Engineering Science

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.

Departmental Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will gain an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. Students will gain an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data 
  3. Students will gain an ability to function on a multidisciplinary or diverse team
  4. Students will develop an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

  5. Students will develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  6. Students will gain an ability to communicate effectively
  7. Students will gain an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

College Wide Student Learning Outcomes of Principia College: Defining a Liberal Arts Education

The curricular and co-curricular programs at Principia College are designed for students to be lifelong learners, thinkers, and problem-solvers, to draw out spiritual and moral qualities indispensable to growth in Christian Science, and to cultivate an understanding of service to the Cause of Christian Science in meeting the global needs of the 21st century. To accomplish this, the College has established the following outcomes for its graduates.

Guided by Principle, Principia College students will demonstrate:

  1. Depth and breadth of knowledge
  2. Critical and creative thinking
  3. Effective communication
  4. Intellectual inquiry and engagement
  5. Active commitment to community and global citizenship

ENGR 040 Fund of Engineering Exam Prep 0.0 SH [  ]

This course prepares the students for The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam by providing them with the techniques and strategies of taking the FE exam, and reviewing core topics and focus areas of the exam. A practice test similar to the actual exam in terms of duration and content is offered to the students.
Class Level Restriction: Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Engineering Science Majors only.

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.
Class Level Restriction: Freshman and Sophomore only.

ENGR 170 History of Technology 3.0 SH [  ]

History of technology, including the intellectual and economic process of technological innovation, elements contributing to technological progress, the impact of such progress on the human experience, and the application of tech history to evaluating and extrapolating current trends in engineering and technology.

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 205 Chem Engineering Fundamentals 3.0 SH [  ]

Introduction to principles of stoichiometry using material and energy balances within chemical processes.
Prerequisite: CHEM 131.

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 better.

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 264 Embedded Systems 4.0 SH [  ]

Design and construction of embedded software and hardware, including device drivers, I/O bus protocols, digital card design, and low-level debugging.
Prerequisite: CSCI 263 and ENGR 262.

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 301 Materials Science 3.0 SH [  ]

An introduction to the theory of the structure of matter, as well as the prediction and evaluation of engineering properties of materials, using a combination of real-life examples, theoretical explanations, and demonstrations. An overview of material structures, atoms, bonding, and crystalline structures precedes the study of mechanical behavior and failure analyses of various classes of materials: metals, ceramics, etc.
Prerequisite: ENGR 203 with a grade of C- or better.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ENGR 306 Fluid Mechanics 3.0 SH [  ]

Fluid properties; fluid statics and dynamics; transport theory and transport analogies, conservation of mass, energy, and momentum; dimensional analysis; boundary layer concepts; pipe flows; compressible flow; open channel flow.
Prerequisite: MATH 283 and PHYS 201 with a grade of C- or better in both courses.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

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.

ENGR 351 Structural Mechanics 3.0 SH [  ]

Structural Mechanics is the determination of the effects of loads on physical structures and their components. Structures subject to this type of analysis include all that must withstand loads, such as buildings, bridges, vehicles, machinery, and furniture. Structural analysis incorporates the fields of applied mechanics, materials science and applied mathematics to compute a structure's characteristics (reactions and stability).
Prerequisite: ENGR 201 and ENGR 203 with a grade of C- or better in both courses.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

ENGR 400 Internship 1.0-2.0 SH [  ]

This course is designed for a student to obtain practical experience in the field of engineering. The student will be working for an organization putting into practice content, theories, and skills in the major. Offered on an independent contract basis.
Class Level Restriction: Sophomore and Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Engineering Science Majors only.

ENGR 410 Underwater Vehicle Design 4.0 SH [  ]

This course will cover the design, construction and operation of a computer controlled underwater vehicle designed for a specific underwater mission. Course work will include key issues involved in operation of u/w vehicles including task specific instrumentation, as well as positioning and navigational systems. Coursework may optionally follow MATE's design challenge and competition for a given year.
Prerequisite: ENGR 280 and ENGR 204 or ENGR 206.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only
Field of Study Restrictions: Engineering Science Majors only.