The global business environment demands engineers who are able to combine technical expertise with international understanding. Today's graduates work in multinational teams, create products for a global marketplace, and solve problems that cross national borders and cultures. The International Minor for Engineers addresses a core set of skills and experiences that will prepare CoE graduates for the challenges of the global engineering profession.
- Foreign Language Requirement (6-10 credits)
In total, four semesters of the same college-level language are required.
- International Courses (9 credits)
These requirements include two-courses on non-U.S. cultures or societies plus a comparative perspectives course. At least one of these courses must be listed at the 300-level or above.
- ENGR 260: Engineering Across Cultures (1 credit)
This course explores the role of local culture in identifying and solving engineering problems. Lectures, guest speakers and group discussions will focus on intercultural knowledge and case studies of engineering projects in a global context. The final course project is a culture-specific needs assessment of a technical project outside the United States.
- Required International Experience
Students may satisfy this requirement through study, work, research, or organized volunteer work abroad, spanning a minimum of six weeks within the same country outside the U.S. All international experiences must be approved by the International Programs Faculty Advisor. International students may not satisfy this requirement through programs in their home countries.
In total, the minor requires 16-20 credits to complete. This assumes that students will meet a two-semester (or equivalent) foreign language pre-requisite before declaring the minor. More information can be found a http://www.engin.umich.edu/minors/international.
The Multidisciplinary Design Minor exposes students to systems engineering and helps them succeed in the fast-paced, global and entrepreneurial market for graduate students and professionals in the 21st century. The minor requires students to apply their in-depth analysis skills to projects that also require broader multidisciplinary concepts and approaches from at least two other disciplines to be completed successfully. The projects must also require the following elements or steps:
- problem definition based on qualitative and/or quantitative requirements,
- generation of creative solution concepts,
- analysis of the quality of proposed concepts,
- selection and optimization of a final concept,
- evaluation of the final concept through the building and testing of prototypes or virtual models, and
- iteration and/or detailed recommendation for improvement of the final concept based on the lessons learned from steps 1 through 5.
These design projects are conducted during or after the student has taken a defined set of preparatory courses. Students have the ability to select a specialization which will be noted on the transcript.
- Introductory "Design, Build, Test" Experience (at least 2 credits)
- Cornerstone Course (at least 3 credits)
The minor in multidisciplinary design is best served if the cornerstone experience meets the needs of the project and exceeds the nominal preparation associated with the student's major discipline. Therefore, the student must identify a cornerstone course, outside the set of his or her required classes. This course is to be taken prior to completing the final 3 credits of project work.
- Multidisciplinary Design Project Work (at least 7 credits)
A multidisciplinary design project is defined as a design project containing a significant engagement and integration of students, faculty or course projects from three distinct disciplines. Ideally this project features consecutive semesters of in-depth work on the same design project; these credits cannot all be taken in the same semester. The project work can occur within departmental design courses, independent study courses, or in the ENG curriculum. Co-ops and research projects can be considered. Prior to starting the project work, students must complete a project scoping exercise that defines the project objectives, approach to completing the objectives, and how the student intends to contribute his or her expertise to the completion of the project.
- Leadership/Mentorship Activities (at least 2 credits)
Completion of the minimum credit hours for the above list adds up to 14 credit hours; therefore the student needs at least one extra credit hour in one of the categories. The following rules apply to the Multidisciplinary Design Minor:
- Transfer credit may not be used to fulfill the multidisciplinary design project course requirement or the mentorship/leadership course requirement.
- Only the 2-credit mentorship and leadership requirement can be fulfilled by taking Pass/Fail courses.
- The Advisory Committee of the Multidisciplinary Design Minor Program is responsible for approving any variance in course requirements for a minor. Such variances are usually proposed by the student, ideally during the project scoping activity.
For more information, please visit http://www.engin.umich.edu/minors/multidisciplinarydesign.
A Minor in Electrical Engineering (EE), offered through the EECS Department, is open to both CoE and LSA students. LSA requirements are described in the LSA Bulletin and interested students should consult with both LSA and CoE Electrical Engineering Advisors. CoE students may declare the EE minor provided they have met the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have an average of 2.0 or higher at time of declaring the EE minor
- Students must have completed all Math and Physics prerequisites with a grade of C or better
- Students pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering (EE), Computer Engineering (CE) and Computer Science (CS -- including LSA/CS) are not eligible for the EE minor
The EE minor is completed in 15 credit hours; at least one elective must be at the 400-level. All courses for the EE minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.
- EECS 215
- One of the following program core courses: 216, 230, 270, 320
- Two electives from among the following courses: 216, 230, 270, 320, 311, 312, 330, 334, 370, 373, 411, 413, 414, 420, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429, 430, 434, 451, 452, 455, 460, 461, 470, 530
Suggested Program Options
Systems: Communications, Control, Signal Processing
Electromagnetics and Optics
Circuits and Solid State
|Paths Option||Required Core||Path Preparation Core||Elective 1 ||Elective 2
|Systems||215||216||451, 455, 460||451, 452, 455, 460, 461 (no duplicates)|
|Electromagnetics and Optics||215||230||330,334||411, 430, 434, 438, 530|
|Circuits & Solid State||215||216||311, 312, 320||411, 413, 414, 420, 421, 423, 425, 427, 429|
Sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Program in Entrepreneurship (PIE) is a formal academic program designed to expose University of Michigan students to the entrepreneurial process and mindset in a supportive classroom environment. Through the Program in Entrepreneurship, students gain direct experience with entrepreneurship and acquire basic skills and frameworks that can be used to transform an idea or a technology-based innovation into a high-impact venture.
The program is designed for students who want to start a company, join a small company upon graduation, innovate within a large organization, or simply learn about entrepreneurship because of its increasing importance in the economy.
Prerequisites for the program are completion of freshman year and good academic standing.
To complete the Program in Entrepreneurship, students must take a minimum of nine academic credit hours focused on entrepreneurship, and must take at least one course from each of four categories:
- Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series: (1 credit)
- Elective Course in Entrepreneurship: (1-4 credits)
- Core Course in Entrepreneurship: (3-4 credits)
- Entrepreneurship Practicum: (3 credits)
All courses must be taken for a grade, with the exception of the Distinguished Innovator Speaker Series, which is only offered pass/fail.
For complete information about the Program in Entrepreneurship, visit the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Program in Sustainable Engineering
Administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE) provides students an opportunity to develop their understanding of the challenges associated with sustainable development, exploring these challenges across disciplines, honing their sustainability analysis and leadership skills. Upon completing the program, students should be able to:
- Quantify the environmental and economic impacts of design decisions
- Understand life cycle design and environmentally sustainable design processes and their differences
- List key sustainability concerns
- Identify trade-offs among social, economic, and environmental drivers in engineering decision making
- Identify more sustainable choices among engineering options
The program consists of the following requirements:
- 3-credit foundation course Sustainable Engineering Practices (CEE 265).
- 3-credits of coursework from a selection of courses identified within the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainable engineering.
- 3-credits of coursework from a selection of courses identified outside the College of Engineering that feature significant content in sustainability, specifically considering non-engineering issues at the intersection of technology and society.
If planned well in advance of the senior year, the program should not add to the 128 credits required for a B.S.E. For further information, please visit the program web site at: http://pise.engin.umich.edu.