In their profession, Engineers must understand the impact of their work in a global, economic and environmental context. In addition to the University Core requirements and competencies that works with the liberal arts traditions to foster the pursuit of knowledge in a broad and diverse academic experience, each engineering major must develop knowledge and demonstrate abilities in economics, oral communication, and understanding the ethical context of engineering. (Some of these courses may fulfill requirements within the University Core, but some do not.) Thus, there are these engineering professional preparation requirements:
- Communications – All engineering majors must complete public speaking (COMM 203) or, for those students who are enrolled in NROTC, ROTC, or Air Force ROTC programs, a selected approved military science course (NAVS 201, MILS 301, or AS 300A) that emphasizes oral communications skills.
- Economics – All engineering majors must complete at least one economics (ECON) or engineering economics (ISYE 220) course.
- Ethics – All engineering majors must complete a course related to the ethical context of technology in society. This requires either engineering ethics (PHIL 342), or computer ethics (PHIL 345), or selected pre-approved special topics in ethics of technology.