General Engineering at UTC

The BSE program is being phased out at UTC and does not receive any new students.

Engineers have diverse and exciting careers.  Being diverse means that there is an engineering career opportunity for almost every industry – manufacturing and service. Engineers especially contribute to their communities, countries and colleagues to improve lives.  And they work everywhere – offices, classrooms, factories, research labs, outdoors, and in the water!

AT UTC, the General Engineering degree (BSE) has been providing students with a degree in engineering without specific discipline, partly due to the size of the engineering program we had.  Over the years, the College of Engineering and Computer Science has witnessed significant enrollment growth, along with the discipline specific expertise.  Due to this growth, we now offer BS degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Technology Management, and Mechanical Engineering, preparing students to work as engineers in traditional discipline specific engineering career fields or other settings such as medicine, law, business management, policy creation, community planning, and education.  As a result of our growth, a decision to phase out the BSE program has been made.  As of Spring 2017, no new students are being admitted to the program.  Students who want to pursue one of the following concentration areas of the BSE program, can now do so in one of the discipline specific engineering programs.

  • computer engineering
  • environmental engineering

The Computer Engineering concentration is being transformed to a new BS program in Computer Engineering administered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the college.  The program is currently in review by the Tennessee Higher Education Council and is planned to launch in Fall 2017.  Students who are admitted to the BSE program with computer engineering concentration will be moved to the BS in Computer Engineering program automatically.

Students interested in Environmental Engineering careers can now enroll in the Civil Engineering program or in the Chemical Engineering program with the environmental engineering concentration.

The BSE program also has the following additional concentration areas:

  • interdisciplinary engineering
  • nuclear engineering
  • STEM education

After currently enrolled students graduate from the program with concentrations in the above three areas, the college will no longer offer courses in support of the concentrations. 

Although the program will be phased out by 2020, all students who have been admitted to the program prior to Fall 2016 will  continue to receive the quality education offered in the past, fulfilling our commitment to the students.  The engineering faculty continues to dedicate their time and energy to fostering life-long learning among the all engineering graduates.  The majority of the full-time engineering faculty are registered professional engineers and possess substantial industrial experience.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering
(B.S.E.) Degree

The mission of the program for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (B.S.E.) Degree is to provide accessible education in the theory and application of engineering in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment that

  • Prepares students for successful careers in industry, government, and academia
  • Emphasizes project-based design
  • Promotes life-long learning
  • Serves the engineering profession
  • Fosters ethical, professional, and social responsibility

Program Outcomes:

Upon graduation from UTC, BSE students will have demonstrated:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

  7. An ability to communicate effectively

  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues

  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

Program Objectives:

As a part of the work force or the academic environment UTC BSE graduates will:

  • Successfully function as responsible and ethical professionals in a variety of engineering disciplines

  • Function effectively in multidisciplinary environments

  • Adapt to various environments

  • Participate in further knowledge building opportunities'

  • Progress toward Professional Registration

Undergraduate Curriculum for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (B.S.E.)

We offer 6 concentrations for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (B.S.E.) Degree.

BSE: Computer Engineering 

Computer Engineering integrates several fields of electrical engineering and computer science to develop computer systems for a variety of applications. Computer engineers usually have training in electrical engineering, software design, and hardware-software integration instead of only software engineering or electrical engineering. Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors and computers (individual and super) to circuit design and computer interfaces. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also on how they integrate into the larger project or system.

BSE: Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering is the application of science and engineering principles to improve the natural environment (air, water, and/or land resources), to provide healthy water, air, and land for habitation, and to remediate polluted sites. It involves waste water management and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, radiation protection, industrial hygiene, environmental sustainability, and public health issues as well as a knowledge of environmental engineering law. It also includes studies on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects.

BSE: Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the design, improvement, and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment, and energy. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical, and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design to specify, predict, and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.

BSE: Interdisciplinary Engineering

The interdisciplinary concentration of the BSE program is an innovative curriculum that provides students the flexibility to integrate the core courses for the BSE degree with electives of their choice to broaden their education for their professional and personal goals. Students in the program will customize their education using electives across the engineering disciplines and other courses in and outside of the College of Engineering and Computer Science with a full-time faculty advisor. The students are required to complete a formal program of study with the advisor to ensure inclusion in the curriculum program multiple engineering disciplines and a complementing elective emphasis. This program allows students to tailor an engineering curriculum with elective courses to expand their education beyond a single engineering area of study.

BSE: Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the application of the breakdown (fission) as well as the fusion of atomic nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics. In the sub-field of nuclear fission, it particularly includes the interaction and maintenance of systems and components like nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants, and/or nuclear weapons. The field also includes the study of medical and other applications of (generally ionizing) radiation, nuclear safety, heat/thermodynamics transport, nuclear fuel and/or other related technology (e.g., radioactive waste disposal), and the problems of nuclear proliferation.

BSE: STEM Education

The UT Chattanooga STEM Education Engineering program provides students the opportunity to (1) obtain a B.S.E degree that emphasizes the general focus of engineering across disciplines or within a discipline and (2) obtain eligibility for teacher licensure (for teaching Mathematics or Physics) in Tennessee and in those states that grant reciprocity privileges to graduates of institutions accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).