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College of Technology and Computer Science

Department of Engineering

O. Hayden Griffin, Chair, 214 Slay Building

The Department of Engineering offers a BS in engineering with five concentration areas: biomedical engineering, bioprocess engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, and mechanical engineering. The BS in engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: 410-347-7700.

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, electrical 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 encouraged 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 www.tecs.ecu.edu/engineering. 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 first meet university transfer requirements. Once transfer students have been admitted to the university, they may apply to the engineering program and will be evaluated by the department admissions committee on the potential to succeed with particular emphasis on performance in math and science classes. Students who have completed an associate degree from an approved pre-engineering program will be directly admitted to the BS program.

Special Department Programs

Internships. All engineering students are encouraged to complete internships, service learning projects, and professional practice activities prior to graduation. The department maintains a number of internship relationships at local and regional employers. Full-time students who have completed 24 credit hours and have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA are eligible for these ECU 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.

Undergraduate Research. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue undergraduate research with a faculty member. Up to 3 s.h. of undergraduate research may be applied toward degree requirements as a technical elective. Information regarding undergraduate research may be obtained from the concentration coordinator.

BS in Engineering

Minimum degree requirement for the engineering program is 128 s.h. credit as follows:
  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) 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) (May not receive credit for MATH 2151 after receiving credit for MATH 2171) (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 for 2350: MATH 2121, 2151, or 2171)
  2. Engineering Foundation - 39 s.h.
    ENGR 1000. Introduction to Engineering (1) (P: Engineering major)
    ENGR 1012. Engineering Graphics (2) (C: MATH 1083 or higher)
    ENGR 1016. Introduction to Engineering Design (2) (P: ENGR 1000, 1012)
    ENGR 2000. Engineering Design and Project Management I (1) (P: ENGR 1016 or consent of instructor)
    ENGR 2022. Statics (3) (P: MATH 2152; C: PHYS 2350)
    ENGR 2050. Computer Applications in Engineering (3) (P: MATH 1083 or higher)
    ENGR 2070. Materials and Processes (3) (WI)
    ENGR 2450. Dynamics (3) (Formerly ENGR 3004) (P: ENGR 2022 with minimum grade of C; MATH 2152)
    ENGR 2514. Circuit Analysis (4) (P/C: MATH 2154; PHYS 2360)
    ENGR 3000. Engineering Design and Project Management II (2) (WI) (P/C: ENGR 3420; P: ENGR 2000)
    ENGR 3024. Mechanics of Materials (3) (WI) (P: ENGR 2022 with minimum grade of C; ENGR 2070)
    ENGR 3050. Sensors, Measurements and Controls (3) (P: ENGR 3014; MATH 2154)
    ENGR 3420. Engineering Economics (2) (P: MATH 2152)
    ENGR 3800. Quality Control for Engineers (3) (Formerly ENGR 4000) (P: MATH 3307)
    ENGR 4010. Senior Capstone Design Project I (2) (WI) (P: ENGR 3000, consent of instructor)
    ENGR 4020. Senior Capstone Design Project II (2) (WI) (P: ENGR 4010)
  3. Cognates - 21 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (P/C: MATH 1065; C for 1150: CHEM 1151; C for 1151: CHEM 1150)
    MATH 2152. Engineering Calculus II (3) (S) (FC:MA) (May not receive credit for MATH 2152 after receiving credit for MATH 2172) (P: Minimum grade of C in MATH 2151 or 2171; or consent of instructor)
    MATH 2153. Engineering Calculus III (3) (F) (FC:MA) (May not receive credit for MATH 2153 after receiving credit for MATH 2173) (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 or MATH 2173)
    MATH 3307. Mathematical Statistics I (3) (F,S) (P: MATH 2152 or MATH 2172)
    PHYS 2360. University Physics (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: PHYS 2350)
  4. Concentrations (Choose one)
    Biomedical Engineering - 26 s.h.
    BIME 3000. Foundations of Biomedical Engineering (3) (P: Consent of instructor)
    BIME 4030. Biomechanics and Materials (4) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C, ENGR 3024)
    BIME 4040. Physiological Systems and Modeling for Engineering (3) (P: BIME 3000)
    BIME 4200. Biomedical Instrumentation (4) (P: BIME 3000; 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 3012. Thermal and Fluid Systems (4) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C; MATH 2153)
    Bioprocess Engineering - 26 s.h.
    BIOE 3016 Engineering Applications in Microbial Systems (2) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum C; MATH 2154; C: CHEM 2650, 2651)
    BIOE 3250. Bioprocess Engineering Systems (3) (Formerly BIOE 3000) (P: CHEM 2650, 2651; BIOE 3016)
    BIOE 4006. Bioprocess Validation and Quality (2) (P: MATH 3307; consent of instructor)
    BIOE 4010. Bioprocess Separation Engineering (3) (P: BIOE 3250; ENGR 3012)
    BIOE 4020. Bioprocess Plant Design, Simulation and Analysis (3) (P: BIOE 4010; MATH 3307)
    BIOL 2110, 2111. Fundamentals of Microbiology and Laboratory (3,1) (F,S) (FC:SC) P for 2110: CHEM 1120, 1130 or CHEM 1150, 1160; RP for 2110; BIOL 1050, 1051 or 1100, 1101; P/C for 2111: BIOL 2110)
    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)
    ENGR 3012. Thermal and Fluid Systems (4) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C; MATH 2153)
    Electrical Engineering - 26 s.h.
    EENG 2410. Digital Electronics (3) (Same as CSCI 2410) (P: ENGR 1014 or 1016 and 2050; or CSCI 2310, 2311)
    EENG 3020. Signals and Systems (3) (P: ENGR 2514; MATH 2154)
    EENG 3040. Microprocessors (4) (Same as CSCI 3040) (P: ENGR 2514; CSCI 2410 or EENG 2410; or consent of instructor)
    EENG 3530. Electronics (3) (P: ENGR 2514)
    EENG 3750. Electric Power Systems (3) (P: ENGR 2514)
    EENG 4510. Advanced Controls (3) (P: EENG 3020; ENGR 3050)
    ENGR 3012. Thermal and Fluid Systems (4) (S) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C: MATH 2153)
    Technical electives, 3 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
    Industrial and Systems Engineering - 26 s.h.
    ISYS 3010. Principles and Methods of Industrial and Systems Engineering (3) (P: Junior standing in engineering)
    ISYS 3060. Systems Optimization (3) (P: MATH 2154, 3307)
    ISYS 4010. Work Measurement and Human Factors (3) (P: MATH 3307)
    ISYS 4020. Analysis of Production Systems and Facility Design (3) (P: MATH 3307)
    ISYS 4065. Discrete System Modeling (3) (P: ENGR 3800)
    ENGR 3012. Thermal and Fluid Systems (4) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C: MATH 2153)
    Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.
    Mechanical Engineering - 26 s.h.
    MENG 3624. Solid Mechanics (3) (P: ENGR 3024)
    MENG 3070. Thermodynamics I (3) (P: MATH 2154; ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C)
    MENG 4018. Thermodynamics II (3) (P: MENG 3070)
    MENG 4150. Fluid Mechanics (4) (P: ENGR 2450 with minimum grade of C; MATH 2154)
    MENG 4260. Heat and Mass Transfer (3) (P: MENG 3070)
    MENG 4650. Machine Design (3) (P: MENG 3624)
    Technical electives, 7 s.h. as approved by the academic advisor.