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General Bulletin 2004-2006

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The School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information

The School of Engineering and Applied Science's mission is to serve society by providing high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the fields of computing, engineering, and nursing. We are committed to creating an environment for teaching, learning, and scholarship that is intellectually stimulating, interactive, innovative and in which our faculty, staff, and students reach their full potential. Our guiding principle is to provide professional education integrated with Miami University's traditional strength in liberal education.

Everyone in the School of Engineering and Applied Science values:

  • Effective student learning and student success
  • An intellectually stimulating and challenging environment
  • Faculty growth and learning as teachers and scholars
  • Diversity of staff, faculty, and student body
  • Respect for the environment

We are committed to an environment that fosters:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Ethical behavior
  • Respect for others and teamwork
  • International and global opportunities and perspectives
  • Fact-based, collegial decision-making
  • Safety in all our professional endeavors

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers the following Bachelor's degrees and majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Paper Science and Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    (completion program for Registered Nurses)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science with major in:
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Engineering Management
    • Engineering Technology (completion program for associate's degree holders)
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Systems Analysis


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Associate degree programs at the regional campuses:

  • Computer Information Technology
  • Computer Technology
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Nursing
  • Technical Study (interdisciplinary)

Certificate Programs at the regional campuses:

  • Computer-Aided Drafting/Computer-Aided Manufacturing
  • Computer Hardware Technology
  • School Nurse Licensure (for BSN graduates)

First-Year Course Selection for Undecided Students

The School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed the following first-year course pattern for students who have not decided on a major and who want to progress satisfactorily in engineering and applied science majors while maintaining maximum flexibility in considering other science/math-based programs. Faculty advisers are available at summer orientation to help you select courses within this pattern. You will be assigned a faculty adviser to help you with course and career selection while you remain an undecided major. Once you've selected a major, a faculty adviser in that area will be assigned to you.

If you have already chosen a major in engineering and applied science, please refer to the program description later in this section for recommended first-year course selections.

If you are undecided about your major, but considering a major in engineering and applied science (except nursing), select courses within the following pattern with the advice of a faculty adviser:

First semester (16-19 semester hours)
ENG 111 College Composition (MPF I) (3)
MTH 151 or 153 Calculus I (4-5) or MTH 249 Calculus II (MPF V) (5)*
PHY 181, 183 The Physical World and Laboratory (MPF IVB) (4, 1) or
CHM 141, 144 College Chemistry and Laboratory (MPF IVB) (3, 2) or
biological science course (MPF IVA) (3)
Miami Plan elective (IIA, IIB, IIIA, or IIIB) (3)
Engineering and applied science elective (1-3)**

Second semester (16-19 semester hours)
ENG 112 Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3)
MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or MTH 252 Calculus III (4)
PHY 182, 184 The Physical World and Laboratory (MPF IVB) (4, 1) or
CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry and Laboratory (3, 2) or
Miami Plan electives (IIA, IIB, IIIA, or IIIB not taken above) (6)
Engineering and applied science elective (3-4)**

* Typically, students start with MTH 151. Depending on results of the math placement exam, ACT/SAT scores, and high school background, however, you may start with MTH 104, 123, 153, or 249. Students who take a prerequisite course to MTH 151 (104 or 123) will usually not hinder their academic progress.

** Suggested engineering and applied science electives, depending on your interest, are:
CSA 171 Introduction to Computer Science and Systems Analysis (1)†
CSA 163 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Programming (3) or
CSA 174 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving (3)
MME 141 Introduction to Engineering Design (1)†
MME 143 Engineering Design and Computer Graphics (3)
PSE 101 Introduction to Paper Science and Engineering (2)†
PSE 102 Paper Properties (1)
PSE 104 Paper Testing (1)

† Common first year engineering courses in development at time of publication. Please see your adviser.

Choosing Liberal Education Electives

All programs in the School have liberal education electives in the humanities, fine arts, social science, United States and world cultures, and Thematic Sequence components of the Miami Plan for Liberal Education. You are encouraged to seek advice from a faculty adviser in choosing electives that are consistent with your interests and educational goals.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to consider spending a summer term, semester, or year studying abroad. This experience offers a valuable opportunity to enrich students' perspectives and understanding and to help understand the needs of clients in computing, engineering, and nursing in our increasingly global society. Students considering study abroad need to meet with their advisor and plan their curriculum as early as possible.

