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What is Engineering Physics?
The study of Engineering Physics emphasizes the
application of basic scientific principles to the design of equipment,
which includes electronic and electro-mechanical systems, for use in measurements,
communications, and data acquisition.
The program is recommended for students interested
in newly developing areas of physics, high technology, instrumentation
and communications. Our program is fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering
Accreditation Board so graduates will be eligible to be certified as a
professional engineer. Graduates are also qualified for entry into graduate
schools in Physics or other disciplines.
What do Engineering Physicists do?
Engineering physicists find employment in a huge
variety of areas. Engineering Physics students develop a thorough understanding
of fundamentals of physics and the application of this knowledge to practical
problems. This background prepares them for careers in engineering, applied
science or applied physics with positions in industry, national research
laboratories, universities or even as scientific entrepreneurs.
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How do I become an Engineering Physicist, and how
long does it take?
The Engineering Physics program is a four-year program
in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Some people
may spread this over a longer time period. Some students choose to take
an internship position between their third and fourth years. This paid
work experience can add a year to the program. Another popular option is
to take a double degree in Engineering Physics and Computer Science, which
would take five years at the U of S. If you wish to become registered as
a Professional Engineer, you will require four years of work experience
as an engineer-in-training.
Where do I get more information?
Our department contact information is listed over
leaf. Write, fax, or e-mail us at any time. Ask your teacher to arrange
for someone to come and talk at your school (a current student, graduate
or faculty member) or arrange for a tour of the department. Visit our web
site at http://physics.usask.ca
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About the Program
First year is a common year for all
engineers. The classes are mainly basic sciences and mathematics with some
introduction to “What is Engineering”. At the start of second year
you have to choose a branch of engineering. In Engineering Physics the
emphasis in the second and third year is on the fundamentals
of physics, mathematics and computer science you need to be an Engineering
Physicist. Most classes have a significant laboratory component to give
the student practical experience. In fourth year especially
you learn about applying these fundamentals to the design of instrumentation
and control systems. This is culminated by an extensive year-long “Capstone
Design Project”. There is also the opportunity in
to take some engineering or science electives to extend your knowledge
in a direction of your own choosing.
In a 1999 survey of Engineering Physics programs
in North America, the University of Saskatchewan program was ranked third
out of the eight Engineering Physics programs at Canadian Universities,
and ranked in the top 25 Engineering Physics Programs in all of North America.
About the Faculty
Members of the Department of Physics and Engineering
Physics teach the majority of the courses in the Engineering Physics program,
the remainder being taught by instructors in other College of Engineering
departments and the departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Computer
Science. Of the 19 Faculty in the Department of Physics and Engineering
Physics, 7 are Professional Engineers.
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Research in the Department of Physics and Engineering
Faculty in our department are involved in research
in many areas of physics. Research groups within the department are: The
Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies (ISAS) which conducts research
in a wide variety of areas including, aeronomy, space weather and plasmas,
atmospheric chemistry (ozone), and planetary astronomy, using radio and
optical observing instruments that are borne on satellites or are ground
based. The Plasma physics group studies plasma based materials science
and fusion research. There are condensed matter physicists and materials
scientists who will use the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and other instruments
such as a scanning tunnelling microscope. The Subatomic Physics Institute
(SPIN) has members who are experimentalists and theorists studying the
atomic nucleus, subatomic particles and fundamental quantum mechanics.
There are also theorists in the fields of condensed matter physics and
This vibrant research benefits undergraduate students
as professors bring the excitement of their front line research into the
classroom. Many undergraduate projects are associated with one of the research
groups. There are also summer student opportunities in the research groups.
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About the Students
There are usually about 20 – 25 students in each
year of the Engineering Physics Program at any time. Such relatively small
classes allow a close contact with instructors and laboratory personnel.
The Department of Physics and Engineering Physics has a lively Physics
Students’ Society that organizes social events and academic activities
such as participation in the Canadian Association of Physicists Undergraduate
Physics Conference. The department also employs upper year students as
markers and laboratory demonstrators during term.
About the Graduates and Jobs
We have found that the special mix of fundamental
science and practical skills that Engineering Physics graduates learn make
them very employable. Graduates have found jobs in research, technology
development, optics and software sectors of industry. Many of our graduates
have obtained employment with universities, government laboratories and
companies such as Nortel, JDS Uniphase, Corning, SED Systems, MDRobotics,
Cameco, Kipp-Zonen and other local and international high technology companies.
Graduates are well equipped to pursue post-graduate studies in any area
of Physics or Engineering Physics should they so desire.
For More Information
Phone: (306) 966 6393
Fax: (306) 966 6400
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