

Per Berglund
PROFESSOR 
Benjamin Chandran
PROFESSOR 
Olof Echt
PROFESSOR EMERITUS 
Francois Foucart
Associate Professor 
F. William Hersman
PROFESSOR 
Maurik Holtrop
PROFESSOR 
Lynn Kistler
PROFESSOR 
Marc Lessard
PROFESSOR 
Elena Long
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR 
David Mattingly
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR 
Joachim Raeder
Emeritus 
James Ryan
Emeritus 
Nathan Schwadron
PROFESSOR 
Karl Slifer
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR 
Roy Torbert
Emeritus 
Jiadong Zang
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
B.S. in Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics Major (B.S.)
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 awardwinning 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
Contact
DeMeritt Hall 237A
9 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 8622669
Email: physics.dept@unh.edu
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This form is only for prospective students who are not already enrolled at UNH. If you are a current UNH student and interested in this program, please reach out to the contact on this page.
Curriculum & Requirements
The goal of the UNH BSEP program is to produce broadlytrained 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 postgraduation goals of the student (e.g., employment versus graduate school).
Aerospace Track
Engineering Research Track
First Year  

Fall  Credits  
PHYS 407H  Honors/General Physics I  4 
MATH 425H  Honors/Calculus I  4 
PHYS 400  Freshman Seminar  1 
ENGL 401  FirstYear 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 
Discovery Courses  8  
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  34  
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  1516  
Fourth Year  
Fall  
PHYS 797  Senior Design Project  2 
ECE 651  Electronic Design II  4 
Elective in Major  34  
Discovery Course  4  
Free Elective  4  
Credits  1718  
Spring  
PHYS 797  Senior Design Project  2 
ME 743  Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control  3 
Elective in Major  4  
Discovery Course  4  
Free Elective  4  
Credits  17  
Total Credits  129131 
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  Freshman Seminar  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  FirstYear 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  4  
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  16  
Fourth Year  
Fall  
PHYS 797  Senior Design Project  2 
PHYS 704  Electricity and Magnetism II  4 
PHYS 708  Optics  4 
ECE 633  Signals and Systems I  3 
Elective in Major  4  
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  21  
Spring  
PHYS 797  Senior Design Project  2 
ECE 647  Random Processes and Signals in Engineering  3 
ME 608  Fluid Dynamics  3 
Elective in Major  4  
Discovery Course  4  
Credits  16  
Total Credits  134 
Code  Title  Credits 

Discovery Program requirements  
Writing requirements  
Bachelor of Science requirements  
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:  812  
MATH 527 & MATH 528  Differential Equations with Linear Algebra and Multidimensional Calculus  
or MATH 525 & MATH 526  Linearity I and Linearity II  
PHYS 400  Freshman Seminar  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 
Electives in major: choose three from the following  
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 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 633  Signals and Systems I  3 
ECE 647  Random Processes and Signals in Engineering  3 
ECE 651  Electronic Design II  4 
ME 608  Fluid Dynamics  3 
PHYS 704  Electricity and Magnetism II  4 
PHYS 708  Optics  4 
Electives in major: choose three from the following  12  
ECE 634  Signals and Systems II  
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 
A student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400 or 500level courses that are part of the core requirements and an overall gradepoint average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the program.
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.
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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 writingintensive courses appears on the web.
 Satisfy the Bachelor of Science Requirements: a minimum of 128 credits at the 400799 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 (MultiD 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. ABET accreditation requires that the capstone experience be a design 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 500level course in items 4.1 through 4.4 and an overall gradepoint average of 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the BSEP program.
BSEP — Aerospace Track
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  

Year 1  ENGL 401  FirstYear 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  MultiDimensional 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
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  

Year 1 
ENGL 401  FirstYear 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  MultiDimensional 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
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  

Year 1  Disovery 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.