Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics at UCA is an engineering degree that focuses on robotics and automation. Students will study a number of different areas of engineering: mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering to prepare them to work in this field of robotics. Students who complete this degree will be prepared to work in any field where automation is an important component; modern manufacturing, transportation automation (self driving cars and trucks), modern warehouses, and many more areas.

Curriculum

The Engineering Physics program is a 126 hour program and is very tightly laid out. The curriculum has been developed to support future accreditation through ABET (anticipated in fall 2022). Once accredited, graduates from our Engineering Physics program can become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Arkansas after passing the licensing exams and completing the required years of experience.

Program Details

The Engineering Physics program at UCA has the following mission statement, program educational objectives and student learning outcomes.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Engineering Physics program is to provide the highest quality education for students in the principles of Physics and Engineering with hands-on practical applications relevant to industry. This foundation prepares our students for careers tackling complex problems in multidisciplinary areas that are at the forefront of advancements in science and technology.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of our program will:

  1. Function as productive, qualified engineering professionals, work collaboratively and solve problems creatively in diverse professional environments in an ethical and socially conscious manner that require a fundamental understanding of the principles and practices of physics and engineering.
  2. Demonstrate competency and effective communication in an engineering or science profession via promotion to positions of increasing responsibility, publishing engineering or scientific work in relevant journals, or presenting engineering or scientific work at relevant conferences.
  3. Continue their education through activities such as pursuit of professional licensure, attainment of professional certifications, completion of continuing education courses, and/or enrollment in programs of graduate study in engineering or physics.

Student Outcomes

Students in the program are expected to know and be able to do the following by the time of graduation:

  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. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Graduates & Enrolled Students

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020**
Applied / ENGR Grads 1/0 1/0 3/0 2/0 4/0 6/0 5/0 1/3
ENGR Enrolled 0 0 0 0 3 5 9 13
Total PHYS Grads* 7 10 17 10 13 11 9 9

*Includes Biophysics, Chemical Physics, & Mathematical Physics
** Anticipated

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