Honors Program

Student Organizations
Fundamentals Examination
Courses of Instruction


Available as a major on the B.S. degree with the choice of either an electrical or mechanical emphasis. All programs of study include a solid liberal arts component and a fundamental core of engineering courses which provide a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering. They conclude with a three-semester design sequence which is common to students in both areas of emphasis. The programs satisfy all criteria established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The programs of study are identical for the first three semesters with an emphasis choice required during the second year. A total of 136 semester hours of UCR, engineering and associated courses is required for the B.S. degree in engineering. All programs are based on a strong background in mathematics and the basic sciences. Suggested four-year course sequences are available from the Department of Engineering.

Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Engineering: Forty-four semester hours in the Engineering Core including 10011, 10022, 10032, 10042, 20404, 20603, 20613, 30013, 30444, 30623, 30704, 30861, 30903, 40483, 40903, 40913; and twenty semester hours in an Engineering Emphasis. The Electrical Emphasis requirements include 20413, 30454, 30503, 30543, and a set of approved elective courses. The Mechanical Emphasis requirements include 20623, 30634, 30714, 30871, 40861, 40871, and a set of approved elective courses. All electives must be approved by an engineering faculty advisor to ensure that each student's program of study meets both university and engineering accreditation criteria. Associated Requirements: MATH 10524, 20524, 30524, 30613, 30803, PHYS 20473, 20471, 20483, 20481, CHEM 10113 (or CHEM 10114), CHEM 10123 (or CHEM 10124 or PHYS 30493), ECON 10223, 10233, COSC 10052.

Honors Program. Engineering majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors Program and should enroll in ENGR 30003 during their junior year and ENGR 40003 during their senior year.

Pass/No-Credit. All courses used to meet UCR, associated and engineering program requirements must be taken on the letter grade system. An exception may be approved if a specific course is only available on a pass/no-credit basis.

Transfer Students. Transfer applicants should refer to "General Policies" in the Admissions section of this bulletin for general admission requirements and deadlines. A degree plan will be prepared for each transfer student during the student's first semester of enrollment at TCU. The application of previous coursework to an engineering degree at TCU is based upon equivalency of content with TCU courses. Special approval is required to complete any Engineering Emphasis courses outside of TCU. A maximum of 15 semester hours of transfer credit may be applied to the Engineering Core. All engineering courses must be from programs with ABET accreditation, unless otherwise pre-approved. Contact the Department of Engineering for additional information on its transfer policy and procedures.

Student Organizations. Several engineering and computer science student organizations have been established at TCU for the purpose of promoting professional goals and interests, and to provide fellowship and recreation for the members. Student chapters of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) are active on the TCU campus. These groups meet regularly to participate in plant tours or to entertain speakers on topics of current interest to engineering students. All engineering students are encouraged to join one of the student organizations, to participate in campus activities as well as the activities of the affiliated local professional engineering societies. Students may also choose to become student members of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) and to participate in their local chapter activities.

Fundamentals Examination. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination is administered twice each year by the Advisement and Counseling coordinator in the Department of Engineering. Review sessions are offered by the Engineering Faculty. All engineering students are encouraged and advised to take the fundamentals examination prior to graduation.

UCR Electives. The humanities and social science components of engineering programs should exhibit both breadth and depth in the subject areas. The Department of Engineering provides a list of suggested UCR elective options that address this issue. All UCR electives must be selected with the advice and approval of an engineering academic advisor.

Engineering Electives. The design content of each engineering program must meet minimum standards. Thus, the electrical and mechanical emphasis engineering electives must be selected to assure an adequate design content for the total program. All engineering electives must be selected with the advice and approval of an engineering academic advisor.

The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.

Courses of Instruction

10011 INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING. Introduction to the engineering profession. Engineering problem solving and methods of documentation.

10022 ENGINEERING DESIGN AND GRAPHICS. Corequisite: ENGR 10011 or instructor approval. Introduction to the engineering design process. Computer-aided engineering design graphics. Student projects.

