The BSE degree is a general engineering degree program with three concentrations (Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Electrical Power). Courses in the degree program are offered in Cullowhee and Biltmore Park. Graduates of the BSE program will have the following abilities:
- Apply their technical knowledge as practicing professionals or engage in graduate education.
- To work successfully in their chosen career individually and within a professional team environment.
- To engage in professional development in their profession by adapting to new technology and career challenges.
The BSE program provides a foundation in mathematics, sciences, and engineering, augmented with engineering concentrations. The Mechanical concentration focuses on mechanics, 3D visualization and simulation, analysis of static and dynamic systems, energy, and machine design. The Electrical Power concentration focuses on electric power systems, power electronics, smart grid design, renewable and sustainable energy, and electric machines and drives, and it emphasizes fundamental coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. The Manufacturing concentration focuses on 3D visualization, manufacturing processes, computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing, automated manufacturing systems, and advanced manufacturing. Students work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through our Center for Rapid Product Realization.
Total number of credits for the program: 126
Liberal Studies (42 credit hours
Note: Four major courses (12 credits) also meet Liberal Studies requirements: ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, PHYS 230. Students are strongly advised to use these classes to meet Liberal Studies requirements. They should realize that if these courses are not taken to meet Liberal Studies requirements, they will still need to be completed for the BS Engineering degree. See Liberal Studies Program Requirements for a list of Liberal Studies courses.
Students who declare the Engineering major will be admitted to the program if they place into Calculus I (MATH 153) or above.To continue in the major, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.2. Exceptions will be considered by the school on a case-by-case basis.
The major requires 96 credits, 12 of which also meet the Liberal Studies requirements (ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139, and PHYS 230), 31 credits from the Engineering Core, 36 credits from the Mathematics and Science Core, and three credits from Technical Electives. Students must also select a 26-credit hour concentration (either Mechanical, Manufacturing or Electrical Power).
Engineering Core (31 credits)
The following list (31 credits of Engineering core courses) are required for all concentrations:
Mathematics and Science Core (36 credits)
Technical Elective (3 credits)
One course (three credits) of Technical Electives is required. Pick one class from the following list of pre-approved technical electives:
Mechanical Concentration (26 credits)
Students in this discipline work in a wide range of fields. As one of the broader areas of engineering, the mechanical concentration will provide students with knowledge of machine design, thermo-fluid systems, and materials. Graduates work in a wide variety of sectors including automotive, aerospace, medical, construction, government, consulting, manufacturing, and management.
Electrical Power Concentration (26 credits)
The role of electrical power is expanding as we move towards renewable energy sources. This concentration prepares students to design and maintain systems that include electric vehicles, the power grid, and advanced electronics.
Manufacturing Concentration (26 credits)
Students in this concentration are prepared to work in manufacturing and design environments. Employment opportunities in this sector are plentiful and wages are competitive. Graduates typically create and manage world class products with high quality and low cost.
To graduate with a BS Engineering degree, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher for all courses in the major.
Visit the School’s website to view the eight-semester curricular guide.