Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007
UDM Academic PoliciesCourse DescriptionsList of All ProgramsFaculty

Special Academic Programs/Courses

This section lists a number of programs and services which are available and may be of interest or use to undergraduate, professional and transfer students in any college.

African-American Studies

Director: Stephanie Mitchem
Office: Briggs 333c
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1299
Email: mitchusy@udmercy.edu

The African-American Studies program critically examines–through a multi-disciplinary lens–the background, culture and diverse experiences of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants in the diaspora throughout the world. Courses in the program utilize critical and analytical approaches derived from or grounded in the black experience.

The program allows students to demonstrate study and expertise in African-American studies and serves as a basis for advanced study in a variety of disciplines and professional fields. It is available to all students enrolled at the University.

Certificate Requirements
The African-American Studies Certificate will be granted to students completing a minimum of 21 credit hours, including AAS 200, AAS 490 and 15 credit hours in other courses approved for African-American Studies credit. Courses meeting African-American Studies criteria, including AAS 200 and AAS 490, are listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

Required (21 cr.)
AAS 200 Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies 3
AAS 490 Integrative Seminar 3
Electives approved for African-American Studies 15
The certificate may be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program or on a post-baccalaureate basis.

American Language and Culture Program

Program Coordinator: Michael Morgan
Office: 205 University Center
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1205
Email: morganmj@udmercy.edu

The American Language and Culture Program operates as a division of International Services. The American Language and Culture Program has two main objectives:

  • 1.To assess the English language proficiency of international students accepted to the University for study.
  • 2.To teach the language and culture skills necessary for successful entrance into degree-directed courses of study.

International students are assessed for their English language proficiency during the week which precedes the first official class day. After testing, students are placed into Beginning English, 22 hours (17 classroom) of instruction per week; Intermediate English, 9 hours of instruction per week; Advanced English, 3-6 hours of instruction per week; or into full time degree-directed study.

Classes are held on the McNichols Campus on the second floor of the Student Center. Course schedules coincide with the regular University schedule, which has three 15-week terms beginning the first week of September, January and May. Hours of instruction are related to assessed needs.

Black Abolitionist Archives

Director: Roy E. Finkenbine
Office: Briggs 332C
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 578-0358
Email: finkenre@udmercy.edu

The Black Abolitionist Archives is an historical research center devoted to the study of African Americans involved in the transatlantic struggle against slavery – America’s “first civil rights movement.” The collection housed in the archives contains a wealth of materials that document the lives of some 300 black abolitionists, including some 14,000 documents, an extensive microfilm library, a clippings file, and a library of scholarly books, articles and dissertations. Dr. James O. Horton of the Smithsonian Institution’s Afro-American Communities Project has called it “the most extensive primary source collection on antebellum black activism.”

Carney Latin American Archives

Director: Gail Presbey
Office: Briggs 330
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1124
Email: presbegm@udmercy.edu

The James Guadalupe Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive’s purpose is to serve students, scholars and community members as a depository for materials on Latin American human rights and solidarity work. It offers students and scholars a place to conduct primary research on Latin American solidarity work, human rights and liberation theology through courses, programs and research materials. The archives, staffed by a director, students, and volunteers is a community institute offering resource and referral information regarding local community and national groups that work on human rights issues in the United States and Latin America.

Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Director of Design: Dan Pitera
Office: 107, Warren Loranger Architecture Building
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1037
Fax: (313) 993-1512
Email: piteradw@udmercy.edu

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center is a center for applied research in architectural design and neighborhood development. The Center is committed to design as a means for uplifting and dignifying the human person. Located in the School of Architecture, the Design Center is a unique, multi-disciplinary, non-profit organization which is dedicated to renewing the city by revitalizing its neighborhoods. The Design Center seeks to promote collaboration among community organizations, local governments and private developers to confront the social, economic and political realities which have for years contributed to the physical deterioration of urban Detroit. The work of the Center integrates:

  • a participative approach to architectural, urban, object and graphic design;
  • education that reinforces a comprehensive vision for creating sustainable urban environments;
  • development of the urban built environment through applied research, analysis and advocacy.

The goal is to produce quality design solutions which respond to locally defined concerns. The Design Center works with students, local design professionals and community-based development organizations to enhance local leadership capacity and to promote quality design. Utilizing broad-based community participation in conjunction with advanced design technologies, the Design Center produces excellent projects that respond to local concerns. The center’s work has won numerous awards for design excellence and has been published in several publications.

Extended Off-Campus Instructional Sites

To meet the learning needs of employed adults wishing to pursue a degree, the University offers certain degree programs at a number of off-campus sites. Degree and major requirements, content of the course work and faculty are the same as provided in the major courses on the main campuses. Undergraduate programs offered at off-campus sites are:

  • B.S.N. Degree Completion program in Grand Rapids
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Aquinas College
  • Legal Administration, R.N. Degree Completion and Health Services Administration programs at University Center, Macomb
  • Mechanical Engineering at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn
  • Computer Science at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn
  • Manufacturing Engineering at Focus Hope, Detroit, and at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn.

