2003-2004
UNDERGRADUATE RECORD
School of Engineering and Applied Science
General Information  |  Degree Programs  |  Curricula  |  Course Descriptions  |  Faculty
Aerospace Engineering
Applied Mathematics
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Systems & Information Engineering
Division of Technology, Culture & Communication

Curricula

The individual degree program curricula shown in this section went into effect for the entering class in the fall of 1999. As a result, certain courses may not be listed in the course description section. For inquiries concerning new courses, contact the Office of the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, P.O. Box 400233, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4233. Additional information may also be available on the school's Web site at http://www.seas.virginia.edu.

The degree of Bachelor of Science is granted with the following majors:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

The curricula leading to these degrees are arranged to prepare a graduate to enter directly into employment or to continue graduate studies in either scientific or engineering fields. The baccalaureate degrees include required and elective courses in technical subjects and applied mathematics; required and elective courses in the physical sciences; and elective mathematics, humanities, and social science courses. The aim of these curricula is to provide the student with a strong foundation in methods of engineering analysis, design, and synthesis, and to ensure a firm grasp of fundamental principles in science, mathematics, and the humanities.

All the curricula are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the professional engineering programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, and systems engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the accepted national agency for accrediting curricula in engineering.

The curricula that follow have been developed on the principle that instruction in engineering and applied science should prepare the graduate for professional practice as it has currently evolved and provide a firm foundation in the physical sciences and mathematics that will encourage an imaginative and flexible approach to the problems of engineering and applied science of the future. Included in the student's first four semesters' work are elective courses in the humanities taught by the College of Arts and Sciences and a required Technology, Culture, and Communication (TCC) course in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The elective College courses broaden the students' interests in fields outside of their technical program, and thus prepare them for a balanced and culturally rich life in the community. The School of Engineering and Applied Science TCC courses aim to encourage effective oral and written communication in both technical and non-technical pursuits, and to develop an appreciation for the interactions of technology and society students will encounter in both their professional lives and as responsible citizens.

The curriculum of the school does not require premature specialization. A nondepartmentalized core program covering most of the first two years is administered jointly by all departments. Most curricula have some requirements in the second-year program, and students should consult with their advisors and exercise judicious selection of electives to avail themselves of two or more options among major fields until the beginning of the third year.


Aerospace Engineering

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Aerospace engineering is concerned with the science and technology underlying the behavior and design of vehicles and systems that operate within the atmosphere and in space. It requires knowledge of a wide range of subject areas, including the basic sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences as well as specialized studies in aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structures, materials, flight dynamics, astronautics, planetary atmospheres, and computational methods. This broad background qualifies the graduating engineer not only to handle problems that are special to the aerospace field, but also to meet challenges of an interdisciplinary nature facing society, such as those involving the environment, transportation, and energy resources.

With the changing climate in industry and educational units, increasing pressure is being placed on academic institutions to prepare students properly for the future workplace. Students need different experiences than they did ten years ago in order to be competitive in the changing industrial atmosphere. Rapidly expanding, global industries no longer have the resources for extensive "on the job" training. As indicated by discussions with recruiters and industry leaders, graduating students are now expected to have some practical and/or unique experience that they will be able to apply in an industry in the near term. These experiences may come from either laboratory work at the University, from a co-operative education (co-op) program or from summer jobs or internships with industry.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering implemented a co-op program in 1996 that is currently placing students with 40 industries. This program builds self-confidence, helps define career goals. The co-op experience often helps students obtain senior thesis topics through industrial projects, eases transition to the industrial world, and enhances the student's marketability. Salaries for co-op students are typically two-thirds of those for B.S. level engineers. It takes four and one-half years to complete the co-op program, including one extended stay (summer plus semester) in industry, with one or more summers possible. Requirements include third year academic standing and a grade point average of at least 2.0. Participation is optional and non-credit; details can be obtained from the school or department.

Minor A minor in aerospace engineering is comprised of five courses and requires MAE 201. The other four courses must be chosen from MAE 210, MAE 231, MAE 232, MAE 263, MAE 264, MAE 301, MAE 312, MAE 314, MAE 321, MAE 322, MAE 331, MAE 342, MAE 352, MAE 363, MAE 364, MAE 373, MAE 381, MAE 382, MAE 412, MAE 413, MAE 454, MAE 465, MAE 466, MAE 473, MAE 493, MAE 494, MAE 497 and MAE 498.

Candidates must satisfy the following:

  1. An aerospace engineering faculty advisor must be assigned.
  2. The program of study must have a theme
  3. The program of study must be approved by the MAE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Aerospace Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
MAE 200L Mechanics Familiarity Lab 1
MAE 201 Intro to Aerospace Engineering 3
MAE 209 Applied Probability and Statistics(5) 3
MAE 230 Statics 3
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I
HSS elective(2)
1
3
    17
Fourth Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
MAE 210 Thermodynamics 3
MAE 210L Fluid/Thermal Fam Lab 1
MAE 231 Strength of Materials 3
MAE 232 Dynamics 3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    17
Fifth Semester
APMA 314 Vector Calculus and Partial Differential Eq.  
3
MAE 321 Fluid Mechanics 3
MAE 352 Engineering Materials 3
MAE 381 Experimental Methods Lab
Technical elective(4)
Unrestricted elective(3)
2
3
3
    17
Sixth Semester
MAE 322 Adv. Fluid Mechanics 3
MAE 331 Aerospace Structures 3
MAE 342 Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering  
3
MAE 382 Aerodynamics Lab
Unrestricted elective(3)
3
3
    15
Seventh Semester
MAE 373 Flight Vehicle Dynamics 3
MAE 412 Air Breathing Propulsion 3
MAE 465 Aerospace Design I 3
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture
HSS elective(2)
3
3
    15
Eighth Semester
MAE 466 Aerospace Design II
Technical elective(4)
Technical elective(4)
3
3
3
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society
Unrestricted elective(3)
3
3
    15

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; and MSE 209.

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(3) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(4) Chosen from the MAE Department's approved Technical Electives List except for MAE courses required for the degree.

(5) APMA 311 will satisfy the requirements of MAE 209 for the degree.


Applied Mathematics

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This program, which offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics, seeks to attract those who are interested in using mathematics to solve problems that occur in areas other than mathematics itself. A typical student in this program takes eleven courses in mathematics (seven courses at the third- and fourth-year level) and concentrations in an area in which mathematics has been found to be useful, such as engineering, economics, physics, biology, or computer science.

The concentration consists of at least four 3-credit courses from University offerings in a single field. Approval for this concentration must be obtained from an advisor by the beginning of the third year. Technical electives may be chosen from any 300- or 400-level science or technical courses in the University. Subject to advisor approval, some 200-level courses in biology or chemistry may be chosen.

