Engineering Physics B.S.

Mission: The mission of the engineering physics program is to produce graduates with a solid foundation in physics and engineering within the context of a Christian world view. Our mission is to impact society at several levels with vibrant degree programs, and to integrate our scientific training with our knowledge and love for God.  

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors. 
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. 
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  7. Summarize the key issues in science and faith and recognize the harmony possible while studying God's creation. 
Core Curriculum Requirements 146
Engineering Physics Major Requirements77
General Electives0
Total Units123

Engineering Physics Major Requirements 

Lower Division:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab 2
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CSCI-110CIntroduction to Computer Science4
MATH-180CCalculus 14
MATH-181CCalculus II4
MATH-265CIntro to Statistical Methods3
MATH-285Introduction to Advanced Mathematics3
MATH-281Multivariable Calculus4
Mechanics of Solids and Fluids
and Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetsm Lab
Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
and Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics Lab
Upper Division:
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Lab
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
and Physical Chemistry Technique Lab
CHEM-458Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics2
CHEM-485Undergraduate Research2
or CHEM-450 UG Research Or Internship Program
CHEM-499CChemistry Capstone Seminar2
ENGR-307Computational Problem Solving4
Electronics I
and Electronics I Lab
Introduction to Materials Science Engr.
and Intro/Materials Science Laboratory
MATH-300Linear Algebra3
MATH-310Differential Equations3
MATH-390Numerical Analysis3
Total Units77

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


See CHEM-120 General Chemistry I course description for prerequisites.

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics. 

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
CHEM-120 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM-120L General Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-180C Calculus 1 4
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
CSCI-110C Introduction to Computer Science 4
Year 1 Term 2
CHEM-121 General Chemistry II 3
CHEM-121L General Chemistry II Lab 1
MATH-181C Calculus II 4
MATH-285 Introduction to Advanced Mathematics 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 2 Term 1
PSCI-223C Mechanics of Solids and Fluids 3
PSCI-223CL Mechanics of Solids and Fluids Lab 1
MATH-281 Multivariable Calculus 4
MATH-300 Linear Algebra 3
THEO-101C Foundations of Christian Life 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
Year 2 Term 2
PSCI-225 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PSCI-225L Electricity and Magnetsm Lab 1
MATH-265C Intro to Statistical Methods 3
MATH-310 Differential Equations 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 3 Term 1
CHEM-456 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 2
CHEM-440 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM-440L Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
Year 3 Term 2
CHEM-458 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics 2
CHEM-456L Physical Chemistry Technique Lab 1-2
CHEM-PLUGRUndergraduate Research or Internship 2
HIST-PLCR1History Core Req (US Hist Or Democracy) 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
PSCI-227 Waves, Optics and Modern Physics 3
PSCI-227L Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics Lab 1
Year 4 Term 1
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
ENGR-310 Electronics I 3
ENGR-310L Electronics I Lab 1
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
ENGR-307 Computational Problem Solving 4
Year 4 Term 2
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
MATH-390 Numerical Analysis 3
ENGR-400 Introduction to Materials Science Engr. 3
ENGR-400L Intro/Materials Science Laboratory 1
CHEM-499C Chemistry Capstone Seminar 2
 Total Units122-123