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B.S.E. Course Descriptions

B.S.E. Course Descriptions



General Engineering courses (ENGR)


101. Engineering Graphics - Lec. 1 Lab. 5 Cr. 2

Manual and computer-aided graphics including orthographic views, sections and conventions, pictorial drawings, dimensioning and space.

109. Engineering Science and Computing - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Introduction to techniques needed to successfully study engineering while in college and skills needed to effectively perform as practicing engineers after graduation. Addresses the functions of engineers, working as part of a team, and use of computers in engineering problem solving and design. Prerequisite: Credit for or registration in MATH 175 or permission of department head.

199. Women in Engineering and Science Seminar - Lec. 2 Cr. 1

Discussion of career opportunities for women in engineering and science to reinforce students' educational and career choices; weekly meetings with speakers to discuss professional and personal development for women engineering and science students. Credit may not be used to fulfill degree requirements.

207. Elementary Thermodynamics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

First and second law of thermodynamics as applied to ideal and real gases. Use of steam tables. Properties of non-reactive gas and vapor mixtures. Prerequisite: PHYS 211.

211. Circuits I - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Basic laws and theorems in electrical circuits. Prerequisite: MATH 190.

301. Statics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Vectorial treatment of the principles of statics, resultants and equilibria of force systems, structures, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, virtual work, stationary potential energy, and stability. Prerequisites: MATH 190.

302. Dynamics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Vectorial treatment of the principles of dynamics to include equations of motion, work and energy, and impulse and momentum for particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: ENGR 301 and PHYS 211.

303. Mechanics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Vectorial treatment of the principles of statics, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, equations of motion, impulse and momentum for particles and rigid bodies. Open only to chemical engineering and electrical engineering majors. Prerequisite: Physics 211.

305. Strength of Materials - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Compressive, shearing, flexural, and tensile stresses in loaded bars, beams, columns; deflections and stresses in fixed-end and continuous beams; combined stresses; and the strength of welded and riveted joints. Prerequisites: ENGR 301 and PHYS 211.

306. Materials Science - Lec. 2 Cr. 2

Structures encountered in the principal families of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers) and how the properties depend on structure. No duplicate credit for ENGR 306 and MEEN 316. Prerequisite: PHYS 211 and CHEM 102.

311. Fluid Mechanics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Laws dealing with fluid statics and dynamics; fluid pressure and forces; laminar and turbulent flow; hydraulic measurements; flow in closed conduits, open channels, and around immersed bodies. Prerequisite: MATH 292, ENGR 302 or ENGR 303.

312. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Laboratory work and demonstrations with water machinery to study conditions and effects; reports on results of studies. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisite: ENGR 311.

315. Heat Transfer- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Application of principles of heat transfer by conduction, radiation, and convection to analysis and design problems. Prerequisite: ENGR 311 or permission of department head.

318. Engineering Measurements - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Theory and use of instruments for engineering measurements. Pressure, temperature, flow, strain, speed, and electrical measurements. Computer aided statistical analysis of engineering data. Prerequisites: ENGR 109 and ENGR 211.

342. Engineering Economics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Introduction to economic decision making. Considers alternatives from an economic standpoint. Also considers taxes and economic forecasting both in private industry and in government enterprises. Prerequisite: Completed 20 hours of engineering courses (ENGR, CHEG, CIEN, ELEN, MEEN) or permission of department head.

350. Engineering Practice - Cr. 3

Practical engineering experience in industry for one semester under the supervision of an engineer. A written report by the student and an evaluation by the engineering supervisor are required. May be repeated for credit. Credit may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. Prerequisites: Participation in the Engineering Co-op Program and permission of department head.

418. Virtual Instrumentation - Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

I ntroduction to instrumentation and data acquisition hardware and software. Using graphical programming language for instrumentation control software, visual modeling, interactive analysis, and data visualization. No duplicate credit for ENGR 418 and ENGR 518. Prerequisites: ENGR 211 and permission of department head.

430. Systems and Control- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Modeling of processes and systems. Principles of feed-back control. Stabilities, transient responses, and steady-state responses. Root-locus technique and frequency technique. Prerequisite: MATH 301, ENGR 211, and ENGR 302 or ENGR 303.

431. Project Management - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Methods of project management to include inspection, documentation and scheduling with Critical Path Method (CPM) and Program Evaluation Review Technique (PERT). No duplicate credit for ENGR 431 and CIEN 431, MEEN 431, or ENGR 531. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of department head.