The degree program is quite flexible. Each student must complete the standard two years required of all students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. In the last two years, the student is required to follow broad guidelines, but may tailor a program to obtain greater depth in one area or to explore the fundamentals of several areas.

Minor A minor in Applied Mathematics consists of five courses at the 300 level or above. These courses must include at least two from APMA 308, 310, and 314. Courses may be selected from APMA offerings as well as offerings in MATH or STAT in the College which are not substantial duplicates of SEAS courses taken by the student.

Applied Mathematics Curriculum (128 Credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(5)
HSS elective(4)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I
Engr. science elective(1)
Engr. science elective(1)
Unrestricted elective(6)
1
3
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
APMA 314 Vector Calculus and Partial Differential Eq.
Science elective II(2)
Engr. Science elective(1)
Engr. Science elective(1)
 
3
4
3
3
CS 201 Software Devel. Methods 3
    16
Fifth Semester
APMA 310 Probability 3
APMA 308 Linear Algebra
Minor/Tech. elective
Minor/Tech. elective
HSS elective(4)
Unrestricted elective(6)
3
3
3
3
3
    18
Sixth Semester
MATH 334 Complex Variables
APMA Elective(3)
Concentration/Tech. elective
Concentration/Tech. elective
3
3
3
3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    15
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
APMA 507/
MATH 430
 
Numerical Methods
 
3
  APMA Elective(3)
Concentration/Tech. elective
HSS elective(4)
3
3
3
    15
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society
APMA elective(3)
APMA elective(3)
Concentration/Tech. elective
Unrestricted elective(6)
3
3
3
3
3
    15

(1) Chosen from: APMA 202; CE 206, 207; CHE 202; CS 202, 230; EE 203, 230; MAE 202, 210, 231, 232; and MSE 209. One engineering science elective may be replaced by a science or technical elective.

(2) Chosen from: BIOL 201/203, 202/204; CHEM 212/212L, 152/152L; EVSC 280/280L; PHYS 252/252L. Science elective II must include a lab.

(3) Chosen from approved 300- or 400-level courses in APMA, MATH, or STAT.

(4) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(5) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(6) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.


Biomedical Engineering

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Program Objective: Provide students with the fundamental knowledge base, critical thinking skills, and problem solving ability to understand and advance future scientific discoveries and technological innovations in biomedical engineering, while at the same time instilling in students the Jeffersonian principles of free inquiry, ethical conduct, creativity, and continuous personal growth.

Biomedical Engineering integrates techniques drawn from engineering with the fundamental principles of biology in order to analyze and solve problems in living systems. Living systems present a number of technological problems not encountered in physical systems. Biomedical engineering education aims to train engineers who can analyze a problem from both an engineering and biological/medical perspective; they should be able to anticipate the special difficulties in working with living systems and evaluate a wider range of possible approaches to solutions. The end result of this type of training is new knowledge, devices, materials, techniques and treatments to enhance human health. The foundation for these applications is the steady stream of discovery emerging from our nation's academic and industrial research programs.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has offered degrees at the master's and doctoral level since 1967. A new B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering was introduced in 2003-04. At the UVA School of Engineering, a nondepartmentalized core program covers the entire first year and half of the second year of study. The aim of this core program is for students to garner a solid background in the sciences and mathematics. Not until April of the first year do students declare a major in an individual engineering discipline. The plan of study for the BME major begins in the second year. The curriculum begins with an early, sound underpinning in the life sciences achieved through two semesters of quantitative mammalian physiology and one semester of cell and molecular biology. Next students learn engineering fundamentals specific to biomedical engineering, including biomechanics, biotransport, and biomedical engineering systems analysis. The hallmark of the third year is an 8-credit BME Integrated Design and Experimental Analysis (IDEAS) Lab, guiding students to integrate concepts and skills learned in prior engineering and BME coursework. The BME major culminates in the fourth year with a "BME Capstone Design" experience in which students take a team-based approach to select, formulate, and solve a major design problem. Throughout all four years of study students use electives to achieve additional breadth and depth. With the help of their academic advisors, students select Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, Engineering, Technical, Humanities, and Unrestricted Electives.

Exceptionally prepared students who are judicious in their selection of electives in the 4th year can graduate in five years with both a B.S. and an M.S. in BME. These students should plan early to design a senior thesis topic that can continue on to a master's of science thesis. Students interested in this option are strongly urged to plan early in their 3rd year and discuss this plan with appropriate faculty in biomedical engineering. The BME degree is an excellent preparation for medical school.

The department encourages students to participate in research and inquiry-based learning above and beyond what is required by the curriculum. In the past students have pursued paid or volunteer positions in research labs, independent research projects, and industry or research internships. Research areas in the department include tissue engineering and genetic engineering targeting vascular disease; adhesion biomechanics, molecular bioengineering, cellular mechanics, and vascular remodeling; cellular mechanisms of wound healing; biomechanics; bioelectricity; biotransport; cardiovascular, respiratory, orthopedic, and neurological systems; and medical imaging, particularly ultrasound, X-ray, and MR imaging. Interdepartmental research collaboration links the Department of Biomedical Engineering with most other engineering departments and many clinical and basic science departments in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Biomedical engineers are employed in universities, in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, in hospitals, in research facilities of educational and medical institutions, in teaching, and in government agencies. They often serve a coordinating or interfacing function, using their background in both the engineering and medical fields, even if their primary job is engineer, researcher, manager, technical advisor, or entrepreneur. BME is excellent preparation for graduate studies in biomedical engineering, biophysics, and biotechnology; graduates also go on to advanced degrees in medicine, law, and business.

Minor Students in the School of Engineering can combine a minor in BME with any SEAS major. The 18-credit minor in biomedical engineering consists of BIOM 201 and 204, plus 4 approved electives that may include BIOM 310, 322, 406, 411, 428, 441, 483, 484, 490, 495, CHE 347, and MSE 512. One elective may be chosen from BIOM 202, BIOL 301, 309, 417, 465, or 501.

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
4
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I 1
BIOM 200 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Design & Discovery  
3
BIOM 201 Physiology I
Unrestricted elective
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
BIOM 202 Physiology II 3
BIOM 204 Cell and Molecular Biology for Engineers  
3
BIOM 322 Biomechanics and Biotransport 3
  Engineering 2XX or higher
(same as technical elective)
 
3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    15
Fifth Semester
APMA 311 Applied Statistics and Probability 3
BIOM 310 Biomedical Systems Analysis and Design  
3
BIOM 380 Integrated BME Laboratory I
Minor/Tech. elective
HSS elective(2)
Technical elective
4
3
3
3
    16
Sixth Semester
BIOM 390 Integrated BME Laboratory II 4
BIOM 315 Modeling and Simulation in Biomedical Engineering
Engineering elective
Unrestricted elective
Technical elective
 
3
3
3
3
    16
Seventh Semester
BIOM 463 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design I
BIOM elective
 
3
3
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture
Unrestricted elective
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    15
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
BIOM 464 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Design II
Bioengineering elective(4)
BIOM elective
Unrestricted elective
 
3
3
3
3
    15

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 202 (if pre-med); Chem 152; ECE 200; and MSE 209. (PHYS 252)

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall or from the department office.