Multicultural Leadership Program (MLP)

This pre-college program provides students of color with increased exposure to opportunities in higher education and professional careers. For students who enroll at Miami, it provides scholarships, cooperative work assignments, summer internships, and numerous experiences in leadership skills development. For more information see “Leadership Opportunities” in the Special Opportunities and Programs chapter.

Transfer Students

Transfer students from two-year colleges who have received associate of science or associate of arts degrees with emphasis in science, engineering, mathematics, or computing, or have received associate of science in nursing degrees will find their credits adaptable to one of the bachelor's degree programs in the School. Consult a faculty adviser for further information on the applicability of your credits.

Honorary and Professional Organizations

Through honorary and professional organizations, you can further develop leadership skills, interact with professionals in your field, and engage in educational activities which have significance beyond the campus.

Organizations sponsored through the School of Engineering and Applied Science include Association for Computing Machinery, Black Data Processing Associates, Association of Women in Computing, Omega Rho (national honorary for operations research), Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Society of Plastics Engineers, The Society of Women Engineers, Omicron Chi, Sigma Theta Tau, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and Paper Industry Management Association.

Advisory Councils

Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council is composed of outstanding leaders in business, industry, and the professions. Council meets on campus twice a year with faculty and students, helping to ensure that the School's programs continually improve and meet society's changing needs.

The School and our departments are also advised by student advisory councils to continually improve our programs.

Co-op and Intern Programs

The School provides work experience for many of our students. A five-year co-op program is available to manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, systems analysis, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering (general), paper science and engineering, and engineering management majors, providing alternate work and school sessions starting the summer of the sophomore year. A co-op program is available on an alternating or parallel semester basis for students majoring in our two-year associate's degree programs in electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, computer information technology, and computer technology. In addition, an intern program provides an opportunity for students in engineering and applied science to gain work experience in an area related to their majors.

Both programs offer employers an opportunity to preview prospective employees. Contact the Office of Career Services for more information.

Placement and Graduate Studies

Most graduates enter professions directly upon graduation. Each year many employers visit campus specifically to recruit engineering and applied science seniors. Placement rates for graduates of the School have consistently remained high; current placement information can be obtained from the Office of the Dean. Placement services are available to all Miami students through the Office of Career Services.

Our graduates are well prepared to pursue graduate education. The School has agreements with other universities to enable our graduates to earn master's degrees in fields such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, industrial engineering, environmental management, and nursing within one to two years of full-time graduate study. Assistantships are available in the graduate programs at these universities. Many graduates, who enter their profession directly, pursue graduate degrees on a part-time basis with the financial support of their full-time employer.

Basic Requirements: Bachelor of Science Programs

Students derive their strength from a curriculum that is a unique combination of professional education in the major discipline and the Miami Plan for Liberal Education. With help of the Engineering and Applied Science Advisory Council representatives from business, industry, health care agencies, and other areas, the School has articulated broad outcome characteristics desired of our graduates.

School of Engineering and Applied Science graduates should be able to define and solve problems, make ethical choices and act responsibly, critically evaluate information, work effectively in a team, exercise initiative, function in a leadership role, recognize broad societal contexts and interests, serve clients and society with sensitivity and accountability, interact effectively with diverse cultures, adapt to change, recognize the value of lifelong learning, write effectively, speak and listen effectively, understand and apply mathematics and science, understand and apply the concepts of continuous quality improvement, and pursue further formal education.

These outcome characteristics are achieved by successfully fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill the Miami Plan for Liberal Education (see that chapter)
  2. Complete the requirements of one of the School's majors
  3. Complete at least 128 semester hours
  4. For nursing, complete courses in the biological and physical sciences, social sciences, liberal education, and nursing, which also fulfill the accreditation requirements of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

For computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering (general), engineering management, engineering technology, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, paper science and engineering, and systems analysis, complete:

  • 2 semesters of calculus
  • 1 course in statistics
  • 2 semesters of physical science
  • 1 course in economics
  • 1 technical writing course
  • 1 course in oral communication or equivalent experience in major classes
  • 1 computing course in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • laboratory requirements in the major discipline

Specific course requirements for each of the School's majors are listed in this chapter.

You must attain a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. for required departmental courses in your major. A required departmental course is a course with the department prefix of MME (manufacturing and mechanical engineering), ENT (engineering technology), ECE (electrical and computer engineering), NSG (nursing), PSE (paper science and engineering), or CSA 174 or higher (computer science and systems analysis). Since engineering management is an interdisciplinary program the departmental prefix includes MME, PSE, and MGT (management).

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