SAM AND IRENE BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies Curriculum (IBE)
The proposed curriculum contains existing courses from the School of Business and the School of Engineering with the exception of two new three-credit courses providing an interdisciplinary capstone experience. The Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing in the RAP provides the detailed breakdown of credits for the program. The following list shows a general distribution of credits by School. Note that including the GN credits from Math & Science and the GS credits from Economics within General Education satisfy the University General Requirements of 45 credits.
Business core 31 credits (School of Business)
Engineering core 21 credits (School of Engineering)
Math & Science 19 credits (School of Science)
General Education 39 credits (School of Humanities & Social Sciences)
Elective Module 15 credits ( School of Business and/or Engineering)
The first two years of the proposed curriculum are similar to a traditional business or engineering degree program. The required mathematics component reflects an engineering emphasis and includes a two-semester calculus sequence. Likewise, the science component is engineering-based and requires chemistry as well as a two-course physics sequence. The math and science specified provide a foundation in the engineering sciences and satisfy the prerequisites for subsequent mechanical and electrical engineering studies. Freshman students will be required to take the Introduction to Engineering Design (EDSGN 100) engineering seminar course to gain an early appreciation of the engineer's role in product realization and also to explore typical careers in engineering. Students will also schedule a course providing an introduction to computer aided design (CAD) early in the program.
In the second year, students are required to complete the economics course sequence, fundamental courses in accounting, MIS, and business statistics. Engineering courses include the two-course physics sequence and Statics. The third year courses expose students to business topics in management, marketing, and finance while the engineering topics include strength of materials, electrical circuits, electronics, and the thermo sciences. Students need to decide and schedule their desired module elective at least during the sixth semester.
The fourth year concentrates on completing the selected module electives, engaging in project management, and completing the interdisciplinary capstone course sequence that focuses on product realization. The selected module elective (consisting of five courses) allows added depth in a particular area of student interest. Students may select a module from a wide range of areas, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the program. The module focus areas include Accounting/Finance, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Quality Control, Technical Sales, and Product Design & Manufacture.
Recommended Action Plan Worksheet
The RAP is linked to this page and should be consulted early in the student's academic career. Early consultation with a program advisor is recommended.