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College of Engineering & Science

Office: Engineering 124, McNichols Campus
Dean: Leo E. Hanifin
Associate Dean: Arthur C. Haman
Associate Dean: Kenneth L. Henold
Director, Transfer Programs: Carolyn J. Rimle
Director, Pre-College Programs: Daniel Maggio
Director, International Programs: Diane R. Thompson
Director, Manufacturing Engineering Program: David G. Lee
Telephone: (313) 993-1216
Fax: (313) 993-1187

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 are committed to provide an education that permits students to serve their chosen profession and the nation. To achieve this, a major 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 a dynamic and highly productive business, industrial and scientific community that is known as the automotive capital of the world.

Bioremediation, robotics, rapid prototyping, digital logic circuits, concurrent engineering, genetics, reaction injection molding, dynamic programming, white Gaussin noise channel, group technology, geometric tolerancing, DNA fingerprinting, 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 three programs which allow students to study in Mexico, Canada or China.

The Mexican American Partnership (MAP) Program allows students to study their full 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 co-op periods in a Mexican industrial operation. By functioning in an international business environment, students learn the differences between U.S. and Mexican business practices.

The North American Design Institute has brought together companies and universities from three nations: the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In addition to working on international design teams which address differences in such areas as regulations and environmental practices, students participate in an exchange program that allows them to study at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) in Canada or Monterrey Tech or the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.

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 in China and participate in a cooperative education assignment with one of the corporate partner’s facilities in China.


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 on page 110. Those who successfully complete the requirements of the Honors Program have a special designation to that effect placed on their diploma.



Curricula leading to the degree of Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.


Admission Criteria

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 with 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 their faculty advisor or the associate dean. 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. Engineering courses that seem similar, but do not contain the required design content, will not be transferable to the program. Also, 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 final 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 a faculty member who serves as an academic advisor. 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 each graduate being an educated person, 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 Schedule of Classes. General guidelines are as follows:

Objective 1 - Communication Skills (6 hours)

CST 101 Fundamentals of Speech

ENL 131 Academic Writing [Note: All engineering and BS math and computer science students are also required to take ENL 303, technical 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 Science.

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 (E 100 or choose one course from any of the ETH courses -depending on program)

B. Contemporary Socio-Political Problems

(E 301 - 303 or one course from the general core outline — depending on program)


Cooperative Education Programs

Co-op is an integral and required part of the program for engineering students. They should also consult the Engineering Programs section in the pages that follow. Science and mathematics students desiring a co-op experience should consult their co-op coordinator and their academic advisor for further details regarding cooperative education possibilities in their field of interest. Normally, the first co-op assignment for engineering students occurs in the summer between the sophomore and junior years. More information on the co-op program is available on page 92.

The sequence of co-op courses (10 cr.) applies for all engineering students:

CEC 300 Cooperative Education

Preparation1 cr.

CTA 301Engineering Co-op Assignment2 cr.

E 301Professional World of Work I1 cr.

CTA 302Engineering Co-op Assignment2 cr.

E 302Professional World of Work II1 cr.

CTA 303Engineering Co-op Assignment2 cr.

E 303Professional World of Work III1 cr.


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.

Mathematics Attainment Rule

Because a course in mathematics builds on mathematical knowledge already learned, it is especially important that adequate knowledge be acquired before attempting further studies in this field. To assure this, the College has adopted a Mathematics Attainment Rule: a grade of C or better must be attained in each mathematics course before entry in a subsequent mathematics course for which it is a prerequisite.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to the general engineering core requirements described on page 30, candidates for the designated Bachelor of Engineering degrees normally 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. Exceptions and course 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.

Bachelor/Master Programs

Several programs within the College allow students to combine bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a five-year program. Students must apply at the end of their third year. Students should meet with the department chairpersons or associate deans to discuss requirements, scheduling of classes and financial aid issues.

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:

1. an orderly method of analytical thinking;

2. a thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge in science and mathematics;

3. an appreciation of the methodology of other disciplines;

4. a sensitivity to the connection between engineering and societal values;

5. an insight into creativity in design and general problem solving;

6. an ability to learn independently in order to continue to grow and keep abreast of expanding technology;

7. the self-confidence and ability to communicate effectively with others;

8. 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 cr.

CHM 108 General Chemistry II 1 3 cr.

CHM 110 General Chemistry Lab I 1 cr.

MTH 141 Analytical Geometry / Calculus I 4 cr.

MTH 142 Analytical Geometry / Calculus II 4 cr.

MTH 241 Analytical Geometry / Calculus III 4 cr.

MTH 372 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4 cr.

MTH 427 Applied Probability and Statistics 3 cr.

PHY 160 General Physics I 3 cr.

PHY 161 General Physics Lab I 1 cr.

PHY 162 General Physics II 3 cr.

PHY 163 General Physics Lab II 1 cr.

