Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree Program

The engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in these fields. Graduates are expected to possess sufficient knowledge to achieve professional certification (e.g., registration as a Professional Engineer), if they choose to do so. Expected outcomes for each degree program are based on guidelines established by professional organizations such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program Objectives:

The BSE program objective is to provide a general engineering program designed for working adults interested in technical career advancement. Courses in several elective areas are provided to allow for in-depth study of topics related to a student’s technical field of choice, i.e., mechanical, electrical, environmental, computer science, computer engineering, or quality.

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BSE Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  2. A recognition of the importance of experimentation in engineering, as well as the ability to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  5. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for ethical engineering practice.
  6. A knowledge of basic sciences, including chemistry and physics.
  7. A knowledge of engineering mathematics, including multivariate calculus, differential equations, statistics, and linear algebra.
  8. An ability to communicate effectively.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM WITH A FOCUS IN MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, COMPUTER SCIENCE, COMPUTER ENGINEERING, ENVIRONMENTAL, OR QUALITY ASSURANCE SCIENCE ENGINEERING REQUIREMENTS

High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required for admission. Applicants to CNU’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program are expected to have a background in algebra, physics, plane geometry, trigonometry and chemistry. If an applicant lacks this background, prerequisite courses will be assigned from the CNU Basic Science curriculum. Students who have not taken Calculus I will be required to take a math placement test.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 units of academic work with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the following areas:

General Education 30 units (Lower division)
Basic Sciences 33 units (Lower division)
General Engineering 30 units (Lower/Upper division)
Engineering Electives 30 units (Upper division)
Capstone Project
3 units (Upper division)
TOTAL 126 units

Courses are offered in a systematic manner, i.e., where applicable, prerequisites will be completed before the student can enroll in subsequent high-level offerings. Click here for the course listings for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program. General Education and Engineering Electives requirements are described in the following paragraphs.

General Education — 30 units (Lower division)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree must complete a breadth requirement of 30 General Education units. Students may elect to take the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams to meet this requirement instead or in combination with courses. Credit given for General Education courses taken through CLEP exams is based on passing scores as determined according to the range of acceptable scores established by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students have the option to fulfill general education requirements by choosing courses related to the subject areas listed below:

  1. Communications (written/oral)
  2. Computation (quantitative reasoning/concepts)
  3. Social Science (history, sociology, economics, and politics)
  4. Computer Technology & Practice
  5. Humanities (literature, philosophy, language, culture, the arts)
  6. Life/Physical Sciences

Engineering Electives — 30 units (Upper division)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with A Focus In Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Environmental, Or Quality Assurance Science Engineering Requirements must complete a breadth requirement of 30 Engineering Elective units from these six elective areas:

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with A Focus In Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Environmental, Or Quality Assurance Science Engineering Requirements may select courses from the six elective areas after they have completed the prescribed core of General Education, Basic Science, and General Engineering. Selection of electives will be done with the advice and approval of a Faculty Advisor.

The course of study for CNU’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with A Focus In Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Environmental, Or Quality Assurance Science Engineering Requirements includes time for instruction, application, evaluation, and examination. The student will be required to engage in activities that demonstrate the ability to apply engineering principles to practical problems. Laboratory experience will be achieved though computer simulation where possible, but access to additional materials and equipment may be required for some courses.

In addition a Capstone Project is required which begins with an approved proposal on a current subject. The Capstone Project should have a significant design component, and culminate in a formal report. The expectation is that the Capstone Project will entail one trimester of work requiring 4 hours of practicum per week for 15 weeks.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree with A Focus In Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Environmental, Or Quality Assurance Science Engineering Requirements students should be aware that many engineering courses require the use of software packages such as MATLAB and AUTOCAD.