Engineering

Program/Courses

Viterbo University Curriculum for Engineering Degree (120 credits)

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Engineering Core (44 credits)
ENGR 112 3 Engineering Success
ENGR 130 4 First Year Design
ENGR 150 4 Design Graphics and Programming
ENGR 230 3 Circuits
ENGR 250 3 Statics
ENGR 280 3 Dynamics
ENGR 365 3 Computational Modeling
ENGR 320 3 Thermodynamics
ENGR 350 3 Materials
ENGR 370 3 Systems Engineering
ENGR 380 3 Fluid Mechanics
ENGR 489 6 Capstone Internship
ENGR 499 3 Engineering Capstone
Support Coursework (32 credits)
MATH 220 4 Calculus I
MATH 221 4 Calculus II
MATH 230 4 Statistics
MATH 320 4 Calculus III
MATH 321 4 Differential Equations
CHEM 1XX 4 General Chemistry
PHYS 260/270 4 University Physics I & Lab
PHYS 261/271 4 University Physics II & Lab
Business Coursework (6 credits)
MGMT 243 3 Interpersonal Management Skills
OMGT 308 3 Managerial Accounting
Core Curriculum (34 credits*)
ENGL 105 4 Accelerated Composition
VUSM 1XX 3 Mission Seminar – Franciscan Values & Traditions
VUSM 2XX 3 Mission Seminar – Living in a Diverse World
VUSM 3XX 3 Serving the Common Good
VUSM 4XX 3 The Ethical Life
WoT Elective 3 Historical Analysis
WoT Elective 3 Literary Analysis
WoT Elective 3 Scientific Reasoning in the Social Sciences
WoT Elective 3 Artistic Engagement
WoT Elective 3 Integrating Faith & Practice
WoT Elective 3 Philosophical & Moral Inquiry
Non-specified Elective (4 credits)
Elective 4  

* Co-count one VUSM course as a Theological Inquiry WoT elective

Engineering Core Course Descriptions**

ENGR 112 Engineering Success

Explore engineering career options through tours of local engineering companies and guest speakers. Sharpen mathematic and technical skills essential to higher level courses. Learn the fundamentals of free-hand sketching and basic drafting instruments, and gain exposure to computer-aided drafting. Prepare for internships and careers by creating a resume and becoming familiar with Viterbo University’s career services.

ENGR 130 First Year Design

Practice innovation by designing and building solutions subject to physical constraints. Explore the creative side of problem solving, learn the fundamentals of the design process, and strengthen solutions by working in teams. Sharpen real-world presentation skills by giving pitches to “customers”.

ENGR 150 Design Graphics and Programming

Learn the fundamentals of drafting communication and the visualization of scientific data. Explore the capabilities of computer-aided drafting through the creation and detailing of 2-D drawings and 3-D solid models conforming to engineering drafting standards, and learn to interpret standard engineering drawings. Develop a basic understanding of programming to manipulate data sets and generate presentation-quality plots. Prerequisite: ENGR 112

ENGR 230 Circuits

Learn basic electrical circuit concepts including voltage, current, and resistance. Use Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Laws to evaluate series and parallel combinations of RLC circuits. Analyze direct current and alternating current circuits analytically and experimentally.

ENGR 250 Statics

Investigate loads acting on a physical system that do not result in acceleration. Use vectors and free body diagrams to analyze systems in equilibrium. Evaluate the internal forces of trusses, frames, and machines. Calculate equivalent forces and moments of a force system, centroids, and area moments of inertia. Reinforce concepts through hands-on experiments. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 221 and PHYS 260.

ENGR 280 Dynamics

Study the motion of and systems of forces acting on particles and rigid bodies in three dimensions. Learn about virtual displacements and virtual work, free and force vibrations, degrees of freedom and how to apply constraints to motion. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 221 and PHYS 260.

ENGR 289 Internship

Students will participate in an off-campus engineering internship, applying course knowledge and skills to problems within a work environment.  Internship placements must be established prior to enrollment in this course in consultation with careers office and/or science/engineering faculty member.  May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 320 Thermodynamics

Study the interactions of energy and matter. Learn and apply the 0th, 1st, and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, work and heat, free energy, entropy, enthalpy. Learn how equations of state relate quantities such as temperature, pressure, volume, and internal energy for ideal gases and more complex systems. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in PHYS 260.

ENGR 350 Materials 

Learn about fundamental crystal structures, elastic constants, stress and strain due to mechanical deformation and thermal expansion, and plastic deformation. Use the Schmid factor to determine active slip systems. Learn how to model viscoelasticity and select optimal materials using Ashby plots. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in ENGR 250 (Statics).

ENGR 365 Computational Modeling

Students learn basic procedural programming skills in a program such as Matlab, and study various mathematical models along with their applications to engineering. Various deterministic, stochastic, and simulation models are covered. Requirements include modeling projects with written reports and class presentations. Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or grade of C or higher in MATH 221. (Equivalent to MATH 365)

ENGR 370 Systems Engineering

Learn about the development and implementation of complex systems and effective management strategies to complete projects. Apply estimation, planning, tracking to optimize systems. Learn to verify and validate designs, manage risk, and formulate technical reviews. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 221 and MATH 230.

ENGR 380 Fluid Mechanics

Study, analyze, and design fluid systems. Apply the concepts of mass conservation and momentum conservation to moving fluids. Learn about buoyancy, pressure, hydrostatics, lift and drag. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in PHYS 260 and MATH 321.

ENGR 489 Capstone Internship

Students will participate in an off-campus engineering internship, applying course knowledge and skills to problems within a work environment.  Internship placements must be established prior to enrollment in this course in consultation with careers office and/or science/engineering faculty member.  May be repeated for credit.

ENGR 499 Engineering Capstone

Work with a team to solve a realistic and complex problem. Carry out and document design exploration, design refinement, and prototyping. Restricted to engineering majors with senior standing. Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ENGR 489.

**Always consult the catalog in effect upon your entry to Viterbo for the most current information regarding your program.