Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Pre-Engineering

Engineering is the profession in which the knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to use economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind (ABET, Inc., 2002).

Hence, engineering and the practice of engineers refer to activities that involve the beneficial application of scientific knowledge to the solution of problems. Notice that this application includes economic considerations, uses of materials (for example, resources), and the forces of nature. Additionally, engineering is a profession. Webster notes that a profession is "the body of people in a learned occupation." Engineers have a specialized charge of using knowledge, experience, and creativity, to tackle and systematically design solutions to challenges and problems.

The student who graduates with a Bachelor of Science in engineering will complete study of mathematics courses through differential equations, basic classes in chemistry and calculus-based physics, and the normal set of general-education classes during the whole of the first two years of college. During the second year the engineering student will start the study of coursework (for example, statics or dynamics) that bridges the gap between these basic sciences and the engineering applications of the knowledge of the basic sciences. The last two years will be completed at a campus such as the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville. These last two years of courses are largely devoted to the study of engineering applications of science and mathematics to the matters of the student’s chosen engineering discipline. These courses involve design of solutions culminating with a senior design course and project that are specific to the discipline.

Students who expect to transfer to engineering degree programs such as civil, electrical, mechanical, or mining engineering should complete the courses below plus general education courses.

Pre-Engineering: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Mining

Courses

Credits

MAT 129

Calculus I

4

MAT 229

Calculus II

5

MAT 329

Calculus III

4

MAT 325

Differential Equations

3

PHY 100

Introduction to Science, Engineering and Design

1

PHY 220

University Physics with Laboratory I

4

PHY 222

University Physics with Laboratory II

4

PHY 224

University Physics with Laboratory III

4

PHY 305

Statics

3

PHY 310

Dynamics

3

CHE 120/

CHE 120L

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I Laboratory

4

ENG 101

College Writing

3

CMST 101

Public Speaking

3

EGT 212*

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

3

ECO 201**

Principles of Microeconomics

3

Technical elective (e.g. PHY 360 Thermodynamics)

3

Select 9 credit hours of general education courses

9

Total Recommended Minimum for Transfer to a B.S. Engineering Degree Program

63

* Recommended for students who wish to co-op in the area. EGT 212 uses the same design software as UK/UofL, but EGT 212 will not transfer to UK/UofL as engineering credit. However, the co-op experience will transfer.

** Recommended as part of the general education requirements.

Students who expect to transfer to engineering degree programs such as chemical, biomedical, materials or agricultural/bioengineering should complete the core courses below plus general education courses.

Pre-Engineering: Chemical, Biomedical, Materials, Agricultural/Bioengineering

Courses

Credits

MAT 129

Calculus I

4

MAT 229

Calculus II

5

MAT 329

Calculus III

4

MAT 325

Differential Equations

3

PHY 100

Introduction to Science, Engineering, and Design

1

PHY 220

University Physics with Laboratory I

4

PHY 222

University Physics with Laboratory II

4

PHY 224

University Physics with Laboratory III

4

PHY 305

Statics

3

CHE 120/

CHE 120L

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I Laboratory

4

CHE 121/

CHE 121L

General Chemistry II

General Chemistry II Laboratory

4

CHE 310/

CHE 310L

Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

4

CHE 311/

CHE 311L

Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

4

ENG 101

College Writing

3

CMST 101

Principles of Speech Communication

3

EGT 212*

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

3

Select 6 credit hours of general education courses

6

Total Recommended Minimum for Transfer to a B.S. Engineering Degree Program

63

* Recommended for students who wish to co-op in the area. EGT 212 uses the same design software as UK/UofL, but EGT 212 will not transfer to UK/UofL as engineering credit. However, the co-op experience will transfer.

Transfer and degree completion: NKU has transfer programs with the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky and with the Speed Scientific School at the University of Louisville. Students may elect to transfer to other schools or colleges of engineering. Grades of C or better are required for successful transfer of credit. The director of pre-engineering will assist in the transfer for all pre-engineering students.

At the bachelor's degree level at UK, ABET-accredited degrees are offered in the fields of biosystems and agricultural, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical, and mining engineering. At University of Louisville in the Speed School, degrees are offered in chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering, and ABET-accredited degrees are offered at the bachelor's and master's level in these fields.

Dual-degree option for pre-engineers: Transferring from NKU to engineering degree programs elsewhere generally requires at least two years of study at NKU and then an additional two (or more) years of study after transfer to the engineering degree program at the institution of choice. Pre-engineers have the opportunity to earn a bachelors degree in physics (or chemistry) from NKU if they complete three years of study at NKU prior to transferring to an engineering school. The fourth-year requirements for the NKU degree in physics (or chemistry) are obtained after transferring course credit to NKU that was earned at the engineering school. This dual-degree program (one bachelor's degree from NKU, the other from an engineering school) should be coordinated with the department chair of the academic program (physics or chemistry) prior to transfer from NKU.

A shared cooperative education program with UK is available. The enrolled student works full time and enrolls full time in classes during alternating semesters/sessions. Cooperative education credit earned at NKU may be transferred to other schools.

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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration

Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Appendices

Kentucky Residency

Index