Engineering Academic Minors and Supplemental Studies

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering Minor

The primary goal of the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (Climate & Space) Minor is to provide exposure to research opportunities in atmospheric, climate and space science and engineering for those students who wish to work in the geoscience or space industry but are not majoring in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. The secondary goal is to increase awareness of the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering and the educational and research opportunities within Climate & Space within the College of Engineering as a whole. This program is for undergraduate students in the College of Engineering and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts..

Students must have:

  • Registered no later than the last day to add courses for the semester in which they complete the last courses for the minor,
  • Submitted his or her program of study for the minor to the Climate & Space undergraduate advisor.
  • Attained a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the designated courses
  • Completed the Climate & Space Minor as part of a degree program


  1. Prerequisite coursework:
  • Math (8 Credits)
    • MATH 115 ,and
    • MATH 116;
  • Physics: (10 Credits)
    • PHYSICS 140, 141, and
    • PHYSICS 240, 241;
  1. Required Coursework (6 credits)
  • One course from SPACE 101 (Introduction to Rocket Science – 3 credits),CLIMATE 102 (Extreme Weather – 3 credits), SPACE 103 (Introduction to Space Weather – 3 credits) or CLIMATE 105 (Our Changing Climate – 3 credits)
  • CLIMATE 320/SPACE 320 (Earth and Space System Evolution, 3 credits)
  1. Core Focus Courses (minimum 9 credits)
  • At least three courses from one of the following tracks:
    • Meteorology
    • Climate Science and Impacts Engineering
    • Space Sciences
    • Space Engineering

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Effective 9/1/15,

International Minor for Engineers

The engineering field of today and the foreseeable future requires engineers  that combine technical acumen with international understanding. Engineers now work in multinational teams, create products for a global marketplace and solve problems that cross national borders and cultures. The International Minor for Engineers enables CoE students to develop their core set of skills and experiences necessary to meet challenges of the global engineering profession.

  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • College-level foreign language competency is required (equivalent to competency through the fourth semester of a two-year college level program). This requirement cannot be met with English or dead/extinct languages. This requirement can be satisfied in several ways, e.g., formal coursework and test credit.
  • International Courses (9-15 credits of graded coursework)
  • This requirement includes non-U.S. cultures or societies, including one comparative perspectives course. At least three credit hours of coursework must be listed at the 300-level or above.
  • Courses to meet the international coursework requirement may be taken abroad; pre-approval of these courses is required.
  • ENGR 260: Engineering Across Cultures (1 credit)
  • This course explores the role of local culture in identifying and solving engineering problems. Lectures, guest speakers and group discussions will focus on intercultural knowledge and case studies of engineering projects in a global context. The final course project is a culture-specific needs assessment of a technical project outside the United States.
  • Required International Experience
  • Students may satisfy this requirement through study, work, research, organized volunteering, or work abroad, spanning a minimum of six weeks contiguous within the same country outside the U.S. All international experiences must be approved by the International Programs Faculty Advisor, (many programs offered by the CoE International Programs in Engineering office automatically satisfy this requirement). International students may not satisfy this requirement through programs in their home countries.

In total, the minor requires a minimum of 16 graded credit hours to complete beyond the two-semester (or equivalent) foreign language pre-requisite to declare the minor. More information can be found at

Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE)

A Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE), offered through the EECS Department, is open to College of Engineering, Literature Science and the Arts, and School of Music, Theater and Dance students. LSA requirements are described in the LSA Bulletin and interested students should consult with both LSA and CoE Electrical Engineering Advisors. CoE students may declare the EE minor provided they have met the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students must have an average of 2.0 or higher at time of declaring the EE minor
  2. Students must have completed all Math and Physics prerequisites with a grade of C or better
  3. Students pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CE) and Computer Science (CS — including LSA/CS), or Data Science (DS — including LSA/DS) are not eligible for the EE minor

The EE minor is completed in 15 credit hours; at least one elective must be at the 400-level. All courses for the EE minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  • EECS 215
  • One of the following program core courses: 216, 230, 270, 320
  • Two electives from among the following courses: 216, 230, 270, 320, 311, 312, 330, 334, 351, 370, 373, 411, 413, 414, 418, 419, 420, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429, 430, 434, 452, 455, 460, 461, 463, 470, 530

