An Overview of the
ME Undergraduate Program
Jim Jones
Associate Professor and Associate Head
School of Mechanical Engineering
Office: ME 222
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.purdue.edu/ME/
Outline
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Introduction
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Three Main Points
 ME
Program Educational Objectives &
Outcomes
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Universe of Opportunities
 Focus
on Learning
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Concluding Thought
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Open Question & Answer Period
Drivers for Change
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Desire to best prepare our graduates to succeed in
the professional workplace of the future.
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Desire to distinguish the ME Program as
preeminent in undergraduate engineering
education.
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Globalization, rate of technology change,
workforce trends
NAE’s The Engineer of 2020
Accreditation Board for Engineering and
Technology (ABET)
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Purdue University
Mission Statement
The mission of Purdue University is to serve
the citizens of Indiana, the United States,
and the world through discovery that
expands the realm of knowledge, learning
through dissemination and preservation of
knowledge, and engagement through
exchange of knowledge.
Program Educational Objectives
1. Discovery –
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actively embracing leadership roles in the practice of
engineering in industry and government organizations
(including both traditional and emerging technical
areas).
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conducting research and development across
disciplines (via graduate study or industry) to advance
technology and foster innovation in order to compete
successfully in the global economy.
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applying their engineering problem solving skills to lesstraditional career paths (e.g., law, medicine, business,
start-up ventures, non-profit, and public policy, etc.).
Program Educational Objectives (Cont.)
2. Learning –
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being prepared for and actively participating in on-going
professional development opportunities (informal
interactions with colleagues, and formal conferences,
workshops, short courses, graduate education, etc.).
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updating and adapting their core knowledge and abilities
to compete in the ever changing global enterprise.
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developing new knowledge and skills to pursue new
career opportunities.
Program Educational Objectives (Cont.)
3. Engagement –
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serving as ambassadors for the engineering profession,
helping others develop a passion for engineering.
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exchanging and applying knowledge to create new
opportunities that advance our society and solve a
variety of technical and social problems.
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advancing entrepreneurial ventures and fostering
activities that support sustainable economic
development that enhance the quality of life of people in
the State, across the country, and around the world.
Program Outcomes for Purdue’s Engineer of 2020
Vision: Purdue Engineers will be prepared for leadership roles in responding to
the global, technological, economic, and societal challenges of the 21st century.
Strategy: We will provide educational experiences that develop students’ knowledge areas,
abilities and qualities to enable them to identify needs and construct effective solutions in an
economically, socially, and culturally relevant manner.
Abilities
• leadership
Knowledge Areas
Qualities
• science & math
• innovative
• engineering fundamentals
• strong work ethic
• analytical skills
• experimental skills
• ethically responsible in a
global, social, intellectual, and
technological context
• work effectively in diverse
& multicultural environments
• open-ended design &
problem solving skills
• adaptable in a changing
environment
• work effectively in the global
engineering profession
• multidisciplinarity within
and beyond engineering
• entrepreneurial and
intrapreneurial
• synthesize engineering, business,
and societal perspectives
• integration of analytical, prob.
solving, and design skills
• curious and persistent
continuous learners
• teamwork
• communication
• decision-making
• recognize & manage change
The Three Pillars of the Purdue Undergraduate Engineering Education
ME Program Changes
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5 Yr BSME/MBA Program – This is functioning now in its 4nd year.
BSME w/Management Minor – We have approved allowing students
to use upper level MGMT courses as Technical Electives so they can
do the minor without extra courses. This will increase the number of
students seeking this option.
ME 263 Introduction to Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
– We are renaming ME 263 (our sophomore design course) as
shown to reflect the greater emphasis on innovation and
entrepreneurship in the course.
ME 463 Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship – Like ME 263,
We are in the process of renaming ME 463 with the similar emphasis.
Entrepreneurship Certificate – We are examining ways to enable
our ME students to earn an Entrepreneurship Certificate using ME
263 as one of their two discipline courses and ME 463 as their
capstone entrepreneurship course. Other ME courses will be
approved as option courses.
ME Program Changes (Cont.)
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Multidisciplinary Emphasis in ME 263 – We are planning on
piloting 1-2 divisions of ME 263 with a mix of ME students and other
Entrepreneurship Certificate students (primarily students from other
engineering programs).
