General Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Office of the Dean, 106 Benton Hall (513-529-0700).

The General Engineering major provides students with a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of the engineering discipline. It strengthens student problem-solving skills and comprehension of the role of engineering in modern society. Problem solving skills include the ability to understand, apply, and integrate liberal arts, math, science, computing, technology and engineering science. The program of study enables students to appreciate and comprehend engineering practice in the context of fields typically outside of engineering. As such, the major is not ABET accredited, and is not intended for students wishing to practice engineering for their careers; students who intend to be practicing engineers should choose one of our traditional engineering majors.

Graduates will be prepared well for the 21st century by being able to think critically in broader contexts, because problems in contemporary society are not only technical but also social and economic in nature. This program provides the student with a broad engineering education enhanced by courses in computer science, economics, humanities, social science, global cultures and fine arts. There is significant flexibility for the student to self-design both an engineering concentration and a non-technical focus area, including but not limited to pre-med, pre-law and public policy. A critical component to this student-driven process is faculty advisers, who are experienced in helping students design the pathway to fulfill their goals.

The program is designed to encourage double-majors, co-majors and minors to comprise the non-engineering focus areas of the students’ interest. It is also flexible enough to accommodate student-designed focus areas that do not currently exist in another form at Miami. In these cases, the General Engineering student works directly with their faculty adviser and appropriate personnel in other departments to design the specialization area. Ultimately, a discussion with a General Engineering adviser will help clarify the possibilities available to students.

Graduates of the General Engineering major may pursue graduate education to further specialize in any field of their choice, such as business, medicine, architecture and law. In addition, graduates will be able to work in a diverse spectrum of technical and non-technical fields such as public policy, policy analysis, technical sales and other fields where an advanced technology background and global perspective would be a recognized asset.

Credit/No Credit Policy

All required engineering courses and prerequisite and co-requisite mathematics and statistics courses must be taken for a grade.

Program Requirements: General Engineering

(The General Engineering curriculum requires a minimum of 128 credit hours. Total credit hours depends choice of Thematic Sequence128-138 semester hours)

Core Requirements

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or

MTH 153 Calculus I (4)

MTH 251 Calculus II (4) or

MTH 249 Calculus II (5)

At least two additional MTH or STA courses depending on your Engineering Concentration area (6-8).

Natural and Physical Sciences (18-19 hours)

PHY 181, 183 The Physical World and Lab (4, 1) (MPF IVB)

CHM 141, 144 College Chemistry and Lab (3, 2) (MPF IVB)

Completion of one of the following science sequences:

CHM 141, 142, 144, 145 College Chemistry and Lab (3, 2) (MPF IVB)

PHY 181, 182, 183, 184 The Physical World and Lab (4, 1) (MPF IVB, LAB)

BIO/MBI 115, 116 (MPF IVA)

If you complete the PHY or CHM sequence, you will also need to complete a Miami Plan Biological Science (MPF IVA)*

English Composition (9 hours)

Miami Plan English Composition (6) MPF I*

ENG 313 Technical Writing (3)

Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Science (9 hours)

Miami Plan Fine Arts (3) MPF IIA*

Miami Plan Humanities (3) MPF IIB*

ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3) or

ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) (MPF IIC)*

Global Perspectives (6-9 hours)*

Study Abroad (6 hours to fulfill requirement) or
G-courses (9) or
G-cluster (9)

Foreign Language (4-8 hours)

Pass a language course at the 102-level or higher (excludes any course taught in English).

Social and Ethical Perspectives on Technology (3 hours)

Choose one of the following courses:

BIO 255 Introduction to Biotechnology (3)

CSE 262 Technology, Ethics, and Global Society (3) MPF IIB

EAS 266 Metal on Metal: Engineering and Globalization in Heavy Metal Music (3) MPF III, V

IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)

IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)

IES 450 Environmental Law (3)

IMS 201 Information Studies in the Digital Age (3)

MUS/IMS 221 Music Technologies (3) MPF IIA, V

Engineering Core (16 hours)

EAS 101 Computing, Engineering, and Society (1)

EAS 102 Problem Solving and Design (3) or equivalent

An introductory programming course:

CSE 153 Introduction to C/C++ Programming (3) or

CSE 163 Introduction to Computer Concepts and Programming (3) or

CSE 174 Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving (3)

Three of the following four courses:

CPE 204 Material and Energy Balances (3)

CSE 273 Optimization Modeling (3)

ECE 205 Electric Circuit Analysis I (4)

MME 211 Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems (3)

Engineering Concentration (18 hours minimum)

The concentration in engineering must consist of at least six courses (minimum of 18 credit hours) within SEAS which are related thematically or departmentally. At least two of these courses must be at the advanced level (300 or above). Students are required to develop their Engineering Concentration with the help of their faculty adviser.

Capstone Experience (3-4 hours)

Select one of the following two-semester capstone experiences; these courses are in addition to the hours required for the Engineering Concentration area:

CPE 471,472 Engineering Design I, II (2, 2) MPC

CSE 448, 449 Senior Design Project (2 ,2) MPC

ECE 448, 449 Senior Design Project (2 ,2) MPC

MME 448,449 Senior Design Project (2 ,2) MPC

Non-Engineering Focus Area and Thematic Sequence (18 hours)

The focus area requirement can be filled by (1) completing a minor outside SEAS, (2) completing the pre-professional requirements for advanced study in a health care field or law, (3) completing another major or co-major outside SEAS, or (4) proposing and receiving approval for a cohesive group of courses outside SEAS that includes a thematic sequence. This requirement may overlap with required MTH, Science or Miami Plan courses and will likely meet the Miami Plan thematic sequence requirement.

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