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Engineering Science - ARCHIVE

Begin Date: Spring 2003
End Date: Spring 2005

Engineering Science - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Engineering (E SC)

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

Engineering Science is a multidisciplinary honors program that emphasizes enhanced understanding and integrated application of mathematical, scientific, statistical, and engineering principles. The program is unique because the Engineering Science graduate forgoes specialization in a single engineering discipline in exchange for a broader perspective of engineering and the ability to interact with a team of allied professionals. The curriculum, founded upon mathematics, chemistry, physics, mechanics, and materials, is designed for students who seek to link science with the engineering disciplines. Examples include, but are not limited to, electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil and bioengineering. During the senior year, all students select a focus area of interdisciplinary study, complete a capstone project and write a thesis that integrates the scientific principles of research, design and analysis and applies them to engineering. Hence, Engineering Science students achieve both depth and breadth in science and engineering, 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.

The Engineering Science Program aims to develop graduates who:

  • Are prepared for advanced study and lifetime learning.
  • Recognize multi-faceted issues of technical problems, comprehend the importance of each, interact in diverse teams necessary to their solution, and effectively communicate these solutions across disciplines.
  • Can identify, analyze, and solve independently a technical problem, in particular the research aspect of their senior thesis.
  • Are able to communicate through written reports and papers and explain their work clearly in oral presentations.
  • Can select, proficiently apply, and interpret results of state-of-the-art engineering tools.
  • Understand from a global perspective: technology and its impact on societies; ethics and its impact upon the profession, citizenship, and humanity; and act responsibly.

Enrollment is limited to students who have demonstrated that they can benefit from the advanced courses of the curriculum. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is partial demonstration of such competence.

For the B.S. degree in Engineering Science, 137 credits and a 2.50 grade-point average are required. This baccalaureate program in Engineering Science is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; or

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

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


(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), ED&G 100(3), MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4), PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 220 GQ(2), MATH 230(4), MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
AERSP 308(3), E E 210(4), E E 340(3), E SC 400H(3), E SC 407H(3)[1], E SC 414M(3)[1], M E 120(4), PHYS 237(3) (Sem: 5-6)
E SC 404H(3)[1], E SC 410H(3), E SC 411H(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 7-8)

Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
E MCH 110H(5)[1] or E MCH 210(5)[1]; E MCH 012(3)[1] or E MCH 112H(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
E MCH 416H(3) or E SC 314(3) (Sem: 5-6)
I E 424(3) or NUC E 307(3) Sem: 5-6)
Select 1 credit of engineering technology laboratory (Sem: 7-8)

Select 12 credits of 400-level technical courses (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC or 3 credits of co-op experience.) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[32] Three credits in engineering science, 2 credits in engineering design.

The Pennsylvania State University � 2001

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

The University Faculty Senate has responsibility for and authority over all academic information contained in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

This electronic Undergraduate Bulletin is a version of the official bulletin of The Pennsylvania State University. It is suggested that users refer to this electronic bulletin when seeking the latest information about the University's academic programs and courses. Printed versions of the Bulletin are also official copies of the programs, courses, and policies in effect at the time of printing. Programmatic expectations for general education are those in effect at the time of admission to degree candidacy, and college and major requirements are those in effect at the time of entry to college and major. These are accurately indicated in each student's degree audit.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2003

Blue Sheet Item #: 31-02-021

Review Date: 10/8/02



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