2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog (Updated Spring 2019) 
    Dec 05, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog (Updated Spring 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering, B.S.

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Program Educational Objectives

The UMES Engineering program produces graduates who are expected to achieve the following objectives within a few years after graduation:

  • Objective 1: Work as a technically competent engineer at the professional level in industry, government agencies or pursue graduate studies.
  • Objective 2: Effectively work on industry or government engineering project teams.
  • Objective 3: Be engaged as an effective member of the engineering profession as it relates to and interacts with the global society.
  • Objective 4: Actively take steps to remain current with advancing engineering tools and technologies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Engineering program graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  4. function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. communicate effectively;
  8. understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. demonstrate a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. demonstrate a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

General Program Requirements

The admission of students to the Engineering program is based upon SAT scores, high school or college grades, and preparation in mathematics and science in high school or college. The course sequence and prerequisites for the Engineering program require that the student place into MATH 112 Calculus I, in order to complete the program in eight semesters.

Students admitted to the University who do not place appropriately in mathematics will be permitted to enroll in the Engineering or Aviation Sciences programs. These students will require additional preparatory courses at UMES prior to starting the core courses in the Engineering program, and this may extend their program by one or more semesters. Successful completion of the Bridge, Jump Start, DREAM, or similar programs during the summer prior to students’ freshman year is highly recommended.

Collaborative Agreements with Other Institutions of Higher Learning

UMES maintains collaborative agreements with various community colleges in the state of Maryland to provide students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Aviation Sciences programs by combining upper level courses taken through UMES with their lower level courses taken at the community college. In all cases, students desiring to earn a UMES Engineering or Aviation Sciences degree must complete all UMES degree requirements. Students normally enter the collaborative program upon completion of their associate degree, but may elect to enroll concurrently in both programs, taking UMES courses and community college courses simultaneously. In some cases, credit towards the community college degree may be granted for UMES courses; for details, the student’s community college must be consulted. Attainment of an associate degree is not required for award of a UMES Engineering or Aviation Sciences degree if all UMES degree requirements are met. Transfer credit toward a UMES degree for courses taken at a community college is granted in accordance with the MHEC regulations. Collaborative agreement students who wish to enroll in the UMES program must apply for admission to UMES as transfer students using the procedures specified elsewhere in this catalog. Students accepted in the program will be assigned a UMES advisor for planning their degree completion.

Career Opportunities

Engineering is a profession in which fundamentals of mathematics and natural sciences are applied to develop and create techniques and products for the benefits of humanity. Aerospace engineers design and develop various types of imaginable flying machines such as military fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. Computer engineers deal with all aspects of the design, construction, and operation of computer systems and their hardware and software. Electrical engineers are involved in much of the technology in computers, communication systems, power systems, satellites, microelectronics, and integrated circuits. Mechanical engineers design and develop all types of machinery such as artificial organs, robotics, manufacturing, automotive, or air conditioning.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 101  does not meet the General Education Requirement and does not apply toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9

Select two courses from any of the courses within Disciplines A - D, and ENGL 203 from Discipline E:

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6

Select two courses from any of the courses within Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 4

Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9

Curriculum Area VI - Emerging Issues: Credits 4

Additional Courses: Credits 3

In addition, students must take one of the following 3 credit courses from the following list of identified as Emerging Issues:

Total Required for General Education: Credits 40

1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .

2Honors students should take honors courses.

Engineering Specialization Requirements: Credits 17

Students will take five courses and one lab from one of the following areas of specialization:

Curriculum Guide for Engineering


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