The Engineering Physics major at UNH explored the collision of science and engineering that creates a launchpad for discovery. Here, you’ll learn the intricacies of matter, energy and motion in an engaged studio format, and also have the ability to tailor your experience to meet your academic and career goals. With hands-on experience, personalized guidance from esteemed faculty and ample research opportunities funded by NASA, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, you'll develop critical thinking skills and practical problem-solving abilities that prepare you to seek employment in an array of fields including an array of fields including aerospace, optics, data science and more.

### What is a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics?

This program is tailored to students who seek employment in an engineering discipline that requires a deeper knowledge of physical principles or who intend to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. It produces broadly trained engineers who provide solutions to challenging problems in support of a technologically evolving society. The program differs from a traditional engineering degree in that the curriculum includes a greater focus on fundamental physics.

### Why study engineering physics at UNH?

This program offers introductory physics in a lecture and studio format — an active learning environment that includes group work and labs, all in a single room with a professor and graduate teaching assistants. The style allows for a coherent, connected and supportive experience. One studio course integrates the study of calculus and physics, for a deeper understanding of both subjects. You’ll have a unique opportunity to work with advisors to design an interdisciplinary degree program that will prepare you for your long term academic and career goals. And you’ll have access to a plethora of research opportunities with award-winning faculty, where you’ll learn how to approach, analyze and solve complex problems for agencies like NASA. You’ll also assist in developing new technologies, methods and theories that will prepare you for a range of careers in research, engineering and education.

### Potential Careers

- Aerospace Engineering
- Materials Science and Research
- Engineering Research
- Systems Engineering
- Fluids Engineering and Research
- Applied Optics
- Physical Sciences Technician
- Accelerator Operator

## Curriculum & Requirements

The goal of the UNH BSEP program is to produce broadly-trained engineers who can provide solutions to today’s challenging problems in support of a technologically evolving society. The core of the program is based on interdisciplinary training, complemented with a deeper understanding of the physical principles needed to support careers in engineering, engineering research or, perhaps, further training in systems engineering. The program balances depth and breadth in skill development; flexibility and functionality are what drive the program in the sense that 1) the particular focus is based on the student’s interests, and 2) the breadth of the course selection is guided by the post-graduation goals of the student (e.g., employment versus graduate school).

## Sample Degree Plan

**Aerospace Track**

First Year | ||
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Fall | Credits | |

PHYS 407H | Honors/General Physics I | 4 |

MATH 425H | Honors/Calculus I | 4 |

PHYS 400 | Physics Seminar I | 1 |

ENGL 401 | First-Year Writing | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 17 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 408H | Honors/General Physics II | 4 |

MATH 426H | Honors/Calculus II | 4 |

CHEM 405 | Chemical Principles for Engineers | 4 |

IAM 550 | Introduction to Engineering Computing | 4 |

Credits | 16 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 505 | General Physics III | 3 |

PHYS 506 | General Physics III Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 508 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

MATH 528 | Multidimensional Calculus | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 615 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I | 4 |

MATH 527 | Differential Equations with Linear Algebra | 4 |

Elective in Major | 4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 616 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II | 4 |

ME 608 | Fluid Dynamics | 3 |

ECE 541 | Electric Circuits | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 15 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 703 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 4 |

ECE 548 | Electronic Design I | 4 |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 15-16 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 797 | Senior Design Project | 2 |

ECE 651 | Electronic Design II | 4 |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Free Elective | 4 | |

Credits | 17-18 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 797 | Senior Design Project | 2 |

ME 743 or PHYS 712 | Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control or Space Plasma Physics | 3-4 |

Elective in Major | 4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Free Elective | 4 | |

Credits | 17-18 | |

Total Credits | 129-132 |

## Engineering Research Track

First Year | ||
---|---|---|

Fall | Credits | |

PHYS 407H | Honors/General Physics I | 4 |

MATH 425H | Honors/Calculus I | 4 |

CHEM 405 | Chemical Principles for Engineers | 4 |

PHYS 400 | Physics Seminar I | 1 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 17 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 408H | Honors/General Physics II | 4 |

