Undergraduate Catalog


Director: Dr. William Pratt
Office: WIU—Quad Cities, Riverfront 207B, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265
Telephone: (309) 762-9481
E-mail: WF-Pratt@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/qc/engineering

Program Offering and Locations:

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Quad Cities

Faculty: McDonald, Pratt, Shin, Zbeeb.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is an ABET-accredited multidisciplinary engineering degree designed to prepare graduates for professional practice and leadership in the 21st Century. Students take core classes in mechanical design, materials, electronics, robotics, thermo-fluid dynamics, structural design, quality control and engineering management, and complete a senior capstone design experience with industrial partners. Electives are offered in the senior year in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials Engineering, Quality/Manufacturing Engineering, Robotics/Automation Engineering, and Engineering Management. The Engineering degree was designed to be flexible enough to accommodate most engineering disciplines. Therefore, students interested in other engineering disciplines should consult with an Engineering advisor. See our Engineering FAQs at our website.

This multidisciplinary approach to engineering prepares graduates to provide crossdiscipline design solutions and leadership for the wide range of demands encountered by today’s practicing engineers in consulting offices, manufacturing businesses, industrial companies, and government agencies. The program provides the intellectual foundation for lifelong learning and successful careers in a world where the body of knowledge is doubling every 18 months.

Engineering students can complete the entire Engineering program at the new Quad Cities Riverfront Campus. Students can also complete the first two years at the Macomb campus (or at a community college), then take their junior and senior Engineering courses at the Quad Cities Riverfront Campus.

The Engineering program emphasizes innovation, hands-on laboratories, small, intimate classroom settings, mentoring by faculty, and thinking-outside-the-box solutions.

The School of Engineering is the only public engineering degree program in the Quad Cities region, and as such, provides our students many unique opportunities to work with industry through paid internship programs and senior design projects. Please see our website for details.

Additionally, students can participate in many entrepreneurial high-technology development projects through the Quad Cities Manufacturing Laboratory at the Rock Island Arsenal.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree requires completion of 123 semester hours and can be finished in four years, depending on the student’s preparation in mathematics.

Entrepreneurial Engineering, Innovation, Leadership…are the hallmarks of this program!

Transfer Students

There are two primary paths for transfer students to enter the program: 1) transfer from a two- or four-year institution, or 2) through the Linkages program, where students coregister with WIU Engineering and a partner college.

Transfer students seeking admission to the Engineering program must satisfy general University admissions requirements. Advanced placement credit for 18 hours of select lower-division Engineering courses from a community college or from a non-ABET accredited Engineering program will be provisionally granted providing the following is true: 1) the student earned a minimum grade of “C” or above (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for completed courses that are deemed equivalent as determined by the School of Engineering, 2) the courses conform with IAI standards, and 3) the student completes the first 9 semester hours of 300-level Engineering courses with a “C” or above. Final advanced placement credit will be granted upon proof of passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Please contact the School of Engineering with any questions.

Students seeking transfer credit for required Engineering core courses, MATH 133 and 134, and PHYS 211 and 213 must have earned a grade of C or better in all such courses to receive full credit (see degree requirements).

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science—Engineering

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Engineering must complete I, II, III.A or III.B or III.C or III.D or III.E, and IV below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses^: 27 s.h.
    ENGR 105, 211@, 212&, 220, 251, 271, 300, 490†, 491.
  3. Emphases of Study^: (Select A, B, C, D, or E) 30 s.h.
    1. Traditional Engineering
      1. Special Courses: 21 s.h.
        ENGR 310, 320, 331, 340, 351, 370, 411
      2. Directed Electives: 9 s.h.
        Select 9 s.h. from the following courses:
        ENGR 470, 472, 481, 482; MGT/OM 352; MGT 455
    2. Robotics Engineering
      1. Special Courses: 21 s.h.
        ENGR 310, 320, 340, 351, 370, 411, 470
      2. Directed Electives: 9 s.h.
        Select 9 s.h. from the following courses:
        ENGR 331, 471, 472, 473
    3. Civil Engineering
      1. Special Courses: 27 s.h.
        ENGR 310, 331, 351, 360, 452, 453, 460, 461, 481
      2. Directed Electives: 3 s.h.
        Select 3 s.h. from the following courses:
        BIOL 181; BOT 200; MICR 200; GEOG 100, 108, 121, 208, 209;
        GEOL 110, 113, 181
    4. Industrial Engineering
      1. Special Courses: 24 s.h.
        ENGR 310, 331, 340, 345, 351, 411; MGT 352 or OM 352; MGT 455
      2. Directed Electives: 6 s.h.
        Select 6 s.h. from the following courses:
        ENGR 320, 360, 370, 470
    5. Electrical Engineering
      1. Special Courses: 21 s.h.
        ENGR 310, 340, 351, 370, 470, 471, 472
      2. Directed Electives: 9 s.h.
        Select 9 s.h. from the following courses:
        ENGR 331, 411, 473, 482
  4. Other Requirements^*: 30 s.h.
    1. CHEM 201*: 4 s.h.
    2. MATH 133*, 134*, 231, and 333: 15 s.h.
    3. PHYS 211* and 213: 8 s.h.
    4. One additional Chemistry or Physics course: minimum 3 s.h.
      (PHYS 212 is highly recommended)
    5. Pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (NCEES): 0 s.h.
      Note: MATH 311 is highly recommended.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a General Education global issues course; 3) any major’s discipline-specific global issues course; or 4) an approved Study Abroad program.

