General Engineering- Bachelor of Science in Engineering

For information, contact the Office of the Dean, 106 Benton Hall, 513-529-0700.

The General Engineering major provides students with a rigorous introduction to the fundamentals of the engineering discipline. It strengthens student problem-solving skills and comprehension of the role of engineering in modern society. Problem solving skills include the ability to understand, apply, and integrate liberal arts, math, science, computing, technology, and engineering science. The program of study enables students to appreciate and comprehend engineering practice in the context of fields typically outside of engineering. As such, the major is not ABET accredited, and is not intended for students wishing to practice engineering for their careers; students who intend to be practicing engineers should choose one of our traditional engineering majors.

Graduates will be prepared well for the 21st century by being able to think critically in broader contexts, because problems in contemporary society are not only technical but also social and economic in nature. This program provides the student with a broad engineering education enhanced by courses in computer science, economics, humanities, social science, global cultures, and creative arts. There is significant flexibility for the student to self-select both a CEC minor as an engineering concentration and a non-CEC minor as a complementary focus area, including but not limited to pre-med, pre-law, and public policy. A critical component to this student-driven process is the faculty advisor, who is experienced in helping students design the pathway to fulfill their goals.

This program requires a non-engineering focus area, where the student selects a minor, co-major or second major outside of engineering and computing that aligns with the student’s interest. In limited cases it can also accommodate student-designed focus areas that do not currently exist in another form at Miami. In these cases, the General Engineering student works directly with their faculty advisor and appropriate personnel in other departments to design the focus area. Ultimately, a discussion with a General Engineering advisor will help clarify the possibilities available to students.

Graduates of the General Engineering major may pursue graduate education to further specialize in any field of their choice, such as business, medicine, architecture, and law. In addition, graduates will be able to work in a diverse spectrum of technical and non-technical fields such as public policy, policy analysis, technical sales, and other fields where an advanced technology background and global perspective would be a recognized asset.

Credit/No Credit Policy

All courses in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, statistics, and those in the College of Engineering and Computing (CPB, CSE, ECE, EGM, MME, CEC) that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a grade.

Program Requirements

(The General Engineering curriculum total credit hours can vary depending on the choice of courses for multiple requirements. Students must earn the minimum total credit hours required by Miami for a bachelor’s degree.)

Core Requirements
MTH 151Calculus I5
MTH 251Calculus II4-5
or MTH 249 Calculus II
Select at least two additional MTH or STA courses depending on your chosen CEC minor.6
Natural and Physical Sciences:
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
PHY 192General Physics with Laboratory II5
CHM 141College Chemistry3
CHM 142College Chemistry3
CHM 144College Chemistry Laboratory2
CHM 145College Chemistry Laboratory2
Global Miami Plan Foundation Requirements:
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Select additional courses to complete foundation requirements in English Composition, Creative Arts, Humanities, Global Perspectives, and Biological Science18
Global Miami Plan Intercultural Perspectives3
Global Miami Plan Advanced Writing Requirement:
ENG 313Technical Writing3
Engineering Core
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
CPB 204Material and Energy Balances3
CSE 174Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving3
ECE 205Electric Circuit Analysis I4
MME 211Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering
Introduction to Computer Science and Software Engineering
Introduction to Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Engineering Concentration
Select a minimum of 23 hours within CEC, which must include a formally declared CEC minor. (The following courses will not fulfill this requirement: CEC 140, 205, 206, 241, 266, 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492; CSE 148, 151, 163, 243, 253) 123
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following two-semester capstone experiences (Note - all prerequisites must be met): 24
Engineering Design I
and Engineering Design II
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Senior Design Project
and Senior Design Project
Non-Engineering Minor and Focus Area
Select a non-CEC minor, co-major, or second major as your focus area. (Note: The Humanitarian Engineering and Computing minor can be used to fulfill this requirement) 318
Total Credit Hours124-125