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Interdisciplinary Programs (IDEAS)

Follow an approved curriculum or propose your own

Through IDEAS: Interdisciplinary Engineering & Applied Scienceundergraduates propose their own curricula, or use approved curricula, to create specialized Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degrees.

To participate, engineering students (in consultation with an independent-study advisor and appropriate faculty members) propose unique combinations of courses designed to meet their career objectives.

To guide students while creating their proposals, a General Curriculum template and three Approved Curricula templates can be found below.


Important Notes


Submit a Proposal

Students must submit proposals to the Engineering Faculty Council, through the Office of the Engineering Dean, for approval.

Timing

A proposal may be submitted as early as the second semester of the first year, but must be submitted before the senior year.

Proposal Requirements

A general description of proposal requirements can be found in the Bulletin of Undergraduate Instruction »

Curricula and Templates

While it is not required, students may use—and are strongly encouraged to use—the Approved Curricula and templates provided below.


General Curriculum

Use this general template to create a new IDEAS proposal:

General Template

Track Core, Track Elective, Engineering Science and Natural Science courses are bolded and italicized

First Year

MATH 111L Calculus I MATH 112L Calculus II
CHEM 101DL Chemistry PHYS 151L Mechanics
EGR 101 Engineering Design & Comm. Writing 101
EGR 103L Computational Methods

Engineering Science Elective 1 or elective

Second Year
MATH 212 Multivariate Calculus MATH 216 Linear Algebra & Diff. Equations
PHYS 152L Electricity & Magnetism Natural Science Elective
Elective or Engineering Science Elective 1 EGR 190 Data & Decision
Elective Elective
Third Year
MATH 353 Ordinary & Partial Diff. Equations Elective
Engineering Science Elective 2 Elective
Track core 1 Track core 2
Track elective 1 Elective
Elective Elective
Fourth Year
Track core 3 Track core 4
Track elective 2 (engineering) Elective
Independent Study Independent Study
Elective Elective


Approved Curricula

Use these Engineering Faculty Council-approved templates to make a proposal in these topic areas:

Computational Simulation

Curriculum Template

Track Core, Track Elective, Engineering Science and Natural Science courses are bolded and italicized

First Year

MATH 111L Calculus I MATH 112L Calculus II
CHEM 101DL Chemistry PHYS 151L Mechanics
EGR 101 Engineering Design & Comm. Writing 101
EGR 103L Computational Methods

Engineering Science Elective 1

Second Year
MATH 212 Multivariate Calculus MATH 216 Linear Algebra & Diff. Equations
PHYS 152L Electricity & Magnetism Natural Science elective
EGR 201L Solid Mechanics EGR 190 Data and Decision
Elective CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms
Third Year
MATH 353 Ordinary & Partial Diff. Equations MATH 453 Intro to Partial Diff. Equations
MATH 561 Numerical Linear Algebra Natural Science Elective
Engineering Science Elective 2 Engineering Science Elective 3
CEE 421 Matrix Structural Analysis Elective
Elective Elective
Fourth Year
CEE 530 Intro to FInite Elements Elective
CEE 493 Independent Study CEE 492 Independent Study
CEE 541 Structural Dynamics Elective
Elective Elective

Notes

  • Students may select one (1) from: CEE 301L, BME 307, or ME 366L.
  • Students may be required to complete three (3) engineering science electives to get to 12 engineering courses in total, depending on courses taken to satisfy Track Elective prerequisites

Advisors

The academic advisor for students on this track is Guglielmo Scovazzi.

Faculty members who could serve as independent study advisor include, but are not limited to:

Courses

Track Core

Offered

Prerequisites

CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms Fall and Spring CS 101 or EGR 103L
EGR 201 Solid Mechanics or
BME 244 Quantitative Physiology
Fall and Spring
Fall and Spring
MATH 122, PHYS 151
EGR 103L, BIO 201 (co), MATH 212, 216, or 353
MATH 561 Numerical Linear Algebra, Optimization, MCS Fall MATH 122, MATH 216
CEE 530 Intro to Finite Elements

Fall

MATH 353, MATH 453

Track Electives   
CEE 301L Fluid Mechanics Spring EGR 201L, EGR 244 (co)
BME 307 Transport Phenomenon in Biological Systems Spring BME 244L, BME 260L, MATH 353
ME 336L Fluid Mechanics Fall and Spring EGR 201L, EGR 224L, ME 331L, MATH 353 (co)
CEE 421L Matrix Structural Analysis Fall MATH 216, EGR 201L
CEE 425 Analytical and Computational Solid Mechanics   EGR 201L, MATH 212, MATH 216
CEE 541 Structural Dynamics Fall, even-numbered years EGR 421L and MATH 353

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology

Curriculum Template

Track Core, Track Elective, Engineering Science and Natural Science courses are bolded and italicized.

