Engineering physics baccalaureate program receives accreditation

New Mexico State University’s bachelor’s degree program in engineering physics has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accrediting body of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer an accredited engineering physics degree to students. There is a vital need in New Mexico for people with this specialty from the national laboratories and other government customers. In addition, the engineering physics degree will help attract additional students into science and engineering who might not otherwise consider a career in these important areas,” said Steven P. Castillo, dean of the NMSU College of Engineering.

The NMSU engineering physics program is offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the department of physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree program provides students with a rigorous course of study in the fundamentals of physics and applied mathematics along with an engineering core curriculum in mechanical or electrical and computer engineering. It is the only degree-granting engineering physics program in New Mexico.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations, conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working within the ABET disciplines, focus on program curricula, faculty, facilities, institutional support, and other important areas.

One of the key elements of ABET accreditation is the requirement that programs continuously improve the quality of education provided. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with a quality education.

The College of Engineering at NMSU offers 10 degree-granting programs. Baccalaureate programs in civil, chemical, electrical and computer, industrial, mechanical, engineering physics, and surveying engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. Engineering technology baccalaureate programs specializing in civil, electronics and computer, and mechanical are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET, Inc. The information and communication technology program is not designed to be an engineering technology program, and therefore, is not accredited. The college plans to seek accreditation of the new aerospace engineering degree during the next general review, in 2012.

New Mexico State University is the state’s land grant university, serving the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service. For more information about New Mexico State University’s bachelor’s degree program in engineering physics, visit: http://engineeringphysics.nmsu.edu.


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