E 100 Ethics and Politics of Engineering 2 cr.

E 105 Engineering Graphics and Design 3 cr.

E 204 Intro. to Engineering Computing 3 cr.

E 301-303 Professional World of Work I, II, III Total: 3 cr.

E 312 Statics 3 cr.

E 314 Fluid Mechanics 1 3 cr.

E 315 Thermodynamics I 3 cr.

E 317 Science of Materials1 3 cr.

E 320 Principles of Electrical Engineering1 3 cr.

E 321 Principles of Electrical EngineeringLab1 1 cr.

CEC 300 Cooperative Education Preparation 1 cr.

ENL 131 Academic Writing 3 cr.

ENL 303 Technical Writing 3 cr.

CST 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3 cr.

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.

University Core - Objective 4 6 cr.

University Core - Objective 5 9 cr.

1 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 these 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:

• Automotive

• Computer

• Environmental

• Geotechnical

• Manufacturing

• Mechanics

• Process

• Signal and Systems

• Structures

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


Civil & Environmental Engineering

Office: 262 Engineering, McNichols Campus
Faculty: U. Dutta; C. Gangopadhyay; A. Hoback; A. Rihana-Abdalla
Telephone: (313) 993-1040
Fax: (313) 993-1187

The efforts of civil engineers make the world a better place for others through the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of various resources, including buildings, bridges, dams, canals, highways, airports, railroads, water supply systems, waste treatment plants, etc. Civil Engineering is the instrument for channeling scientific and technical skills into civil construction works which safeguard our environment and protect us from natural disasters. Because any type of construction deals with changing or adding to our planet, civil engineering directly deals with environmental issues.

The civil and environmental engineering curriculum provides students with: 1) a global vision and approach to problem identification, formulation and solving in areas such as infrastructure, environment and facilities; 2) a management knowledge base in areas such as ethics, communication skills, team concepts and value judgment; and 3) a three-term real world engineering work experience through the co-operative education program. As a part of the curriculum, students are exposed to all areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including structures, transportation, geotechnical, hydrology and water/waste water.

In addition to the Engineering core curriculum, all civil and environmental engineering students must satisfactorily complete the following courses:

    Cr. Lec. Lab.
CE 342 Structural Theory
CE 345 Construction Materials
CE 348 Soil Mechanics
CE 349 Soil Mechanics Lab
CE 352 Transportation Engineering
CE 450 Water and Waste Water Eng.
CE 451 Water & Waste Water Eng. Lab
CE 453 Applied Hydraulics & Hydrology
CE 468 Design of Steel and Concrete Structures
CE 482 Senior Engineering Design Project
E 313 Dynamics
E 324 Engineering Economy
E 326 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies I
E 327 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies I Lab


Concentrations - flexibility and focus

After exposure to various areas of Civil and Environmental Engineering, students are provided the flexibility to focus their learning on areas of personal interest and areas of great need in society through concentration areas. In cooperation with a faculty advisor, students can devise course concentrations that focus on structural engineering (buildings, bridges), geotechnical engineering (dams, road and building foundations ) or environmental engineering (environmental impact and remediation, water and waste water).

Each student must take a total of nine credit hours in design and engineering science electives beyond the departmental core. Two courses must be design electives (*), and one must be an engineering science elective (**). For a specific concentration, students are required to take selected design electives and engineering science electives.

Engineering science electives beyond those mentioned below may be selected with the approval of the department chair.


CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 3 cr.

CE 440 Structural Dynamics** 3 cr.

CE 466 Bridge Design* 3 cr.

CE 474 Advanced Steel Design* 3 cr.

CE 476 Advanced Concrete Design* 3 cr.

E 442 Finite Element Methods** 3 cr.


CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 3 cr.

CE 478 Foundation Engineering* 3 cr.

CE 480 Design of Earth Retention* 3 cr.


CE 340 Engineering Survey/GIS** 3 cr.

CE 484 Environmental Chemistry & Design* 3 cr.

CE 486 Environmental Microbiology &Design* 3 cr.

CE 483 Hazardous Waste 3 cr.

CE 488 Solid Waste 3 cr.

CE 490 Municipal Design* 3 cr.

* Design electives

** Engineering science electives

The typical sequence of courses is listed in departmental curriculum forms which are available in the College Records Office.


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office: 330 Engineering, McNichols Campus
Faculty: N. Al-Holou; A. Ashrafzadeh; C. Lin; M. Krishnan; M. Paulik; S. Yost, CSJ
Telephone: (313) 993-3365
Fax: (313)-993-1187

Electrical, electronics and computer engineers find innovative ways to use electricity and computers to improve people’s lives. Electrical engineers have dozens of career options. They can design power systems or automotive controls, develop medical testing equipment, work on the space shuttle, design communications satellites or develop new and faster computer technologies. The preparation for all of these begins with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

The Electrical Engineering curriculum is carefully designed to provide students with a background that enables students to join the industrial work force directly after graduation or continue with graduate studies. The program is based on a design-oriented philosophy that allows students to not only understand the theoretical concepts but also apply those concepts in practical situations. Students work on numerous design problems and projects assigned by the professors in the classroom and laboratory, and acquire hands-on experience by undertaking cooperative education training in industry beginning in the sophomore year. Recent capstone design projects include a voice activated wheelchair and an autonomous (auto-guided) vehicle.

