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Engineering Physics Program


Core courses in the Engineering Physics program provide the student with fundamental physical principles and theoretical tools for professional practice as well as a firm foundation in modern experimental techniques. To relate these abilities to the attitudes and knowledge of other engineering disciplines, students in their second year can choose from 4 options: electrical, materials, mechanical, and computing.

To register for any second year engineering physics courses, students must have passed all the required first year mathematics and physics courses. It is strongly recommended that students have a grade of C- or better in the first year mathematics and physics courses.

Common Core Courses and Physics List A

Common core courses are shared by all Engineering Physics students throughout the 4 years of study. There is also a common elective course list called Physics List A which is shared by all Engineering Physics students in the fourth year. The elective courses must be chosen such that at the end of the academic plan each student meets or exceeds the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) program requirements. A spreadsheet will be provided by the Undergraduate Chair to aid fourth year students with their course selection.

Over the 4 years, all students must take 3 complementary studies. Students are required to have 9 units of complementary studies - 6 units from list A, and 3 units from list A, B, C or D available at Complementary Studies.

 


Graduating Class of 2017

Note: All course information, linked or unlinked, can be found at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar.

Common core courses and Physics List A courses are:

First Year - Common Core

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
APSC 100- Engineering Practice  F/W 6 16 40 40 30 132
APSC 111- Mechanics F 0 42 0 0 0 42
APSC 112- Electricity and Magnetism  W 0 31 0 11 0 42
APSC 131- Chemistry and Materials F 0 31 0 11 0 42
APSC 132- Chemistry and it Applications W 0 31 0 11 0 42
APSC 142- Intro to Computer Programming for Engineers F/W 0 0 0 24 12 36
APSC 151- Earth Systems and Engineering F 0 24 12 12 0 48
APSC 161- Engineering Graphics F 0 0 0 31 11 42
APSC 171- Calculus I F 42 0 0 0 0 42
APSC 172- Calculus II W 42 0 0 0 0 42
APSC 174- Intro to Linear Algebra W 42 0 0 0 0 42

 

Second Year - Common Core

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
APSC 200- Engineering Design and Practice II  F/W 0 0 12 0 36 48
APSC 293- Engineering Communications I F/W 0 0 12 0 0 12
MTHE 227- Vector Analysis F 36 0 0 0 0 36
MTHE 237- Differential Equations for Eng. Sci F 18 11 0 10 0 39
ELEC 221- Electric Circuits F 0 0 0 51 0 51
ENPH 211- Applied Physics W 0 11 0 31 0 42
ENPH 225- Mechanics W 0 0 0 42 0 42
ENPH 239- Electricity and Magnetism W 0 17 0 25 0 42
ENPH 242- Relativity and Quanta F 0 42 0 0 0 42
ENPH 252- Management of Experimental Data W 8 0 0 6 0 14
ENPH 253-Engineering Physics Laboratory W 0 13 10 13 0 36

 

Third Year - Common Core

  Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
  APSC 221- Economics & Business Practices in Engineering F/W/S 0 0 36 0 0 36
  ENPH 344- Introduction to Quantum Mechanics F 11 31 0 0 0 42
  ENPH 345- Quantum Physics of Atoms, Nuclei & Particles W 11 20 0 11 0 42
  ENPH 353- Engineering Physics Laboratory II F 0 8 8 14 0 30
  ENPH 354- Engineering Physics Design Project W 0 0 0 11 31 42
  Complementary Studies, List A*              
One of :     MTHE 338**- Fourier Methods for Boundary Value Problems F 28 0 0 14 0 42
ENPH 312   63 21 0 0 0 84

* Students are free to take Complementary Studies courses at any time in their program that suits their interests, workloads, and schedules. 

**MTHE 338 may be replaced by ENPH 312. The second half of ENPH 312 replaces one of the required fourth year Physics A elective courses.

APSC 381 may be taken as a technical elective for students particularly interested in engineering design.