MATH 426H | Honors/Calculus II | 4 |

IAM 550 | Introduction to Engineering Computing | 4 |

ENGL 401 | First-Year Writing | 4 |

Credits | 16 | |

Second Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 505 | General Physics III | 3 |

PHYS 506 | General Physics III Laboratory | 1 |

MATH 528 | Multidimensional Calculus | 4 |

ECE 541 | Electric Circuits | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 615 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I | 4 |

MATH 527 | Differential Equations with Linear Algebra | 4 |

ECE 548 | Electronic Design I | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Third Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 508 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

ECE 651 | Electronic Design II | 4 |

PHYS 616 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II | 4 |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 703 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 4 |

ECE 543 | Introduction to Digital Systems | 4 |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 15-16 | |

Fourth Year | ||

Fall | ||

PHYS 797 | Senior Design Project | 2 |

PHYS 704 or PHYS 708 | Electricity and Magnetism II or Optics | 4 |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Free Elective | 4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 17-18 | |

Spring | ||

PHYS 797 | Senior Design Project | 2 |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Elective in Major | 3-4 | |

Free Elective | 4 | |

Discovery Course | 4 | |

Credits | 16-18 | |

Total Credits | 129-133 |

## Degree Requirements

**Minimum Credit Requirement:**128 credits

**Minimum Residency Requirement:**32 credits must be taken at UNH

**Minimum GPA:**2.0 required for conferral*

**Core Curriculum Required:**Discovery & Writing Program Requirements

**Foreign Language Requirement:**No

All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.

**Major GPA requirements as indicated.*

## Major Requirements

A student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500-level courses that are part of the core requirements and an overall grade-point average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the program.

Code | Title | Credits |
---|---|---|

Core Requirements for all tracks: | ||

CHEM 403 | General Chemistry I | 4 |

or CHEM 405 | Chemical Principles for Engineers | |

CS 410P | Introduction to Scientific Programming/Python | 4 |

or IAM 550 | Introduction to Engineering Computing | |

MATH 425 | Calculus I | 4 |

MATH 426 | Calculus II | 4 |

Choose one: | 8-12 | |

MATH 527 & MATH 528 | Differential Equations with Linear Algebra and Multidimensional Calculus | |

or MATH 525 & MATH 526 | Linearity I and Linearity II | |

PHYS 400 | Physics Seminar I | 1 |

PHYS 407 | General Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 408 | General Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 505 | General Physics III | 3 |

