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Engineering

Dr. Ronald G. Kander, Director

Location: Health and Human Services Building, Room 3228
Phone: (540) 568-8110
E-mail: kanderrg@engr.jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/engineering/

Mission Statement
Career Opportunities
Progressing in the Major
Degree and Major Requirements
Recommended Schedule for Majors


Mission Statement
James Madison University engineering graduates will improve the sustainability of our world by participating in projects in which they analyze problems and design solutions in the context of environmental, energy, financial, and social impacts.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is a single engineering degree that spans the traditional engineering disciplines and includes course work in science, mathematics, business, technology management, engineering, design and interpersonal communication skills. The themes of the program are sustainability, engineering design and systems analysis.

Engineering for a sustainable world is, in short, a body of knowledge and set of holistic analytical design skills that contribute to the development of products, processes, systems, and infrastructures that simultaneously protect the environment, conserve resources, and meet human needs at an acceptable financial cost. By reframing traditional engineering practice, sustainability provides a way of moving toward the development of sustainable societies, where human quality of life is advanced with a minimum impact on finite resources and the environment. Sub-disciplines of engineering, such as mechanical, electrical or chemical will not be offered in this program. Rather, a broad-based engineering program that spans many areas of engineering will be emphasized to train engineering versatilists who are aware of the need for sustainability in the products, processes, and engineering systems they design.

The curriculum is designed to meet all engineering accreditation standards and to prepare students to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) pre-licensure examination. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in the engineering workforce or in advanced engineering degree programs by exhibiting the practical ingenuity of an engineering versatilist.

Objectives
The JMU engineering program empowers and motivates students to engineer systems for sustainable societies by:

Career Opportunities
Upon graduation, alumni will be prepared for a wide range of opportunities in the engineering workforce or in engineering graduate school. Typical fields of engineering that students will be prepared to enter include applications engineering, process design, product design, process engineering, project engineering and systems engineering. Other industry options include product service, technical sales, management training and technical marketing.

A wide range of graduate school options include master's and doctoral programs in civil engineering, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and systems engineering. Other post-graduation options include business school, law school, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, military service, entrepreneurship (starting a small business), applied science fields, international experiences, medical school and careers in politics/public policy.

Some examples of the industries that hire engineers include, among others, aeronautic firms, airports, automobile manufactures, colleges and universities, computer service and software firms, consulting firms, energy systems firms, engineering firms, federal contractors, federal, state and local governments (e.g., NASA, EPA, NIST, DOD, DOE), non-profit agencies, manufacturing firms, inspection agencies, mining and petroleum firms, pharmaceutical and medical research companies, research and development laboratories, telecommunication companies, and waste management and recycling firms.

Progressing in the Major
Students have two targets to watch while planning their engineering curriculum: the progression standard and the prerequisite chain.

Progression Standard
Engineering students must meet the following progression standard before being admitted into junior-level (ENGR 3xx) or senior-level (ENGR 4xx) engineering courses.


Prerequisite Chain
Engineering students should be aware that many courses include prerequisites, or courses that must be successfully completed before enrollment in a specific course. The following list includes prerequisites that students should consider when planning their courses of study.

Course Prerequisite Course(s)
ENGR 112 MATH 235, PHYS 240, PHYS 140L
ENGR 212 ENGR 112, PHYS 250, PHYS 150L, MATH 237, & MATH 2381
ENGR 221 ENGR 112
ENGR 231 ENGR 112
ENGR 232 ENGR 231
Required ENGR 3xx Courses All required ENGR 2xx Courses
ENGR 332 ENGR 331
Required ENGR 4xx courses All required ENGR 3xx Courses
ENGR 432 ENGR 431
ENGR 412 ENGR 411

1 Course may be taken concurrently as a corequisite.


Degree and Major Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education1
41
Quantitative requirement2
3
Scientific Literacy requirement2
3-4
Major requirements (listed below) and electives
73-77

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education requirement.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours
Fall
MATH 235. Calculus I1
4
PHYS 240 & 140L. University Physics I & Laboratory2
4
General Education3
6

14

First Year
Credit Hours
Spring
MATH 236. Calculus II
4
PHYS 250 & 150L. University Physics II & Laboratory
4
ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering
3
General Education3
3

 
14

Second Year
Credit Hours
Fall
MATH 237. Calculus III
4
General Chemistry + Lab4
5
ENGR 221. Management of Technology
3
ENGR 231. Engineering Design I
1
General Education
3

 
16

Second Year
Credit Hours
Spring
MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
4
ENGR 212. Engineering Statics & Dynamics
3
ENGR 232. Engineering Design II
1
General biology or geology5
4
General Education
3

 
15

Third Year
Credit Hours
Fall
ENGR 311. Engineering Fluids & Transport + Lab
4
ENGR 313. Instrumentation & Circuits + Lab
4
ENGR 331. Engineering Design III
2
Technical elective
3
General Education
3

 
16

Third Year
Credit Hours
Spring
ENGR 312. Engineering Thermo & Heat Transfer + Lab
4
ENGR 314. Strength of Materials + Lab
4
ENGR 322. Management of Technology II
3
ENGR 332. Engineering Design IV
2
General Education
3

 
16

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
Fall
ENGR 411. Sustainability I
3
ENGR 413. Systems Analysis
3
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V
2
Technical elective
3
General Education
4

 
15

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
Spring
ENGR 412. Engineering Sustainability II
3
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI
2
Technical elective
3
General Education
6

 
14

1 Also fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 1 (Mathematics)
2 Also fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 2 (Science)
3 Fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 1 (Skills for the 21st Century)
4 CHEM 131+131L+132+132L (8 credits) can be substituted for General Chemistry+Lab (5 credits)
5 Also fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 3 (Science)



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