433. The Engineering Profession- Lec. 1 Cr. 1

Professional registration, ethics, employment practices, legal aspects of engineering, professional societies, and continuing education. Prerequisite: Enrolled in or have completed ENGR 490.

435. Fundamentals of Robotics - Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Present and future use of robotics. Theory, design, operation and programming of robotics. Interfacing of robotics with computers and other industrial equipment. No duplicate credit for ENGR 435 and MEEN 435. Prerequisite: ENGR 302 or ENGR 303.

445. Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Introduction to the concept of continuous improvement. Steps to be taken, important areas in each step. Problem solving techniques that adopt total quality concept will be discussed. Many new practices being adopted at key manufacturing sectors in the world will be introduced, discussed, and practiced in classes. Includes FMEA (Failure Mode and Effect Analysis), DFMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly), and TQC (Total Quality Control). No duplicate credit for ENGR 445 and ENGR 545. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.

450. Advanced Engineering Practice - Cr. 3

Continuation of ENGR 350. Advanced project assignment as agreed upon by the instructor and supervising engineer with written report graded by both. May be repeated for credit. Credit may be earned for ENGR 450 and ENGR 550. Credit may not be used to fulfill degree requirements. Prerequisite: ENGR 350 or permission of department head.

452. Renewable Energy Technologies - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Introduction to various renewable energies, including solar, wind, biomass, and fuel cell, and Stirling engine. Performance comparison, cost effectiveness, overall electric generation cost and market potential evaluation. Technical issues, suggested solutions, and system optimization. No duplicate credit for ENGR 452 and ENGR 552, MEEN 430 or MEEN 530. Prerequisite: ENGR 207 or permission of department head.

456. Engineer's Role in Public Policy - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Identifying, understanding, and implementing public policies of primary concern to engineers. Influencing public policy development. Critical examination of position statements developed by professional societies and trade associations. Development of issue management strategies based on credible engineering analysis. No duplicate credit for ENGR 456 and 556. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for ENGR 490 or permission of department head.

475. Systems and Control Laboratory - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Measurement of system parameters and verification of feed-back system responses. Applications of PLCs. Prerequisite: Credit or registration for ENGR 430.

481. Topics in Engineering- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Topics in Chemical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering. May be repeated as topics vary to accrue a total of nine hours. No duplicate credit for ENGR 481 and ENGR 581 of the same topic. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.

490. Senior Design Project I- Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Principles of design including development of project specifications, project management, and project documentation. Students are required to identify a project and develop preliminary specifications and plans for executing the project in ENGR 491. No duplicate credit for ENGR 490 and CIEN 490 or ELEN 400 or MEEN 490. Corequisite: MEEN 402. Prerequisites: Senior standing and credit for or registration in CIEN 402, CIEN 416, and CIEN 417; or ELEN 355; or ELEN 362; or CHEG 403.

491. Senior Design Project II - Lec. 1 Lab. 6 Cr. 3

Capstone design course emphasizing the decision-making process in which the basic sciences are applied to convert resources optimally to meet a stated engineering design objective. No duplicate credit for ENGR 491 and CIEN 491 or ELEN 401 or ELEN 402 or MEEN 491. Prerequisite: ENGR 490 and MEEN 402.

Chemical Engineering courses (CHEG)



210. Mass and Energy Balances - Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr. 4

Mass and energy balances on reactive systems. Estimation of physical and thermo-dynamic properties. Application to industrial processes. Introduction to computer-aided process design. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisites: ENGR 107 or ENGR 109, MATH 190, and CHEM 102.

311. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics - Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr. 4

Thermodynamic properties of fluids, phase equilibria, chemical reaction equilibria, applications of thermodynamics to chemical engineering processes and operations. Prerequisites: CHEG 210 and ENGR 207.

313. Mass Transfer Operations- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Molecular diffusion and estimation of diffusivity. Mass transfer coefficients and their correlations. Analysis, design, and performance of continuous contact equipment. Gas absorption operations. Prerequisites: MATH 292, ENGR 315 and CHEG 314 or permission of department head.

314. Stagewise Operations- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Energy balances, mass balances and phase equilibria applied to analysis and design of stagewise operations. Prerequisite: CHEG 210 and ENGR 207.

