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 fine arts. There is significant flexibility for the student to self-design both an engineering concentration and a non-technical 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.

The program is designed to encourage double-majors, co-majors, and minors to comprise the non-engineering focus areas of the students’ interest. It is also flexible enough to 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 specialization 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 Engineering Concentration area.6-8
Natural and Physical Sciences:
PHY 191General Physics with Laboratory I5
CHM 141
CHM 144
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following science sequences:8-10
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
and College Chemistry Laboratory 1
General Physics with Laboratory I
and General Physics with Laboratory II 1
Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity
and Biological Concepts: Structure, Function, Cellular, and Molecular Biology
Miami Plan Foundation Requirements:
ECO 201Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
Select additional courses to complete foundation requirements
Miami Plan Advanced Writing Requirement:
ENG 313Technical Writing3
Foreign Language:
Pass a language course at 102-level or higher (excludes any course taught in English).4-8
Social and Ethical Perspectives on Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Biotechnology
Metal on Metal: Engineering and Globalization in Heavy Metal Music
Technology, Ethics, and Global Society
Principles of Environmental Science
Principles and Applications of Environmental Science
Environmental Law
Information Studies in the Digital Age
Music Technologies
Engineering Core
CEC 101Computing, Engineering & Society1
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Chemical and Bioengineering
Introduction to Computing and Engineering
Introduction to Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Select one of the following introductory programming courses:3
Introduction to C/C++ Programming
Introduction to Computer Concepts and Programming
Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving
Seelct three of the following courses:9-10
Material and Energy Balances
Optimization Modeling
Electric Circuit Analysis I
Static Modeling of Mechanical Systems
Engineering Concentration
Select a minimum of 18 hours within CEC which are related thematically or departmentally 218
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following two-semester capstone experiences: 34
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 Focus Area and Thematic Sequence
Select a non-engineering focus area or thematic sequence: 418
Total Credit Hours102-112

If you complete the PHY or CHM sequence, you will also need to complete a Miami Plan Biological Science.


At least two of these courses must be at the advanced level (300 or above). Students are required to develop their Engineering Concentration with the help of their faculty advisor.


These courses are in addition to the hours required for the Engineering Concentration area.


The focus area requirement can be filled by

  1. completing a minor outside CEC,
  2. completing the pre-professional requirements for advanced study in a health care field or law,
  3. completing another major or co-major outside CEC, or
  4. proposing and receiving approval for a cohesive group of courses outside CEC that includes a thematic sequence. This requirement may overlap with required MTH, Science, or Miami Plan courses and will likely meet the Miami Plan thematic sequence requirement.