Engineering Major

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Greenville’s “Smart Engineering” Advantage

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years after graduation, Greenville expects engineering alumni to:

  1. Be valued for their knowledge, passion, and integrity.  
  2. Be effective in engineering design and application of engineering principles.
  3. Practice continuous learning.
  4. Exhibit effective communication skills with peers, clients, management and the public.
  5. Support the growth of the Greenville Engineering Program.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Greenville Engineering Program must demonstrate:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to 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. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  12. a commitment to serve the world with passion and integrity that stem from Christian mind and characters.

Engineering Major Courses

This course introduces students to engineering. Students will study the history of engineering, explore various engineering disciplines, scientific principles behind engineering, engage in design and problem solving processes, and learn safety procedures. Students also practice decision-making, teamwork, and effective communication through key projects. This course fulfills the UNIV 101 and 102 requirements for physics and engineering majors.
This course deals with the basic principles of biology. Consideration is given to cell biology and structural and functional organization of plants and animals. Principles of reproduction, genetics, and ecology are introduced as well as a brief survey of the kingdoms of living organisms. Beginning course for all biology majors. (Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced. Prerequisite: MTH 111 or equivalent background. (Offered fall semester.)
Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions. Prerequisite: MTH 115. (Offered spring semester.)
A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; simple harmonic motion. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: High school physics or PHYS 102, and high school mathematics through calculus or currently enrolled in MATH 115.
Using a modern high-level programming language, this course introduces algorithmic problem solving, basic control structures, basic data structures, and procedural abstraction. Prerequisites: MTH 111 and CIS 140, or MTH 115. (Offered fall semester.)
Continuation of PHYS 200 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell’s equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: MATH 115 and PHYS 200
The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
The third semester of the introductory physics sequence as required by physics and pre-engineering majors. Topics covered include introduction to relativity, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, condensed matter, nuclear physics, the standard models of particle physics, the standard cosmological model, and new frontiers of physics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: PHYS 210
Introduction to varieties of electronic devices and their use and operations. Ohm's and Kirchhoff's laws with voltage/current sources. Introduction to operational amplifiers, ideal transformers, inductance, capacitance, first-order and second-order circuits (both DC and AC), power transfer, source transformation, phasors, complex power, single-phase & three-phase circuits and introduction to circuit simulation. Includes hands-on lab problems and short design projects. Prerequisite: ENGR 101
A study of vector forces and their analysis, equilibrium of particles and of rigid bodies, structural analysis and internal forces, distributed forces, center of gravity and centroids. Prerequisite: PHYS 200
This course builds on concepts introduced in prior coursework in static systems. It considers the mathematical description of rigid bodies in motion under the action of forces, moments and couples, solving problems of kinematics and kinetics for particles and rigid bodies using energy, momentum, and angular momentum conservation laws. It also introduces Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods. Prerequisite: PHYS 200
Introduces modeling and design of complex systems using multiple means. Topics include creative idea generation, the use of computer-aided design including parametric design, assembling, communicating and collaborating, process planning, computer simulation and control, human factors and ergonomics in design, and the history and practices of aesthetics in engineering design. Prerequisite: ENGR 101
Fundamental laws of thermodynamics for simple substances; application to flow processes and to non-reacting mixtures; statistical thermodynamics of ideal gases and crystalline solids; chemical and materials thermodynamics; multiphase and multicomponent equilibria in reacting systems; electrochemistry; fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, radiation, and their examples. Prerequisite: PHYS 220
The course introduces topics like life support system, carbon-oxygen cycle, cycling of nitrogen, sulfur and phosphorus, and the hydrologic cycle. Also covers calculation of pollution potential and treatment system parameters. Basic concepts of water and wastewater treatment, solid and hazard waste management, and air pollution abatement are also discussed. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
Foundations, principles, methods and tools for effective design and management of projects in technology-based organizations. This course focuses on the scope, time, cost, performance and quality concerns of engineering projects characterized by risk and uncertainty. Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing process are addressed. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
Introduces the theory and the practice of engineering ethics in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural contexts. Students will consider ethics and philosophy of engineering and reflect on historical and hypothetical cases that are relevant to ethical practices of engineers. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
ENGR399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
A culminating experience for majors. Student teams begin a system level design of a project (a nondisclosure agreement may be required). Projects are selected from a variety of topics. Students provide detailed schedules for building prototype systems and present periodic progress reports. During the course, students produce a technical specification, undergo several design reviews, and design a prototype system. Prerequisite: ENGR 301, Senior standing is required.
Student teams continue to implement and refine the prototype design from ENGR 401. This substantive project demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broad comprehensive knowledge of related disciplines and methodologies. Teams author detailed technical manuals. Periodic progress reports and final presentations are required, as well as multimedia portfolios of major projects the students have finished. Prerequisite: ENGR 301
An intermediate course that is basic for graduate work in physics. Topics covered include direct and alternating current circuits, static electric and magnetic fields, and Maxwell's equations. Three hours lecture per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 210
Equilibrium thermodynamics, the first law, equations of state, changes of state, the second law, criteria for spontaneity, electrochemistry, and applications to chemical and physical systems. Prerequisite:PHYS 220.
The course deals with the strength and elastic deflection of engineering materials in torsion, bending, and shear. Applications to design of beams and shafts. Studies shear diagrams, bending moment diagrams, area moments of inertia, combined stresses, and principal stresses. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
An intermediate course on quantum mechanics using matrix formalism and operator methods; quantum states of photons and electrons, measurement, angular momentum and rotation, two-particle systems and entanglement, time evolution, harmonic oscillator, wave mechanics in three dimension. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 220
The course presents the three modes of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. One-dimensional steady and transient conduction is studied for planar, cylindrical, and spherical geometries. The lumped capacitance analysis is used for transient conduction when appropriate. Analytical and numerical methods are presented for two-dimensional conduction problems, including the analysis of extended surfaces. Prerequisite: PHYS 220
This course introduces systems dynamic control fundamentals and their design issues for electrical engineering applications. Emphasis is on linear, time-invariant, multi-input multi- output systems. Topics include open and closed-loop state-space representations, analytical solutions, computer simulations, stability, controllability and controller design. Prerequisite: ENGR 301
Course covers portable water sources, treatments, and management. Topics also include applications of fluid mechanics to hydraulic infrastructure, principals of open channel flow, the hydrologic cycle, precipitation, evaporation, stream flow hydrographs, hydrologic and hydraulic stream routing, hydrologic measurements, and application of hydrologic models. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
Introduces different energy sources and investigates methods to convert this energy into a useful form. Particular emphasis is given to their effects on environment and sustainability. Energy sources that are investigated, designed, built and tested include solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and hydrogen fuel cells. Includes examples of the usage and comparision of each of these energy sources. Prerequisite: ENGR 201
A study of legislation and implementing regulatory bodies dealing with U.S. and international policy. Students will gain a balanced, yet critical, account of how regulation is carried out, and the effect of political forces. Issues of general interest (e.g., solid waste, water, and air quality) are explored, as are emerging issues such as environmental waste at nuclear weapons facilities and political problems inherent in protecting biodiversity. The crisis of regulatory capacity in the U.S., which has developed in the environmental field since 1970, including deficiencies in institutional and policy design are also examined.
Organisms do not exist or function in a vacuum, but are strongly influenced by their environment and, in turn, alter that environment and affect the growth and development of other organisms. In this course we will consider the interaction of organisms and their environments. We will study ecological processes functioning at levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Prerequisite: BIOL 112. (Offered spring semester.)
Laboratory applications of upper level physics one of Greenville's labs. Special emphasis will be given to developing skills to conduct experiments and use of instrumentation, automation, and data analysis. Prerequisite: PHYS 220

