ENSC 204-1
Graphical Communication for Engineering*
ENSC 215-3
Microcontroller/Assembly Programming
ENSC 225-4
ENSC 220-3
Electronic Circuits I*
ENSC 250-3
Intro to Computer Architecture*
MATH 251-3
Calculus III*
ENSC 320-3
Electric Circuits II*
MATH 310-3
Differential Equations*
MATH 254
Vector & Complex Analysis*
PHYS 211-3
Intermediate Mechanics*
STAT 270-3
Intro to Probability & Statistics*

Year 3

Term 5, Spring
Term 6, Fall
Co-op Term
ENSC 304-1
Human Factors & Usability Engineering*
Co-op Term
ENSC 325-4
Microelectronics II*
ENSC 351-4
Real Time & Embedded Systems*
ENSC 327-4
Communication Systems*
ENSC 380-3
Linear Systems*
ENSC 383-4
Feedback Control Systems*
PHYS 233-2
Physics Laboratory IV PHYS 385-3
Quantum Physics
PHYS 321-3
Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism*
PHYS 421-3
Electromagnetic Waves*
PHYS 344-3
Thermal Physics
PHYS 365-3
Semiconductor Device Physics

Year 4

Term 7, Spring
Term 8, Fall
ENSC 305-1
Project Documentation & Team Dynamics*
  ENSC 201-3
The Business of Engineering
ENSC 406-2
Engineering Laws & Ethics*
PHYS 332W-3
Optics Laboratory
ENSC 440-4
Capstone Engineering Science Project
PHYS 384-3
Methods of Theoretical Phyics
Cmpl II
Second Complementary Elective
PHYS 455-3
Modern Optics
First Engineering Science Elective**
Third Engineering Science Elective**
Second Engineering Science Elective**
Physics Elective

*should be completed in the designated term; consequences of deviating from this schedule are the responsibility of the student.

**Must be an approved Engineering Science elective. See the list of approved electives below.

Additional Requirements:

  • ENSC 498-3    Engineering Science Thesis Proposal
  • ENSC 499-9    Engineering Science Undergraduate Thesis


Engineering Science Electives:

  • ENSC 424 Multimedia Communications Engineering
  • ENSC 425 Electronic System Design
  • ENSC 426 High Frequency Electronics
  • ENSC 427 Communication Networks
  • ENSC 428 Digital Communications
  • ENSC 429 Digital Signal Processing
  • ENSC 450 VSLI Systems Design
  • ENSC 452 Advanced Digital System Design
  • ENSC 470 Optical and Laser Engineering Applications
  • ENSC 472 Rehabilitation Engineering
  • ENSC 474 Digital/Medical Image Processing
  • ENSC 476 Biophotonics and Microscopy Techniques
  • ENSC 481 Designing for Reliability
  • ENSC 483 Modern Control Systems
  • ENSC 488 Introduction to Robotics
  • ENSC 489 Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
  • ENSC 495 Introduction to Microelectronic Fabrication

Special topics courses in the 400 division that have been approved by the undergraduate curriculum committee chair and the director can be counted here. With permission of the undergraduate curriculum committee chair, students may replace one engineering science elective with an engineering science directed studies course or a special project laboratory course. Such replacements for an engineering science elective must have four units and be 400 division courses.