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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09

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College of Technology and Computer Science

Department of Engineering

Paul J. Kauffmann, Chairperson, 214 Slay Building

The Department of Engineering offers a BS in engineering with four concentration areas: biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering.

The mission of the department is to provide a theory-based, application-oriented general engineering education that serves as a basis for career success and lifelong learning. Our graduates demonstrate the engineering and scientific knowledge to analyze, design, improve and evaluate integrated technology–based systems. Our program welcomes a diverse student body and provides the support to foster its success.

Graduates of the BS in engineering program will:
  1. Use their education to be successful in a technical career or graduate studies, demonstrating competence in applying classical methods and modern engineering tools;
  2. Analyze technical, environmental, and societal issues related to engineering designs and technology systems;
  3. Be productive team members and leaders, using skills in human relations and communication;
  4. Practice a lifelong commitment to learning and professional development; and
  5. Demonstrate commitment to the professional and ethical standards of engineering and recognize the importance of community and professional service.
Graduates of the BS program have: (a) an ability to apply knowledge of math, science and engineering; (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments/analyze and interpret data; (c) an ability to design a system, component, or process; (d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary 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) an ability to evaluate the impact of technology in a global/societal context; (i) an appreciation for lifelong learning; (j) knowledge of contemporary issues; (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools for engineering practice; and (l) an ability to apply engineering concepts to an area of concentrated study, chosen from biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering, industrial and systems engineering, or mechanical engineering.

The BS program is distinctive from many other engineering programs in that it: 1) focuses on hands-on project applications of engineering, beginning with the freshman year and continuing throughout the program; 2) promotes a team-based learning approach where students work closely with each other and the faculty; and 3) integrates science, math and engineering content to assure a coordinated presentation of concepts that flow from theory to advanced practice and application.

Engineering students are encouraged to pursue registration as a Professional Engineer (PE). The first step in this process is completion of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. Students are required to take the FE exam during their senior year. Subsequent to graduation, professional licensure requires at least four years of progressive engineering experience and successful completion of the PE Examination.


Admission to the university or college does not guarantee admission to the engineering program. Students with an interest in engineering should indicate engineering as the desired major when they apply to the university and complete a separate application to the engineering program. The engineering application can be found on the Department of Engineering Web site at Once students have been accepted into the university, the engineering admissions committee evaluates program applicants based on a number of success indicators including SAT/ACT scores, performance in math and science courses, high school GPA, and rank in class. The average SAT for freshmen admitted to the engineering program at ECU is typically over 1100 on mathematics and critical reading. Prior to enrolling in classes, engineering students also take an engineering mathematics placement test focused on calculus readiness. Information on this test is included in the engineering acceptance letter.

Transfer admission: Students transferring to the engineering program must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better in all course work attempted at the college(s) from which they are transferring in addition to meeting university transfer requirements. Students who have completed an associate degree from an approved pre-engineering program will be directly admitted to the BS program. Transfer students who do not have a 2.5 or better GPA are individually evaluated and the complete academic record is examined with particular emphasis on performance in math and science classes. These students may be admitted on a provisional basis and permitted to take certain engineering courses based on a case-by-case assessment. Provisional transfer students are expected to demonstrate the ability to succeed by completing their first semester at ECU with a 2.5 GPA.

Special Department Programs

Internships. The department encourages internships at local and regional employers and in service learning projects. Full-time students who have completed 24 credit hours and have a 2.0 minimum cumulative GPA are eligible for internships. Transfer students must complete 12 credit hours at ECU before applying for the internship program.

Engineering Learning Community. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to live in the engineering learning community dormitory on campus. This program builds teamwork and collaboration skills and facilitates the transition to university life.