(3) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. APMA 109 counts as a 3-credit unrestricted elective.

(4) Chosen from an approved list of technical engineering electives, 300-level or higher, with a substantial bioengineering component. List available in the BME Office.


Chemical Engineering

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(http://www.che.virginia.edu)

Chemical engineering applies physical, chemical, and engineering principles to the processing and utilization of such varied products as fuels, drugs, foods, plastics, metals, and basic chemicals. Graduates with a B.S.Ch.E. degree are well prepared for either immediate practice or graduate work in diverse fields. These include not only chemical engineering but also biochemical or biomedical engineering, chemistry, environmental or energy studies, materials science, medicine, business administration and law.

Many chemical engineers serve in the traditional chemical process industries of petroleum, chemicals, paper, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. Some develop new products or processes through research, while others carry out the pilot studies and design work to bring innovations from the laboratory into manufacturing operations. Many are engaged in the operation and management of process plants. Others are in marketing, developing new applications for, or solving problems arising from, the use of products. Often a chemical engineer moves from one function to another. Chemical engineers have long aided in energy and materials production from oil, gas, and coal. They are involved in the research, development, and production of energy from alternative energy resources. Similarly, their chemical expertise and broad knowledge of processes are valuable in the identification and control of environmental problems, in health care and pharmaceuticals, and in areas such as electronic materials production. A chemical engineer's career path is varied and rewarding, allowing individual talents to grow and be fully utilized.

In preparation for these opportunities, undergraduate studies for the B.S. Ch.E. degree are very broad in both science and engineering. The curriculum progresses from basic sciences and mathematics (with an emphasis on chemistry), through engineering sciences, to applications in chemical process analysis, and culminates in a capstone design project. Computer methods, laboratory techniques, open-ended problem solving, team approaches, and effective written and oral communication are emphasized throughout the Uva program of study. Elective courses permit minors or concentrations in diverse technical and nontechnical areas; recent students have minored in all other engineering disciplines, the sciences and many different humanities and liberal arts programs, including languages. Throughout, students are expected not only to develop in technical capability, but also learn to consider the ethical, environmental, cultural, and economic impacts of technological activities.

First-Year And Second-Year Program Chemical engineering students take a two-semester sequence of general chemistry with the standard first-year program. Because of individual long term goals and the various options available for students in the chemical engineering program, consultation with a ChE advisor in the first sssemester of studies is strongly recommended. For example, students must be sure to elect the second semester chemistry course and laboratory. Further, those planning on medical school must schedule a full year of organic chemistry as well as the biology requirements.

Minor A minor in chemical engineering consists of CHE 215, 316, 318, 321, and 322.

Chemical Engineering Curriculum (128 Credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I 1
CHE 215 Material and Energy Balances
ENGR elective(3)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
  Math Elective(4) 3
CHEM 212 Intro to Organic Chem 3
CHEM 212L Organic Chem. Lab 1
CHE 202 Thermodynamics 3
CHE 216 Modeling and Simulation in Chemical Engineering  
3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    16
Fifth Semester
CHE 316 Chemical Thermodynamics 3
CHE 321 Transport Processes I 4
CHEM 361 Physical Chemistry 3
CHEM 371 Intermediate Techniques in Chemical Experimentation
Unrestricted elective(5)
 
3
3
    16
Sixth Semester
CHE 318 Chem. Reaction Engineering 3
CHE 322 Transport Processes II 4
CHE 398 Chem. Engineering Lab I
Technical elective(6)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
CHE 438 Process Modeling, Dynamics, and Control  
3
CHE 491 Chem. Engr. Lab II
CHEM/SCI elective(7)
Unrestricted elective(5)
3
4
3
    16
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
CHE 476 Chem. Engineering Design
CHE elective(8)
Technical elective(6)
Unrestricted elective(5)
3
3
3
3
    15

(1) CHEM 152/152L is strongly recommended as science elective I. If another course is selected from BIOL 201, 202; ECE 200; MSE 209; or PHYS 252, then CHEM 152/152L (needed for CHE majors) will satisfy the CHEM/SCI elective. See note 7.

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall or from the department office.

(3) Chosen from engineering science courses, such as CE 206; CS 230; ECE 203, 230; MAE 202, 231; and MSE 209. (MSE 209 is recommended.)

(4) Chosen from APMA 202, APMA 311, APMA 314 and APMA 308.

(5) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 or any that substantially duplicates any required or elective course for the BSCHE degree, such as PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should consult with a ChE advisor. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(6) Any upper level (200 or above) science, math, or engineering courses. All elective courses must be approved by your advisor.

(7) Chosen from a list of chemistry or natural science-related electives that is available in the department office. If CHEM 152/152L is used as science elective I, then this elective is a 3-credit course.

(8) Chosen from a list of chemical engineering electives available in the department office.


Civil Engineering

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Civil engineering is the application of science and technology to the planning, design, analysis, construction, operation, and maintenance of the physical facilities required by society. It is the broadest of all engineering professions, encompassing activities from aerospace to urban planning. Civil engineers are the fabricators of modern society and the protectors of our environment. They deal with people and their management, materials and their use, designs and their application, and the problems of interweaving these factors to serve society. Typical civil engineering projects include environmental facilities, such as systems for water quality control, toxic and hazardous waste control and storm water networks; structures, such as high-rise buildings, bridges, off-shore platforms, shuttle launch pads, and dams; and transportation facilities, such as Intelligent Transportation Systems, airports, highways, and railways. Civil engineering has a long history and a bright future serving the basic needs of society.

Civil engineering graduates with a BS degree may opt for employment with high technology consulting firms; local, state, or federal government; contractors or construction firms; public utilities; or industrial corporations. Another option is graduate school, where students pursue an area of specialty within civil engineering. Such studies open up more advanced employment opportunities in government, consulting, construction, or industry, and introduce new choices, including research and teaching. A civil engineering degree also provides a good background for professional training in law, business administration, or medicine.

Minor The 15-credit minor in civil engineering may be obtained in one of four areas: environmental engineering (choose five): CE 205, 315, 336, 420, 430, or 440; structural engineering: CE 316, 319, 323, 326, and 401; transportation engineering: CE 344, 444, 445, 446 and APMA 312; and general civil engineering, which includes any five courses from the above lists.

