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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

MAJOR: 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 (37 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area II: Mathematics (4 credits)
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Natural Science (8 credits)
PHYS 213Mechanics

3 cr.

PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism

3 cr.

PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

*Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Institution Specific General Education (3 or 6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Elective

3-6 cr.

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

Program Specific Requirements (89 credits)

Mathematics (10 credits)

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Natural Science (4 credits)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

Electives (3 credits)

Technical Elective

3 cr.

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

Physics (25 credits)

PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound

3 cr.

PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 315Modern Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics

3 cr. (1+6P)

PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 cr.

PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 cr.

Engineering (47 credits)

A E 339Aerodynamics I

3 cr.

A E 362Orbital Mechanics

3 cr.

A E 363Aerospace Structures

3 cr.

A E 364Flight Dynamics and Controls

3 cr.

A E 419Propulsion

3 cr.

A E 424Aerospace Systems Engineering

3 cr.

A E 428Aerospace Capstone Design

3 cr. (3+2P)

A E 439Aerodynamics II

3 cr.

A E 447Aerofluids Laboratory

3 cr. (2+3P)

C E 233Mechanics-Statics

3 cr.

C E 301Mechanics of Materials

3 cr.

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

M E 159Graphical Communication and Design

2 cr. (1+3P)

M E 234Mechanics-Dynamics

3 cr.

M E 240Thermodynamics

3 cr.

M E 345Experimental Methods I

3 cr. (2+3P)

CONCENTRATION: Chemical

General Education

State of New Mexico Common Core (37 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Area II: Mathematics (4 credits)
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Natural Science (8 credits)
PHYS 213Mechanics

3 cr.

PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism

3 cr.

PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

*Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses.

Institution Specific General Education (3 or 6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Elective

3-6 cr.

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

Program Specific Requirements (87 credits)

Mathematics (10 credits)

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Natural Science (11 credits)

CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

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

Electives (3 credits)

Technical Elective

3 cr.

Physics (31 credits)

PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound

3 cr.

PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 315Modern Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics

3 cr. (1+6P)

PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3 cr.

PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 cr.

PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 cr.

PHYS 475Advanced Physics Laboratory

1-3 cr.

NOTE: Students must complete three credits of PHYS 475.

Engineering (32 credits)

CHME 102Material Balances

3 cr.

CHME 201Energy Balances

3 cr.

CHME 301Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

3 cr.

CHME 302Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II

2 cr.

CHME 302 LThermodynamic Models of Physical Properties

1 cr. (3P)

CHME 305Transport Operations I: Fluid Flow

3 cr.

CHME 306Transport Operations II: Heat and Mass Transfer

4 cr.

CHME 307Transport Operations III: Staged Operations

3 cr.

CHME 352 LSimulation of Unit Operations

1 cr. (3P)

CHME 361Engineering Materials

3 cr.

CHME 441Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Engineering

3 cr.

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

CONCENTRATION: Electrical

General Education

State of New Mexico Common Core (37 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses
Area II: Mathematics (4 credits)
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Natural Science (8 credits)
PHYS 213Mechanics

3 cr.

PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism

3 cr.

PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

*Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses

Institution Specific General Education (3 or 6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Elective

3-6 cr.

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

Program Specific Requirements (87-88 credits)

Mathematics (10 credits)

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Natural Science (4 credits)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

Electives (9-10 credits)

Technical Elective

3 cr.

and either

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 cr.

and

PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 cr.

or

E E 310Multivariate and Vector Calculus

3 cr.

and

E E 351Applied Electromagnetics

4 cr. (3+3P)

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

Physics (28 credits)

PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound

3 cr.

PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 315Modern Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics

3 cr. (1+6P)

PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3 cr.

PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 475Advanced Physics Laboratory

1-3 cr.

PHYS 480Thermodynamics

3 cr.

NOTE: Students must complete three credits of PHYS 475.

Engineering (36 credits)

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 162Digital Circuit Design

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 210Introduction to Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 260Embedded Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 280DC and AC Circuits

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 312Signals and Systems I

3 cr.

E E 380Semiconductor Devices and Electronics

4 cr. (3+3P)

E E 418Capstone Design I

3 cr. (1+6P)

E E 419Capstone Design II

3 cr. (1+6P)

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

CONCENTRATION: Mechanical

General Education

State of New Mexico Common Core (37 credits)

Area I: Communications (10 credits)
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition

4 cr.

*Written Communications Elective

3 cr.

*Oral Communications Elective

3 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses
Area II: Mathematics (4 credits)
MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

Area III: Natural Science (8 credits)
PHYS 213Mechanics

3 cr.

PHYS 213 LExperimental Mechanics

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism

3 cr.

PHYS 214 LElectricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

Area IV: Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

*Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses
Area V: Humanities and Fine Arts (6 or 9 credits)

Students must complete 15 total credits from Area IV and V, with at least six credits from each area.

History, Philosophy, Literature, Art, Music, Dance, Theater, or Foreign Language electives

6-9 cr.

*see the required courses section of the catalog for a full list of courses

Institution Specific General Education (3 or 6 credits)

Viewing a Wider World Elective

3-6 cr.

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

Program Specific Requirements (87 credits)

Mathematics (10 credits)

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

MATH 291GCalculus and Analytic Geometry III

3 cr.

MATH 392Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

3 cr.

Natural Science (4 credits)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

Electives (6 credits)

PHYS 451Intermediate Mechanics I

3 cr.

or

M E 333Intermediate Dynamics

3 cr.

 

Technical Elective

3 cr.

Physics (25 credits)

PHYS 217Heat, Light, and Sound

3 cr.

PHYS 217 LExperimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 cr. (3P)

PHYS 315Modern Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 315 LExperimental Modern Physics

3 cr. (1+6P)

PHYS 395Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 cr.

PHYS 454Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 455Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 cr.

PHYS 461Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 cr.

PHYS 462Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 cr.

Engineering (42 credits)

C E 233Mechanics-Statics

3 cr.

C E 301Mechanics of Materials

3 cr.

ENGR 100Introduction to Engineering

3 cr. (2+3P)

M E 159Graphical Communication and Design

2 cr. (1+3P)

M E 234Mechanics-Dynamics

3 cr.

M E 240Thermodynamics

3 cr.

M E 261Mechanical Engineering Problem Solving

3 cr. (2+3P)

M E 326Mechanical Design

3 cr.

M E 328Engineering Analysis I

3 cr.

M E 338Fluid Mechanics

3 cr.

M E 341Heat Transfer

3 cr.

M E 425Design of Machine Elements

3 cr.

M E 426Design Project Laboratory I

3 cr. (6P)

M E 427Design Project Laboratory II

3 cr. (6P)