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Madison Engineering provides you with an engineering education built on math and science foundations.

Rich in sustainable design, systems thinking and project management, Madison Engineering offers opportunities for customized in-depth learning through a variety of electives and engineering projects. Created in 2008 for 21st-century engineering needs, we offer a world-class undergraduate engineering experience based on a philosophy of learning by doing. Our project-based curriculum is designed to provide a modern way to specialize. 

Our required two-year-long capstone project experience, in particular, provides a platform for customized learning in a focused area of interest - creating better learning experiences, more substantial references, and a portfolio of engineering work. After eight semesters of authentic project work, you will graduate project-ready, and prepared for the flexibility and resilience needed in our rapidly changing work world.

As a JMU engineer you’ll:

  • Customize your education through real engineering projects.
  • Learn how to use saws, drill presses, lathes, sanders and more.
  • Create solutions to community needs by turning ideas into prototypes.
  • Work on year-long projects to create solutions for a client’s needs.
  • Engage with engineering professionals in industry sponsored projects.
  • Compete at national and international engineering venues.
Learn More:
140,000 new engineering jobs over the next decade - US Bureau of Labor Statistics

The major is a part of the Department of Engineering, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

The Engineering major at JMU combines the strengths of a traditional engineering curriculum with many of the attributes that industry and academic experts have identified as desirable in the engineer of the 21st century. The major spans the traditional engineering sub-disciplines; focuses on sustainability, engineering design and systems analysis; provides extensive hands-on laboratory and design studio experiences; and integrates business, management and social aspects of sustainable engineering design.

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

Engineering
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.S.
  • Concentrations:
    • None
  • Minors:
    • General Business

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Engineering major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Other Declaring Information 
The major in engineering admits a limited number of students each year. To be eligible to apply for admission, students must have completed the following: All courses (or approved equivalents) required for the engineering major with a grade of "C" or higher: MATH 235, 236, 237, 238 PHYS 240, 140L, 250, 150L CHEM 131, 131L and CHEM 132, 132L or CHEM 133E, 133LE ENGR 112, 212, 221, 231, 232 Any of the above courses may only be repeated once to be considered for admission. No more than 85 students (including transfer students with qualifying transcripts) will be admitted to the major at the junior-level. If more than 85 students meet the above standards, enrollment will be limited to the top 85 students. For on-campus students, the admission criterion will be grade point average (GPA) in the five ENGR courses (112, 212, 221, 231, 232). In the event of a tie, GPA in the lower-division MATH, CHEM and PHYS courses required for the engineering major (listed in #1) will be used as a tie-breaker. The student coordinator will work with the engineering Academic Unit Head to assess the relative merit of transfer students. Students who are not among the top 85 in their cohort may elect to wait one year and be considered with the next cohort, if they so choose, though the same selection criteria applies.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. 

Engineering students should be aware that many courses have prerequisite requirements that must be successfully completed before enrollment. Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for a list that includes prerequisites students should consider when planning their courses of study. 


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