Department Chair: Dr. Christina Curras (Interim)
Office: 153 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1711

About the Department and Program

The general engineering program is designed to prepare students for admission into one of seven professional engineering programs available at UW-Platteville: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. These seven programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, All new freshman engineering students and transfer students who do not immediately qualify for a professional program must begin their UW-Platteville studies in the general engineering department.

Students admitted to the university must also have a score of 22 or higher on their math ACT or a grade of “C-” or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640 or its equivalent) to gain admission into general engineering. Students who do not meet this engineering standard will remain in “pre-engineering” until obtaining a “C-” or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640).

General engineering students have varied backgrounds; some are better prepared for their college studies than others. The general engineering program offers students an opportunity to correct academic deficiencies and ensures that students enter the professional programs with suitable preparation. The general engineering program also allows students several semesters to finalize their choice of major.

Upon entering the UW-Platteville General Engineering Department, each student will be asked to select a preferred professional program (major). The student’s choice at this point is not binding; it will merely provide the college with some information for planning purposes. Students electing to change their program preference may do so at any time by stopping by the General Engineering Office in Room 153 of Ottensman Hall.

In order to gain admission to one of the seven professional programs (civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering or software engineering), a student must satisfy all requirements of the general engineering program, as described below.

Because there are limits to the number of students that each professional program can accommodate, admission to the individual professional programs is somewhat competitive. Twice a year, each degree-granting department establishes a minimum core grade point average required for admission to its program(s) at the end of the semester. Admission to a specific program is based on the program C.G.P.A. requirement in effect during the semester in which the student completes the general engineering requirements. The C.G.P.A. requirement for a given program does not reflect the difficulty of that program. The C.G.P.A. requirement simply indicates the accumulated level of student demand for that program. A student who completes the general engineering core courses and does not achieve the program’s minimum C.G.P.A. criterion may be admitted to that program by the department chair if space is available.

Educational Goals and Objectives

  1. Prepare students for entrance into the professional engineering programs
  2. Smooth the transition from high school to college for new freshmen majoring in engineering through proper advising, schedule-building, counseling and monitoring
  3. Assist freshmen and transfer students in career counseling relative to both engineering and non-engineering fields
  4. Recruit and retain high quality high school and transfer students interested in majoring in engineering with special emphasis on attracting women and minorities
  5. Maintain the high quality of instruction and professional development necessary to ensure the accreditation of the professional programs

Sample First Semester Coursework

Although courses are tailored to the individual student’s background and major requirements, a typical first semester freshman schedule would be:

MATH 2640Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
ENGLISH 1130College Writing I3
CHEMSTRY 1450Chemistry for Engineers5
GENENG 1000Engineering Success Skills (and/or GE 1030 Intro to Engr Projects)1
Humanities or social science elective3
HHP 1000Fitness Assessment and Management1
Total Credits17

General Engineering Program Requirements

  1. Each student must complete the following core courses:
    Course Civil Electrical Eng. Physics Environmental Industrial Mechanical Software
    CHEMSTRY 1450 X X X X X X
    ENGLISH 1130 X X X X X X X
    GENENG 1000 x1 x1 x1 x1 x1 x1
    GENENG 1030 X X X X X X
    GENENG 1320 X X x2
    GENENG 2030 X x2 X
    MATH 2640 X X X X X X X
    MATH 2740 X X X X X X X
    MATH 2730 X
    PHYSICS 2240 X
    COMPUTER 1430 X
  2. Students who complete their core courses in fall 2017-spring 2018 must earn the following C.G.P.A. to gain entry into their respective professional program:
    Civil engineering 2.60
    Electrical engineering 2.50
    Engineering physics 2.40
    Environmental engineering 2.60
    Industrial engineering 2.40
    Mechanical engineering 2.70
    Software engineering 2.30
    A student who completes the general engineering core courses and does not achieve the program’s minimum C.G.P.A. criterion may be admitted to that program by the department chair if space is available.
  3. Each student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in MATH 2640 and MATH 2740.
  4. Each degree-granting department also designates certain courses as professional courses that require a grade of “C-” or better. The professional courses for each department are:
    • Civil engineering and environmental engineering: Any course that is a prerequisite for a civil or environmental engineering course.
    • Electrical engineering: Any course that is a prerequisite for an electrical engineering course.
    • Engineering physics: All physics or engineering physics courses which are prerequisites for later courses in the major must be completed with a “C-” or better. Also, an engineering physics major must have a G.P.A. of 2.00 for all 3000/4000 engineering courses.
    • Industrial engineering: All required industrial engineering courses must be completed with an overall “C” average.
    • Mechanical engineering: All courses in mechanical engineering must be completed with an overall “C” average. Some prerequisites for mechanical engineering courses require a “C-” or better.
    • Software engineering: All required software engineering and computer science courses. Software engineering majors must earn a “D” or better in all corequisites, unless otherwise stipulated by the offering department.

