Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2009
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Mission Statement
As the College of Engineering and Science of a comprehensive, urban Catholic university, it is our mission to lead in the development of professional engineers, scientists and mathematicians who are uniquely capable and effective in their service to the greater Detroit area, the national and the world communities through the discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge.

General Introduction
Undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering and technology is a critical determinant of our national future. [National Research Council] Consistent with the College’s mission to serve society’s needs, the faculty is committed to provide an education that permits students to serve their chosen profession and the nation. To achieve this, a significant portion of students’ studies consists of humanities and social science coursework that places their technical efforts in the proper historical, social and political contexts. Through this, graduates become productive entrepreneurs in a global society as engineers, scientists, mathematicians, physicians, dentists and educators. UDM students also have an opportunity to participate in the cooperative education program. For engineering students, co-op is required. Co-op plays an important role in developing the professional skills and experience necessary to succeed after graduation. UDM provides these educational opportunities in the heart of the dynamic and highly productive business, industrial and scientific community of Southeastern Michigan.

Bioremediation, mechatronics, product development, rapid prototyping, digital logic circuits, concurrent engineering, genetics, dynamic programming, white Gaussin noise channel, group technology, geometric tolerancing, DNA identification, tissue culture biotechnology, recombinant DNA techniques, polymers for imaging science and catalysis - these are just some of the exciting areas being addressed by students in the College of Engineering and Science. These are examples of the ever changing technologies that students learn for the 21st Century, preparing them to be change agents in the world.


Degrees & Programs
Students can study in any of the departments in the College and earn an undergraduate degree. Degrees conferred through the College are:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Manufacturing Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Biology— Secondary Education)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

International Programs
The College of Engineering & Science operates programs that provide the opportunity for students to study in Mexico, Australia or China.

The Mexican American Partnership (MAP) Program allows students to study for one or two terms during their junior year at Monterrey Technological University, Mexico’s premier technical program. There they learn to speak technical Spanish and learn, through experience, the customs and culture of Mexico. They then work one of their three co-op periods in a Mexican industrial operation. By functioning in an international business environment, students learn the similarities and differences between U.S. and Mexican business practices.

The Chinese American Partnership (CAP) Program was developed to meet the global needs of industry. Students in the CAP Program will study at Tsinghua University or the Beijing Institute of Technology, both in Beijing, China and participate in a cooperative education assignment with one of the corporate partner’s facilities in China.

The Australian American Partnership (AUS) Program was developed to meet the global needs of industry. Students in the AUS Program will study at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia and potentially participate in a cooperative education assignment in Australia.

Honors Program
The University’s Honors Program permits students to challenge themselves in their pursuit of excellence. Details of the requirements for participation in the Honors Program are found in the description of the Honors Program. Those who successfully complete the requirements of the Honors Program have a special designation to that effect placed on their diplomas and University transcripts.

Combined Bachelor/Master Programs
Students of engineering, chemistry, and computer science who have achieved a high grade point average entering their senior year of study can apply for and achieve both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. This is an exceptional opportunity for outstanding students to begin their professional careers with a great academic advantage. Students should meet with their department chairs or the associate dean for academic affairs to discuss requirements, scheduling of classes and financial aid issues. Students in this program receive all the benefits of an accelerated master's degree and are subject to all of the policies and procedures of the University toward its graduate programs.

Admissions Requirements

First Year Students
To be admitted as first year students to the College of Engineering & Science, applicants must meet UDM’s general entrance requirements. In addition, they should have completed at least four units of mathematics, two units of laboratory science, four units of English, and three units of social studies.

The College of Engineering & Science does not admit those who, in its judgment, do not have the background to succeed in its academically demanding programs. Applicants should rank in the upper two-fifths of their high school classes and should have at least a B average in high school mathematics, sciences and English. Special note is taken of scores on the College Entrance Examination (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).

Placement tests in English and mathematics are required of all first year applicants admitted into the College; a placement test in chemistry is also required of those applicants whose intended program calls for chemistry. Scores from these tests along with past academic performance are used in determining the level of the first course in each of these disciplines.

Transfer Students
UDM gives full consideration to students who wish to transfer from any accredited college or university. Many such colleges and universities have articulation agreements for various programs in the College of Engineering & Science.

Transfer candidates may be accepted and given the same academic standing as students who have completed the corresponding courses at UDM. However, since the academic standing of each transfer applicant is appraised on an individual basis, such students are encouraged to consult with a faculty advisor or the associate dean for academic affairs. In addition to other University requirements, a substantial portion of the major program must be completed from approved major courses at UDM. For example, engineering majors must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of departmental courses from UDM. Engineering courses that seem similar, but do not contain the required content, will not be transferable to the program. Only classes having at least a grade of “C” or equivalent will transfer.

International Students
Qualified international students who are graduates of recognized secondary schools are invited to pursue degree programs in the various departments of the College of Engineering & Science. All students entering the College from secondary schools are required to complete placement examinations in English, mathematics, and (if the intended program calls for it) chemistry.

For students transferring into the College with prior college or university work, it is the policy that official evaluation of transcripts for transfer credit will not be made until after the completion of one term of full-time academic work at the University. This means completion of a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours not including any American Language courses that may be required.


