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.

This major is coordinated by the Engineering program.

Degree Requirements

The Engineering Major

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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

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
COMM210Introduction to Public Speaking3
CORE102Challenges of Democracy3
ENGR110Engineering Graphics and Design3
MATH213Calculus I & Lab4
WTNG102Expository Writing3

First Year (17 credits) – Spring

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
CORE103Human Behavior in Perspective3
ENGR115Computer Applications for Engineering3
MATH214Calculus II & Lab4
PHYS201Physics I & Lab4
WTNG220Critical Writing for the Professions3

Second Year (17 credits) – Fall

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
CHEM191Chemistry I & Lab4
CORE104Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life3
ENGR210Engineering Statics3
MATH317Differential Equations3
PHYS202Physics II & Lab4

Second Year (17 credits) – Spring

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
CHEM192Chemistry II & Lab4
CORE105Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse3
ENGR220Engineering Dynamics3
ENGR300Mechanics of Materials & Lab4
MATH315Probability & Statistics3

Third Year (16-17 credits) – Fall

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
ENGR240Circuit Theory & Lab4
ENGR320Environmental Engineering3
ENGR330Thermodynamics3
MATHElective200 Level or above3
ENGRElective 3/4

Third Year (13-16 credits) – Spring

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
ENGR305Fluid Mechanics & Lab4
ENGRElective 3/4
ENGRElective 3/4
ENGRElective 3/4

Fourth Year (13-14 credits) – Fall

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
CORE Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar3
ENGR401Engineering Senior Seminar1
ENGR335Engineering Economic Analysis2
ENGR490Engineering Design I3
ENGRElective 3/4

Fourth Year (15-19 credits) – Spring

SubjectNumberTitleCredits
ENGR492Engineering Design II3
ENGRElective 3/4
ENGRElective 3/4
ENGRElective 3/4
ENGRElective 3/4

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.

Specializations

Civil Engineering Specialization

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

Required Courses:
SubjectNumberTitle
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:
ENGR337Finite Element Analysis
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:
SubjectNumberTitle
COMSC110Introduction to Computer Science & Lab
COMSC111Data Structures & Lab
ENGR260Engineering Electronics & Lab
ENGR270Digital Systems Design & Lab
ENGR370Microprocessors
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
ENGR360Signals and Systems
ENGR424Digital Signal Processing
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:
SubjectNumberTitle
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
ENGR450Mechatronics
PHYS320Modern Physics
or
PHYS350Computational Physics

Mechanical Engineering Specialization

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

Required Courses:
SubjectNumberTitle
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
ENGR337Finite Element Analysis
ENGR340Sustainable Energy Systems
ENGR430Special Topics (with permission of advisor)
ENGR431Mechanical Vibrations
ENGR432Manufacturing and Assembly
ENGR437Acoustics
ENGR442Biomechanics
ENGR450Mechatronics

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 applied these topics to biomechanical 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:

SubjectNumberTitle
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:

SubjectNumberTitle
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.

SubjectNumberTitle
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.

SubjectNumberTitle
ENGR210Engineering Statics
ENGR300Mechanics of Materials & Lab
ENGR313Structural Analysis
ENGR409Structural Design I
Select one:
ENGR413Advanced Structural Analysis
ENGR414Geotechnical Engineering & Lab

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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