10032 STATIC MECHANICS. Prerequisites: ENGR 10022, MATH 10524. Force systems and resultants, equilibrium, friction, structural analysis, geometric properties and distributed loadings, internal forces.

10042 PRINCIPLES OF DIGITAL LOGIC. Number systems. Arithmetic, Boolean algebra and logic operations. Timing diagrams. Introduction to the design and analysis of combinational and sequential logic circuits.

10052 APPLIED PROGRAMMING. (COSC 10052). Prerequisite: MATH 10524. Introduction to computer programming with emphasis on scientific and engineering applications. Examples and assignments will illustrate methods of numerical computation and simulation techniques appropriate for engineering use.

20404 NETWORK ANALYSIS I. Prerequisite: Math 10524. Corequisite: Math 20524. Terminal characteristics of passive devices and energy sources. Steady-state response of networks containing these elements. Transient response of first- and second-order networks. Introduction of computer-aided analysis and design tools. Emphasis on the proper use of basic electrical laboratory instrumentation.

20413 NETWORK ANALYSIS II. Prerequisite: ENGR 20404. Complex frequency response. Frequency domain analysis using Laplace and Fourier transforms. Two-port networks analysis and applications. Computer-aided analysis and design tools.

20603 Solid Mechanics I. Prerequisites: ENGR 10032 , MATH 20524. Fundamental topics in static structural analysis, concepts of stress and strain, and stress-strain-temperature relations. Stresses and deformations due to axial, torsional, and bending loads. Transverse shear. Combined loadings.

20613 DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS I. Prerequisites: ENGR 20603, PHYS 20473, MATH 30613. Kinematics and kinetics of a particle. Work-energy and impulse-momentum methods for particles. Planar kinematics and kinetics of a rigid body. Work-energy and impulse-momentum methods for rigid bodies. Free and forced response of damped single-degree-of-freedom systems.

20623 SOLID MECHANICS II. Prerequisites: ENGR 20603, PHYS 20473, MATH 30613. Curved beams. Thick-walled cylinders and spinning disks. Torsion of noncircular shafts. Energy methods. Theories of failure. Introduction to finite element analysis.

30003 HONORS TUTORIAL. Prerequisite: Junior standing and membership in the Honors Program. An examination of an important topic in mechanical or electrical engineering determined in consultation with an instructor. This course is offered on a directed study basis and must be arranged prior to the semester enrolled.

30013 Materials Science. (PHYS 30013). Prerequisite: CHEM 10113. Introduction to the physical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, and polymers. Emphasis on the relationship between these properties and how performance is influenced by microstructure and processing. Atomic bonding. Crystal structure. Phase equilibria. Deformation and fracture. Composite materials. Electronic, magnetic, dielectric and optical properties.

30444 Electronics I. Prerequisite: ENGR 20404. Fundamentals of solid-state, discrete-component microelectronic devices, including the pn-junction diode, bipolar junction transistor, and field-effect transistors. The integrated circuit operational amplifier and its use in analog applications is emphasized. Utilization of pn-junction diodes and transistors as electronic switches for digital logic applications is stressed. Computer-aided analysis and design tools. Laboratory applications.

30454 ELECTRONICS II. Prerequisite: ENGR 30444. Differential amplifiers. Frequency response of amplifiers with an emphasis on design for wideband operation. Negative feedback with practical circuit applications. Amplifier output stages. Analog integrated circuits including op-amps. Basic analog filter design. Sinusoidal oscillators. Laboratory applications.

30503 SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS. Prerequisite: ENGR 20413 or instructor approval. Signal and system representations. Convolution. Fourier series and transforms and applications. Laplace transforms and applications. Z-transforms and applications.

30543 Engineering Electromagnetics. Prerequisites: ENGR 20404, MATH 30524, MATH 30613. Vector fields and operators. Electrostatic fields. Coulomb, Gauss, Joule, and Continuity Laws. Solution of boundary-value problems. Magnetostatic fields. Vector magnetic potential. Biot-Savart Law. Time-varying fields. Faraday's Law. Maxwell's equations. Plane waves. Transmission lines. The use of computer-aided calculation and visualization tools.