Greenfield Coalition

Director: Chris Vanden Broek
Office: 216, Engineering Building
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-3360
Fax: (313) 993-1187
Email: vandench@udmercy.edu

Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering
The manufacturing engineering program at UDM was developed in cooperation with its university, industrial and organizational partners, as part of the National Science Foundation supported Greenfield Coalition. It is centered on the integration of experiential and academic activities which it is able to offer through the Center for Advanced Technologies at Focus: HOPE (CAT). Academic partners of the Greenfield coalition included the University of Detroit Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Lehigh University, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University. Industrial partners were Cincinnati Machine, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, EDS, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors corporation. Institutional Partners were Focus: Hope and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Instruction is provided with materials developed and produced by faculty from the five partner universities of the Greenfield coalition. The development followed a coach/tutor model. Knowledge modules closely linked to practical, present-day needs of manufacturing engineers were identified, and these form the basis of the present curriculum. This curriculum and its direct link to the practical manufacturing work of the students at the CAT provide a unique learning experience and a solid foundation for the demands of manufacturing engineering in the 21st century.

Degree Programs
For students at Focus: HOPE who successfully complete the prescribed curriculum, UDM will confer a degree of Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering. Students wishing to pursue this degree program should contact: Joanna Woods, Manager, Center for Advanced Technologies at:

1400 Oakman Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48238

All candidates for the Greenfield Coalition degrees, including the Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering degree from University of Detroit Mercy, must be employees of Focus:HOPE. Before becoming candidates, each person must either complete the Machinist’s Training Institute (MTI) curriculum at Focus: HOPE or demonstrate equivalent competence as a machinist.

Description of Greenfield Courses
In the following course descriptions, the institution responsible for the development and delivery of the course, as well as awarding the designated credits, is identified. The grade a student earns for the course will be transferred to the degree granting institution. All courses from partner institutions are offered with the full approval of the institution. The identification of the courses, as given here, is the identification accepted at Focus: HOPE. In cases where the course is taught by UDM the UDM course number is given in parentheses. A student registering for a course taught by an academic partner other than UDM must follow the registration rules for that institution. In general, all courses described here are offered at the Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT), on the Focus: HOPE campus.

Greenfield Coalition Chemistry
GCC 1012 Basic Chemistry 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1013

The scope of chemistry, chemical reaction/measurement, mass, weight and density, temperature, periodic table, and Factor-Label Method. Includes solutions, acid and base chemistry, redox reactions, energy/enthalpy and Hess' Law (taught by Lawrence Technological University).

GCC 2012 Chemistry/Materials Science I 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCC 1012, GCF 1013, GCM 2114 (co-requisite)

Chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics; methods for solving complex equilibrium problems; gas phase equilibria; solution equilibria and heterogeneous equilibria. Includes electrochemistry, corrosion and degradation of materials and advanced topics in kinetics. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCC 3011 Chemistry/Materials Science II 1 cr. hr.

A focus on the fundamental chemistry of the three main classes of materials: polymers, metal alloys and ceramics and an introduction of the basic principles of organic and inorganic chemistry. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCC 3031 Intro to Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Prerequisite: GCC 2012

Basic nomenclature of organic chemistry; multiple bonds and aromatic character; chair character of polymers; design of polymers via chemical synthesis; classical mechanisms for polymer synthesis; polymerization processes; production of polymer composites. (Lawrence Technological University).

Greenfield Coalition Engineering
GCE 2261 Control Systems I 1 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: GCM 2114, GCT 1221

An overview of control systems and a study of the application of sensors and actuators in control systems, digital logic, and programmable logic controllers. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCE 2462 Engineering Economics I 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1013

Fundamental and advanced concepts of engineering: framework of economic analysis, equivalence, interest factors, payments, annuities, and rates; economic uniform annual cost, present worth, internal rate of return, pay-off, and comparative analysis. Also included are evaluation of alternative manufacturing engineering projects, that are either mutually exclusive, and/or that are independent. (Wayne State University).

GCE 3012 Engineering Materials II 2 cr. hr. (GCE 301)

Prerequisites: GCT 2012

This course covers inspection and testing, heat treatment, and adhesives and coatings. Students will learn sample preparation techniques for microstructure examination and mechanical testing and testing procedures, the effect of heat treatment on microstructure and properties of metals, and the basics of inorganic coatings, polymeric coatings, and adhesives. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 3021 Engineering Materials III 1 cr. hr. (GCE 302)

Prerequisites: GCE 3012

Structure property relations in materials; failure modes,; microstructure characterization; corrosion measurement and control. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 3111 Machining Processes II 1 cr. hr. (GCE 311)

Prerequisites: GCT 1112, GCM 2114

Study of the analysis of shear mechanism of cutting, forces, and power in machining, surface finish and thermal behavior of the cutting process (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 3172 Materials Forming II 2 cr. hr. (GCE 317)

Prerequisites: GCT 2112, 3152

Engineering analysis of forming processes including bulk deformation (extrusion, forging, drawing) and sheet forming of metals; extrusion and injection molding of polymers. Flow criteria, defect formation, design of product and tooling. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 3262 Control Systems II 2 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: GCE 2261

Introduction to computer numerical controls and linear systems, mathematical foundations for control systems, time domain techniques, frequency domain techniques, PID controls, case studies and projects. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCE 3314 Manufacturing Systems II 4 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCT 2314

Beyond the core principles of manufacturing systems, this course concentrates on the implementation of advanced theories and use of authentic tools. Learners design manufacturing systems, solve production problems through the application of advanced analysis tools, and analyze the impact of new operational models on system management. (Lehigh University).

GCE 3461 Engineering Economics II 1 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: GCE 2462; GCM 2114

Depreciation accounting for capital goods procured for manufacturing operations. Income tax consequences for various accounting methods and the analysis of investment opportunities in manufacturing processes where information on likely outcomes is either imperfect or incomplete. Development of a comprehensive case study comprising data collection, analysis, interpretation and conclusions. (Wayne State University).

