Engineering Mechanics


Course Descriptions

CHEM 1210 – General Chemistry I Lab – 0 credit hours

Lab component of CHEM 1214. Corequisite: CHEM 1214.

 

CHEM 1214 – General Chemistry I with Lab – 4 credit hours

Deals with the structure of the atom and matter, nomenclature, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, and chemical bonding. A two-hour laboratory series is included that correlates with the course’s concepts. Prerequisite: MATH 1013, unless waiver requirements are met. Corequisite: CHEM 1210. Course rotation: Fall. General Education: Core – Inquiry & Analysis.

 

CHEM 1220 – General Chemistry II Lab – 0 credit hours

Lab component of CHEM 1224. Corequisite: CHEM 1224.

 

CHEM 1224 – General Chemistry II with Lab – 4 credit hours

Continuation of General Chemistry I, this course deals with kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, solutions, pH, radiation, and biological compounds. A two-hour laboratory series is included that correlates with the course’s concepts. Prerequisite: CHEM 1214 with a minimum grade of C. Corequisite: CHEM 1220. Course rotation: Spring. General Education: Core – Inquiry & Analysis.

MATH 2315 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus I – 5 credit hours

An introduction to analytic geometry, functions, limits, and continuity, the derivative and applications, the differential, integration and applications. Prerequisite: MATH 1124 or equivalent. Course rotation: All semesters. General Education: Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis; Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

 

MATH 2325 – Analytic Geometry & Calculus II – 5 credit hours

Presents topics including techniques of integration, indeterminate forms and improper integrals, infinite series, analytic geometry, plane curves and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MATH 2315. Course rotation: Spring. General Education: Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis; Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

 

MATH 3314 – Calculus III – 4 credit hours

Concepts and topics explored include multivariable functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and vector analysis. Prerequisite: MATH 2325. Course rotation: Fall. General Education: Intermediate – Inquiry & Analysis; Intermediate – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

MATH 3323 – Differential Equations – 3 credit hours

Concepts and topics explored in this class include first and second order ordinary differential equations, the Laplace transform, and matrix systems of ordinary differential equations. Prerequisite: MATH 2325. Course rotation: Spring. General Education: Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

PHYS 2414 – General Physics I – 4 credit hours

A calculus-based introduction to models of physical phenomena including conservation of energy, three-phrase matter, mechanical energies, oscillations, particle models of matter, bond, energy, and thermal energy, thermodynamics, ideal gas, Galilean space-time, momentum conservation, angular momentum conservation, Newtonian mechanics. Emphasis will be placed on conceptual analysis, problem solving, graphical interpretation, and communication. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: MATH 2315 or equivalent. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 2424 – General Physics II – 4 credit hours

A continuation of General Physics I, this course presents an introduction to Bernoulli’s principles, solid-state energy-density, linear transport, harmonic motion, electrical and magnetic models including fields, forces, induction, and potentials, harmonic waves, interference, and optics. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: MATH 3315 and minimum grade of C in PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Fall.

 

PHYS 2713 – Introduction to Computational Science – 3 credit hours

Presents an introduction to the theory and application of computer programming. Basic control 195 structures and object-oriented constructs are explored. Also listed as CIS 2713 and MATH 2713. Prerequisite: MATH 1013 unless waiver requirements are met. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 4303 – Engineering Mathematics – 3 credit hours

Topics that appear in the study of the physical sciences and in engineering. Topics can vary but will include Green’s theorem, Stokes’ theorem, and the divergence theorem; complex variables; partial differential equations; and numerical methods. Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of technology into the mathematical process. Also listed as MATH 4303. Prerequisite: MATH 2315. Course rotation: Alternates with MATH 3323 in spring. General Education: Mastery – Application & Integration of Knowledge.

Program Electives

 

MATH 3003 – Linear Algebra – 3 credit hours

Concepts and topics include systems of linear equations, vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, and determinants. Prerequisite: MATH 2315. Course rotation: Spring. General Education: Intermediate – Communication.

 

PHYS 3103 – Statics – 3 credit hours

Study of forces on objects at rest. Contents include: a discussion of vector algebra; a study of force systems; equivalent force systems; distributed forces; internal forces; principles of equilibrium; application to trusses, frames, and beams; and friction. Corequisite or Prerequisite: MATH 3314. Prerequisite: PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Fall.

 

PHYS 3203 – Dynamics – 3 credit hours

Study of particle dynamics, rigid-body motion, small oscillations, rotating coordinate systems, and an introduction to the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2424. Corequisite or Prerequisite: MATH 3323 or MATH/PHYS 4303. Course rotation: Varies.

 

PHYS 3404 – Electrodynamics – 4 credit hours

Study of the fields produced by static charges and steady currents. Topics include electric fields and dielectrics, magnetic fields and magnetic materials, scalar and vector potentials, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic waves. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisites: PHYS 2424 and MATH 3314 or equivalent. Course rotation: Varies.

 

PHYS 3614 – Thermodynamics – 4 credit hours

Presents a discussion of the fundamental principles and applications of thermodynamics. A laboratory component is included. Prerequisite: PHYS 2414. Course rotation: Spring.

 

PHYS 3703 – Modern Physics – 3 credit hours

This course presents an overview of some of the discoveries in physics since the late nineteenth century. Topics include relativity (objects traveling near the speed of light), particle physics (particles smaller than nucleons), nuclear decays and energy/mass equivalence, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 2424 and MATH 3314 or equivalent. Course rotation: Varies.

 

SCI 4303 – Science, Technology & Society – 3 credit hours

Explores the roles and responsibilities that the scientist and technologist have in society and, inversely, that society has in science and technology. Explores how science and technology sometimes bridge and sometimes exacerbate the chasms between different global cultures. Employs case studies to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of this relationship. Possible topics include political controversy over scientifically settled issues, emerging technologies and fields of research, pseudoscience, and academic integrity. This is a seminar course that emphasizes reading and group discussions of numerous journal articles. Class size is limited. Prerequisite: At least junior standing in one of the STEM disciplines or instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Varies. General Education: Intermediate –Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.

 

SCI 4313 – Hard Decisions in STEM – 3 credit hours

An examination of multiple paradigms (theories and analyses) utilized in decisions affecting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Employs case studies to understand these paradigms in practice. Applies the paradigms to current and future topics such as controversial research, funding allocation, and other decisions in uncertainty. This is a seminar course that emphasizes reading and group discussions of numerous journal articles. Class size is limited. Prerequisite: At least junior standing in one of the STEM disciplines or instructor’s permission. Course rotation: Varies. General Education: Mastery – Engaged Local & Global Citizenship.