Suggested Program Options

  1. Systems: Communications, Control, Signal Processing
  2. Electromagnetics and Optics
  3. Circuits and Solid State

Sample Paths

Paths Option

Required Core

Path Preparation Core

Elective 1

Elective 2




351, 455, 460

351, 452, 455, 460, 461 (no duplicates)

Electromagnetics and Optics




411, 430, 434, 438, 530

Circuits & Solid State



311, 312, 320

411, 413, 414, 420, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429

Minor in Environmental Engineering

Administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the minor in Environmental Engineering provides students with a basic background in the tools environmental engineers use to assess environmental impacts, model contaminant fate, and perform sustainable engineering decision-making. CoE students may declare the minor provided they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the time of declaration
  • Students must have completed the prerequisite coursework for the “core” minor courses with a C or better
  • Students pursuing a major in Civil or Environmental Engineering are not eligible for the minor

A minimum of 16 credit hours, three core courses and two electives, is required to complete the Environmental Engineering minor. All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better as follows:Required core courses (10-11 credits):

  • CEE 265 Sustainable Engineering Principles or ME 499: Sustainable Engineering and Design
  • CEE 325 Fluid Mechanics (or equivalent from: MECHENG 320, CHE 341, NERS 344, NAVARCH 320, BIOMEDE 331, MATSCIE 335)
  • CEE 365 Environmental Engineering Principles

Two electives (6 credits) from the following courses:

  • CEE 482 Groundwater Hydrology
  • CEE 480 Design of Environmental Engineering Systems
  • CEE 465 Environmental Process Engineering
  • CEE 481 Aquatic Chemistry
  • CEE 482 Environmental Microbiology
  • CEE 563 Air Quality Engineering Fundamentals

For additional information, please visit the Civil and Environmental Department website at

To declare, please visit the advising calendar (

Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

The understanding and selection of materials is a common requirement in many science and engineering disciplines. To help serve this need, the Department of Materials Science & Engineering is offering to science and engineering undergraduate students whose major is outside of Materials Science & Engineering a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering.

To complete the minor, the student is required to take a minimum of five courses, entailing a minimum of 17 credits. The five courses required should be distributed as follows:

  • MATSCIE 220 “Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing” or
  • MATSCIE 250 “Principles of Engineering Materials” (4 credits)
  • MATSCIE 350 “Structures of Materials” (4 credits)
  • Two MSE courses from the following “Selectives” list (3 credits each, and the prerequisites for each include MATSCIE 220/250 and in many cases, MATSCIE 350):
    1. MATSCIE 400. “Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Materials for Modern Device Technology” (Prerequisite: MATSCIE 242)
    2. MATSCIE 410 “Design and Applications of Biomaterials”
    3. MATSCIE 412 “Polymeric Materials” (Prerequisite: CHEM 210)
    4. MATSCIE 440 “Ceramic Materials”
    5. MATSCIE 454 “Computational Approaches in MSE” (Prerequisite: MATSCIE 330, 335, and 365)
    6. MATSCIE 465 “Structural and Chemical Characterization of Materials” (Prerequisites: MATSCIE 242 and MATSCIE 360)
    7. MATSCIE 470 “Physical Metallurgy”
    8. MATSCIE 514 “Composite Materials”
  • One more MATSCIE course, other than lab research or special studies (3 or 4 credits)

Multidisciplinary Design Minor

The Multidisciplinary Design Minor offers multi-term, on-campus, immersive design team experiences for academic credit. This minor is not built on a list of required courses, rather it is earned with set of four experiences that can be tailored to a student’s interests. Note: this minor is also open to students from outside the College of Engineering.