GCE 4113 Assembly Processes 3 cr. hrs. (GCE 411 & GCE 412)

Prerequisites: GCT 3131, GCT 2112

Joining methods including mechanical fasteners, shrink/press fits, adhesives, etc.; welding, brazing, friction welding, flame cutting, defects; design for assembly, part feeding, part storage and retrieval, parts tangling and how to design to avoid it, part feeding technologies; introduction to robotics and robotic assembly with overview of robotic hardware and software. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 4173 Tool Design and Construction 3 cr. hrs. (GCE 417)

Prerequisites: GCT 2112, 2182, 3152, GCE 3111, 3172

The study of cutting tool and die design and selection, tool setting, clamping forces, and gage design and selection. Introduction to tool design for other manufacturing processes such as metal stamping, hydroforming, injection molding. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCE 4313 Facilities Design 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 2114, GCE 3314

Introduction to plant location theory and analysis of models of facilities design; models for determining plant size and time phasing. Design of manufacturing, warehouse and material handling facilities. Use of heuristic, analytic, and computer-aided methods in the facilities design process. (Wayne State University).

GCE 4413 Operations Management 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 2413

The course primarily focuses on the production and operations management function, which involves the planning, coordination, and execution of all activities directly related to production of goods and services. The course has a strong industry orientation in that it employs numerous real-life case studies. The course is made up of four modules. These are: introduction to operations management; design of production and service systems; planning, execution and control of manufacturing systems; and supply chain management. (Wayne State University).

GCE 4513 Capstone 3 cr. hrs. (GCE 451)

Prerequisites: Senior Standing

Candidates will work on a comprehensive design project making use of knowledge gained in previous courses. Teamwork is emphasized. Oral and written presentations are required. The course is meant for the candidate expecting to graduate with the degree of Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering. (University of Detroit Mercy).

Greenfield Coalition Fundamentals
GCF 1013 Computers in Engineering 3 cr. hrs.

This course prepares students to participate in courses, which use computers. It provides and applies basic computer knowledge of systems and applications in the workplace, skills in several applications, and programming. Topics covered include: an introduction to computer systems and their applications, operating systems, computer hardware; review and application of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software; an introduction to programming using Visual Basic; and the Internet. (Wayne State University).

GCF 1101 Basic Graphics

MTI Core I: Executing basic AutoCAD commands to develop working CAD drawings and Slide Show to display drawings. MTI Core II: Introduction to Unigraphics for Manufacturing Applications covering CAD/DAM/CAE concurrent engineering process, creating and editing curves and lines, wireframe construction, 3D modeling, parametric modeling fundamentqals, sketching, tool path creation. [Candidates completing the Core I & II CAD courses at the Machinist Training Institute will receive credit for this course by Advanced Placement]. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCF 1113 Technical Graphics and Design

Prerequisites: GCF 1101

An introduction into the computer processes used in the design graphics field and the coupling needed between design and manufacturing. Visualization, generation of design geometry using 3-dimensional solids as the geometry primitives, control and utilization of design geometry, the design-graphics process, and the CAD to DAM process including data base type of tracking and validation of processes including process planning, materials, features, etc. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCF 3213 Kinematics of Machines 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCS 2113, 3112, GCF 1113

Presentation of the fundamental kinematic concepts necessary for the understanding of the mechanical functions of manufacturing equipment. Determination of position, velocity, and acceleration of any point on a linkage mechanism. Design of specialized components for motion control including cams, cam-followers, gears and gear trains. Force analysis and static as well as dynamic balance of mechanisms. (Wayne State University).

GCF 4314 Mechanisms and Machinery Design 4 cr. hrs. (GCF 431)

Prerequisites: GCM 3214, GCS 3132

Basic concepts in mechanisms and kinematics, kinematic diagrams, degrees of freedom, graphical and analytical methods of displacement analysis, velocity analysis, instant centers, static force analysis, introduction to acceleration analysis, inertia forces, and introduction to dynamics of mechanisms. Introduction to cams and follower types, graphical displacement analysis, gears and gear trains, and gear tooth nomenclature. Introduction to kinematic synthesis, concepts of motion, path, and function generation, and dimensional synthesis. (University of Detroit Mercy).

Greenfield Coalition Liberal Arts
GCL 1013 English Composition 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to the writing process: strategies for setting objectives, planning, drafting, testing, revising, editing, and proofreading. Presentation of techniques for revising and editing reports, study of the analytical (investigative research) report applying strategies for collecting materials, using library and computer sources, introduction of the essay for designated audiences and purposes, and the designated audiences and purposes, and the design of visuals to enhance communication of complex ideas. Exercises in writing various types of documents. (Wayne State University).

GCL 1214 Psychology and Sociology 4 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCL 1013

An introduction to the scientific study of human behavior, looking at it from the individual to the societal level. Topics include the nature vs. nurture debate, human growth and development, interpersonal relationships and social processes, with emphasis on research- and experience-based learning. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCL 2013 Communications in Manufacturing I 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCL 1013

Theories of technical communication, persuasion, and the effective flow of ideas; workplace communications, both written and verbal, such as memos, letters, reports, instructions, and proposals. These include audience and purpose analysis, visual support of texts, and formatting; introduction to effective oral presentations. (Wayne State University).

