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Engineering Physics BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 09.19 ENGINEERING PHYSICS, CIP: 14.1201 Engineering Physics)

Completing the Engineering Physics BS Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences must have a minimum GPA of 2.000 in technical classes (engineering, math, and science classes) to be in good standing and graduate with an undergraduate degree. To maintain academic standards and determine eligibility for continued enrollment, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences reviews the academic records of all students in an approved undergraduate SEAS major. This academic review is conducted at the end of each fall and spring semester.

View the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Academic Review Policy

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Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university transfer admission requirements. SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient. Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Transfer students who have completed an engineering science program at a community college or the first three years of a 3+2 program at a four-year college can typically expect to enter the third year of an engineering program at the University at Buffalo. Graduates of technology programs receive limited transfer credit and can expect three to four years of study at the university to complete the engineering or computer science degree requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Please see the School of Engineering and Applied Science admissions policies listed above.

Required Courses

CHE 107/CHE 127 General Chemistry for Engineers + Lab I or CHE 101/CHE 113 General Chemistry + Lab I Or CHE 105 Honors General Chemistry I
EAS 199 UB Seminar
EAS 202 Engineering Impact On Society
EAS 230 Engineering Computations
EAS 240 Programming for Engineers*
EAS 360 Communicative Literacy 2
EE 178 Digital Principles**
EE 202 Circuit Analysis I
EE 310 Electronic Devices and Circuits I
EE 311 Electronic Devices and Circuits II
EE 336 Fundamentals of Energy Systems
EE 352 Introduction to Electronics Lab
EE 353 Electronic Circuits Lab
EE 494 Senior Capstone Design Project or EAS 494 Interdisciplinary Senior Design
MAE 335 Fluid Mechanics
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
MTH 306 Introduction to Differential Equations
MTH 418 Survey of Partial Differential Equations
PHY 107 General Physics I or PHY 117 Honors Physics I (preferred)
PHY 108 General Physics II or PHY 118 Honors Physics II (preferred)
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab***
PHY 207 General Physics III or PHY 217 Honors Physics III
PHY 208 General Physics IV
PHY 257 General Physics III Lab
PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I
PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab
PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics I - Fundamentals
PHY 402 Quantum Mechanics I - Applications
PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I
PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II
PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I
PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory or PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory
Two technical electives, see the Academic Advising Report (AAR) for a complete list of course options.

 *Students are permitted to take alternative programming courses CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP in lieu of EAS 240, however EAS 240 is strongly preferred for Engineering Physics majors. The alternative programming courses should only be utilized by students transferring into the program with CSE 115 or EAS 999TRCP (general programming for transfer students) already completed. View our Computer Programming Requirement website for more information on the programming alternatives and self-study packages. 

**Students are permitted to take CSE 241 in lieu of EE 178, however EE 178 is strongly preferred for Electrical Engineering majors. CSE 241 should only be used if the student has already completed this course or is considering a double major in Computer Engineering. 

***Students are permitted to use PHY 151 and PHY 152 in lieu of PHY 158, however PHY 158 is preferred for engineering majors.


Students may choose to enroll in technical electives of interest. Technical electives allow undergraduates to explore broad areas of interest in engineering or physics.

Unrestricted technical electives: in principle, any 300 or 400 level course of technical nature may be considered as an unrestricted technical elective (for example, courses from SEAS, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Physics, and others). Some restrictions may apply in cases in which courses have large overlap with other courses in the program. See director of undergraduate studies for clarification. 

Departmental Honors Requirements

To graduate with departmental honors, a student must excel in coursework and complete a senior thesis. The designations given are awarded to students who have high GPAs in courses required for the Department of Physics degree programs and who have completed a senior thesis.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Engineering Physics BS degree
Credits Required for Major111
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 17
Additional Credits Required for Electives 0
Total Credits Required for Degree 128

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Aug 16, 2022 15:20:33