403. Process Evaluation and Design - Lec. 3 Lab. 3 Cr. 4

Chemical Engineering principles applied to the design of chemical process equipment used in the synthesis of chemical processes and chemical plants. Design includes cost optimization, economics, equipment design and materials selection, alternative courses of action, optimization, and evaluation of safety, health and environmental aspects of processing systems. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisites: CHEG 311, CHEG 314, CHEG 405, ENGR 315, ENGR 342, or permission of department head.

405. Chemical Reactor Engineering - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Chemical and engineering principles for the design and operation of chemical reactors. Kinetics of simple homogeneous systems and introduction to heterogeneous catalysis. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisites: MATH 301, CHEG 210, ENGR 207 and CHEG 311 or permission of department head.

407. Computer-Aided Process Design - Lec. 1 Lab. 6 Cr. 3

Commercial process simulation programs to design and optimize equipment in local industries. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisites: CHEG 311, CHEG 314, CHEG 405, ENGR 315, and permission of department head.

409. Chemical Process Control- Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Dynamic modeling of chemical process systems; principles of feed-back and feed-forward control; components of control systems. Prerequisites: CHEG 311, CHEG 314, CHEG 405, MATH 301, or permission of department head.

411. Chemical Engineering Laboratory I - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Laboratory studies of chemical engineering principles and operations. Development, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of chemical engineering laboratory data. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisites: CHEG 311, CHEG 314, CHEG 405, ENGR 315.

412. Chemical Engineering Laboratory II - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Continuation of CHEG 411. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisite: CHEG 411.

446. Oil field Processing of Petroleum - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Field processing of crude oils and natural gas. Includes crude oil characterization, phase behavior, crude oil emulsions, phase separations, dehydration, desalting, stabilization, sweetening, and transportation. Design of well products processing units. No duplicate credit for CHEG 446 and CHEG 443 or CHEG 546. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

447. Petroleum Refining Engineering - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Major petroleum refining processes and economic principles to the design of refinery equipment. Residual oil processing, heavy and light distillate processing, oxygenates, blending, and other auxiliary processes. Environmental issues and regulations. No duplicate credit for CHEG 447 and CHEG 547. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.

450. Design of Heat Exchanges - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Effect of variable fluid properties, pressure losses, analytical solutions, and experimental methods. No duplicate credit for CHEG 450 and CHEG 550, MEEN 450, or MEEN 550. Prerequisites: ENGR 315, ENGR 311, MEEN 309, or CHEG 311.

474. Process Dynamics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Dynamic response of chemical processes with an emphasis on multivariate response. Linear and nonlinear systems analysis including bifurcation behavior and chaos. No duplicate credit for CHEG 474 and CHEG 574. Prerequisite: Credit for or registration in ENGR 430 or CHEG 409.

481. Transport Phenomena - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

An advanced study of the principles of heat, mass, and momentum transport applied to the continuum. Theoretical analogy of these three modes of transfer to include boundary layer flows. No duplicate credit for CHEG 481 and CHEG 501, or CHEG 581. Prerequisites: ENGR 315 and CHEG 313.

482. Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Principles of thermodynamics. Properties of fluids and prediction of thermodynamic properties. Phase equilibria. No duplicate credit for CHEG 482 and CHEG 502, or CHEG 582. Prerequisite: CHEG 311 or equivalent.

86. Chemical Process Simulation - Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Detailed study of a process simulation computer program. Applications to commercial chemical engineering operations. Oral and written reports are required. No duplicate credit for CHEG 486 and CHEG 506, or CHEG 586. Prerequisites: CHEG 311, CHEG 314, CHEG 405, ENGR 315, and permission of the instructor.

495. Advanced Absorption and Extraction - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Thermal effects, design of absorption and extraction equipment; hold-up; prediction of liquid-liquid equilibria. No duplicate credit for CHEG 495 and CHEG 525, or CHEG 595. Prerequisite: CHEG 313, 314, or equivalent.

497. Chemical Engineering Operations - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Selected chemical engineering operations important in chemical engineering design. Recent developments in these areas from the current literature. No duplicate credit for CHEG 497 and CHEG 527, or CHEG 597. Prerequisites: CHEG 313 and CHEG 314 and permission of department head.

498. Cost and Optimization Engineering - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Cost comparisons reflecting taxes, depreciation and inflation. Uncertainty and risk analysis. Computer solutions of optimization problems are discussed. No duplicate credit for CHEG 498 and CHEG 528, or CHEG 598. Prerequisite: ENGR 342 or equivalent

Civil Engineering courses (CIEN)



308. Structural Analysis- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Analysis of statically determinate beams, frames, trusses and arches for dead, live, moving, and wind loads. Prerequisite: ENGR 305.

