Minor in Engineering

The Minor in Engineering requires 6 courses of study, plus associated labs (19 to 19.5 credits).  The minor is open to Science and Mathematics majors who will complete the following courses:

  • CHEM 113/L General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 114/L General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 113/L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
  • PHYS 114/L Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
  • MATH 129 Analytic Geometry/Calculus I
  • MATH 130 Analytic Geometry/Calculus II
  • MATH 231 Analytic Geometry/Calculus III
  • MATH 237 Applied Linear Algebra
  • MATH 238 Differential Equations

Required courses for the Minor in Engineering (15.5 credits):

  • ENGR 150 Engineering Seminar (1st year Spring) introduces students to universal engineering practices used in product design: computer aided design of components and assemblies, electro-mechanical systems design, mechatronics, software programming, engineering documentation, and project management. This course introduces students to the topics associated with Measurements, Instruments & Controls: electro-mechanical sensors, system block diagrams, software and system flowcharts, system response and measurement uncertainty.  Students may take ENGR 150 in their 1st or 2nd year as long as they are full-time students enrolled in an Engineering, Science or Mathematics program.
  • ENGR 250/L System Design and Analysis (2nd year Spring) focuses on the specification and design of engineering systems.  This course expands on the system engineering fundamentals covered in in ENGR 150: requirements, specifications, design, verification and validation testing, documentation, the use of computer aided design software and simulation software, feedback mechanisms, costing, and system optimization.  Special emphasis is place on the use of electro-mechanical sensors, graphical user interfaces, and system software development.  Students will attend laboratory sessions that incorporate building and analyzing simple control systems as assigned, and will culminate in a student generated solution to a control system problem. Prerequisite ENGR 150.
  • ENGR 330 Project Management and Engineering Economics (2nd year Spring) is a detailed exploration of the issues associated with managing projects (introduced in ENGR 150), and the use of software to monitor and control project execution.  The course will also explore of the costs, profits and risks associated with investments in projects and new product initiatives.  Topics include make/buy decisions, supply chain economics, depreciation, discounted cash flow, cost estimating and capital budgeting and payback.  Students can gain a deeper understanding the economic considerations when choosing between alternative projects, and how to manage engineering projects.  Prerequisite ENGR 150 or permission of instructor.
  • ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials (3rd year Fall) examines the relationship between the structure, properties and processing of engineering materials. Material science topics include physical and thermal properties, stress, strain, and elastic and plastic deformations.  This course takes into consideration the methods used in the manufacturing and processing of metals, plastics and composites: material removal, hot and cold forming, casting and molding, heat treatment, joining and welding, and finishing processes. Prerequisites CHEM 113/L, CHEM 114/L, PHYS 113/L and PHYS 114/L.
  • ENGR 360 Probability and Engineering Statistics (3rd year Spring) focuses on the application of inferential statistical models used in engineering component and system design.  Topics include probability distributions, regression and curve fitting, estimation of central tendencies, dispersions, confidence intervals, sampling distribution, hypotheses testing and design of experiments.  Consideration is given to how data is collected, what type of data is collected, how often it is collected and what can be inferred about engineering designs based upon statistical analysis of the data. Prerequisite MATH 231 or permission of instructor.

Choose one of the following elective engineering courses with laboratory (3.5 to 4 credits):

  • ME 200/L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (2nd year Fall) is a broad introductory course that exposes students to topics directly related to mechanical engineering, such as mechanical design, manufacturing processes, forces in structures and machines, engineering materials, fluid mechanics, and thermal and energy systems.  Prerequisite ENGR 150.
  • ME 300/L Mechanical Design (3rd Year Fall) introduces students to fundamental concepts and considerations when designing mechanical systems.  Topics to be covered include stress analysis of machine elements, failure theories and analysis, deformation and stiffness.  Special attention will be given to mechanical components such as springs, beams, bearings, piping, pressure vessels and power screws.  Engineering system topics include joining methods, manufacturability, hydraulic and pneumatic components, as well as electro-mechanical components.  Students will design components using CAD, and fabricate components and assemblies.  Prerequisites: ENGR 150 and ENGR 250/L; Co-requisite ENGR 350/L.
  • ME 320/L Manufacturing Systems (3rd year Spring) explores the technology behind different types of manufacturing operations, and the proper application of processes and techniques to transform raw materials into components, and components into assemblies.  This course focusses on the methods used in the manufacturing and processing of metals, plastics and composites: material removal, hot and cold forming, casting and molding, heat treatment, joining and welding, and finishing processes. Via lectures, labs and site visits, students will be exposed to various forms of automation, including robotics, conveyer systems, hydraulic systems, and pneumatic systems.  This course will also incorporate an overview of real-time measurement systems used in manufacturing and process control.  Prerequisites: ENGR 250/L and ENGR 350/L.
  • CE 200/L Introduction to Civil Engineering (2nd year Fall) is a broad introductory course that exposes students to topics directly related to civil engineering, such as structural design, forces in structures, civil engineering materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics and hydrological systems, and geotechnical and environmental engineering.  This course also introduces students to the business aspects of the civil engineering profession, including project management, construction management, and asset management.  Prerequisite ENGR 150.
  • CE 300 Dynamics and Modeling (3rd Year Fall) focusses on dynamics and dynamic systems typically experienced in civil engineering design and construction.  Topics include kinematics, mass moments of inertia, force acceleration, impulse momentum and work, energy and power.  Prerequisite PHYS 241.

Suggested Sequence: Year 1 or 2, ; ENGR 150 Engineering Seminar

Year 2 or 3, Spring: ENGR 250 ENGR 250/L System Design and Analysis

Year 3 Fall: ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials

Year 3 Spring: ENGR 330 Project Management and Engineering Economics

Year 4 Fall or Spring: Engineering Minor Elective

Year 4 Spring: ENGR 360 Probability and Engineering Statistics