In February of Third Year students may apply for permission to take ENPH 456 and ENPH 457 as a combined alternative to ENPH 455, a 4th year List B course, and the Engineering Elective to facilitate an Accelerated Master's graduate degree ending in 16 months after completion of the undergraduate Engineering Physics program. Details will be given in January of your third year.

 

Fourth Year - Common Core

  Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
  ENPH 431- Electromagnetic Theory  F 0 21 0 21 0 42
  ENPH 453- Advanced Physics Laboratory W 0 11 11 20 0 42

Thesis:
455 or 456 + 457 

   

ENPH 455¹- Engineering Physics Thesis F/W 0 0 12 0 36 48
ENPH 456   0 0 0 14 10 24
ENPH 457   0 0 28 48 32 108
One of :     ENPH 454²- Advanced Engineering Physics Design Project  F 0 0 14 0 40 54
APSC 480   0 0 28 0 80 108

¹ ENPH 455 may be replaced by ENPH 456 and ENPH 457  (which counts as ENPH 455 + a List B course + Engineering Elective) for Accelerated MSc students.

² ENPH 454 may be replaced by APSC 480 with permission of the instructor. It also counts for a list B course. You need permission from the instructor or APSC 381 as prerequisite.

 

Fourth Year - Common Elective Courses (Physics List A) 

Course Name Term Math NS  CS ES ED AU 
ENPH 321- Advanced Mechanics  W 11 20 0 11 0 42
ENPH 414- Introduction to General Relativity  F 12 24 0 0 0 36
ENPH 460- Laser Optics W 0 21 0 21 0 42
ENPH 472- Statistical Mechanics F 0 31 0 11 0 42
ENPH 480- Solid State Physics F 0 31 0 11 0 42
ENPH 483- Nanoscience and Nanotechnology W 0 12 0 30 0 42
ENPH 490- Nuclear Physics F 0 42 0 0 0 42
ENPH 491¹ - Physics of Nuclear Reactors F 0 0 0 30 12 42
ENPH 495² - Introduction to Medical Physics W 0 9 0 27 0 36

¹ ENPH 491 will be offered in 2015/2016 and alternate years thereafter.

² ENPH 495 will be offered in 2016/2017 and alternate years thereafter.

4 Options of Study:

Electrical Option (P1)

 

Note: All course information can be found at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar.

Electrical Core - Second Year 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 213- Computational Engineering Physics  W 12 0 0 21 15 48
ELEC 252- Electronics I W 0 0 0 36 15 51
ELEC 271- Digital Systems F 0 0 0 23 28 51

 

Electrical Core - Third Year 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ELEC 323- Continuous-Time Signals and Systems  F 12 0 0 33 0 45
ELEC 324- Discrete-Time Signals and Systems W 12 0 0 36 0 48
ELEC 326- Probability and Random Processes F 24 0 0 18 0 42
ELEC 353- Electronics II F 0 0 0 27 27 54
ENPH 372- Thermodynamics W 0 31 0 11 0 42

 

Electrical Core - Fourth Year 

Select three courses: One from Physics List A, two from Electrical B.

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 336- Solid State Devices  W 0 18 0 21 0 39

 

Electrical B List - Fourth Year Elective Courses 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ELEC 333- Electric Machines F 0 14 0 26 14 54
ELEC 344- Sensors and Actuators F 0 0 0 39 0 39
ELEC 373- Computer Networks I W 0 0 0 10 26 36
ELEC 408*- Biomedical Signal and Image Processing   0 9 0 18 9 36
ELEC 409- Bioinformatic Analytics W 9 0 0 18 9 36
ELEC 421*-Digital Signal Processing: Filters & Systems Design   0 0 0 24 24 48
ELEC 422- Digital Signal Processing: Random Models & Applications F 0 0 0 12 24 36
ELEC 431- Power Electronics F 0 0 0 15 24 39
ELEC 443- Linear Control Systems W 0 0 0 12 36 48
ELEC 448- Introduction to Robotics: Mechanics & Control W 0 0 0 16 26 42
ELEC 451*- Digital Integrated Circuit Engineering   0 0 0 18 18 36
ELEC 454*- Analog Electronics    0 0 0 20 19 39
ELEC 457- Integrated Circuits and Systems Applications W 0 0 0 18 18 36
ELEC 461- Digital Communications F 0 0 0 21 21 42
ELEC 464*- Wireless Communications   0 0 0 18 18 36
ELEC 478*- Computer Networks II W 0 0 0 10 26 36
ELEC 483- Microwave and RF Circuits and Systems W 0 0 0 27 27 54
ELEC 486*- Fiber Optic Communications    0 0 0 21 24 45
CHEE 340- Biomedical Engineering W 0 12 0 30 0 42
Other Course**              

