# Engineering Physics Major (B.S.)

https://ceps.unh.edu/physics/program/bs/engineering-physics-major

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).

## 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 | |

Differential Equations with Linear Algebra and Multidimensional Calculus | ||

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 | |

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 | ||

Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling | ||

Heat Transfer | ||

Experimental Measurement and Data Analysis | ||

Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control | ||

Thermal System Analysis and Design | ||

Analytical Fluid Dynamics | ||

Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control | ||

Experimental Measurement and Modeling of Complex Systems | ||

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis | ||

Optics | ||

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 | |

Machine Learning | ||

Signals and Systems I | ||

Signals and Systems II | ||

Random Processes and Signals in Engineering | ||

Statistics for Engineers and Scientists | ||

Introduction to Engineering Design and Solid Modeling | ||

Introduction to Materials Science | ||

Fluid Dynamics | ||

Systems Modeling, Simulation, and Control | ||

Renewable Energy: Physical and Engineering Principles | ||

Waves in Fluids | ||

Satellite Systems, Dynamics, and Control | ||

Quantum Mechanics I | ||

Quantum Mechanics II | ||

Electricity and Magnetism II | ||

Experimental Physics II | ||

Optics |

## Sample Degree Plan

**Aerospace Track**

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

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 |

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.