There is a basic core of material that every electrical engineer should know to provide the foundation for all other learning and work. For this reason all electrical engineering majors are required to take a series of departmental core courses in addition to the Engineering core requirements. The departmental core courses are:

    Cr. Lec. Lab.
E 322 Control Systems
EE 350 Network Theory I
EE 352 Network Theory II
EE 356 Electronics I
EE 358 Electronics II
EE 361 Circuits Laboratory
EE 363 Electronics Laboratory
EE 364 Digital Logic Circuits
EE 365 Digital Logic Circuits Lab
EE 366 Electromagnetics I
EE 372 Electromechanical Energy Conversion
EE 374 Communication Theory I
EE 386 Microprocessors
EE 387 Microprocessors Lab
EE 401 Electrical Design I
EE 403 Electrical Design II
PHY 366 Modern Physics

The typical sequence of courses is listed in the separate Program Flow Chart and the Departmental Curriculum Forms available in the College Records Office.


Concentrations - flexibility and focus

In addition to the departmental core, each student chooses between two program options: (1) Electronics, Control and Communication Systems and (2) Computer Engineering.


Electronics, Control and Communication Systems:

Use state-of-the-art Electronic Design Automation (EAD) tools for analysis and design. This option is recommended for students who want a broad exposure to the sub-disciplines within Electrical Engineering. Students in this area will take four additional elective courses from the electrical and computer engineering department or other engineering departments.


Computer Engineering:

Specialize in this rapidly growing area by taking courses such as Computer Architecture, Hardware Description Languages (VHDL), Computer Networking and Embedded Systems. The electrical and computer engineering program integrates a design-oriented philosophy, allowing students to not only grasp the theoretical concepts but to apply those concepts. It is recognized that the “tools and toys” in electrical and computer engineering continually change, but that a sound background in the underlying theoretical concepts allows straightforward assimilation of new technologies (i.e. concepts and theory prevents obsolescence). Students in this area will take additional courses as follows:

EE 464 Hardware Description Language (VHDL)

EE 468 Computer Networks

EE 478 Embedded Systems

EE 479 Embedded Systems Lab

EE 480 Computer Organization & Architecture

CSC 441 Object Oriented Programming

CSC 443 Data Structures

The typical sequence of courses is listed in the separate Program Flow Chart and the Departmental Curriculum Forms available in the College Records Office and at info.htm.


Manufacturing Engineering

Office: 216 Engineering, McNichols Campus
Director: D. Lee
Telephone: (313) 993-3360
Fax: (313) 993-1187

Manufacturing engineers play a vital role in society by developing and continuously improving the processes and systems that produce almost every item that people use in their workplaces, homes, and recreation. Manufacturing engineers focus on safety, environmental impact, quality, productivity, and cost of the manufacturing processes and systems for which they have responsibility. They must have a broad understanding of core engineering disciplines that enable them to work closely with mechanical, electrical, civil, and chemical engineers to address the full range of issues that occur in manufacturing. In addition to a strong engineering core, the manufacturing engineering curriculum includes courses in topics such as manufacturing systems, manufacturing processes, machining, forming, joining and assembly, tool design, facilities design, manufacturing planning, and operations management.

UDM offers B.Mfg.E. degrees in two off-campus programs and is now initiating the degree program on campus. The first off-campus program is offered to candidates at Focus:HOPE (see Greenfield Coalition, p. 100 in this catalog.) The second off-campus program is offered to employees of the Ford Motor Company and its suppliers. The B.Mfg.E. program is now being extended to students on the UDM McNichols campus. UDM has also established an alliance with Macomb Community College and Schoolcraft College to offer a joint program in which students can complete an associate’s degree program at one of these two community colleges and then transfer to UDM to complete the B.Mfg.E. program.


Mechanical Engineering

Office: 214 Engineering, McNichols Campus
Faculty: S. Das; J. Fragomeni; A. Haman; L. Hanifin; M. Jenkins; K. Plantenberg; M. Schumack; J. Weaver
Telephone: (313) 993-3380

The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering are:

1. To provide a sound background in basic sciences, mathematics, engineering sciences, engineering design and value based humanities as required for the practice or further study of mechanical engineering.

2. To prepare students for the professional practice of mechanical engineering. This preparation includes completion of in-depth open-ended design projects, competence with a wide range of analytical tools, hands-on laboratory experiences, training in communication and teamwork, a full year of industrial work experience, and an appreciation of other engineering disciplines.