* Courses not offered this year.

** Student may substitute a list B course from one of the other ENPH options in your program, provided you have prerequisites or permission. Other courses may be substituted with proper permission, see the Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Gao.

Materials Option (P3)

 

Note: All course information can be found at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar.

Materials Core - Second Year 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 213- Computational Engineering Physics W 12 0 0 21 15 48
MECH 241- Fluid Mechanics I W 0 24 0 18 0 42
MECH 270- Materials Science and Engineering F 0 12 0 33 0 45

 

Materials Core - Third Year 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 334- Electronics for Applied Scientists F 0 0 27 27 54 42
ENPH 372- Thermodynamics W 0 31 0 11 0 42
MECH 370- Principles of Materials Processing  F 0 18 0 24 0 42
MECH 371- Fracture Mechanics and Dislocation Theory W 0 11 0 20 11 42
MECH 396- Mechanical and Materials Engineering Laboratory I  F 0 0 0 15 0 15
MECH 397- Mechanical and Materials Engineering Laboratory II W 0 0 0 15 0 15

 

Materials Core - Fourth Year 

Select three courses: One from Physics List A, two from Materials B.

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 480- Solid State Physics  F 0 31 0 11 0 42

 

Materials B List - Fourth Year Elective Courses 

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
CHEE 340- Biomedical Engineering  W 0 12 0 30 0 42
MDEP 437*- Fuel Cell Technology   0 0 0 21 21 42
MECH 423- Introduction to Microsystems F 0 0 0 25 17 42
MECH 470- Deformation Processing W 0 0 0 30 12 42
MECH 476- Engineering of Polymers and Composite Materials W 0 0 0 24 18 42
MECH 478- Biomaterials W 0 0 0 11 31 42
MECH 479- Nano-Structured Materials W 0 11 0 20 11 42
MECH 483- Nuclear Materials W 0 11 0 20 11 42
MECH 484- Introduction to Ceramics F 0 0 0 30 12 42
Other course**              

Course not offered this year.

** You may substitute a list B course from one of the other ENPH options in your program, provided you have prerequisites or permission. Other courses may be substituted with proper permission, see the Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Gao.

Mechanical Options (P4)

 

Note: All course information can be found at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar.

Mechanical Core- Second Year

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 213- Computational Engineering Physics W 12 0 0 21 15 48
MECH 230- Thermodynamics I F 0 30 0 12 0 42
MECH 241- Fluid Mechanics I W 0 24 0 18 0 42

 

Mechanical Core - Third Year

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
ENPH 334- Electronics for Applied Scientists  F 0 0 0 27 27 54
MECH 330- Applied Thermodynamics II F 0 0 0 31 11 42
MECH 341- Fluid Mechanics II W 0 0 0 42 0 42
MECH 346- Heat Transfer W 0 0 0 42 0 42
MECH 350- Automatic Control W 0 0 0 23 19 42

 

Mechanical Core - Fourth Year

Select four courses: one from Physics List A, two from Mechanical B, and one from Physics A or Mechanical B.

