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Undergraduate Curricula
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Program
The strength of Mercer’s BSE program lies in its combination of breadth and depth. Breadth is achieved by every student completing a set of courses that build a strong foundation in writing, speaking, mathematics, lab sciences, and engineering fundamentals. In addition, special emphasis is placed on cross-disciplinary work, with all BSE students required to complete courses grounding them in the basic tools and techniques of electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering. These “breadth” courses constitute the “core” of the BSE degree and are covered in greater detail in subsequent sections of this catalog. Depth is achieved by adding to the core foundation a set of courses in one area of specialization. The areas of specialization available are:
Biomedical
Civil
Computer
Electrical
Environmental
Industrial
Mechanical
 
The student educational objectives that have been established for the BSE program are as follows. Graduates who are practicing engineers demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to: (1) Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems through analysis and design using the principles of science and mathematics and the modern tools of engineering. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by refining their proficiencies in the use of modern engineering tools, their production of high quality products and processes, and their sound engineering judgment. (2) Work effectively in a variety of contexts using superior communication skills and knowledge of contemporary issues with a commitment to professional ethics. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by their significant contributions to the success of their work teams, by their effective written and oral communications, and by their demonstrated sensitivity to the ethical dimensions of professional practice. (3) Pursue life-long learning through additional graduate or professional education. Graduates will demonstrate attainment of this objective within the first five years following graduation by achieving one or more of the following: successful use of opportunities for licensure, certification, and professional development; successful use of opportunities to master new technology; and/or by their engagement in, or successful completion of, graduate education. (4) Participate in their local and global communities through sustaining service and leadership. Graduates will demonstrate attainment in this objective within the first five years following graduation by their service and/or leadership roles in community organizations, and by their participation in professional societies to promote professional practice.
The student outcomes that have been established for the BSE program are as follows. Students by the time of graduation will know and have: (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.
Mercer engineering seniors are required to exhibit their ability to conduct appropriate analysis and design a system, component, or process under a variety of realistic constraints. This engineering design project is a capstone requirement for all BSE seniors.
All senior engineering students are strongly encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year and demonstrate proficiency in both general and specialization areas of engineering. The FE exam is a nationally normed exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Successful completion of this exam is the first step in attaining a license as a professional engineer. Information about the FE exam can be found at the following website: http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/