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Recommendations are intended to help students make the most of their education by providing examples of experiences that can enrich educational experience and illustrate how within and beyond the classroom experiences relate to one another. These are examples and options, not requirements.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineers combine the innovation skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve health care around the world – from diagnostics to treatment.  Visit our website for more information. To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Mark Uline, Asst Professor, uline@cec.sc.edu or Melissa Moss, Professor, mossme@cec.sc.edu.

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Shadowing a physician
  • Volunteering at the free clinic
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Carolina Science Outreach
  • CEC Ambassadors
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)  BMES organizes community service events connected to the profession, such as a donation drive for home medical supplies.
  • Theta Tau – engineering service fraternity. Theta Tau hosts events (Pumpkin chunking, review website) for K-12 students.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Why this is Important
By nature of the profession, biomedical engineers contribute to the community by impacting lives through improved medicine and health.  Biomedical engineering students can contribute to the greater community and directly impact the lives of others while at the same time observing in action the innovations enabled by biomedical engineers.  Biomedical engineering students can also promote excitement in younger students about the profession and how they can make a difference in their community.  In addition, medical school admission boards are also looking for experiences in which students have had patient interactions.

How Students can get Started
Contact student organizations through Garnet Gate; Inquire with OPPA for shadowing and volunteer opportunities.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)
BMEN 303 – Professional Development and Ethics in Biomedical Engineering

Analysis and discussion of industries, products, patents, industrial inventiveness, and biomedical research.  Ethical issues associated with research, introduction of new products, animal subjects, and human subjects.

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Shadowing a physician
  • Volunteering at the free clinic
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Participate in a research experience involving animal or human subjects
  • Participate in an industrial internship

Why this is Important
Protecting the rights of patients and research subjects (both animals and humans) and designing equitable research studies are important in every aspect of the biomedical engineering profession.  BMEN 303 introduces the ethical issues of which biomedical engineers must be aware, while a hands-on experience facilities observation of these ethical aspects in practice.

How Students can get Started
Contact student organizations through Garnet Gate; Inquire with OPPA for shadowing and volunteer opportunities; Speak with your advisor about how to get involved in research; Contact the Career Center about internship opportunities.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Opportunities/Destinations
Engineers Without Borders

Contact the Study Abroad Office for information about individually designed experiences. 

Recommended Timing 
Fall of Sophomore Year, with appropriate course planning

Why this is Important 
Engineering, including biomedical engineering, is a highly global field and marketplace; it is advantageous to understand global problems and other cultures.  Experiences will shape the ability of students to integrate global thinking into their future career.

How Students can get Started
Speak with your advisor and contact the Study Abroad Office

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)
Participate in peer mentoring or tutoring opportunities or chair a committee or hold an office in one of these student societies:

Other Leadership Opportunities

Why this is Important 
Engineers must have leadership skills to be successful and advance within the workforce.  In addition, leadership skills are important for securing employment, medical school and graduate school applications, and scholarship and fellowship awards

How students can get started 
Contact student organizations through Garnet Gate

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s) 
BMEN 101 – Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BMEN 499 – Independent Research (internship option)
ECHE 202 – Exploring the Chemical Engineering Workplace

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 
Internships and co-ops in biomedical engineering may be paid or volunteer positions.  To explore companies with which you might seek a co-op or internship, contact the Career Center or explore the SCBIO website.

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience and learn about the environment of biomedical engineering industry as well as to see the skills they have learned within the classroom applied to real-life problems.  These experiences help students to decide what type of company, product specialty, and what position that are most interested in to pursue within their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student interested in pursuing an industry career.

How Students can get Started 
Contact the Career Center; Explore the SCBIO website; Attend the SCBIO JobFair

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
BMEN 499 – Independent Research (research option)

Sample Research Projects or Topics
More information about Biomedical Engineering research is available at our website, including topics like:

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biomaterials and Drug Delivery
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomolecular Engineering and Drug Development
  • Computational Biology / Computational Medicine

Other Research Opportunities
Participate in an REU or other summer research experience

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research to find out how you can participate in an on-campus research experience.

Apply for a Magellan Award

Why this is Important 
Research allow students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions, to learn about the environment they would enter as a graduate student, and to see the skills they have learned within the classroom applied to real-life problems.  These experiences help students to decide whether they wish to pursue graduate school and a research career as well as the type of research in which they are interested.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.

