Quantum Science and Engineering Minor

The minor in Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) is an interdisciplinary program offered by the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.  Students in the minor will develop fundamentals in math and physics needed for studying quantum systems.  They will also be introduced to different aspects of quantum, such as quantum computing technologies, algorithms for quantum computers, characteristics of quantum materials, and sensing and noise in quantum systems.  Besides theory courses, students will in addition be given hands-on laboratory experience, either in building quantum hardware or in programming quantum computers.  This curriculum, offered through the QSE minor, will provide students with a solid foundation in quantum, preparing them for the coming quantum revolution.


Program Learning Outcomes

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex problems in quantum by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  3. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use scientific and engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  4. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The Quantum Science and Engineering minor will consist of 5 courses, totaling 15-16 credits depending on which courses students select.  As per university requirements, at least 3 courses (9 credits) must be unique to the minor, permitting 2 courses (6-7 credits) to double count with the students' majors.  For each course, students will be able to choose among a list of courses from a course category.

Course Title Credits
Mathematics Course (choose one of the following):3-4
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra for Scientists and Engineers
Introduction to Differential Equations and Linear Algebra for Engineers
Mathematical Methods for Physics I
Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations II (Honors)
Introduction to Quantum Course (choose one of the following):3-4
Quantum Phenomena in Electrical Engineering
Quantum Physics I
(Quantum Mechanics for Engineers)
(Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: A Linear Algebra Approach)
Core Course (choose one of the following):3
Introduction to Quantum Technology
Introduction to Quantum Materials and Devices
Engineering Quantum Systems and Sensors
Introduction to Quantum Computing
Laboratory Course (choose one of the following):3
(Quantum Hardware Laboratory)
(Introduction to Quantum Software Laboratory)
Elective Course (choose one of the following): 13
Topics in Electrophysics (ENEE489C Quantum Information Processing)
Topics in Electrophysics (ENEE489W Incubating Quantum Leaps)
Introduction to Electronic and Optical Materials

In lieu of these Elective options, students can also choose a second course from the Core or Laboratory categories.