GCL 2614 Comparative Politices & Economics 4 cr. hrs. (GCL 261)

Prerequisites: GCL 1013

Preparation to become active participants in globalization issues, learning how to integrate social, political, and economic knowledge for a manufacturing company's expansion in the global market. A study of team building, research strategies, cultural understanding, project planning, comparative political systems, an economic development model, comparative economics system and political and economic integration. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCL 3013 Communications in Manufacturing II 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCL 2013

Review of communications theory, effective strategies for composition and oral presentations, advanced oral presentations, multimedia presentations, and non-traditional presentations. Requirements include document design, design of manuals and reports, process demonstrations, and a group projects culminating in a written feasibility report and formal oral presentation. (Wayne State University).

GCL 3513 Arts in Action 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCL 2013

Explores the nature of the arts as an integral part of each student's everyday life using specific arts events and works of art in the Detroit metropolitan area, transforming the city into a cultural laboratory. Ways of Seeing provides a foundation for the appreciation of visual art as it transforms the student's world into a cultural laboratory. Constructing Zone: Look! Listen! introduces music composition and video creation. P Performance and Plans: The Art of the Times establishes an understanding of the ways in which the principles of other art forms are adapted for the theater. (Wayne State University).

GCL 3613 Global Culture & Philosophy 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCL 1214, 2013

This course will prepare students to work effectively in culturally diverse environments. Activities such as role playing, interviews with international engineers, and videotapes of cross-cultural encounters will help students gain appreciation of a wider range of cultures, including their own. (Lawrence Technological University).

Greenfield Coalition Mathematics
GCM 1010 Basic Math - no credit

Arithmetic, including fractions, decimals, percentage, conversion of units; geometry; equations in one unknown and graphing of lines; rations and proportions; operations with polynomials; factoring; radicals and exponents. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCM 1013 Technical Mathematics I 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1010

Functions and graphs; systems of linear equations; quadratic equations; exponential and logarithmic functions; introduction to matrices; determinants; Cramer's rule; linear inequality; introduction to analytical geometry and conic sections. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCM 1042 Technical Mathematics II 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1013

Trigonometric functions with right angle application; radian measure; general trigonometric functions; graphing of trigonometric functions; identities; trigonometric equations; vectors in two and three dimensional space; oblique triangles; complex numbers and polar coordinates. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCM 2114 Calculus I 4 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1042

Limits; continuity; tangents; derivatives; curve sketching; indefinite and definite integrals; applications of derivatives; related rates; area between two curves; derivatives and integration of transcendental functions; use of computer-based modules. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCM 2413 Statistical Methods 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1010

Introduction to the theory of statistics; prediction; data representation; probability; sampling theorem; estimating; correlation; tools for quality control; descriptive statistics; data collection systems; control charts; process capability; tolerance analysis; hypothesis testing and regression analysis. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCM 3214 Calculus II 4 cr. hrs. (GCM 321)

Prerequisites: GCM 2114

Calculus of transcendental functions; L'Hospitals's rule; application of derivatives and integration of transcendental functions; techniques of integration; application of integrals; sequences and series including power, Tayor and Fournier; integration of compound functions; trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions; applications to moments and force. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCM 3254 Calculus III 4 cr. hrs. (GCM 325)

Prerequisites: GCM 3214

Analytic geometry in two and three dimensions; plane curves; calculus of vectors; functions of several variables; differentiation and integration of several variables and applications; linear algebra; characteristic equations; eigenvalues and eigenvectors. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCM 3312 Differential Equations I 2 cr. hrs. (GCM 331)

Prerequisites: GCM 3214

Ordinary differential equations; solutions to higher order differential equations with constant coefficients; applications of first order differential equations; matrix algebra; LaPlace transform; systems of linear differential equations and applications. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCM 3332 Differential Equations II 2 cr. hrs. (GCM 333)

Prerequisites: GCM 3312

Higher order differential equations; series solution of linear equations; modeling with higher order differential equations; LaPlace operator, systems of differential equations; and applications. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCM 3411 Design of Experiments 1 cr. hr. (GCM 341)

Prerequisites: GCM 2413

Design of experiments and Taguchi methods; randomization; blocking; 2k experiment; cube and interaction plots; signal to noise ration; orthogonal arrays; planar groups. (University of Detroit Mercy).

Greenfield Coalition Science
GCS 2113 Mechanophysics I 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCM 1042

An introduction to basic physics concepts related to the study of motion, the study of forces, and static equilibrium of forces and load supporting elements; introduction to the engineering analysis of moving mechanical components and the kinematics of translation and rotation are considered in the context of machine elements. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCS 2141 Engineering Mechanics I 1 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: GCS 2113, GCM 1042, 2114

Introduction to vibrations of mechanical systems and to the basic concepts of engineering structural analysis. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCS 2211 Thermoscience I 1 cr. hr. (GCS 221)

Prerequisites: GCM 2114

Introduction to the properties and laws associated with thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Topics covered are fluid density, pressure, and viscosity; fluids at rest; conservation of mass; Bernoulli equation; temperature scales; thermal expansion of liquids and solids; heat transfer; specific heats and heats of transformation; the first law of thermodynamics; kinetic theory of gases; and the second law of thermodynamics. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 2312 Electroscience I 2 cr. hrs. (GCS 231)

Prerequisites: GCM 2114

A presentation of the fundamental principle of electrostatics which includes Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential difference and case studies; study of fundamental principles of electromagnetism and the properties of inductors and capacitors. (University of Detroit mercy).