Mechanical B List - Fourth Year Elective Courses

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
CHEE 340- Biomedical Engineering  W 0 12 0 30 0 42
MDEP 437*- Fuel Cell Technology   0 0 0 21 21 42
MECH 420- Vibrations W 0 0 0 29 13 42
MECH 423- Introductions to Microsystems F 0 0 0 25 17 42
MECH 424- Sustainable Product Design W 0 0 0 21 21 42
MECH 430- Thermal Systems Design F 0 0 0 24 24 48
MECH 435- Internal Combustion Engines F 0 0 0 30 12 42
MECH 439- Turbomachinery F 0 0 0 42 0 42
MECH 441*- Fluid Mechanics III   0 0 0 42 0 42
MECH 444- Computational Fluid Dynamics F 0 0 0 30 12 42
MECH 448- Compressible Fluid Flow F 0 0 0 31 11 42
MECH 452- Mechatronics Engineering F 0 0 0 24 24 48
MECH 456- Introduction to Robotics W 0 0 0 21 21 42
MECH 465- Computer-Aided Design F 0 0 0 11 31 42
MECH 480- Airplane Aerodynamics and Performance  W 0 0 0 30 12 42
MECH 482*- Noise Control   0 0 0 25 17 42
MECH 492- Biofluids F 0 0 0 0 42 42
MECH 495- Ergonomics and Design W 0 0 0 0 42 42
Other course**              

Courses not offered this year.

** Students may substitute a list B course from one of the other ENPH options in your program, provided you have prerequisites or permission. Other courses may be substituted with proper permission, see the Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Gao.

Computing Option (P6)

 

Note: All course information can be found at Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar.

Computing Core- Second Year

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
CMPE 212- Introduction to Computing Science II F/W 0 0 0 26 22 48
CMPE 271- Scientific Computing  W 21 0 0 15 0 36
ELEC 278- Fundamentals of Information Structures F 12 0 0 24 12 48

 

Computing Core - Third Year

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
CMPE 320- Fundamentals of Software Development F 0 0 0 26 22 48
ELEC 271- Digital Systems  F 0 0 0 23 28 51
ELEC 274- Computer Architecture W 0 0 0 26 22 48
ENPH 334- Electronics for Applied Scientists  F 0 0 0 27 27 54
ENPH 372- Thermodynamics W 0 31 0 11 0 42

 

Computing Core - Fourth Year

Select four courses: one from Physics List A, two from Computing B, and one from Physics A or Computing B. (from spreadsheet info)

Select three courses: two from Computing List B and one from Physics List A or Computing List B. At least one of the Computing List B courses must be numbered above 400. (Ask Prof. Gao)

Computing B List - Fourth Year Elective Courses

Course Name Term Math NS CS ES ED AU
CHEE 340- Biomedical Engineering  0 12 0 30 0 42
CMPE 330- Computer Integrated Surgery F 0 0 0 35 0 35
CMPE 365- Algorithms I F 0 0 0 24 24 48
CMPE 452- Neural and Genetic Computing F 9 15 0 12 0 36
CMPE 454- Computer Graphics  W 0 0 0 24 12 36
CMPE 457- Image Processing and Computer Vision F 0 0 0 24 12 36
CMPE 458- Programming Language Processors W 0 0 0 24 12 36
CMPE 472- Medical Informatics  W 0 18 0 18 0 36
ELEC 371- Microprocessor Interfacing and Embedded Systems F 0 0 0 40 14 54
ELEC 374*- Digital Systems Engineering W 0 0 0 28 23 51
ELEC 377- Operating Systems F 0 0 0 26 22 48
ELEC 408**- Biomedical Signal and Image Processing   0 9 0 18 9 36
ELEC 409- Bioinformatic Analytics W 9 0 0 18 9 36
Other course***             0

*With permission of the instructor.

** Course not offered this year.

*** You may substitute a list B course from one of the other ENPH options in your program, provided you have prerequisites or permission. Other courses may be substituted with proper permission, see the Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Gao.

 

Complementary Studies

Refer to the Complementary Studies for details regarding the requirements for all Engineering programs. For the Engineering Physics programs, the Engineering Economics course is APSC 221,  and the Communications requirements are met through courses in the core plan.