Upon entry into the College, each student is assigned an academic advisor who is a member of the faculty. The advisor performs academic counseling and guidance functions, and monitors the student’s progress. First year student advisors also assist in selecting a departmental program. After the first year, students who have chosen a department of major concentration are assigned an academic advisor from among the faculty members of that department. It is to be noted that it is the student’s ultimate responsibility for fulfilling program requirements and any deviation from the published program must be documented and approved in writing.

University Core Curriculum

The University’s Core Curriculum provides students with several competencies that are critical to the professional engineer, scientist and mathematician and to the development of graduates as educated persons with a deep understanding of themselves and society. Details of the core as it applies to students in the College of Engineering & Science are found each term in the on-line Schedule of Classes. General guidelines are as follows:

Objective 1 - Communication Skills (6 hours)

  • CST 101 Fundamentals of Speech
  • ENL 131 Academic Writing

Objective 2 - Mathematical and Computer Skills (6/7 hours)

  • MTH 140 (or MTH 141 depending on program)
  • COMP SCI (Required course depends on program)

Objective 3 - Scientific Literacy (9 hours)

  • See requirements in general core outline. At least two courses must be selected from Natural Science. In some programs, all courses may be selected from Natural Sciences.

Objective 4 - Meaning and Value (9 hours)

  • Same requirements as general core outline, Objective 4

Objective 5 - Diverse Human Experience (9 hours)

  • A. Two courses from 5A, 5B, 5C in general core outline
  • B. One course from 5D (Comparative Experiences) in general core outline.

Objective 6 - Social Responsibility (5-6 hours)

  • A. Ethics Engineering students take E 100. Other students in the college choose one course from any of the ETH courses -depending on program)
  • B. Contemporary Socio-Political Problems Engineering students take E 301, E 302 and 303. Other students take one course from the general core outline — depending on program)

Special Policies for the College of Engineering & Science

Classification of Students
The final determination of classification is based on the satisfactory completion of the specific core courses that comprise the student’s degree program. An engineering student, for example, is not considered a sophomore if Calculus I and II have not been completed.

Graduation Requirements
In addition to the general engineering core requirements described in the following section, candidates for the designated Bachelor of Engineering degrees must have fulfilled the cooperative education requirement of 12 months of approved industrial experience. All students are expected to complete all of the requirements of their respective curricula. Course exceptions and substitutions may be granted by the College Committee on Exceptions and Substitutions; decisions are based on a formal written request made by the student. Additional details are located in the Student Handbook of the College.

Engineering Programs

UDM educates professional engineering leaders who are creative, inventive, innovative, and versatile in the areas of engineering design, development, research, and management. Engineering programs enable students to acquire a well developed engineering methodology which includes:

  • an orderly method of analytical thinking;
  • a thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge in science and mathematics;
  • an appreciation of the methodology of other disciplines;
  • a sensitivity to the connection between engineering and societal values;
  • an insight into creativity in design and general problem solving;
  • an ability to learn independently in order to continue to grow and keep abreast of expanding technology;
  • the self-confidence and ability to communicate effectively with others;
  • a philosophy of life that will enable them to enjoy the fruits of their labors, mature as educated persons, and provide for them a true identity as professionals in the field.

Engineering Core for all Engineering Majors

CHM 107 General Chemistry I 3 4
CHM 110 General Chemistry Lab I 1 1
MTH 141 Analytical Geometry/Calculus I 4 4
MTH 142 Analytical Geometry/Calculus II 4 4
MTH 241 Analytical Geometry/Calculus III 4 4
MTH 372 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4 4
MTH 427 Applied Probability and Statistics 3 3
PHY 160 General Physics I 3 3
PHY 161 General Physics Lab I 1
PHY 162 General Physics II 3 3
PHY 163 General Physics Lab II 1
E 100 Ethics and Politics of Engineering 2 3
E 105 Engineering Graphics and Design 2 1
E 204 Intro. to Engineering Computing 3 3
E 301 Professional World of Work I 1
E 302 Professional World of Work II 1
E 303 Professional World of Work III 1
E 312 Statics 3 3
E 314 Fluid Mechanics I 3 3
E 315 Thermodynamics I 3 3
E 317 Science of Materials 3 3
E 320 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3 3
E 321 Principles of Electrical Engineering Lab 1
CEC 300 Cooperative Education Preparation 1
ENL 131 Academic Writing 3 3
ENL 303 Technical Writing 3 3
CST 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 3
PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 3
University Core - Objective 4 6
University Core - Objective 5 9
Total: 84 Credits (* not required of Electrical Engineering students)

Electives - flexibility and focus

Students are permitted a choice of technical concentrations which allow the flexibility to focus their program on the areas of greatest interest, and to strengthen their job-seeking position and career potential.

The technical electives are selected from upper level courses in engineering, science, and mathematics; they must be approved by the student’s department. Level 100 and 200 courses may not be used as technical electives. Free electives may be selected from any of the University’s offerings above the 100 level. However, a lower level mathematics course may not be selected once a higher level course has been completed.

A suitable combination of technical elective courses, together with the possible addition of pertinent humanities and social science courses, allows the student to achieve expertise in important fields. Groups of courses are available for specialization in the following engineering areas:

  • Computer
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Manufacturing Processes and Systems
  • Mechatronics Systems
  • Signal and Systems
  • Structures
  • Transportation Engineering and Systems

Students should consult their departmental advisors, and the departmental program descriptions in this catalog, regarding the courses recommended for each of these areas.

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