GCS 2321 Electroscience II 1 cr. hr. (GCS 232)

Prerequisites: GCS 2312

Introduction to electric circuit concepts and applications, concepts of DC-circuits, Ohm's law, Kirchoff's law, and DC-circuit analysis methods such as mesh analysis,nodal analysis, superposition principle, voltage division rule. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 3112 Mechanophysics II for Engineering and Technology 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCS 2113

Properties of mechanical elements and relationship to strength; mass properties of mechanical elements, centroids, inertia and their relation to kinetics; introduction to the concepts of power and energy, and how they relate to translating and rotating objects. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCS 3132 Engineering Mechanics II 2 cr. hrs. (GCS 313)

Prerequisites: GCS 2141, GCM 2114

Presents an introduction to the mechanics of deformable bodies, comprising axial loads, beam bending, and torsion and twist of circular rods and to mechanical properties of materials; provides an introductory study of vibrations, and an introduction to mode shapes and frequencies. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 3163 Mechanophysics II for Manufacturing Engineering

Prerequisites: GCS 2141, GCM 2114

The classical equations of motion are considered. Momentum, inertia, and virtual work are applied to translating and rotating machinery. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCS 3191 Engineering Mechanics III - Solid Mechanics 1 cr. hr. (GCS 319)

Prerequisites: GCS 3132, GCM 2114

Solid mechanics - mechanics of deformable bodies including transverse shear in beams, stress and strain transformations, deformation of plate structures and columns. Application to fixture design. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 3214 Thermoscience II 4 cr. hrs. (GCS 321)

Prerequisites: GCS 2211, GCM 2114

Explores the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, covering such topics as heat and work, internal energy and enthalpy, engine operation, energy conservation in machining operations, P-V-T diagrams and thermodynamic tables, entropy, and refrigeration cycles. introduces fluid properties, and covers such topics as forces on submerged objects, buoyancy, equations of fluid statics, fluid machines, and fluid flow. Introduces modes of heat transfer and relationships between conservation of energy and heat transfer. Concludes with study of applications of thermal science fundamentals to industrial processes. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 3311 AC Circuit Analysis 1 cr. hr. (GCS 331)

Prerequisites: GCS 2321, GCM 3312

Introduces the concepts of AC-Circuits, sinusoidal waveform, complex algebra, phasors, power calculations and measurements, power factor, and transformers. In addition it introduces operations and applications of electronic elements like the diode and the operational amplifier. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCS 3361 Transient and Digital Fundamentals 1 cr. hr. (GCS 336)

Prerequisites: GCS 331, GCM 312, 3332

Transient circuit analysis including RL, RC, and RLC circuits. Introduction to basic digital concepts. (University of Detroit Mercy).

Greenfield Coalition Technology
GCT 1211 Measurement Fundamentals 1 cr. hr.

Presentation of terminology, procedures, and capabilities of devices used in the field of measurement; and introduction to measurement statistics. (Lehigh University).

GCT 1221 Instrumentation and Sensors 1 cr. hr.

Prerequisite: GCT 1211

A study of instrumentation used in manufacturing environments. Topics covered: overview of control systems terms, discrete/binary signals, analog signals, multiplexed signals, analog to digital conversion, programmable logic controllers. (Lehigh University)

GCT 2012 Engineering Materials 2 cr. hrs. (GCT 201)

Prerequisites: GCM 1013

The study of production, forms, composition, and specifications used in metal products; of the structure, properties and manufacturing of ceramics; of the chemistry, types, properties and manufacturing techniques of polymers; of development of composite materials composed of two or more different component materials to obtain resultant properties that are superior to the properties of the individual materials; and of material selection and materials for manufacturing. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCT 2112 Manufacturing Processes 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: MTI Experience, GCT 1211, 1221

Introduction to the issues of product quality and tolerances, manufacturing processes for casting and how the various methods influence secondary operations such as machining, metal forming processes, and joining processes including various types of welding, brazing and soldering and considering heat flow in the work piece, weld microstructure, and weld discontinuities. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCT 2182 Tool Design 2 cr. hrs. (GCT 218)

Prerequisites: GCM 1013, GCF 1113, GCT 1112, 2012

The presentation of the design process, conceptual ideas and tentative solutions, cost analysis, and tooling design and layout. The study of tool-work interaction, tool materials, holding principles (location, devices, clamping), and design of drill jigs and fixtures. A guide to tool design. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCT 2212 Electrical Machines 2 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCS 2312, 3311

Involves the analysis of dc/ac circuits and the study of industrial electric power specifications, static electromagnetic devices, industrial electric machines, and industrial solid state motor controllers and devices. (Wayne State University).

GCT 2314 Manufacturing Systems I 4 cr. hrs.

Introduction to manufacturing systems design. Fundamentals of manufacturing systems design, graphical analysis tools, mathematical analysis tools, and data communications networks. Overview of lean manufacturing concepts. (Lehigh University).

GCT 2452 Ethics and Industry 2 cr. hrs. (GCT 245)

Prerequisites: GCL 1013

This course introduces engineering students to the ethical dimensions of their profession and to the interrelations of engineering projects and society. It describes the impact of technological systems on culture, especially American culture, and reactions of our culture to technology. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCT 2511 Design Project I 1 cr. hr.

Prerequisites: 42 credits and 2 job rotations

A design project incorporating fundamentals learned in previous courses. The design process is emphasized from the establishment of objectives and analysis of alternative solutions to a final evaluation and recommendation. Final written and oral report required, and use of manufacturing facility in the production of the design is encouraged. (Lawrence Technological University).

GCT 3131 Introduction to Joining 1 cr. hr. (GCT 313)

Prerequisites: GCS 3214

Introduction to methods of joining; electric arc, thermo-mechanical, and radiation welding and fasteners, Different joining methods, consumable and non-consumable electrodes power source requirement and energy balance, applications. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCT 3152 Materials Forming I 2 cr. hrs. (GCT 315)

Prerequisites: GCT 2112, 2113, 2141

Forging, extrusion, rod and wire drawing, sheet metal forming topics. (University of Detroit Mercy).