The MD minor is comprised of 15 total credits across four experiences:

  1. Introductory “Design, Build, Test” Experience
  2. Connections Course
  3. Multi-Term Design Project Work
  4. ENGR 456: Leadership/Mentorship Course

Introductory “Design, Build, Test” Experience (at least 2 credits)

Must include a team-based, complete Design/Build/Test process. For engineering students this is most often fulfilled through ENGR 100. For non-engineering students, other design-based courses or an introductory/extra semester on the design project team may also be allowed to fulfill this requirement.

Multi-Term Design Project Work (at least 7 upper-level design credits over at least 2 semesters)

The Multidisciplinary Design Program offers various team-based, multidisciplinary engineering design project options, including:

  1. MDP-organized* externally-sponsored: industry/government/non-profit projects
  2. MDP-organized* faculty-based research teams
  3. Significant work on student organization project teams (Solar Car, Steel Bridge, BlueLab, etc) with permission from the team’s faculty advisor and MDP
  4. Students may also propose their own, unique multi-term design project. To propose a project, please contact the MDP Office.

The Multi-term Design Project can be curricularized utilizing the ENGR x55 course sequence, departmental design courses and/or independent study courses. The project must span a minimum of two consecutive semesters of in-depth work: the credits cannot all be earned in the same semester.

*Recruitment for MDP-organized projects occurs annually in October

Connections Course (3+ credits)

A Connections Course is required to support the Multi-Term Design Project: providing additional breadth or depth in specific skills relevant to the project, but outside of the student’s major coursework. This requirement can be met with any course outside of a student’s required classes for their major. This course is taken prior to or during the final semester of project work.

ENGR 456: Leadership/Mentorship Course (2 credits)

Students study models of leadership and mentorship while participating in reflective and integrative learning exercises based on previous design team experience. Simultaneously, students take on mentorship/leadership roles within a design team to offer technical, professional, and interpersonal guidance. Students must have significant previous multidisciplinary design project experience to enroll.

Completing the minimum credit hours for the above list adds up to 14 credit hours; therefore the student needs at least one extra credit hour in any one of the first three components to meet the minimum of 15 required credits. The following rules apply to the Multidisciplinary Design Minor:

  1. Transfer credit may not be used to fulfill requirements of this minor.
  2. Only the 2-credit mentorship and leadership requirement (ENGR 456) can be taken Pass/Fail.
  3. The Academic Advisor of the Multidisciplinary Design Minor Program is responsible for approving any variance in course requirements for the minor.

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Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE)

Administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE) provides students an opportunity to develop their understanding of the challenges associated with sustainable design of technology systems, exploring economic, environmental and social challenges of sustainable development across disciplines. Upon completing the program, students should be able to:

  • Quantify the environmental and economic impacts of design decisions
  • Understand the difference between life cycle design and environmentally sustainable design
  • List key sustainability considerations in the design of an engineering system
  • Identify trade-offs among social, economic and environmental drivers in engineering decision making
  • Identify more sustainable choices among engineering options

The program consists of the following requirements:

  • 3-credit foundation course Sustainable Engineering Principles (CEE 265) or Sustainable Engineering and Design (ME 499)
  • 3-credits of coursework from a selection of courses identified within the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainable engineering.
  • 3-credits of coursework from a selection of courses identified outside the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainability, specifically considering non-engineering issues at the intersection of technology and society.

If planned well in advance of the senior year, the program should not add to the 128 credits required for a B.S.E. For complete information, visit the Program in Sustainable Engineering website at:

Program in Socially Engaged Design (PSED)

The Program in Socially Engaged Design is an academic program that allows undergraduate engineering students to focus on techniques of socially engaged design.

There are four requirements to ensure program completion and earn the following notation on their transcript: “Program in Socially Engaged Design” :

  1. Foundations Course (3 credits)

ME499/599 – Front End Design with Prof. Shanna Daly. All students must complete this course; no substitutions will be accepted.

  1. Supporting Design Course (3 credits)

Students must complete one course from the list of approved courses to deepen their education of socially engaged design practices.

  1. Breadth Course (3 credits)

Students must complete one course from the list of approved courses to broaden a student’s education outside of the College of Engineering. Students are encouraged to choose a course in the thematic area of a design project they are engaging in at the curricular or co-curricular level.

