College of Engineering

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Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of people.

Vision. The College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will excel in engineering and technology education and research through the quality of its faculty, graduates, students, staff, facilities, and programs. The College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be the engineering and technology programs of choice where parents want to send their children, where students want to learn, where employers seek engineers and technologists, where industry and government find technological innovations, and where underrepresented and underserved populations are encouraged and supported to obtain a quality education.

The College will respond to the needs of its constituencies. Our constituencies include: students, parents, employers, alumni, faculty, public communities, and the sponsors of our funded research. We will listen to all of our constituencies and will be responsive to their needs consistent with the University mission. The College administration will regularly and constantly seek the input of the faculty to determine the direction of the College.

Mission. To provide world-class programs in engineering and technology education, research, and service so as to enhance the economic and social well being of the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world.

In order to accomplish our mission we will:

  • Provide a world-class education for our students by continually assessing and improving our educational programs
  • Support and expand the undergraduate technology program to military bases in the nation and industrial sites in Illinois
  • Perform state-of-the-art research that will improve the nation’s strategic engineering and environmental technologies
  • Build productive and mutually beneficial partnerships with our external constituencies
  • Continuously improve the critical student and faculty support processes that are key to the College’s mission
  • Develop partnerships with industries to improve the economy of Southern Illinois

The College’s strategic and educational objective, consistent with the vision and mission statements, are to prepare students

  • To communicate clearly and concisely in written and oral formats with audiences ranging from technical to lay persons 
  • To be effective engineering and technology practitioners, with the ability to employ modern techniques, skills, and engineering tools, emphasizing computer capability and the access and use of information resources
  • To be cognizant of current societal issues as well as technology issues so that they can function as effective partners with citizen groups; industries; local, state, federal, and international governing bodies; and other interest groups, in formulating policies and plans to address the contemporary and emerging problems
  • To translate scientific, mathematical, and engineering theories into practical solutions of engineering problems through classroom presentations, laboratory and other experimentation, data analysis, employment opportunities such as those offered by cooperative education, internships, association with research projects, and other out of class experiences
  • To function as interdisciplinary team members and/or team leaders in addressing multi-faceted engineering and social problems having ethical, public health, environmental, political, economic, international and/or other dimensions
  • To recognize engineering problems, have the skills to develop strategies for solving such problems, be competent to carry out relevant design processes, recognize the need for considering alternative approaches to problem-solving, and to understand the realities of what society will and will not accept as feasible solutions
  • To be responsible practitioners, having full understanding of the ethical and professional dimensions of good engineering and technology practice and the need for life-long learning

The college has four Engineering Departments and one Technology Department. The four Engineering Departments are:

  1. Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes
  4. Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering

These departments offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs ranging from Bachelor of Science to Doctor of Philosophy. The undergraduate engineering programs in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and mining engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Undergraduates who major in civil engineering have the option for a specialization in environmental engineering. Students can also earn a dual degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Detailed descriptions of these programs, including educational objectives, guides are presented within the program majors.

The Department of Technology offers the following undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree:

  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Management and Applied Engineering - Quality Management Specialization

Detailed descriptions of these programs including, educational objectives, curricula, areas of specialization and suggested curricular guides are presented within the program majors.

The electrical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, The industrial management and applied engineering program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Civil and Environmental Engineering. Civil and Environmental Engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and management of the infrastructure consisting of highways, bridges, dams, water and wastewater systems, power generating stations, pollution control systems, airports, skyscrapers, and other industrial and commercial buildings. Design and management decisions consider a wide range of factors, including earthquakes, hurricanes, progressive collapse and environmental impact.

The civil engineering program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering is designed to provide the student with the broad educational background essential to be a successful entry level Civil Engineer in practice and to meet the technological challenges of the 21st century. The program also provides additional coursework to the student who prefers to obtain a Civil Engineering degree with emphasis on Environmental Engineering. The technical electives in the senior year permit greater breadth and additional depth in the areas of structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, and environmental engineering.

The graduates from this program are eligible to become registered professional engineers (PE) after satisfying the state registration board’s requirements. In addition, the program offers the coursework required for admission to the Structural Engineer License (SE) examination.

Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. The Department offers the option for a dual degree in Electrical and in Computer Engineering.

The electrical engineering curriculum provides students with the opportunity to choose among advanced courses in the theory and applications of circuits, systems, control, signal processing, communications, digital systems, power systems, electronics, gaseous electronics, optics, electrooptics, electromagnetics, antennas and propagation. The computer engineering curriculum provides emphasis on problem solving and design experiences through understanding of the fundamentals of both the hardware and software aspects of computer engineering.

Employment opportunities for electrical and computer engineers exist within a wide range of organizations, such as computer, semiconductor, aviation, electronics, microelectronics, broadcasting, telecommunications, defense, automotive, manufacturing and electric power companies, state and federal agencies and laboratories. Employment opportunities cover the spectrum of engineering activities, ranging from research and development, to systems analysis, automation, manufacturing, customer service and support, marketing and sales.

Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical engineering is one of the most broadly based of the traditional engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design and develop a wide variety of systems for conversion, transmission, and utilization of energy; for material processing and handling and packaging; for transportation; for environmental control; and for many other purposes for the benefit of humanity. Therefore, the curriculum contains a broad foundation in mathematics and the basics of engineering sciences, followed by more concentrated study in energy and machine systems. Mechanical engineers may be found in a variety of assignments including planning and design, research and development, supervision of installation and operation of complex systems, and management.

Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering. Mining engineers engage in planning, design, development, and management of surface and underground mining operations for extraction of the earth’s mineral deposits. The mining engineering program prepares graduates to meet the challenges of the mining industry with emphasis on the coal and aggregate industries. Coursework in the program includes such areas as surface and underground mining systems, mine ventilation, ground control and rock mechanics, mineral and coal processing, material handling systems, mineral economics, mine health and safety engineering, operations research, and computer-aided mine design.

After completing the program, the graduate may work in an engineering or management position for mining industries, equipment manufacturers, research organizations, or government agencies. The coursework also provides strong preparation for further study at the graduate level.

Electrical Engineering Technology. Electrical engineering technology is that part of the technological field in which engineering knowledge and scientific methods are combined with hands- on technical skills to support engineering activities. It lies in the occupational spectrum between that of the technician and the engineer with specific responsibilities depending upon the nature of the training and requirements of the job but lying more closely to engineering. Graduates are prepared to deal with technical and production problems, and to apply their knowledge to such activities as development, design, construction, maintenance, and operational problems.

Industrial Managenent and Applied Engineering. Industrial management and applied engineering is a management-oriented technical profession that is built upon a sound knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, technical management, and human relations; and a proficiency level in the physical sciences, mathematics, and technical skills to permit the graduate to capably resolve technical-managerial and production problems. Graduates of this program are prepared for positions in processes, safety, quality control, supervision, robotics, methods analysis, and computer-aided manufacturing.

Freshman Seminar. Entering freshman enrolled in the College of Engineering are required to attend our Freshman seminar. This seminar consists of six one-hour lectures offered in the fall semester. The first lecture introduces key college personnel and 

our support services, while also providing an overview of the engineering profession and our outstanding Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). The five remaining lectures focus on our engineering and engineering technology majors. These presentations provide guidance on careers and the curriculum offered in each program of study.

Admittance to the College

SIUC engineering students are an exceptional and committed group. Success in the engineering programs demands academic dedication, personal discipline, and sufficient preparation at the high-school level. Admission to the College of Engineering is selective and competitive and it is based on an individual review of each application. Emphasis is placed on the ACT/SAT composite and math sub-scores, science and math course work, and math placement. All engineering students placing below Calculus will be required to enroll in ENGR 111. Students can apply to a specific departmental major or as an undeclared engineering major. For more information please contact the College of Engineering at (618) 453-4321.

Admittance to the Pre-Engineering Program

The pre-engineering program is designed for students who apply to our college with the potential to be successful, but who do not meet admission requirements for the College of Engineering. The pre-engineering advisors will develop an individualized program of study aligned with the curricular guides of programs offered in the College of Engineering with the goal of preparing these students to enter a major in engineering. All students must achieve satisfactory math placement, as determined by the college of engineering, before being formally admitted to one of the engineering majors, listed below:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering with a Specialization in Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Management and Applied Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

The curriculum guides for these degree programs can be found in the program sections of the catalog. The engineering advisors will consider math placement when developing the individualized program of study. In addition, pre-engineering students are required to enroll in ENGR 111.

As with students admitted to the College of Engineering, pre- engineering students will be required to live in the Engineering Living Learning-Community. In addition, pre-engineering students will be invited to participate in the many different learning and social activities of the College of Engineering. The maximum time limit for the pre-engineering program is 45 credit hours at SIUC.

Course Sequence

It is important that required courses in the program be taken in the proper sequence. Sequence guidelines are available from the college advisement office and the departmental offices. Courses on the 300-and 400-levels are reserved for juniors and seniors.

Transfer Students

Students enrolled in community colleges who plan to transfer to the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale should take courses that provide backgrounds in mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students may transfer at any time, but there are advantages in having completed a baccalaureate-oriented associate- degree program. Community college students may contact the Engineering Advisement Office for course recommendations applicable to majors in the College of Engineering.

All transfer credit from an accredited institution that is deemed acceptable at the University, both two-year and four- year, will be used in fulfillment of program requirements. Equivalencies for courses will be determined by the departmental chair, advisement office, or office of the dean, College of Engineering.

Students who are attending a public Illinois community college and contemplating application to the College of Engineering should obtain program information that has been prepared for their particular community college.

All degrees offered by the College of Engineering participate in the SIU Capstone Option.  The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion.  Students interested in the Capstone Option should contact the College of Engineering Advisement Office to develop a personal coursework pathway to degree completion.

Location Administrative offices of the college are located in the Engineering Building, 1230 Lincoln Drive.