The mechanical engineering curriculum prepares graduates to solve problems related to:

• design and manufacture of products

• reliability of components and systems

• conversion of energy from one form to another

• instrumentation and control of physical processes

Mechanical engineers design systems that range from automobiles, consumer products, air-conditioning, power generation, aircraft and production systems and are prepared to draw on technical knowledge and insight involving materials, mechanics, controls, structures and manufacturing processes.

A mechanical engineer deals with the physical reality of things such as engines, car bodies, electric generators, cranes, air conditioners, airplane wings and pumps. The mechanical engineer is faced with the challenges and uncertainties that come with complex products and systems. In addition to using the classical and modern principles of engineering science, the mechanical engineer must be able to devise economically viable, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable solutions to problems.

The curriculum provides students with an in-depth knowledge of engineering science and design methodology. These insights are reinforced by intensive laboratory experiences in virtually every area of study and three industrial co-op assignments. Students also have team-oriented design experiences integrated throughout their curriculum. A capstone design project, conducted in the senior year, challenges students with an industrially-sponsored product that involves solving a real product or process related problem that draws on knowledge of engineering science and design.

In addition to the Engineering core outlined previously, the mechanical engineering program includes the following :

    Cr. Lec. Lab.
E 107 Introduction to Solid Modeling 1 0 3
E 313 Dynamics 3 3 0
E 319 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1 0 3
E 326 Mech. of Defor. Bodies 3 3 0
E 327 Mech. of Defor. Bodies (Lab) 1 0 3
ME 380 Thermodynamics II 3 3 0
ME 382 Manufac. Processes 3 3 0
ME 383 Manufac. Proc. Lab 1 0 3
E 340 Heat Transfer 3 3 0
E 341 Heat Transfer Lab 1 0 3
ME 361 Mech. Engin. Lab 2 1 3
ME 390 Mech. Engin. Design I 3 3 0
ME 392 Mech. Engin. Design II 3 3 0
ME 493 Prototype Design I 2 3 0
ME 488 Reliability in Design 3 3 0
ME 492 Comp. Aided Design 3 3 0
ME 495 Prototype Design II 3 3 0


Technical Electives - flexibility and focus

The mechanical engineering program is supplemented by six credit hours of technical electives. Technical electives are upper division (300 or 400 level) courses in engineering, mathematics or science. An integrated concentration of courses is recommended to strengthen the background of students in their area of specialization.



Automotive Engineering:

ME 458 Internal Combustion Engines I 3 cr.

ME 459 Internal Combustion Engines Lab 1 cr.

ME 472 Noise and Vibration 3 cr.

ME 476 Vehicle Dynamics 3 cr.

ME 498 Internal Combustion Engines II 3 cr.

E 478 Mechatronics 3 cr.

Engineering Mechanics:

E 444 Vibrations 3 cr.

E 448 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3 cr.

ME 480 Energy Systems 3 cr.

Manufacturing Processes and Systems:

E 322 Control Systems 3 cr.

E 324 Engineering Economy 3 cr.

ME 402 Design for Quality 3 cr.

ME 430 Metal Cutting Analysis 3 cr.

ME 432 Metal Forming Analysis 3 cr.

ME 478 Manufacturing Productivity 3 cr.

ME 482 Computer Aided Manufacturing 3 cr.

Engineering (Undesignated)

For students with special career plans that cannot be accommodated by the standard programs, the College offers the degree, Bachelor of Engineering, which is administered by the dean of the College.

In this program, students takes a technical elective sequence of courses arranged to satisfy their special interests for a career in an area outside the traditional or available degree areas of engineering. Special interest areas include, but are not restricted to, engineering mechanics, bio-engineering, systems engineering, management, mechatronics, etc.

A student pursuing the undesignated degree plans his or her individual major program in consultation with the dean of the College of Engineering & Science.


Mexican American Partnership (MAP) Program

Director: Diane R. Thompson
Office: E258, McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-3371

Regularly admitted students majoring in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering can apply for the MAP program. If needed, during their first year, MAP students augment their engineering studies with Spanish classes. In the summer following their first year, the MAP students needing further language education participate in a seven-week intensive Spanish program at Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico.

After their sophomore year at University of Detroit Mercy, MAP students in good standing undertake industrial co-op assignments at a U.S. automotive facility of one of the corporate sponsors of the program, Ford Motor Co, General Motors, DaimlerChysler, and Visteon.

The third year (calendar) of the program is spent entirely in Mexico, in a combination of two academic terms and one industrial assignment in Mexico. All instruction is in Spanish but the textbooks used are in English and classmates and faculty are able to speak English. Third year industrial assignments are at Mexican facilities of the MAP sponsors. While taking course work in Mexico, MAP students will be registered for the course MAP 300 in their first term and MAP 350 in their second term in order to facilitate later transfer of credit back to UDM. Specific grades for course work taken in Mexico do not transfer. Eligibility for graduation with honors will be based on the last 60 hours at UDM (ie, sophomore and senior years).