Multidisciplinary Emphasis in ME 463 – Like ME 263, we want to
open ME 463 to serve as the capstone course for other non-ME
students in their Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Rename “ME 290 Global Engineering Professional Seminar” – to
reflect the greater emphasis on global issues.
Develop Less-Traditional Career Paths – e.g. Public Policy, Law,
Medicine, non-Profit, Entrepreneurship Certificate, Global
Competency Certificate, Homeland Security, etc.
How Stuff Works Course – to help students develop a knowledge
base of engineering terminology and an improved mechanical
aptitude.
5Yr BSME/MSME Program – Starting this year.
Expanding the GEARE Program – Developing a broader array of
opportunities.
Ranking of Importance vs. Effectiveness
1a. Knowledge in ME
1b. Math. Modeling
1c. Exp./Data Analysis
1d. Computer Tools
1e. Mfg./Stats.
4.00
Ranking of Effectiveness
(4=High, 0=Low)
1a
1b
1c
3.00
1f. Open Design
1f
3a
2a & 2b
2d
1d
2a. Technical Comm.
2b. Teamwork
2c. Business Practices
2d. Lifelong Learning
3a. Prof./Ethics
2.00
3c
3b. Work Ethic
1e & 2c
3d
3c. Global/Societ Context
Data not
3d. World Affairs/Culture
available for 3b
1.00
1.00
2.00
3.00
4.00
Ranking of Importance
(4=High, 0=Low)
a) 1994 ME Program Objectives - Alumni Survey (1-5 Years
Out, 352 Responses,35% Return)
Ranking of Importance vs. Effectiveness 1a. Knowledge in ME
Ranking of Effectiveness
(4=High, 0=Low)
4.00
3.00
3c
1e
2c
3d
2.00
1.00
1.00
1b. Math. Modeling
1c. Exp./Data Analysis
1d. Computer Tools
1a
2b 3b 1e. Mfg./Stats.
1b 1d 2a 1f. Open Design
1f 3a
1c
2a. Technical Comm.
2b. Teamwork
2c. Business Practices
2d
2d. Lifelong Learning
2.00
3.00
3a. Prof./Ethics
3b. Work Ethic
3c. Global/Societ Context
3d. World Affairs/Culture
4.00
Ranking of Importance
(4=High, 0=Low)
b) 2000 Alumni Survey (1 and 5 Years Out, 156 Responses, 35% Return)
Placement data by Sector of Industry*
Military
Research/Development
1% No Response
2%
Other
Medicine/Health Care
1%
Aerospace/Defense
7%
2%
9%
Management
Consulting
1%
Automotive
Law
16%
1%
Heavy/Off-Road Equip.
5%
Government
Agency/Lab
1%
Grad School
16%
Engineering Consulting
2%
Engineering and Public
Policy
Energy/Nuclear
1%
11%
Biotech./Pharmaceutic
al
1%
Chemical/Petroleum
10%
Computers/Electronics
2%
Construction
6%
Consumer/Food
Products
* From May 2008 Senior Exit Survey
5%
A Universe of Opportunity
5 Year BS/MSME (GPA>3.2)
Honors Certificate (GPA>3.6)
ME Concentrations
Technical Minors
Technology Minors
BSME
4 TEs
4 GEs
Free El.
5Yr BSME/MBA (GPA>3.5)
MGMT Minor
Entrepreneurship Certif.
Gen. Ed. Minors
Global Engineering Minor
Engrng. & Public Policy
Patent Law
Pre-Med
Honor’s Certificate (GPA ≥ 3.6)
(see Profs. Krousgrill and Nauman)
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Enter in 3rd semester with written application
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Certificate Requirements
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Graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.6
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Three free elective courses chosen from ME 298, 299,
398, or 399 (1 credit courses tied to ME Core Courses)
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Six hours of directed project/research (Two semesters
of ME 497)
Written report examined and evaluated by two
additional faculty members.
Public presentation of work.
Minimum of 1 technical elective (3 credit hours total)
at the graduate level.
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5 Yr BSME/MSME Program*
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Student applies using the internal ME application at the
completion of 81 hours of coursework (Cum GPA > 3.2).
