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Curriculum Information

Engineering students in study hall.

Engineering and Applied Science Curricula

Note: The College of Engineering and Applied Science reserves the right to change regulations and to add or withdraw courses from its curricular requirements at any time. The institution also reserves the right to add or withdraw degree programs and to change degrees at any time. Effective dates of change will be determined by the proper authorities and shall apply to prospective students and to those who are already enrolled.

All baccalaureate students in this college study under the cooperative plan. The five-year curriculum includes eight semesters of campus study and up to five semesters of related practical experience. Details are outlined in the Calendar and the Professional Practice Programs.

Although various curricula have different advanced professional courses, all require the same basic courses. During the first two years, all curricula call for concentration in the basic sciences of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, which are the roots of engineering. Emphasis is placed also on comprehension and use of communication skills in English, graphical representations, and mathematical descriptions. These are the verbal, pictorial, and symbolic languages of the engineering community.

A bridge to the areas of engineering practice is provided through courses in applied sciences, termed "engineering fundamentals," including mechanics of rigid bodies, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, electrical sciences, nature and properties of materials, and strength of materials.

The series of distinctive professional departmental courses embodies the principles of engineering design as applied to structures, machines, processes, systems, and controls. Elective courses and senior projects provide specialization according to individual interests. Elective courses also provide a natural transition and excellent preparation for those students who will seek advanced degrees.

Analytical work in the engineering classroom frequently coordinates with laboratory work to insure familiarity with experimental equipment and procedures, and thorough understanding of the relationships of theory, experiment, and practice.

Computers are used as a tool for analysis and design in many of the lecture and laboratory courses. All curricula are designed to prepare the student for later practice in the central engineering functions of design and consulting, as well as in professional areas relating to development, production, construction, operation, maintenance, management, technical sales, research and graduate study.

A continuum of courses in humanities and social sciences is an integral part of each curriculum. The sequences of courses serve to widen the horizon of the student, to awaken potential cultural interests, to prepare for a satisfying and effective career in the community, and to provide for continued growth throughout a chosen career. It aims to develop initiative, vision, and imagination, as well as a sense of responsibility for professional and personal contributions for the benefit of mankind.