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Bachelor of Science in Engineering

The purpose of the Engineering major is to develop in students the necessary knowledge and analytical skills for professional engineering practice or for successful graduate studies. The Engineering program is characterized by breadth but permits study in depth, to include attaining a specialization in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The Engineering major also provides for flexibility to address the unknown challenges of the 21st century. In consultation with an academic advisor, students may design a Custom Specialization to prepare for emerging fields not immediately definable with traditional specializations.
Engineers apply the principles of mathematics and the laws of natural science to analyze, design, develop and devise improvements that benefit humanity. The Engineering program consists of a course of study in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals during the first two years of study. Students then tailor their program to their own specific needs by selection, with the assistance of their advisor, of appropriate elective courses constituting a specialization. The resulting curriculum is designed to achieve a balance between science and engineering, to provide an understanding of the economic and social implications of engineering activity, and to develop creative talents. This program includes the necessary topics found on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
The Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Specific program educational objectives and outcomes include:

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:

  1. Possess an inquisitive mind, demonstrate excellence in technical knowledge and skills, achieve success as a practicing engineer or graduate student, and apply the highest ethical standards in all pursuits.
  2. Value the concept of, and demonstrate through practice, activities and actions that contribute to continual intellectual growth.
  3. Advance the engineering profession by becoming actively involved in professional associations and societies, serving in professional and community volunteer positions, acting as a role model for the future generation of engineers, and assisting the SECCM Engineering Program in achieving its mission and goals.

Program Outcomes

We expect our graduating students to possess:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Degree Requirements

The major in Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students normally complete a minimum of 124 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements and meeting the requirements of one of the available Engineering Specializations. The approved outline is as follows:

First Year (16 credits) Fall

COMM 210 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 credits)
CORE 102 Challenges of Democracy (3 credits)
ENGR 110 Engineering Graphics and Design (3 credits)
MATH 213 Calculus I & Lab (4 credits)
CORE 102 Expository Writing (3 credits)

First Year (17 credits) – Spring

CORE 103 Human Behavior in Perspective (3 credits)
ENGR 115 Computer Applications for Engineering (3 credits)
MATH 214 Calculus II & Lab (4 credits)
PHYS 201 Physics I & Lab (4 credits)
WTNG 220 Critical Writing for the Professions (3 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) – Fall

CHEM 191 Chemistry I & Lab (4 credits)
CORE 104 Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life (3 credits)
ENGR 210 Engineering Statics (3 credits)
MATH 317 Differential Equations (3 credits)
PHYS 202 Physics II & Lab (4 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) – Spring

CHEM 192 Chemistry II & Lab (4 credits)
CORE 105 Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse (3 credits)
ENGR 220 Engineering Dynamics (3 credits)
ENGR 300 Mechanics of Materials & Lab  (4 credits)
MATH 315  Probability & Statistics (3 credits)

Third Year (16 - 17 credits) - Fall

ENGR 240  Circuit Theory & Lab (4 credits)
ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering (3 credits)
ENGR 330 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
MATH Elective (200 Level of above) (3 credits)
ENGR Elective (3/4 credits)

Third Year (13-16 credits) - Spring

ENGR 305 Fluid Mechanics & Lab (4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)

Fourth Year (13-14 credits) - Fall

CORE   Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar (3 credits)
ENGR 401 Engineering Senior Seminar (1 credit)
ENGR 335 Engineering Economic Analysis (3 credits)
ENGR 490 Engineering Design I (3 credits)
Engineering Elective    (3/4 credits)

Fourth Year (15-19 credits) - Spring

ENGR 492 Engineering Design II (3 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)

Total: 124-133 Semester Credits

Engineering electives must be selected to meet the requirements of one of the available Engineering Specializations.

Mathematics elective requirement excludes the following courses: MATH 335, MATH 340, MATH 450, and MATH 451.

Civil Engineering Specialization

The Civil Engineering Specialization (including focused study in Structural Engineering and Environmental  engineering) is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Course:

ENGR 313 Structural Analysis
ENGR 409 Structural Design
ENGR 412 Water Resources Engineering & Lab
ENGR 414 Geotechnical Engineering & Lab
ENGR 415 Water and Wastewater Treatment
ENGR 418 Construction Engineering
ENGR 420 Transportation Engineering

And two courses from the following list:

ENGR 405 Air Pollution and Control
ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
ENGR 413 Advanced Structural Analysis
ENGR 430 Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
CHEM 201 Environmental Chemistry & Lab
CNST 302 Surveying & Lab

Computer Engineering Specialization

The Computer Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

COMSC 110 Introduction to Computer Science & Lab
COMSC 111 Data Structures & Lab
ENGR 260 Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR 270 Digital Systems Design & Lab
ENGR 424 Digital Signal Processing
ENGR 430 Sp Tp: Microprocessors
ENGR 430 Sp Tp: VLSI

And two courses from the following list:

COMSC 210 Principles of Computer Organization & Lab
COMSC 230 Principles of Programming Languages
COMSC 340 Analysis of Algorithms
COMSC 420 Principles of Operating Systems
ENGR 430 Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR 450 Mechatronics
PHYS 350 Computational Physics

Electrical Engineering Specialization

The Electrical Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

ENGR 260 Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR 270 Digital System Design & Lab
ENGR 360 Signals and Systems
ENGR 370 Microprocessors
ENGR 424 Digital Signal Processing
ENGR 445 Dynamic Modeling and Control
ENGR 460 Electromagnetic Theory

And two courses from the following list:

ENGR 340 Sustainable Energy systems
ENGR 430 Sp Tp: VLSI
ENGR 430 Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR 433 Heat Transfer
ENGR 450 Machatronics
PHYS 320 Modern Physics
or
PHYS 350 Computational Physics

Mechanical Engineering Specialization

The Mechanical Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

ENGR 310 Material Science
ENGR 332 Machine Design
ENGR 350 Theory and Design of Mechanical Measurements
ENGR 433 Heat Transfer
ENGR 445 Dynamic Modeling and Control

And four courses from the following list:

ENGR 260 Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR 340 Sustainable Energy Systems
ENGR 430 Sp Tp: Finite Element Analysis
ENGR 430 Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR 431 Mechanical Vibrations
ENGR 432 Manufacturing and Assembly
ENGR 437 Acoustics
ENGR 442 Biomechanics
ENGR 450 Mechatronics

The Custom Program Specialization

The Custom Program Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Nine courses are required, at least five of which are at the ENGR 300/400-level. A student must form a committee of three engineering faculty who will review and approve of the program plan no later than first semester of the student’s third year.