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Provisional Admission into 5 Yr BSME/MSME Program.
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Complete 12 crs of graduate course work – counts both toward
BS and MS degrees (nominally in 7th & 8th sem).
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Student’s performance will be reviewed at end of 7th semester
(after completing 6 crs of graduate courses).
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If Cum. GPA > 3.0 and grades of B or higher in first two graduate
courses, student receives cond. admission into the grad. prgm.
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Once in graduate program, student will be eligible for research
assistant, teaching assistant and fellowship support.
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After completion of reqs, both BSME and MSME will be awarded.
* For more information go to: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/Academics/Graduate/combinedBSMS.html
ME Concentrations*
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Acoustics
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Aerospace
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Automotive
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Biomedical Engineering
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Design
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Manufacturing
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Power Engineering
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Plant Engineering
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Robotics
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Structures
Vibrations
* List not exhaustive (see http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/ME/Undergrad/METechElects.whtml)
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Technical Minors
(TEs can double count)
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Astrophysics
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
Statistics
For more Information: http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/ME/Undergrad/minors.whtml
A Universe of Opportunity
5 Year BS/MSME (GPA>3.2)
Honors Certificate (GPA>3.6)
ME Concentrations
Technical Minors
Technology Minors
BSME
4 TEs
4 GEs
Free El.
5Yr BSME/MBA (GPA>3.5)
MGMT Minor
Entrepreneurship Certif.
Gen. Ed. Minors
Global Engineering Minor
Public Policy
Patent Law
Pre-Med
5 Yr. BSME/MBA Program
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Eligibility Requirements
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Have a GPA ≥ 3.5
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Have at least one professional work experience before
your senior year.
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Callout – Early Spring Semester (January)
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Submit your resume (around February) and
successfully interview (around March) with Krannert.
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600-level MGMT courses are approved for TE credit.
For more Information:
http://www.krannert.purdue.edu/programs/masters/degree_programs/bsmeMBA.asp
BSME w/ MGMT Minor
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MGMT 200 – free Elective
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MGMT 201 – TE
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Upper Level MGMT and OBHR courses for MGMT
minor approved for TE credit.
For more Information:
http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/undergrad/counseling/minor_files/management.pdf
Entrepreneurship Certificate
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Core Courses (6 credits)
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ENTR 200 Intro to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
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ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship and Innovation II
Option Courses (6 credits)
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ME 263
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Others – ME 418, ME 444, ME 553, ME 557 (TEs)
Capstone Enterpreneurship Course (3 credits)
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ME 463
For more Information: http://discoverypark.purdue.edu/wps/portal/entr/Programs/UndergradCert
A Universe of Opportunity
5 Year BS/MSME (GPA>3.2)
Honors Certificate (GPA>3.6)
ME Concentrations
Technical Minors
Technology Minors
BSME
4 TEs
4 GEs
Free El.
5Yr BSME/MBA (GPA>3.5)
MGMT Minor
Entrepreneurship Certif.
Gen. Ed. Minors
Global Engineering Minor
Public Policy
Patent Law
Pre-Med
General Education Minors*
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Anthropology
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Child Development & Family Studies
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Communications
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Creative Arts
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Economics
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English
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Foreign Languages
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History
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Philosophy
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Political Science
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Psychology
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Sociology
For more Information: http://tools.ecn.purdue.edu/ME/Undergrad/minors.whtml
* List of minors is not exhaustive.
Global Engineering Studies
Minor (see Prof. Chiu or Jerry Matthews)
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Cr Hrs Req: 24-30
Permission Req. from Prof. Chiu to enroll in this minor
Minor Requirements
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Language proficiency (min of 12 crs in one foreign language program).
One semester of study abroad with some engineering-related
coursework at a strategic global university partner.
One three-month domestic internship at a strategic global industry
partner.
One three-month international internship at a strategic global industry
partner (the partner need not be the same as the domestic internship) .
Successful participation (grade of B or higher) in two-semesters (one
abroad and one domestic) of co-located global design team project.
A grade of C or better in all minor courses.
