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B.S. in Engineering & Management

In this Section

Amy K. Zander, Program Director
Misty Spriggs, Associate Director
Adrienne Boswell, Academic Advisor/Office Manager

Clarkson’s Engineering & Management (E&M) program is ideal for those who desire breadth and flexibility in a career centered on leadership and technology. The major was established in 1954 to meet the growing needs of industry for individuals with strong skill sets in both engineering and business. Graduates are prepared to integrate the rapidly changing technical and managerial aspects of an organization.

The E&M program utilizes Clarkson’s traditional strengths, stressing engineering principles and technical problem solving in conjunction with quantitative and qualitative managerial decision making. Students receive a balanced education involving course requirements from each of the major disciplines of engineering, business, science and liberal arts. The carefully planned curriculum is taught by faculty within their respective areas of expertise.

The Program Educational Objectives of the E&M program are to prepare students who upon graduation:

  • solve complex technical problems helping organizations become more innovative and effective;
  • lead successful multidisciplinary teams, applying knowledge of people, processes and the enterprise;
  • effectively communicate information for decision making both orally and in writing to both technical and nontechnical audiences;
  • provide economic and social value to an organization through effective management of human, financial, information and physical resources;
  • use creative and critical thinking skills, building on and integrating engineering and business core knowledge; and
  • make timely, ethical and useful decisions in response to organizational challenges.

Typically, E&M students are people oriented, at ease with science and mathematics, and anticipate increasing managerial responsibilities over the course of their careers. Problem solving, communication and teamwork permeate the E&M curriculum. By design, the environment is one of collaborative teamwork and is known for strong mutual support among students. E&M graduates are recognized as leaders and facilitators who possess the ability to initiate new ideas and change.

The E&M program maintains two professional organizations and an E&M Student Advisory Council. Sigma Tau Iota, the E&M honorary society, consists of students enrolled in the program who display consistent academic excellence. This group is active in program outreach to industry and student development through its numerous activities and projects. The Engineering & Management Society regularly hosts business leaders and representatives who engage students in discussions that range from career opportunities to current industry trends and issues. The Advisory Council serves as a curricular advisory group and aids in assessment of the program outcomes.

Curriculum
The Engineering & Management program confers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree upon completion of the 120 credit-hour program requirements. A candidate for the bachelor’s degree must not only pass all prescribed courses in the E&M curriculum, but must also meet all other graduation requirements and Clarkson Common Experience requirements stated in the Academic Requirements section of this catalog.

The E&M curriculum may be summarized as follows:

  • Thirty-one credit hours of math and basic and laboratory sciences including calculus through differential equations, applied statistics, chemistry and physics;
  • Eighteen credit hours of engineering coursework including the core subjects of statics, electrical science, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and a capstone interdisciplinary process design course;
  • Thirty-two credit hours of engineering- and business-management coursework including microeconomics, enterprise resource planning, organizational behavior, operations and supply chain management, operations research, organizational policy and strategy, three professional electives and a unique pair of first-year courses in which E&M students create, develop and prepare to commercialize new and innovative products;
  • Eighteen credit hours of business courses including accounting, marketing, financial management, law & society and two business electives;
  • Fifteen credit hours of Clarkson Common Experience courses including psychology, two Knowledge Area electives, a University Course and the Clarkson Seminar course.
  • Rounding out the experience are courses in public speaking and an elective course.

The Engineering & Management student is encouraged to use program professional electives to focus on specific career objectives. Students work closely with their advisor to select electives that best suit these objectives. Students often choose to pursue a minor in project management, a concentration in global supply chain management, or courses in construction management, technical marketing or sales.

Employment
Due to the program’s unique nature, and the quality and versatility of students attracted to it, E&M graduates are some of the most heavily recruited at Clarkson. For example, while the program’s enrollment represents roughly 10 percent of the student population, E&M seniors are typically invited to interview with nearly half of all companies recruiting at the on-campus Career Fair.

The career paths of E&M alumni reflect the breadth of the program’s curriculum and include:

 Supply Chain Management Quality Systems Management
 Consulting Entrepreneurship
 Manufacturing and Production Applications Engineering
 Project Management Field Service Engineering
 Marketing and Technical Sales Construction Management


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FIRST YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
EM205 Accounting for
  EM211 Intro to Enterprise
  Decision Analysis
3
    Info Systems2
3
EM120   Team-Based Design &
  EM121  Technological
  Innovation1,3 
3
    Entrepreneurship1,3 
2
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar 
3
  PY151 Intro to Psychology
3
MA131  Calculus I 
3
  MA132  Calculus II 
3
PH131  Physics I or 
  PH132  Physics II or
CM131 Chemistry I 
4
  CM132   Chemistry II 
4
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1
     
   
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
EC350  Micro & Engineering
  LW270  Law & Society 
3
  Economics
3
    University Course
3
ES220 Statics
3
  COMM217  Public Speaking1
3
MA232  Differential Equations 
3
  STAT383  Applied Statistics I 
3
EM286 Organizational Behavior
3
  CM132  Chemistry II or 
CM131  Chemistry I or      PH132  Physics II
4
PH131  Physics I
4
     
   
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES330 Fluid Mechanics 
3
  FN361 Financial Management 
3
EM333 Operations Research
3
  EM331 Operations & Supply
MK320  Principles of Marketing 
3
    Chain Management
3
MA231 Calculus III 
3
  ES250 Electrical Science 
3
ES260 Materials Science or
    Knowledge Area Course
3
ES222 Strength of Materials or
    Professional Elective
3
EE264 Digital Design1 
3
     
   
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
ES340  Thermodynamics 
3
    Professional Elective
3
EM432 Organizational Policy &
    CUSB Elective
3
  Strategy1
3
    Free Elective
3
  Knowledge Area
3
   ES456 Process Engineering
  Professional Elective
3
    & Design1,3,4 
3
  CUSB Elective
3
     

 

   
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1 Communications intensive (CI) – Students must earn a minimum of six (6) CI points outside of UNIV190 to meet graduation requirements.
2 Information technology-based course
3 Technology course that meets CCE requirement
4 Students are to take ES456 or another senior capstone design course approved by the Director of E&M.

See Academic Requirements for details of the Clarkson Common Experience including the First-Year Seminar, the Clarkson Seminar, Knowledge Area (KA) courses, University Courses (UC), and related requirements. Students are required to take five courses which cover each of the six specified CCE knowledge areas; one University course (UC) must span two Knowledge Areas. Professional Experience Requirement is met when student completes EM120, EM121, EM432 and ES456 or the recognized equivalents of these courses.

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