Admission to the program

Any student who satisfactorily completes the B.S.E. freshman year program or its equivalent is eligible for admission to the program. Engineering students entering the program are strongly encouraged to complete the following courses or their equivalents by the end of the sophomore year.

PHY 205 or 207 – Classical Mechanics or Mechanics and Waves

PHY 208 – Principles of Quantum Mechanics

MAT 201 – Multivariable Calculus

MAT 202 – Linear Algebra with Applications

In applying for admission to the program, a student should indicate interest in a particular area of engineering and should be enrolled as a major in one of the six participating engineering departments or in physics. A student planning to enroll in the program should consult the director of the program who will assign a special adviser to help plan a curriculum.

Program of Study

An engineering physics major will normally satisfy both program and departmental requirements.  The curriculum for each student is worked out by the student and the student’s departmental adviser in consultation with the special adviser in engineering physics. In some cases, courses taken under the program requirements may be applied toward the fulfillment of regular departmental requirements.  The program requirements are as follows:

  1.  All students must take two upper-class courses in mathematics (300 and 400 levels).
  2. Engineering majors must take a minimum of six advanced courses in physics (which may include the following 200-level courses: PHY 205, 207, 209, and 210), and must include the quantum mechanics sequence (PHY 208, PHY 305).  At least five of the courses must be listed (or cross-listed) in the physics department.  In order to accommodate specific student interests, there is particular flexibility with regard to the sixth course, which may be a course with a strong physics content from other departments such as astrophysical sciences or chemistry, but must be approved in advance by the program’s committee.

Physics majors enrolled in the program must have five engineering courses, chosen in consultation with their adviser. In order to gain exposure to the design-oriented philosophy of engineering, physics students are required to take at least two of their engineering courses in a coherent area of study so that a clear engineering stem can be identified, and a “core” engineering design course selected from those designated as such by five of the departments in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (CBE 442, CEE 366, CEE 477, COS 217, ELE 302, MAE 321).

  1. Close collaboration with faculty is expected.  Students are required to complete, with a grade of B- or better, at least one semester of independent work in an appropriate area.  Physics students are encouraged to have a professor in engineering serve as a reader on their senior thesis.
  2. Program students are expected to demonstrate strong academic performance. To qualify for the engineering physics certificate upon graduation, a minimum grade average of B- in the program courses is required.  Courses taken pass/D/fail are permitted, but a pass counts as a C in determining grade average.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the director (lyon@princeton.edu).

Jeffrey O. Kephart '80 Prize

The Jeffrey O. Kephart '80 Prize is awarded yearly to the Engineering Physics graduating senior with the most outstanding record.

No nominations are needed.  The Engineering Physics faculty nominates the candidates and selects the winner(s) at the end of each academic year. The award carries a monetary value of $1000.00.

Past winners of the Jeffrey O. Kephart '80 Prize are below:

2016       Aditya Trivedi                                                  Physics

2015       Mark Stone and                                               Physics

               Andrew Ward                                                   Electrical Engineering

2014       Alexander Creely                                             Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2013       Amaresh Sahu                                                 Chemical and Biological Engineering

2012       Matthew Edwards                                            Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2011       Michael Gelbart                                               Physics

2010       Joonas Govenius                                              Physics          

2009       Chris Baldassano and                                      Electrical Engineering

               Kamil Khan                                                      Chemical Engineering

2008       Amirali Modir Shanechi                                   Electrical Engineering

2007       Jayson Paulose                                                Physics

2006       Catherine Kunkel                                            Physics

2005       Bryan Ellis and                                                Electrical Engineering

               Julia Bert                                                         Physics

2004       Jonathan Fan                                                   Electrical Engineering

2003       Erik Nielsen                                                     Electrical Engineering

2002       Marc Schreiber                                                Physics

2001       Christine McLeavy                                           Physics

2000       Andrew Houck and                                          Electrical Engineering

               Kenneth Wu                                                    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

1999       Gwendolyn Barriac and                                   Electrical Engineering

               Daniel Russell                                                 Computer Science

1998       McMahon Homer Reid                                     Physics

1997       Pei-Lin Hsiung                                                 Electrical Engineering

1996       Adam Durst                                                      Electrical Engineering

1995       Dennis Yu                                                         Physics

1993       Ho Bun Chan                                                    Physics

1992       Scott Wunsch                                                   Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

1991       Arthur Mateous                                                Physics

1990       Matthew Husman                                             Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

1989       Jerry Chia-yung Chen                                       Electrical Engineering

1988       John Michael Hergenrother                             Chemical Engineering

1987       Kathryn Diaroh Li                                            Physics

1986       Stuart Alan Jacobson                                       Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

1985       Julia Hsu                                                          Chemical Engineering