General Engineering, BSE

500 Nord Hall (7220)
Phone: 216.368.4436
Daniel J. Lacks, Associate Dean of Engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)
Major: General Engineering

Program Overview

The primary purpose of the General Engineering major is to serve the needs of students who have multiple areas of interest in technical fields or who do not wish to pursue pure engineering careers but are looking to expand their technological background to include non-technical pursuits, such as, for example, in business, psychology, history, or art. Thus wanting to pursue an academic curriculum that includes a combination of basic engineering and a variety of courses in both chemical engineering and electrical engineering, but not desiring a dual major, might be a valid reason to choose a General Engineering major. Alternatively, wanting to pursue a combination of basic engineering courses and business courses might be another reason to choose this major. This is not an ABET accredited program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • Students 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
  • Students communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • Students 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
  • Students function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • Students develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • Students acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Co-op and Internship Programs

Opportunities are available for students to alternate studies with work in industry or government as a co-op student, which involves paid full-time employment over seven months (one semester and one summer). Students may work in one or two co-ops, beginning in the third year of study. Co-ops provide students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in their field by completing a significant engineering project while receiving professional mentoring. During a co-op placement, students do not pay tuition but maintain their full-time student status while earning a salary. Alternatively or additionally, students may obtain employment as summer interns.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Undergraduate Academics section of the General Bulletin.