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College of Engineering
Dr. Robert J. Marley, Dean, and Director of the Engineering Experiment Station
Dr. Anne K. Camper, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Heidi M. Sherick, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Diversity
The College of Engineering provides administrative structure and support to the following academic departments and baccalaureate degree programs:
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
BS Biological Engineering
BS Chemical Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
BS Civil Engineering
Bio-Resources Engineering Option
Civil Engineering Option
BS Construction Engineering Technology
Department of Computer Science
BS Computer Science
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
BS Computer Engineering
BS Electrical Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
BS Industrial Engineering
BS Mechanical Engineering
BS Mechanical Engineering Technology
The College of Engineering offers four minors:
The College of Engineering provides administrative support for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs in the Air Force and Army. A complete description of each individual degree program is provided later in this section under the heading of the appropriate department. The following is a highlight of the mission, goals, and objectives of the College of Engineering and applies to all of its programs.
The College of Engineering will serve the State of Montana and the nation by:
- Supporting student achievement
- Integrating learning and discovery
- Developing and sharing technical expertise
The goals of the College of the Engineering are as follows:
- Maintain and develop excellent accredited undergraduate engineering, engineering technology, and computer science programs.
- Encourage growth in discovery and creative activities, and integrate these with student learning to build excellent graduate programs.
- Recruit, retain, and sustain a highly qualified and energetic faculty.
- Promote ethnic and gender diversity in all college programs.
- Enable programs that are responsive to the service, outreach, technology transfer, and economic development needs of Montana and beyond.
- Increase the visibility of the College both regionally and nationally.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has established standards and criteria for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering
and engineering technology programs. Individual programs have program educational objectives that are consistent with ABET and with the needs of the program's constituents.
Assessment of program objectives is a dynamic and ongoing process. One assessment strategy is to examine the results of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. The FE exam is a nationally normalized test that is required of graduating engineering seniors at MSU. Students are required to enroll in ENGR 499 (Engineering Program Assessment), take the FE Exam, and make an honest and serious effort to pass the exam. Review sessions are available leading up to the exam.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of all program specific objectives as well as other educational outcomes assessment strategies, please refer to the College of Engineering web site at http://www.coe.montana.edu.
Students admitted to MSU will automatically be eligible for admission to College of
Engineering (COE) programs. The College of Engineering is committed to retaining
each admitted student within the COE and MSU, and to helping them achieve their
fullest academic potential.
Students are required by Board of Regents policy to achieve a C- or better grade in each class used to satisfy the COE Bachelor of Science degree requirements. If repeating a course is necessary in order to meet this requirement, students are expected to repeat the course successfully (C- or better) prior to taking a follow-on course for which the repeated course is a prerequisite.
- The following engineering programs are specifically accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone (410) 347-7700:
- The following engineering technology programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone (410) 347-7700:
- Construction Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone (410) 347-7700.
Engineering education is more expensive to deliver than education in most other disciplines, both at MSU and nationally. MSU strives to develop and maintain modern laboratories that benefit student learning. Because of increased equipment and maintenance costs, students enrolled within the College of Engineering (COE) at Montana State University in Bozeman are charged a program-wide fee with the following primary goals:
- Help ensure that College programs maintain quality instructional laboratories, technical infrastructure within the College, and the ability to conduct staff-intensive program assessment (required for professional accreditation).
- Help meet the higher cost of engineering education by augmenting existing state funds.
- Help to support and increase student access to advanced technology within each of the COE programs.
- Greatly increase the College's ability to leverage private support for our programs, such as through matching grants.
Other engineering course fees (with the exception of CET and Fundamentals of Engineering exam fees) have been eliminated and the expenses formerly covered by these individual course fees will now be recovered from the new program fee. The following fee structure is in place:
- $70 per semester for Freshmen (flat rate).
- $100 per semester for Sophomores through graduate level (flat rate).