Civil Engineering Curriculum (128 Credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 308 Linear Algebra 3
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab
Engineering elective(3)
1
3
CE 230 Statics
HSS elective(2)
3
3
    16
Fourth Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
CE 231 Strength of Materials 3
APMA 311 Probability and Statistics 3
CE 315/365 Fluid Mechanics/Lab 4
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    17
Fifth Semester
CE 232 Dynamics 3
CE 319 Structural Mechanics 3
CE 323/363 Properties and Behavior of Materials/Lab  
4
CE 336 Water Resources Eng.
Unrestricted elective(7)
3
3
    16
Sixth Semester
CE 316/316L Introduction to Geotechnical Engr./Lab 4
CE 326 Design of Concrete Structures 3
CE 344 Transportation Engr. I
HSS elective(2)
Science/Engineering elective(4)
3
3
3
    16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
CE 490 CE Design and Practice 4
CE ___ CE elective(5) 3
CE ___ CE elective(5)
Unrestricted elective(7)
3
3
    16
Eighth Semester
CE ___ CE elective(5) 3
CE ___ CE elective(5)
Engineering elective II(6)
Unrestricted elective(7)
3
3
3
    15

128 credits - minimum required for graduation.

(1) Science elective: Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(2) Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS) elective: Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(3) Engineering Elective I: Chosen from: CE 205 (Intro to Env. Eng.), MAE 210 (Thermodynamics), or EE 203 (Intro Circuit Analy).

(4) Science/engineering elective: Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152, 212; EVSC 280; MSE 209; PHYS 252; and all 200-, 300- and 400-level SEAS courses (with the exception of TCC courses, ENGR 488, TMP 352, TMP 355) and selected environmental sciences courses. Only one of MAE 400 (Financial Aspects of Eng.) or CE 341, but not both, may be used to satisfy this requirement and requirements (5) and (6).

(5) Civil Engineering elective: Chosen from all 300- or 400-level Civil Engineering courses. Only one of MAE 400 (Financial Aspects of Eng.) or CE 341, but not both, may be used to satisfy a CE Dept. requirement or requirements (4) and (6).

(6) Engineering Elective II: Chosen from all 300- and 400-level SEAS courses (with the exception of TCC courses, ENGR 488, TMP 352, TMP 355) and selected environmental science courses. Only one of MAE 400 (Financial Aspects of Eng.) or CE 341, but not both, may be used to satisfy this requirement and requirements (4) and (5).

(7) Unrestricted electives: chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.


Computer Engineering (CPE)

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Computer Engineering is an exciting field that spans topics in both electrical engineering and computer science. Students learn and practice the design and analysis of computer systems, including both hardware and software aspects and their integration. Careers in computer engineering are as wide and varied as computer systems themselves, which range from embedded computer systems found in consumer products or medical devices, to control systems for automobiles, aircraft, and trains, to more wide-ranging applications in telecommunications, financial transactions, and information systems.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer engineering is one of the fastest growing occupations, with a projected need to fill 235,000 jobs between 1996 and 2006.

The three primary objectives of the undergraduate Computer Engineering Program are:

  1. to provide students with an opportunity to learn and develop fundamental principals and techniques to solve engineering problems,
  2. to provide students with an opportunity to acquire in depth knowledge in the domain area of computer engineering, and
  3. to provide students with an understanding of the Jeffersonian principles of free enquiry, ethical awareness, creativity, and professionalism necessary for successful careers and responsible engineering practice.

The program's goals are to help students achieve the technical qualifications necessary to solve the engineering problems of tomorrow; to facilitate the development of problem-solving, group, and communication skills; to instill an understanding of the effects that technology can have on humanity; and, finally, to inspire students to strive for continuous self-renewal throughout their careers.

Faculties from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments jointly administer the computer engineering undergraduate degree program at the University of Virginia.

In order to major in computer engineering, a formal application must be submitted and approved by the Computer Engineering Curriculum Committee. An application form and a description of acceptance policies can be found at www.cpe.virginia.edu.

Computer engineering majors must maintain a C average or better in their computer science and electrical engineering courses.

Computer Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Chem for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Chem for Engineers Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Lang Comm & Tech Soc 3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to CS
Science Elective I(2)
HSS Elective(1)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary differential Equations 4
CS 201 Software Development Meth. 3
CS 202 Discrete Mathematics I 3
ECE 203 Intro Circuit Analysis
HSS Elective(1)
3
3
    16
Fourth Semester
CS 216 Program and Data Representation 3
ECE 204 Electronics I 4
CS/ECE 230 Digital Logic Design
CS/ECE Elective(4)(6)
TCC Elective
3
3
3
    16
Fifth Semester
APMA 310 Probability 3
ECE 323 Signals and Systems 3
CS/ECE 333 Computer Architecture 3
PHYS 241E Physics II 3
PHYS 241L Physics Lab
Unrestricted elective(5)
1
3
    16
Sixth Semester
CS 340 Advanced Software Development Techniques  
3
CS 414 Operating Systems
CS/ECE Elective(4)(6)
Technical Elective(3)
HSS elective(1)
3
3
3
3
    15
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
CS/ECE 457 Computer Networks 3
ECE 435 ECE Computer Design
CS/ECE elective(4)(6)
Unrestricted elective(5)
4.5
3
3
    16.5
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
ECE 436 Advanced Digital Design
CS/ECE elective(4)(6)
Technical Elective(3)
Unrestricted elective(5)
4.5
3
3
3
    16.5

(1) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(2) Chosen from: among BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(3) A technical elective is a course in engineering, mathematics, or science at the 200 level or above.

(4) Students interested in selected advanced CS electives should take CS 302. Students interested in selected advanced ECE electives should delay this elective until the sixth semester and take an engineering elective instead.

(5) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(6) Chosen from CS/ECE course at the 300 level or higher. Two CS/ECE electives must be 400 level or above.


Computer Science

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Through the development of sophisticated computer systems, processors, and embedded applications, computer scientists have the opportunity to change society in ways unimagined several years ago. A major goal of the Department is the education and training of students who can lead the current information technology revolution. To this end, the computer science program orients students toward the pragmatic aspects of computer science. Good engineering is rooted in solid mathematics and science, and grounding in these fundamentals is essential. Provided in the context of the practice of computing, this early grounding forms the basis for an education that outstandingly prepares students for a computing career.

As a discipline, computer science has seen many dramatic changes in its brief history. Traditional programming instruction emphasizes writing short programs from scratch in a dead language. This emphasis contrasts with the skills needed by contemporary computing professionals. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Computer Science has designed, developed, and is currently disseminating a curriculum focused on the practice of computing, yet grounded in the mathematical and scientific fundamentals of computer science. The curriculum is structured around the introduction of modern software development techniques in the very beginning courses and is supported by a coordinated set of "closed laboratories."

