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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Engineering


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Mission:

The engineering programs at UTC provide accessible education in the theory and application of engineering in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment that prepares students for successful careers in industry, government, and academia; emphasizes project-based design; promotes life-long learning; and serves the engineering profession.

Structure:

The strength of UTC’s four-year Engineering programs is its emphasis on breadth, interdisciplinary interaction, design, and depth. The program builds on the general education and graduation requirements of the University. Every student completes a structured set of courses that form a foundation in written and oral communication, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering fundamentals. Special emphasis is placed on learning the basic tools and techniques of engineering. Interdisciplinary interaction is introduced and emphasized through interdisciplinary design projects, team experience, and laboratory exercises. Depth is provided during the last two years of the curriculum when the students focus on an area of engineering.

The engineering faculty is dedicated to fostering life-long learning among the engineering graduates. The majority of the full-time engineering faculty are registered professional engineers and possess substantial industrial experience.

Transfer Credit:

Credits received by transfer for required engineering courses in either engineering or engineering technology management programs require a minimum grade of C. Although equivalents will be awarded for D grades, students must retake the courses.

Career Preparation for Other Fields:

Engineering study is considered an excellent preparation for advanced medical, law, and business degrees. Such plans usually require additional coursework beyond that required for the engineering degree. The student should contact one of the department chairs for advisement on course of study.

Programs:

Five distinct engineering programs produce five distinct degrees at UTC:

  • Engineering (BSE)
  • Chemical Engineering (BSChE)
  • Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

The Engineering Program has five concentrations:

  • Engineering: Computer
  • Engineering: Environmental
  • Engineering: Industrial
  • Engineering: Nuclear
  • Engineering: UTeach

Each of the five distinct engineering programs offer specific upper-level undergraduate courses that provide learning opportunities to support the skill and knowledge needs of a graduate of that program. Each program is governed by its own mission and set of program objectives.

In addition, the Engineering Program services the other four programs with engineering fundamental courses taken by students during their four year curriculum-most are required during the first two years. The engineering fundamental courses equip the student with an understanding of engineering economic analysis, statistical analysis tools, and strong decision making skills as well as basic engineering science knowledge. Laboratories develop an understanding of engineering instrumentation, experimental techniques, and fundamental principles. Written and oral communication is emphasized throughout the curriculum. The engineering design experiences begin with freshmen team design projects, are continued throughout the curriculum, and culminate in a two-semester interdisciplinary design project. The study of the computer and its applications is integrated throughout the curriculum.

Many of the faculty who support the various engineering programs also teach the engineering fundamentals courses.

Curricula:

The engineering curricula is highly structured. The typical engineering course has one or more prerequisites, which must be completed before enrollment in that engineering course. It is expected that laboratory courses will be taken simultaneously with the related lecture course. The structured nature of the engineering curriculum makes it advisable that students see a faculty advisor in their selected program prior to each registration. Typical courses of study have been prepared for each program, and may be obtained from the faculty advisor.

Accreditation:

The undergraduate engineering programsare accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET Inc.1, the accrediting agency for engineering programs.


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