Career Preparation for Other Fields: Engineering study is considered an excellent preparation for advanced medical, law, and business degrees. Such plans usually require additional coursework beyond that required for the engineering degree. The student should contact one of the program directors or the dean of the CECS for advisement on course of study.
Engineering Fundamentals: The engineering fundamental courses equip the student with an understanding of engineering economic analysis, statistical analysis tools, and strong decision making skills as well as basic engineering science knowledge. Laboratories develop an understanding of engineering instrumentation, experimental techniques, and fundamental principles. Written and oral communication is emphasized throughout the curriculum. The engineering design experiences begin with freshmen team design projects, are continued throughout the curriculum, and culminate in a two-semester interdisciplinary design project. The study of the computer and its applications is integrated throughout the curricula.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) has four program specialties:
- Engineering: Chemical Engineering: Environmental
- Engineering: Civil Engineering: Industrial
- In addition, two discipline specific degree programs are offered:
- B.S.E.E. - Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- B.S.M.E.- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Each program offers specific upper-level undergraduate and graduate level courses that provide learning opportunities to support the skill and knowledge needs of a graduate of that program. Each program is governed by its own mission and set of program objectives. Students in each engineering program take a selection of additional engineering fundamentals courses (at least 7 hours) and at least 30 specialty course hours to complete their program. The descriptions and requirements of each program follow the description of the engineering curricula and fundamental courses.
Curricula Structure: The engineering curricula is highly structured. The typical engineering course has one or more prerequisites, which must be completed before enrollment in that engineering course. Additionally, some engineering courses have corequisites, which must be taken simultaneously with the engineering courses. It is expected that laboratory courses will be taken simultaneously with the related lecture courses. The structured nature of the engineering curriculum makes it advisable that students see a faculty advisor in their selected program prior to each registration. Typical courses of study have been prepared for each program, and may be obtained from the faculty advisor.
The faculty who support the various engineering programs also teach the engineering fundamentals courses.
To obtain one of the offered undergraduate engineering degrees, a student must complete the following curriculum.
- General Education (see list of approved courses)
Each engineering student must complete the following general education sequences:
- Rhetoric and Composition: Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition (6 hours)
- Mathematics: Mathematics 151/152 (4 hours)
- Statistics: Engineering 222 (3 hours)
- Natural Sciences: Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component (7-8 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts: One approved fine arts course and one approved humanities course (6 hours)
- Cultures and Civilizations: One approved Non-Western Cultures and Civilizations course (3 hours)
- Behavioral and Social Sciences: Economics 101 and 102 or two approved behavioral science courses (6 hours)
Major and Related Courses
- Major and Related Courses vary depending upon the engineering program (see below); however, all B.S. Engineering programs require at least:
- Chemistry 121/123
- Mathematics 151/152, 161, 212, 245, 255
- Physics 231/281
- Engineering Fundamentals: Engineering 103, 104, 113, 185, 222, 246, 247, 270, 385, 485, and at least 7 additional Engineering hours as prescribed by the specialty program selected.