Program Description

The Marshall University Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) Program Educational Objectives are as follows:

  1. B.S.E. graduates will be recognized for their success in designing engineering systems that promote the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  2. B.S.E. graduates will demonstrate their awareness of an engineer’s role in contemporary society and their understanding of the societal and environmental contexts of engineering projects.
  3. B.S.E. graduates will practice in specific areas of engineering that are consistent with the needs of the region served by Marshall University.

Marshall University BSE graduates shall have the following Student Outcomes:

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
    (c) 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;
    (d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
    (e) an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
    (g) an ability to communicate effectively;
    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life‐long learning;
    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;
    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

B.S.E. general engineering
Academic Year
2012-2013
Academic Year
2011-2012
Academic Year
2010-2011
Academic Year
2009-2010
Academic Year
2008-2009
Annual Enrollment
198
188
165
167
127
Graduation Data
26
20
13
19
4*
Note: Enrollment is from the fall term of the year specified for the past five years. Graduations are for the Summer/Fall/Spring of the year specified. *B.S.E program was reinstituted Fall 2006

As the sample Curriculum Plan illustrates, the B.S.E. program has been designed with these goals in mind by providing an approximately equal mix of foundational mathematics and science courses (27%), core engineering courses (28%), and engineering emphasis courses (25%). Technical elective courses provide students an opportunity to get additional specialization or pursue individual interests.

Most engineering courses at Marshall are taught by faculty who are registered Professional Engineers with real-world engineering experience as well as extensive experience in engineering education.

Admission Requirements

  • Meet Marshall University admission requirements
  • Admission to the B.S.E. Engineering program requires a minimum composite ACT score of 21 with a math score of 24, or a minimum SAT composite of 980 with a math SAT of 560.
  • Transfer students must have completed MTH 127/130 College Algebra and MTH 132 Pre-Calculus.

For those needing to complete some requirements first, there is Pre-Engineering. Requirements for Pre-Engineering are a minimum composite ACT score of 19 with a math score of 19-23, or a minimum SAT composite of 900 with a math SAT of 460-550. Students who are admitted to the Pre-Engineering program generally will require an additional calendar year to complete the requirements for the B.S.E. degree. Transfer students must be eligibile to take MTH127/130 College Algebra and MTH132 Pre-Calculus.

Graduation Requirements

The B.S.E. degree program requires a minimum of 128 credit hours of coursework. In addition to fulfilling the University’s requirements for graduation, BSE students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all professional courses. These professional courses include mathematics (MTH 229 or above), required science courses, core engineering (ENGR) courses, engineering emphasis courses (CE), and courses used as technical electives. Entering students with a Math ACT of 24-26 are required to take MTH 132 Pre-Calculus. Such students will likely need an extra semester or summer term to satisfy BSE requirements.

Engineering Science Minor

A student may be awarded a minor in engineering science by completing 15 credits of engineering courses (ENGR or CE). Two courses are required: ENGR 213 and ENGR 216, and at least six credits must be 300-level or 400-level engineering courses. A student must complete all the required prerequisites and have at least a 2.0 average in the courses taken and applied to the engineering science minor

B.S.E. Degree Requirements

The B.S.E. degree program requires 128 credit hours (CH) of coursework. This is an updated program description, effective Summer semester, 2010. Students are advised to pay careful attention to General Education requirements; please consult an advisor.

1. Core Curriculum

Core I (9 CH)
  • FYS 100 – First Year Seminar or FYS 100H – First Year Seminar – Honors(3 CH)
  • Two Critical Thinking courses (CT)(6 CH)
Core II (18 CH)
  • Composition: ENG 101 – English Composition I (3 CH) and ENG 201 – Advanced Composition (3 CH) (Completion of ENG 201H – English Composition Honors (3 CH) with a C or better also satisfies the University composition requirement)
  • Communication:CMM 103 – Fundamentals of Speech Communications or CMM 207 – Business and Professional Communication (3 CH)
  • Math: requirement met in major
  • Physical or Natural Science: requirement met in major
  • Social Science (3 CH)
  • Humanities (3 CH)
  • Fine Arts (3 CH)
Additional University Requirements
  • Writing Intensive (W) courses (6 CH)
  • Multicultural (M) or International (I) course (3 CH)

Freshmen transfer students must complete Core I at Marshall. Core II can be completed with Marshall or transfer courses.

Transfers with 26 or more credit hours must complete one CT course but are exempt from the remaining Core I requirements. Core II can be completed with Marshall or transfer courses.

2. Mathematics (20 CH)

  • MTH 229 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5 CH)
  • MTH 230 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4 CH)
  • MTH 231 – Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4 CH)
  • MTH 335 – Differential Equations (4 CH)
  • MTH 345 – Applied Probability and Statistics (3 CH)

3. Science (10-18 CH)

  • CHM 211 – Principles of Chemistry I (3 CH)
  • CHM 217 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (2 CH)
  • CHM 212 – Principles of Chemistry II (3 CH) (CE emphasis)
  • CHM 218 – Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (2 CH) (CE emphasis)
  • GLY 200 – Physical Geology (3 CH) (CE emphasis)
  • PHY 211 – Principles of Physics I (4 CH)
  • PHY 202 – General Physics Laboratory I (1 CH)

