Physics-Engineering

PHYS-MENG Multiple Degree Program: Requirements and Recommended Course Schedule 

The following program of study fulfills the minimum requirement for a BA in Physics and a BA/BS in Mechanical Engineering. However, junior and senior year physics courses will depend on the student’s graduation year, as many upper-division physics courses are offered every other year. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to map out a schedule that best fits their needs and interests.

FRESHMAN YEAR
Semester I Units
ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 3
MATH 150 Calculus I 4
ENGR 121 Engineering Programming 3
Core or Electives 6
Semester II Hours
ENGR 102 Introduction to Electromechanical System Design 3
PHYS 270
and 270L
Introduction to Mechanics 4
MATH 151 Calculus II 4
CHEM 151
and 151L
General Chemistry I 4
Core or Electives 3
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Semester I Hours
ENGR 103 User-Centered Design 3
PHYS 271
and 271L
Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism 4
MATH 250 Calculus III 4
Core or Electives 6
Semester II Hours
PHYS 272
and 272L
Introduction to Modern Physics 4
PHYS 282 Introduction to Methods in Computational Physics 1
MATH 310 Applied Mathematics for Science and Engineering I 3
ELEC 201 Electrical Circuits 4
MENG 210 Statics 3
MENG 260 Introduction to Thermal Sciences 3
JUNIOR YEAR
Semester I Hours
or MATH 315 
ISYE 330
Applied Probability and Statistics
Engineering Probability and Statistics
3
MENG 300 Applied Thermodynamics 3-4
MENG 351 Machine Shop Practices 1
MENG 352 CAD Practices 1
MENG 375 Dynamics 3
ENGR 311 Engineering Materials Science 3
Core or Electives 3
Semester II Hours
MENG 360
and 360L
Fluid Mechanics 4
MENG 370
and 370L
Mechanics of Materials 4
ISYE 350
and 350L
Manufacturing Processes 4
PHYS 3191 Thermal and Statistical Physics (counts as MENG Elective #1) 3
SENIOR YEAR
Semester I Hours
PHYS 314 Analytical Mechanics 3
PHIL 342 Engineering Ethics 3
MENG 400
and 400L
Heat Transfer (counts as PHYS Elective #1) 4
MENG 430 Design of Machine Elements 3
MENG 491W Senior Design Project I 4
Semester II Hours
MENG 492 Senior Design Project II 3
PHYS 3241 Electromagnetism (counts as MENG Elective #2) 3
PHYS Elective 3
Core or Electives 6
SENIOR YEAR 2
Semester I Hours
PHYS 3301 Quantum Mechanics (counts as MENG Elective #3) 3
PHYS 4932 Seminar I: The Craft of Scientific Presentation 1
PHYS 4963 Research 1
Core and Electives 9-10
Semester II Hours
PHYS 3711 Computational Physics (counts as MENG Elective #4 - simulation course) 3
PHYS 480 Experimental Modern Physics (counts as MENG Elective #5) 4
PHYS 495 Seminar II: Frontiers of Physics 1
Core and Electives 6

1. There are 5 MENG elective requirements in the MENG major, one of which must be a simulations course. PHYS 319, 324, 330, 480, and 371 count as MENG electives, with PHYS 371: Computational Physics, counting as the simulations elective.

2. ROTC students may substitute NAVS 201MILS 301, or SDSU AS 300A for COMM 203, which is the commonly taken in the engineering program. These classes will not satisfy university core requirements. Instead we recommend a 1 unit course that has the university core Oral Communication attribute, PHYS 493

3. Research is often completed in the summer