PHYS 506 | General Physics III Laboratory | 1 |

PHYS 508 | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics | 4 |

PHYS 615 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I | 4 |

PHYS 616 | Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II | 4 |

PHYS 703 | Electricity and Magnetism I | 4 |

Capstone: | 4 | |

PHYS 797 | Senior Design Project | |

Additional courses for Aerospace Track | ||

ECE 541 | Electric Circuits | 4 |

ECE 548 | Electronic Design I | 4 |

ECE 651 | Electronic Design II | 4 |

ME 608 | Fluid Dynamics | 3 |

ME 743 | Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control | 3-4 |

or PHYS 712 | Space Plasma Physics | |

Electives in major: choose four from the following | ||

ME 441 | Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling | |

ME 603 | Heat Transfer | |

ME 646 | Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis | |

ME 670 | Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control | |

ME 705 | Thermal System Analysis and Design | |

ME 707 | Analytical Fluid Dynamics | |

ME 743 | Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control | |

ME 747 | Experimental Measurement and Modeling of Complex Systems | |

ME 786 | Introduction to Finite Element Analysis | |

PHYS 708 | Optics | |

PHYS 712 | Space Plasma Physics | |

Additional Courses for the Engineering Research track | ||

ECE 541 | Electric Circuits | 4 |

ECE 543 | Introduction to Digital Systems | 4 |

ECE 548 | Electronic Design I | 4 |

ECE 651 | Electronic Design II | 4 |

PHYS 704 | Electricity and Magnetism II | 4 |

or PHYS 708 | Optics | |

Electives in major: choose four from the following | 12 | |

CS 750 | Machine Learning | |

ECE 633 | Signals and Systems I | |

ECE 634 | Signals and Systems II | |

ECE 647 | Random Processes and Signals in Engineering | |

MATH 644 | Statistics for Engineers and Scientists | |

ME 441 | Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling | |

ME 561 | Introduction to Materials Science | |

ME 608 | Fluid Dynamics | |

ME 670 | Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control | |

ME 706 | Renewable Energy: Physical and Engineering Principles | |

ME 712 | Waves in Fluids | |

ME 743 | Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control | |

PHYS 701 | Quantum Mechanics I | |

PHYS 702 | Quantum Mechanics II | |

PHYS 704 | Electricity and Magnetism II | |

PHYS 705 | Experimental Physics II | |

PHYS 708 | Optics |

Students are expected to achieve the outcomes below upon graduation.

- Students will master the fundamentals of a broad set of physics subjects (e.g., mechanics, electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, optics).
- Students will have a solid understanding of mathematics (e.g., calculus, differential equations, linear algebra).
- Students will be able to solve physics and engineering problems using computational methods.
- Students will have excellent knowledge of the principles and practice of their chosen engineering disciplines.
- Students will be able to use physical principles to design systems, apparatuses, experiments or models; collect and analyze data; and develop conclusions.
- Students will be able to identify and solve complex engineering and physics problems by applying physical principles and mathematical tools.
- Students will be able to communicate technical content effectively to a range of audiences.

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## Requirements

- Satisfy the requirements of the Discovery Program.
- Satisfy the Writing Requirements. This requirement includes four courses. A list of approved writing-intensive courses appears on the web.
- Satisfy the Bachelor of Science Requirements: a minimum of 128 credits at the 400-799 level and at a GPA of at least 2.00.
- Minimum Engineering Physics requirements:
- Choose an (acredited) BSEP track: Aerospace Track, Materials Science Track, or Engineering Research Track.
- PHYS 407, 408 (General Physics I, II). PHYS 407H & MATH 425H (Honors Studio Calc/Phys) have to be taken together, same for PHYS 408H & MATH 426H. Honors Studio Calc/Phys is recommended for all Physics students.
- CHEM 403 or CHEM 405. (Note: to take CHEM 405, a student must have taken chemistry in high school.)
- Required math courses include Math 425, 426 (Calculus I, II) and 527 (Diff. Eqs.) and 528 (Multi-D Calc.). Math 525/526 (Linearity I, II) may replace MATH 527/528.
- A capstone experience is required of all BSEP students during their senior year. A design project is central to the capstone experience. If a project involves research, it must also lead to a design effort.

- A student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500-level course in items 4.1 through 4.4 and an overall grade-point average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the BSEP program.

## BSEP — Aerospace Track

Year | Fall Semester | Spring Semester |
---|---|---|

Year 1 |
ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing ME 441 - Intro to Engineering Design/ Solid Modeling PHYS 400 - Freshman Seminar PHYS 407H - General Physics I MATH 425H - Calculus I |
CHEM 405 - Chemical Principles for Engineers MATH 426H - Calculus II PHYS 408H - General Physics I IAM 550 - Intro to Engineering and Computing |

Year 2 |
Discovery Elective PHYS 508 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mech. MATH 528 - Multi-Dimensional Calculus PHYS 505 - General Physics III PHYS 506 - General Physics III Lab |
Discovery Elective Discovery Elective MATH 527 - Differential Equations PHYS 615 - Classical Mechanics and Math Physics I |

