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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.

 The University of South Carolina offers the first aerospace engineering program established in South Carolina. Students work in project groups, acquiring skills to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and learn how to present their work. Through the design and lab work, they gain hands-on experience that shapes them into responsible and innovative individuals. Students that successfully complete the aerospace program will be ready for employment in a knowledge-based economy and be competitive in a global society.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:  Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

Participate:  Community Service

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students. 
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team.  This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.  

Why this is Important
Engineering students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build a robot or a Rube Goldberg machine can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

 

Participate:  Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.

 

Participate: Global Learning 

Related course(s):
ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations. 

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at USC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

Participate: Peer Leadership

 Student Organization(s)

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum.  The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.

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, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

Participate: Internships/Professional Practice

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences:
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering. 

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

Participate: Research

Related Course(s)
All engineering and computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.   

Recommended Experiences
McNair Junior Fellow Program 

Why this is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

Integrate

How to Integrate
In Senior Engineering Design AESP 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 the Aerospace field.

 

LEAD 

Initial Career Opportunities  
Entry-level positions with aerospace companies and their suppliers

Related Graduate Programs
MS or PhD

Future Career Opportunities
Project management, research and development, management roles 

Biomedical engineering combines the innovative skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare – from diagnostics to treatment. Students learn how to apply engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology to progress healthcare around the world. Graduates work at medical device companies, research labs, academic institutions, governmental agencies, and in various aspects of the healthcare industry. 

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Biomedical Engineering Society -- BMES organizes community service events connected to the profession.
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Engineers Without Borders – EWB’s most recent project involves clean water for a village in Ecuador.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.
  • Volunteer at a free clinic or other medical-focused service provider. Inquire with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising for ideas about these types of volunteer opportunities.

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 interacted with their communities.

How to Get Started
Contact student organizations through Garnet Gate; Inquire with the Office of Pre-Professional Advising for volunteer opportunities.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How Students Can Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.  

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Courses
ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations.  

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at USC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • SC International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (SCISPE)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.   

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, for medical school and graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.     

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

Related Course(s) 
ECHE 202 – Exploring the Chemical Engineering Workplace

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences 
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering. 

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

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

Why this is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

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 
MS  Biomedical Engineering, Entrepreneurial Engineering or Engineering Management
Medical School
Veterinary School
Law School
Dental School
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 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.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students. The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Engineers Without Borders – EWB’s most recent project involves clean water for a village in Ecuador.
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • AIChE and eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year. AIChE hosts the most popular cornstarch pool.

Why this is Important
Mechanical engineering students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students run across a cornstarch pool or navigate a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application. 

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related course(s)
ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations. 

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • SC International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (SCISPE)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.  

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, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships/Professional Practice

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

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering. 

Why this is Important 
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

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

Why this is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

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 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.

The innovative, dynamic work of civil and environmental engineers can be seen everywhere in today's world. Civil and environmental engineers analyze, plan, design, and build structures such as buildings, bridges, and dams; infrastructure systems for transportation; water resources and natural hazard protection; and environmental control and remediation of both the natural and constructed environment.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession. 

Related Courses
ECIV 470 — Senior Design

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • American Society of Civil Engineers -- ASCE organizes community service events connected to the profession.
  • Engineers Without Borders – EWB’s most recent project involves clean water for a village in Ecuador.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

Why this is Important
Civil and environmental engineering is by nature “community” centered. Providing opportunities for community service prepares students for professional life.  Helping younger students through outreach can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities.

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Courses
ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations. 

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project course during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers.

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.  

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, for medical school and graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the leadership skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering.   

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses 
All engineering and computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.

Why this is important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

INTEGRATE

In Civil Engineering Design (ECIV 470), 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 their selected area of the Civil Engineering field.

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer

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

Computer engineers apply the theories and principles of mathematics and science to design computers, software, networks, and processes. These professionals work in many settings in research, industry, government, business, and education to create advanced information technologies, computer systems, and computer applications. The field of computer science and engineering is constantly moving forward, providing intellectual challenges and developing new knowledge on an almost daily basis.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:  Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Courses
Capstone design team projects allow students to work on real-world projects for community clients. 

CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Engineering and computing students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and engineering and computing professions. 

