What is Engineering Physics?

Engineering Physics

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Engineering Physics is a course that might be suitable for you if you are interested in newly developing areas of physics, instrumentation and communications, have an avid interest in technology and a passion for physics. Skills like problem-solving, observation skills, numerical aptitude, practical thinking and reasoning are important for this field. Technical know-how is beneficial and professionals in this field should be able to communicate their ideas to others with clarity, precision and imagination in a way that captures the interest of others. Engineering physics stresses the application of fundamental scientific principles to the design of equipment.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for the Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Engineering Physics is generally a minimum of 55 percent in the 12th standard with physics, chemistry and mathematics in the curriculum. Some colleges have entrance exams that you must clear for admission to this course. This is a course that is beneficial for careers in applied science and applied physics in industries and also in research labs, universities and for higher studies. It can be a flexible course that might lead to careers in telecommunications, microelectronics, micro-devices, lasers, nanotechnology, opto-electronics or quantum information systems. Graduates of engineering physics can work in teams to develop materials, simulate complex systems, and research innovative technologies. Graduates can find work in private industries, state industries and in federal government industries in areas that involve pure and applied research, design, construction, production and manufacturing. Opportunities in sales and management are possible as well.

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Topics covered in Engineering Physics

  • The first semester of the usually four-year B.Tech. Engineering Physics consists of subjects like mathematics, chemistry, physics, electrical and engineering drawing.
  • The second semester may cover subjects like mathematics, engineering mechanics, introduction to computing, physics and modern biology.
  • In the third semester, subjects like object-oriented programming and data structures, signals and systems, classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, mathematics and an elective may be taught.
  • Heat and thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, analog and digital electronics and electives are generally covered in the fourth semester.
  • In the fifth semester, subjects like biophysics, electro-magnetics, microprocessor architecture and programming, atomic and nuclear physics, group theory and spectroscopy might be covered.
  • Measurement techniques, numerical methods and computational physics, statistical mechanics, engineering optics, materials science and an elective could be taken in the sixth semester.
  • The seventh semester, besides electives, could include subjects such as solid state physics, semiconductor devices, and lasers and photonics.
  • The final semester usually has options for electives and a project. Nano-electronics and nano-photonics tend to be taught as well.

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Colleges offering Engineering Physics Courses

A few colleges that offer the B.Tech. in Engineering Physics in India are given below.

No. College/Institute
1 Delhi Technological University
2 Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
3 Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi
4 Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati
5 Indian Institute of Technology - Madras
6 National Institute of Technology - Calicut

Programs are subject to change, it is advisable to check directly with a school for current program availability.

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