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Undergraduate Degree Programs


Engineering Science

University Park, College of Engineering (E SC)

PROFESSOR JUDITH A. TODD, Department Head; P. B. Breneman Chair and Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics

Engineering Science is a multidisciplinary honors program that emphasizes enhanced understanding and integrated application of engineering, scientific, and mathematical principles. The program is unique because it provides a broad foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering and provides students the opportunity to obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of their choosing through technical electives and a research and design honors thesis. The curriculum is designed for students who seek to link the engineering disciplines with science. In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics and chemistry - (and biology for students in premedicine), students study thermodynamics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, solid and fluid mechanics, electrical devices, materials science, and topics selected as foundational and technical electives. During the junior year, students investigate a variety of research fields and identify a topic for their honor thesis research and design project. During the senior year, all students complete a capstone project on their chosen topic by writing a thesis that applies the scientific principles of research, design and analysis to engineering. Focus areas of study include, but are not limited to: electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical, and materials engineering and are expected to be interdisciplinary. Hence, Engineering Science students achieve both depth and breadth in engineering and science, are able to function across disciplines, and graduate well prepared for advanced studies as well as professional employment.

The specific program objectives are tied to the mission of the program as described above. They target the major outcomes expected of Engineering Science students and are flexible and readily adaptable to meet changing constituent needs.

Program Educational Objectives

The expected accomplishments of Engineering Science graduates in the first several years following graduation are:

  1. participate in lifelong learning activities including, but not limited to, masters, doctorate, medical, and law degrees, continuing education, leadership development, management training, and global involvement/awareness;
  2. engage in practice in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, electrical systems, electronics, mechanical systems, materials development, forensics, biomaterials, medicine, law, and business;
  3. research, develop, design and/or utilize new products, processes, materials, devices, systems, and/or tools;
  4. communicate findings and best practices at conferences and meetings, and to the general public through presentations, technical publications (journals, reports, memoranda), and patents;
  5. use state-of-the-art tools for the benefit of society;
  6. participate in and promote the values of diversity and sustainability in society; and
  7. encourage and foster future generations of engineers through mentoring, service, and outreach.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) an ability to communicate effectively (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Enrollment is limited to students who have demonstrated that they can benefit from the advanced courses of the curriculum; therefore a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is required. Qualified students can participate in the integrated undergraduate graduate (IUG) program to streamline the process of earning B.S. and M.S. degrees.

ENTRANCE TO MAJOR -- In addition to the minimum grade-point average (GPA) requirements* described in the University Policies, all College of Engineering entrance to major course requirements must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: CHEM 110 (GN), MATH 140 (GQ), MATH 141 (GQ), MATH 250 or MATH 251, PHYS 211 (GN) and PHYS 212 (GN). All of these courses must be completed by the end of the semester during which the admission to major process is carried out.

*Since Engineering Science is an honors program, admission is limited to students who attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 by the end of the entrance to major semester. In the event that the major is under enrollment control, a higher minimum cumulative grade-point average is likely to be needed and students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering or Division of Undergraduate Studies at the time of confirming their major choice.

For the non-Honors B.S. degree in Engineering Science, 131 credits and a 2.50 grade-point average are required. The Honors degree requires the same number of total credits but a minimum of 16 honors Jr./Sr. year credits and a higher grad-point average as determined by the faculty. The baccalaureate program in Engineering Science is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 220 GQ(2-3), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4)[1], ME 302(4), PHYS 212 GN(4)[1], PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
EE 210(4), ESC 312(3), ESC 407(3)[1], ESC 409(1), ESC 414(3)[1], ESC 433(1) (Sem: 5-6)
ESC 404(3)[1], ESC 410(3), ESC 411(2), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ESC 261(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) or CMPSC 202 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EMCH 210H(5)[1] or EMCH 210(5)[1]; EMCH 212H(3)[1] or EMCH 212(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)

Select 15 credits from the department Foundational Elective List (Sem:5-6)
Select 12 credits from the department Technical Elective List (Students may apply 3 credits of ROTC or 3 credits of co-op experience.) (Sem: 7-8)

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Study - B.S. Engineering Science - M.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics

The flexibility and strength in fundamentals of the Engineering Science curriculum provides an opportunity for Engineering Science undergraduate students to participate in the ESM Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) program. Application for IUG status may be made in the fifth or subsequent semesters.

The IUG program promotes the interchange of ideas across all branches of the scientific and engineering disciplines from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. Students in the composite degree program are expected to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas that encompass nano- and bionanotechnology, advanced materials, electromagnetic, mechanics, microelectronics, nanoelectronics and bioelectronics, neural engineering, photonics and photovoltaics (among others) and they are expected to embrace multidisciplinary perspectives across departmental, College, and University boundaries.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2006 (E SC); Spring Semester 2012 (Integrated B.S./E.Sc.-M.S./E.Mch. & Integrated B.S./E.Sc.-M.S./E.Sc. AND Program Description)

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-04-021 (E SC); 33-04-176, 40-05-034 (Add Integrated B.S./E.Sc.-M.S./E.Mch. & Integrated B.S./E.Sc.-M.S./E. Sc.)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Review Date: 01/14/2014

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07



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