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Engineering Science: What to Expect

The Engineering Science major at the University of South Carolina is a broad-based, general engineering program that includes basic engineering, science, and mathematics courses and allows students to have exposure to several engineering disciplines as well as complementary studies in preparation for study in professional fields. As an Engineering Science major, you will engage in interdisciplinary studies combining several discipline-specific engineering programs as well as complementary studies in other areas. You will be intellectually challenged by your work both inside and outside the classroom. As an Engineering Science major, you will gain hands-on experiences and will have the opportunity to get involved in research projects. The Engineering Science major in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina is a new program that began in 2009.
The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in engineering science:

  • Introduction to Engineering I
  • Statics
  • Introduction to Applied Numerical Methods
  • Thermodynamic Fundamentals
  • Project Management
  • Capstone Design Project I and II

Upper division engineering courses have relatively small class sizes. A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. The Engineering Science major is a new major and a variety opportunities are currently being developed in parallel to those offered in other engineering disciplines. In addition to studying abroad, you can choose to participate in Engineers without Borders. Abroad, you will learn that engineering is a global concern and that engineering problems must take into account the cultural differences of the world’s societies. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Website for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Engineering Science students are eligible for membership in all of the professional engineering societies including American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, and more! Involvement in these organizations will allow you to interact with students and professionals in the field and to grow professionally. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Engineering Science majors are well prepared academically to go on to pursue graduate degrees in business, education, medicine, or law.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding entering freshmen or current students. Scholarships that incoming freshman are eligible for include the Cassidy Fae Pendley Memorial Scholarship in Engineering; Engineering Faculty, Student, and Alumni Scholarship; Harold S. Wrenn Bicentennial Scholarship; and the Michelin North America, Inc., Endowed Scholarship. The College of Engineering and Information Technology offers more than 60 additional scholarships each year.
Associated Learning Communities are an integral part of the university experience. These communities provide you with the opportunity to live in an environment that promotes diversity, embraces excellence, encourages insightful faculty-student interaction and works to develop a strong sense of community. These academically themed communities also emphasize active service-learning experiences, study-abroad opportunities and undergraduate research. First-year students in the College of Engineering and Computing may choose to live in the Engineering and Computing Community. Students will benefit from increased interaction with faculty and go on excursions to places such as Bose and BMW’s plants in South Carolina.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

Career Opportunities

Engineering Science majors at the University will be well prepared for multidisciplinary engineering careers, resulting in a wide range of career options. Graduates may also use their degree as a springboard to further professional education in business, education, medicine, or law. Starting salaries for Engineering Science majors are in the $50,000 range.

About the College of Engineering and Computing

The College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina is composed of five departments: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  The College offers nine undergraduate degree programs.  The College of Engineering and Computing has been undergoing an unprecedented growth in research and scholarship and its faculty excel in a variety of areas including Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Atomic Level Engineering.  The College also offers several options for graduate studies including a Certificate of Graduate Studies, Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering, Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering.

Points of Pride

  • A national report issued on September 28, 2010 shows that USC and the College of Engineering and Computing are home to some of the South’s best doctoral programs including Chemical Engineering (ranked 7th in the South), Electrical Engineering (ranked 7th nationally and first in the South), and Mechanical Engineering (ranked 7th in the South).

Additional Resources
Engineering Science Website
College of Engineering and Computing Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin