Degree Programs

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Degree programs are offered leading to the following:

We offer an uncommon educational experience.

  • Our classes are small, beyond the introductory level.
  • Homework is graded and returned promptly.
  • Faculty members are actively involved in research and development.

Undergraduates can participate in many research areas, such as:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biophysics
  • Chaos
  • Physics education
  • Environmental radiation
  • Liquid crystals
  • Surface science
  • Statistical mechanics
  • Superconductivity and more!

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics

Engineering Physics is a curriculum in applied science, including a carefully chosen sequence of engineering electives in one of the traditional engineering fields. The science and mathematics of engineering are emphasized. The Engineering Physics program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700. Our Engineering Physics Program is the first ever established (in 1938) and the only accredited engineering physics program in New England.

The Educational Objectives of the University of Maine Engineering Physics Program are to have our graduates:

A. use the versatility afforded by the engineering physics degree to collaborate with a dynamic, diverse, and technically sophisticated workforce by successfully employing engineering/scientific skills, developed at UMaine, in a wide range of fields;

B. continuously improve and expand their technical and professional skills through informal self-study, coursework, pursuit of licensure, or the attainment of advanced degrees in science, engineering, business, or other professional fields;

C. advance the profession and themselves through ethical behavior, communication, teamwork, and leadership;

D. recognize the importance of civic engagement and support the significant roles that engineering and science play in the betterment of society.

In support of these objectives, preparation also includes an introduction to the humanities, social sciences, communications and raising sensitivity to issues of ethics and professional practice.
Furthermore, the program encourages majors to participate in student professional organizations, including the Society of Physics Students, the Society of Women Engineers and the various student societies within the student’s chosen engineering field. In addition, majors frequently qualify for membership in the honor societies Sigma Pi Sigma and Tau Beta Pi, among others.

The EPS Learning Outcomes are based on the ABET-developed learning goals for all engineering students.

The University Office of Institutional Research provides statistics on Enrollment and Graduation Rates for all programs in the College of Engineering, including the Engineering Physics  Program.

Major Requirements

# Credits Required Courses
49 Mathematics and Basic Science (Chemistry and Physics)
38 Engineering and Engineering Science (including Physics Lab courses)
18 Humanities & Social Sciences
15 Other Required Courses
3 Free Elective
123 Credits required for graduation

For additional information, download a current Curriculum Guide in PDF format for a B.S. in Engineering Physics (PDF) The engineering concentrations discussed in that document are each outlined in more detail in the following:

Bachelor of Science in Physics

The Bachelor of Science in Physics is customarily the prerequisite for graduate education in physics, astronomy, or related areas. This prepares the student for careers in basic or applied research and development. Because of its strong emphasis on science and mathematics, it is particularly appropriate for careers in research at industrial, governmental, or academic institutions.

Major Requirements
# Credits Required
52 Physics (without PHY 100)
21 Humanities & Social Sciences
28 Sciences (10 cr.) and Mathematics (18 cr.)
19 Electives
120 Minimum credits for graduation (without PHY 100)

For additional information, download an updated Curriculum Guide in PDF format for a B.S. in Physics (PDF)

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

This program can be tailored to a wide variety of careers, including medicine and dentistry. Or students may pursue broad science areas, such as: astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, environmental studies, geophysics, or physical oceanography. The program also provides a strong science background for students pursuing management, law, or secondary school science teaching careers.

Major Requirements
# Credits Required
35 Physics (without PHY 100)
25 Sciences & Mathematics
60 Electives (must also include those necessary to satisfy the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A. requirements)
120 Minimum credits for graduation (without PHY 100)
A minimum of 72 hours must be outside the major

For additional information, download an updated Curriculum Guide in PDF format for a B.A. in Physics (PDF)

Minors in Physics or Astronomy

The Minor in Physics and the Minor in Astronomy are both flexible programs intended for students enrolled in any four-year degree program at the University of Maine. The programs provide a stronger science and mathematics background. Students choose either physics or astronomy as areas of study.

Minor in Physics — requires 21 credits in Physics (12 specified and 9 elective).

Mandatory Courses
Courses Choices
Physics PHY 121/122*, PHY 223, PHY 236
Choose 3 or more Electives PHY 224, PHY 238, PHY 447, PHY 454, PHY 462, PHY 463, PHY 469,
PHY 470, PHY 471, PHY 472, PHY 473, PHY 476, PHY 480
may be substituted with PHY 111/112 if previously taken

Look up these courses by their designators under Courses Offered.

Minor in Astronomy — requires 12 credits in Physics and 9 credits in Astronomy.

Mandatory Courses
Physics PHY 121/122*, PHY 223, PHY 236
choose 3 or more Electives AST 110, AST 215, AST 216, AST 451, AST 497
may be substituted with PHY 111/112

Look up these courses by their designators under Courses Offered (Physics courses found here).