An engineering physicist designs, develops and supervises the construction of new equipment, applying the knowledge of engineering and physics to develop new engineering methods and principles. The engineering physicist completes the link between the pure scientist and the engineer by being able to understand the theory of science and to relate it to the practical problems of engineering. The University of Georgia’s graduate certificate program in engineering physics is designed to give graduate students the opportunity to document their educational achievement in advanced engineering and physics. The program will be of special interest to students wishing to combine theoretical and practical understanding of the physical sciences and engineering systems.
The objective of the program is to develop graduate scholars with a theoretical and practical understanding of physics and engineering systems.
Students successfully completing the requirements for this certificate are expected to have:
- An in-depth knowledge in selected areas of engineering and physics,
- An ability to integrate diverse knowledge in engineering and physics,
- A creative thinking ability for defining engineering physics problems, and
- The ability to conduct original research in engineering physics.
The certificate has two or three components: 1) course work, 2) engineering design and, if on the graduate level,3) research. The course work component consists of 15 graduate hours in engineering and/or physics. The 15 hours of course work must be outside the student’s major department and must be approved by the student’s advisory committee and the program’s co-directors. With the large number of courses available, a student will be able to tailor the program to meet his or her needs. Thus, the program will likely be attractive to students from a variety of backgrounds.
The engineering design component consists of a 3-hour engineering physics design course (ENGR 4921 or ENGR/PHYS 6921: Engineering Physics Design Project). Design is the heart of the practice of engineering and is what separates it from its sister disciplines. The engineering design component unites engineering and physics into engineering physics.
On the graduate level, the research component is met by including an applied science element in the student’s thesis or dissertation. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of engineering physics, the student’s advisory committee must include at least one faculty member from the College of Engineering and one faculty from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The majority of the committee must be from these units.
Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Physics upon completion of all certificate requirements and completion of their University of Georgia graduate degree.
The engineering physics program will have co-directors. The program will also have a steering committee consisting of the co-directors and two graduate faculty members from each department. Co-directors are Dr. Bill Tollner (Engineering) and Dr. George Strobel (Physics).