The Engineering Physics major is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students to tackle the complex interdisciplinary problems that define modern technology and innovation. It is designed for students who have an interest in and an aptitude for both engineering and physics. The program provides students with a firm foundation in physics and mathematics, together with engineering design and problem-solving skills. The flexibility offered by this major allows students to develop skills in their specific engineering field of interest as they concurrently develop a strong physics-based background.
The major centers around eight primary specialties:
- Computational Science
- Electromechanical Systems Design
- Energy Systems
- Materials Science
- Photonics and Quantum Optics
- Renewable Energy
- Solid State Physics
- Additionally, one can petition for an individually designed concentration, consisting of 3 classes (i.e. Astrophysics and Aeronautics, Quantum Information)
This background prepares students to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of 21st Century technology, such as the concentrations listed above in addition to any engineering field that requires or would be helped by a very solid background in physics (i.e. all engineering disciplines). Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering, physics, or applied physics.
Summary of course requirements: Stanford Bulletin
Detailed description of major: Stanford Engineering Handbook (p243-260)
Includes requirements, template course schedules, program sheets, and instructions for declaring the major.