First Year

MATH 111L Calculus I MATH 112L Calculus II
CHEM 101DL Chemistry PHYS 151L Mechanics
EGR 101 Engineering Design & Comm. Writing 101
EGR 103L Computational Methods

Engineering Science Elective 1

Second Year
MATH 212 Multivariate Calculus MATH 216 Linear Algebra & Diff. Equations
PHYS 152L Electricity & Magnetism *
CHEM 201DL Organic Chemistry I
Elective EGR 190 Data and Decision
Elective Elective
Third Year
MATH 353 Ordinary & Partial Diff. Equations * CEE 462 Biological Principles of Environmental Engineering
CEE 563 Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds CEE 565 Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Engineering Science Elective 2 Elective
BIO 201L Molecular Biology Elective
Elective Elective
Fourth Year
CEE 461 Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering Elective
CEE 493 Independent Study CEE 492 Independent Study
CEE 566 Environmental Microbiology Elective
Elective Elective

Notes

Students developing an IDEAS curriculum in Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology may choose to replace Physics 152L and/or Math 353 with: BIO 201L, BIO 202L, CHEM II, Organic Chemistry I, or Organic Chemistry II.

Advisors

Academic advisor: Claudia K. Gunsch

Faculty members who could serve as an independent study advisor include, but are not limited to:

Courses

Track Core

Offered

Prerequisites

CEE 461 Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering Fall CHEM 101DL
CEE 462 Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering Spring None
CEE 563 Chemical Fate of Organic Compounds Fall None
CEE 566 Environmental Microbiology

Fall

CEE 462 or instructor consent

Track Electives   
CEE 565 Environmental Analytical Chemistry Spring CHEM 201DL or CHEM 401 or instructor consent
CEE 575 Air Pollution Engineering Fall None
CEE 661 Environmental Molecular Biotechnology Spring, odd-numbered years BIO 201L
CEE 666 Aquatic Geochemistry Spring CEE 461 or CEE 561
CEE 667 Chemical Transformation of Environmental Contaminants Spring CEE 563
BIO 201L Molecular Biology Fall and Spring CHEM 101DL
BIO 202L Genetics and Evolution Fall and Spring None
CHEM 201DL Organic Chemistry I Fall and Spring CHEM 101DL
Electives to Meet Pre-Med Requirements
BIO 201L Molecular Biology Fall and Spring CHEM 101DL
BIO 202L Genetics and Evolution   None
CHEM 201DL Organic Chemistry I Fall CHEM 101DL
CHEM 202DL Organic Chemistry II Spring CHEM 201DL
CHEM 210DL Modern Applied Chemical Principles   CHEM 101DL
BIOCHEM 301 Intro to Biochemistry   CHEM 201DL, 202L
English SSH   None
PSY 101 Intro to Psychology or PSY 101/107 Behavior   None
SOC 110D Sociological Inquiry   None
BME 244 Quantitative Physiology   EGR 103L, MATH 212 (co), BIO 201 (co)

Risk, Data & Financial Engineering

Curriculum Template

Track Core, Track Elective, Engineering Science and Natural Science courses are bolded and italicized

First Year

MATH 111L Calculus I MATH 112L Calculus II
CHEM 101DL Chemistry PHYS 151L Mechanics
EGR 101 Engineering Design & Comm. Writing 101
EGR 103L Computational Methods

Engineering Science Elective 1 or elective

Second Year
MATH 212 Multivariate Calculus MATH 216 Linear Algebra & Diff. Equations
PHYS 152L Electricity & Magnetism EGR 190 Data & Decision
EGR 201L Solid Mechanics CEE 201L Uncertainty, Design, Optimization
Elective Elective
Third Year
MATH 353 Ordinary & Partial Diff. Equations STAT 230 Probability
EGR 305 Engineering Economics and Optimization Natural Science Elective
ECE 555 Probability for ECE Elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Fourth Year
CEE 490 Risk and Resilience Engineering EGR 590 Financial Informatics
CEE 493 Independent Study CEE 492 Independent Study
STAT 340 Statistical Decision Analysis Elective
Elective Elective

 

Advisors

The academic advisor for students on this track is Mark Borsuk.

Faculty members who could serve as independent study advisor include, but are not limited to:

Courses

Track Core

Offered

Prerequisites

CEE 201L Uncertainty, Design, and Optimization Spring EGR 201
EGR 305 Engineering Systems Optimization Fall MATH 216 (co)
EGR 590 Financial Informatics Spring ECON 377, EGR 103
CEE 690 Risk & Resilience Engineering

