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Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

2024-25 catalog edits in-progress

NOTE: While the senior audit, program evaluation, academic support resources, as well as academic guidance from faculty and advisors are all available to every student at no additional cost, these resources are provided for use in planning only. It is the responsibility of the student to report any printed error to the Office of the Registrar within two semesters. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.

The college years develop the foundations of curiosity, analysis and communication which allow learning to take place. Augustana builds on this fundamental education by offering coursework in a variety of disciplines and encouraging thought­ful synthesis of information and new perspectives through careful study in these disciplines.

Graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Science reflect the desire that Augustana grad­uates have both range and focus in their studies, as well as freedom to make academic choices according to their interests. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of graduate, business and professional opportunities. The Augustana Bachelor of Science degree is designed so student can complete a single major in four years or the equivalent of eight semesters. 

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program aims to educate engineers that will be able to design solutions to problems of the future. This program is multidisciplinary so students will be exposed to physics, mathematics, and engineering, while incorporating ethics, humanities, and social sciences. Students will gain an understanding of engineering that recognizes the importance of human-centered design in all aspects of engineering solutions.

A. General Education and Degree Requirements: All of the same college-wide, General Education requirements are in place for the Bachelor of Science program that are in place for the Bachelor of Arts.

B. The Engineering Major: 

I. Credits: 124. The number of credits to graduate with this degree is the same as the Bachelor of Arts requirements.

II. Grade-point Average: 2.00. The minimum, final grade-point average is the same as the Bachelor of Arts.

III. Program: 82 credits. The major program requirements will be tracked in the student's individual degree audit under the Program Evaluation in Arches once a student has declared a major.

Every BSE student will choose a concentration from mechanical engineering and environmental engineering. Listed here are requirements and electives for each of these concentrations. Each concentration includes 32 credits, bringing the total for each concentration to 78 credits. Classes are 4-credit courses, unless noted in parentheses.

Requirements for all concentrations

ENGR 190: Intro to Engineering Design
ENGR 290: Experimentation and Design
ENGR 390: Junior Design
ENGR 490/491: Senior Design

Ethics Requirement (one course from the following)

BUS 307: Diversity and Other Social Issues in Management
ENGR 315: Engineering Ethics
ENVR 101: Social Dimension
PHIL 103: Social Ethics
PHIL 330: Applied Ethics
RELG 203: Christian Ethics
RELG 355: Medical Ethics
RELG 356: Business Ethics
RELG 359: Environmental Ethics

Mechanical engineering concentration requirements

MATH 160: Calculus
MATH 220: Integration Methods
MATH 260: Multivariable Calculus
MATH 320: Differential Equations and Linear Systems
PHYS 211 and 212: Foundational Physics
PHYS 200: Modeling and Simulation for Scientists and Engineers

One molecular science course from: PHYS 201: Material Science; CHEM 131: General Chemistry I; or PHYS 213: Foundational Physics III.

ENGR 310: Statics (2)
ENGR 311: Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (2)
ENGR 320: Fluid Mechanics
ENGR 321: Heat Transfer (2)
ENGR 375: Advanced Mechanical Design and Analysis
PHYS 313: Thermodynamics
PHYS 360: Classical Mechanics

Mechanical engineering elective courses (10 credits total)

ENGR 330: Structural Engineering
ENGR 331: Geotechnical Engineering
ENGR 340: Principles of Environmental Engineering
ENGR 350: Revit (2)
ENGR 351: Computational Fluids and Heat Transfer (2)
PHYS 339: Electronics
PHYS 366: Advanced Numerical Techniques (2))
PHYS 367: Advanced Experimental Design (2)

Environmental engineering concentration requirements

MATH 160: Calculus
MATH 220: Integration Methods
MATH 260: Multivariable Calculus
PHYS 211: Foundational Physics
PHYS 200: Modeling and Simulation for Scientists and Engineers

One molecular science course from: PHYS 201: Material Science; CHEM 131: General Chemistry I; or PHYS 213: Foundational Physics III.

ENVR 100: Ecological Systems, Geology 101: Physical Geology.

ENGR 310: Statics (2)
ENGR 311: Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (2)
ENGR 320: Fluid Mechanics
ENGR 321: Heat Transfer (2)
ENGR 331: Geotechnical Engineering
ENGR 340: Principles of Environmental Engineering
GEOL 309: Geomorphology
GEOL 330: Hydrogeology
PHYS 313: Thermodynamics

Environmental engineering elective courses (64 credits total)

ENGR 330: Structural Engineering
ENGR 351: Computational Fluids and Heat Transfer (2)
ENVR 300: Sustainability Problems and Solutions
GEOG 303: Resource Management
GEOG 273: GIS for Science
PHYS 366: Advanced Numerical Techniques (2)
PHYS 367: Advanced Experimental Design (2)


Program Educational Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes, Augustana College Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

Within five years of graduation, Augustana engineers will be:

  1. Using their broad liberal arts education to flourish as practicing engineers: independent but effective in collaboration and communication; reliable but willing to take initiative and innovate.
  2. Producing imaginative engineering solutions that contribute to the health of their organizations.
  3. Assuming mentoring and leadership roles in their workplace and/or communities.
  4. Incorporating professional standards, diverse perspectives, and an awareness of the broader impacts of their work into their decision-making processes.
  5. Engaging in continued professional development.

Student Learning Outcomes

When they graduate from the Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Augustana, students will have acquired:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Note about additional incomplete programs: Students who have made an application to graduate but have incomplete major(s) and minor(s) at the conclusion of their intended semester of completion will be contacted about the status of their programs by communication to their Augustana email within 10 days of their intended graduation date. Students must respond to indicate they are electing to delay graduation to complete their additional major(s) and/or minor(as) in a future semester with approval of the financial aid office. Students who fail to respond to the inquiry within the deadline noted in the email will have all incomplete programs dropped and will have graduation processed. Students with incomplete degree requirements who fail to respond will be removed from the candidate list and their program will be ended. Application for a future semester will be required.  

Statement of Student Responsibility: The audit and reviews are provided only as planning aids. It is the responsibility of the student to report any printed error to the Office of the Registrar. The responsibility for understanding and meeting degree requirements rests entirely with the student.