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What courses are taught in General Engineering?

All students in General Engineering must complete the Engineering Disciplines and Skills sequence. This sequence involves the use of Microsoft Excel software.

Most engineering majors will also require the Programming and Problem Solving sequence. This sequence involves the use of MATLAB software.

Some engineering majors also require either the Engineering Graphics and Machine Design course [ENGR 2080/2081], which uses Solidworks software, or the Computer-Aided Design and Engineering Applications course [ENGR 2100/2101], which uses AutoCAD software.

Students solving problems on the white boards

Students participating in class.

ENGR 1410 Students work in teams on robotics projects

General Engineering's unique classroom in historic Holtzendorff Hall.

Students worth together modeling parts in class

Students assist each other in class.

Creative Inquiry

Creative Inquiry allows students to participate in hands-on research with engineering faculty.

Course catalog descriptions of each of our courses are as follows. For more information, please see the current course catalog.

Standard Curriculum

ENGR 1020 Engineering Disciplines and Skills: 2 credits (contact hours:  1 lecture, 2 lab)

Provides solid foundation of skills to solve engineering problems. Students demonstrate problem solving techniques with spreadsheets, dimensions and units; use modeling techniques and interpret validity of experimental results. Students design projects on multi-discipline teams. Introduces professional and societal issues appropriate to engineering. Various forms of technical communication are emphasized. Includes Honors sections.

ENGR 1410 Programming and Problem Solving: 3 credits (contact hours:  2 lecture, 2 lab)

Students formulate and solve engineering problems using MATLAB; estimate answers for comparison to computed solutions; read, interpret and write programs, instructions and output; iterate, evaluate conditional statements; and debug. Various forms of technical communication are emphasized. Includes Honors sections.

ENGR 2080 Engineering Graphics and Machine Design2 credits (contact hours:  1 lecture, 2 lab) 

Students are introduced to engineering graphics principles using SolidWorks; sketching, 3-D part and assembly creation, and documented drawings.  These principles are used to visualize, communicate, and perform graphical analysis of design and engineering problems. Specifically designed for BioE, IE, MSE, and ME students.  Accepted by EnvE for graphics credit. 

ENGR 2100 Computer-Aided Design and Engineering Applications:  2 credits (contact hours:  1 lecture, 2 lab)

Introduction to graphics applications for engineering and related professions. 2-D and 3-D drawings are used to visualize, communicate, rapid prototype and analyze engineering problems. Engineering applications include site plans, contour plots, grading, and architectural, transportation and hydrology drawings.

ENGR 2200 Evaluating Innovation: Fixtures, Fads, and Flops: 3 credits

Introduces foundational theories used to critically analyze the success of consumer products and other technological innovations. Case studies are utilized to exhibit the interactions between innovation and society. Critical thinking skills are emphasized.

ENGR 1900/2900 - Creative Inquiry (1 credit typically)

For a list of spring 2019 Creative Inquiry projects offered through the General Engineering
Program, click here.

There is no holding section.  Students may either add themselves to a project during registration
or contact the instructor directly if consent is required.  Follow the instructions at the end of each
project listing. Some projects times and locations are TBA. Meeting times will be determined
based on participants' class schedules and room availability after classes start.

For any questions, contact Elizabeth Crockett in 110 Holtzendorff or by email at

The faculty coordinator of Creative Inquiry for the General Engineering Program is Dr. Steven
Brandon. He may be contacted by email at

There are many CI projects sponsored by other departments that are not listed under the ENGR
rubric. Those may be found at: If you are interested in one of these projects, click on the Instructor's name for contact
information. You will receive a response from the instructor or the project team leader.