^ Engineering majors must complete each ENGR core course, emphasis course, directed elective course, and all directed mathematics and science courses (or equivalent transfer course) with a grade of C or better.

@ Students may also fulfill this requirement through the completion of PHYS 310. See advisor.

& Students may also fulfill this requirement through the completion of PHYS 311. See advisor.

† ENGR 490 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) graduation requirement.

* 10 s.h. may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Course Descriptions


105 (Cross-listed with ET 105) Engineering Graphics. (3) An introduction to drafting including shape description, geometric construction, orthographic and isometric drawing, sectioning, dimensioning, and applied descriptive geometry. Basic dimensioning, tolerancing, and pictorial drawings will be covered. An introduction to computer based drafting. Not open to students with credit for ET 105. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab. IAI: EGR 941; IND 911.

211 Engineering Statics. (3) The first course in Engineering Mechanics for engineers; mechanics of forces and force systems, static equilibrium, forces in structures and machines, friction, centroids, moments of inertia, radii of gyration, and virtual work are examined. Not available to students who are currently enrolled in or have completed PHYS 310 or PHYS 312. Prerequisites: MATH 133, PHYS 211. 3 hrs. lect. IAI: EGR 942.

212 Engineering Dynamics. (3) Kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, work-energy and impulse-momentum relationships, and vibrations applied to engineering systems. Not available to students who are currently enrolled in or have completed PHYS 311 or PHYS 312. Prerequisite: ENGR 211. 3 hrs. lect.

220 Computational Methods for Engineers. (3) Programming basic numerical methods using MATLAB for engineering applications. Matrix algebra, order of convergence, root finding, quadrature, solution of linear and nonlinear equations, eigenvalue problems, numerical integration, differentiation, ordinary differential equations, error analysis, and problem solving related to engineering applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH 333. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

251 Strength of Materials. (3) Introduction to stress and deformation analysis of basic structural materials subjected to axial, torsional, bending, and pressure loads. Prerequisite: ENGR 211 or PHYS 310. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab. IAI: EGR 945.

271 Engineering Electrical Circuits. (3) An introductory electrical circuits course for all engineering disciplines; provides comprehensive coverage of electronic theory, fundamentals, practices, and analysis and problem solving strategies for DC and AC circuitry, and RLC networks. Includes use of engineering software to simulate and analyze. Prerequisites: MATH 231 and PHYS 213. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

300 Engineering Thermodynamics. (3) First and second laws of thermodynamics, equations of state for liquids and gases, heat and work transfer, phase equilibrium and change, mass and energy balance for control volumes, availability, exergy, power and refrigeration cycles; strategies for solving engineering problems. Prerequisite: MATH 231. 3 hrs. lect.

310 Fluid Dynamics. (3) Introduction to the concepts and applications of fluid mechanics and dimensional analysis with an emphasis on fluid behavior, internal and external flows, analysis of engineering applications of incompressible pipe systems, and external aerodynamics. Prerequisite: ENGR 300. 3 hrs. lect.; 1 hr. lab.

320 Mechanical Design I. (3) Mechanical design including an overview of the design process, engineering mechanics, failure prevention under static and variable loading, bearings, transmission elements, lubrication, and characteristics of the principal types of mechanical elements. Includes use of engineering software to simulate and analyze. Prerequisites: ENGR 105 and grade of C or above in ENGR 211 and 251. 3 hrs. lect.

322 Mechanical Design II. (3) Kinematics and dynamics of machinery, including analytical kinematics, force analysis, cam design, and balancing. Application of elementary mechanics of solids to analyze and size machine components for stress and deflection. Finite-element analysis with emphasis on beam and plate models. Prerequisite: C or above in ENGR 211, 212, 251, and 320. 3 hrs. lect.

331 Engineering Project Management. (3) Concepts, steps, and techniques required to select, organize, manage, and deliver a successful technical or engineering project. Includes concepts in managing innovation and change, entrepreneurial engineering, engineering management, and ethical responsibilities of engineers. Prerequisites: junior standing in Engineering or permission of instructor. 3 hrs. lect.

340 Manufacturing Engineering. (3) A comprehensive overview of the manufacturing process. Key concepts include production system structure and design, manufacturability, quality control, and the techniques, tools, and methods that organizations use to improve overall performance while meeting customer cost, performance, and delivery requirements. Prerequisites: junior standing as an Engineering student; MATH 133 or MATH 137; and permission of School. 3 hrs. lect.