After the junior year in Mexico, the senior year of the program starts with an industrial assignment in the U.S. and is followed by the last two academic terms before graduation.

While studying at Monterrey Tech, tuition will be charged by UDM for course work taken at Monterrey Tech. Any type of financial aid (ie, scholarships, loans, etc) will be honored at UDM to help cover tuition expenses. These, combined with the income earned from the industrial assignments, which may exceed $20,000, make the program affordable to many. While in Mexico, the MAP student is responsible for room, board and transportation to and from Mexico.


Greenfield Coalition

The Greenfield Coalition is a special program in Manufacturing offered by University of Detroit Mercy that is affiliated with and taught at Focus:Hope in Detroit. Admission to the program is available only to a select body of students. More information on the Greenfield Coalition is available in another section of the catalog on page 100.


Affiliated Programs for Engineering Students

The engineering faculty at UDM has for many years worked in close conjunction with other colleges and universities in providing a full-scale engineering curriculum for students from across the country. The College has articulation agreements for “2 + 2” transfer programs. A partial listing of colleges and universities is as follows:

Alpena Community College (Alpena, Michigan)

Ashland College (Ashland, Ohio)

Canisius College (Buffalo, New York)

Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant, Michigan)

Erie Community College (Buffalo, New York)

Gannon University (Erie, Pennsylvania)

Henry Ford Community College (Dearborn, Michigan)

Jackson Community College (Jackson, Michigan)

Jamestown Community College (Jamestown, New York)

John Carroll University (Cleveland, Ohio)

Macomb Community College (Warren, Michigan)

Madonna University (Livonia, Michigan)

Niagara University (Niagara Falls, New York)

Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Rockhurst College (Kansas City, Missouri)

St. Bonaventure University (St. Bonaventure, New York)

Schoolcraft College (Livonia, Michigan)

Sienna Heights University (Adrian, Michigan)

Wheeling College (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Xavier University (New Orleans, Louisiana)

The pre-engineering curricula at these institutions are designed to facilitate transfer to the cooperative education program offered by the College of Engineering & Science. Students who have successfully completed an approved UDM-equivalent academic program at any of the above affiliated colleges or universities, and are accepted for transfer, typically will receive a baccalaureate degree from UDM upon completion of 64 approved credit hours and a minimum of three approved cooperative training assignments.

An excess of credit may reduce the 64 credit hour requirement at University of Detroit Mercy by an amount up to the maximum number of credit hours allotted to the respective portions of the curriculum. For example, a student who may have completed 24 credit hours in the humanities and social sciences at the affiliated school (theology, philosophy, etc.) may be allowed the maximum of 20 credit hours towards the engineering degree at University of Detroit Mercy.

Students interested in attending any of the above-listed schools for the first part of their program should communicate directly with the pre-engineering coordinator of the college or university and seek admission there. Later acceptance by University of Detroit Mercy will depend on the quality of the academic work recorded on the transcript. Students beginning their engineering program at another institution are encouraged to contact a representative from the University of Detroit Mercy’s engineering programs to obtain answers to any questions and advice on course selection.


Science Programs

University of Detroit Mercy strives to produce scientific leaders who are highly competent, well-trained in scientific instrumentation and processes, and versatile. These scientific leaders become doctors and dentists, teachers and systems analysts, research scientists and mathematicians. The science and mathematics programs are designed with this in mind, while providing in-depth coverage of the foundation elements of the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

Each of these programs is multifaceted as it devotes itself to helping students become professionals as they acquire:

1. a thorough understanding of fundamental knowledge of science, mathematics, and computer science;

2. an understanding and appreciation of the methodologies of science, mathematics, and computer science;

3. a sensitivity to the values inherent in science, mathematics, and computer science, as well as in other areas of human endeavor;

4. the ability to learn for oneself and continue to grow and keep abreast of the expanding and ever-changing frontiers that characterize the world of science and technology in which they live;

5. the self-confidence and ability to communicate with others in an effective way;

6. an outlook on life that will serve them well as they move forward professionally in their postgraduate years.

The science and mathematics and computer science programs serve a wide cross-section of the student body, while providing a variety of programs suited to the needs of students majoring in these disciplines. The departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Science are described in the pages which follow; the physics faculty is an integral part of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The great majority of pre-medical and pre-dental students major in one of the science programs. Information pertaining to these programs is found later in this section of the catalog.