In order to provide an environment appropriate to our courses, the department has established several laboratories with more than 150 workstations. These machines have high-resolution graphics and are connected to large file handlers, as well as to the University network. The lab courses expose students to many commercial software tools and systems and are currently introducing modern software development techniques via object-oriented design and implementation in C++ and Java.

The Department of Computer Science co-offers, with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a degree in Computer Engineering.

In order to major in computer science or computer engineering, a formal application must be submitted to, and approved by, the Department of Computer Science. An application form and a description of acceptance policies can be found at www.cs.virginia.edu. Applications are normally considered at the end of the spring semester.

Majors and minors are required to maintain a C average or better in their CS courses.

Transfer Students in the College of Arts and Sciences with an interest in obtaining a degree in computer science may transfer to the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Like other SEAS students, transfer students must formally apply to, and be approved by, the Department of Computer Science to take the Computer Science program of study. To minimize loss of credit upon transfer, College students must take a rigorous program in mathematics and the sciences. The School of Engineering and Applied Science expects a minimum of 63 credits in the first two years, instead of the 60-credit minimum that is customary in the College of Arts and Sciences. (The additional credits are often completed through summer courses.) Detailed information on curriculum requirements may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Minor The 18-credit computer science minor consists of CS 101, 201, 202, and 216. In addition, two other computer science courses from a prescribed list must be taken. Complete details can be found at the computer science Web site, www.cs.virginia.edu.

Computer Science Curriculum (126.5 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I 1
CS 201 Software Devel. Methods 3
CS 202 Discrete Mathematics I
HSS elective(2)
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
CS 302 Discrete Mathematics II 3
CS 216 Program and Data Representation 3
CS/ECE 230 Digital Logic Design
Technical elective(3)
3
3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    15
Fifth Semester
APMA 310 Probability 3
CS 432 Algorithms 3
CS/ECE 333 Computer Architecture
Technical elective(3)
Unrestricted elective(4)
3
3
3
    15
Sixth Semester
APMA 308 Linear Algebra 3
CS 340 Advanced Software Development Techniques  
3
CS 390 CS Seminar I 1
CS 414 Operating Systems
Technical elective(3)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
ECE 435 Computer Organization and Design 4.5
CS ___ CS elective 3
CS ___ CS elective
Unrestricted elective(4)
3
3
    16.5
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
CS ___ CS elective 3
CS ___ CS elective
Technical elective(3)
Unrestricted elective(4)
3
3
3
    15

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(3) Technical electives are courses whose major emphasis is mathematics, science, or engineering. At most two technical chemical electives can be at the 2XX level. The other electives must be at level 3XX or above.

(4) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.


Electrical Engineering

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Electrical engineering is a rapidly expanding field, and includes such areas as communications, microelectronics, control systems, and computer system design. New and exciting areas are continually being developed, and more traditional areas are finding new applications. Because of the rapidly-changing nature of the field, this program is designed to provide a strong preparation in traditional electrical engineering, while providing maximum flexibility to accommodate student interests and current technological developments. The three primary objectives of the undergraduate Electrical Engineering Program are:

  1. to provide students with the depth of understanding of fundamental principles required for the practice of, or further advanced studies in, electrical engineering,
  2. to give students the breadth of knowledge required to understand contemporary issues in engineering, participate on interdisciplinary teams, contribute to the field, and pursue productive careers in the public or private sectors, or advanced graduate studies, and
  3. to instill students with the Jeffersonian principles of free enquiry, ethical awareness, creativity, and professionalism necessary for successful careers and responsible engineering practice.

Students can use the flexibility available in the elective program to focus their study on an area of particular interest within electrical engineering, including communication systems, digital system design, control systems, applied electrophysics, and microelectronics. In addition, with careful planning, students can use technical electives for interdisciplinary studies; for example, computer engineering, biomedical engineering, or materials science, perhaps even earning a minor in a related field. Specific suggestions for study in several areas are available from the Electrical and Computer Engineering office.

Minor The 19-credit minor consists of ECE 203, 204, and 230, as well as 3 electives (with at least one course at the 400 level or above). The electives are selected from a list of courses available in the Electrical and Computer Engineering office.

Electrical Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(2)
HSS elective(1)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab I 1
ECE 203 Intro Circuit Analysis 3
CS 201 Software Devel. Methods
HSS elective(1)
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
  Mathematics elective(3) 3
ECE 204 Electronics I 4
ECE 230 Digital Logic Design
Technical elective(4)
3
3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    16
Fifth Semester
ECE 309 Electromagnetic Fields 3
ECE 323 Signals and Systems 3
ECE 3__ ECE elective
Technical elective(4)
Unrestricted elective(6)
3
3
3
    15
Sixth Semester
APMA 310 Probability 3
ECE 333 Computer Architecture 3
ECE 3__ ECE elective
Technical elective(4)
HSS elective(1)
3
3
3
    15
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
ECE ___ ECE elective(5) 3
ECE ___ ECE Lab elective(5) 1.5
ECE ___ ECE elective(5)
ECE/CS elective(7)
Unrestricted elective(6)
3
3
3
    16.5
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
ECE ___ ECE elective(5) 3
ECE ___ ECE Lab elective(5) 1.5
ECE ___ ECE elective(5)
Technical elective(4)
Unrestricted elective(6)
3
3
3
    16.5

(1) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(2) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(3) Selected from courses in the Departments of Mathematics or Applied Mathematics at the 200 level or higher.

(4) A technical elective is defined as a course in engineering (may be ECE), mathematics, or science (intended for science majors) at the 200 level or above. Of the four technical electives, two must be at the 300 level or above. Any course appearing on the approved list of HSS electives may not be used as a technical elective.

(5) ECE 435 and 436 each count as one course and one lab if chosen as electives. At least two courses and one lab must fall within a single area of concentration, and at least one course must be taken outside the area of concentration. The five areas of concentration are applied electrophysics, communications and signal processing, digital systems, controls, and microelectronics. A list of electives that fulfill the requirements of each concentration is included in the Electrical Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

(6) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(7) If a CS course is chosen, it must be at the 200 level or higher.


Engineering Science

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Engineering Science is a flexible undergraduate program. It offers imaginative students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences the opportunity to design a course of studies that appeals to their special academic interests and prepares them for graduate school. This flexibility allows students to develop expertise in topical areas in the biological, environmental, and physical sciences. Students typically select engineering science to prepare for a career in materials science, engineering physics, biomedical engineering, medical research, or medicine, all of which have strong graduate programs at the University of Virginia. Alternatively, some students seek to obtain a broad engineering/science background as preparation for work in non-engineering fields, such as teaching.

