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 with lab
  • CHEM 114/L General Chemistry II with lab
  • PHYS 113/L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I with lab
  • PHYS 114/L Physics for Scientists and Engineers II with lab
  • MATH 129 Analytic Geometry/Calculus I
  • MATH 130 Analytic Geometry/Calculus II
  • MATH 231 Analytic Geometry/Calculus III
  • MATH 237 Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences or MATH 250 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 238 Differential Equations

Required courses for the Minor in Engineering (9.5 credits):

  • ENGR 150 Engineering Seminar (2) 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. 2 Lecture Hours.
  • ENGR 250/L System Design and Analysis with Lab (4) This course 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 with student generated solutions to control system problems. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 Lecture Hours and 3 Project Hours.
  • ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials with Lab (3.5) This course examines the relationship between the structural properties, mechanical 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, ceramics, plastics and composites: material removal, hot and cold forming, casting and molding, heat treatment, joining and welding, and finishing processes. Prerequisite: CHEM 113/L, CHEM 114/L, PHYS 113/L and PHYS 114/L. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
  • Choose three of the following elective engineering courses with laboratory (9.5 to 10 credits):

    • ENGR 320/L Fluid Mechanics with Lab (3.5) A basic in fluid mechanics and the properties of fluids in engineering. Topics to be covered include fluid properties, experiment design, scaling analysis, hydrostatics, the Navier-Stokes equations, Reynolds Transport Theorem, and Bernoulli’s equation. Prerequisite: PHYS 241, MATH 231, and MATH 238, or permission of instructor. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
    • ENGR 330 Project Management and Engineering Economics (3) 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, MATH 129 or permission of instructor. 3 Lecture Hours.
    • ENGR 360 Probability and Engineering Statistics (3) This course 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. 3 Lecture Hours..
    • CE 200/L Introduction to Civil Engineering with Lab (3.5) 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 construction management, and engineering economics. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
    • CE 300 Dynamics and Modeling (3) This course 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. 3 lecture hours.
    • CE 320/L Civil Engineering Materials with Lab (4) A material science course devoted to materials typically used in civil engineering design and construction. Materials of interest include concrete, asphalt, soil, steel and other metals, wood, plastics and composite materials. Prerequisite: ENGR 350/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
    • ME 200/L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering with Lab (3.5) A broad introductory course in which students use the conceptual design process to explore what mechanical engineers do and why it matters. Strategies for using information in the design process. Legal, ethical, and social considerations that arise in mechanical engineering practice. Prerequisite: ENGR 150. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
    • ME 320/L Manufacturing Systems with Lab (4) This course 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 focuses 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. Prerequisite: ENGR 350/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
    • ME 340 Dynamics with Lab (3.5) This course explores kinematic analysis of rigid bodies in 2D and 3D motion. Relative linear and angular motion. Force, energy, and momentum applied to particles, rigid bodies and mechanisms. Free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 113/L, PHYS 241. 3 lecture hours per week and 3 laboratory hours every two weeks.
    • ME 360/L Heat Transfer with Lab (4) This course explores the transmission of heat via conduction, convection, radiation, thermal resistance, heat exchangers, and boiling and condensation. This course extends the application of the laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer to design and engineering systems. Prerequisite: CS 111, ENGR 320/L, PHYS 350. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.
    • ME 380/L Mechatronics with Lab (4) An introductory course that focuses on the development of integrated mechanical systems which transduce sensor inputs into signals, transform signals using circuits, and output signals to actuators for mechanical systems. Sensor response and uncertainty, analog and digital circuits, and analysis and operation of actuators such as electric motors, solenoids, and hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders. Selection of sensors, circuits, and actuators to meet design specifications. Prerequisite: CS 111, MATH 238, PHYS 114/L, ENGR 250/L. 3 lecture hours and 3 laboratory hours.

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

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

    Year 3 Fall: ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials with lab or Engineering Minor Elective

    Year 3 Spring: ENGR 350/L Engineering Materials with lab or Engineering Minor Elective

    Year 4 Fall: Engineering Minor Elective

    Year 4 Spring: Engineering Minor Elective