310. Elementary Surveying- Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Use, adjustment, and care of instruments, measurements of lines, directions, and angles; leveling; land surveying; miscellaneous surveying problems; topographic surveying; calculations relating to traverse, areas, and earthwork. Prerequisite: ENGR 101 and MATH 175 or MATH 130.

313. Transportation Engineering - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Transportation systems planning; highway, air, rail and water transportation to include economy, location, design and safety considerations. Prerequisite: CIEN 310.

316. Materials of Construction- Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Nature and physical properties, including environmental aspects, of civil engineering construction materials. Experimentation, where applicable, is utilized. Prerequisite: ENGR 305.

402. Soil Mechanics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Engineering properties of soils including soil classification, permeability and seepage, compaction, effective stress concept, stress distribution in soil mass, compressibility and shear strength. Prerequisites: ENGR 305, 311, and GEOL 216.

403. Foundation Engineering - Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Laboratory and field determination of engineering properties of soils, their applications to the design of retaining walls, braced cuts, shallow and deep foundations, and slope stability. Oral and written reports are required. Prerequisite: CIEN 402.

404. Hydraulics of Open Channels - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Properties of open channels including energy and momentum, principles of critical flow and its computations, uniform flow, theory and analysis of gradually varied flow, the hydraulic jump, unsteady flow, and flood routing. No duplicate credit for CIEN 404 and CIEN 504. Prerequisite: ENGR 311.

405. Highway Design- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Continuation of CIEN 313 concentrating on highway design and construction to include subgrades, base courses, bituminous and Portland cement concrete pavements and highway maintenance. No duplicate credit for CIEN 405 and CIEN 505. Prerequisite: CIEN 313.

406. Advanced Surveying - Lec. 2 Lab. 3 Cr. 3

Theory and practice in advanced surveying techniques. Prerequisite: CIEN 310.

410. Coastal Engineering- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Elementary and higher order wave theories and applications to coastal engineering problems. Waves forces on coastal structures. Wave run-up refraction and detraction. Design of breakwaters, jetties, seawalls and similar structures. No duplicate credit for CIEN 510 and CIEN 410. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.

411. Dynamics of Structures - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Numerical and rigorous analysis of systems containing single and multiple degrees of freedom, free and forced vibrations, damped and undamped systems, and approximate design methods. No duplicate credit for CIEN 411 and CIEN 511. Prerequisites: ENGR 302 and senior standing.

416. Design of Reinforced Concrete - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Design of reinforced concrete members using the ultimate strength method. Variations of materials, strengths, and design approaches are stressed. Design of prestressed members. Study and use of national, state and local codes. Prerequisite: CIEN 308.

417. Design of Steel Structures - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Design of steel members and connection using elastic and plastic theory. Variations of materials, strengths and design approaches are stressed. Study and use of national, state, and local building codes. Prerequisite: CIEN 308.

419. Water Resources Engineering- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Analysis, synthesis, design, and operation of water resources projects with emphasis on hydrology and the hydrologic cycle including groundwater; hydraulic structures; flow in open and closed conduits; and storm water management. Prerequisite: ENGR 311.

422. Water Supply and Waste Disposal - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Water collection and distribution systems; identification and measurement of water quality; water treatment methods; characteristics and treatment of sewage; sewage disposal. Prerequisites: CHEM 102 and ENGR 311.

423. Theory and Application of Finite Element Method Analysis - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Construction of approximate solutions, application of FEM to one and two dimensional linear problems and introduction to time-dependent and nonlinear engineering problems. No duplicate credit for CIEN 423 and CIEN 523, MEEN 423, MEEN 523, ENGR 423, or ENGR 523. Prerequisite: MEEN 413 or CIEN 308.

435. Pipeline Design and Analysis - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Design, analysis and operation of piping systems, economics, feasibility and impact of pipelines, pipe, pump, and valve selection; transient and cavitation analysis; and operational procedures and devises such as surge relief valves, air chambers, and surge tanks. No duplicate credit for CIEN 435 and CIEN 535. Prerequisite: ENGR 311.

Mechanical Engineering courses (MEEN)



301. Manufacturing Processes and Materials - Lec. 1 Lab. 3 Cr. 2

Principles and practices of machinery, welding, measuring, inspecting, testing and heat treating materials. Optimization of operations and selection of equipment and materials. Prerequisites: MEEN 316 and ENGR 101.