Engineering Major Partner Programs

Engineering 3-2 Dual Degree Program

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, engineering is projected to be one of the top five areas of employment for the next decade. If you have been prepared by your high school education in writing, communications, mathematics and science, you should be ready to move into the college level courses. You will have to study a lot, but anything worth doing requires some effort. The payback occurs in career satisfaction. The engineering profession ranks in the upper 15% among the 250 types of work endeavors.

Dual Degree with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Engineering School at UIUC ranks number 6 overall in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. The Dual Degree (3-2) program results in a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from UIUC.

Dual Degree with Washington University in St. Louis

The Engineering School at Washington University in St. Louis is ranked number 14 overall according to U.S. News and Word Report. This Dual Degree (3-2) program results in a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Washington University.

The following degree plan provides a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program:

Benefits of the 3/2 Program

  1. Successful completion of Greenville's engineering program, with an appropriate GPA, guarantees admission to top quality engineering schools for the remaining two years.
  2. Receive personal attention in the math and physics courses that provide the backbone of any engineering program.
  3. Gain exposure to the many engineering opportunities before making a final commitment to a specific field.
  4. Remain flexible in your career options by starting with the practical, broad- natured pre-engineering courses that prepares one for many fields.
  5. Obtain two degrees -- a liberal arts degree in addition to an engineering degree. Employers seek graduates with a broad background to better adapt to our constantly changing society.
  6. Spend three years at a campus where Christian principles and values are taught and practiced.

International Students

Greenville College works alongside Yenching Elite Education as our premier partner in China for recruiting qualified Chinese students into its engineering dual-degree program. Yenching Elite Education focuses on providing access to our “Pathways Programs” designed to assist Chinese students upon graduating from high school. Students completing a one-year Pathway Program enjoy a curriculum focused on English language development and additional coursework to prepare them for attending the school’s four-year degree program. Yenching Elite Education also collaborates to find top students interested in pursuing our Engineering Dual Degree (3:2) partnerships with University of Illinois and Washington University

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Tuition and Fees:

In addition to scholarships granted through non-program specific awards, Greenville University’s Engineering program offers the following:

  • Engineering Honors Scholarship
  • Hugh Siefken Scholarship
  • Harry Tomaschke Scholarship
  • Ralph Miller Scholarship
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