Do you enjoy science and math? Do you enjoy designing things and solving problems?

East Carolina University's engineering program is an ABET-accredited program that was founded in 2004 and had its first graduates in May 2008. As a young program, we have the ability to adapt to the needs of our students and our region. While three of the six concentrations we offer (biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering, and industrial/systems engineering) have been around since the program's inception, three other concentrations (electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering) have been added at the request of our industry partners. Offering a general engineering degree with concentrations provides us the flexibility to meet employer demands by providing well-rounded, technically savvy engineers who are effective communicators and good problem solvers.

Students begin our program as first-term freshmen. During the senior year, all students complete a Capstone Design Project. For the project, student teams complete a project for an industry partner. The design experience is intended to mirror the type of work a first-year engineer does in the field.

To date, our graduates have been able to find employment in a variety of engineering positions. Also, a number of graduates have chosen to attend graduate school at universities such as N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, and Penn State.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina University's engineering program has several unique features. We offer a general engineering program, meaning our graduates take a common core of engineering courses that provide them with the breadth to be employed in a number of industries. We also offer six concentrations to provide graduates with depth in one area. Our focus is on undergraduate education. All classes and labs are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Students are able to get to know their professors.

We currently have approximately 600 students. Our small size enables us to keep class sizes small. Typically, engineering courses have 20-32 students in them, and most labs sections have fewer than 20 students. Professors are able to get to know their students. The general engineering nature of our program means we have faculty from all areas of engineering. We have established relationships with other areas of campus, such as ECU's Brody School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine, and can provide students with opportunities for undergraduate research in a number of fields.

What You Will Study

Biomedical Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Stephanie George (225 Slay Hall; 252-737-2826; georges@ecu.edu)Bioprocess Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Loren Limberis (223 Slay Hall; 252-328-9715; limberisl@ecu.edu) Electrical Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Jianchu (Jason) Yao (203 Slay Hall; 252-737-1029; yaoj@ecu.edu) Environmental Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Randall Etheridge (204 Slay Hall; 252-737-1930; etheridgej15@ecu.edu) Industrial and Systems Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Gene Dixon (205 Slay Hall; 252-737-1031; dixone@ecu.edu) Mechanical Engineering Concentration Program Coordinator: Jeunghwan (John) Choi (207 Slay Hall; 252-737-1026; choijo14@ecu.edu)

Minimum degree requirement for the engineering program is 128 s.h. credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • BIOL 1050 - General Biology
  • BIOL 1051 - General Biology Laboratory
  • or
  • BIOL 1100 - Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1101 - Principles of Biology Laboratory I

  • CHEM 1150 - General Chemistry I
  • Note:

    When selecting general education electives, it is important to check first with your advisor to get a list of mathematics and science courses that cannot count toward the engineering degree due to accrediting agency restrictions.

    2. Engineering foundation - 43 s.h.
    • ENGR 1000 - Introduction to Engineering
    • ENGR 1012 - Engineering Graphics
    • ENGR 1016 - Introduction to Engineering Design
    • ENGR 2000 - Engineering Design and Project Management I
    • ENGR 2022 - Statics
    • ENGR 2050 - Computer Applications in Engineering
    • ENGR 2070 - Materials and Processes
    • ENGR 2450 - Dynamics
    • ENGR 2514 - Circuit Analysis
    • ENGR 3000 - Engineering Design and Project Management II
    • ENGR 3024 - Mechanics of Materials
    • ENGR 3034 - Thermal and Fluid Systems
    • ENGR 3050 - Sensors, Measurements, and Controls
    • ENGR 3420 - Engineering Economics
    • ENGR 3800 - Quality Control for Engineers
    • ENGR 4010 - Senior Capstone Design Project I
    • ENGR 4020 - Senior Capstone Design Project II
    3. Cognates - 26-28 s.h.
    • CHEM 1151 - General Chemistry Laboratory I

    • MATH 2152 - Engineering Calculus II or
    • MATH 2172 - Calculus II

    • MATH 2153 - Engineering Calculus III or
    • MATH 2173 - Calculus III

    • MATH 2154 - Engineering Linear Algebra and Differential Equations I
    • MATH 2171 - Calculus I *
    • MATH 3307 - Mathematical Statistics I
    • PHYS 2350 - University Physics I
    • PHYS 2360 - University Physics II
    • Note:

      * May be counted toward the mathematics general education requirement.

      4. Concentrations - 22 s.h.

      (Choose one)

        Biomedical engineering (22 s.h.)
        • BIME 2080 - Foundations of Biomedical Engineering
        • BIME 4030 - Biomechanics and Materials
        • BIME 4040 - Physiological Systems and Modeling for Engineering I
        • BIME 4050 - Physiological Systems and Modeling for Engineering II
        • BIME 4200 - Biomedical Instrumentation
        • Technical electives, 6 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
        Bioprocess engineering (22 s.h.)
        • BIOE 3013 - Engineering Applications in Microbial Systems
        • BIOE 3250 - Bioprocess Engineering Systems
        • BIOE 4006 - Bioprocess Engineering Validation and Quality
        • BIOE 4010 - Bioprocess Separation Engineering
        • BIOE 4020 - Bioprocess Plant Design, Simulation and Analysis
        • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
        • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
        • CHEM 2750 - Organic Chemistry I
        • CHEM 2753 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
        Electrical engineering (22 s.h.)
        • EENG 2410 - Digital Electronics
        • EENG 3013 - AC Circuits
        • EENG 3023 - Signals and Systems
        • EENG 3040 - Microprocessors
        • EENG 3750 - Electric Power Systems
        • EENG 4510 - Control System Design
        • Technical electives, 3 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
        Environmental engineering (22 s.h.)
        • CHEM 1160 - General Chemistry II
        • CHEM 1161 - General Chemistry Laboratory II
        • ENVE 3103 - Water Quality
        • ENVE 3203 - Water and Wastewater Treatment
        • ENVE 3303 - Air Quality Engineering
        • ENVE 4103 - Engineering Surface Water Hydrology
        • ENVE 4203 - Engineering Groundwater Hydrology
        • Technical electives
        Industrial and systems engineering (22 s.h.)
        • ISE 3010 - Principles and Methods of Industrial and Systems Engineering
        • ISE 3060 - Systems Optimization
        • ISE 4010 - Work Measurement and Human Factors
        • ISE 4020 - Analysis of Production Systems and Facility Design
        • ISE 4065 - Discrete Systems Modeling
        • Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
        Mechanical engineering (22 s.h.)
        • MENG 3073 - Engineering Thermodynamics
        • MENG 3624 - Solid Mechanics
        • MENG 4153 - Engineering Fluid Mechanics
        • MENG 4263 - Engineering Heat Transfer
        • MENG 4650 - Machine Design
        • Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Engineering, General
      • Engineering, General
      • Engineering, General

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.