General Engineering Program Academic Standards

Once enrolled in MATH 2640, a student must successfully complete the general engineering program requirements before accumulating 60 additional credits at UW-Platteville. Each repetition of a given course will be counted toward the 60 credit limit. With the exception of the general engineering core courses, credits earned at UW-Platteville prior to admission to general engineering will not be counted toward the 60 credit limit.

Dismissal from Engineering

Engineering majors who fail to meet the C.G.P.A. of their professional program within the 60 credit limit will be dismissed from engineering.

General Engineering 60-credit Dismissal Policy

Two groups of 60-credit dismissals exist based on an evaluation by the General Engineering chair:

  1. A student is warned that he/she has exceeded the 60-credit limit but granted a waiver for one more semester to complete the core-requisites and enroll in an engineering degree-granting program. The student will maintain his/her faculty advisor, but will also be referred to the EMS advising office to participate in an academic action plan. The student will have two advisors, the faculty advisor as well as a professional advisor from the EMS advising office. The student will maintain the professional advisor for at least one semester. At the conclusion of the semester, if the student fails to achieve admission into a degree-granting engineering program, he/she will be dismissed from General Engineering and the major changed to Undecided Math and Science. The student will then be advised by the ACAC office. His/Her academic advising folder will be sent to the ACAC Office. The student can also be mentored by the EMS advising office if he/she wishes to do so.
  2. A student is dismissed from General Engineering and his/her major is changed to Undecided Math and Science. The student will be advised by the ACAC office. His/Her academic advising folder will be sent to the ACAC Office. The student can also be mentored by the EMS advising office if he/she wishes to do so.

Readmission of Dismissed Students to Engineering

All dismissed engineering students must appeal through the General Engineering department to be readmitted into engineering. The General Engineering chair, in cooperation with other chairs and the EMS advising office, will make decisions pertinent to readmission of dismissed students. If students are readmitted, the General Engineering Chair and if relevant the degree-granting department chair, in conjunction with the EMS Advising Office will determine if an Academic Action Plan is a necessary requirement for readmission. A readmitted student will be re-assigned a faculty advisor, and a professional advisor from the EMS Advising Office will serve in a supplemental capacity. The professional advisor will advise the student for at least one semester.

Transfer Credits

  1. The transfer of credits into any engineering program must be approved by the appropriate department chair. All transfer of credits must follow the specific requirements of the professional program which the student will be entering, including any specific grade requirement(s).
  2. Pass/fail or “D” grades are generally not transferable into engineering.
  3. It is understood that students entering engineering with an Associate of Arts or Science degree from the UW Colleges, a four-year UW System institution or from the Illinois or Highland Community Colleges will have satisfied the general education requirements for UW-Platteville.
  4. Students transferring from programs that are not ABET accredited may be required to substantiate their expertise in the topics in question.