Year 3 |
Discovery Elective ME 608 - Fluid Dynamics ECE 541 - Electric Circuits PHYS 616 - Classical Mechanics/Math Physics II |
Discovery Elective ECE 548 - Electronic Design PHYS 703 - Electricity and Magnetism ME 670 - Systems Modeling, Simulation and Control |

Year 4 |
Discovery Elective ECE 651 - Electronic Design II PHYS 708 - Optics PHYS 797 - Senior Design Capstone Project |
Discovery Elective ME 743 - Satellite Systems, Dynamics and Controls PHYS 712 - Space Plasma Physics PHYS 797 - Senior Design Project |

## BSEP — Materials Science Track

Year | Fall Semester | Spring Semester |
---|---|---|

Year 1 |
ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing |
Discovery Elective MATH 426H - Calculus II PHYS 408H - General Physics II IAM 550 - Introduction to Engineering Computing |

Year 2 |
Discovery Elective PHYS 508 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mech. MATH 528 - Multi-Dimensional Calculus PHYS 505 - General Physics III PHYS 506 - General Physics III Lab |
Discovery Elective ME 561 - Introduction to Material Science MATH 527 - Differential Equations PHYS 615 - Classical Mechanics and Math Physics I |

Year 3 |
Discovery Elective PHYS 701 - Quantum Mechanics I ME 761 - Diffraction and Imaging Methods PHYS 616 - Classical Mechanics and Math Physics II |
Discovery Elective ME 646 - Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis PHYS 703 - Electricity and Magnetism I PHYS 718 - Condensed Matter Physics |

Year 4 |
Discovery Elective ECE 541 - Electric Circuits PHYS 797 - Senior Design Capstone Project Elective in Major Elective in Major |
Discovery Elective ECE 548 - Electronic Design I PHYS 797 - Senior Design Project Elective in Major |

### 3 ELECTIVES IN MAJOR, CHOOSE FROM:

ME 730 (Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 4 cr), ME 735 (Mechanics of Composite Materials, 4 cr), ME760 (Physical Metallurgy, 4 cr), ME 786 (Introduction to Finite Element Analysis + Lab), ME 795 (Thin Film Science & Technology, ME 795 (Fracture and Fatigue of Engineering Material), ME 795 (Physical Metallurgy of Automotive and Aerospace Materials + Lab), or ME 795 (Thermodynamics & Kinetics of Materials I, 3 cr)

## BSEP — Engineering Research Track

Year | Fall Semester | Spring Semester |
---|---|---|

Year 1 |
Discovery Elective MATH 425H - Calculus I PHYS 400 - Freshman Seminar PHYS 407H - General Physics I CHEM 405 - General Chemistry |
ENGL 401 - Freshman English |

Year 2 |
Discovery Elective |
Discovery Elective |

Year 3 |
Discovery Elective |
Discovery Elective |

Year 4 |
Discovery Elective |
Discovery Elective |

### 3 ELECTIVES IN MAJOR, CHOOSE FROM:

ECE 634 (Signals and Systems II), MS 762 (Electronic Materials Science), ME 561 (Introduction to Materials Science), ME 670 (Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control), ME 706 (Renewable Energy: Physical and Engineering Principles), ME 712 (Waves in Fluids), ME 743 (Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control), and ME 770 (Design with Microprocessors)

## Educational Objectives

- To be highly skilled, interdisciplinary professionals who can identify and solve engineering problems from unusually broad physical perspectives.
- To be able to use engineering and communications skills in other areas such as research, consulting, law, medicine, business, public policy, etc.
- To engage vigorously in further studies in interdisciplinary graduate programs and a wide variety of other lifelong learning opportunities.
- To pursue careers that incorporate ethical and professional responsibility, as well as good citizenship.

## Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes consist of the ABET general requirements for all engineering programs. Students are expected to achieve the outcomes below upon graduation.

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

Those interested in the Engineering Physics major may also be interested in the following advanced degrees. Students in the program also have the opportunity to participate in the UNH accelerated master’s program.

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