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The Engineering Program

Engineering provides a foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering and provides student the opportunity to obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of their choosing through technical electives and a capstone project. The curriculum is designed for students who seek to link the engineering disciplines with science and to do so in context of a broad liberal arts education.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Engineering?

Engineering is a program in which graduates can obtain employment or use the degree as a foundation for further specialized graduate study in a specific field of Engineering. A graduate with a degree in Engineering could find employment as a field engineer, manufacturing process engineer, quality engineer, customer support engineer, test engineer or product development engineer.

During their four years at Saint Vincent College some students may develop a strong interest in a specific engineering discipline and choose to pursue graduate study in this field. The specialized course offerings related to environmental science, materials engineering and computer science may motivate students to pursue one of these offerings.

The Engineering degree is also a good foundation for a student who wishes to enter the field of intellectual property, either as a lawyer or as a supporting staff member for a legal team. 

Curriculum Requirements

  • Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering

    Major Requirements (82 credits)
    (11 of these satisfy Core Curriculum requirements)

    The student must complete the requirements listed in the following categories:

    1.     Engineering Core Requirements: 33 credits
    ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
    ENGR 115 Introduction to Engineering Computation - 3 credits
    CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits 
    ENGR 220 Engineering and Computing Ethics - 2 credits
    ENGR 223 Statics - 3 credits
    ENGR 226 Materials Engineering - 3 credits
    ENGR 228 Materials Engineering Lab - 1 credit
    ENGR 240 Engineering Design and Lab - 4 credits 
    ENGR 261 Introduction to Electrical Circuits - 3 credits
    ENGR 263 Intro Electrical Circuits Lab - 1 credit
    ENGR 310 Engineering Thermodynamics - 3 credits 
    ENGR 315 Junior Engineering laboratory – 1 credit

    ENGR 366 Control Theory - 3 credits
    ENGR 440/1 Capstone Design Project - 4 credits

    2.     Engineering Concentration Requirements: 15 credits
    The student must complete one of four engineering concentrations:

    Chemical Engineering Concentration

    ENGR 230 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals – 3 credits

    ENGR 330 Fluid Mechanics – 3 credits

    ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits

    ENGR 360 Separation Processes – 3 credits

    ENGR 420 Chemical Reaction Engineering – 3 credits


    Environmental Engineering Concentration

    ENGR 235 Introduction to Environmental Engineering – 3 credits

    ENGR 330 Fluid Mechanics – 3 credits

    ENGR 350 Alternative Energy Processes – 3 credits

    ES 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - 3 credits

    Engineering Elective* – 3 credits


    Materials Engineering Concentration

    ENGR 320 Mechanics of Materials - 3 credits
    ENGR 325 Advanced Strength of Materials - 3 credits
    ENGR 327 Soft Materials - 3 credits
    ENGR 328 High Temperature Materials - 3 credits 
    ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits

    Mechanical Engineering Concentration
    ENGR 222 Engineering Graphics and Design - 3 credits
    ENGR 224 Dynamics - 3 credits
    ENGR320 Mechanics of Materials - 3 credits

    ENGR 330 Fluid Mechanics – 3 credits
    ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits

    *Any ENGR course not required by the concentration

    3.     Technical Elective: 3 credits

    The student must select one of the following:

    Any 100-level or 200-level Biology course

    CH 102 General Chemistry II

    Any 200-level Chemistry course

    Any 100-level, 200-level, or 300-level Computer Science course, excluding CS 102, CS 110, CS 357, and CS 358

    Any Engineering course not required in the Engineering Core or in the student’s selected concentration

    Any 100-level or 200-level Environmental Science course

    Any 200-level Integrated Science source

    Any 200-level, 300-level, or 400-level mathematics course, excluding those required in the Engineering core

    Any 200-level or 300-level Physics course, excluding PH 214, PH 215, PH 223, PH 224, PH 225, and PH 381


    4.     Mathematics and Science Requirements: 31 credits; 12 meet Core Curriculum requirements
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    MA 211 Calculus III - 4 credits
    MA 212 Differential Equations - 4 credits
    MA 311 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
    PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit

  • Internships and Careers in Engineering

    Students pursuing a degree in engineering are encouraged to pursue engineering internships in a field related to their area of interest, such as industrial engineer, customer service engineer, health and safety engineer, product engineer or manufacturing engineer. Students may also pursue graduate programs in a specific engineering discipline at the master’s or doctoral level, or transfer to another vocation such as business or law where engineering training offers a valuable foundation, such as intellectual property law.

  • Typical Freshman Schedule

    ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
    MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits
    First Year Seminar - 1 credit
    Core Curriculum Course - 3 credits

    ENGR 115 Introduction to Engineering Computation or CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
    PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
    TH 109 First Theology - 3 credits
    Core Curriculum Course - 3 credits

Program Highlights

Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program, in conjunction with the Saint Vincent College liberal arts emphasis and its core curriculum, prepares graduates who will have the ability within two to five years of graduation:

  1. To successfully pursue a career in engineering, in a related field, or to pursue advanced studies in an engineering or engineering related discipline.
  2. To demonstrate leadership and teaming skills in their chosen field and dedication to technical innovation and problem solving.
  3. To be prepared for a lifestyle of service and active involvement with professional, civic or religious organizations, to prepare them to contribute to the greater benefit of society.

Unique Features of the Engineering Degree

  • Design-Focused Engineering Curriculum – Hands-on design is emphasized throughout all four years of the Engineering Curriculum. The Engineering core curriculum provides breath in Engineering fundamentals while the curricula for the Engineering concentrations provides depth in one of the following Engineering fields:


    • Chemical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Start-of-the-Art Facilities – The Engineering program is housed in the new James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall, which includes a multimedia classroom, an Engineering laboratory, and an Engineering CAD laboratory. Engineering students also have access to a machine shop for use in their project and capstone design classes. .  
  • Successful Preparation for Industry and Graduate School – Graduates from the Engineering program have successfully secured employment in industry or admission to top graduate programs. Recent graduates have been employed by companies including the following:
    • CGI
    • Kennametal
    • Schlumberger
    • Westinghouse
    • Bettis Laboratories
    • Philips Respironics

Recent graduates have also pursued graduate education at the following institutions:

    • MIT
    • Penn State University
    • Columbia University
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Carnegie Mellon University

Student Learning Outcomes

The Engineering curriculum is designed so that students can attain the following outcomes at the time of graduation.:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.