Engineering Science

Jeffrey B. Cornelius, Professor

Chris A. O'Riordan-Adjah, Associate Professor

Faculty from other disciplines also support this program.

Principia College offers a Bachelor of Science major in engineering science in the following ways:

1Option I – Completion of a five (5) year program with Principia College and the University of North Dakota.

2Option II – Completion of a three (3) year program at Principia and transfer to either Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) or Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST).

3Option III – Completion of a three (3) year program at Principia and transfer to the University of Minnesota (UMN)

4Option IV - Completion of a three (3) year program at Principia and transferring to any university of the student’s choice – this could include University of North Dakota.

Successful completion of Option I awards the student a B.S. in Engineering Science from Principia College and an accredited (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – ABET) B.S. degree in one of the five (5) listed engineering disciplines below (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Petroleum) from the University of North Dakota. This program with the University of North Dakota allows a student to remain on the Principia College campus all five years.

The B.S. in engineering science may also be awarded to students who opt for Options II – IV (students usually attend Principia for three years and then transfer for their last two years) and complete the requirements below and those for an engineering degree at another university, provided that the program at the other university is approved by the director of the engineering program and transfer credit is approved by the Registrar.  Also, a student will need a waiver of residency petition approved by Principia College.

The dual degree program is adapted to satisfy the curricular needs of both Principia and the cooperating universities. This program prepares students to confront the technical challenges facing society today. Principia provides the scientific principles and ethical basis; the cooperating university completes the education of the professional engineer.

All engineering students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in ALL required science (physics, mathematics, chemistry, and computer science) and engineering courses. For students participating in the University of North Dakota Dual Degree Program, all courses transferring to UND must have a grade of "C" or better.

For UND as well as SIUE, MST, UMN, or another university, students should consult the current university bulletin and their engineering advisor about the entrance requirements for the specific engineering program they wish to pursue. The acceptance of Principia’s dual degree students to the cooperating university’s program is not automatic. They must apply before or during their junior year. Each university has its own timelines.

The various types of engineering programs offered as part of the dual degree with University of North Dakota (Option I) are described below.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering major prepares students at all levels to effectively apply modern engineering principles to the evolving needs of industry and society through focused efforts in manufacturing, materials science, mechanical design, thermal sciences, and aerospace applications. This major supports an accessible, collaborative, multidisciplinary research and learning environment that stimulates students and faculty members to reach their highest potential through hands-on education, leadership opportunities, and life-long learning.

Civil Engineering

The Civil Engineering major is concerned primarily with fundamental civil engineering design and analysis in such areas as structures, geotechnical engineering, sanitary engineering, water resources, and transportation engineering. The required curriculum includes the fundamentals for each of these areas and provides an opportunity for additional learning experiences with technical electives and a major design experience.

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering major focuses primarily on areas like Applied Electromagnetics, Power and Energy Systems, Signal and Image Processing, Wireless Communications, and Unmanned Systems. The required curriculum includes the fundamentals for each of these areas and provides an opportunity for additional learning experiences with technical electives and a major design experience.

Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering major prepares students to work in the chemical industry to convert basic raw materials into a variety of products, and deals with the design and operation of plants and equipment. These core principles build on the fundamentals of physical sciences and mathematics. A chemical engineer applies and uses principles of chemical engineering in any of its practical applications which include design, manufacture and operation of plants and machinery in industrial chemical (machines used to extract or convert industrial chemicals — example, crude oil) and related processes. This major in recent development has expanded to focus on new technologies such as fuel cells, hydrogen power and nanotechnology.

Petroleum Engineering

A fairly new program but on the rise, Petroleum Engineering majors are provided the knowledge to research  and also develop the latest technologies for discovery, exploration, drilling and production of the oil and gas fields to produce future energy. Due to recent discoveries and development of the unconventional resources, this program is strategically important to our developing world in terms of educating practical and hands-on engineers who can work in the field to meet the necessary requirements and demands.

Other Engineering Options

Students who wish to obtain an engineering degree only from a second university (not a dual degree) should work with their engineering advisor and an advisor at the school from which they intend to graduate to match courses from our freshman and sophomore years to the requirements of the engineering school. After two years at Principia, these students would then apply to transfer their credits to that engineering school and obtain their engineering degree there. The decision to transfer Principia courses to the other school resides with the transfer institution. In addition, students may opt to complete a four-year B.S. major at the College (e.g., chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics) and then transfer to the university for two more years to complete an engineering degree.


 There is an associated fee for summer laboratories for students who declare and decide to pursue this option (Option I).  This associated fee will depend on when a student declares the major and also will be discussed and approved by the director of the program.


 Principia College has a memorandum of understanding and an articulation agreement with these institutions.


 Principia College has an articulation agreement with this institution.


 Students need to discuss their intentions for this option with the preferred institution in mind by the end of their second year with the advisor and director of the engineering program.