How Students can get Started 
Speak with your advisor about how to get involved in research; Explore the NSF REU website

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 
Senior Biomedical Engineering Design (BMEN 427 and 428).  Students integrate skill sets from lecture and laboratory courses with project management, design concepts, economic and global factors, and ethical considerations to design and build a prototype product or process relevant to medical practice.

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 

  • Design medical equipment and devices
  • Manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and biologicals
  • Install, adjust, and provide technical support for medical equipment
  • Evaluate medical equipment for safety and efficacy or establish safety standards
  • Sales of medical equipment

Related Graduate Programs 
Medical School
Veterinary School
Law School
Dental School
M.S. programs 
Ph.D. programs

Future Career Opportunities
Biomedical Engineers who continue their education into advanced degrees have opportunities in the following fields:

  • Research and development of new medical devices
  • Drug discovery
  • Research scientist
Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are leading new developments in medicine, advance materials, energy, consumer products, manufacturing and environmental solutions. Chemical engineering students apply their knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to create processes and products that are safe, environmentally friendly, energy efficient and economical. Visit our website for more information.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Chris Williams, Program Coordinator, willia84@cec.sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Engineers Week in February student volunteers are needed to host the public for an open house. The College is dedicated to attracting and cultivating the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, and raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life.  

  • CEC ambassadors

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter engages members in the chemical-engineering profession. AIChE participates in Engineers Week along with other community outreach activities. Their signature exhibit is the corn-starch pool, which demonstrates the properties of certain fluids so kids can “walk on water”. 

  • Theta Tau is a co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity that prides itself on brotherhood, service, and professionalism. Theta Tau hosts events (e.g., Pumpkin chunking, review website) for K-12 students.

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is open to all majors and genders and hosts outreach, professional development and social events. 

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is focused on increasing the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of minorities in science, math and engineering. 

Why this is Important
Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others and excite students about the engineering profession and how they can make a difference in their community.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Related Course(s)

ECHE 573 - Next Energy
Students analyze a wide range of energy technologies and evaluate the challenges society faces as we move from an economy based on fossil fuels to one based on sustainable energy.

ECHE 567 - Process Safety, Health and Loss Prevention
Students examine environmental hazards and learn about fault-tree analyses, risk indices, hazard evaluation, vapor cloud modeling, toxicology, and material safety classification and regulations.  They also discuss individual and corporate ethical responsibilities.

Recommended Sites/Experiences
ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a Maymester study abroad experience.  Students spend two weeks traveling throughout Germany examining a variety of energy issues with a focus on European approaches to energy sustainability. 

Why this is Important
Chemical engineers are at the forefront of chemical technology that enables them to design processes and products that society wants and needs.  They provide these valuable services in a way that improves the health and safety of workers and the public, reduces environmental impact, decreases energy use, and saves money for consumers and companies. Examples of this work include minimizing waste through process monitoring and control, designing new processes that are more efficient, and developing new technologies like solar, wind, batteries and fuel cells that are sustainable and more environmentally and economically sound.  

How Students Can Get Started
Talk with your advisor if interested in tailoring your electives to focus on environmental or energy issues.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
ECHE 573 - Next Energy (Maymester in Germany)
Students analyze a wide range of energy technologies and evaluate the challenges society faces as we move from an economy based on fossil fuels to one based on sustainable energy.  Students spend two weeks traveling throughout Germany examining a variety of energy issues with a focus on European approaches to energy sustainability. 

Timing for Study Abroad
Maymester

Opportunities/Destinations 
ECHE 573 - Next Energy Maymester in Germany

Chemical engineering students who want to study abroad for a semester can choose a destination that will allow them to take engineering classes in English that will transfer back into the University and help them stay on track for graduation:

Thailand
England
Australia
Spain

See the Study Abroad for other opportunities.

Why this is Important
Study abroad provides chemical engineering students with a wider scope of the world around them to learn more about global best practices that inform future work in the field.

How Students Can Get Started
Talk with your faculty advisor or contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • CEC ambassadors

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Chapter engages members in the chemical-engineering profession. AIChE participates in Engineers Week along with other community outreach activities. Their signature exhibit is the corn-starch pool, which demonstrates the properties of certain fluids so kids can “walk on water”. 

