Engineering Physics Major (B.S.)

Engineering Physics Major (B.S.)

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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

Contact

Department of Physics
DeMeritt Hall 237A
9 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2669
Email: Physics 

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).

Aerospace Track

Materials Science Track

Engineering Research Track

Aerospace Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
PHYS 407H Honors/General Physics I 4
MATH 425H Honors/Calculus I 4
ME 441 Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling 4
PHYS 400 Freshman Seminar 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits17
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
 Credits16
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 Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 615 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
Discovery Elective 8
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
PHYS 616 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II 4
ME 608 Fluid Dynamics 3
ECE 541 Electric Circuits 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits15
Spring
PHYS 703 Electricity and Magnetism I 4
ME 670 Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control 4
ECE 548 Electronic Design I 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 797 Senior Design Project 2
PHYS 708 Optics 4
ECE 651 Electronic Design II 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits14
Spring
PHYS 797 Senior Design Project 2
ME 743 Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control 3
PHYS 712 Space Plasma Physics 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits123

Materials Science Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
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
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
 Credits17
Spring
PHYS 408H Honors/General Physics II 4
MATH 426H Honors/Calculus II 4
IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
PHYS 508 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 4
PHYS 505 General Physics III 3
PHYS 506 General Physics III Laboratory 1
MATH 528 Multidimensional Calculus 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 615 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
ME 561 Introduction to Materials Science 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
PHYS 701 Quantum Mechanics I 4
PHYS 616 Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II 4
ME 761 Diffraction and Imaging Methods in Materials Science 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 703 Electricity and Magnetism I 4
PHYS 718 Condensed Matter Physics 4
ME 646 Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 797 Senior Design Project 2
ECE 541 Electric Circuits 4
Elective in Major 8
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits18
Spring
PHYS 797 Senior Design Project 2
ECE 548 Electronic Design I 4
Elective in Major 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits14
 Total Credits129

Engineering Research Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
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 Elective 4
 Credits17
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
 Credits16
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 Elective 4
 Credits16
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 Elective 4
 Credits16
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 Elective 4
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 703 Electricity and Magnetism I 4
ECE 543 Introduction to Digital Systems 4
Elective in Major 4
Discovery Elective 4
 Credits16
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 Elective 4
 Credits21
Spring
Discovery Elective 4
PHYS 797 Senior Design Project 2
ECE 647 Random Processes and Signals in Engineering 3
ME 608 Fluid Dynamics 3
Elective in Major 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits134
Discovery Program requirements
Writing requirements
Bachelor of Science requirements
Core Requirements for all tracks:
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
or CHEM 405 Chemical Principles for Engineers
CS 410PIntroduction to Scientific Programming/Python4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
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 400Freshman Seminar1
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
PHYS 505General Physics III3
PHYS 506General Physics III Laboratory1
PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I4
PHYS 616Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II4
PHYS 703Electricity and Magnetism I4
Capstone:4
PHYS 797
Senior Design Project
Additional courses for Aerospace Track
ME 441Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling4
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
ME 670Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control4
ME 743Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control3
ECE 541Electric Circuits4
ECE 548Electronic Design I4
ECE 651Electronic Design II4
PHYS 708Optics4
PHYS 712Space Plasma Physics4
Additional Courses for Material Science track
ME 561Introduction to Materials Science4
ME 646Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis4
ME 761Diffraction and Imaging Methods in Materials Science4
ECE 541Electric Circuits4
ECE 548Electronic Design I4
PHYS 701Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 718Condensed Matter Physics4
Electives in major: choose three courses from the following:12
ME 730
Mechanical Behavior of Materials
ME 735
Mechanics of Composite Materials
ME #760
Physical Metallurgy I
ME 786
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
ME 795
Special Topics (Thin Film Science & Technology)
ME 795
Special Topics (Fracture and Fatigue of Engineering Material)
ME 795
Special Topics (Physical Metallurgy of Automotive and Aerospace Materials)
ME 795
Special Topics (Thermodynamics & Kinetics of Materials I)
Additional Courses for the Engineering Research track
ECE 541Electric Circuits4
ECE 543Introduction to Digital Systems4
ECE 548Electronic Design I4
ECE 633Signals and Systems I3
ECE 647Random Processes and Signals in Engineering3
ECE 651Electronic Design II4
ME 608Fluid Dynamics3
PHYS 704Electricity and Magnetism II4
PHYS 708Optics4
Electives in major: choose three from the following12
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
ME #770
Design with Microprocessors

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.

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Requirements

  1. Satisfy the requirements of the Discovery Program.
  2. Satisfy the Writing Requirements. This requirement includes four courses. A list of approved writing-intensive courses appears on the web.
  3. 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.
  4. Minimum Engineering Physics requirements:
    1. Choose an (acredited) BSEP track: Aerospace Track, Materials Science Track, or Engineering Research Track.
    2. 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.
    3. CHEM 403 or CHEM 405. (Note: to take CHEM 405, a student must have taken chemistry in high school.)
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
  5. 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

  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

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Year 1

ENGL 401 - First-Year Writing
MATH 425H - Calculus I
CHEM 405 - Chemical Principles for Engineers
PHYS 407H - General Physics I
PHYS 400 - Freshman Seminar 

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

  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
MATH 426H-  Calculus II
PHYS 408H - General Physics I
IAM 550 - Intro to Engineering and Computing 

Year 2

Discovery Elective
MATH 528 - Multi-Dimensional Calculus 
PHYS 505 - General Physics III
PHYS 506 - General Physics III Lab
ECE 541 - Electric Circuits 

Discovery Elective
MATH 527 - Differential Equations
ECE 548 - Electronic Design I
PHYS 615 - Classical Mechanics & Math Physics I 

Year 3

Discovery Elective
PHYS 616 - Classical Mechanics & Math Physics II
ECE 651 - Electronic Design II
PHYS 508 - Thermodynamics 

Discovery Elective
PHYS 703 - Electricity & Magnetism I
ECE 543 - Introduction to Digital Systems
Elective in Major

Year 4

Discovery Elective
PHYS 797 - Senior Design Project I
ECE 633 - Signals and Systems I
PHYS 704 - Electricity and Magnetism II OR
PHYS 708 - Optics
Elective in Major

Discovery Elective
PHYS 797- Senior Design Project II
ECE 647 - Random Processes and Signals in Engineering
ME 608 - Fluid Dynamics
Elective in Major

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

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

Student Outcomes

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

A. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.

B. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

C. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints.

D. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.

E. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

F. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

G. an ability to communicate effectively.

H. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

I. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

J. a knowledge of contemporary issues.

K. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

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