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One of the unique aspects of the Engineering Physics program is its fluid combination of both fields of study. The focus on Physics is covered in the required core curriculum. The focus on engineering, however, is attained through an "elective sequence". While there are some common courses and sequences, each student works with program advisor Stu Ryan to design the sequence most suited to their Interests.

The most common focuses of these engineering elective sequences are in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Past students have also done sequences in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, and Computer Science.

Below are sample sequences in our two most popular fields.

Aerospace Engineering (AME)

2533 Dynamics:
Prerequisite: 2113, Mathematics 2433

Dynamics (kinematics and kinetics) of particles and rigid bodies for rectilinear, curvilinear and angular motion; work and energy methods; conservations of impulse and momentum; introduction to mechanical vibrations. (Sp)

3143 Solid Mechanics:
Prerequisite: 2113 or Engineering 2113, Mathematics 3113

Concepts of stress and strain; mechanical behavior of engineering materials; analysis of uniform stress states; analysis of members in torsion; stresses and deflections in beams; modes and theories of failure; design criteria. (F)

3253 Aerodynamics:
Prerequisite: 2223, 2533, Mathematics 3113 or equivalent

Fluid properties, fluid statics, flow description, conservation equation; incompressible inviscid flow dynamics; characteristic airfoil parameters; two-dimensional flow around thin airfoils; flow around wings of finite span; boundary layer development; compressibility; governing equations for inviscid compressible flow normal and oblique shock relations; Prandtl-Meyer expansion waves; quasi-one dimensional flow through nozzles and diffusers. (F)

3333 Flight Mechanics:
Prerequisite: 2223, 2533

Performance of aerospace vehicles, weight and balance, equations of motion for rigid aircraft, introduction to static stability and control (open loop) and fundamentals of aircraft analysis and design. (Sp)

4383 Control Systems:
Prerequisite: 2533, Mathematics 3113 or equivalent

Introduction to the concepts and theory of feedback control systems. Representation of electromechanical systems and aerospace vehicles by transfer and state variable methods. Stability and performance analysis, design techniques and synthesis methods for linear control systems. (F)

4593 Space Systems and Mission Design (Slashlisted with 5593):
Prerequisite: 4493 or permission from instructor

Topics include basic orbital mechanics, orbit determination, perturbations, numerical techniques, interplanetary transfer, influence of space environment, atmospheric re-entry. Space vehicles subsystems design; propulsion, attitude determination and control, structural design, thermal control, power and telecommunications. Investigation into mission design concepts and consideration. No student may earn credit for both 4593 and 5593. (Sp)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

3223 Microprocessor System Design:
Prerequisite: 2213 or 2214

Review of clocked sequential circuits; MSI/LSI devices and applications, including registers, busing, combinational functions; use of microprocessors and logic design using microprocessors. Emphasizes assembly of full functional units into workable systems. (Sp)

3323 Introduction to Solid State Electronic Devices:
Prerequisite: 3613

Introduction to quantum mechanics, crystal properties and growth of semiconductors, energy bands in solids, charge carriers in semiconductors, excess carriers in semiconductors, and introduction to diodes and transistors. (F)

4273 Digital Design Laboratory:
Prerequisite: 3223, 3872

Design of digital systems with integrated circuits and MSI/LSI and microprocessor interfacing. Laboratory (F, Sp)

4383 Integrated Circuit Fabrication Technology (Slashlisted 5383):
Prerequisite: 3323

A treatment of the theory and processes involved in the fabrication of integrated circuits. No student may earn credit for both 4383 and 5383. (F)

5303 Solid State Electronics I:
Prerequisite: 3323

Principles and applications of electronic properties of solids for devices with particular emphasis on semiconductor junction, bulk and field effect devices. (F)

5313 SolidState Electronics II:
Prerequisite: 5303

Fundamentals of solid state electronic materials processing and characterization with particular emphasis on the thermodynamic stability of materials. (Sp)

For more courses and information on course descriptions please visit the OU course catalog.