Engineering Science: 3-2 Engineering

Students in the 3-2 Engineering program will spend three years at Cumberland University and two years attending an accredited engineering partner school. The five year program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree from Cumberland University, and a degree in engineering from the engineering school of choice. This liberal arts-engineering combination provides students a generous background in science, humanities, and social sciences. The program will appeal to those who desire a broader background in humanities and social sciences before starting the more restricted technical studies of engineering. It is highly recommended that an entering freshman choosing this major have credit for or place out of (via a Math ACT score > 28) College Algebra (MATH 111), so that the student can start Calculus I (MATH 121) in the fall of the freshman year. A grade of "C" or higher is required in Engineering core and elective courses. The specific course requirements are listed below.

Learning Model: The learning model is based on three modes of instruction: the traditional lecture, individual study and group activities. The professor plays a key role in all three by lecturing, always being available for individual assistance and by being an "engaged guide" for group activities led by students. Cohort groups of 5-10 students are formed on the first day of the program and re-constituted periodically each year so that students get the valuable experience of working with many different people and styles. Finally, the learning of computing languages, programming, simulation and gaming are largely an individual responsibility and of such importance that they begin on the first day of the freshman year. The student is expected to gain the experience and a depth of ability that will enable the use of the computer and computing as the primary design and analysis tool of the profession.

Curriculum Design: The curriculum has five components: General Education Core (GEC), basic sciences and mathematics, engineering sciences, computing and simulation, and design and business. Click here to download the Engineering Science Program of Study by semester.

Expectations of Performance: Success in the Cumberland University Engineering Science Program is built upon hard work by both the students and the faculty -- they will work closely from the beginning. The successful student is one who is motivated and committed to exploration and learning. Students are encouraged to try and should expect to make mistakes, but also to persevere. Success in higher mathematics is important, but help is available from both the mathematics and engineering faculties.

Cohort Challenges: Students will enjoy the Cohort Challenges, and they are in many ways the focal point of the Cumberland Engineering Science Program. The first Cohort Challenge begins on the first day of class of the freshman year, and there is at least one Challenge each semester. They are designed to teach but also to expand the students' horizons, confidence and abilities. Some Challenges will be simple, others will be difficult. Some will be executed on campus, but many will require the students to work in the places where engineering is applied. Students will visit industries, as at least one Cohort Challenge will provide an opportunity to visit a governmental research laboratory such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the National Institutes of Health, the Argonne National Laboratory or the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. One Challenge will give students the chance to visit a foreign country as part of the Engineering Science Program.