Office: 101 Life Sciences Building, McNichols Campus
Faculty: G. Albright, S.J.; S. Baker; G. Grabowski; J. Graves; B. Hollar; V. Kimler, M. Ottenbreit, M. Tracy
Telephone: (313) 993-1180

The Department of Biology offers degree programs which prepare its graduates for a wide variety of careers. While many graduates become physicians or dentists, others employ their knowledge of biology as research scientists or teachers. Their competency leads to important contributions to society based on a program which includes personal instruction by scholars in their field, strong laboratory resources and experiences, and broad coverage of the various areas of biology.

Biology Major - Bachelor of Science

To obtain a Bachelor of Science degree with a major concentration in Biology, students must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours in applicable course work in biology. The following are the minimal specific course requirements:

• The General Biology sequence (BIO 120/121, 122/123). This sequence is a prerequisite to all other biology courses in the department for biology majors.

• A choice of one course from the selection of courses that addresses organismal form and function. These courses are Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (BIO 260/261), Plant Form and Function (BIO 451), Physiology (BIO 463).

• A choice of one course from the selection of courses that addresses biological systems. These courses are Evolution (BIO 420) and Ecology (BIO 448).

• A choice of two courses from the selection of courses that addresses cell biology and genetics. These courses are Genetics (BIO 270), Microbiology (BIO 421), Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIO 474).

• The student must take a minimum of three laboratories in addition to the General Biology laboratories.

• Biometrics (BIO 290) and Biology and Social Issues (BIO 499) are required of all biology majors.

To complete the 39 hour minimum requirement, the student may choose any of the following electives after having completed the General Biology sequence and any specific course prerequisites.

• Any of the above-listed courses in which the student has a special interest, or which are recommended by professional schools.

• Any of the following courses: Histology, Embryology, Immunology, Plant Developmental Biology, Animal Behavior, Human Anatomy, Human Genetics, Public Health Microbiology, Herpetology, Pathophysiology. With special permission, juniors and seniors may elect directed studies courses.

Biology majors must also complete the University core curriculum requirements and the following science and mathematics courses: Elementary Functions (MTH 140), General Chemistry I and II (CHM 107/110, 108/111), Organic Chemistry (CHM 227/228, 229), and General Physics (PHY 130/131, and 132/133). These chemistry and physics courses are required by professional schools of medicine and dentistry.

Not all professional schools of medicine or dentistry recommend specific additional biology courses. Those that do, suggest courses such as comparative anatomy, histology, embryology, or genetics.


Biology Major – Secondary Education

Students who wish to earn secondary school teaching certification may choose a Bachelor of Science degree program with a 32 credit hour major in biology, together with the chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses required of all biology majors. A planned program of 30 credit hours of education courses, which includes eight hours of student teaching, is also required. Secondary Education programs also require a 20 hour academic minor. Students considering a high school teaching career should work closely with the Biology Secondary Education advisor, as well as with the appropriate advisors in the College of Liberal Arts & Education.


Chemistry and Biochemistry

Office: 109 Chemistry, McNichols Campus
Faculty: M. Benvenuto; D. Brook; M.L. Caspers; K. Henold; K. Lanigan; M. Mio; E. Roberts-Kirchhoff; R. Ross; S. Schlick; J. Stevens; P. Venugopal
Telephone: (313) 993-1258

The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs prepare students for advanced study in graduate, medical, dental or law schools and/or for employment in chemical and related industries, government or private research laboratories.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs educate students as professional chemists who can plan and reason through problem situations and develop responses that are scientifically correct and ethically and socially acceptable.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry curricula provide exceptional opportunities to combine a traditional education with advanced laboratory experiences including undergraduate research.

The undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry programs also provide core curriculum courses for students pursuing other science, engineering, and liberal arts curricula.


Chemistry Major-Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree—Chemistry prepares students to function as professional chemists or for advanced studies at the graduate level. The B.S. in Chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

Requirements include: CHM 107, 108, 110, 111, 227, 228, 229, 230, 341, 342, 343, 344, 387, 401, 481, 482 and a biochemistry course, plus at least two electives from 400 level courses; MTH 141, 142, 241, and CSC 171 or CIS 100, PHY 160, 161, 162, 163 and ENL 131. The requirements for this degree also include additional credit hours from the University Core Curriculum.


Chemistry Major-Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for students who wish to combine a degree in chemistry with another profession, such as secondary education, patent law, or scientific writing. This degree also prepares students to work in technical support positions.

Requirements include: CHM 107, 108, 110, 111, 227, 228, 229, 230, 333, 334, 341, 342, and 387; MTH 141, 142, and CSC 171 or CIS 100; PHY 130, 131, 132, 133.

The requirements for this degree also include the University Core Curriculum.


Biochemistry Major - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree—Biochemistry is designed to provide the student with the background in chemistry, biology and biochemistry needed to enter professional schools, such as medicine or dentistry; to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or biochemistry or a number of interdisciplinary areas such as pharmacology, forensics or bio-engineering; to teach chemistry at the secondary level; or work as a biologically-oriented professional chemist. Requirements include: CHM 107, 108, 110, 111, 227, 228, 229, 230, 333, 334, 341, 342, 387, 471, 472, 473, and 474.

