Dennis Silage, PhD
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Temple University

silage@temple.edu

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General Engineering

The College of Engineering at Temple University has initiated the General Engineering program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) which integrates the tenets of Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and cross-disciplinary studies in Computer Science and Physics to provide a professional career in this burgeoning area.  The BSE program currently provides plans of study in the areas of:

The BSE program provides a foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics and augments that with focused plans of study that include electromagnetics, electronics, digital processing, mechanics, embedded programming and economics and management.  Professional employment includes the analysis, design and development systems for diverse industries and applications.  The BSE degree can also serve as a basis for possible further study in business, law, medicine or an engineering discipline leading to professional licensure.

The BSE program includes requisite and approved technical electives, which provides flexibility in the course of study as preparation for your professional employment and graduate study.  The BSE program can utilize the Engineering Co-Op and Internship opportunities to enhance your undergraduate education.  For further information contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the College or the BSE-HSE program Director (Dr. Dennis Silage, silage@temple.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions

There are several frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning the plans of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE):

How does this BSE degree differ from the BSCE, BSEE or BSME degrees in the College?

 The BSE is a separate degree program with its own cross-disciplinary focus and requisite and elective courses.  Although the courses are exactly the same as those offered in the CEE, ECE or ME Departments for the BSCE, BSEE or BSME degree and taught by the same Faculty, the name of the degree, BSE, is different.  However, although the BSE is a generally recognized Engineering program with all the rigor and professional promise inherent in such a curriculum it is not strictly an equivalent of any discipline such as Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer or Mechanical Engineering in the College.

What are the approved plans of study for the BSE degree?

The approved plans of study for the BSE degree span a broad range of cross-disciplinary areas and would appeal to diverse industries and agencies.  These plans of study currently include Engineering Fundamentals, Electromechanical Engineering, Energy and Power Engineering, Hardware and Software Engineering and Electro-Optical engineering.  Other cross-disciplinary plans of study for the BSE degree are being considered.

Is the BSE degree an accredited program in the College?

The BSE degree program was initiated in Fall 2011.  It is necessary that a graduating classes of students in the program be available for evaluation by ABET, the Engineering accreditation board.  Since the BSE degree utilizes only courses and Faculty of the accredited BSCE, BSEE and BSME degree programs it is expected that accreditation would be granted upon application.  Prior year graduates of the BSE program are then considered as having an accredited Engineering degree.  For the eligibility for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, most state licensing boards only require that the degree be from a substantially equivalent program which the BSE degree program can be substantiated to be until formal ABET accreditation is received.

Why was the BSE degree initiated by the College?

Engineering degree programs in the disciplines like Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer or Mechanical Engineering have requisite and elective courses unique to only their professions.  Extensive cross-disciplinary programs, for example between Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, are not possible for either the BSEE or BSME degree programs separately.  However the BSE degree plan of study in Energy and Power Engineering or Electromechanical Engineering can span the gap between Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and focus the elements of the two disciplines for professional employment.

What is common and different in the BSE degree?

The common courses in the BSE degree program plans of study include the Introduction to Engineering, Chemistry with laboratory, two courses in Physics, three courses in Calculus and the capstone Senior Design course sequence.  Each of the plans of study in the BSE program select appropriate additional courses in Mathematics and the relative Engineering or Science disciplines.  The BSE degree program plans of study also uniquely include three courses in economics and management as preparation for professional employment.

What Engineering education options are available beyond the BSE degree?

A second BS in an Engineering discipline (BSCE, BSEE or BSME) is available to extend the rigors of the training require for professional practice to meet the needs of the new century.  This innovative Engineering educational path has been considered to be as productive as a graduate degree in a single Engineering discipline,

What other educational options are available beyond the BSE degree?

The Engineering Fundamentals plan of study for the BSE degree can serve as the basis for possible further study in business, law or medicine.  The Electromechanical Engineering, Energy and Power Engineering and Hardware and Software Engineering plans of study for the BSE degree can serve as the prerequisites for graduate study in these areas.