2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering, B.S.

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Program Coordinator: Eric Brisart

The Bachelor of Science in engineering is intended for students who want to combine the study of fundamental engineering principles with significant work in a complementary area. By design, the B.S. Engineering program has much more flexibility than is possible with a degree in a specific engineering discipline. This flexibility results in many elective choices which will allow the student to develop depth in a complementary area of their choice.

Courses in the first several semesters track closely with those in most other engineering programs. Early in the program, B.S. Engineering students will prepare a study plan in consultation with the program coordinator to identify specific goals for their program with a tentative list of elective choices to meet these goals.

Included in the B.S. Engineering degree is a student-selected minor that may be satisfied using the program elective courses.  The minor may be selected from any area across the University, but should be selected with the goal of preparing the student for a particular career path.  Some examples of minors and the related career paths include:

  • Minor in Biology - for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical engineering
  • Minor in Legal Studies - for students who are planning a career in patent law
  • Minor in Business Management - for students interested in management in a technical industry
  • Minor in Professional and Technical Writing, or Communications - for a career in technical writing and communications
  • Minor in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Math - to prepare for a career in STEM education
  • Minor in Political Science - to prepare for a career in government service dealing with technical issues
  • Minor in Sustainability studies - as preparation for a career in in a public policy position to help make our infrastructure more sustainable
  • Minor in Marketing, Finance, or Management - to prepare for a career as an entrepreneur, or to work in technical sales

The program also provides the opportunity for combining the B.S. Engineering degree with one of a select set of Master's degrees.  Students enrolling in this program can earn both the B.S. Engineering degree and a Master's degree in 5 years.  Please contact the program coordinator or contact admissions for details.

The Degree Program

The B.S. Engineering degree program requires completion of 126 credits, including the 40-credit University Core Curriculum requirements. Most of the requirements for the University Core are satisfied by specifically designated courses aligned with the program's objectives. The B.S. Engineering program also includes a core of interdisciplinary engineering courses bearing the EASC prefix. These courses provide a broad engineering background that spans the major disciplines. In addition, students develop engineering depth by choosing additional engineering courses from a variety of electives.

Students can use electives (including engineering electives) to focus on an area of interest within the engineering disciplines or to combine engineering with courses in other disciplines. Per program requirements, students must select a minor from any recognized program at the University. Students are expected to submit their planned program of study to their advisor. Changes can be made any time after this point provided that degree requirements are met and advisors are consulted.

During the senior year, students must complete a capstone project. The project should include elements of engineering design, laboratory research, computer simulations or other significant independent work. The project may be completed in one semester or may span the full year, as appropriate to the topic and scope. One choice is to participate in a two-semester, industry-sponsored design project with students from other majors.

Program Outcomes:

By the completion of the program, a student is expected to: 

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  3. Communicate effectively in oral and written modes.
  4. Combine a knowledge of engineering fundamentals with a chosen focus area (minor) in solving a substantial problem of contemporary interest.


Required Courses

Senior Year

Notes on Requirements

1Electives. Free electives allow students the flexibility to pursue other courses offered at the University and provide numerous options to create a degree plan according to their interests. These electives may include courses needed to complete a minor in any area offered by the University. Satisfying a minor is a requirement for the BS Engineering degree program.

2Restricted Electives. To maintain depth, restricted electives, which can be taken from any discipline, are generally limited to 3000+ level courses that require at least one 2000+ prerequisite. Restricted electives may include courses needed to satisfy the requirements of a minor.                                                                   

3Capstone Project. The capstone project consists of student research or a student project that is completed in the capstone project course EASC 4501 (and optional EASC 4502). The student may choose a one-semester project experience, which must be completed in EASC 4501 (3 credits), or a two-semester experience, which includes both EASC 4501 and EASC 4502 (six credits) with the EASC 4502 course filling an elective. The student may also fulfill the capstone project requirement by completing a capstone design two-semester course sequence from any other Tagliatela College of Engineering degree program.

4Engineering Lab Elective. The required engineering lab course provides students with a lab experience in any engineering major. This provides the student with added flexibility in constructing a program that best fits their interests.

Note that remedial classes cannot be used to satisfy any of the program's requirements. If such courses are needed, the total number of credits to complete the program is increased by these credits. The following courses are considered remedial and will not count toward degree requirements: math courses below the level of calculus I, English courses below the level of ENGL 1112, and Chemistry courses below the level of CHEM 1115.

Direct Entry BS Engineering / MS Biomedical Engineering Program

The direct entry, combined BS Engineering/ MS Biomedical Engineering degree program is available to qualified BS Engineering students both currently in the program and newly admitted. Students receive a Biology minor in this program pathway and take four graduate-level Biomedical Engineering courses during the senior year that count toward the MS in Biomedical Engineering degree. Students graduate with a BS in Engineering following their fourth year and complete the MS Biomedical Engineering degree by taking the remainder of the graduate-level courses in their fifth year. To qualify, students must apply for graduate admission no later than two semesters prior to the anticipated fulfillment of the BS Engineering degree requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application to the 4+1 program, and submit one letter of recommendation from an engineering faculty member.  

4+1 BS Engineering / MBA Program

The 4+1 combined BS Engineering/ MBA degree program is available to qualified BS Engineering students both currently in the program and new incoming students being admitted to the program.Included within the program is a choice of one of the following minors taken within the program: Business ManagementBusiness AnalyticsEntrepreneurship and Innovation, or any other minor that you may wish to choose. The minor included in this program and five graduate-level business courses are taken during the senior year that count toward the MBA degree. Students graduate with a BS in Engineering following their fourth year and complete the MBA degree by taking the remainder of the graduate-level courses in their fifth year. To qualify, students must apply for graduate admission no later than two semesters prior to the anticipated fulfillment of the BS Engineering degree requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application to the 4+1 program, and submit one letter of recommendation from an engineering faculty member.   

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