Engineering Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Engineering
Honors Program
Transfer Students
Student Organizations
Fundamentals Examination
University Core Curriculum Electives
Engineering Electives
Pass/No-Credit Option
Courses of Instruction


The Department of Engineering mission statement is to educate individuals to be proficient in the art and science of engineering. In support of the mission, the course of study is designed to meet the following four educational objectives:

  1. Engineering graduates should be able to apply scientific and mathematical fundamentals to solve engineering problems;

  2. Engineering graduates should be able to lead, work, and communicate within teams;

  3. Engineering graduates should be able to work professionally and ethically; and

  4. Engineering graduates should be able to continue to learn.

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 minimum total of 129 hours of University Core Curriculum, 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-eight semester hours in the Engineering Core including 10032, 10033, 10042, 20404, 20603, 20613, 30014, 30444, 30623, 30704, 30903, 40203, 40484, 40903, 40913; and a minimum of nineteen 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, 30861, 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, 30853, PHYS 20474, 20484, CHEM 10113 (or CHEM 10114). ECON 10223, COSC 10403 or COSC 10503.

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.

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) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 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 National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Review sessions are offered by the Engineering faculty during the fall semester. All engineering students are encouraged and advised to take the fundamentals examination prior to graduation.

University Core Curriculum 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 University Core Curriculum elective options that address this issue. All University Core Curriculum electives must be selected with the advice and approval of an engineering academic advisor.

Engineering Electives

The electrical and mechanical emphasis engineering electives must be selected to assure an adequate content for the total program. All engineering electives must be selected with the advice and approval of an engineering academic advisor.

Pass/No-Credit Option

All courses used to meet University Core Curriculum, 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.

Courses of Instruction

ENGR 10032 Static Mechanics. Prerequisites: ENGR 10022; corequisite: MATH 10524. Force systems and resultants, equilibrium, friction, structural analysis, geometric properties and distributed loadings, internal forces.

ENGR 10033 Engineering Design and Graphics. Introduction to the engineering design process. Manual and computer-aided design graphics. Student team projects. Manual and computer-aided engineering problem solving and presentation.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 10053 A Hands-On Introduction to Engineering Design. Introduction to some of the principles of engineering design. Simple microcontroller programming. Basic machine component design. Student teams design and construct autonomous mobile robots to accomplish an assigned task.

ENGR 10433 Freshman Seminar in Engineering. Topics may vary each time it is offered.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 20603 Solid Mechanics I. Prerequisites: ENGR 10032, MATH 10524. 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.

ENGR 20613 Dynamics and Vibrations I. Prerequisites: ENGR 10032, PHYS 20473/20474, and credit for, or concurrent enrollment in 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.

ENGR 20623 Solid Mechanics II. Prerequisites: ENGR 20603, PHYS 20473/20474: credit for or concurrent enrollment in MATH 30613. Curved beams. Thick-walled cylinders and spinning disks. Torsion of noncircular shafts. Energy methods. Theories of failure. Introduction to finite element analysis.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 30014 Materials Science. Prerequisite: CHEM 10113 or CHEM 10114. 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. Laboratory methods for characterizing materials emphasized. (Offered as ENGR or PHYS credit.)

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 30573 Computer Organization. COSC Prerequisites: COSC 30203 (may be concurrent) and MATH 10123, or, ENGR prerequisites: 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. (Offered as COSC or ENGR credit.)

ENGR 30583 Microprocessor Based Digital Systems. Prerequisite: COSC 30253. 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. (Offered as COSC 30353 or ENGR 30583.)

ENGR 30593 Computer Architecture. Prerequisite: COSC 30253. 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. (Offered as COSC 30453 or ENGR 30593.)

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 30704 Thermal Sciences I. Prerequisites: MATH 10524, CHEM 10113, PHYS 20473 or 20474. 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 30861 Mechanical Systems Lab. Prerequisite: ENGR 20603. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of phenomena in solid mechanics, dynamics and vibrations. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

ENGR 30871 Thermal Systems Lab I. 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 40203 Engineering Economic Analysis. Prerequisites: ECON 10223, and MATH 10524 or MATH 10283. Development and use of time value of money interest relationships. Comparison alternatives including present worth, annual worth, rate of return and payout period methods. Decision making among independent, dependent, capital-constrained, and unequal-lived projects. Replacement, break-even, and minimum cost analyses. Depreciation and depletion methods and their effect on corporate income taxes, leading t after-tax cash flow analysis.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 40464 Theory and Fabrication of Microelectronic Devices. Prerequisites: ENGR 30444. This course provides a theoretical background and a practical laboratory experience in modern microelectronic device fabrication technologies and processes. The students will learn the theory of the nested set of microelectronic processing techniques used to manufacture microelectronic devices. Each student will actively participate in a laboratory whose focus is to fabricate and test the performance of silicon-based microelectronic devices, including: metallized and diffused resistors, pn-junction diodes, metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors, and MOS field-effect transistors (MOSFETs).

ENGR 40484 Electromechanics. Prerequisites: ENGR 20404, and PHYS 20483/20481 or PHYS 20284. 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

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

ENGR 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.

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

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 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.

ENGR 40861 Mechanical Systems Lab II. Prerequisite: ENGR 30623. Experimental, computational and analytical studies of phenomena in solid mechanics, dynamics and vibrations. Data acquisition, transmission, and analysis.

ENGR 40871 Thermal Systems Lab II. 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.

ENGR 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.

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

ENGR 40920 Senior Design Projects. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. Individual design and development projects in fundamental or applied aspects of electrical or mechanical engineering 1-4 hours.

ENGR 40970 Special Topics in Engineering. Prerequisite: Instructor approval. 1-6 hours.

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