  1. SEDA Learning Blocks (For completion – not credit bearing)

Students must complete two Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) learning blocks from the list of approved learning blocks.  SEDA blocks will serve to round out a student’s SED knowledge and skills, by providing instruction and assessment on topics that are currently not covered or are covered in a limited manner at a curricular level within the CoE.

The program can be completed without exceeding the 128 credits required for a BS/BSE and provides students the opportunity to organize their elective courses around the theme of socially engaged design. Students from all disciplines are invited to complete the program. 

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Program in Global Health Design (PGHD)

The Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design (PGHD) is an academic program that allows undergraduate students to focus their elective courses and upper-level design coursework on the topic of global health.

To complete the program and earn the “Specialized Study in Global Health Design” notation on their transcript, students must complete the following three requirements:

  1. Project-based Design Foundations Course with Global Health Themed Project

Students must complete a design course at the 300 or higher level in which they work on a project that falls within the theme of global health. The course should expose students to problem definition, concept generation, analysis, prototyping, and/or evaluation.

  1. Global Health Foundations Course

Students must complete one course from the list of approved global health courses. The global health foundations course is meant to broaden the student’s knowledge of global health outside of a design context. This requirement must be fulfilled by completing a course outside of the College of Engineering.

  1. Depth Course

The depth course is meant to deepen the student’s understanding of the thematic area of their Design Foundations Course project and/or to strengthen their global health design skillset. This requirement can be fulfilled with courses both within and outside of the College of Engineering.

The specialized study program can be completed without exceeding the 128 credits required for a BS/BSE/BA. Students from all disciplines are invited to complete the program.

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Fundamentals of Public Health Supplemental Studies

The Fundamentals of Public Health Supplemental Studies (FPHSS) program is a 10-credit course sequence that provides students a formal academic structure to gain an understanding of public health, including the mission and evolution of the field as well as an appreciation of its key methods and applications. FPHSS courses will focus on the basic knowledge and skills used to address complex public health issues related to the prevention and management of chronic and infectious diseases; and will introduce students to concepts specific to the social and environmental determinants of health, promotion of healthy behaviors, and public policies influencing population health status.

 Student must have:

  • Obtained sophomore status (+25 credits)
  • Attained a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed PUBHLTH 200 with 3.0 (B) or better


  • PUBHLTH 200: Health and Society: Introduction to Public Health [4 credits]
    • Public Health Sciences elective [minimum of 3 credits]
  • Community and Global Public Health elective [minimum of 3 credits]

Students will be able to petition to the Director of Undergraduate Education for consideration in counting courses not on the approved lists for inclusion in B and C above if they believe that these courses offer an opportunity to pair their disciplinary mindset with the learning outcomes of the program. Courses must be 300-level or above for consideration. ***Starting in Fall 2018: Students who declare their intent to participate in FPHSS must complete 7 of the 10 credits by taking School of Public Health classes (PUBHLTH, NUTR, or EPID). Three (3) credits can be taken outside the School of Public Health, as listed in the Approved Course List.


Public Health Sciences






Genes, Disease, Culture




Topics in Biostatistics




Environmental Chemicals and Disease




Science, Technology, Medicine and Society




Environmental Exercise Physiology




The Environment and Human Health



PUBHLTH 310 / NUTR 510

Nutrition in the Life Cycle




Introduction to Public Health Genetics




Sustainability and the Environment




Public Health Biology and Pathophysiology




Data Driven Solutions in Public Health




Exploring the Public Health Spectrum of Cancer: From Prevention to Survivorship




Obesity: From Cells to Society




Vaccines in Public Health




Introduction to Bacterial Pathogenesis



Community and Global Public Health






Medical Anthropology




Behavioral and Social Science Foundations for the Health Professions




Global Public Health: Challenges and Transformations




Community, Culture, and Social Justice in Public Health




Population Health Determinants and Disparities




Changing Health Behaviors: What Works




Social History of Infectious Disease




Mental Health


PUBPOL 475.005

Improving Public Health



SOC 475

Introduction to Medical Sociology


Fall & Winter


Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, and Reproduction


Fall & Winter