Engineering

Engineering at RWU is unique in its structure: a broad, liberal arts-infused foundation of math, science and engineering layered with an in-depth specialization in civil, computer, electrical or mechanical engineering or a customized study. Through this accredited program, you’ll develop the creativity and flexibility to solve practical problems that benefit humanity in our complex and rapidly changing world.

The Engineering Major

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The purpose of the Engineering major is to develop in students the necessary knowledge and analytical skills for professional engineering practice or for successful graduate studies. The Engineering program is characterized by breadth but permits study in depth, to include attaining a specialization in civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. The Engineering major also provides for flexibility to address the unknown challenges of the 21st century. In consultation with an academic advisor, students may design a Custom Specialization to prepare for emerging fields not immediately definable with traditional specializations.
Engineers apply the principles of mathematics and the laws of natural science to analyze, design, develop and devise improvements that benefit humanity. The Engineering program consists of a course of study in mathematics, science, and engineering fundamentals during the first two years of study. Students then tailor their program to their own specific needs by selection, with the assistance of their advisor, of appropriate elective courses constituting a specialization. The resulting curriculum is designed to achieve a balance between science and engineering, to provide an understanding of the economic and social implications of engineering activity, and to develop creative talents. This program includes the necessary topics found on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
The Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Specific program educational objectives and outcomes include:

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, we expect our graduates to:

  1. Possess an inquisitive mind, demonstrate excellence in technical knowledge and skills, achieve success as a practicing engineer or graduate student, and apply the highest ethical standards in all pursuits.
  2. Value the concept of, and demonstrate through practice, activities and actions that contribute to continual intellectual growth.
  3. Advance the engineering profession by becoming actively involved in professional associations and societies, serving in professional and community volunteer positions, acting as a role model for the future generation of engineers, and assisting the SECCM Engineering Program in achieving its mission and goals.

Program Outcomes

We expect our graduating students to possess:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • an understanding of the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Degree Requirements

The major in Engineering leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students normally complete a minimum of 124 credits, including satisfaction of all University Core Curriculum requirements and meeting the requirements of one of the available Engineering Specializations. The approved outline is as follows:

First Year (16 credits) Fall

COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking(3 credits)
CORE102Challenges of Democracy(3 credits)
ENGR110Engineering Graphics and Design(3 credits)
MATH213Calculus I & Lab(4 credits)
CORE102Expository Writing(3 credits)

First Year (17 credits) – Spring

CORE103Human Behavior in Perspective (3 credits)
ENGR115Computer Applications for Engineering (3 credits)
MATH214Calculus II & Lab(4 credits)
PHYS201Physics I & Lab(4 credits)
WTNG220Critical Writing for the Professions(3 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) – Fall

CHEM191Chemistry I & Lab(4 credits)
CORE104Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life(3 credits)
ENGR210Engineering Statics(3 credits)
MATH317Differential Equations(3 credits)
PHYS202Physics II & Lab(4 credits)

Second Year (17 credits) – Spring

CHEM192Chemistry II & Lab (4 credits)
CORE105Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse(3 credits)
ENGR220Engineering Dynamics(3 credits)
ENGR300Mechanics of Materials & Lab  (4 credits)
MATH315 Probability & Statistics (3 credits)

Third Year (16 - 17 credits) - Fall

ENGR240 Circuit Theory & Lab(4 credits)
ENGR320Environmental Engineering(3 credits)
ENGR330Thermodynamics (3 credits)
MATH Elective (200 Level of above)(3 credits)
ENGR Elective(3/4 credits)

Third Year (13-16 credits) - Spring

ENGR305Fluid Mechanics & Lab(4 credits)
Engineering Elective(3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective(3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective(3/4 credits)

Fourth Year (13-14 credits) - Fall

CORE Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar(3 credits)
ENGR401Engineering Senior Seminar(1 credit)
ENGR335Engineering Economic Analysis(3 credits)
ENGR490Engineering Design I (3 credits)
Engineering Elective    (3/4 credits)

Fourth Year (15-19 credits) - Spring

ENGR492Engineering Design II(3 credits)
Engineering Elective(3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)
Engineering Elective (3/4 credits)

Total: 124-133 Semester Credits

Engineering electives must be selected to meet the requirements of one of the available Engineering Specializations.

Mathematics elective requirement excludes the following courses: MATH 335, MATH 340, MATH 450, and MATH 451.