30573 COMPUTER ORGANIZATION (COSC 30253). Prerequisite: ENGR 30444. Corequisite: COSC 20101. Treatment of sequential and combinatorial circuits including flip-flops, multiplexers, decoders, adders, registers, counters. Design of functional components, of a computer including memory, ALU, control unit, busses. The tradeoffs of alternative architectural features such as word size, instruction sets, addressing modes.

30583 MICROPROCESSOR BASED DIGITAL SYSTEMS. (COSC 30353). Prerequisite: ENGR 30573. Introduction to the design of microprocessor based digital systems including the study of processor control signals, address decoding and memory interfacing, interfacing to serial and parallel ports, A/D conversion, and interrupt processing. Features of state-of-the-art microprocessors will be discussed. Both hardware and software assignments will be required.

30593 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. (COSC 30453). Prerequisite: ENGR 30573. The logical organization and functional behavior of digital computers are studied. Fundamental principles in the design of the CPU, memory, I/O devices, and bus structures are presented. Performance enhancement topics such as caching, memory interleaving, interconnection schemes, pipelining, memory management, reduced instruction sets (RISC), and multiprocessing are discussed.

30613 DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS II. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, MATH 30613. Moving reference frames. Kinematics and kinetics of typical machines. Lagrange's equations. Rotating machinery and balancing. Free and forced response of damped multi-degree-of-freedom systems. Modal analysis.

30623 CONTROL SYSTEMS I. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, 20404, MATH 30613. Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Laplace transforms and transfer functions. Transient and steady-state response. Root locus method. Nyquist diagrams. Bode plots. Control system simulation software. Introduction to state-space analysis and design.

30634 Manufacturing I. Prerequisite: ENGR 20623. Manufacturing processes and engineering materials emphasizing metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites. Material selection. Product design for optimum manufacturability and quality control. Computer integrated manufacturing and process engineering.

30704 Thermal Sciences I. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, MATH 30613. An introduction to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. System and control volume concepts in analysis. First and second laws in thermodynamics. Thermodynamics cycles. Fluid statics and steady flow of fluids. Introduction to topics in conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer.

30714 THERMAL SCIENCES II. Prerequisite: ENGR 30704. Continuation of ENGR 30704. Further topics in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Applications of the first and second laws to power and refrigeration cycle analysis, psychrometrics, and reacting mixtures. Conservation equations. Inviscid and viscous incompressible flow. Introduction to compressible flow.

30861 MATERIALS AND MECHANICS LAB. Prerequisite: ENGR 20603. Corequisite: ENGR 30013. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of phenomena in solid mechanics and materials. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

30871 THERMAL SYSTEMS I LAB. Corequisite: ENGR 30704. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of phenomena in fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, refrigeration, and mechanical power systems. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

30903 ISSUES IN ENGINEERING DESIGN. Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Examination of various issues inherent in engineering design. A review of the engineering method. Ethical issues of engineering design such as: product liability, risk assessment, intellectual property, competitive bidding, and the environmental and social impacts of design decisions. Project management, topics in engineering economy, and probabilistic concepts in design.

40003 SENIOR HONORS RESEARCH PAPER. Prerequisite: ENGR 30003. A supervised research experience culminating in the writing of a research paper based on the subject matter studied in ENGR 3003 Honors Tutorial. The course is offered on a directed study basis and must be arranged prior to the semester enrolled.

40454 Semiconductor Device Electronics. Prerequisite: ENGR 30454. Semiconductor materials and solid-state physics principles. Charge carrier transport phenomena. PN-junction analysis. Bipolar junction transistor physics. Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) physics. MOS transistor principles. Computer-aided analysis and design tools will be used. Individual research laboratory project.