ENGR 060 Engineering Seminar Non-Credit 0.0 SH [  ]

Non-credit version of ENGR 260. The title will be extended to describe the current topic.

ENGR 101 Graphical Communications 3.0 SH [  ]

This is a course in graphical communication, expression, and interpretation applicable to engineering, sciences, and other technology fields of study. The ability to visualize in three dimensions is developed through shape description, sketching, and multi-view projection exercises. The course includes, but is not limited to, the engineering and architectural scales, engineering lettering, geometric constructions, use of instruments, and dimensioning.

ENGR 160 Intro Engineering Profession 2.0 SH [  ]

Exploration of engineering, including fields of engineering; expectations of engineering schools; and engineering topics such as time management, project management, CAD design, modeling, computing, fabrication, and ethical issues.

ENGR 180 Project Management 3.0 SH [  ]

A hands-on course for learning the basic principles of planning, implementing, and managing a project. Students will participate as team members in a community-based project and will analyze the project, integrating what they are learning with their personal experience. The course will emphasize problem solving, effective communication, ethics, and citizenship.

ENGR 201 Engineering Mechanics:Statics 3.0 SH [  ]

This course is to introduce students to some fundamental principles of the mechanics and their applications to problems of engineering. It is also geared towards helping students to thoroughly understand the presentation of the theory and its appplication to all disciplines of engineering as one decides to choose (civil, mechanical, electrical, computer, etc.) and stimulate an interest in engineering.
Prerequisite: MATH 182 (may be taken concurrently) and PHYS 201.

ENGR 202 Engineering Mechanics:Dynamics 3.0 SH [  ]

This course is an application of the fundamental concepts of mechanics, including resultants of force systems, free-body diagrams, equilibrium of rigid bodies, and analyses of structures as studied in ENGR 201.
Prerequisite: PHYS 201, MATH 182, and ENGR 201.

ENGR 203 Mechanics of Materials 3.0 SH [  ]

This course is the branch of mechanics that deals with the relationship between external loads and reactions and the intensities of the internal loads within a deformable body. For the design of a structure or verification of the safety of an existing structure, it is necessary to determine the forces acting on and within the structural members.
Prerequisite: ENGR 201 and MATH 380 (may be taken concurrently) with a grade of "C" or better in both courses.

ENGR 204 Mech. Engr. Student Design 3.0 SH [  ]

This course familiarizes students with the operation and safety of machine tools. This gives students knowledge of what goes into engineering designs in building a prototype and also enables them to operate shop machinery as a part of future courses.

ENGR 206 Elect. Engr. Circuit Analysis 4.0 SH [  ]

This lab course introduces fundamental circuit analysis for EE or other engineering majors. Topics include Ohm's Law, KCL, KVL, mesh and node-based circuit analysis, op amps, RLC circuits, sinusoidal analysis and phasors, and three-phase power. Emphasis on intuitive circuit comprehension using equivalences, superposition, etc. Lab activities emphasize both simulated and physical circuits.
Prerequisite: MATH 181 with a grade of C or higher.

ENGR 242 3-D Printing Technology 4.0 SH [GESL]

This course provides an overview of open-source hardware in theory and practice introducing the Maker movement and 3-D printing. Each student builds a custom 3D printer and designs objects for printing using a variety of open-source software design programs. The body of the course involves using the 3D printer and design software for a progressive series of projects.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only

ENGR 260 Engineering Seminar 1.0 SH [  ]

Topics will vary based on the needs and interests of the students and instructor, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken eight times up to a total of eight semester hours provided the topics differ.
Prerequisite: ENGR 160.

ENGR 262 Computer Hardware Architecture 5.0 SH [  ]

Digital electronic logic explored in theory and laboratory from simple switching to electronic architecture of digital computers. Topics include electronic valving and switching, logic-gate design, Boolean algebraic proofs of gate equivalence, counters, registers, arithmetic, operations, memory addressing and information transfer, microprogramming, interfacing and control.
Prerequisite: MATH 261.

ENGR 279 Engineering Project Proposal 1.0 SH [  ]

Students research and prepare an engineering project proposal in preparation for ENGR 280. The proposal must be approved by engineering science faculty prior to taking ENGR 280. May be taken four times up to a total of four semester hours provided the projects differ.
Prerequisite: ENGR 180.

ENGR 280 Engineering Projects 1.0-6.0 SH [  ]

A hands-on course that allows students to learn vital lessons through active participation in a project. Topics may vary between offerings and are chosen according to needs and interests of students and instructor. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to six semester hours. May be taken eight times up to a total of 48 semester hours regardless of the topic.

ENGR 340 Prof Integrity in Engineering 3.0 SH [  ]

This course emphasizes the need for technical professionals to develop personal integrity and moral character in order to benefit society. Students will develop an appreciation for the global context of their decisions, the ability to make sound ethical decisions, and communicate their ideas effectively. This course also explores the impact of engineering and applied science on society.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.