2012-2013 Catalogue

Engineering Curricula


The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences offers B.S. degrees in Civil, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, there are two interdisciplinary B.S. degrees: the B.S. in Engineering, and the B.S. in Engineering Management which is offered in conjunction with the School of Business Administration. The Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science degrees, the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences.

Laptop Requirements: Engineering is a professional field that leverages mathematics and the sciences to design and implement solutions to problems faced by society. The practicing Engineer utilizes not only the fundamentals related to mathematics and the sciences but also computational tools to accomplish his or her tasks. With this latter reality in mind, the School of Engineering (SoE) requires all incoming engineering students to have a laptop computer. The laptop requirement enables instructors to incorporate computational analysis and numerical examples in the classroom for an immediate and powerful praxis of engineering theory. The laptop requirement is platform agnostic (Windows, Mac or Linux) and is satisfied with current mid-range offerings (i.e., 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB Hard Drive, 802.11 a/g/n). Note that current netbooks will not have sufficient computational resources to meet the requirements. As part of the laptop requirement, students must also purchase a student version of MATLAB® (a high-level programming language and interactive computational environment). MATLAB® is available through the MathWorks™ website: MathWorks Link out of catalogue site.. The school also recommends that students have word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software on their laptop.

HSS Requirements: To complement the technical content of the engineering curriculum, all B.S. programs require a Humanities and Social Science (HSS) component that encourages the exploration of a Humanities and Social Science field and the appreciation of diversity in society. HSS electives may not be taken on a pass/fail basis. A minimum of fifteen credits are required and at least six credits must be from the same department. All School of Engineering students are required to complete one of the first year design courses (CE 003, EE 001 or ME 001).

*Special topics, seminars, Honors, reading and research, or internships are not normally considered appropriate HSS electives.

Students must include two three-credit University Approved Diversity courses as two of their required Humanities and Social Sciences courses. One three-credit course must be from Category One (Race and Racism in the U.S.) and the second three-credit course can be from either Category One or Category Two (Human and Societal Diversity). See the Diversity course listing in this catalogue. Diversity courses have a D1 or D2 prefix.

Student Organizations

Engineering students can become affiliated with their respective national professional engineering societies: the American Society of Civil Engineers Link out of catalogue site. , the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Link out of catalogue site., the American Society for Engineering Management Link out of catalogue site., and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Link out of catalogue site.. Each of these organizations has an authorized student chapter at UVM. Engineering students demonstrating high scholarship attainment, combined with exemplary character, are recognized by membership in the Vermont Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. In addition, all engineering students may become affiliated with the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. These student organizations provide extracurricular opportunities for students to learn more about their chosen discipline and to apply their knowledge.


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