40483 ELECTROMECHANICS. Prerequisites: ENGR 20404, PHYS 20483, 20481. Electromechanical energy conversion principles. Magnetic circuits. Balanced three-phase system analysis. Development and applications of the circuit models for transformers, induction machines, synchronous machines, and DC machines. Laboratory exercises emphasize measurement of machine model parameters and comparison of predicted and observed steady-state performance.

40514 COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. Prerequisite: ENGR 30503. Introduction to analog and digital communication systems and concepts. Sampling theorem. Amplitude modulation. Frequency modulation. Pulse-code modulation. Time-division and frequency-division multiplexing. Analog and digital noise analysis.

40544 OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS. Prerequisite: ENGR 30543 or PHYS 40653. Waveguiding and signal transmission properties of optical fibers. Optical sources. Power launching and coupling. Photodetectors. Optical receivers. Optical fiber transmission systems. Laboratory exercises emphasize the measurement of waveguiding characteristics.

40574 DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING. Prerequisite: ENGR 30503. Sampling and quantization effects. Digital filter design. Structures for realizing discrete time systems. Discrete Fourier transform and fast Fourier transform. Laboratory exercises emphasize digital signal processing techniques to applications in audio signal processing and telecommunications.

40613 MACHINE COMPONENT DESIGN. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, 20623. The design and selection of mechanical components. Lubrication. Antifriction and journal bearings. The design of screws, fasteners, and joints. Mechanical springs. Gears and gearing systems. Clutches, brakes and couplings. Flexible mechanical elements. Flywheels and power units. Miscellaneous topics.

40623 Control Systems II. Prerequisite: ENGR 30623. Design of control systems. Stability. System sensitivity. Nyquist, root locus and Bode design. Nichols chart analysis and design. Controllability and observability. Introduction to nonlinear control systems. Phase plane methods.

40633 Manufacturing II. Prerequisite: ENGR 30634. A continuation of ENGR 30634.

40723 HEAT TRANSFER. Prerequisite: ENGR 30704. Thermal conductivity. Steady and unsteady conduction. Free and forced convection. Boundary layer concepts. Heat exchangers. Thermal radiation. Numerical procedures.

40733 FLUID MECHANICS. Prerequisite: ENGR 30704. Fluid statics. Conservation equations. Incompressible inviscid and viscous flow. Boundary layers. Dimensional analysis and similitude. Compressible flow.

40743 THERMAL SYSTEMS DESIGN. Prerequisite: ENGR 30704. Design and analysis of thermal systems. Selection and evaluation of fluid flow equipment. Heat exchangers. Vapor power and refrigeration cycles. Fluid flow circuits. Preliminary cost estimations and economic evaluation. Availability analysis and optimization techniques.

40753 ADVANCED ENGINEERING DYNAMICS. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, MATH 30613. Kinematics and kinetics of three dimensional motion. Gyroscopic systems. Energy and momentum methods. Generalized coordinates and Lagrange's equations. Special topics.

40763 ADVANCED ENGINEERING VIBRATIONS. Prerequisites: ENGR 20613, MATH 30613. Free and forced vibration of single-degree-of-freedom and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems. Vibration of continuous systems, such as cables, beams and plates. Engineering applications of vibration theory. Special topics.

40861 DYNAMICS AND VIBRATIONS LAB. Prerequisite: ENGR 30623. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of dynamics and vibrations phenomena in machines and structures. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

40871 Thermal Systems II Lab. Prerequisites: ENGR 30714, 30871. A continuation of ENGR 30871. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of phenomena in fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, refrigeration, and mechanical power systems. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

40903 Systems Design I. Prerequisite: ENGR 30903. Two-semester interdisciplinary team projects. Application of analysis and design principles and techniques to the synthesis, modeling, optimization, fabrication, and testing of electrical, mechanical and electromechanical systems. Individual and team oral and written reports.

40913 Systems Design II. Prerequisite: ENGR 40903. Continuation of ENGR 40903

4920 Design Projects. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Individual design and development projects in fundamental or applied aspects of electrical or mechanical engineering (1-4 hours).

40970 Special Topics IN ENGINEERing. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. (1-6 hours).