Engineering science students, in collaboration with their advisors, define their own program of studies. The study plan for each student must show direction by including an approved minor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The equivalent of a minor in a science area is also strongly encouraged. The advanced project course in the fourth year, which supplements the senior thesis, also allows the student to complete an in-depth research project.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has developed a materials science and engineering (MSE) option in this program intended to prepare students for either graduate school in MSE or to obtain a position in the materials industry. The courses recommended for the MSE option are described later in this section. In addition, a pre-med option has been developed in conjunction with the office of the pre-professional advisor for undergraduate degree programs.

Engineering Science Curriculum (127 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science
Science elective I(1)
HSS elective(2)
3
3
3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics II Lab
Engr Science elective(3)
Engr Science elective(3)
HSS elective(2)
1
3
3
3
    17
Fourth Semester
  Math elective I(4) 3
  Science elective II(5) 3
  Science elective II Lab(5) 1
  Engr Science elective(3) 3
  Technical elective 2xx(5) 3
  TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    16
Fifth Semester
  Adv. Math/CS elective II(4) 3
  Adv. Natural Science elec.(6) 3
  Adv. Natural Science Lab elec.(6) 1
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  HSS elective(2) 3
    16
Sixth Semester
  Adv. Math/CS elective II(4) 3
  Adv. Natural Science elec.(6) 3
  Adv. Natural Science Lab elec.(6) 1
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Unrestricted elective(9) 3
    16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Advanced Project(8) 3
  Unrestricted elective(9) 3
    15
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Technical elective(7) 3
  Advanced Project(8) 3
  Unrestricted elective(9) 3
    15

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(3) Chosen from: CE 206, 207; CHE 202; ECE 203; MAE 202, 210, 231, 232; and MSE 209.

(4) Math elective I: APMA 314 or a 200-level (or higher) course in mathematics is recommended. Advanced math/CS elective II: Two advanced mathematics courses, 300-level or higher, in SEAS or CLAS, or one advanced-level mathematics and one 200-level or higher computer science course. Mathematical modeling courses in the various departments of SEAS may be used, as approved by the advisor.

(5) Chosen from: ASTR 211, 212; BIOL 201, 202, 203, 204; CHEM 152, 152L, 210, 222, 241, 241L, 242, 242L, 252, 281, 281L, 282, 282L; EVSC 280, 280L; MSE 209; PHYS 252, 252L; and PSYC 221. The four-course sequence for science majors (CHEM 181/ 181L, 182/182L, 281/281L, 282/282L) may be taken to replace CHEM 151/151L, two science electives, and the 2xx technical elective. The course sequence for science majors (PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252, and labs PHYS 221, 222) may replace PHYS 142E, 241E/241L, and two science electives.

(6) Advanced sciences are 300-level or above courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, or physics. The course must have mathematics or science prerequisites. For students with minors in engineering other than the materials science minor, 300-level courses in materials science may be used. Two credits of advanced laboratory work should be included. The science elective and technical electives should be used to obtain the equivalent of a science minor. Only one minor can be listed on a transcript.

(7) Advanced technical electives should be chosen from 300- to 400-level science, mathematics, or engineering courses for science and engineering majors (i.e., courses not open to non-science majors). At least two of the technical electives must be 400-level or higher SEAS courses. The technical electives must be chosen to include an approved minor in SEAS.

(8) Students are expected to define a research project to be completed in the fourth year. The advanced project courses are graded research courses supplementing the student's thesis work.

(9) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.


Materials Science & Engineering

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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a selection of undergraduate courses with the objective of providing a fundamental background in the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials. This background is essential to engineers or scientists in understanding the selection of materials for various applications. The department encourages students to consider the field of materials science and engineering, a challenging new field in engineering. A materials science and engineering concentration is available to the undergraduate student within the framework of the Engineering Science Program. A minor in Materials Science and Engineering is also available to all engineering majors in SEAS. In the Materials Science Concentration, the student may select from a range of basic materials courses. A broad background in materials science and engineering is available by selecting MSE 209 (Introduction to the Science and Engineering of Materials), which develops the terminology and scientific foundation necessary for understanding the behavior of metals, polymers, and ceramics. More advanced courses are available to provide the student with modern and classical aspects of corrosion, as well as specific structure-property relationships for various classes of materials, such as alloys and polymers. Several laboratory sections introduce the student to typical experimental techniques for characterizing materials and their properties. Qualified students may also take 600-level graduate courses in materials science and engineering with the approval of the instructor. Research opportunities exist for undergraduate students interested in working with faculty on project areas identified in the Graduate Record. A general materials course, MSE 201 (EVSC 201), emphasizing the relationship of materials technology to modern society, is offered each semester for students of all disciplines. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers graduate degrees at the master's and doctoral levels, and an undergraduate minor that can be taken in conjunction with any of the majors within the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Minor Five courses constitute a minor. Required courses are MSE305, and either MSE 209 or MAE 352. Select three of the following: MSE 301, 304, 306, 512, 524, 532, 567. Students studying civil engineering, applied mechanics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, and systems engineering should consider MSE 301, 306, 524, and 532. Students studying electrical engineering, computer science, and systems engineering should consider MSE 304, 512, 524, and 567. Although not required for the minor, the laboratories associated with courses MSE 304 and 306 are recommended. Minor students with interest in in-depth laboratory experience, and perhaps graduate school, are encouraged to enroll in MSE 451 in either semester or the summer. The advisor may be from the MSE or student's major department, provided that the topic is materials based.


Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, providing opportunities for employment in industry, business, government, research, and education. The mechanical engineer is concerned with the development of machines and systems for diverse applications in our modern technological society. Talents and interests of a graduate M.E. include those required to plan, analyze, design, and improve components and systems. The practice of mechanical engineering is applied to manufacturing, energy conversion, transportation, construction, and environmental control. In the future, mechanical engineers must provide leadership in developing new sources of power and new systems to accommodate societal demands.

The curriculum begins with the study of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and general engineering courses. As students progress, they take advanced analysis, design, and laboratory courses related to mechanical and thermal systems. One-fourth of the program is devoted to the humanities and social sciences, which broaden the student's education and assist in developing communication and leadership skills.

Young engineers need relevant experiences to be competitive in the global economy. As indicated by discussions with recruiters and industry leaders, graduating students are now expected to have some practical and/or unique experience that they will be able to apply in an industry in the near term. These experiences may come from laboratory work, projects at the University, or a co-operative education (co-op) program.

