The Engineering Program

Engineering provides a foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering and provides student the opportunity to obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of their choosing through technical electives and a capstone project. The curriculum is designed for students who seek to link the engineering disciplines with science and to do so in context of a broad liberal arts education.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Engineering?

Engineering is a program in which graduates can obtain employment or use the degree as a foundation for further specialized graduate study in a specific field of Engineering. A graduate with a degree in Engineering could find employment as a field engineer, manufacturing process engineer, quality engineer, customer support engineer, test engineer or product development engineer.

During their four years at Saint Vincent College some students may develop a strong interest in a specific engineering discipline and choose to pursue graduate study in this field. The specialized course offerings related to environmental science, materials engineering and computer science may motivate students to pursue one of these offerings.

The Engineering degree is also a good foundation for a student who wishes to enter the field of intellectual property, either as a lawyer or as a supporting staff member for a legal team. 

Internships and Careers in Engineering

Students pursuing a degree in engineering are encouraged to pursue engineering internships in a field related to their area of interest, such as industrial engineer, customer service engineer, health and safety engineer, product engineer or manufacturing engineer. Students may also pursue graduate programs in a specific engineering discipline at the master’s or doctoral level, or transfer to another vocation such as business or law where engineering training offers a valuable foundation, such as intellectual property law.

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Engineering Program Educational Objectives

The program, in conjunction with the Saint Vincent College liberal arts emphasis and its core curriculum, prepares graduates who will have the ability within two to five years of graduation:

  1. To successfully pursue a career in engineering, in a related field, or to pursue advanced studies in an engineering or engineering related discipline.
  2. To demonstrate leadership and teaming skills in their chosen field and dedication to technical innovation and problem solving.
  3. To be prepared for a lifestyle of service and active involvement with professional, civic or religious organizations, to prepare them to contribute to the greater benefit of society.


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Student Outcomes

The program has the following student outcomes, that are adopted from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) accreditation criteria, and that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering
(See Core Curriculum requirements.)

Major Requirements (81 credits)
(11 of these satisfy Core Curriculum requirements)

The student must complete the requirements listed in the following categories:

Mathematics Requirements (19 credits; 3 meet Core Curriculum requirements)
MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
MA 114 Differential Equations - 4 credits
MA 208 Probability and Statistics - 3 credits

Chemistry Requirements (8 credits; 8 meet Core Curriculum requirement)
CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit

Physics Requirements (8 credits)
PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit
PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit

Engineering Requirements (37 credits)
ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
ENGR 115 Introduction to Engineering Computation - 3 credits
CS 110 C++ Programming I* - 3 credits
ENGR 220 Engineering and Computing Ethics - 3 credits
ENGR 223 Statics - 3 credits
ENGR 226 Materials Engineering - 3 credits
ENGR 228 Materials Engineering Lab - 1 credit
ENGR 240 Engineering Design and Lab - 4 credits
ENGR 261 Introduction to Electrical Circuits - 3 credits
ENGR 263 Intro Electrical Circuits Lab - 1 credit
ENGR 266 Control Theory - 3 credits
ENGR 310 Engineering Thermodynamics - 3 credits
ENGR 313 Engineering Seminar - 1 credit
ENGR 425 Engineering Project Management - 3 credits
ENGR 440/1 Capstone Design Project - 4 credits
*Required for software specialization

Electives - (9 credits)
Currently, five specialization options are offered. At least nine (9) credits are required from the options presented below. Students should talk with the Program Director about how an interest in other specializations (e.g., bio engineering) can be met through a tailored program.

Mechanical Specialization
ENGR 222 Engineering Graphics and Design - 3 credits
ENGR 224 Dynamics - 3 credits
ENGR 320 Mechanics of Materials - 3 credits
ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits

Materials Specialization
ENGR 320 Mechanics of Materials - 3 credits
ENGR 325 Advanced Strength of Materials - 3 credits
ENGR 327 Soft Materials - 3 credits
ENGR 328 High Temperature Materials - 3 credits
ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits

Software Specialization
CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits
CS 214 Intro. to Mobile Application Programming - 3 credits
CS 221 Data Structures (Requires CS 111) - 3 credits
CS 250 User Interface Design - 3 credits
CS 330 Computer Architecture and Operating Systems - 3 credits
CS 355 Software Engineering - 3 credits

Environmental Specialization
ES 150 Earth System Science - 3 credits
ES 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - 3 credits
ES 230 Energy and the Environment - 4 credits
CH 276 Advance Environmental Chemistry - 3 credits

Chemical Specialization
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Lab - 1 credit
CH 231* Physical Chemistry I- 3 credits
CH 232 Physical Chemistry II - 3 credits
ENGR 340 Heat and Mass Transport - 3 credits
* Requires CH 222 or permission of the Chemistry Department Chair

Other suggested electives
PH 252 Electromagnetic Fields - 3 credits
MA 115 Linear Algebra - 3 credits

Unique features of the Engineering degree:

  • Curriculum – the Engineering program allows the student to choose a particular specialization (requiring three or four relevant engineering or science courses) that provides course work in many of the most popular areas of engineering including
    • Mechanical
    • Materials
    • Software
    • Environmental
    • Chemical
  • Facilities – James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall – In April 2016, ground was broken on the $4.5 million hall with a completion date of fall 2017. The 2nd floor provides space for Saint Vincent’s engineering programs including a state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory in addition to faculty offices.  This is the fifth building in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.  The Pavilion also includes a Machine Shop used by Engineering and Physics students in their laboratory and project courses.
  • Success – The Engineering program prepares students for employment immediately after completing their degree or for entry into graduate school.  In the past two years graduates of the program have gone on to Master’s programs in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and to a PhD program in Environmental Engineering at Penn State University.  Graduates of both engineering programs (Engineering and Math/Engineering) find employment in the engineering field before or shortly after graduation.  Recent graduates have been employed by Schlumberger, Bettis Laboratories, Westinghouse, the Naval Surface Warfare Center and Westmoreland Mechanical Testing & Research and they are working as project engineers, assistant project managers and transportation construction engineers.
Typical Freshman Scheduleengineering-science-freshman-schedule

Calculus I - 4 credits
General Chemistry I - 3 credits
General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits
First Year Seminar - 1 credit
Core Curriculum Course Selection - 3 credits
Total Fall 17 credits

Calculus II - 4 credits
General Chemistry II - 3 credits
General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
Introduction to Engineering Computation* - 3 credits
First Theology - 3 credits
Core Core Curriculum Course Selection - 3 credits
Total Spring 17 credits
* or C++ Programming I