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 The Engineering Science Program offers flexible curricula in five interdisciplinary areas of concentration which combine sequences of courses in both the basic sciences and the engineering disciples.  It is in this way students gain understanding of an area of engineering and also a more in depth knowledge in the area of basic science.   The areas of concentration include, Engineering Physics, Nanotechnology-Physics/Materials, Nanotechology-Chemistry/Bioengineering, Engineering Mechanics and Nuclear Energy.

 The goal of this program is to develop each student’s ability to think analytically across disciplines and develop a knowledge base well-suited to tackle future technical challenges that will require a thorough understanding of a discipline in the physical sciences combined with engineering.

 All Engineering Science curricula require substantial additional higher-level science and mathematics courses over and above a typical Engineering Major.  This is a challenging major.  All areas of concentration include a two-term capstone design experience.

 The Engineering Science program is ideal preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, for rewarding careers in industry, and is an excellent background for those who wish to pursue careers in other professions, such as management, law, education, medicine, or public service.

 The Engineering Science program had its initial accreditation review by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.  ABET is the accreditation organization for engineering and technology programs in the United States.

 The Engineering Science has Program Educational Objectives. The Engineering Science Program seeks to produce engineers who build successful, diverse careers based on:

  1.  an understanding of the physical/life sciences, engineering analysis and design, and interdisciplinary problem solving;
  2. a commitment to ongoing professional development as exemplified by, for example, graduate study, training, conference participation, and certification;
  3. advancement and leadership in professional and/or community life.  

The Program Educational Objectives support the ABET accreditation student outcomes which are:

(a)        An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering)  

(b)        An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data (experiments, data)

(c)        An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability   

(d)        An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams         

(e)        An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems     

(f)        An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g)        An ability to communicate effectively (written, oral) 

(h)        the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i)         A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning       

(j)         A knowledge of contemporary issues           

(k)        An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (equipment, software, CAD

More detailed information about the program, the areas of concentration and course requirements can be found in the Engineering Science Program Manual