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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Engineering

General Engineering (G E)

Abington College
Penn State Great Valley
University College, Penn State Brandywine, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Hazleton

PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head of School of Engineering, Design, Technology and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP)
PROFESSOR IVAN E. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering


PROFESSOR ROBERT AVANZATO, Program Coordinator, Penn State Abington
PROFESSOR ASAD AZEMI, Program Coordinator, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR DAUDI WARYOBA, Program Coordinator, Penn State DuBois
PROFESSOR KATHRYN W. JABLOKOW, Program Coordinator, Penn State Great Valley
PROFESSOR WIESLAW GREBSKI, Program Coordinator, Penn State Hazleton

The General Engineering program provides students with a broad foundation in engineering with specialization in a technically and professionally relevant topic. Students must choose the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design option at Abington, Brandywine and Great Valley campuses, Applied Materials option at the DuBois campus or the Alternative Energy and Power Generation option at the Hazleton campus. From this degree program, students will acquire the ability to work as members of a team toward successful attainment of a common goal, thus preparing them to work in for-profit or nonprofit organizations, or to further their studies in graduate school. Typical employment for General Engineering graduates includes positions such as engineer, product engineer, process engineer, manufacturing engineer, development engineer, and materials engineer. With employment opportunities such as these and others, graduates or the General Engineering program can attain professional and economically sustaining employment in their desired regional area. This degree program develops written and oral communication skills, culminating in a two-semester senior design course sequence consisting of a project based largely on student interest and faculty input.

Program Educational Objectives:

The educational objectives of the General Engineering program are designed to prepare graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice will

  1. Be employed by industry or government in the fields, such as, design, research and development, experimentation and testing, manufacturing, and technical sales
  2. Assume an increasing level of responsibility and leadership within their respective organizations
  3. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments
  4. Recognize and understand global, environmental, social, and ethical contexts of their work
  5. Progress to an advanced degree and certificate programs and be committed to lifelong learning to enhance their careers and provide flexibility in responding to changing social and technical environments.

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

Graduates of the General Engineering program shall be able to:

a) Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b) Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c)  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)  Function on multidisciplinary teams
e)  Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f)   Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g)  Communicate effectively
h)  Demonstrate the understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i)   Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j)   Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues
k)  Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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 PHSY 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.

For the B.S. degree in General Engineering, a minimum of 127 credits are required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection.)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 109 credits
(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.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 71 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 45 credits
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), EDSGN 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 211(3)[1], E MCH 213(3), MATH 231(2), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGR 490W(1), ENGR 491W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: 22 credits
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem:1-2)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 121 GQ(3) or CMPSC 201 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
M E 300(3)[1] or EME 301(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
ENGR 350(3)[1], E MCH 407(3)[1], or E MCH 461(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 4 credits
Select 4 credits in General Technical Electives from the program approved list.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 38 credits

APPLIED MATERIALS OPTION: (38 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 38 credits
E MCH 212(3), ENGR 320(3), MATSE 201(3)[1], MATSE 400(3), MATSE 413(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 5-6)
ENGR 421(4), ENGR 450(3), MATSE 402(3), MATSE 411(3), MATSE 417(3), MATSE 430(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND POWER GENERATION OPTION: (38 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 38 credits
E E 210(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
E E 314(3), EGEE 302(3), EME 303(3), M E 345(4), NUC E 401(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E E 485(3), E E 488(3), EGEE 420(3), EGEE 437(3), EGEE 438(3), EGEE 441(3) (Sem: 7-8)

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING DESIGN OPTION (38 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 38 credits
CMPEN 271(3), E E 210(4), E MCH 212(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CMPEN 331(3), CMPEN 472(3), E E 310(4)[1], E E 352(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
CMPEN 454(3), EDSGN 401(3), EDSGN 410(4)[1], EDSGN 495(1), ENGR 407(3) (Sem: 7-8)

[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: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-03-033

Review Date: 11/08/2011

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013