The School of Engineering and Technology is unique in offering programs in both engineering and engineering technology. What is the difference between the two areas? Engineering students learn the principles and theories needed to plan, design, and create new products and are more likely to use broad analytical skills in achieving engineering solutions. Technology students learn technical methods and practices to become experts who apply technology to solve industrial problems.

Undergraduate Engineering Degree Programs

Programs for full-time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in engineering are presented in this section. The admission requirements, curricula, graduation requirements, and course descriptions of each program listed are those that were in effect at the time of printing and may subsequently change. Students are encouraged to obtain the latest course and curriculum information from their academic advisors.

The following undergraduate engineering degree programs are available in the School of Engineering and Technology:

Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum

All the undergraduate engineering curricula in this bulletin are presented as four-year programs. Well-qualified students with excellent high school preparation should be able to complete all requirements in four years or less. Students with gaps in their high school preparation or those who participate in the Cooperative Education Program may require more time to complete their degrees. Other students may adjust their semester credit loads to maintain employment or for other reasons. Programs can be tailored for part-time and evening students, as classes are scheduled for both day and evening. Part-time and evening students are urged to consult their advisors to avoid future scheduling problems.

It is important for students to recognize that some flexibility is provided in each of the curricula to allow for individual differences in backgrounds and academic goals. It is the student's responsibility to consult with an academic advisor to design a program to fit personal needs.

Creative accomplishment in an engineer's career often derives from an education that stresses major ideas and fundamental concepts of engineering rather than specific technologies. The engineering curricula provide wide experience in the mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences as well as in the social sciences and the humanities. In this way the student obtains both thorough training in engineering and a well-rounded education. Such an approach provides the best preparation for the engineer, who must envision and develop the technologies of the future and deal with scientific advances.

Engineers are responsible for translating the ever-expanding reservoir of scientific knowledge into systems, devices, and products and for further expanding knowledge. To meet these responsibilities, those who are learning to be engineers must not only master the ideas of others but must also originate new ideas. Moreover, although engineers deal extensively with facts and scientific fundamentals as a matter of course, they cannot rely on these alone. Engineers inevitably face decisions that cannot be made on the basis of technical skill, but that require a broad understanding of human values and behavior as developed by studies in the social sciences and humanities. They must also be able to accommodate situations where judgment and wisdom, combined with scientific knowledge or technical skill, can provide a solution.

Minor in Business for Engineering Students

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the School of Engineering and Technology have established a minor in business for engineering students. To qualify for the minor, students must meet course prerequisites and entrance requirements. In certain cases, substitutions are permitted for some requirements. Please consult with a Kelley School of Business academic advisor for more information: (317) 274-2147. Application deadlines are March 1 for the summer and fall semesters, and October 1 for the spring semester. Applications are available in the undergraduate office, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Business/SPEA Building 3024.

Freshman Engineering Program

Director of Freshman Engineering: N. Lamm
Senior Lecturer: P. Orono
Lecturer: P. Gee
Freshman Engineering: J. Meyer

All qualified students interested in pursuing an engineering degree at IUPUI are admitted to the Freshman Engineering Program. This includes second-degree and transfer students as well as beginning students.

While in this program, beginning students complete the basic sequence of courses common to all engineering majors. These courses include calculus I and II, chemistry and physics for science and engineering majors, English composition, and public speaking. Freshman engineering courses taken by all students include: ENGR 19500 Introduction to the Engineering Profession, ENGR 19600 Introduction to Engineering, and ENGR 19700 Introduction to Programming Concepts. The Freshman Engineering Program provides students with an opportunity to explore the various engineering disciplines before making a commitment to a specific curriculum.

Transfer and second-degree students remain in Freshman Engineering until the evaluation of their transfer credits is completed.

The New Student Academic Advising Center (NSAAC) has a full-time staff available year round. Prospective students and their families are invited to contact the NSAAC regarding any questions they may have concerning engineering and the engineering degree programs offered at IUPUI. The advisors in the NSAAC provide academic counseling and advising to prospective and continuing students. New students in engineering receive individualized attention while completing the basic core of freshman engineering courses. Transfer and second-degree students likewise work closely with freshman engineering advisors until all transfer credit issues are resolved. The office has an open-door policy, and students are encouraged to consult with advisors about any issues that might affect their academic progress.

Technology Degree Programs

The School of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of technology programs at the associate and bachelor’s degree levels. Programs for full-time students pursuing these technology departments are presented in this section. Although the school sets the normal length of time needed to complete each degree program, the required time may vary for individual students. For example, well-qualified students with excellent high school preparation may complete a program in less than the length of time indicated. Other students who decide to combine cooperative (co-op) education or internships with their course work may take more time to complete all degree requirements. Students may adjust their course loads for job or personal reasons, and plans of study can be tailored to meet the needs of part-time and evening students. Needing to study over a longer time should be no obstacle to completing the program successfully.

Associate of Science

Science and technology activities range from the applied and practical to the highly theoretical and abstract. At one extreme are the theoretical scientists; at the other are the mechanics, draftspersons, and service personnel. Within this spectrum, educational backgrounds include doctoral degrees, master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and associate degrees at the university level, as well as certificates and diplomas from other postsecondary educational and training institutions.

The Associate of Science degree offered in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI is awarded upon successful completion of two years of university-level study in applied science. Graduates of these programs are called technicians.
Technicians’ jobs require applying technical knowledge and skills and, normally, the manipulative skills necessary to perform technical tasks.

Technicians have considerable knowledge of the materials and processes involved and are equipped with the ability to apply the principles of physical and biological sciences, generally using instruments rather than tools. Their job contribution is mainly through mental activity, combined with applied skills. In many organizations the technician can move up in the organization to higher levels of responsibility, if he or she is capable and is willing to pursue further education.

The following associate degree programs are offered by the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI:

Architectural Technology: Department of Design & Communication Technology
Biomedical Engineering Technology: Department of Engineering Technology
Interior Design: Department of Design & Communication Technology

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded under the “two-plus-two” education plan. A student following this plan first earns an associate degree in two years and then may complete a bachelor’s degree after two more years. Transfer students must meet all departmental requirements.

A student is awarded an Associate of Science degree upon successful completion of the two-year program. This degree indicates that the person who receives it is educated at the technician level. These individuals may go directly into the work force, or they may decide to continue their studies.
Students who want to continue may be admitted for an additional two years of bachelor’s-level study in the various technology programs. Students who successfully complete such a program are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree, which provides the basis for increased job responsibility.

The following technology bachelor’s degree programs are available to qualified students:

For more specific information, see the advisors in the respective departments.

*    Jointly offered with Purdue University, West Lafayette.
**    See Department of Music & Arts Technology section of this bulletin.