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering implemented a co-op program in 1996 that now offers co-op experiences with more than forty companies. Thus far, approximately 20 students have been placed. Participation in this program builds self-confidence and helps define career goals. The co-op experience often helps students obtain senior thesis topics through industrial projects, eases transition to the industrial world and enhances the student's marketability. Salaries for co-op students are typically two-thirds of those for B.S. level engineers. It takes four and one-half years to complete the program, including one extended stay (summer plus a semester) in industry, with one or more summers possible. Requirements include third year academic standing and a grade point average of at least 2.0. Participation is optional and non-credit. Details can be obtained from the school or department.

Minor Five mechanical engineering courses (15 credits minimum), passed with a minimum grade of C, may be selected from a large list of third- and fourth-year courses. Candidates must satisfy the following:

  1. A mechanical engineering faculty advisor must be assigned.
  2. The program of study must have a theme.
  3. The program of study must be approved by the MAE Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

There are three options: general mechanical engineering; thermal fluid systems; or dynamics, control, and design. Possible minor sequences include general mechanical engineering: MAE 200, 321, 312, 314, and 362, or MAE 321, 312, 314, 352, and 362; thermal fluid systems: MAE 321, 312, 314, 463, and 464, or MAE321, 322, 312, 314, 411, and 412; dynamics, controls, and design: MAE 200, 352, 362, 465, and 473, or MAE 200, 352, 362, 473, and 474.

Mechanical Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Introductory Chemistry for Engineers 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
    15
Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro Computer Science 3
  Science elective I(1) 3
  HSS elective(2) 3
    17
Third Semester
MAE 200 Intro to Mechanical Engr. 2
MAE 200L Mechanics Familiarity Lab 1
MAE 209 Applied Probability and Statistics(7) 3
MAE 230 Statics 3
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics Lab II
HSS elective(2)
1
3
    16
Fourth Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
MAE 210 Thermodynamics 3
MAE 210L Fluid/Thermal Fam Lab 1
MAE 231 Strength of Materials 3
MAE 232 Dynamics 3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    17
Fifth Semester
MAE 321 Fluid Mechanics 3
MAE 371 Mechanical Sys. Modeling 3
MAE 381 Experimental Methods Lab 2
  Math/Science II elective(3) 3
  Technical elective(4) 3
  Unrestricted elective(5)(6) 3
    17
Sixth Semester
MAE 314 Elements of Heat & Mass Transfer 3
MAE 362 Machine Elements and Fatigue in Design  
4
MAE 384 Mech Engr Lab 2
  Technical elective(4) 3
  HSS elective(2) 3
    15
Seventh Semester
MAE 461/463 Design I elective 3
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
  Technical elective(4)(6) 3
  Technical elective(4) 3
  Unrestricted elective(5) 3
    15
Eighth Semester
MAE 462/464 Design II elective 3
MAE 471 Mechatronics 4
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
  Technical elective(4)(6) 3
  Unrestricted elective(5)(6) 3
    16

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; and MSE 209.

(2) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(3) Chosen from the MAE Department's Math Science II approved list or the Science Elective I list. See Department's web site.

(4) Chosen from the MAE Department's approved Technical Elective List of courses. Three of these technical electives must be MAE courses not required for the degree. See Department's web site.

(5) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.

(6) Indicates five courses that could be used to obtain a minor within SEAS. A minor can be obtained in the College of Arts and Sciences by appropriate use of HSS and unrestricted electives.

(7) APMA 311 will satisfy the requirements of MAE 209 for the degree.


Systems & Information Engineering

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The department offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in systems engineering. The principal objective of the undergraduate program is to prepare men and women to be leaders in technology and to pursue professional careers and advanced studies in systems engineering. This demands not only a thorough understanding of the engineering fundamentals of systems analysis, design, and control, but also education in information systems, economics, behavioral science, and decision-making.

At the heart of the systems engineering curriculum are the disciplines of design and modeling that define the core competencies of the professional systems engineer. The principles of large-scale design and modeling run through all courses in a curriculum that prepares students for one of three primary career paths: engineering management; information engineering; and operations and control systems engineering. Students select courses based on their choice of track. Mixing courses between tracks is permitted but should be discussed with an advisor.

The engineering management track prepares students for careers in strategic consulting, business analysis, financial engineering, and management (particularly operations management). Courses in this curriculum show how to model and analyze business problems and are supplemented with electives from commerce, economics, and the social sciences. This track provides excellent preparation for graduate work in business, law, the social sciences, and engineering and technology management.

The information engineering track prepares students for careers in information technology consulting, systems analysis, database administration, network operations and management, and systems integration. Currently, the U.S. has more jobs in this area than in any other technical field. The curriculum emphasizes the use of modeling to design, integrate, maintain, and operate information systems. Students in this track are also given excellent preparation for graduate degrees in information systems, systems engineering, business, and computer science.

The operations analysis and control systems engineering track prepares students for careers in technical services, such as control systems engineering, operations analysis, and research engineering in industrial and government organizations. The track emphasizes mathematical and engineering modeling of large-scale systems from a variety of applications, including communications, transportation, manufacturing, health care, and environmental engineering. Students are expected to develop the full range of problem-solving, decision-making, and design skills needed to participate successfully in these application areas. The track provides outstanding preparation for students interested in graduate degrees in systems engineering and other engineering disciplines, as well as medicine and the physical sciences.

Regardless of the track chosen, the interdisciplinary nature of systems engineering precludes a narrow educational experience. For this reason, this undergraduate curriculum is more flexible than many traditional engineering programs. In addition to required courses, 9 credits each of humanities and social sciences, applications, and unrestricted electives; 6 credits of technical electives; 6 credits of science electives; and a 3-credit elective from technology, culture, and communication (a total of 36 elective credits) are available to the student.

Appropriate humanities and social sciences sequences include economics, psychology, political science, philosophy, religion, history, literature, fine arts, sociology, anthropology, and foreign languages. Applications sequences define the major track pursued by the student but also allow for a more narrow focus. Example applications sequences include biomedical systems, communication systems, computer and information systems, control systems, economic systems, environmental and water-resource systems, management systems, manufacturing systems, mathematical systems, and transportation and land-use systems. An appropriate sequence of ROTC courses may be counted as an application area in military systems, and students with special interests and abilities can design their own application sequences.

The undergraduate program culminates in a capstone design project spanning the fall and spring semesters of the fourth year. Each project matches a small team of students with a client from the private or public sectors. Students work with the client, under the direction of an individual faculty member, toward the resolution of an actual, open-ended design problem.

The undergraduate program, which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering, is accredited as a nontraditional engineering program by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and has received the board's first Award for Curricular Innovation. Because of the overwhelming student demand for the major in recent years, enrollment in the program is limited. Admission is based on space availability, academic performance, and extracurricular activities. Application forms and further information is available in the department office in Olsson 114.