GENENG 1000 Engineering Success Skills 1 Credit

An introductory course which will provide the opportunity for new engineering students to develop and improve their problem-solving ability, computer literacy, and study skills to maximize their chances for success in their college careers and prepare them for subsequent engineering courses. Topics include: making the transition from high school to college, time management, exploration of the engineering disciplines, learning styles, introduction to computer skills including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation software, engineering ethics, and introduction to engineering methods.
Components: Class
GE: Entry Level requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 1030 Introduction to Engineering Projects 1 Credit

An introductory course which will provide the opportunity for new engineering students to explore the UWP engineering programs through seven hands-on engineering modules, representing the seven engineering disciplines at UW-Platteville. Emphasis will be placed on written and oral communication skills, data collection and analysis, computer application skills and group work. Additional topics include: university requirements; time management; introduction to computer skills; engineering ethics; and introduction to engineering methods.
Components: Class
GE: Entry Level requirement
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 1000 or mathematics proficiency level of 30 or above.
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 1320 Engineering Computer Graphics 2 Credits

Problems relative to points, lines and planes in space; Cartesian coordinates; projection-plane theory; orthographic pictorials; dimensioning; auxiliary views; sections; extensive use of computer-aided design (AutoCAD and solid modeling) including 2D and 3D drawing, editing and enhancing; emphasis on development of the ability to communicate graphically; special emphasis on engineering and computer graphics applications. Two 112 minute classes per week.
Components: Laboratory
Prereqs/Coreqs: P or C: GENENG 1030 and MATH 2530
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 2030 Engineering Modeling and Design 3 Credits

An introduction to design tools and practices associated with the design and development of engineering systems. Students will gain experience with solid modeling tools, including part modeling, assembly modeling and the reading and creation of layout drawings. The project portion of the course will focus on "reverse engineering". Reverse engineering will be used to examine the design of existing systems (objects such as: a fishing reel, a small refrigerator, a hair dryer, and similar), their assembly, and the engineering principles that form the foundation for the product. Students will model these systems and suggest possible design changes that might lead to improvements in form, function, and/or assembly.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: MATH 2640
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 2130 Engineering Mechanics-Statics 3 Credits

Composition, resolution and equilibrium of forces and force systems; analysis of structures; friction; centroids; moment of inertia.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: MATH 2740 and (C: GENENG 1030 or P: MSNT 1010).
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 2230 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics 3 Credits

Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies in translation; rotation and general plane motion; Newtons law, work-energy and impulse methods; linear and angular momentum; impacts; systems of particles and introduction to 3-D kinetics.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 2130 with a grade of "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 2340 Mechanics of Materials 4 Credits

Simple stress and strain; design and investigation of joints, beams, torsion members and columns; evaluation of shear, moment, slope and deflection of beams and combined stresses.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 2130 with a grade of "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 2630 Basic Thermoscience for Engineers 3 Credits

Thermodynamic properties; first and second laws of thermodynamics; ideal gas equation of state; steam properties; properties of incompressible substances; refrigerants; carnot cycle; rankine cycle; otto and diesel cycles; refrigeration; conduction and convection heat transfer. Not open to Mechanical Engineering majors.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: MATH 2740 and PHYSICS 2240
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 2820 Engineering Economy 2 Credits

Application of principles of economic analysis to engineering decision making; time value of money; uniform annual cost; present worth; rate of return; benefit-cost ratio; depreciation; income taxes; inflation.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 1030 and sophomore standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 2930 Applications of Electrical Engineering 3 Credits

Electric circuit analysis techniques; transients; AC analysis; power in AC circuits; transformers; and introduction to three-phase circuits.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: PHYSICS 2640 or PHYSICS 2340; not open to Electrical Engineering majors
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 2990 Independent Study 1-3 Credits

Study in specialty area selected by student and approved by faculty member.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: consent of department chair
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

GENENG 3000 Undergraduate Research in Engineering 1-3 Credits

Introduction to research methods in both interdisciplinary engineering as well as any engineering discipline, literature review, data analysis, and design. A student may register for one to three credits in a given semester.
Components: Research
Prereqs/Coreqs: C: MATH 2740
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Almquist, James N.

Curras, Christina J.

El-Omari, Samir

Kobayashi, Hirohito

Ljumanovic, Lea

Masoom, Abulkhair M.

Masoom, Fahmida R.

Roy, Bidhan

Stanojev, Igor

Teng, Hong

Wang, Xiaohong