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Curriculum for a Minor in General Engineering

Declaring the minor is by application only; minimum of five courses required.

This curriculum is intended as a general engineering minor for students outside of engineering. Courses can be used to fulfill GenEd requirements. Courses, (excluding prerequisites), used to fulfill requirements for the major cannot be used as courses satisfying requirements for a minor. Students will be advised by the director of the Engineering Design Division.

Students must complete the three prerequisite courses (see below) for the minor and achieve at least a 2.7 GPA in those three courses before applying to the program. In order to complete the minor, students must earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in the prerequisite and required courses.

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Math: (4 credit hrs.)
    Math 224 (2 credits) AND Math 225 (2 credits) -- both courses taken consecutively fall semester. (Math 224 and 225 can be satisfied by BC calculus)
  • Science: (8 credit hrs.)
    General Physics I (PHYS 131, calculus-based [L] (pre-req. MATH 221, can be satisfied by AP Physics)

       And either:

                 General Physics II (PHYS 132 recommended, calculus-based [L] (pre-req. PHYS 131, co-req. MATH 222 Calculus 2 or PHYS 122, algebra-based)


                 Introduction to Organismal Biology (BIOL 117) (pre-req. consent of instructor)

Required engineering courses: (minimum five courses)

  • Engineering Elective courses: (minimum three courses)

Participants must take a minimum of nine hours of engineering electives (from list A or B below), with at least one course from Advanced Engineering (listed in B below). Note: Individual courses may have prerequisites (shown in chart) in addition to courses in the engineering minor.

  • Integrated Engineering and Design Projects: (two courses) – Must have senior standing

Participants must complete two semesters of an integrated engineering and design project (capstone design courses). Students may elect to participate in this capstone experience on a team with biomedical engineering, systems science and industrial engineering, or electrical and mechanical engineering students. (Shown below in C as sections 50-52.)

(A) Engineering Fundamentals[1]:
BME 201: Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (WTSN 112, MATH 221, PHYS 131) (co- or pre-req BIOL 118)
BME 203: Biomedical Modeling & Numerical Methods (MATH 222, BME 201)
BME 213: Biomolecule Engineering (BIOL 118, BME 201, CHEM 111, MATH 324 or MATH 371)
CS 140: Programming with Objects2,3
CS 211: Programming I for Engineers2,3
EECE 251: Digital Logic Design (co-req.-PHYS 132)
ISE 212: Engineering Computing2
ISE 231: Human Factors  (MATH 222)
ISE 261: Probabilistic Systems I
ISE 364: Engineering Economics and Project Management4 
ME 211: Solid Mechanics    (ME 273)
ME 273: Engineering Mechanics/Statics (PHYS 131)
ME 274: Engineering Mechanics/Dynamics (ME 273)
ME 372: Engineering Project Management4

(B) Advanced  Engineering
BME 303: Bio-fluid Mechanics (PHYS 131, MATH 222, BME 318)
BME 313: Biomaterials (BIOL 118, CHEM 231, BME 213)
BME 318: Biomechanics (PHYS 131, MATH 222)
BME 340: Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (BIOL 118, BME 203)
BME 413: Biomedical Transport Phenomena (BME 303, BME 318, ME 331)
BME 442: Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery (BME 313)
BME 463: Bioprocess Engineering (CHEM 231, BME 213)
BME 472: Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis (MATH 323, BME 203)
BME 483: Tissue Engineering (BME 313, BME 201, BIOL 118) (Co- or pre-req BME 433)
WTSN 305: Introduction to Sustainable Engineering and Design (MATH 221 and MATH 222)
WTSN 306: Engineering Sustainable Energy (CHEM 111 and PHYS 132 or equivalents)
WTSN 307: Ecology for Engineers (CHEM 111 and PHYS 132 or equivalents)
CS 212: Programming II for Engineers3 (CS 211)
CS 240: Programming Data Structures3 (CS 140 and CS 220)
CS 345: Software Engineering3 (CS 240)
EECE 252: Computer Organization and Microprocessors (EECE 251, CS 211)
EECE 260: Electrical Circuits [L] (MATH 371, PHYS 131, co-req.-PHYS 132)
EECE 315: Electronics I  (EECE 252, EECE 260)
ISE 311: Manufacturing Systems I [O] (EE 260, ME 271) 
ISE 362: Probabilistic Systems II (ISE 261)
ME 331: Thermodynamics   (MATH 371)
ME 363: Science of Engineering Materials [L] (CHEM 111, PHYS 132)
ME 381: Computer-Aided Engineering (ME 211)

(C) Integrated Engineering and Design Projects:

WTSN 490/WTSN 491 Capstone Design Project I/II5
(Please note that ALL General Engineering Minors must sign up for WTSN 490 and WTSN 491, Section 50, 51 or 52 depending on the engineering major track listed below. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THE COURSES IN PARENTHESES; THEY ARE LISTED TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE EQUIVALENT WATSON COURSES ARE.

Section 50 – BE major equivalent is (BE 450Complex Systems and Evolutionary Design and BE 451: Complex Systems Engineering)


Section 51 – ISE major equivalent is (ISE 491Systems Design and ISE 492: Systems Design Project)


Section 52 – ME major equivalent is (ME 493/EECE 487Capstone Design Project I and ME 494/EECE 488: Capstone Design Project II)

  1. All courses with approval of department and instructor. Courses shown are the currently approved list: departments may add or remove courses in the future.
  2. Only one of CS 211, CS 140 or ISE 212 can count toward the general engineering minor.
  3. Only one CS course can count toward the general engineering minor.
  4. Only one of ISE 364 or ME 372 can count toward the general engineering minor.
  5. Only open to non-engineering students admitted to the general engineering minor.

Application for Minor in General Engineering

Last Updated: 11/18/16