School of Engineering

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.

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

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.

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.

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Progression Standard and Prerequisite Chain
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.

The lowest grade of record for any of the following required in-major courses is a "C-."

A student's overall GPA and required major GPA (for the same list of courses) must be at least 2.500 (no rounding).

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 or MATH 231 and PHYS 240,
  PHYS 140L or CHEM 131, CHEM 131L or GEOL 210
ENGR 212 ENGR 112, PHYS 240, PHYS 140L, and MATH 237
ENGR 221 ENGR 112
ENGR 231 ENGR 112
ENGR 232 ENGR 231
ENGR 311 MATH 238, PHYS 240 and PHYS 140L
ENGR 312 ENGR 311
ENGR 313 MATH 238, PHYS 250 and PHYS 150L
ENGR 314 ENGR 212, PHYS 240, PHYS 140L and MATH 238
ENGR 322 ENGR 221
ENGR 331 ENGR 232
ENGR 332 ENGR 331
ENGR 411 CHEM 131, CHEM 131L and either MATH 231-232 or MATH 235
  Corequisite: CHEM 132L
ENGR 431 ENGR 332
ENGR 432 ENGR 431

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Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Required courses Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Quantitative requirement 2 3
Scientific Literacy requirement 2 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

Fall Semester Credit Hours
MATH 235. Calculus I 1 4
PHYS 240. University Physics I and PHYS 140L. Laboratory 2 4
General Education 3 6

  14

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 236. Calculus II 4
PHYS 250. University Physics II and PHYS 150L. Laboratory 4
ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 3
General Education 3 3

  14

Second Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
MATH 237. Calculus III 4
CHEM 131. General Chemistry I 4
and CHEM 131L. General Chemistry Laboratory  
ENGR 231. Engineering Design I 1
General Education 6

  15

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
ENGR 212. Engineering Statics and Dynamics 4
ENGR 232. Engineering Design II 1
ENGR 221. Management of Technology 3
GEOL 210. Applied Physical Geology 3

  15

Third Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 311. Thermal-Fluids I and Lab 4
ENGR 313. Circuits and Instrumentation 4
ENGR 322. Management of Technology II 3
ENGR 331. Engineering Design III 2
General Education 3

  16

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 312. Thermal-Fluids II and Lab 4
ENGR 314. Materials and Mechanics and Lab 4
ENGR 332. Engineering Design IV 2
Technical elective 3
General Education 3

  16

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 411. Sustainability Fundamentals 3
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V 2
Technical elective 6
CHEM 132L. General Chemistry Laboratory 1
General Education 3

  15

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 412. Sustainability II 3
ENGR 413. Systems Analysis 3
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI 2
Technical elective 3
General Education 4

  15

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)

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a Minor in General Business

Required courses Credit Hours
General Education 1 41
Quantitative requirement 2 3
Scientific Literacy requirement 2 3-4
General business minor 21
Major requirements (listed below) and electives 51-56

  126

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.

This program prepares the student for entry-level engineering management and project management positions. The student is prepared to plan, organize, direct, and control engineering projects, programs, and/or facilities. Also, the program provides a foundation for graduate study in engineering management.

In addition to the progression standards set forth for the engineering program, a grade point average of 2.0 in the business minor is required for graduation. This program of instruction also will require a total of 126 credit hours. The Engineering Major with Business Minor program is coupled and must be completed together; if a student does not receive a degree in Engineering, the Business Minor will not be awarded. Additionally, there is a limit of 27 College of Business course hours that can be taken which includes the ENGR 221 and ENGR 322 courses.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
MATH 235. Calculus I 1 4
PHYS 240. University Physics I and PHYS 140L. Laboratory 2 4
General Education (Cluster One) 6

  14

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 236. Calculus II 4
PHYS 250. University Physics II and PHYS 150L. Laboratory 4
ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 3
General Education (Cluster One) 3

  14

Second Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
MATH 237. Calculus III 4
CHEM 131. General Chemistry I and CHEM 131L. Laboratory 4
ENGR 231. Engineering Design I 1
General Education 6

  15

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
ENGR 212. Statics and Dynamics 4
ENGR 221. Management of Technology 3
ENGR 232. Engineering Design II 1
BIO 222. Interdisciplinary Biology for Engineering and Physical Sciences 3
or GEOL 210. Geology  
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3

  18

Third Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 311. Thermal-Fluids I and Lab 4
ENGR 313. Circuits and Instrumentation 4
ENGR 331. Engineering Design III 2
COB 204. Computer Information Systems 3
ENGR 322. Management of Technology II 3

  16

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 312. Thermal-Fluids II and Lab 4
ENGR 314. Materials and Mechanics 4
ENGR 332. Engineering Design IV 2
ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors 3
General Education 3

  16

Fourth Year

Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 411. Sustainability Fundamentals 3
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V 2
FIN 345. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager 3
General Education 7

  15

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 412. Sustainability II 3
ENGR 413. Systems Analysis 3
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI 2
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
General Education 6

  17

1 Also fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 1 (Mathematics).
2 Also fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 2 (Science).

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