  • Theta Tau is a co-ed Professional Engineering Fraternity that prides itself on brotherhood, service, and professionalism. Theta Tau hosts events (e.g., Pumpkin chunking, review website) for K-12 students.

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is open to all majors and genders and hosts outreach, professional development and social events. 

  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is focused on increasing the recruitment, retention and successful graduation of minorities in science, math and engineering. 

  • Tau Beta Pi

Other Leadership Opportunities
Various engineering student organizations
Student Success Center Peer Leaders
Chemical Engineering tutors (e-mails will be sent by the Department on how and when to apply)

Why this is Important 
Leadership skills are essential for the profession and can be a factor in departmental awards, national scholarships, successful application to graduate school, and securing employment in the field.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact the Program Coordinator for more information regarding tutoring. Contact student organizations through Garnet Gate.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s)
ECHE 101 - Introduction to Chemical Engineering
ECHE 202 - Exploring the Chemical Engineering Workplace

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Engineering co-ops and internships are paid positions. Apply online through Handshake or find out more at the Engineering Career Services Office. Cooperative Education positions (Co-ops) are similar to internships but require students to work during at least one fall or spring semester.

Why this is Important 
Internships and co-ops allow students to get work experience while they make money and “try out” a given industry or company. Many companies will only consider candidates for full time employment with a co-op or internship on their resume.

How Students Can Get Started 
Go to the career center or look for postings on Handshake.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s) 
ECHE 460 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
ECHE 461 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
ECHE 499 - Special Problems

Sample research projects or topics

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Batteries and fuel cells
  • Materials & separations
  • Catalyst design & evaluation
  • Computational modeling & molecular engineering
  • Sustainable engineering

Find more opportunities with Chemical Engineering or Undergraduate Research.

Other Research Opportunities
National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)
Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships program (SULI)
NASA research program
Magellan Scholars

Why this is Important
Research engages students in the practice of inquiry to learn more about the technical challenges at the forefront of chemical engineering. Independent projects provides students the opportunity to learn cutting edge technologies for future employment or to gage their interest in graduate school.

How Students Can Get Started
Contact your faculty advisor to learn about research opportunities.

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 
The chemical engineering capstone design courses (ECHE 465 & 466) allow students to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills developed throughout chemical-engineering curriculum in a team environment.  They will use cutting-edge computer technology to design a full-scale chemical processes, similar to what is done in industry.  Students will perform an economic analysis of their process and present their results in oral and written form.

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 
A chemical-engineering graduate can work in a variety of fields from manufacturing and health care to food processing, energy, and environmental health and safety.  With a bachelors degree, students can immediately apply their knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics to create processes and products that are safe, environmentally friendly, energy efficient and economical.

Related Graduate Programs 
Students with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering often pursue advanced degrees in chemical engineering (M.S. or Ph.D.), or purse professional degrees in business (e.g., MBA), medicine (e.g., MD) or law (e.g., JD).

Future Career Opportunities
Experienced chemical engineers start their own businesses, manage business units in large multi-national companies, lead research and development activities in cutting edge technologies, or move into unforeseen directions.     

Civil and Environmental Engineering

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
Juan M. Caicedo, caicedo@cec.sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Courses
ECIV 470 — Senior Design
Design courses in ECIV

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Engineers without Borders
  • ASCE Student Chapter
  • CEC ambassador

Why this is important
Civil and environmental engineering is by nature “community” centered. Providing opportunities for community service prepares students for professional life

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Opportunities
Engineers without Borders

How students can get started
CEC supports student participation in Study Abroad Office Programs

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)
There are 20+ student organizations in CEC. These are major specific and cross-college (e.g. Society for Women Engineers)

How students can get started
New Student Welcome (before new student convocation in August)

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Paid co-ops and internships can be found through the career center

Why this is important
Students who co-op often get better grades whey they return

How to get started
Go to the career center or search posts on job mate

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s) 
Every program has a 499 course, but there are other opportunities for students to get involved in research (volunteering, getting paid as a research assistant, Magellan Scholar, etc.) 