Civil Engineering Specialization

The Civil Engineering Specialization (including focused study in Structural Engineering and Environmental  engineering) is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Course:

ENGR313Structural Analysis
ENGR409Structural Design
ENGR412Water Resources Engineering & Lab
ENGR414Geotechnical Engineering & Lab
ENGR415Water and Wastewater Treatment
ENGR418Construction Engineering
ENGR420Transportation Engineering

And two courses from the following list:

ENGR405Air Pollution and Control
ENGR407Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
ENGR413Advanced Structural Analysis
ENGR430Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
CHEM201Environmental Chemistry & Lab
CNST302Surveying & Lab

Computer Engineering Specialization

The Computer Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

 

COMSC110Introduction to Computer Science & Lab
COMSC111Data Structures & Lab
ENGR260Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR270Digital Systems Design & Lab
ENGR424Digital Signal Processing
ENGR430Sp Tp: Microprocessors
ENGR430Sp Tp: VLSI

 

And two courses from the following list:

COMSC210Principles of Computer Organization & Lab
COMSC230Principles of Programming Languages
COMSC340Analysis of Algorithms
COMSC420Principles of Operating Systems
ENGR430Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR450Mechatronics
PHYS350Computational Physics

Electrical Engineering Specialization

The Electrical Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

ENGR260Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR270Digital System Design & Lab
ENGR360Signals and Systems
ENGR370Microprocessors
ENGR424Digital Signal Processing
ENGR445Dynamic Modeling and Control
ENGR460Electromagnetic Theory

And two courses from the following list:

ENGR340Sustainable Energy systems
ENGR430Sp Tp: VLSI
ENGR430Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR433Heat Transfer
ENGR450Machatronics
PHYS320Modern Physics
or
PHYS350Computational Physics

Mechanical Engineering Specialization

The Mechanical Engineering Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Required Courses:

ENGR310Material Science
ENGR332Machine Design
ENGR350Theory and Design of Mechanical Measurements
ENGR433Heat Transfer
ENGR445Dynamic Modeling and Control

And four courses from the following list:

ENGR260Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR340Sustainable Energy Systems
ENGR430Sp Tp: Finite Element Analysis
ENGR430Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR431Mechanical Vibrations
ENGR432Manufacturing and Assembly
ENGR437Acoustics
ENGR442Biomechanics
ENGR450Mechatronics

The Custom Program Specialization

The Custom Program Specialization is only for students majoring in Engineering.

Nine courses are required, at least five of which are at the ENGR 300/400-level. A student must form a committee of three engineering faculty who will review and approve of the program plan no later than first semester of the student’s third year.

The Engineering Minor

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The Engineering Biomechanics Focus Minor

The Engineering Biomechanics Focus minor provides an introduction to solid and fluid mechanics, materials science, and data acquisition theory and practice, and then applies these topics to bio-mechanical problems such as human and animal movement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and the design and analysis of prosthetics. The minor is well-suited for Biology and Marine Biology majors who wish to understand the physical origins of anatomy and physiology, for pre-med students interested in orthopedics, or for anyone seeking an engineering perspective on biology.
The Biomechanics Focus minor consists of six courses and is for non-engineering majors only:

Required Courses*

ENGR210Engineering Statics 
ENGR300Mechanics of Materials and Lab 
ENGR305Fluid Mechanics and Lab 
ENGR310Materials Science 
ENGR350Theory and Design of Mechanical Measurements 
ENGR442Biomechanics 

*Some of these courses have additional prerequisites

The Engineering Environmental Focus Minor

The Engineering Environmental Focus minor exposes students to most areas of environmental engineering, including water and wastewater treatment, hydrology, and air pollution. This minor supplements the learning in other related majors, such as environmental science, biology, marine biology, and sustainability. It provides the student with an engineering background to enhance their career options.
The Environmental Engineering Focus minor consists of six courses and is for non-engineering majors only:

Required Courses*

ENGR210Engineering Statics 
ENGR305Fluid Mechanics and Lab 
ENGR320Environmental Engineering 
ENGR405Air Pollution and Control 
ENGR412Water Resources and Lab 
ENGR415Water and Wastewater Treatment 

*Some of these courses have additional prerequisites

The Engineering Robotics Focus Minor

The Engineering Robotics Focus minor consists of six courses and is intended for non-engineering students desiring some technical experience in the area of robotics. The minor builds prerequisite skills in mechanical design, electronics and computer programming and culminates in a senior-level Mechatronics course where students design, build and program a robot to perform an assigned task autonomously.

Required Courses*:

ENGR110Engineering Graphics and Design 
ENGR115Computer Applications for Engineering  
COMSC110Introduction to Computer Science & Lab  
ENGR240Circuit Theory & Lab 
ENGR260Engineering Electronics & Lab 
ENGR450Mechatronics 

*Some of these courses may require additional prerequisites

The Structural Engineering Minor

The structural engineering minor consists of five courses emphasizing engineering principles and their applications in buildings. This minor is especially well suited for students majoring in architecture who desire a stronger technical understanding of structural design. Engineering majors are not permitted to pursue this minor.

Required Courses:

ENGR210Engineering Statistics 
ENGR300Mechanics of Materials & Lab 
ENGR313Structural Analysis 
ENGR409Structural Design I 

Select one:

ENGR413Advanced Structural Analysis 
ENGR414Geotechnical Engineering & Lab 
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