General Engineering Contact: Jeanna Barnes
Office: 171 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608.342.1711


General engineering courses are designed to prepare students for admission into one of six professional engineering programs available at UW-Platteville: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. These six programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

All new freshman engineering students and transfer students who do not immediately qualify for one of these six professional programs must begin their UW-Platteville studies in general engineering.

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

Upon entering UW-Platteville, each student is asked to select a preferred major. If the student’s choice is one of these six professional programs, the student’s choice at this point is not binding; it merely provides 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 171 of Ottensman Hall.

In order to gain admission to Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, a student must satisfy all matriculation requirements of the degree granting program. Software Engineering students are admitted directly into the major.

General Engineering Program Requirements

Each student must complete the following matriculation requirements:

Major Milestone Course(s) Cumulative GPA Credits in residency
Civil Engineering 'C-' or better in MATH 2740 2.5 12
'C-' or better in CIVILENG 2000
Electrical Engineering 'C-' or better in ELECTENG 1210 2.5 11
'C-' or better in MATH 2740
Engineering Physics 'C-' or better in PHYSICS 2340 2.4 12
Environmental Engineering 'C-' or better in MATH 2740 2.5 12
'C-' or better in CIVILENG 2000
Industrial Engineering 'C-' or better in GENENG 2130 2.5 12
'C-' or betterin INDSTENG 3430
Mechanical Engineering 'C-' or better in GENENG 2130 2.5 12
'C-' or better in MECHENG 2630

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. Students transferring from programs that are not ABET accredited may be required to substantiate their expertise in the topics in question.

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
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: GENENG 1000 (with a C- or better) 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 or GENENG 1500)
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 1500 Fundamentals of Engineering Analysis Tools 3 Credits

This course will provide an overview of the salient analytical topics most heavily used in the core sophomore-level engineering courses. These include algebraic manipulation of engineering equations, trigonometry, vectors and complex numbers, sinusoids and harmonic signals, systems of equations and matrices, differentiation, integration and differential equations. All math topics will be presented within the contect of an engineering application, and reinforced through extensive examples of their use in the core engineering courses.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Math proficiency of 20 or higher or B- or better in Math 15 or C- or better in Math 1530
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 1950 General Engineering Cooperative Education 2 Credits

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. During the co-op, the student is expected to work for an industry for a semester and summer. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

GENENG 1970 General Engineering Internship 1 Credit

Work experience in industry under the direction of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Cooperative Education and Internship Program. NOTE: This program is designed to cover the summer work experience. Internship is designed to provide experiential learning to the student during the summer period. Credits do not fulfill graduation requirements.
Components: Field Studies
Typically Offered: Summer

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: P: GENENG 1500 with a C- or better or 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: P: MATH 2640 with a C- or better or GENENG 1500 with a C- or better 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; Newton's 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 C- or better and PHYSICS 2240 with a C- or better and MATH 2740 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