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General Engineering

The General Engineering degree at Saint Francis University provides broad exposure to experimental design, problem solving, teamwork, science, programming and math--skills highly sought in every engineering discipline. 

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    Robust Engineering Degree Grounded in the Liberal Arts 

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    Dr. John Harris,
    Department Chair
                    814.472.3082                 
    jharris@francis.edu

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    Full-scale engineering programs, complete with advanced labs, have traditionally been the domain of large research institutions.  A small liberal arts school with a robust engineering department is a unique find. Here you can have the benefits of a large research university program in a more personalized setting. 

    The SFU Engineering Advantage

    • Suite of engineering programs
    • Dedicated lab and research areas
    • State-of-the-art industry-approved software and equipment
    • Undergraduate research your first year
    • Focus on service and global experiences 
    • Internships and career placement connections 
  • Program Overview

    The General Engineering degree is a 4-year bachelor of science degree focused on broad application of engineering fundamentals with particular focus on problem solving and analytical skill building. Students are provided:

    • solid foundation in basic engineering and science 
    • strong math and programming skills
    • advanced focused engineering topics
    • upper-level engineering electives and advanced math and science topics that foster the students applied technical problem solving abilities 
    Faculty

    Our faculty members bring strong academic credentials to the classroom coupled with experience in authentic field projects and research to give you a hands-on experience that translate to real-world skills.

    Meet the Team

    ABET Accreditation

    The General Engineering program will seek accreditation by ABET, www.abet.org,  following graduation of its first class in the Spring of 2020 (the earliest opportunity). The university's Environmental Engineering program has achieved ABET-Accreditation. 

    Program Educational Objectives

    1. Graduates from the Saint Francis University General Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have:
    2. Attained the certifications, registrations, and/or licenses needed to work effectively as professional engineers.
    3. Established themselves as practicing professionals whether in the field of general engineering practice directly, or in such related fields that draw on the knowledge, skills, and values of the engineering professional.
    4. Advanced to positions of greater responsibility in their workplace, their profession, and their community.
    5. A Franciscan perspective as they shape culture in their workplace, their community, and civil society writ large.
    6. Accomplish objectives 1-4 with a commitment to life-long learning and continuous professional development.

    Student Outcomes

    Each student will have demonstrated the proficiency in the following outcomes upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering by showing:

    1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
    2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
    3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
    4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
    5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
    6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
    7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

    Enrollment (as of January 2020)

    • Freshman     6
      Sophomores     3
      Juniors      2
      Seniors     1
    Real World Projects

    Real world experience is the hallmark of engineering at SFU. In our program you will learn to use math and science to solve some of the most important problems facing society today and we believe that you should start putting your skills to good use even before you graduate. Our students design projects for class, work through paid internships and summer research, and conduct engineering service both here in Pennsylvania and abroad. 

    Career Opportuntites

    The General Engineering major provides great flexibility of career choices and paths.  

    Graduates from the general engineering program are in particular generalists with a depth of preparation in mathematics, computer science and fundamental engineering along with excellent technical and creative problem solving skills which enables their entry into almost any engineering discipline.  As in all engineering disciplines, internships and/or research experiences are encouraged.   

     

     

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