Also required are: BIO 120, 121, 122, 123, 15 credit hours of BIO (200-level or above); MTH 141, 142, and CSC 171 or CIS 100; PHY 130, 131, 132, 133; additional credit hours from the University Core Curriculum.


Cooperative Education

The University’s Cooperative Education Program is available to students who major in chemistry or biochemistry. In this program, during the summer following the sophomore year, students are placed with a participating employer for work experience in an industrial chemistry environment. A maximum of three co-op credits can be counted toward graduation.


Mathematics and Computer Science

Office: 259 Engineering, McNichols Campus
Faculty: S. Al-Ahmar; J. Boats; M. Canjar; K. Daimi; J. Dwyer; N. Dwyer; J. Oleksik; J. O’Neill, S.J.; M. Skaff; K. Snyder; L. Sullivan, R.S.M.; C. Wilson; K. Zhong
Telephone: (313) 993-1503

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is uniquely qualified to offer programs that blend theory and practice in an innovative way, preparing students for career options in academic, corporate, and government areas. Classes are deliberately structured to enable students who pursue a major in Mathematics or Computer Science to learn in concert with Engineering and Science majors. In this setting, the student’s appreciation of the inherent power and cohesiveness of mathematics is enhanced by the highlighted role that mathematics plays in all fields. Four degree programs are offered.


Mathematics Major - Bachelor of Science

This program gives students a scientifically oriented education in mathematics. In addition to the standard topics in mathematics, students select courses in advanced mathematics, statistics, computer science and/or other areas related to the department. Cooperative education is strongly recommended.

Students must earn at least a C grade in each required course and have an overall 2.0 G.P.A. in the major. The major requirements are:

• MTH 141, 142, 241, 276, 372, 402, 405, 435, 469

• CSC 171 and ENL 303

• electives described below


Electives - flexibility and focus

To allow maximum flexibility to address personal interests and to focus on career oriented objectives, students choose seven courses as follows:

• An additional six credits of mathematical electives from: MTH 305, 406, 410, 415, 423, 427, 428, 436, 437, 455, 457, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 466 or CSC 172, 272, 442, 443, 445, 449.

• An additional 15 credits of electives in mathematics or in an area related to mathematics. These may include courses in mathematics, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, biology, economics, management science or other courses approved by the department.


Mathematics Major - Bachelor of Arts

This program is designed to give the student a classical mathematics education in the liberal arts tradition. In addition to the standard topics in mathematics, a student must select courses in advanced mathematics, computer science, and/or statistics. A student preparing for secondary education should contact an advisor from the College of Liberal Arts & Education early in the program and must take the professional education sequence of courses. A twenty-hour cognate is also required.

The student must earn at least a C grade in each required course and a 2.0 GPA overall in the major. Prospective teachers must earn a 2.7 GPA in the major. There are 36 credit hours in the major including:

• MTH 140, 141, 142, 241, 481(or 405), 482(or 402), 483, 484, and 485

• Electives described below

Electives - flexibility and focus

To allow maximum flexibility to address personal interests and to focus on career oriented objectives, students choose four courses from the following:

MTH 276, 372, 406, 415, 423, 427, 428, 451, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 484, 485, 486, and 487.

The student must earn at least a C grade in each required course and a C average for the 64 credit hours required for the major. The cooperative education program is highly recommended.


Bachelor of Arts with Elementary Certification

This program is designed to prepare the student for teacher certification in the State of Michigan with particular skills in the teaching of mathematics. In addition to standard topics in mathematics education, courses in statistics and computer science are available.

A twenty-hour cognate is also required. Students must complete the professional education sequence for elementary certification.

The student must earn at least a C grade in each required course and an overall GPA of 2.7 in the major. The 30 hours for the major include: MTH 111, 112, 477, 478, 480, 481, 483, 484, 485 and 487. An additional course must be selected from: CSC 171, MTH 461, 462, 482 and 486.


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

This program prepares a student for an exciting and rewarding career in computing. In most cases, this career commences immediately after the sophomore year with the cooperative education program, if elected by the student. The program prepares the students by exposing them to mathematics and to other areas where computers are needed in the modern world, as well as an intensive training in algorithmic behavior. The major requirements are:

• CSC 171, 172, 271, 413, 417, 442, 443, 445, 449, 469.

• MTH 141, 142, 241, 276, 402, 427

• CSC354 or CIS 382, EE 364/365 and 480 and ENL 303.