309. Advanced Thermodynamics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Advanced study of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics with mechanical engineering applications. Prerequisite: ENGR 207.

316. Strength of Materials Laboratory - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Introduction to the analysis of experimental data, basic electrical measurements using the Wheatstone bridge, mechanical and optical strain measurement techniques. Laboratory tests supplementing the theory in ENGR 305. No duplicate credit for MEEN 316 and ENGR 316. Prerequisite: ENGR 302 and ENGR 305.

321. Dynamics of Machinery- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Kinetics, kinematics, and dynamics of various machine components and assemblies; balancing; critical speeds; torsional vibrations of rotating masses. Prerequisite: ENGR 302 and 305.

331. Machine Design I - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Fundamentals of machine design, including stress-, deflection-, and wear-limited designs. Static and dynamic failure theories presented. Analysis of failed machine parts introduced as a tool to improve future designs. Importance of costs, reliability, safety, recycling, etc., in engineering design is emphasized. Prerequisite: ENGR 302 and 305.

402. Machine Design II- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Design of machine elements and how they fit into the overall design of machines. Reverse engineering of a consumer or commercial product to determine how the product can be produced more reliably, less expensively, safer, lighter weight, and more environmentally friendly. Prerequisite: MEEN 331.

410. Environmental Systems Engineering - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Application of existing theory of thermodynamics, heat, mass, and momentum transfer. Air conditioning and other thermal systems as related to the residential, commercial, and industrial fields. No duplicate credit for MEEN 410, and MEEN 510. Prerequisite: MEEN 309.

412. Mechatronics Laboratory - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Use programmable microcontrollers and basic electronic circuits to acquire data from sensors and control actuators in multi-disciplinary engineering environments. Prerequisites: ENGR 211, ENGR 318, and MEEN 440.

413. Stress Analysis - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Elasticity theory which emphasizes the triaxial nature of stress and strain. Compares the relative usefulness of various theoretical, finite difference and finite element for obtaining stress distributions. Prerequisite: ENGR 305.

414. Mechanical Vibrations - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Oscillatory motion in general, free vibration without and with damping, harmonically excited motion, two degrees and multidegrees of freedom system. Prerequisites: ENGR 302 and MATH 301.

415. Heat Flow Laboratory - Lab. 3 Cr. 1

Quantitative study of various operations involving heat, and mass and flow transfer; comparing actual operation of equipment with theory. Prerequisite: ENGR 315 and MEEN 309.

423. Theory and Application of Finite Element Method Analysis - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Construction of approximate solutions, application of FEM to one and two dimensional linear problems and introduction to time-dependent and nonlinear engineering problems.  No duplicate credit for MEEN 423 and MEEN 523, CIEN 423, CIEN 523, ENGR 423, or ENGR 523. Prerequisite: MEEN 413 or CIEN 308.

436. Turbomachinery- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Study of those devices in which energy is transferred to or from continuously flowing fluid by the dynamic action of a moving vane. No duplicate credit for MEEN 436 and MEEN 536 or MEEN 335. Prerequisites: ENGR 315 and MEEN 309.

440. Electronics and Electromechanics - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Fundamental principles of solid state devices, amplifier, transformers, and electrical machines. Not open to Electrical Engineering majors. Prerequisite: ENGR 211.

450. Design of Heat Exchangers- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Functions for considering the effect of variable fluid properties. Calculations of pressure losses, analytical solutions, experimental methods. No duplicate credit for MEEN 450 and MEEN 550, CHEG 450, or CHEG 550. Prerequisites: ENGR 315, MEEN 309, ENGR 311 or CHEG 311.

455. Engineering Acoustics- Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Generation, transmission, and reception of sound. Equipment noise sources and control. Analysis and design of noise control systems, including vibration isolation, silencers, room acoustic treatment and acoustic barriers. No duplicate credit for MEEN 455 and MEEN 555, ENGR 455 or ENGR 555. Prerequisite: Permission of department head.

460. Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems - Lec. 3 Cr. 3

Mathematical modeling and analysis of physical systems: mechanical, electrical, electromechanical, magnetic, and chemical. Emphasis will be given in the simulation of these systems using MATLAB and SIMULINK. No duplicate credit for MEEN 460 and MEEN 560, ELEN 460, ELEN 560, ENGR 460, or ENGR 560. Prerequisites: ENGR 211, ENGR 302 or ENGR 303, and PHYS 212.