 

INTEGRATE

How to integrate 
ECIV 470
ECIV 101

 

LEAD

Initial career opportunities 

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

Related graduate programs
M.S./Ph.D. in Engineering and Computing
International Business

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Computer Engineering

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
Jose M. Vidal, Director - vidal@sc.edu 

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service


Related Courses
CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Engineers without Borders and ACM Student Chapter

Why This is Important
Computers and software are tools we use to make our lives better. In order to build software that helps people, you first have to figure out what kind of help they need.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning


Recommended Timing/Semester or Destination
Sophomore or Junior years are best. Senior year you have to be at USC to do the Senior Capstone Project course.

Why This is Important
The Internet has made it easy for your software to immediately be available to the whole world, but different cultures will experience it differently. To understand how your software will be perceived in other parts of the world you must understand their culture.

How to Get Started
CEC supports student participation in Study Abroad Office Programs


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership


Opportunities Student Organization(s)

  • ACM Student Club
  • Women in Computing Club
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • Software Engineering Group
  • Carolina Gamers Club
  • Code-a-Thon Group

Links to the groups are in our website http://cse.sc.edu/undergraduate 

Other Leadership Opportunities
Columbia is also home to other Professional Societies which you can join:

See also www.colatechevents.com for local technology meet ups and event.

How to Get Started
New Student Welcome (before new student convocation in August).


PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice


Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Paid co-ops and internships can be found through the career center at CEC, JobMate, and at our department’s job board http://cse.sc.edu/jobs

Why This is Important
Summer jobs and internships will teach you how companies and individuals use technology. You will learn many highly-prized skills while working.


PARTICIPATE: Research


Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. We will accept 498 as one of the required 500-level electives.

Why This is Important
Research activities will help you learn about the latest technologies. A research record gives you an advantage when applying to graduate schools, and is also seen favorably by employers.

How Students Can Get Started

First, browse the list of faculty in the department (cse.sc.edu/people) and see their research interests. Then contact the faculty whose research you find interesting and ask them about doing an independent study or working on one of their current research projects.


Integrate


How to Integrate
Courses, projects, or other requirements that help students think through what they have learned from beyond the classroom experience and how that relates to their course work, major, or future.


LEAD


Initial Career Opportunities
Computer Engineer, Embedded Systems Developer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, Network Manager, Entrepreneur/Founder

Related Advanced Academic Programs
M.S./PhD in Computer Engineering

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Computer Information Systems

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
Jose M. Vidal, Director - vidal@sc.edu 

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service


Related Courses
CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Engineers without Borders and ACM Student Chapter

Why This is Important
Computers and software are tools we use to make our lives better. In order to build software that helps people, you first have to figure out what kind of help they need.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning


Recommended Timing/Semester or Destination
Sophomore or Junior years are best. Senior year you have to be at USC to do the Senior Capstone Project course.

Why This is Important
The Internet has made it easy for your software to immediately be available to the whole world, but different cultures will experience it differently. To understand how your software will be perceived in other parts of the world you must understand their culture.

How to Get Started
CEC supports student participation in Study Abroad Office Programs


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership


Opportunities Student Organization(s)

 

  • ACM Student Club
  • Women in Computing Club
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • Software Engineering Group
  • Carolina Gamers Club
  • Code-a-Thon Group

Links to the groups are in our website http://cse.sc.edu/undergraduate

Other Leadership Opportunities
Columbia is also home to other Professional Societies which you can join:

 

See also www.colatechevents.com for local technology meet ups and event.

How to Get Started
New Student Welcome (before new student convocation in August).


PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice


Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Paid co-ops and internships can be found through the career center at CEC, JobMate, and at our department’s job board http://cse.sc.edu/jobs 

Why This is Important
Summer jobs and internships will teach you how companies and individuals use technology. You will learn many highly-prized skills while working.


PARTICIPATE: Research


Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. We will accept 498 as one of the required 500-level electives.

Why This is Important
Research activities will help you learn about the latest technologies. A research record gives you an advantage when applying to graduate schools, and is also seen favorably by employers.

How Students Can Get Started
First, browse the list of faculty in the department (cse.sc.edu/people) and see their research interests. Then contact the faculty whose research you find interesting and ask them about doing an independent study or working on one of their current research projects.


