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Design Considerations In Engineering Physics: Integrating Design Across The Engineering Physics Curriculum

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.195.1 - 5.195.10



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William E Maddox

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Theodore D. Thiede

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Stephen H. Cobb

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Scott R Hickman

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John Crofton

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Session 2380

Design Considerations in Engineering Physics: Integrating Design Across the Curriculum

Stephen H. Cobb, John Crofton, Scott R. Hickman, William E. Maddox, Theodore D. Thiede Murray State University


Accredited engineering curricula must include a significant engineering design component appropriate to the student’s field of study.1 Non-traditional engineering programs such as Engineering Physics face unique challenges in incorporating design experiences that are consistent with their goals and mission. The Engineering Physics curriculum at Murray State University was recently accredited by EAC/ABET as an engineering program. In response to recommendations from the program evaluators, efforts have been made to successfully integrate engineering design experiences throughout the four-year curriculum. Even those courses typically considered basic science or engineering science now contain problems, projects, and assignments which deal with elements of engineering design. As students acquire knowledge and skills in basic coursework, they are asked to incorporate engineering standards and realistic design considerations in increasingly advanced assignments. This paper will describe the Engineering Physics program at Murray State University and will outline the comprehensive approach taken to integrate engineering design problems, activities, and experiences into the entire curriculum.

I. Introduction

Today’s engineer must be versatile in applying his or her skills across traditional engineering boundaries. Employers in corporate research and development report demand for engineers who are intelligent, articulate, and well educated in the basic sciences as well as in engineering topics. The Engineering Physics program at Murray State University seeks to produce graduates with the skills typically developed in traditional engineering programs, while still maintaining the broad, fundamental, scientific background provided by physics. The intent is to provide program alumni with the flexibility to adapt to tomorrow’s demands for modern, interdisciplinary careers in a rapidly changing technological society.

Murray State’s Area in Engineering Physics curriculum is an alternative to the typical major-minor combination. Students study fundamental concepts from mechanical and electrical engineering along with topics in advanced physics, advanced mathematics, and computer science. The typical four-year program for well-prepared students is included below.

Maddox, W. E., & Thiede, T. D., & Cobb, S. H., & Hickman, S. R., & Crofton, J. (2000, June), Design Considerations In Engineering Physics: Integrating Design Across The Engineering Physics Curriculum Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8266

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