For more information:
https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/Academics/Undergraduate/GlobalEngrMinor.pdf
Engineering & Public Policy
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Technical Electives
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NUCL 200 Nuclear Engineering I (TE–1)
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CE 350 Environmental Engineering (TE–2)
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CE 394 Civil Engineering History, Ethics, Engineering Economics and Case
Studies. (TE–3)
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ME 492 Technology and Values (TE–4)
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Others -
NUCL 500 Nuclear Engineering, NUCL 503 Radioactive Waste Management, CE 352 Biological
Principals of Environmental Engineering, CE 353 Physico – Chemical Principles of Environmental
Engineering, CE 361 Transportation Engineering, CE 456 Wastewater Treatment, CE 524 Legal Aspects in
Engineering Practice, CE 553 Environmental Law for Engineers
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General Education Electives
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Pol. Sci 322 Science and World Politics (GE–1)
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Pol. Sci 521 Sci., Techn. and Public Policy (GE–2)
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Pol. Sci 522 Energy Politics and Public Policy (GE–3)
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Pol. Sci 523 Environ. Politics and Public Pol. (GE–4)
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Phil. 270 Biomedical Ethics (Free)
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Others - Pol. Sci 435 Int’l Law, Pol. Sci 437 Military Affairs, Pol. Sci 364
Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Pol.
Sci 120 Introduction to Public Policy and Public Administration, Pol. Sci 221 Introduction to Science and
Government, Pol. Sci 223 Introduction to Environmental Policy , Pol. Sci. 526 Science and the City, Phil 260
Phil. and Law, Phil 290 Environ. Ethics , Phil 421 Phil. of Science, Phil 551 Phil. of the Natural Sciences.
Patent Law
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Restricted Electives
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ME 452 Machine Design II
ME 475 Automatic Controls
Technical Electives
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ME 492 Technology and Values (TE)
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ME 597R Intellectual Property (1 cr)
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Others – Design and Controls type courses
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General Education Electives
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Pol. Sci 101 American Government & Politics (GE–1)
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Pol. Sci 460 Judicial Politics (GE–2)
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Pol. Sci 461 Constitutional Law I (GE–3)
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Pol. Sci 468 Introduction to Law and Trial Advocacy (GE–4)
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Pol. Sci 469 Mock Trial (Free)
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Others – Pol. Sci 221 Introduction to Science and Government, Pol. Sci. 322 Science & World Politics,
Pol. Sci 364 Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Pol. Sci. 411 Congress: Structure & Functioning, Pol. Sci 435 Int’l
Law, Pol. Sci. 462 Constitutional Law II
Pre-Med
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1 Year of Biology (w/ a lab)
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1 Year of General Chemistry (w/ a lab)
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OR
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CHM 255 and 256 (TE credit)
CHM 261 and 262 (TE credit)
OR
1 Year of Physics (w/ a lab)
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CHM 115 and 116 (Science Selective)
CHM 123 and 124
CHM 125 and 126
1 Year of Organic Chemistry (w/ a lab)
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BIOL 110 and 111 (TE credit)
OR
BIOL 131, 231/232 and 242 (TE credit)
PHYS 172 and 241/252 (PHYS 252 can be used for TE credit)
1 Year of English
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ENGL 106 (or 108) & another writing course - GE (e.g., ENGL 304 Adv. Comp.)
A Universe of Opportunity
5 Year BS/MSME (GPA>3.5)
Honors Certificate (GPA>3.6)
ME Concentrations
Technical Minors
Technology Minors
BSME
4 TEs
4 GEs
Free El.
5Yr BSME/MBA (GPA>3.5)
MGMT Minor
Entrepreneurship Certif.
Gen. Ed. Minors
Global Engineering Minor
Public Policy
Patent Law
Pre-Med
A Framework of
Engineering Positions
People
Integrator
Communicator
Plant Engineer
Support Services
Business/Marketing
Sales
Methodical
Fast
Paced
Thinker
Director
Adv. Product Design
Researcher
Supervisor
Manager
Tasks
Three Types of Learners
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Anorexic Learner
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Bulimic Learner
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Healthy Learner
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Treat Your Classes like a Job!
Concluding Thought
“The _____ is not a receptacle; ___________
is not education. Education is what remains
after the ____________ that has been taught
has been ___________.”
Benjamin Franklin
Minute Paper
 What
is the most important point you
learned today?
 What
issues do you have questions
about?
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An Overview of the ME Undergraduate Program