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2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
2011-2012 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Engineering

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Jonathan Sullivan, Department Head
Faculty: Aghili, Barkat, Chandra, Dennison, Denny, Griffith, Klemetson, Li, Richardson, Robinson, Sullivan, Uppot, Valentine, Zhang

Department Mission

The Department of Engineering provides an education in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering that is professionally focused and practice-oriented within a student friendly environment. We prepare our students to practice engineering, focusing on the industrial needs of the region. We meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students through close contact with the faculty, the staff, and industrial engineers and managers in our region. We maintain an up-to-date curriculum that fosters inter-disciplinary teamwork, scholarly development, cooperation with regional industry, and engineering ethics.

Engineering Program

Engineering is the profession concerned with putting scientific knowledge to practical use. The engineer combines principles of mathematics and the natural sciences with experience and judgement to transform natural resources for the benefit of mankind.

Program Educational Objectives

  • To prepare graduates to practice engineering and to be successful in solving the engineering problems encountered in industry, government, or private practice.
  • To provide graduates with the motivation and skills to advance into positions of increased responsibility and to pursue continuing education or graduate studies.
  • To produce graduates who are not only ethical and professional as engineers but also are responsible members of their communities and the larger society.

Program Outcomes

At the time of completion of the engineering program at McNeese State University, a student will possess all of the following:

  • 3a: An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • 3b: An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 3c: An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • 3d: An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3e: An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • 3f: An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • 3g (Oral): An ability to communicate effectively through oral presentations
  • 3g (Written): An ability to communicate effectively through written conmunication
  • 3h: The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • 3i: A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • 3j: A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • 3k: An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


The Engineering curriculum consists of a core section and a concentration section. The core courses are required for all engineering concentrations and include study in English, chemistry, physics, mathematics, humanities, and basic engineering sciences. Core courses extend from the freshman year into the senior year. The concentration courses form a coherent unit in chemical, civil, electrical or mechanical engineering and are taken in the junior and senior years.

An evening undergraduate engineering program was created in response to inquiries from the community. The Department of Engineering works with students on a case-by-case basis to see that all courses needed for the degree will be offered during evening hours.

Courses leading to the Master of Engineering degree are offered with a concentration in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, or mechanical engineering.

Professional Activities

The Department of Engineering encourages students to participate in the activities of the McNeese Engineering Society, the student chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society. Students are also urged to participate in the student chapters of AIChE, ASCE, IEEE, ASME, NSBE, and SWE. Juniors and seniors with high academic achievements are invited to join Mu Omega Sigma, the McNeese Engineering Honor Society.

Registration as a professional engineer will assume an increasingly important role in the future of engineering. The Fundamentals of Engineering examination (formerly the Engineer-in-Training examination) is offered twice each year. The Department requires all seniors to take this examination prior to graduation.

Retention Policy

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in MATH 190 as well as all ENGR, CHEG, CIEN, ELEN, and MEEN courses that count toward the B.S. in Engineering degree.

Graduation Requirements

All engineering students must meet all graduation requirements listed in the section titled “Graduation Requirements” in the general information section of this catalog. Credit for courses taken at other universities with a grade below “C” cannot be applied toward a B.S. degree in engineering.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Engineering program is a flexible, professionally oriented postgraduate education program. It offers courses leading to advanced degrees for the recent graduate or experienced engineer. The program may be tailored to provide expertise in areas supportive of mid-career advancement or to simply continue an individual’s education in his/her chosen field. Course credits for the degree include topics in project management, topics in the participant’s engineering specialization, and topics in math, science, and other related areas. The selection of courses will be made under the direction and with the approval of an advisor. Courses may be chosen to satisfy the individual student’s needs as long as prerequisites are satisfied.

The Department of Engineering offers specializations in chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, and mechanical engineering.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate School, applications for admission to the Master of Engineering in Engineering program must meet the following requirements.

