University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Physics B.A. - Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics concentration provides a thorough study of physics and a solid background in engineering and mathematics. Graduates from this program can go on to graduate programs in physics and engineering or seek career opportunities in technical fields.

Bachelor of Arts - Physics; Engineering Physics Concentration

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Physics10
Upper-Division Physics18
Engineering Core13
Physics and Engineering Electives9
Mathematics Requirements15
Computer Science Requirements3
Advanced College Writing Requirement3
Total Hours71

Degree Specific Credits: 71

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Lower-Division Physics Core

Complete all of the following courses:10
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II with Calculus
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Physics Core

Complete all of the following courses:
PHSX 301Intro Theoretical Physics3
PHSX 311Oscillations and Waves2
PHSX 323Intermediate Physics Lab3
PHSX 343Modern Physics3
PHSX 423Electricity & Magnetism I3
PHSX 446Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics3
PHSX 499Senior Capstone Seminar1
Total Hours18

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Engineering Core

Complete all of the following courses:
EGEN 101Intro to Engineering Calculation & Problem Solving3
EGEN 201Engineering Statics3
EGEN 202Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics3
EELE 201Circuits I for Engineering4
Total Hours13

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics and Engineering Electives

Rule: Choose 9 additional upper division credits in physics or engineering

Note: Other PHSX courses may be substituted with adviser approval.

Complete 9 credits of the following courses:9
Fluid Mechanics
Classical Mechanics
Communicating Physics
Computational Physics
Electricity & Magnetism II
Advanced Physics Lab
Quantum Mechanics I
Quantum Mechanics II
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Requirements

Note: M 412 and M 418 are recommended as well

Complete all of the following courses:
M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
M 273Multivariable Calculus4
M 274Introduction to Differential Equations3
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science Requirements

Complete one of the following courses:3
Interdisciplinary Computer Science I
Computational Physics (strongly recommended)
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Advanced College Writing Requirement

Note: May substitute another advanced writing course as approved by the department chair.

Complete the following course:
PHSX 330Communicating Physics3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-