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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 1-26 cr
Calculus 3 or Multivariate Calculus3 cr
Differential Equations3 cr
Five (5) courses that emphasize a specifically focused traditional engineering area15cr upper level

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

6 cr
EGR 499: Capstone3 cr


  • General Physics with Lab (calculus-based), 4cr
  • CHE 101: Chemistry with Lab, 4cr
  • BIO 110: Biology I with Lab, or additional 4 cr General Physics with Lab or General Chemistry with Lab, as appropriate to area of focus

Recommended Courses:

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

  • Computer Literacy
  • Speech and Technical Writing
  • History of Science
  • MGT 101: Principles of Management
  • Philosophy of Science or Technology or Sociology
  • Business Ethics, Engineering Ethics or Legal Ethics
  • Human Behavior, Leadership
  • MGT 315: 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. explain how differences related to culture, communication styles, and gender impact the workplace;
  9. comprehend the role of the engineer in various settings; and
  10. apply principles of ethics.