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Interdisciplinary Programs

The School of Engineering currently offers three interdisciplinary programs of study:

Engineering Management   |   BS in Engineering  |  BA in Engineering

Engineering Management

The ability to design, produce, sell and service quality products in today's marketplace requires managers who understand engineering principles as well as possess the skills to manage technical projects and professionals.

The Engineering Management program is designed to give undergraduates a solid engineering base coupled with a business preparation that will enable them to fill dynamic managerial roles in technical industries.

Jointly sponsored by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the School of Business Administration, the Engineering Management program draws on a broad range of faculty expertise and study opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Engineering Management program find rewarding opportunities in a wide variety of positions, including consulting, systems design, production supervision, project management, process engineering, quality assurance, technical sales, production planning and control, systems analysis, and inventory management.

Companies hiring UVM graduates in recent years include IBM, General Dynamics, United Parcel, Champlain Cable, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Energizer, Boston Scientific, Kellogg Co., SolarWorks, Pizzagalli Constructon, Utility Risk Management, GeneSic, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon.

Our Program

Throughout the curriculum, students learn to apply engineering and business principles to immediate and evolving 21st century problems in manufacturing and service organizations. They develop a foundation to successfully manage people, systems and projects. They also develop an area of emphasis by choosing Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical engineering in which to concentrate. Concentration check sheets for each track can be found at here.

Hands On Learning

In the senior year of the program, each student is required to complete a senior design project design in which they work with a company to design a solution to an engineering management problem. Past project titles include: Research and Evaluation of the Optimal disposition Numbers Regarding the Article Group Steinothan 120 for the German company Steinbacher Dämmstoffe GmbH; Ways of Increasing and Maintaining On-Time Delivery Performance at Champlain Cable Corporation; Study Into Internal Production of Ice Cream Base at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Company; Operations Consolidation at Lake Champlain Chocolates; and Quality Assurance Program Compliance Review at the Federal Highway Administration.

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BS in Engineering

The Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree in Engineering is a non-departmental degree designed for students who want a strong engineering science base in preparation for an interdisciplinary engineering specialty.

"Engineering graduates need a vast amount of knowledge to deal with the world's environmental concerns as well as our technological and information revolution," says Joan Jordan, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. According to Jordan, "the resurrection of the BS in Engineering gives students the opportunity to obtain a very broad foundational knowledge of engineering."

Requirements

Degree candidates need to fulfill courses required in the core program, with 122 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 7 courses in Technical Electives must be chosen from courses at the 100 level or above. A minimum of 18 credits of Technical Electives must be engineering courses.

How to Register

Students who wish to register for this degree should meet with their advisor to plan an integrated series of courses directed towards possible engineering concentrations such as: aeronautical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, power engineering, traffic engineering, geological engineering, and so on.

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BA in Engineering

The Bachelor of Arts in Engineering degree is intended to provide an engineering background for students who desire more educational breadth in the liberal arts than is possible with the various engineering BS degrees. The BA in Engineering is jointly offered by UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and UVM's College of Arts and Sciences. Students graduating with this degree might pursue more advanced studies in engineering, or they might go on to advanced studies in fields such as business, law, environmental science, medicine, etc. The degree is not ABET-accredited and is not intended to produce students prepared to work as practicing engineers immediately upon graduation.

Engineering BA students declare a primary concentration of study in engineering and a minor in liberal arts. The primary concentration can be within one of the following four areas of engineering: civil, electrical, environmental or mechanical systems. Alternatively, students may request to develop their own tailored primary concentration in engineering. The required coursework for each primary concentration area will be determined by a committee of SoE faculty with research and teaching interests in areas relevant to the concentration topic. Engineering BA students complete a specified set of coursework in the mathematics and basic sciences and in engineering, as well as complete the BA distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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