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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2015-2016

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Dean: Samuel B. Mukasa
Associate Dean: Charles K. Zercher


The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) provides an opportunity for students to achieve educational objectives appropriate to their interests in engineering, computer science, information technology, mathematics, the physical sciences, and the teaching of mathematics and physical sciences. The college offers an education in each of its primary disciplines leading to the bachelor of science, as well as bachelor of art degrees with majors in mathematics and each of the three physical sciences. All programs include an opportunity for study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

The key to an undergraduate program in the college is flexibility, with a strong emphasis on personal and individualized education. In addition to specific programs, a wide range of options within several majors are available. Special programs can be developed to meet the specific interests of individual students.

Degree Requirement
MATH 425 and 426 (Calculus I and II) or the equivalent in transfer credits or advanced placement approved by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are required by all departments of the college. The exception is the information technology major, which only requires Math 425 (Calculus I). The prerequisites for calculus are three years of college-preparatory mathematics, including a half-year of trigonometry. Before students can register for MATH 425, they are required to take the Mathematics Placement Test or to have taken MATH 418 (or its equivalent) and received a grade of C or better.

Mathematics Placement
First-year students arrive with a wide range of mathematical skills based upon their high school preparation. The college wants students to have a solid mathematics foundation so that they will enjoy an enriched first-semester experience. A student’s mathematics development will be assessed as part of the June orientation program. Based upon the Mathematics Placement Test, students are enrolled in the mathematics class that will allow them to continue that development. The initial mathematics entry course is Analysis and Applications of Functions (MATH 418). However, a student is placed into Math 425 (Calculus I) if he or she demonstrated a certain level of proficiency in algebra and precalculus through the Mathematics Placement Test. Students with AP credit for Calculus I and/or Calculus II may elect to accept those credits and continue with a math course at the next level.

The baccalaureate-level programs in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The baccalaureate-level program in computer science and bioinformatics is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ABET contact information: 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, (410) 347-7700. The Department of Chemistry’s undergraduate bachelor of science program is approved by the American Chemical Society.

Tech Courses
The following courses are designed for students of the college and other majors within the University. These courses are offered through and administered by the Dean’s Office.

TECH 400, Introduction to CEPS Programs, 1 cr.
TECH 444, Symmetry in Nature, The Arts, and Daily Life, 4 cr.
TECH 564, Fundamentals of CAD, 3 cr.
TECH 583, Technology: Cultural Aspects, 4 cr.
TECH 583H, Honors/Technology: Cultural Aspects, 4 cr.
TECH 601, Fundamentals Examination Review Course, 1 cr.
TECH 696, Independent Study, 1 to 4 cr.
TECH 797, Undergraduate Ocean Research Project, 2 cr.