Regular –
An applicant may be admitted on regular status if:

  1. He/She has a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution or an institution under the jurisdiction of the University of Louisiana System, and
  2. He/She has earned an overall average of at least 3.0 (“B” based on a 0-4.0 quality point scale) on all undergraduate work (including courses repeated and all courses counted toward the student’s baccalaureate degree) as indicated by transcripts.

Even though admitted as a regular graduate student, the applicant may be required to take additional undergraduate courses if he/she lacks any of the prerequisites to his/her program of graduate studies.

Conditional – An applicant who holds a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution or an institution under the jurisdiction of the University of Louisiana System but does not meet quality point requirements for a regular status may be granted conditional status if he/she has earned at least a 2.5 grade point average out of a possible 4.0 on all undergraduate work. An applicant with less than a 2.5 average must take additional undergraduate courses to meet the requirement.

Removal of Conditional Status –
The removal of conditional status and continuance in the Graduate School are determined by the quality point average achieved by the student at the close of the semester or summer session during which he/she completes his/her first 12 semester hours of graduate work at McNeese University. Regular status is granted automatically to the student if, at this time, his/her cumulative quality point average is 3.0 or better and includes no more than one course with a grade of “C”. A student on conditional status who fails to qualify for regular status upon completing 12 semester hours will be suspended.

Graduate Record Examination –
All applicants must submit their GRE scores at the time of the application for admission. Minimum GRE scores (verbal + quantitative)
for admission of students will be 1050 with a minimum of 650 in the quantitative section.

English Language Requirements for International Graduate Students –

All international students from non-English speaking countries who do not have a baccalaureate degree from U.S. universities will demonstrate English language proficiency at the time of application by one of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 220 on computer-based exam or 560 on paper-based exam or 83 on Internet-based exam; or
  • Completion of the advanced level of the ESLI University Language Center program (located on the McNeese campus).

The number of full-time students admitted each semester will vary depending on the facilities available and the academic capacity of the department.

Undergraduate Preparation for Graduate Engineering Program

Newly admitted graduate students are required to take an advising exam prior to enrolling in courses for the first time. The advising exam is used to evaluate their undergraduate preparation for the engineering concentration in which they wish to pursue graduate studies. Where deficiencies are found, the appropriate leveling courses listed below are required to be successfully completed prior to enrolling in graduate level engineering courses.

Civil Engineering:  Concrete Design (CIEN 416); Steel Design (CIEN 417); Soil Mechanics (CIEN 402); Foundation Mechanics (CIEN 419); Water Supply and Waste Disposal (CIEN 422)
Electrical Engineering: Linear Systems (ELEN 302); Digital Systems (ELEN 260/261); Power Systems (ELEN 355); Computer Networking (ELEN 424); Control Systems (ENGR 430); Communications (ELEN 410); Electronics (ELEN 340)
Mechanical Engineering: Advanced Thermodynamics (MEEN 309); Dynamics of Machinery (MEEN 321); Heat Transfer (ENGR 315); Fluid Mechanics (ENGR 311); Strength of Materials (ENGR 305); Dynamics (ENGR 302); Statics (ENGR 301)
[Students should also have sufficient background in physics and mathematics]
Chemical Engineering: Mass and Energy Balances (CHEG 210); Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (CHEG 311); Stage-wise Operations (CHEG 314); Mass Transfer (CHEG 313); Reactor Engineering (CHEG 405)

When students with an undergraduate degree in the natural or physical sciences wish to pursue a M.Eng. with a concentration in chemical engineering, the following courses are also required (if not already taken): Calculus and Differential Equations (MATH 190, 291, 292, 301); General and Organic Chemistry (CHEM 101, 102, 301, 310); Physics with Calculus (PHYS 211); Thermodynamics (ENGR 207); Mechanics (ENGR 303); Fluid Mechanics (ENGR 311); Heat Transfer (ENGR 315)

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