Engineering Science

John W. Broere, Instructor

Thomas H. Fuller Jr, 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 conjunction with an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, the University of North Dakota, or Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The B.S. in engineering science may also be awarded to students who 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 provided that a waiver of residency petition is approved by the College.

Completion of this program generally takes five years. Students usually attend Principia for three years and then transfer for their last two years; however, the program with the University of North Dakota allows a student to remain on the Principia College campus all five years.

The dual degree program is adapted to satisfy the curricular needs of both Principia and the cooperating universities. Students who complete the engineering science major requirements listed below, but not the full dual degree program, will receive a single non-ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited degree in engineering science from Principia.

This program prepares students to confront the technical challenges facing society today. Principia provides the scientific principles and ethical basis; the 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.

The various types of engineering are described as follows:

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 is prepared 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.


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.

Also, dual degree students must individually petition to have Principia’s residency requirement waived and submit satisfactory evidence that they are upholding The Principia Student Community Commitment during their two years at the cooperating university. Students must also complete the all-college degree requirements for Principia.

Other Engineering Options

Students who wish to obtain only an engineering 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.

ENGR 060Engineering Seminar Non-Credit0.0 SH[  ]

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

ENGR 160Intro Engineering Profession2.0 SH[  ]

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

ENGR 180Project Management3.0 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 201Engineering Mechanics:Statics3.0 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 202Engineering Mechanics:Dynamics3.0 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 260Engineering Seminar1.0 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 262Computer Hardware Architecture5.0 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 279Engineering Project Proposal1.0 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 280Engineering Projects1.0-6.0 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.