Chair, Dr. John Harris
Program Coordinator: Dr. Timothy Miller
In our technical society, the opportunity to make innovative contributions often lies in the intersection between different and sometimes seemingly unrelated disciplines. The ability for Saint Francis engineers to function in this interface is a major objective of the General Engineering program. Our engineers will be educated rigorously across a wide breadth of engineering topics. Our curriculum has a strong hands-on, cross-disciplinary team, and project-oriented focus. This breadth, flexibility, and interdisciplinary focus is what we like to call “nimbleness”. Nimbleness acts to not only promote innovative thought, but to enhance professional stability for our engineers because it is easier for organizations to adapt to rapidly changing situations if their engineers have multiple competencies. Another major objective of the General Engineering program comes from the recognition that our engineers will not function in a technology bubble within society. Saint Francis University’s strong liberal arts tradition and its portion of their curriculum is designed to ensure they will be able to function in society as fully developed, multi-dimensional human beings. Our commitment to our engineers’ development is also represented by the fact that they will be taught and mentored by professors and professional engineers and not in an ad hoc manner by graduate students.
The General Engineering B.S. degree is a 4 yr degree focused on broad application of engineering fundamentals with particular focus on problem solving and analytical skill building. Students are provided coursework in fundamentals of engineering and science with strong math and programming skills. This curriculum with its solid foundation in basic engineering and science is followed by more advanced focused engineering topics and a set of upper-level engineering electives and advanced math and science topics that foster the students applied technical problem solving abilities.
The General Engineering major is a distinctive choice for the entering freshman engineering student who desires a broad exposure to experimental design, problem solving, teamwork, science, programming and math which is not possible when focusing on a particular single engineering discipline. Our General Engineers will have stronger math and programming preparation, as well as a fuller treatment of science and the fundamentals of engineering. This major is designed to graduate an engineer with more broadly applicable skill sets in mathematics, computer science, science along with more fundamental engineering skills than can be afforded in a typical engineering discipline. Another particular advantage of the General Engineering major is it allows students to develop their interest in multiple disciplines of engineering if desired, allowing careers that need broad engineering education preparation or that are not confined to specific disciplines. The General Engineering major provides great flexibility of career choices and paths.
Many entry-level position postings when searching for a job in engineering specify a particular sub-specialty-e.g., civil, mechanical, electrical, etc. Graduates from the General Engineering program are in particular generalists with a depth of preparation in Mathematics, Computer Science and fundamental Engineering along with excellent technical and creative problem solving skills that enables their entry into almost any engineering discipline. As in all engineering disciplines, internships and/or research experiences are encouraged.
The General Engineering major also provides an excellent avenue to pursue graduate study in a discipline of engineering or other area. The well-grounded and broad exposure to experimental design, problem solving, teamwork, science, programming and math are all highly sought in every engineering discipline.