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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Dean: Joseph C. Klewicki
Associate Dean: Janet W. Campbell , Robert M. Henry


The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences provides an opportunity for students to achieve educational objectives appropriate to their interests in engineering, computer science, 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 is 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 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.

Mathematics Placement
First-year students arrive with a wide range of mathematical skills based on high school preparation. The college wants you to have a solid mathematics foundation so that you will enjoy an enriched first-semester experience. We will assess your mathematics development during June Orientation and enroll you in the class that will allow you to continue that development. The initial entry course is Analysis and Applications of Functions (MATH 418). However, a placement evaluation will be given to allow a student to place out of MATH 418 into MATH 425 (Calculus I). If you have received AP credit for Calculus I and/or Calculus II, you 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 is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. ABET contact information: 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (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 for 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 685 Budapest Program, 20 cr.
TECH 696 Independent Study, 1 to 4 cr.
TECH 797 Undergraduate Ocean Research Project, 2 cr.