GCT 4113 Product Realization 3 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: GCT 2012, 2112

Systematic process and procedures of determining the product to be launched based on customer needs. The course is divided into three one-credit modules. These are: product planning and assessment of customer needs; product specification, CAD/CAM design and product. (Wayne State University).

GCT 4513 Technology Design Project

Prerequisites: Senior standing

Design project validation of learning and absorption of competencies learned in engineering technology. Final written and oral report required; use of manufacturing facility in production design is encouraged. (Wayne State University).

GCT 490 Independent Study 1-6 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: Approval of outline of proposed study prior to registration by academic dean.

Supervised study and instruction in the field selected by the candidate.

GCT 495 Special topics 1-6 cr. hrs.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and academic dean.

Topics to be announced.

Honors Program

Director: David R. Koukal
Office: Briggs 336
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1138
Fax: (313) 993-1166
Email: koukaldr@udmercy.edu

The University of Detroit Mercy Honors Program integrates the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of its members by fostering a community of scholarly excellence, encouraging exploration of the larger world beyond the classroom, and promoting compassionate service to society at large and persons in need. The program director and three student Honors deans administer the program with the advice and consent of the general membership. Each member of the program must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 100 hours of non-paid volunteer service, which is coordinated and tracked through UDM’s Leadership Development Institute.

Honors students must fulfill 18 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

  • Twelve (12) hours of Honors courses fulfilling either an academic major or core curriculum requirement (e.g., an Honors section of PHL 100).
  • Three (3) hours in an Honors seminar course (400-level or above), involving extensive reading and the development of research skills.
  • Three (3) hours devoted to writing a Senior Thesis or developing a Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty member or
  • A second three (3) hour Honors seminar course (400-level or above), involving extensive reading and the development of research skills.

Membership Requirements - Incoming Freshmen:

  • High school GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • Minimum ACT score of 26 or a Minimum SAT score of 1100.
  • Involvement in high school extra-curricular activities.

Non-Freshmen (transfer students, sophomores, or first-term juniors):

  • Minimum GPA of 3.3.
  • Involvement in prior extra-curricular activities.

Graduation Requirements

  • Fulfillment of Honors curriculum.
  • Fulfillment of 100 hours total of non-paid volunteer service.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.3 at time of graduation.

Students who complete all the graduation requirements will have “Honors” printed on their diplomas and transcripts when they graduate and will wear golden Honors Cords at the commencement ceremony.

Honors Courses
Every semester the University Honors Program offers an array of challenging and stimulating courses not found in the typical college curriculum. Honors courses are taught by the best of a remarkable group of experienced faculty known for its accessibility, its commitment to teaching, and its interest in students’ ultimate academic and professional success.

Honors Option
Members of the University Honors Program may exercise their Honors Option to supplement a semester’s Honors course offerings. This option allows members to obtain Honors credit for a regular (non-HON designated) course with the approval of the course instructor and the Honors director.

Directed Reading and Independent Study
Most colleges and departments in the University offer Directed Reading or Independent Study. These are variable-credit course options that present a unique opportunity to study one-on-one with a member of UDM’s dedicated faculty. Guided by the student’s interests, the student and faculty member decide on the content of the course and schedule meetings to their mutual convenience. These course options are demanding, but they also provide the richest possibilities for an intimate educational experience not available to students in larger university settings. Furthermore, a three-credit Directed Reading or Independent Study counts as an Honors Seminar, thereby fulfilling an Honors requirement.

Honors Community
The scholarly excellence of the Program is complimented by a vibrant Honors community. The program is largely run by student deans with the advice and consent of the membership, which meets once a month during each semester to discuss program business. Honors students play an important role in course selection and the organizing of other program events, such as Earth Day, Trivial Pursuit Night, the UDM Ethics Bowl, Diversity Night, DIA and Dinner, Theater in Toronto and various public lectures and forums. Every year the program formally inducts its new members, and members stay in touch through a dedicated listserver. Members who live on campus will find even more intellectual stimulation and camaraderie on the Honors floors in the dormitories.


Director: Lara Wasner
Office: Reno 40
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-6191
Email: wasnerle@udmercy.edu

Through its offerings in more than 15 languages and ESL, the Language and Cultural Training Department seeks to imbue students with linguistic and cultural knowledge of modern foreign countries. Because today’s students live in a multicultural and multilingual world, the curriculum provides the tools, competence, and cultural orientation to enable them to do so successfully.

Advanced Placement/Proficiency Credit
Students entering directly from high school with AP (Advanced Placement) standing are requested to consult with the College to determine their placement and proficiency level. Students who commence their study in Languages at the University at the intermediate or advanced level, who have not previously acquired college credit for an introductory or higher-level foreign language course and can demonstrate the requisite proficiency, may be granted up to nine credits based on placement examination and successful completion of a higher level course in that language, with a grade of C or better.

Weekend College

Coordinator: Nancy Ann Surma, OSF, PhD.
Office: FAC 500
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1544
Fax: (313) 993-1534
Email: surmana@udmercy.edu

The Weekend College is an innovative, convenient scheduling option for adults whose work and family responsibilities are incompatible with traditional course times. Friday evening classes are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday classes are held from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in the Fall and Winter semesters. Weekend courses run in an accelerated semester that is scheduled for 10 weeks with an 11th week exam period. The 10-week schedule also permits students to enroll in an intensive course for three consecutive weekends in December and April. Core curriculum requirements are also offered on the weekends, allowing the student to complete an entire degree by attending weekend classes.

