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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multidisciplinary Engineering, BSE

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About the Program

Multidisciplinary engineering is for students who plan to practice engineering as a career but whose specific career goals cannot be accommodated within one of the traditional engineering fields. The program offers considerable flexibility and permits you to choose from an established plan of study, or develop an individual plan of study to meet educational goals that can require bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, or non-engineering disciplines, at an advanced level to solve societal challenges. Established plans of study in the program include acoustical engineering, engineering management, visual design engineering, and general engineering, to name a few.

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Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Multidisciplinary Engineering  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 Credits for Graduation
Students need Cumulative GPA of 2.0 to Graduate

Multidisciplinary Engineering Major Courses

(45 credits of 20000+ level engineering courses, of which at least 18 credits are 30000+, and 6 credits 40000+; MAX credits allowed in any one engineering discipline is 24)


Engineering Selectives (8 credits)

Engineering AREA Selective/Elective Courses (21 or 20 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (47-54 credits)

* (can be substituted with approved alternative FYE courses: i.e. ENGR 141/142, etc.)

Hands-on (not computer) Lab (1 credit)

1 credit from CHM 11600, THTR Sound Studio, AD, Engineering Lab, etc.

Area Electives (1-12 credits)

Chosen to satisfy student’s educational objectives

CGT 11000 , CGT 16300 , or CGT 16400  (2-3 credits) are required area course(s) for General Engineering.

Note: General Education (24 credits)

(Include ENGL 10600 and COM 11400 listed above)

  • GE 1 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE 2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE 3 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE 4 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE 5 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE 6 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • ENGL 10600  
  • COM 11400  

All Must Total 120 Credits or more to Graduate

University Core

  • Human Cultures Humanities - GE 1
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science - GE 2
  • Information Literacy - ENGL 10600
  • Science Selective - CHM 11500
  • Science Selective - PHYS 17200
  • Science, Technology, & Society - GE 3
  • Written Communication - ENGL 10600
  • Oral Communication - COM 11400
  • Quantitative Reasoning - MA 16500 or 16100

Program Requirements

14 Credits

16-17 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

14 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

  • +8
  • Engineering Class (follow-up) - Credit Hours: 1.00 +5
  • Engineering Class (follow-up) - Credit Hours: 2.00 +9
  • General Education 4 (30000 level or non-intro) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education 2 (Core Outcome BSS) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Area Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


** Satsifies a non-departmental Major Course Requirement.

+Multiple Options are available - the most common is listed.

+1 statics options

+2 thermodynamics options

+3 area electives are chosen with aid of advisor to advance the student’s educational objectives

+4 dynamics options

+5 engineering selectives are chosen with aid of advisor to advance the student’s educational objectives

+6 fluids option

+7 materials options

+8 statistics options

+9 design selective

+10 Capstone design selective

120 Semester Credits Required for Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree.



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Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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