The Minor in Quantum Engineering
Quantum engineering is an emerging field that fuses physics, engineering, and computer science. It incorporates radical new ideas for computing, materials, devices and sensors. Advances in quantum sensing, encryption, and computing will transform science and engineering and have a far-reaching impact on the industry, the economy, and other aspects of our society.
The Minor in Quantum Engineering integrates quantum knowledge — quantum physics, quantum information science, and quantum technologies — into the engineering education at Washington University. The curriculum encompasses both fundamental physics and the broad engineering skill set necessary to meet the practical challenges of the future.
Students with background in applied physics or electrical engineering are ideal candidates for this program, but the minor is open to any undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program at Washington University in St. Louis.
The course ESE 4301 Quantum Mechanics for Engineers is designed to be the entry course for the quantum engineering curriculum, which provides the foundations — that is, the mathematical and physical knowledge — required for all subsequent core courses. By design, this course is made to be accessible to second-year engineering undergraduates with knowledge of linear algebra and calculus at the level of ESE 318/ESE 319 Engineering Mathematics A/B or the equivalent.
The Minor in Quantum Engineering requires the completion of 15 units from the courses listed below. At least two courses must be from the Core Courses list.
Core Courses (at least two courses from this list):
|Basic Principles of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
|Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
|Introduction to Quantum Electronics
|Introduction to Quantum Computing
|Introduction to Quantum Physics II
|or Physics 471
|or Physics 523
|Quantum Mechanics I
|Introduction to Quantum Communications
|Introduction to Nano-Photonic Devices
|Fundamentals and Applications of Modern Optical Imaging
|Physical Chemistry I
|Time-Dependent Quantum Mechanics & Spectroscopy
|Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures
|The Mathematics of Quantum Theory
|Topics in Functional Analysis II
|Solid State Physics
|Selected Topics in Physics I
For more information, contact the director for the minor, Jung-Tsung Shen.