• electives described below

Electives - flexibility and focus

To allow maximum flexibility to address personal interests and to focus on career-oriented objectives, students choose four courses from computer science or from, with departmental approval, a related area such as Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or Computer Information Systems. These courses include:

• CSC 341, 345, 452, 454, 455, 461, 463, 464, 465, 466, 467 and 490

• MTH 372, 405, 410, 415, 428, 437, 451, 455, 457, 458, 459 and 460

• EE 464, 468, 486 and 492

• CIS 387, 390, 480 and 482

The student must earn at least a C grade in each required course and a C average for the 76 credit hours required for the major. The cooperative education program is highly recommended.


Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Programs

Office: 101 Life Sciences, McNichols Campus
Program Coordinator: R. G. Albright, S.J.
Telephone: (313) 993-1182

The Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental programs are not degree programs, but a combination of support structures and learning environments which aid the pre-professional student in his/her efforts to gain entry into medical or dental school and, ultimately, achieve a satisfying and rewarding medical career.

UDM provides pre-medical and pre-dental students with the breadth and depth of academic, cultural, and moral background that will enable them to compete successfully with their peers from other colleges, both in gaining admission to professional school and retaining high class status after acceptance. A realistic, as opposed to a merely idealistic, approach is used in pre-medical and pre-dental counseling, with full concern for the individual student and his or her needs, as well as with careful attention to fulfilling the pre-professional requirements.

The record of success in placing UDM students in the medical and dental schools and the large number of its graduates now in active professional practice, attest to the value of this approach.

Gaining admission to medical or dental schools continues to be extremely competitive, and high scholastic achievement is necessary. Consequently, only those students who have proven their ability to excel in the sciences and all other areas of study will be accepted into the program and allowed to remain.


Advising and Mentoring Program

From the very first term, students interested in medicine or dentistry come under the direction of the Committee on Student Evaluations for the Medical and Dental Professions. The Committee regularly communicates with the pre-medical and pre-dental students, follows their progress and, together with the students’ academic advisors, counsels and directs the selection of courses and course loads. The evaluation of academic standing is continual. Members of the Committee along with the academic advisor also formally interview each student at the time of application to professional school. They also provide a written evaluation of each student for the various professional school admissions committees; these letters are used as important criteria of selection.

Students who maintain high academic standing are, in their sophomore year, eligible for assignment of a mentor from the medical/dental profession. This provides the opportunity to interact with a practicing professional, either on campus or in the work environment, yielding enhanced understanding of patient care delivery and career opportunities within specific areas of practice.


Selection of Degree/Major

Students preparing for careers in medicine or dentistry follow programs which enable them to complete the basic requirements for admission into professional school at the same time they are fulfilling the departmental requirements in their field of major concentration. Most pre-medical and pre-dental students major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, but this is not necessary. Medical and dental schools accept students who have majored in areas other than science as long as they acquire a solid basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.


Six-Year BS/DDS Program

Office: 101 Life Sciences Building, McNichols Campus
Program Coordinator: R. G. Albright, S.J.
Telephone: (313) 993-1182

UDM offers a unique academic program which enables students to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree plus a baccalaureate degree in six calendar years, rather than the traditional eight years.

Students enrolled in the Six-Year BS/ DDS Program spend the first two years at the UDM McNichols Campus studying in the College of Engineering & Science. The last four years of study are in the School of Dentistry.

In addition to the basic science courses required of all dental school applicants, Six-Year Program students must meet all of the requirements of the University Core Curriculum. This includes course work in speech, English, mathematics, computers, religious studies, philosophy, history and culture, ethics, and social responsibility.



Only students who are recent high school graduates beginning their undergraduate studies at UDM are eligible for admission to the program. Transfer students are ineligible.

Applicants must be admitted to the program prior to beginning undergraduate studies at UDM. Once admitted, students must be enrolled full time in each regular semester, and the portion of the curriculum taken at the McNichols Campus must be completed within two calendar years.

Students successfully completing all requirements of the program will be granted the Bachelor of Science degree after four years and the Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the end of the sixth year.


Admission Requirements

A successful applicant must:

• Be a high school graduate in the top 25% of his or her graduating class.

• Have achieved a high school ACT composite score of 24 or a combined SAT score of 1010.

• Complete at the time of application a satisfactory interview with the University’s Program Selection Committee.

• Attain during the undergraduate years at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average based on all required courses.

• Attain at the end of the undergraduate years an acceptable score on the Dental Admission Test.

• At the time of transition to the dental program, complete interviews with the Committee on Student Evaluations for the Medical and Dental Professions, and with the Admissions Committee of the School of Dentistry.


Application Procedures

1. Apply to the Admissions Office for acceptance as a first-year student in the College of Engineering & Science.

2. Indicate interest in the Six-Year Program.

3. After receiving notification of acceptance into the College, submit a letter at least 400 words in length directed to the dean of the College of Engineering & Science. The letter should explain reasons for selecting dentistry as a career, as well as providing an in-depth self-assessment of academic and personal qualifications for the program. This letter should be mailed directly to the Admissions Office of the University.


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