Summer semester in the Weekend College is scheduled for student convenience. There are two separate seven-week terms with classes held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in addition to four-week intensive sessions.

A high standard of academic quality is maintained in the Weekend College; degree requirements, coursework, learning objectives and scope of material are the same as for day and evening programs. Students may complete their degree in about the same time as other students who attend day or evening classes.

Weekend & Evening Programs
Evening programs are offered Monday through Thursday. These courses are not accelerated and are scheduled for a traditional 15-week semester. Students are not limited to just evening or weekend courses. They can combine the scheduling options if it is beneficial.

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Business Administration (evening)
  • Addiction Studies (evening)
  • Legal Administration (evening & weekend)
  • Social Work (evening)
  • Health Services Administration (evening & weekend)
  • Psychology (evening)
  • Developmental Psychology (evening)

Study Abroad Programs

University of Detroit Mercy provides students with opportunities to gain global perspective and experience by encouraging them to study abroad. Through its various schools and colleges, the University expands its curricula through study programs in other parts of the world. Interested students should consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information. Study abroad programs include:

The Australian American Partnership (AUS) Program, which was developed to meet the global needs of industry, is available to students in the College of Engineering & Science. Working with Curtin University of Technology, UDM has developed a program where students can study in Australia and potentially participate in a cooperative education assignment.

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international studies at the Beijing Center for Language and Culture, the Jesuit study abroad program in China. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director.

The Chinese American Partnership (CAP) Program, which was developed to meet the global needs of industry, is available to students in the College of Engineering & Science. Working with Tsinghua University and the Beijing Institute of Technology, UDM has developed a program where students can both study in China and participate in a cooperative education assignment with one of the corporate partners.

Summer Study in Oxford, England. Three or six weeks, July through August. Spend the summer studying and absorbing a thousand years of culture in one of the world’s oldest and most renowned universities. For centuries, the scientific, political, literary and cultural development of England was shaped largely by Oxonians, whose fame and influence pervaded the world. The very word Oxford has become synonymous with age-old traditions and academic excellence.

All courses are three credits and are available for undergraduate or graduate credit or may be audited. Courses are a combination of lectures and tutorials and may include course-related excursions. Courses are available in business management, education, English, fine arts, history and political science. For course descriptions and course numbers, consult the appropriate department sections elsewhere in this catalog.

For further information, contact Dr. Edward J. Wolff, English Department, (313) 993-1082 or (248) 652-3405 or via fax at (313) 993-1166.

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in England. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director.

Summer Study in Greece. Mid-June through Mid-July. The Classic Theatre Study Abroad program takes students to Greece for a month-long program of study, travel and performance. Three weeks of morning classes in voice, dance, acting and study of classic drama, plus evening rehearsals of a classic tragedy or comedy culminate in a week of touring two productions; both are presented for the public in modern and ancient amphitheatres. Visits to archaeological sites, museums and a professional production at the Theatre of Epidauros complete the course work. The classic theatre program is unique in several respects. It is the only program sponsored by an American university abroad which performs in ancient amphitheatres. It regularly incorporates professional and mature actors and it is taught and directed by working professionals as well as academics. Designed primarily for UDM pre-professional undergraduates, the program has attracted many teachers and professional performers, as well as theatre technicians. The company is recruited from across the country.

Courses are available for undergraduate or graduate credit. TRE 400: Classic Acting is available only by audition and the permission of the director. This course is advanced work for actors/dancers/singers in classic performance and culminates in the performance of a classic tragedy or comedy. TRE 405: Classic Drama requires the consent of the instructor. Lectures on classical history, culture and drama with special focus on a major tragedy and an Aristophanic comedy, are supplemented by visits to major ancient amphitheatres. For further information, contact Arthur Beer, Theatre Department, (313) 993-6463 or through e-mail at beeraj@udmercy.edu.

Summer Study in Volterra, Italy. End of June through mid-August. The city of Volterra is an unspoiled medieval city in the Tuscan countryside that has rich resources for the study of history, art history, archaeology and the fine arts. Unlike the great tourist cities of Italy, Volterra is not overrun in the summer, and students have the opportunity to meet Italians and to be introduced to Italian life and culture. Beginning Italian is taught with an emphasis on conversation.

All courses include visits to the museums and archeological sites in Volterra as well as in neighboring cities. A course is offered in the art history of the Etruscan, classical, medieval and Renaissance periods in Volterra, Tuscany and Italy. There are field trips to nearby Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. In addition, students have the opportunity for independent travel on weekends. The program opens with a trip to Venice, Padua and Vicenza. Since pre-Roman times, Volterra has been a center for sculpture. Students may take the sculpture studio; no previous fine arts experience is necessary.

Courses include FA 210: Art and Architecture in Italy, the study of art and architecture from ancient to modern times. Visits to museums, archeological sites and surrounding historic cities—Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano—are included. FA 391: Alabaster Sculpture Studio introduces students to basic issues in the creation of sculpture. ITL 115: Beginning Italian provides an introduction to the Italian language for everyday conversation. Students will be introduced to Italians who will participate in classes and with whom they may practice their language skills.

