Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Engineering Physics - About The Program

About Our Courses

The program offers lecture courses, lecture/lab courses, and lab courses. The courses taken only by physics majors typically have 15 to 25 students in them; the electrical engineering courses have somewhat more. TAs are only used as recitation or lab instructors in the introductory courses. Students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering physics should begin by taking CHE 107, EAS 199, MTH 141-MTH 142, and PHY 107 (or PHY 117, preferred) or equivalent honors courses. This is particularly important for PHY 107, which has PHY 117 as the equivalent honors course (preferred), and is designed to benefit physics majors and strong engineering students.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

For a course plan please see the School of Engineering Advisement Flowsheet for Engineering Physics.

About Our Faculty

The Directors of Undergraduate Studies for this program are Professor Kevin Burke, EE Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies who can be contacted at kmburke@buffalo.edu; 716-645-3115; or 230N Davis Hall and Professor John Cerne, PHY Director of Undergraduate Studies, who can be contacted at jcerne@buffalo.edu; 716-645-6730 or 3645; or 209 Fronczack Hall.

Please see the Department of Electrical Engineering's faculty listing for descriptions of the specializations of our faculty in Engineering. Some of the distinctions received by our electrical engineering faculty include: Tau Beta Pi Teacher of the Year, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The physics faculty is comprised of approximately equal number of theorists and experimentalists. Faculty are involved in all areas of physics including condensed matter physics, biophysics, high energy physics, and astrophysics/cosmology.

Five physics faculty members have received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and eight are Fellows of the American Physical Society.

Please visit our departmental websites (Electrical Engineering, Physics) for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Undergraduate majors regularly become involved in the research activities of the faculty. This can involve independent study, part-time employment, and/or full-time employment during the summer.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

Departmental Honors (Physics)
By completing a senior thesis and obtaining satisfactory grades, it is possible to graduate from the program with Departmental Honors.

Outstanding Senior Award

Each year the department of physics chooses an outstanding senior. This student receives a certificate and a monetary award from the department, and also receives a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Outstanding Senior Award.

Sekula Scholarship

Each year the department of physics awards up to seven scholarships to undergraduate majors involved in one of its programs. This award is based on merit, as well as financial need.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Physics Club

This organization is an active group open to all students. It sponsors special speakers and workshops, and organizes open houses and social activities. For more information, call 716.645.2017. Students in the club also belong to the Society of Physics Students (SPS), which is affiliated with the American Physical Society, and with GPA above 3.5 are eligible for election to the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society.

See the UB Student Association.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: November 22 2021 21:01:55