4. Engineering (35 hrs)

  • ENGR 102 – Introduction to CAD (1 CH)
  • ENGR 103 – Freshman Engineering Seminar (1 CH)
  • ENGR 104 – The Engineering Profession (1 CH)
  • ENGR 111 – Engineering Computations (3 CH)
  • ENGR 201 – Circuits (4 CH)
  • ENGR 213 – Statics (3 CH)
  • ENGR 214 – Dynamics (3 CH)
  • ENGR 216 – Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3 CH)
  • ENGR 219 – Thermodynamics (3 CH)
  • ENGR 221 – Engineering Economy (3 CH)
  • ENGR 318 – Fluid Mechanics (3 CH)
  • ENGR 451 – Introduction to Project Management (3 CH)
  • ENGR 452 – Senior Engineering Seminar (1 CH)
  • ENGR 453 – Senior Design Projects (3 CH)

5. Civil Emphasis (27 CH)

  • CE 241 – Geomatics (4 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 312 – Structural Analysis (3 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 321 – Civil Engineer Materials (3 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 322 – Soil Mechanics (3 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 331 – Hydraulic Engineering (4 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 342 – Transportation Engineering (3 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 413 – Reinforced Concrete (3 CH) (Civil Emphasis)
  • CE 432 – Water/Wastewater Treatment (4 CH) (Civil Emphasis)

6. Senior Design, Design Elective, and Technical Electives

To be eligible to take the capstone design course (ENGR 453), students must have senior standing in engineering which is defined as follows:
Students in the CE Emphasis must have completed four of the following six courses: CE 312, CE 321, CE 322, CE 331, CE 342, AND CE 413.

The CE design elective must be taken from the following courses:

  • CE414 – Steel Design (3 CH)
  • CE425 – Foundation Design (3 CH)
  • CE443 – Highway Design (3 CH)
  • CE434 – Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment (3 CH)

In general, two technical electives must be taken from the following approved list of courses. However, it may be possible to use other courses with approval of the student’s advisor and a majority of the engineering faculty:

  • Any 300-level or 400-level engineering (ENGR or CE) course.
  • Chemistry:
    • CHM 307 – Introductory Physical Chemistry (4 CH)
    • CHM 327 – Introductory Organic Chemistry (5 CH)
    • CHM 345 – Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (4 CH)
    • CHM 355 – Organic Chemistry I (3 CH)
    • CHM 356 – Organic Chemistry II (3 CH)
    • CHM 357 – Physical Chemistry I (4 CH)
    • CHM 358 – Physical Chemistry II (4 CH)
    • CHM 361 – Introductory Organic Chemistry Lab (3 CH)
    • CHM 365 – Introductory Biochemistry (3 CH)
    • CHM 366 – Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory (2 CH)
  • Geology:
    • GLY 313 – Structural Geology (4 CH)
    • GLY 314 – Mineralogy (4 CH)
    • GLY 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation (4 CH)
    • GLY 427 – Fossil Fuels (4 CH)
    • GLY 455 – Hydrogeology (3 CH)
    • GLY 456 – Environmental Geology (3 CH)
    • GLY 457 – Engineering Geology (3 CH)
  • Mathematics:
    • MTH 329 – Elementary Linear Algebra (3 CH) or MTH 331 – Linear Algebra (4 CH)
    • MTH 415 – Partial Differential Equations (3 CH)
    • MTH 443 – Numerical Analysis (3 CH)

BSE Civil Emphasis – Curriculum Plan

The following plan is a sample; please consult an advisor when creating your own plan of study.

Year 1

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
ENGR 103 Freshmen Engineering Seminar 1 ENGR 102 Introduction to CAD 1
ENGR 104 The Engineering Profession 1 ENGR 111 – Engineering Computations 3
MTH 229 CT – Calculus I 5 MTH 230 – Calculus II 4
ENG 101 – English Composition I 3 PHY 202 – Physics Lab 1
FYS 100 – First Year Seminar 3 PHY 211 – Principles of Physics 4
Communication 3 Social Science (CT, M/I, W) 3
Total 16 Total 16

Year 2

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
CE 241 – Geomatics 4 CHM 212 – Chemistry II 3
CHM 211 – Chemistry I 3 CHM 218 – Chemistry Lab II 2
CHM 217 – Chemistry Lab I 2 ENG 201 Advanced Composition 3
ENGR 213 – Statics 3 ENGR 214 – Dynamics 3
MTH 231 – Calculus III 4 ENGR 216 – Mech. of Def. Bodies 3
GLY 200 – Physical Geology 3
Total 16 Total 17

Year 3

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
CE 312 – Structural Analysis 3 CE 322 – Soil Mechanics 4
CE 321 – Civil Engineering Materials 4 CE 331 – Hydraulics Engineering 3
ENGR 221 – Engineering Economy 3 CE 342 – Transportation Engineering 3
ENGR 318 – Fluid Mechanics 4 CE 413 – Reinforced Concrete Design 3
MTH 345 – Applied Statistics 3 MTH 335 – Differential Equations 4
Total 17 Total 17

Year 4

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
CE 432 – Water/Wastewater Treatment 4 ENGR 219 – Thermodynamics 3
ENGR 201 – Circuits I 4 ENGR 453 – Senior Design Projects 3
ENGR 451 – Project Management 3 CE Design Elective 3
ENGR 452 – Senior Engineering Seminar 1 Fine Arts 3
Humanities 3 Technical Elective II 3
Technical Elective I 3
Total 18 Total 15

Legend:

P – Placement is based on ACT/SAT Math scores

Program-Related Links

Prior BSE Marshall plan program description.

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