For further information, contact Dr. Sarah Stever, History Department, (313) 993-1099 or through e-mail at steversn@udmercy.edu. Beginning in 1984, the School of Architecture has offered a full term of study in Florence and Volterra, Italy during the summer/term III. Four weeks are spent in travel, four weeks in Florence, and six weeks in Volterra. In Volterra, Architecture students are joined by College of Liberal Arts students studying language, history and alabaster sculpture.

Education in Siena, Italy
Late July through mid-August (alternating years). Study in Siena is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to broaden their understanding of the education, culture, history and language of Italy.

Courses are available in comparative education, and/or special education, in integration of the arts in education and in the Italian language. All courses are three credits and are available for undergraduate or graduate credit. Courses related to excursions are included. In addition, independent study is available. For further information, contact Dr. Josephine Gambini, Education Department, at (313) 993-1287.

The College of Engineering and Science offers students the opportunity to spend their Junior year in Mexico through the Mexican American Partnership (MAP) program. UDM has partnered with Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico to provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses for up to eight months at Monterrey Tech and work for four months at the Mexican facilities of a manufacturer. Students learn how to operate in a multicultural environment and gain valuable multinational work experience.

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in Mexico. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. The College of Business Administration also participates in the Mexican-American Partnership (MAP) program with Monterrey Tech. This program enables business students to spend one semester studying in Mexico and also to co-op there.

Since 1980, the School of Architecture has conducted an exchange program with the Warsaw University of Technology for one term each year. Ten students and one professor from each institution exchange positions for a full academic term. American students are taught by faculty of the Politechnika in English.

University Academic Services

Contact: Emilie Gallegos
Office: Student Center (lower level)
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 578-0310
Email: gallegem@udmercy.edu

University Academic Services (UAS) provides student-centered services to the University community with the goal of supporting the retention and academic success of undergraduate students. UAS provides services to the University community in the following areas:

Admission Services: the University College program
UAS sponsors a conditional admission program, University College (UC). Each year, staff members review applications of students not admissible to the University by usual criteria. Students are selected for participation in UC through application review and interviews. Students admitted through this process must sign a contract agreeing to specific conditions, and are linked to necessary support services and developmental advising.

Assessment and Orientation Services
University Academic Services conducts placement testing for all new and transfer undergraduate students. UAS also conducts experiential learning assessment and CLEP/DANTES testing for UDM students. University Academic Services also coordinates the placement testing, academic advising and registration components of summer orientation for traditional age full-time freshmen.

Academic Support Services
University Academic Services provides free tutorial services, including one-on-one tutoring sessions and study groups, for all registered UDM students. Study groups are part of Supplemental Instruction (SI), a national, participatory academic support program in which tutors sit in on specific sections of targeted courses throughout the term and then guide study sessions each week. Any student in the course may attend these sessions; the schedule is posted each term in the UAS office, also called the Learning Center.

An appointment is recommended for individual tutoring sessions, although a limited number of walk-ins is available each day. Day, evening, and weekend appointments are available during each term. Students should call (313) 993-1143 or visit the UAS office/Learning Center in the basement of the Student Center to make an appointment. No appointment is necessary for the study groups.

The tutorial staff, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, is available for appointments by the second week of each term. UAS supports freshman level coursework, focusing on basic core curriculum and beginning major-specific courses. Some upper-division tutoring is available, primarily in the sciences.

Disability Support Services
Disability support services are available to all currently enrolled students. Students with a permanent or temporary documented, qualified disability requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act should contact Emilie Gallegos, director of University Academic Services, at (313) 578-0310 upon admission to the University. Students must complete the intake and disability verification process to receive accommodations.

Urban Health Education Center


  • Charles Marske, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Education
  • Suzanne Mellon, Dean, College of Health Professions
  • H. Robert Steiman, Dean, School of Dentistry
  • Nancy Ann Surma, OSF, Coordinator, Weekend College


  • Pamela Herrera, Associate Dean for Community Services, School of Dentistry
  • Mary Kelly, RSM, Assistant Professor and Chair, Health Services Administration and Health Care Education, College of Health Professions

The Urban Health Education Center (UHEC) is an academic network of undergraduate and graduate health, education and human service disciplines within the University.

The purpose of UHEC is interprofessional education to effect the well being of children, families and communities. This is accomplished through:

  • Integrated learning experiences in common competencies shared across related health, teacher education and human service disciplines, and
  • community-based, interprofessional clinical and practicum experiences as integral to the learning process.

Students within the UHEC network will find themselves interacting with students in other professional disciplines around common content and projects in the learning process.

Disciplines within the UHEC network are:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Counseling
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dentistry
  • Health Services
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Services
  • Nurse Anesthesiology
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education

Women’s Studies

The Women’s Studies program critically examines the place of women in culture and society. Feminist theories are applied to traditional disciplines to analyze the origins and effects of power, dominance and gender. Since women’s issues and gender issues encompass and modify all areas of knowledge, and since such issues as race and class are crucial aspects of women’s experiences, the program will be interdisciplinary and cross-cultural.

The Women’s Studies certificate offers a credential and a basis for further study in a variety of postgraduate and professional fields. The certificate program is open to all students enrolled in the University.

Certificate Requirements
The Women’s Studies Certificate will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses approved for Women’s Studies credit. Courses meeting Women’s Studies criteria, including WS 300 and WS 400 are listed each semester. Students should refer to the schedule of classes or call the Women’s Studies Office.

Required (18 cr.)
WS 200 Introduction to Women’s Studies 3 cr. Courses in other disciplines approved as Women’s Studies 15 cr. Women’s Studies courses are open to all students, graduate and undergraduate, whether or not they are pursuing the Women’s Studies certificate.

College of Business Administration

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