Multidisciplinary Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Multidisciplinary Engineering majors are required to complete the following:

All multidisciplinary engineering students are required to have at least nine credits of work in engineering beyond those courses specifically required in the program. Three credits may be met by courses offered in the School of Engineering at the 2000 level or higher, and six credits must be met by courses in the School of Engineering at the 3000 level or higher.

Area Elective Credits can be used to pair the Multidisciplinary Engineering degree with other partner programs at the university. For students not seeking a paired program, consult with your academic advisor and the Guide for Multidisciplinary Engineering Majors for guidance on selecting courses based on your interests.

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Degree is overseen by faculty from the School of Engineering as well as the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office, who strive to continuously improve our undergraduate program in Multidisciplinary Engineering. The program’s educational objectives (PEOs) are that our graduates: will be gainfully employed in Engineering or related career paths including industrial, academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and will continue their professional development by engaging in professional activities and/or training to enhance their careers and/or pursue post-graduate studies.

Multidisciplinary Engineering with a Specialization in Entertainment Engineering

Students choosing the Entertainment Engineering specialization will take coursework in the School of Fine Arts focused on stagecraft and technical theater, with a focus on hands-on and experiential learning in SFA dramatic productions. Students with this specialization will be well positioned to work in the theater and entertainment industries with a strong engineering background that intersects with the performing arts.

Required Courses (24 credits):
Suggested Content Area/General Education Courses

The specialization in Entertainment Engineering will require the 24 credits of required courses as described above. In addition, students pursuing this specialization are encouraged to choose at least one of their content area or General Education courses from the curated list below to provide additional depth in the Dramatic Arts according to their interests.

Multidisciplinary Engineering with a Specialization in Human Rights and Sustainability

The specialization in Human Rights and Sustainability is a joint program between the School of Engineering, the Human Rights Institute, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Multidisciplinary Engineering (MDE) major with Specialization in Human Rights and Sustainability requires a student to be enrolled in the School of Engineering. In addition to providing students with a broad background in numerous engineering fields, this specialization aims to emphasize a human rights-based approach to engineering. Students will complete a minimum of 24 Human Rights credits, chosen from the courses outlined below, and will design a capstone project that follows a human-rights based approach to engineering.

Students will select 24 credits of specialization coursework according to the distribution below.

  • ENGR/HRTS 2300: ideally taken during the second semester of first year in the program.
  • Three Core Courses: one from each area.
    • A: Institutions and Laws
    • B: History, Philosophy, and Theory
    • C: Applications and Methods
  • Two Core Sustainability Courses (Area D)
  • Two additional courses that may be taken from any of the Core or Elective courses (A-E) on the list below.

Note: Courses solely or cross listed between ENGR and other disciplines listed below may be used to fulfill either ENGR elective credits or be counted as part of the 24 HRTS credits, but not both.

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take a W course in Human Rights as part of the 24 credits.

A capstone engineering design project (ENGR 4001 and ENGR 4002W) with strong Human Rights (HR) content as approved by the MDE faculty advisory board and Human Rights Institute Director, or Internship in HR (HRTS 4291) for students whose capstone design project does not have a significant HR theme. HRTS 4291 would count as one for the two “additional courses” above.

  • Note: Students can elect to do both an HR-themed capstone and an HR internship if desired but must have at least one HR-themed experiential learning experience.

The MDE advising team will be responsible for ensuring that students successfully navigate the program requirements. The Human Rights undergraduate advising team will work with the students to identify experiential learning opportunities for students in the major.

Core Courses

A. Institutions and Laws

ANTH/HRTS 3230/W; HIST/HRTS 3202; HRTS 3050, 3055, 3200/W; POLS/HRTS 3212, 3420, 3428; SOCI/HRTS 2800, 2845/W.

B. History, Philosophy, and Theory

ANTH/HRTS 3326; ANTH/HRTS/LLAS 3327; ENGL/HRTS 3631; HIST/HRTS 3201, 3207, 3232; HRTS 2100W, 3460, 3710; HRTS/LLAS 2450; HRTS/PHIL 3220/W; HRTS/POLS 3042.

C. Applications and Methods

BADM or BLAW or HRTS 3252, 3254; DRAM/HRTS 3139; HRTS 3149/W, 3250/W, 3475, 3540; POLS/HRTS 3256/W, 3430; SOCI/HRTS 3835/W.

D. Sustainability (*Courses that can also count as ENGR credits)

*ENGR/HRTS 3257; *ENVE/ENVS/EVST 3100; *ENVE 3110E; *ENVE 4850; GEOG 2400E; NRE 2600E; *POLS/ENGR/HRTS 3209; POLS 3203.

E. Elective Courses

Any HRTS course numbered 2000 or above not already taken; ANTH/HRTS 3028/W; ANTH 3150W; ARTH/HRTS 3575; ECON 3473/W; ECON 2445/HRTS/WGSS 3445; EDCI 2100; GEOG 4240; HIST 2570, 3418; HIST/AAAS 3531; (with advisor approval) HRTS 3293, 3295, 3298, 3299; PHIL/HRTS 2170W; PHIL 2215/W; POLS/HRTS 3418/W, 3807; POLS 3240E; AAAS/HRTS/SOCI 2220; SOCI/HRTS 2830/W, 2898; SOCI/HRTS/AFRA 2520, 2530; WGSS/HRTS 2263; WGSS 2255, 3105, 3257, 3269.

Capstone Course: HRTS 4291

This course is only required for students whose Senior Design sequence does not have a strong human rights component. Any student can complete an HRI internship and have it count for elective credit.

Multidisciplinary Engineering with a Specialization in Industrial Design

This specialization covers all the necessary classes to obtain a well-rounded education in engineering, such as chemistry, calculus, physics, and materials science, but leaves a significant number of courses for a solid framework in industrial design. This approach gives students a strong foundation of industrial design studio practices, and a unique understanding of fabrication methods, presentation skills, human factors, and concept development methods that will make them uniquely qualified to address new challenges in the field of engineering and design.

Required Courses (24 credits):