Program Description

The Marshall University Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) program goals are:

  1. B.S.E. graduates will be able to apply science and mathematics to the analysis of engineering problems and the design of engineering systems in a manner that promotes the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
  2. The B.S.E. program will prepare students for the practice of engineering as professionals who are aware of an engineer’s role in contemporary society and who understand the societal and environmental contexts of engineering projects.
  3. The B.S.E. program will provide a broad core of engineering courses but, at the same time, allow students to pursue an area of emphasis within a specific area of engineering consistent with the needs of the region served by Marshall University.

As the sample curriculum shown on the next page illustrates, the B.S.E. program has been designed with these goals in mind by providing a balanced mix of foundational mathematics and science courses (27%), core engineering courses (28%), and engineering emphasis courses (23%). 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;or through completing the placement exam provided by Marshall. 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 eligible to take MTH127/130 College Algebra and MTH 132 Pre-Calculus.

Graduation Requirements

The B.S.E. degree program requires 130 credit hours of coursework as outlined below. In addition to fulfilling the University’s requirements for graduation, B.S.E. 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.

Engineering Science Minor

A student may be awarded a minor in engineering science by completing 15 credits of ENGR or CE. Two courses are required, ENGR 213 and 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 courses taken and applied to the engineering science minor.

B.S.E Sample Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 229 Calculus I 5 MTH230 Calculus II 4
ENG 101 English 3 ENG 102 English 3
CHM 211 Chemistry I 3 ENGR 111 Engineering Computations 3
CHM 217 Chemistry Lab 2 Marshall Plan Elective 3
UNI 101 New Student Seminar 1 Marshall Plan Elective 3
ENGR 107 Intro. To Engineering 3
Total 17   Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 231 Calculus III 4 MTH 345 Applied Statistics 3
PHY 211 Principles of Physics I 4 PHY 213/204 or CHM 212/218 5
PHY 202 Physics Lab 1 ENGR 214 Dynamics 3
ENGR 213 Statics 3 ENGR 216 Mech. of Def. Bodies 3
Engineering Emphasis 4 ENGR 219 Thermodynamics 3
Total 16     17

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 335 Differential Equations 4 ENGR 221 Engr. Economics 3
Marshall Plan Elective 3 Engineering Emphasis 3
ENGR 318 Fluid Mechanics 3 Engineering Emphasis 3
Engineering Emphasis 3 Engineering Emphasis 4
Engineering Emphasis 4 Engineering Emphasis 3
Total 17   Total 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGR 452 Engineering Practice & Design 3 ENGR 453 Senior Design Projects 3
Engineering Emphasis 3 Engineering Design Elective 3
Marshall Plan Elective 3 Technical Elective 3
ENGR201 Circuits I 4 Technical Elective 3
ENGR 451 Project Management 3 Technical Elective 3
Total 16   Total 15
        Total Credits 130

BSE – Civil Engineering Emphasis

Marshall plans to offer various areas of emphasis within the B.S.E. program. The first area of emphasis is in civil engineering, and this emphasis area is described by the sample curriculum shown below.

BSE – Civil Emphasis Curriculum Sheet

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 229 Calculus I 5 MTH230 Calculus II 4
ENG 101 English 3 ENG 102 English 3
CHM 211 Chemistry I 3 CHM 212 Chemistry II 3
CHM 217 Chemistry Lab 2 CHM 218 Chemistry Lab 2
UNI 101 New Student Seminar 1 ENGR 111 Engineering Computations 3
ENGR 107 Intro. To Engineering 3 Marshall Plan Elective 3
Total 17   Total 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 231 Calculus III 4 MTH 345 Applied Statistics 3
PHY 211 Principles of Physics I 4 GLY 200 Physical Geology 3
PHY 202 Physics Lab 1 ENGR 214 Dynamics 3
ENGR 213 Statics 3 ENGR 216 Mech. of Def. Bodies 3
CE 241 Geomatics 4 ENGR 219 Thermodynamics 3
Total 16     15

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
MTH 335 Differential Equations 4 ENGR 221 Engr. Economics 3
Marshall Plan Elective 3 CE 322 Soil Mechanics 3
CE 312 Structural Analysis 3 CE 342 Transportation 3
ENGR 318 Fluid Mechanics 3 CE 331 Hydraulics 4
MCE 321 Civil Engineering Materials 3 CE 413 Reinforced Concrete Design 3
Total 16   Total 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGR 452 Engineering Practice & Design 3 ENGR 453 Senior Design Projects 3
CE 432 Water/Wastewater Treatment 4 CE Design Elective 3
Marshall Plan Elective 3 Technical Elective 3
ENGR201 Circuits I 4 Technical Elective 3
ENGR 451 Project Management 3 Marshall Plan Elective 3
  Total 17   Total 15
        Total Credits 130

Design Elective and Technical Electives

The CE design elective must be taken from the following courses: CE 414 Steel Design, CE 425 Foundation Design, CE 443 Highway Design, or CE 434 Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment.
In general, 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, 327, 345, 355, 356, 357, 358, 361, 365, 366
  • Geology (GLY): 313, 314, 325, 425, 427, 455, 456, 457
  • Mathematics (MTH): 329 (or 331), 415, 443

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