Engineering Physics - Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

A strong grasp of underlying physical principles behind the development of new technologies is necessary to keep up with new developments in a high-tech world. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Physics program is designed to provide quality education to students for immediate employment with technical jobs in private industries (especially high-tech industries), research laboratories and public sectors. The program trains students with a combination of engineering knowledge, physics principles, mathematical background, problem-solving strategies and effective communication skills. The BS in Engineering Physics also provides an excellent preparation for graduate studies in either physics or an engineering discipline.

The BS in Engineering Physics confers an engineering credential. Students in the program complete an engineering core curriculum, as well as a rigorous course of study in physics and mathematics. A strong laboratory component prepares students in experimental techniques and technology using state-of-the-art equipment.

The goals of the program are:

  1. to give students a strong education in the fundamentals of physics, engineering, applied mathematics and computation;
  2. to develop skill in real-world problem solving starting from fundamental physical principles;
  3. to improve communication skills; and
  4. to develop ability to work in a team.

The student must choose one of four concentrations in

  • Aerospace Engineering,
  • Chemical Engineering,
  • Electrical Engineering, or
  • Mechanical Engineering.

The requirements are listed below. Students must earn a C- or better in all required courses.

Concentration: Aerospace

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective 13
Oral Communications Elective 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III: Natural Science
Select one of the following:4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Areas IV and V, with at least six credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits from History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives 1
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives 23-6
Program Specific Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Natural Science
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
Physics
PHYS 217
217 L
Heat, Light, and Sound
and Experimental Heat, Light and Sound
4
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
Engineering
A E 339Aerodynamics I3
A E 362Orbital Mechanics3
A E 363Aerospace Structures3
A E 364Flight Dynamics and Controls3
A E 419Propulsion3
A E 424Aerospace Systems Engineering3
A E 428Aerospace Capstone Design3
A E 439Aerodynamics II3
A E 447Aerofluids Laboratory3
C E 301Mechanics of Materials3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
M E 236Engineering Mechanics I3
M E 237Engineering Mechanics II3
M E 240Thermodynamics3
M E 261Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving3
M E 345Experimental Methods I3
Total Credits127-130
1

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses. See Alternatives for meeting VWW requirements (nine-credit rule).

Concentration: Chemical

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective 13
Oral Communications Elective 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III: Natural Science
Select one of the following:4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Areas IV and V, with at least six credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits from History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives 1
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives 23-6
Program Specific Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Natural Science
CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I4
CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
Electives
Technical Elective 33
Physics
PHYS 217
217 L
Heat, Light, and Sound
and Experimental Heat, Light and Sound
4
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
PHYS 475Advanced Physics Laboratory (must complete 3 credits)3
Engineering
CHME 101Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations2
CHME 102Material Balances2
CHME 201Energy Balances & Basic Thermodynamics3
CHME 303Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics4
CHME 305Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow3
CHME 306Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer4
CHME 307Transport Operations III: Staged Operations3
CHME 352 LSimulation of Unit Operations1
CHME 361Engineering Materials3
CHME 441Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
Total Credits126-129
1

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses. See Alternatives for meeting VWW requirements (nine-credit rule).

3

A list of approved technical electives is available from Engineering Physics Advisors.

Concentration: Electrical

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective 13
Oral Communications Elective 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III: Natural Science
Select one of the following:4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Areas IV and V, with at least six credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits from History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives 1
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives 23-6
Program Specific Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Natural Science
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
Electives
Technical Elective 33
Select one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
Fields and Waves4
Physics
PHYS 217
217 L
Heat, Light, and Sound
and Experimental Heat, Light and Sound
4
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 475Advanced Physics Laboratory (must complete 3 credits)3
PHYS 480Thermodynamics3
Engineering
E E 100Introduction to Electrical Engineering4
E E 112Embedded Systems4
E E 200Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics Applications4
E E 212Introduction to Computer Architecture and Organization4
E E 230AC Circuit Analysis and Introduction to Power Systems4
E E 312Signals and Systems I3
E E 380Semiconductor Devices and Electronics4
E E 418Capstone Design I3
E E 419Capstone Design II3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
Total Credits127-131
1

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses. See Alternatives for meeting VWW requirements (nine-credit rule).

3

A list of approved technical electives is available from Engineering Physics Advisors.

Concentration: Mechanical

General Education
State of New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Written Communications Elective 13
Oral Communications Elective 13
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Area III: Natural Science
Select one of the following:4
Mechanics
and Experimental Mechanics
4
Engineering Physics I
and Engineering Physics I Laboratory
4
Select one of the following:4
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Engineering Physics II
and Engineering Physics II Laboratory
4
Areas IV & V: Social and Behavioral Sciences & Humanities and Fine Arts
Select 15 total credits from Areas IV and V, with at least six credits from each area: 115
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Select 6-9 credits from Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives 1
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts:
Select 6-9 credits from History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives 1
Institution Specific General Education
Viewing a Wider World Electives 23-6
Program Specific Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III3
MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Natural Science
CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I4
or CHEM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
Electives
PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I3
or M E 333 Intermediate Dynamics
Technical Elective3
Physics
PHYS 217
217 L
Heat, Light, and Sound
and Experimental Heat, Light and Sound
4
PHYS 315Modern Physics3
PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics3
PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics3
PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I3
PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II3
PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I3
PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II3
Engineering
C E 301Mechanics of Materials3
ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering3
M E 159Graphical Communication and Design2
M E 236Engineering Mechanics I3
M E 237Engineering Mechanics II3
M E 240Thermodynamics3
M E 261Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving3
M E 326Mechanical Design3
M E 338Fluid Mechanics3
M E 341Heat Transfer3
M E 345Experimental Methods I3
M E 425Design of Machine Elements3
M E 426Design Project Laboratory I3
M E 427Design Project Laboratory II3
Total Credits126-129
1

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

2

See the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses. See Alternatives for meeting VWW requirements (nine-credit rule).