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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Begin Date: Spring Semester 2012
End Date: Spring Semester 2014

Engineering Science - ARCHIVE

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 an 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, chemistry, and biology, students study thermodynamics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, solid and fluid mechanics, electrical devices, materials science, and failure analysis. During the senior year, all students select a focus area of study, complete a capstone project and write a thesis that integrates the scientific principles of research, design and analysis and applies them to engineering. Focus areas of study include, but are not limited to: electrical, mechanical, civil, bioengineering, and materials and are typically 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:

In the first few years following graduation, Engineering Science graduates are expected to:

  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.
  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. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 is partial demonstration of such competence. Qualified students can participate in the integrated undergraduate 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.

*Because the Engineering Science is an honors program, admission is limited to students who attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. 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 B.S. degree in Engineering Science, 131 credits and a 2.50 grade-point average are required. 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), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 214 GN(2) (Sem: 3-4)
E E 210H(4), E SC 312(3), E SC 407H(3)[1], E SC 414M(3)[1], E SC 433H(1), M E 302(4) (Sem: 5-6)
E SC 404H(3)[1], E SC 410H(3), E SC 411H(3), 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)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
E SC 261M(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)
E MCH 110H(5)[1] or E MCH 210(5)[1]; E MCH 112H(3)[1] or E MCH 212(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)

Select 3 credits from the department Foundational Elective List (Sem: 1-2)
Select 12 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.
[32] Three credits in engineering science, 2 credits in engineering design.

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 #: 40-05-033 (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.)

Review Date: 02/21/2012

R & T: Approved 5/24/2013

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


Accreditation statement updated, per COE: 2/27/13


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