Learn to harness the laws of nature as you design and build working technology. Our ABET-accredited engineering program incorporates the studies of physics, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn how the three disciplines influence each other, while applying what they learn to hands-on engineering projects that seek to solve real-world problems.
In this program, you will . . .
- apply complex mathematical concepts to engineering scenarios and hands-on projects
- build foundational knowledge of engineering principles, including mechanical, electrical, materials, and thermal systems
- gain an in-depth understanding of the interconnections between these engineering disciplines, allowing you to be successfully working in the highly interdisciplinary environment that engineers face in the 21st century
- consider the ethical issues associated with technology, especially in today's digital society
Every engineering student completes a concentration of their choice:
- Biomedical: Learn how engineering can be applied to biology for healthcare purposes.
- Chemical: Combine chemistry with knowledge of physics and thermodynamics to learn how chemicals, materials, and energy interact.
- Electrical: Learn about electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism, and apply your knowledge to the design of systems requiring analog, digital, micro-computer, and/or power electronics.
- Environmental: Gain a foundation in environmental science to learn how purposefully-engineered technology can help sustain and improve the environment.
- Mechanical: Study fluid mechanics, heat transfer, the dynamics of machinery, and materials used for machine design.
- Physics: Build an advanced knowledge of the application of experimental physics, especially electricity and magnetism, waves, optics, and quantum mechanics.
- General: Design your own concentration for an advanced practical understanding of various areas of engineering, rounded out by additional mathematics and science courses.
Every engineering student puts classroom theories into action through a sequence of design courses spread throughout the four-year curriculum:
- Introduction to Engineering: A course in your first year that introduces you to several commercial engineering CAD and programming software tools through a first multi-disciplinary hands-on project. Students learn Solidworks and Cadsoft Eagle, and gain exposure to the Arduino programming environment.
- Introduction to Circuits & Electronics / Principles of Engineering: Two sophomore year courses that each include a 4-6 week end-of-semester project. One project gives students a concept-to-design-to-CAD-to-prototyping electrical experience (last year, students designed and built a laser tag gun and receiver), and a second project leads students through a multi-physics system modeling and design optimization problem (currently, the project platform is a small electric vehicle).
- Junior engineering project: A junior year course that focuses on applying engineering, math, and science knowledge to solving a multi-disciplinary problem using a variety of analytical tools that have been learned through the engineering curriculum. Recent projects include the design of an induction bread baking table-top oven and an inverted pendulum two-wheeled robot.
- 320-hour minimum practicum involving significant engineering work. Past students have completed practicums at industry leaders like Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Dynamic Aviation, NuVasive, and Gentex.
- Senior capstone: a three-course experience designed to prepare students for professional engineering work through a year-long student-driven project.