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Engineering Studies

Building on fundamental science and mathematics courses, the Engineering Studies concentration emphasizes a broad education in engineering while permitting a focus in an area of engineering, including but not limited to civil, electrical, chemical, mechanical, and manufacturing.

Students are required to develop modern laboratory skills and to apply computer-aided design software tools. They will also engage in a broad range of studies that encourage understanding of the role of the engineer in a complex and diverse society, the place of the engineer in business organizations and the social processes inherent in interdisciplinary engineering teams.

Engineering Studies students are encouraged to develop strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Concentration Requirements:

Calculus 1-26cr
Calculus 3 or Multivariate Calculus3cr
Differential Equations3cr
Five (5) courses that emphasize a specifically focused traditional engineering area                  15cr upper level

Two (2) engineering courses from outside your area of focus                                                                




General Physics with Lab (calculus-based)4cr lower level
General Chemistry with Lab4cr lower level
General Biology with Lab, or additional General Physics with Lab or General
Chemistry with Lab, as appropriate to area of focus
4cr lower level


Recommended Courses:

The following courses are strongly recommended for students seeking employment in the field:

Computer Literacy
Speech and Technical Writing
History of Science
Principles of Management
Philosophy of Science or Technology or Sociology
Business Ethics, Engineering Ethics or Legal Ethics
Human Behavior, Leadership
Organizational Behavior

Membership in an appropriate technical society or professional organization is recommended to maintain an awareness of current trends and issues.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Engineering Studies will be able to:

  1. apply engineering concepts to solve a broad range of engineering problems;
  2. apply engineering principles in performing and designing physical devices and experiments;
  3. make engineering measurements;
  4. apply software packages to the analysis and development of engineering systems;
  5. explain the history of science and the role of technology in a global society;
  6. describe current trends and issues in the engineering profession;
  7. work effectively in teams;
  8. demonstrate awareness of differences, including difference related to culture, communication styles and gender;
  9. comprehend the role of the engineer in various settings; and
  10. apply principles of ethics.

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