Minor Students who wish to minor in systems engineering must satisfactorily complete APMA 310, 312; and four courses from SYS 201, 204, 256, 321, and 360 with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Students who wish to pursue a minor in systems must obtain the application form in Olsson Hall Rm 114 and follow the instructions therein.

Systems Engineering Curriculum (128 credits)

First Semester
APMA 111 Single Variable Calculus 4
CHEM 151 Intro Chem. for Engr. 3
CHEM 151L Intro Chemistry Lab 1
ENGR 162 Intro to Engineering 4
TCC 101 Language Communication & the Technological Society  
3
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Second Semester
APMA 212 Multivariate Calculus 4
PHYS 142E General Physics I 4
CS 101 Intro to Computer Science 3
  Science elective I(1) 3
  HSS elective(3) 3
    17
Third Semester
APMA 213 Ordinary Differential Eq. 4
PHYS 241E General Physics II 3
PHYS 241L General Physics II Lab 1
CS 201 Software Devel. Methods 3
SYS 201 Systems Engr. Concepts 3
  HSS elective(3) 3
    17
Fourth Semester
APMA 310 Probability 3
  Science elective II(2) 3
APMA 308 Linear Algebra 3
SYS 202 Data & Information Engr. 3
TCC ___ TCC 2xx/3xx elective 3
    15
Fifth Semester
APMA 312 Statistics 3
SYS 321 Network Model & Design 3
SYS 323 Human Machine Interface 3
SYS 355 SE Design Colloquium I 1
  Technical elective(5) 3
  HSS elective(3) 3
    16
Sixth Semester
SYS 334 System Evaluation 3
SYS 360 Probability Models in Business Analysis and Economic Systems  
3
SYS 362 Discrete Event Simulation 4
  Application elective(4) 3
  Unrestricted elective(6) 3
    16
Seventh Semester
TCC 401 Western Technology and Culture 3
SYS 421 Analyt. Apps.& Databases 4
SYS 453 Systems Design I 3
SYS 455 SE Design Colloquium II 1
  Application elective(4) 3
  Unrestricted elective(6) 3
    17
Eighth Semester
TCC 402 The Engineer in Society 3
SYS 454 Systems Design II 3
  Technical elective(5) 3
  Application elective(4) 3
  Unrestricted elective(6) 3
    15

(1) Chosen from: BIOL 201, 202; CHEM 152; ECE 200; MSE 209; and PHYS 252.

(2) Chosen from the list of SEAS approved science elective I courses, as well as from any 200 to 400-level science or mathematics course approved for science majors.

(3) Chosen from the approved list available in A122 Thornton Hall.

(4) Nine credits of applications electives should be selected in a related applications area of systems engineering. Appropriate sequences include biomedical systems, communications systems, computer and information systems, control systems, economic systems, environmental and water resource systems, management systems, manufacturing systems, mathematical systems, military systems (ROTC), and transportation land-use systems. Students may define alternative application sequences with the advice and consent of their academic advisor.

(5) Chosen from 200-level (or higher) courses in SEAS, other than TCC.

(6) Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University except mathematics courses below MATH 131 and courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree, including PHYS 201, 202; CS 110, 120; or any introductory programming course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement should get the approval of their advisor and the dean's office, located in Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted elective.


Division of Technology, Culture & Communication

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The Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication provides instruction in various studies essential to the professional development of a future engineer or applied scientist. Most prominent of these are skills in oral and written communication, developed through written and audio-visual media, and an understanding of the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of technology.

In addition to the prescribed first- and fourth-year courses (TCC 101, 401-402) required of all School of Engineering and Applied Sciences undergraduates, the division offers an array of 200-level courses from which each student must choose at least one, as well as additional elective courses at the 300 level. These courses deal with the relations between technology and human needs and aspirations, and with the social dimensions of technology-related problems.

The work of the division supplements students' general education (furthered by course work in the College of Arts and Sciences) with their technical studies. It guarantees that students will have seriously considered the moral, social, and environmental consequences of their future life's work.

Graduate courses include seminars in science and society (TCC 501) and advanced scientific writing (TCC 502 and 600).

Minor in the History of Science and Technology
While not offering a major, the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication does offer, in conjunction with the history department, a minor in the history of technology and science. Open to all undergraduates, this minor provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with humanistic perspectives of technology and science. For the engineering student, the minor offers an occasion for placing his or her professional education in a larger social and intellectual context; likewise, it provides the liberal arts student with a better understanding of science and technology as key components in human culture.

Requirements for the Minor in the History of Science and Technology The minor consists of 18 credits. College students may include the non-College courses as general electives upon completion of the requirements for the minor. The list of eligible courses and requirements can be obtained from the Minor Coordinator, Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication, Thornton Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (434) 924-3425.

Minor in Technology Management and Policy
The University prepares students to assume leadership roles in both their professions and society at large. In modern society, leadership in any field increasingly depends on an understanding of the processes and consequences of technological change. Moreover, the economic vitality of the commonwealth and the nation depend upon the mastery of complex, science-based technologies.

The minor in Technology Management and Policy (TMP) addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies integrating technical knowledge and analytical skills. In bringing multiple disciplinary perspectives to bear on complex issues shaping our nation's future, the program is a vehicle for developing scientific and technological literacy among commerce, government, and liberal arts students, while also expanding the social awareness of engineering and science students.

Requirements for the Minor in Technology Management and Policy The six-course minor requires ECON 201, and TMP 351 and 352. The other three courses are selected from a list of electives available in A122 Thornton Hall. The program is administered by a director and coordinating committee appointed by the dean of the school. This committee approves elective courses and projects, and reviews plans of study submitted for fulfillment of the minor.

Minor in Technology and the Environment
The increasing prevalence of technology has affected the environment in complex and often unforeseen ways. Society is now demanding that all disciplines of engineering be environmentally aware. Furthermore, those that use and distribute technology need to appreciate its far-ranging impacts. For a more sophisticated understanding of the relationships between technology and the environment, engineers, managers, and historians require interdisciplinary expertise.

This minor, open to all undergraduates, addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies. A cornerstone of the minor is a basic knowledge of the technologies that directly impact environmental systems. This technological foundation allows students to build a more sophisticated understanding of how technology and the environment are interrelated. In addition to the technological courses, complementary interdisciplinary courses are selected to complete the minor.

Requirements for the Minor in Technology and the Environment The minor consists of six courses (18 credits), with no more than two courses taken in the student's major department. Each student must complete at least two courses related to environmental technology, including either CE 205 or EVSC 148. In addition, each student must choose an emphasis by completing at least three courses in one of three areas: environmental planning and policy, history of technology and the environment, or management and economics. A full description of suitable course work for this minor is available from the minor coordinator in Thornton Hall, (434) 924-6375.

 

 
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