Integrate

How to Integrate
Courses, projects, or other requirements that help students think through what they have learned from beyond the classroom experience and how that relates to their course work, major, or future.


LEAD


Initial Career Opportunities
System Administrator, CyberSecurity Expert, Network Administrator, Software Developer, Web Developer, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, Entrepreneur/ Founder

Related Advanced Academic Programs
M.S./PhD in Computer Engineering, M.B.A., M.S./PhD Information Systems

Future Career Opportunities
Chief Information Officer

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Computer Science

To learn more about how you can make the most of your educational experiences
within and beyond the classroom contact:
Jose M. Vidal, Director - vidal@sc.edu 

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service


Related Courses
CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Engineers without Borders and ACM Student Chapter

Why This is Important
Computers and software are tools we use to make our lives better. In order to build software that helps people, you first have to figure out what kind of help they need.


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning


Recommended Timing/Semester or Destination
Sophomore or Junior years are best. Senior year you have to be at USC to do the Senior Capstone Project course.

Why This is Important
The Internet has made it easy for your software to immediately be available to the whole world, but different cultures will experience it differently. To understand how your software will be perceived in other parts of the world you must understand their culture.

How to Get Started
CEC supports student participation in Study Abroad Office Programs


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership


Opportunities Student Organization(s)

  • ACM Student Club
  • Women in Computing Club
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • Software Engineering Group
  • Carolina Gamers Club
  • Code-a-Thon Group

Links to the groups are in our website http://cse.sc.edu/undergraduate  

Other Leadership Opportunities
Columbia is also home to other Professional Societies which you can join:

See also www.colatechevents.com for local technology meet ups and event.

How to Get Started
New Student Welcome (before new student convocation in August).


PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice


Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Paid co-ops and internships can be found through the career center at CEC, JobMate, and at our department’s job board http://cse.sc.edu/jobs 

Why This is Important
Summer jobs and internships will teach you how companies and individuals use technology. You will learn many highly-prized skills while working.


PARTICIPATE: Research


Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. We will accept 498 as one of the required 500-level electives.

Why This is Important
Research activities will help you learn about the latest technologies. A research record gives you an advantage when applying to graduate schools, and is also seen favorably by employers.

How students can get started
First, browse the list of faculty in the department (cse.sc.edu/people) and see their research interests. Then contact the faculty whose research you find interesting and ask them about doing an independent study or working on one of their current research projects.


Integrate


How to Integrate
Courses, projects, or other requirements that help students think through what they have learned from beyond the classroom experience and how that relates to their course work, major, or future.


LEAD


Initial Career Opportunities
Software Engineer, Software Developer, Web Developer, Systems Analyst, Systems Architect, Network Manager, Entrepreneur/Founder

Related Advanced Academic Programs
M.S./PhD in Computer Engineering

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Electrical Engineering

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
Grigory Simin, simin@cec.sc.ed

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • IEEE Student Branch
  • HKN (EE Honors Society)
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society Student Chapter

Why this is important
Serve as an officer in a student organization to develop the leadership skills that you’ll need to lead chapter, society, or conference activities as an engineering professional.

How students can get started
Join a student organization at the New Student Convocation in August or contact an officer of the organization. Sign up as a student member of IEEE.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships are available in all areas of electrical engineering, from electronics design to electric power systems.

Why this is important
Internships will allow you to apply your knowledge in “the real world” while earning real money.  Many companies now hire their new employees directly from their intern pool. Be smart; jump in the pool and start networking with a potential future employer.

How students can get started
Find internship opportunities by visiting the Career Center in room 1A01 of the Swearingen building. Or log in to the Career Center’s job-matching service Handshake.

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Opportunities
Most of our EE professors hire undergraduate students to work on sponsored research projects alongside their graduate students. Or if you want to pursue your own idea, apply for a Magellan Scholarship through the Office of Undergraduate Research.  

Related Courses 
All of our EE students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in the classes ELCT 403 Capstone Design Project I & ELCT 404 Capstone Design Project II.

Sample research projects or topics

  • Create new semiconductor devices like radiation detectors, solar cells, or transistors
  • Make a graphene-based wireless sensor
  • Figure out how to integrate renewal energy into tomorrow electric grid
  • Design and build new software for simulating or controlling electric systems

Why this is important

Hands on learning is probably the most important part of your educational experience.  Don’t stop with just the required lab classes; follow your intellectual curiosity to see if you can discover something new.