345 (Cross-listed with ET 345) Continuous Improvement: Quality. (3) The study of Continuous Process Improvement. Students will learn about PDCA/ DMAIC models, fundamental quality tools, FMEA, minimizing variation through Statistical Process Control, process capability studies, reliability, VOC, layered audits, and performance metrics. Not open to students with credit for ET 345. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. 3 hrs. lect. IAI: IND 914.

351 Engineering Material Science. (3) This course covers the use of materials in engineering designs including structures of polymers, metals, and ceramics; processes such as heat treatment and solidification; failure mechanisms in service and design techniques to avoid failures; and strategies for material selection. Prerequisite: ENGR 251. 3 hrs. lect.

360 Structural Analysis. (3) Modeling, analysis, and requirements for static design of trusses, frames, cable, and other common structural shapes including an introduction to light weight structures, use of computer analysis methods and other tools. Prerequisite: ENGR 251. 3 hrs. lect.

370 Micro-Electronics I, Circuit Analysis and Design. (3) An electronics course for interdisciplinary engineers dealing with the design, analysis, and strategies for using OpAmps, semi-conductor devices in both analog and digital power electronics, communications systems, sensor systems, and electric power applications as part of a Mechatronic System Prerequisite: ENGR 271. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

410 Intermediate Thermo-Fluid Dynamics. (3) Differential equation form of the conservation of mass, momentum, and energy applied to internal flows, boundary layers, lift-drag, and open channel flows. Applications include turbomachinery, gasvapor mixtures, psychrometrics, combustion, and compressible flow. Prerequisite: ENGR 310. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

411 Heat Transfer. (3) Fundamentals of engineering heat transfer. Steady and transient heat conduction in solids. Finned surfaces. Numerical solution techniques. Forced and free convection, condensation, and boiling. Design and analysis of heat exchangers. Radiation heat transfer. Problems in combined convection and radiation. Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENGR 300. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

452 Geotechnical Engineering. (3) An introduction to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Topics covered include the origin of soil, definition of soil properties, phase relationships, soil classification, compaction, seepage, subsurface stress, settlement, and 1-D consolidation. Prerequisites: ENGR 251, 310; MATH 333. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

453 Geotechnical Design. (3) Introduction to shear strength based design of foundations and structures in geotechnical engineering. Topics covered include bearing capacity and settlement of shallow foundations, deep foundations, earth retaining structures and slope stability; testing and analysis of soil for shear strength. Prerequisite: ENGR 452. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

460 Steel Design. (3) Design of structural steel elements using the LRFD (load and resistance factor design) methodology to resist the action of axial, shear, bending, and combined stresses; includes stability of structural elements and connections, and use of modern engineering software in design. Prerequisite: ENGR 360. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

461 Concrete Design. (3) This course covers the analysis and design of reinforced concrete members using current design standards including design of members for flexure, shear, and axial forces; serviceability criteria, bond and development length considerations; use of modern engineering software in design. Prerequisite: ENGR 360. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

470 Mechatronics I. (3) Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical, computer control, and systems dynamics design engineering. This course brings together all previous instruction in structures, mechanisms, electronics, programming, and design and makes use of modern integrated software to design a mechatronic system. Prerequisites: ENGR 212, 220, 320, and 370. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

471 Microelectronic Circuits II. (3) This course covers analysis and design of microelectronic devices and circuits with industrial applications. Devices and circuits will include: digital, single-ended, linear amplifiers, and other integrated circuits. Prerequisite: ENGR 470. 3 hrs. lect.; 1 hr. lab.

472 Mechatronics II. (3) This course is a continuation of ENGR 470 and involves the design, fabrication, and demonstration of a novel practical mechatronic system. Prerequisite: ENGR 470. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

473 Industrial Controls. (3) This course will emphasize basic to advanced knowledge of methods used in industry to deliver, control, and monitor electrical devices. Course content will focus upon understanding and creating wire diagrams, selection of electrical devices and programmable logic devices applications. Prerequisite: ENGR 470. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

481 Finite Element Analysis. (3) The finite element method and its application to engineering problems: truss and frame structures, linear elasticity, plane stress and plane strain, axisymmetric elements, isoparametric formulation, heat conduction, transient analysis; use of commercial software; overview of advanced topics. Prerequisites: ENGR 300, 320, 351. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

482 (Cross-listed with ET 482) Parametric Modeling. (3) The application of computer aided design techniques utilizing industrial software within a minicomputer and workstation environment. Not open to students with credit for ET 482. Prerequisite: ET 207. 2 hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.

490 Engineering Senior Design. (2, repeatable to 4) Students working in teams solve an industry selected problem. Students will be required to research, provide analysis and solutions to assigned projects. The course will also focus upon communication, team building, and critical thinking skills. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: C or above in all Engineering core courses (except ENGR 491) and senior standing. Arranged.

491 Engineering Internship. (2) Off-campus work experience in engineering. Written weekly reports and copies of all projects, analysis, and other work are required. Recommend completion before entering last term on campus. Prerequisites: senior standing, a minimum GPA of 2.000, a minimum GPA of 2.00 from courses completed within the major, and approval of program coordinator. Graded S/U only.