In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer information systems, and technical writing, students will study the foundational engineering principles of statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, electrical circuit analysis, and microelectronic incorporating sound economical standards and ethical responsibility. During their senior year, all students will select a focus area of study and complete a design project that integrates the principles of research, process, and analysis as applied to engineering.
Since it is necessary for potential engineering science students to have adequate high school preparation for this program, it is highly recommended that prospective students take high school physics, chemistry, and four years of mathematics in preparation for pursuit of this degree. Mathematical proficiency is essential to engineering and placement tests are given to all incoming freshmen, and those who do not qualify to begin Calculus I will be required to take additional leveling mathematics courses.
For the Engineering Science program, the desired student competencies are as follows:
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems by applying principles of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- An ability to apply both analysis and synthesis in the engineering design process, resulting in designs that meet desired needs.
- An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
- An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
- An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.