BS in Engineering

Minimum degree requirement for the engineering program is 128 s.h. credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs.), including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    BIOL 1050. General Biology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) and BIOL 1051. General Biology Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (C:BIOL 1030 or 1050) or BIOL 1100, 1101. Principles of Biology and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P/C for 1101: BIOL 1100)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 2151. Engineering Calculus I (3) (S) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 1083 or 1085 or placement test criteria; or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 2275. Professional Ethics (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) or PHIL 2274. Business Ethics (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU)
    PHYS 2350. University Physics (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: MATH 2121 or 2171)
  2. Engineering Foundation - 40 s.h.
    ENGR 1012. Engineering Graphics (2) (F) (C: MATH 1083 or higher)
    ENGR 1014. Introduction to Engineering (3) (S) (P: ENGR 1012)
    ENGR 2022. Statics (3) (S) (P: PHYS 2350)
    ENGR 2050. Computer Applications in Engineering (3) (S) (C: MATH 1083 or higher)
    ENGR 2070. Materials and Processes (3) (F)
    ENGR 3004. Dynamics (3) (F) (P: ENGR 2022; MATH 2153)
    ENGR 3012. Thermal and Fluid Systems (4) (S) (P: ENGR 3004)
    ENGR 3014. Circuit Analysis (3) (F) (P: MATH 2154; PHYS 2360)
    ENGR 3024. Mechanics of Materials (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGR 2020, 2070)
    ENGR 3050. Sensors, Measurements and Controls (3) (S) (P: ENGR 3014)
    ENGR 3300. Introduction to Engineering Project Management (3) (WI) (F) (P: ENGL 1200; ENGR 1014)
    ENGR 3400. Engineering Economics (3) (WI) (F) (P: MATH 3307)
    ENGR 4010. Senior Capstone Design Project I (2) (WI) (F) (P: Consent of instructor)
    ENGR 4020. Senior Capstone Design Project II (2) (WI) (S) (P: ENGR 4010)
  3. Cognates - 21 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065; C for 1150: CHEM 1151; C for 1151: CHEM 1150)
    MATH 2152. Engineering Calculus II (3) (S) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 2151 or 2171; or consent of instructor)
    MATH 2153. Engineering Calculus III (3) (F) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 2152 or 2172; or consent of instructor)
    MATH 2154. Engineering Linear Algebra and Differential Equations I (4) (S) (P: ENGR 2050; MATH 2153)
    MATH 3307. Mathematical Statistics I (3) (F,S) (P: MATH 2172)
    PHYS 2360. University Physics (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: PHYS 2350)
  4. Concentrations (Choose one)
    Biomedical Engineering - 25 s.h.
    BIME 3000. Foundations of Biomedical Engineering (3) (F) (P: Consent of instructor)
    BIME 4030. Biomechanics and Materials (4) (F) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; ENGR 3004, 3024)
    BIME 4040. Physiological Systems and Modeling for Engineering (3) (F) (P: BIME 3000)
    BIME 4200. Biomedical Instrumentation (4) (F) (P: BIME 4040; ENGR 3050)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    CHEM 2750. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; C: CHEM 2753)
    CHEM 2753. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (F,S,SS) (C: CHEM 2750)
    ENGR 4000. Quality Systems Design (3) (F) (P: MATH 3307)
    Bioprocess Engineering - 25 s.h.
    BIOE 3000. Bioprocess Engineering Systems (3) (S) (P: BIOL 2110; CHEM 2650, 2651; consent of instructor)
    BIOE 4000. Bioprocess Validation and Quality Engineering (4) (F) (P: MATH 3307; Consent of instructor)
    BIOE 4010. Bioprocess Separation Engineering (3) (F) (P: BIOE 3000)
    BIOE 4020. Bioprocess Plant Design, Simulation and Analysis (3) (S) (P: BIOE 4010; MATH 3307)
    BIOL 2110. Fundamentals of Microbiology (3) (F,S) (P: 7 s.h. in CHEM; RR: BIOL 1050, 1051 or 1100, 1101)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    CHEM 2650. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    CHEM 2651. Organic Chemistry Lab for the Life Sciences (1) (F) (C: CHEM 2650)
    Industrial and Systems Engineering - 25 s.h.
    ISYS 3010. Principles and Methods of Industrial and Systems Engineering (3) (F) (P: Junior standing in engineering)
    ISYS 3060. Systems Optimization (3) (F) (P: MATH 2154, 3307)
    ISYS 4010. Work Measurement and Human Factors (3) (S) (P: MATH 3307)
    ISYS 4020. Analysis of Production Systems and Facility Design (3) (F) (P: MATH 3307)
    ISYS 4065. Discrete System Modeling (3) (F) (P: MATH 2154, 3307)
    ENGR 4000. Quality Systems Design (3) (F) (P: MATH 3307)
    Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
    Mechanical Engineering - 25 s.h.
    MENG 3624. Solid Mechanics (3) (S) (P: ENGR 3024)
    MENG 4018. Thermodynamics (3) (P: ENGR 3012)
    MENG 4150. Fluid Mechanics (3) (S) (P: ENGR 3012)
    MENG 4260. Heat and Mass Transfer (3) (F) (P: ENGR 3012)
    MENG 4650. Machine Design (3) (S) (P: MENG 3624)
    ENGR 4000. Quality Systems Design (3) (F) (P: MATH 3307)
    Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.