- $40 flat rate for summer session collected once (one or more sessions), any level of student.
For more information about the Engineering Program Fee please refer to the College of Engineering web site http://www.coe.montana.edu.
Montana State University requires a minimum of 120 semester credits for graduation. Of these, 42 credits must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 and above). All degree programs within the College of Engineering meet or exceed these standards, and specific requirements for each are tabulated in the sections describing these programs.
More than ever, engineers, technologists, and computer scientists must possess communication skills and an awareness of how design and policy decisions affect society. These topics plus other general education offerings are provided through a coherent program of general education required by all College of Engineering degree programs. University core requirements for communication, Mathematics, and sciences are met or exceeded by all College of Engineering degree programs, and the College of Engineering encourages students' participation in the broader areas of humanities, social sciences, arts and diversity. These areas are designed to complement the technical content of the degree program.
College of Engineering students who are exempt from the Core 2.0 College Writing requirement because of their ACT or SAT scores are required to take a college-level writing class to fulfill the writing requirement. College-level writing classes include WRIT 201, WRIT 221, UH 201, UH 202, or a departmentally approved substitute.
The engineering, technology, and computer science curricula as tabulated include "core curricula and elective" credits. Courses are selected by the student and advisor to fulfill block requirements in the core curriculum areas as well as professional electives. The student may also petition her or his department to include up to six advanced military science credits in her or his professional elective program.
The College of Engineering provides opportunities for students to engage in design projects, including working in multidisciplinary design teams.
Most programs require students to take ENGR 310, Introduction to Engineering Design, which is a multi-disciplinary design course. This course gives students the background and skills that they need to be successful in their senior capstone design course and also helps students understand the complexities and benefits of working with students from other engineering disciplines.
In the senior capstone course, students generally work with other students from their own discipline to solve an engineering design problem. A typical design project involves a student team synthesizing a solution to meet the needs of a customer, which could be an engineering company, a faculty member, or a governmental organization.
The student design team presents results in written and oral formats, and in many cases, the result includes a working prototype. All engineering and computer science students engaged in these design projects work in student design teams based on the needs to accomplish the goals of the project
Capstone design projects contribute to the educational objectives of the academic programs by engaging seniors in challenging, team-oriented, real-world design efforts. The teams include the students and professionals from the sponsors as well as faculty supervisors for each project. At the conclusion of their design experience, the students will have accomplished the following:
- Designed and developed information, or built a prototype as necessary, for a system, component, or process to meet design objectives.
- Used creativity in meeting the design objectives.
- Independently learned new information and applied this information to meet design objectives.
- Worked effectively as a design team member.
- Prepared and presented an effective written and/or oral technical report to the sponsor.
- Accomplished a logical and practical sequence of safe and workable operations while meeting the design objectives.
- Provided a global, societal, and economic context to the design as appropriate for the project.
The College of Engineering encourages students to gain professional experience related to their discipline that can complement and enhance their academic studies. To help gain professional experience, departments within the College operate a variety of cooperative education and internship programs. Most College of Engineering departments partner with regional and national companies to provide a structured program for qualified students. Interested students should contact Career Services and their respective department offices for more information about these programs.
The College of Engineering at MSU is committed to equal access to educational opportunities for all students. This commitment has led to nationally recognized efforts to help provide such opportunities. The Engineering Minority Program (known as EMPower) provides enrichment programs for pre-college students and focuses on customized retention plans and support of social and academic networks including scholarships for underrepresented minorities.
The Designing Our Community (DOC) Program, which is part of EMPower, seeks to enhance outreach, recruitment and retention to increase the numbers of Native Americans who graduate from MSU with engineering or computer science degrees. The College of Engineering has targeted the enhancement of Native American education as a top priority over the next 5 years. Our vision is to become firmly established as the premier institution of choice for Native American students in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the northern Rockies and the northern Great Plains regions and to be a successful partner with Native American communities in developing the future workforce.
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