2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Interdepartmental Degree Program: Engineering

Engineering (BSEN)

Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Fred Driscoll, Director

Rubenstein Hall, Room 207
617-989-4225

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEN) degree program is an innovative curriculum that provides students the flexibility to integrate an engineering course of study with electives of their choice to broaden their education for their professional and personal goals. Students in the program will customize their education, both their specialized area of engineering study and their personal directed studies, with a full-time faculty mentor. This program allows students to tailor an engineering curriculum with elective courses to expand their education beyond a single area of study. Students may plan to Study Abroad for one semester, ideally during the junior year. The BSEN curriculum includes:

  • A set of core engineering courses,
  • A set of mathematics and science courses that support the engineering discipline,
  • A set of general education courses that provide the foundation to understand the role and responsibility of an engineer in society and in a global environment,
  • A set of elective courses that provide a pathway for a student’s  future goals, and
  • Aset of interdisciplinary design courses that allow students to collaborate with one another on a variety of projects.

PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of this engineering program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers who are either entrepreneurs, engineering managers, system engineers, or engineers having multidisciplinary skills.

ENGINEERING PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The educational objectives of this program, which describe the expectations of our graduates a few years after graduation, are as follows:

  • Develop creative solutions for the benefit of society while working on multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • Communicate effectively to present technical information to various audiences.
  • Pursue directed or independent study to advance professionally.

ENGINEERING PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The program outcomes for this program are that upon graduation, the students should have:

 

  • 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 multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • An ability to understand 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 DETAILS
Total credits for degree: 135

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see the section Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate in this catalog for information about the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement. The science elective must be a lab-based biology or chemistry course.

Engineering (BSEN)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

ENGR1000, Introduction to Engineering
MATH1750, Engineering Calculus I
ENGLISH, English Sequence
PHYS1250, Engineering Physics I
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 17)

ENGR1500, Introduction to Engineering Design
MATH1850, Engineering Calculus II
PHYS1750, Engineering Physics II
ENGLISH, English Sequence
ENGR1600, Fundamentals of CAD & CAM OR ENGR1800, Introduction to MATLAB

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

MATH2025, Multivariable Calculus
ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
ELECTIVE, Computer Science
ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

MATH2500, Differential Equations
ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 18)

ELECTIVE, Directed Studies
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Management
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 15)

ENGR3500, Engineering Junior Design
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Management
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

ENGR5000, Engineering Senior Design I
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science
ELECTIVE, Directed Studies or General

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

ENGR5500, Engineering Senior Design II
ELECTIVE, Engineering Concentration
ELECTIVE, Math/Science
ELECTIVE, Humanities/Social Science