Department of Engineering

 

Mission Statement
James Madison University engineering graduates will improve the sustainability of our world by analyzing problems and designing solutions in the context of technical, economic, environmental and social impacts.

 

Objectives
The JMU Engineering program empowers and motivates students to engineer systems for sustainable societies. Engineering graduates will be able to:

 

  • identify, analyze and solve engineering problems by modeling, simulating and testing complex interdependent socio-technical systems using appropriate tools and technologies.
  • manage engineering projects in a timely and budget-conscious manner, individually and in multidisciplinary teams.
  • design sustainable solutions to meet technical, financial, environmental, and societal requirements; and effectively use various methods to communicate those solutions to diverse audiences.
  • conduct themselves with integrity, and perform in a professional and ethical manner.
  • lead a meaningful and productive life and contribute to the successes of their communities.
  • continuously pursue learning throughout their professional careers.
  • be successfully employed in engineering or related fields, or accepted into graduate programs.

 

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 for 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 manufacturers, 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.

 

Admission to the Major
Admission to the engineering program is based on performance in lower level prerequisite courses. See the departmental website for details: www.jmu.edu/engineering.

 

 

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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 212 PHYS 240 and 140L and a grade of "C-" or better in
  ENGR 112 and MATH 237
ENGR 221 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 112
ENGR 231 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 112
ENGR 232 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 112 and ENGR 231
ENGR 311 PHYS 240 and PHYS 140L and a grade of "C-" or better
  in MATH 237 and MATH 238
ENGR 312 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 311
ENGR 313 PHYS 250 and PHYS 150L and a grade of
  "C-" or better in MATH 238
ENGR 314 PHYS 240 and PHYS 140L and a grade of "C-" or better
  in ENGR 212
ENGR 322 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 221
ENGR 331 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 232 and ENGR 212
ENGR 332 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 331
ENGR 411 CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132, CHEM 132L or
  CHEM 133E, CHEM 133LE and either MATH 231-232
  or MATH 235
ENGR 412 ENGR 312
ENGR 413 Corequisite of ENGR 431
ENGR 431 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 332
ENGR 432 Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 431
ENGR 499A Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 331
ENGR 499B Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 499A
ENGR 499C Grade of "C-" or better in ENGR 499B

 

 

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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 79-83

  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.

 

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 4
General Education 3 or ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 6

14

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 236. Calculus II 4
PHYS 250 & 150L. University Physics II & Laboratory 4
General Education 3 or ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 6

  14
 

Second Year

 

 
Fall Semester   Credit Hours
MATH 237. Calculus III 4
CHEM 133E. General Chemistry for Engineers 5

and CHEM 133LE. Laboratory

 
ENGR 231. Engineering Design I 2
General Education 6

  17

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
ENGR 212. Engineering Statics & Dynamics 4
ENGR 232. Engineering Design II 2
ENGR 221. Engineering Management I: Entrepreneurial Engineering 3
GEOL 210. Applied Physical Geology 4 3

  16
 

Third Year

 

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

  17

 

Spring Semester

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

  17
 

Fourth Year

 

 
Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 411. Sustainability Fundamentals 3
ENGR 413. Systems Analysis 3
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V 3
Approved Technical elective 3
General Education 3

  15

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 412. Sustainability II 3
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI 3
Approved Technical Elective 3
General Education 7

  16

 

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 Fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 3 (Science)

 

 

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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 57-62

132

 

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.

 

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 3 or ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 6

14

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 236. Calculus II 4
PHYS 250. University Physics II and PHYS 150L. Laboratory 4
General Education 3 or ENGR 112. Introduction to Engineering 6

14

 

Second Year

 

Fall Semester Credit Hours
MATH 237. Calculus III 4
CHEM 133E. General Chemistry for Engineers 5

and CHEM 133LE. Laboratory

 
ENGR 231. Engineering Design I 2
General Education 6

17

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations 4
ENGR 212. Statics and Dynamics 4
ENGR 221. Engineering Management I 3
ENGR 232. Engineering Design II 2
GEOL 210. Applied Physical Geology 4 3
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3

19

 

Third Year

 

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

17

 

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

17

 

Fourth Year

 

Fall Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 411. Sustainability Fundamentals 3
ENGR 413. Systems Analysis 3
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V 3
FIN 345. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager 3
General Education 4

16

 

Spring Semester Credit Hours
ENGR 412. Sustainability II 3
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
General Education 9

18

 

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 Fulfills General Education requirement for Cluster 3, Group 3 (Science)

 

 

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