How students can get started

Talk to your academic advisor. Or just knock on the door of any professor and ask about research opportunities in their labs. They’ll love to hear from you.

INTEGRATE

How to integrate 

All of our EE labs have been designed to integrate content from some other classes, but the Capstone Design courses are (ELCT 403/404) where it really all comes together.  Bring all of your knowledge, experience, and understanding to bear on a challenging design and build project that will exercise both your hard skills and your soft skills in a teamwork environment, often in collaboration with an industry client.

 

LEAD

Initial career opportunities 
An entry level position in application, design, test, or sales of electronic devices and equipment.

Related graduate programs
M.S.
P.H.D.

Future Career Opportunities
Project Manager
Lead Design Engineer

Integrated Information Technology

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
Elizabeth Regan, Chair, earegan@mailbox.sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
ITEC 444 
ITEC 544

Sites/Experiences
Horizon Senior Living Community 

Why this is important
Gain valuable experience to apply classroom learning. Develop professional skills and leadership skills

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
There is not a specific program at this time; Will work with students on an individual basis

Why this is important
IT is a global field. IT can take students anywhere in the world. Even small companies have a global presence through technology. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)
AITP Association of Information Technology Professional. Partnership with IT-ology provides multiple opportunities for students to participate in professional IT programs

Why this is important 
Experience, networking, learning opportunities 

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Program internship requirements 
Required for graduation in Senior Year. ITEC 495: IT Internship; ITEC 301: Professional Internship Seminar. Optional opportunities also available. 

Recommended work experiences
Any place in world. Popular opportunities include:

  • IBM
  • Boeing
  • Google
  • SCANA
  • BCLBL
  • VCS
  • TM Floyd
  • USC Technology

Why this is important 
Project management is an essential competency for IT professionals 

How to get started 
Fulfilling course requirement

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
Multiple faculty interested in working with undergrads that are interested in research projects; Any IT area- networking, database, security, web development, mobile apps, IT development and implementation 

Why this is important 
Excellent opportunity to develop competency and tailor study to area of IT of greatest interest to students

  

INTEGRATE

How to integrate 

  • Capstone Integrative Course required ITEC 564
  • Students complete a real project for a real client. 

 

LEAD

Initial career opportunities 
Diverse opportunities in every industry small and large; for profit and not for profit

Related graduate programs 
Masters in Health Information Technology (M.H.I.T.)

Future career opportunities 
TOP level positions, such as CIO Chief Information Officer, work with senior level executives in developing corporate strategies. Project management on many levels. Salary level $100,000-200,000

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Mechanical Engineering

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: 
J. Khan, khan@cec.sc.edu

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s) 
EMCH 529 — Sustainable Design and Development
EMCH 528 — Product Safety Engineering

Recommended sites/experiences

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Adopt a Family
  • CEC ambassador

Why this is important
Integrate classroom learning with real life design 

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related course(s)
EMCH 327, 425, and 427

Recommended Timing
Junior or Senior year

Campus or Local Opportunities
Engineers without Borders; exchange studies

Why this is important
Learn about global culture

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • ASME
  • ASE
  • ASHRAE
  • ASCE
  • NSBE
  • Society for Women Engineers

Why this is important
Networking, leadership skills

How students can get started
New Student Welcome (before New Student Convocation in August)

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Program Internship Requirements
Juniors or Seniors in M.E.

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Boeing, GE, BMW. Paid co-ops and internships can be found through the career center

Professional Organizations
ASME

Why this is important
Chance of getting hired increases significantly with internship experience and some companies hire only co-op students

How students can get started
Go the career center or look for postings on jobmate

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Course(s)
Complete during the first two years and be an upper division student

Why this is important
Broadens the outlook on education; prepares students for grad school and future work

 

INTEGRATE

How to integrate 
EMCH 427 and 428 — Capstone Design courses: projects are chosen from industrial projects and are supervised by industry engineers

 

LEAD

Initial career opportunities 
Entry level engineer positions

Related graduate programs
M.E.
Law
M.B.A.

Future Career Opportunities
Administrative position in a company

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