Fall

CEE 201, EGR 305

Track Electives     
ECE 555 Probability for Electrical Engineering Fall MATH 216
CEE 690 Uncertainty Quantification Spring MATH 216, MATH 353
CEE 690 Health & Environmental Data Science Spring EGR 103, MATH 216, Data & Decision
STAT 340 Statistical Decision Analysis Fall MATH 112L, STAT 230
STAT 323D Statistical Computing Spring MATH 112L, STAT 210, 230, 250 (co)
STAT 325L Machine Learning & Data Mining Spring MATH 112L, STAT 210, 230, 250 (co)
ECON 413 Forecasting Financial Markets Spring MATH 212, STAT 230 or 250, ECON 101 and 208D
ECON 208D Intro to Econometrics Fall and Spring MATH 112, STAT 230 or 250, ECON 101
ECON 377 The Economics of Financial Derivatives & Financial Engineering Spring ECON 205D or 372, Probability & Statistics
ECON 378 Financial Risk Management   MATH 212, ECON 201, 205D, 210D

Additional Resources

Previous IDEAS Topics

In recent years, students have completed IDEAS curricula in:

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Energy Conversion
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Materials Science
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution Control
  • Systems and Controls
  • Urban Engineering

Engineering Science Courses

Engineering Science electives should be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.

Course Prerequisites
BME 244 Quantitative Physiology  EGR 103, Math 212, Bio 201
BME 260L Modeling Cell and Molecular Systems  Bio 201, Math 212, BME 244

BME 271 Signals and Systems

 ECE 110, Math 216

CEE 132L Engineering the Planet *

 None

CEE 201L Uncertainty, Design, and Optimization

 EGR 201
CEE 301L Fluid Mechanics MATH 353 (co), EGR 224 (co) 
CEE 307 Transport Phenomena BME 260, MATH 353 
CEE 421 Matrix Structural Analysis EGR 201 
CEE 461 Chemical Principles in Environmental Engineering * CHEM 101 
CEE 462 Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering None 
CEE 520 Continuum Mechanics EGR 201, MATH 212, 216, 353 
CEE 530 Intro to Finite Elements MATH 353, 453

CEE 541 Structural Dynamics

MATH 353, CEE 421 
CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms * EGR 103 
ECE 110L Fundamentals of Electrical & Computer Engineering * EGR 103, MATH 112 (co) 
ECE 230 Micro Electronic Devices and Circuits EGR 103, PHYS 152, ECE 110
ECE 270L Intro to Electromagnetic Fields EGR 103, PHYS 152, MATH 216, ECE 101L
ECE 280L Intro to Signals and Systems ECE 110L 

ECE 340 Optics and Photonics

ECE 270 

ECE 341L Solar Cells *

PHYS 152 

ECE 363L Electric Vehicle Project

PHYS 152 and: ECE 110L or EGR 244L 

ECE 364L Performance and Tech Composition *

None

ENGEGR 310 Intro to Energy Engineering * None
ENGEGR 490 Special Topics in Energy Engineering Consent 
EGR 305 Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics * MATH 216 
EGR 121L Engineering Innovation * None 
EGR 201L Mechanics of Solids * MATH 113, PHYS 151 
EGR 224L Electrical Fundamentals of Mechatronics EGR 103, EGR 201, MATH 212, PHY 152 
EGR 244L Dynamics MATH 212, EGR 201 
ME 221L Structure and Properties of Solids CHEM 101, EGR 201 

ME 331L Thermodynamics

CHEM 101, EGR 201 
ME 336L Fluid Mechanics MATH 353 (pre/co), ME 331, EGR 244 
ME 344L Control Systems EGR 224, MATH 216 
ME 415L Failure Analysis and Prevention EGR 201, ME 221 
ME 426 Ocean Engineering ME 221 or EGR 244 or ECE 230 
ME 431 Heat and Mass Transfer ME 331, ME 336, MATH 353
ME 438 Constructal Theory * None 
ME 442 Intro to Robotics and Automation ECE 280 or EGR 244 

Notes

* Prerequisites for these Engineering Science Electives are met by the regular engineering requirements

Natural Science Courses

BIOLOGY 20 AP/IB/IPC credit
BIOLOGY 201DL Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology

BIOLOGY 202DL Genetics and Evolution

BIOLOGY 215/215L Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Biology
BIOLOGY 275A Biology for Engineers: Informing Engineering Decisions (@ NSOE Marine Lab)
BIOLOGY 311 Systems Biology: An Introduction for the Quantitative Sciences
CHEMISTRY 201DL Organic Chemistry I
CHEMISTRY 202L Organic Chemistry II
CHEMISTRY 210DL Modern Application of Chemical Principles
EOS 101 The Dynamic Earth
EOS 102 The Dynamic Ocean
EOS 201L The Solid Earth: Minerals, Rocks, and Structural Geology
EOS 202 Ocean and Atmospheric Dynamics
EOS 370A Introduction to Physical Oceanography (@ NSOE Marine Lab)
PHYSICS 264 Optics and Modern Physics
PHYSICS 305 Introduction to Astrophysics
PHYSICS 361 Intermediate Mechanics
PHYSICS 513 Nonlinear Dynamics

Updated: March 1, 2019