B.S. in Engineering Physics

The bachelor of science degree in engineering physics (BSEP) provides training for individuals who either seek employment in an engineering discipline that requires a deeper knowledge of physical principles or who intend to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. A BSEP degree differs from a traditional engineering degree in that the curriculum includes more of a focus on fundamental physics. At the same time, the UNH program is flexible in the sense that each student designs his or her program (with appropriate advising) within certain constraints, which include a core component and an electives component. The goal is to balance physics courses with appropriate selections from various engineering disciplines to prepare the student for his or her longer term goals, keeping a balance between depth and breadth that is appropriate for these goals.

BSEP Mission Statement

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).

BSEP Program Educational Objectives

  1. To provide highly skilled, interdisciplinary graduates who can identify and solve problems from a broader physical perspective than traditional engineering fields
  2. To prepare students for further studies in interdisciplinary graduate programs.
  3. To be able to communicate effectively with their peers, to work well as members of teams.
  4. To pursue careers that incorporate ethical and professional responsibility, as well as good citizenship.


  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. A minimum of six 3- or 4-credit physics courses (with at least one of these courses being at the 700 level), a minimum of six 3- or 4-credit engineering courses and two other electives, chosen from physics, engineering or math programs. The course selection must include a total of at least eight courses at the combined 600 and 700 levels.
    2. CHEM 403 or CHEM 405. (Note: to take CHEM 405, a student must have taken chemistry in high school.)
    3. Required math courses include Math 425, 426 (Calc 1, 2) and 527/528 (Diff Eq and Multi-D). Math 525/526 (Linearity I, II) may replace MATH 527/528.
    4. A computer programming course, such as CS 410 or IAM 550 or equivalent.
    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.