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Course Information

To maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the Engineering Physics degree, there are area requirements (engineering, physics, and mathematics), and not individual course requirements. Therefore, students interested in specific courses should refer to the offerings of the appropriate departments. Below are course labels used for research, independent study, special topics in Engineering Physics and seminars.

EP 693 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

EP 695 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

EP 700 - (0) (S)
Graduate Seminar
For students who have established resident credit. Weekly meeting of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research. This seminar is offered every semester.

EP 733,734 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Engineering Physics
Prerequisite : Permission of Instructor
Advanced-level study of selected problems in engineering physics.

EP 793 - (credit as arranged) (S)
Independent Study
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.

EP 796 - (1)(S)
Graduate Seminar
Prerequisite : Required for every student establishing resident credit.
Weekly meetings of graduate students and faculty for presentation and discussion of contemporary research. This seminar is offered for credit each semester.

EP 895 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Supervised Project Research
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering Degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

EP 897 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching
Instruction For Master's students.

EP 898 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Thesis
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.

EP 997 - (Credit as arranged) (S)
Graduate Teaching
Instruction For Doctoral Students.

EP 999 - (credit as arranged) (S)
Dissertation
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Students in the Engineeing Physics dept. can also take a wide variety of courses in other University departments. Here are pointers to the course descriptions of other University departments that may be of interest.

What are the courses and research like in the Engineering Physics Program?

Dewey Murdick"In my case, I entered UVA with a BS and bypassed the masters (after the first year). So, I took 3 classes per semester for the first two years and picked up one additional class the next semester. The EP program requires less classes than the materials science degree, for example. This gives you flexibility to focus in on your research earlier and take the classes you need/want. The 3 classes per semester worked well for me when I was taking engineering classes; however, I found physics classes and the applied math series from Roberts to be more demanding. The semesters I was taking both statistical physics and the second applied math class, I converted my third class to an audit to take the pressure off. I found most of the engineering classes to required 1-10 hours per week, while most physics classes and the aforementioned applied math class took 10-25 hours per week. Needless to day, I could do research while just taking engineering classes, otherwise, it as difficult to complete significant research.

The current comprehensive system for EP students requires that you take your exams in a variety of formats from various departments. This makes it difficult to get all your comps finished around the same time. For example, my written comps began in July and finished the following January. The oral finished in February. I took my comps so they overlapped the last class and both the written and orals were finished at 2.5 years into the program. If I was to do it again, I would have been more careful in taking the comp classes so that I could have been done at 1.5-2.0 years.

In regard to research, I was able to make progress my first year by overlapping part of my research with some projects in my courses. Otherwise, the summer represented the majority of my research time the first 2.5 years. After that I stopped taking classes for credit and was able to put the majority of my time into research and side projects for my adviser. I had to change projects a few times due to funding changes during the first 2 years. After I finished my comps; however, I was able to stick with one project. I've been here for 6 years and should be finishing in the next month or so. I don't know what the averages are for each group, but for my group, this time seems average for a PhD without a previously obtained masters." ~ Dewey Murdick


 

Engineering Physics
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