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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA 2008-2009 graduate bulletin
graduate bulletin index

updated 8/15/2008

Michael D. Amiridis, Dean
John W. Weidner, Interim Associate Dean


The College of Engineering and Computing offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in the following disciplines: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering.

Graduate study in the College of Engineering and Computing has two objectives: to deepen the student's knowledge in a particular field of specialization and to expose the student to a broad range of educational experiences that build upon and complement the undergraduate education. A graduate program of study normally consists of a combination of course work and independent study or research. Small class sizes and participation in independent study or research promote the goal of close student-faculty contact throughout the program. As early as possible, each student prepares a program of study, in collaboration with a departmental graduate director or research advisor, that is tailored to meet the student's specific needs, interests, and career objectives.

In addition to serving students through on-campus courses and research, the college offers many courses via its distance education program, APOGEE, which uses Internet video-streaming. Through APOGEE, students may earn Master of Engineering degrees while maintaining full-time employment. Interested persons should request a special APOGEE brochure and application packet directly from the College of Engineering and Computing.

Fields of Specialization

For students pursuing the Master of Engineering degree, a field of specialization may be developed through selection of courses having an appropriate focus, as well as an optional program of independent study. Each student should prepare a formal program of study as early as possible. Plans for independent study must be proposed and approved before the work is initiated.

The Master of Science degree develops a field of specialization through a focused program of courses plus directed thesis research. Each student should consult with the departmental graduate director in order to identify and select a research advisor. The student, in collaboration with the research advisor, prepares a program of study and defines a thesis research project as early in the program as possible.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree emphasizes independent dissertation research in a chosen field of specialization, together with preparatory course work. Each department has its own procedures for matching doctoral students with research advisors; the departmental graduate directors should be consulted for details. As soon as students are assigned to research advisors, they should prepare a program of study and develop initial plans for their dissertation research.

The subject areas of independent study programs, thesis research, and dissertation research depend on the mutual interests of the student and the research advisor. Prospective students should consult with departmental graduate directors to obtain information on the current research interests of the faculty and the availability of research projects in various fields of specialization within each department.

The college also encourages cross-disciplinary research through four centers: the Center for Electrochemical Engineering, the Center for Industrial Research, the Center for Information Technology, and the Center for Mechanics of Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation. These centers use faculty and student expertise from all departments to pursue research and development projects in areas of interest to industry, government, and academe.

Course Descriptions


The following courses carry the prefix ENCP indicating that students from more than one engineering department commonly enroll in them.

  • 540 -- Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing. (3) (Prereq: graduate student standing or consent of instructor) Design for the environment; life cycle analysis; environmental economics and global competitiveness; legal and regulatory affairs; and management of technological change. Interdisciplinary collaboration of engineering, science, math, and business majors.
  • 701 -- Introduction to Engineering for Teachers I. (3) Participants will develop skills and knowledge to teach ENCP 101. For teachers and graduate students in teacher education programs. Restricted to nonengineering majors only.
  • 702 -- Engineering Graphics with Solid Modeling for Teachers. (3) (Prereq: College algebra with trigonometry) An introduction to computer-aided design with solid modeling for K-12 teachers. For teachers and graduate students in teacher education programs. Restricted to non-engineering majors.
  • 703 -- Gateway to Technology for Teachers. (3) (Prereq: College algebra and trigonometry) This course addresses the development of knowledge, skills, and understanding of modern technology. For teachers and graduate students in teacher education programs. Restricted to non-engineering majors.
  • 704 -- Digital Electronics for Teachers. (3) (Prereq: College physics including electricity and magnetism) An introductory course in digital electronics for K-12 teachers. For teachers and graduate students in teacher education programs. Restricted to non-engineering majors.
  • 705 -- Principles of Engineering for Teachers. (3) An introduction to technological processes employed in engineering technology for K-12 teachers. For teachers and graduate students in teacher education programs. Restricted to non-engineering majors.
  • 707 -- Continuum Mechanics. (3) Development of theory of strain and of stress; constitutive equations; compatibility conditions; equations of motion. An introduction to courses in mechanics of solids and of fluids.
  • 710 -- Dynamic Analysis. (3) (Prereq: ENCP 424) Analysis of lumped and continuous multidegree of freedom mechanical systems. Transfer function analysis. Response of systems to steady-state, shock, and random excitation. Introduction to non-linear vibrations and wave propagation.
  • 721 -- Elasticity. (3) (Prereq: ENCP 707) Equilibrium, strain-displacement, compatibility, and constitutive equations in terms of complex potential stress functions, applications to plane engineering boundary value problems including beams, disks, thick-walled tubes, and stress concentration problems.

Biomedical Engineering (BMEN)

  • 589 -- Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering. (1-3) Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title. May be repeated as topic varies.
  • 710 -- Modeling and Simulation of Biomedical Systems. (3) (Prereq: MATH 242) Analytical and quantitative techniques applied to engineering problems in biomedical transport, tissue mechanics, celluar and organ physiology, and control of medical devices.
  • 713 -- Human Cell and Molecular Biology for Biomedical Engineers. (3) (Prereq: CHEM 550, BIOL 302) Advanced examination of the organization and function of the cell with emphasis on the biophysical and quantitative aspects of cellular function. Emphasis will be on the biomedical engineering applications of regulation of cell division, protein transcription and translation within the cell, cellular energetics, and intracellular networks for cell signaling and cell function.
  • 720 -- Transport Phenomena in Biomedical Systems. (3) (Prereq: BMEN 354) Conservation of momentum, energy, mass, physico-chemical properties of biofluids, blood rheology, circulation models and cardiovascular regulation, solute and oxygen transport in tissues, gas transport in lungs and respiratory gas exchange models, kinetics and compartmental modeling, modeling of artificial organs.
  • 723 -- Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers. (3) (Prereq: EXSC 224 or BIOL 244) An examination of human biological structure and function from an engineering perspective. Engineering principles will be used to analyze anatomical structures and physiological functions at th etissue, organ, and systems levels.
  • 798 -- Graduate Seminar in Biomedical Engineering. (1) Seminar on current biomedical engineering topics and students' presentations. May be repeated for credit.

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