  • Association for Computing Machinery, CyberSecurity Club, Minorities in Computing and Women in Computing host code-a-thons and fix-it days open to the community.
  • Carolina Ignites offers an introduction to coding to K-12 students.
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM fields.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

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. Computer engineering students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build a robot or learn to code can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at USC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering and computing classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering and computing disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Opportunities Student Organization(s)

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • CyberSecurity Club
  • Minorities in Computing
  • Women in Computing
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

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

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.

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, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.


PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering and computing. 

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 


PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. Will count as one of the required 500-level electives.

All engineering and computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.   

Why this is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

Integrate

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

In the Capstone Computing Project courses, CSCE 490 and CSCE 492, students integrate skill sets from lecture and lab-based courses with project management, design concepts, economic and global factors, and ethical considerations to design and build a prototype product or process relevant to their chosen field.


LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities
Graduates of our Computer Engineering program can choose to focus their career in many different ways: entrepreneur, web applications, computer graphics, video games, enterprise computing, embedded systems, network administration, mobile applications, computer security, computer vision, computational biology, high performance (super) computing, scientific modeling, database systems, computer animations, wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and so on.

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

Computer professionals apply the theories and principles of mathematics and science to design computers, software, networks, and processes. These professionals work in many settings in research, industry, government, business, and education to create advanced information technologies, computer systems, and computer applications. The field is constantly moving forward, providing intellectual challenges and developing new knowledge on an almost daily basis.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services 

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Courses
Capstone design team projects allow students to work on real-world projects for community clients.  CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project

Computer Information Systems students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and engineering and computing professions. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Association for Computing Machinery, CyberSecurity Club, Minorities in Computing and Women in Computing host code-a-thons and fix-it days open to the community.
  • Carolina Ignites offers an introduction to coding to K-12 students.
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM fields.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

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. Computer Information Systems students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build a robot or learn to code can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities.  

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Computing professionals need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking an elective course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.  

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take computing classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Computing disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

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

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

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.

Why this is Important
Computing professionals must have leadership skills to be successful and advance within the workforce.  In addition, leadership skills are important for securing employment, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as a professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of computing. 

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 


PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. Will count as one of the required 500-level electives.   Also, computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.   

Why This is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

Integrate

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

In the Capstone Computing Project courses, CSCE 490 and CSCE 492, students integrate skill sets from lecture and lab-based courses with project management, design concepts, economic and global factors, and ethical considerations to design and build a prototype product or process relevant to their chosen field.


LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities
Graduates of our program can choose to focus their career in many different ways: entrepreneur, web applications, computer graphics, video games, enterprise computing, embedded systems, network administration, mobile applications, computer security, computer vision, computational biology, high performance (super) computing, scientific modeling, database systems, computer animations, wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and so on.

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

Future Career Opportunities
Chief Information Officer 

Computer scientists apply the theories and principles of mathematics and science to design computers, software, networks, and processes. These professionals work in many settings in research, industry, government, business, and education to create advanced information technologies, computer systems, and computer applications. The field of computer science and engineering is constantly moving forward, providing intellectual challenges and developing new knowledge on an almost daily basis.

To learn more about how you can make the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Courses
Capstone design team projects allow students to work on real-world projects for community clients.  CSCE 490, CSCE 492: Senior Capstone Project Computer Science students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and computing professions. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Association for Computing Machinery, CyberSecurity Club, Minorities in Computing and Women in Computing host code-a-thons and fix-it days open to the community.
  • Carolina Ignites offers an introduction to coding to K-12 students.
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM fields.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote UofSC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

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. Computer Science students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build a robot or learn to code can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Computing professionals need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking an elective course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues.  

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, UofSC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take computing classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Computing disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • CyberSecurity Club
  • Minorities in Computing
  • Women in Computing
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites

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

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.

Why this is Important
Computer Scientists must have leadership skills to be successful and advance within the workforce.  In addition, leadership skills are important for securing employment, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as a professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internship/Professional Practice

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of computing. 

Why This is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses
CSCE 498: Independent Study. Will count as one of the required 500-level electives.  All computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.   

Why This is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships


Integrate

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

In the Capstone Computing Project courses, CSCE 490 and CSCE 492, students integrate skill sets from lecture and lab-based courses with project management, design concepts, economic and global factors, and ethical considerations to design and build a prototype product or process relevant to their chosen field.


LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities
Graduates of our Computer Science and Engineering program can choose to focus their career in many different ways: entrepreneur, web applications, computer graphics, video games, enterprise computing, embedded systems, network administration, mobile applications, computer security, computer vision, computational biology, high performance (super) computing, scientific modeling, database systems, computer animations, wireless networks, artificial intelligence, and so on.

Related Advanced Academic Programs
M.S./PhD

Electrical engineering is a broad and exciting field that offers career opportunities as diverse as electric power, consumer electronics, or nanomaterials and devices. Fundamentally, electricity either carries energy or information. So, whether you want to develop new medical electronics, the next generation of smart tablet, a renewable smart power grid, mobile wireless networks, or advanced nanotechnologies, this is the field for you. 

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Service

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession.

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering.
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Engineers Without Borders – EWB’s most recent project involves clean water for a village in Ecuador.
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

Why this is Important
Electrical engineering students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build or program a robot can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.  

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related course(s)

ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations. 

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete ELCT labs and Senior Capstone Design Project courses. 

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, UofSC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families.

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, for graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.     

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering.   

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

Create a Handshake account to access job postings. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses 
All of our Electrical Engineering 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
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 
All of our Electrical Engineering labs have been designed to integrate content from some other classes, but the Capstone Design courses (ELCT 403/404) are 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

This program is a leader in the areas of system design and implementation, network support and administration, database systems, website design and management, corporate training and development, health information technology, project management, technology innovation and change management. With a degree in Integrated Information Technology, you will learn how to find solutions that improve any company's efficiency and increase revenue. You will also become a great communicator, prepared to lead teams and projects, positioning you as an essential member of any business team.

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:  Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
These courses involve training users.  Many community service opportunities involve showing others how to use computers effectively.

  • ITEC 444 Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • ITEC 544 Training Systems

Recommended Sites/Experiences
Integrated Information Technology students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and engineering and computing professions. 

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals sponsors outreach opportunities for members to work with members of the community to use computers effectively.
  • Carolina Ignites offers an introduction to coding to K-12 students.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM fields.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

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. Integrated Information Technology students can integrate classroom learning with real life applications through community service opportunities.  Helping residents at the Horizon Senior Living community with their computers, for example, helps students develop leadership and professional skills.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 
 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

IT professionals need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking an elective course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you.  

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the required internship course and experience.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, UofSC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take computing classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
IT is a global field and can take students anywhere in the world. Even small companies have a global presence through technology.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s):

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families. 

Why This is Important
IT professionals must have leadership skills to be successful and advance within the workforce.  In addition, leadership skills are important for securing employment.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an IT professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Program Internship Requirements 
Required for graduation:

  • 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, Dominion Energy, BCBS, VCS, TM Floyd, USC Technology Support

Why This is Important 
Technology, perhaps more so than many other areas of study, can only be mastered by actually "doing." That's why it's so important for students to participate in experiential learning, the process of learning through experience! Our required internship, completed during your junior or senior year, contributes to developing a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and values.

How to Get Started 
For required internship, students should fulfill the ITEC 301 course requirement to assist in identifying an internship of interest. 

For Other Internship Assistance:
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions. 

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Create a Handshake account to access job postings. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Why this is Important 
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

 

INTEGRATE

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

In the Capstone Integrative Course ITEC 564, students integrate skill sets from lecture and lab-based courses with project management, design concepts, economic and global factors, and ethical considerations to design and build a prototype product or process relevant to their chosen field.

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 
You would be hard-pressed to find a successful business in today's society that isn't supported by technology professionals in key roles ⎯ network systems analyst, software training specialist, database designers and managers, webmaster, e-commerce consultant, communications supervisor, systems analyst... and the list goes on.

Companies have become increasingly more dependent on information technology professionals whose knowledge extends beyond the software and hardware that is being used. They need innovators who can apply the technology in creative ways to improve business. They need you to be the ultimate problem-solver.

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. 

Mechanical Engineering is concerned with the design, development, and manufacture of both mechanical and thermal systems. These systems may vary from the internal combustion engine to power automobiles and airplanes to the use of computer vision in biomedical and automated manufacturing applications

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact: Ruth Patterson, Assistant Dean for Student Services

 

PARTICIPATE: Community Service

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

Engineering students can contribute to the greater community and impact the lives of others in many ways.  Many CEC student organizations offer community service opportunities for involved students.  The College also has roles for students in outreach opportunities to excite younger students about STEM pathways and the engineering profession. 

Recommended Sites/Experiences

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers -- ASME organizes community service events connected to the profession. They also contribute to the campus community by building the annual Tiger Burn structure. 
  • Hands On Prosthetic Engineering – HOPE uses 3-D printing to develop prosthetic solutions.
  • Engineers Without Borders – EWB’s most recent project involves clean water for a village in Ecuador.
  • Theta Tau – The co-ed engineering service fraternity hosts events to introduce K-12 students to STEM and engineering.
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is active in STEM outreach events for K-12 students.
  • Gamecock Firsters mentor a high school competitive robotics team. This group also hosts robotics outreach events. 
  • CEC Ambassadors volunteer to promote USC’s College of Engineering and Computing to prospective students by giving College tours and sharing their experiences.
  • eWeek Open House provides an opportunity for the college to attract and cultivate the next generation of engineers and computer scientists, raising the awareness of the significant impact the profession plays in everyone’s life. CEC student organizations are integral to this annual interactive event which welcomes up to 1500 guests every year.

Why this is Important
Mechanical engineering students can integrate classroom learning with real life design through community service opportunities.  Helping younger students build a robot or a Rube Goldberg machine can promote excitement about the profession and introduce them to new interests.  Students are able to understand their coursework principles through application.

How to Get Started
Contact the student organizations through Garnet Gate or visit CEC Student Services to find out about College opportunities. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Diversity and Social Advocacy

Engineers and computer scientists need to be equipped to work with a variety of people from a range of backgrounds. Taking courses that highlight diversity and social issues and getting involved with organizations that provide opportunities with various groups provide important background experience. Thinking about the causes that are important to you helps you find a place to effectively make a change you want to see in the world.

How to Get Started
Consider taking a course from the CIEL approved courses list for exposure to a variety of diversity and social advocacy issues. 

Identify and volunteer for an organization that works with populations to address societal challenges that matter to you. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related course(s)

ECHE 573 - Next Energy can be taken as a faculty-led 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. 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.

ENCP 440 Sustainable Development in Thailand is a two and a half week faculty-led Maymester study abroad experience.  Students visit and reflect on projects where engineers have played an important role in sustainable development by planning and building projects that preserve natural resources and support human and natural environments.  Students consider the political, social, technical and economic issues of Thailand in developing its economy with sustainable considerations. 

Recommended Timing
Students should plan to be in-residence at UofSC to complete the Senior Capstone Design Project courses during their senior year.

Opportunities/Destinations
Students may choose to study abroad for Maymester, a semester or year, and can choose from any range of study abroad destinations supported by the Study Abroad Office.  In addition, USC has established specific partnerships that will allow CEC students to take engineering classes taught in English in the UK, Australia and Spain that will transfer back into degree requirements, allowing students to stay on track for graduation. 

Why This is Important
Engineering disciplines are vital components in a highly global field and marketplace.  Cultural awareness lends perspective and experiences will help students integrate global thinking into products and interactions of their future careers. 

How to Get Started
Research relevant opportunities with Office of Study Abroad staff.  Students may consider summer, semester or year abroad options or may prefer faculty-led Maymester opportunities. 

Review the CEC steps to Study Abroad [pdf], speak with your advisor, and contact the Study Abroad Office.

 

PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) /Gamecock Grand Prix
  • Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon Sorority
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • SWE Society of Women Engineers
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Gamecock Firsters Robotics
  • Hands-On Prosthetic Engineering (HOPE)
  • Theta Tau co-ed professional engineering fraternity
  • Carolina Ignites
  • Maker’s Club

Other Peer Leadership Opportunities
The CEC Peer Mentorship Program promotes success by pairing first-year engineering and computing students with peer mentors.  Mentors will share their personal goals, professional ambitions and academic experiences along with valuable insight into campus resources and opportunities with their mentees. 

The Student Success Center hires Peer Leaders to serve as SI Leaders, tutors, peer writing and study skill consultants.  Engineering and Computing undergraduates are invaluable in assisting peers in the College with the challenges of a difficult curriculum. 

The Office of New Student Orientation hires Orientation Leaders every summer to share their enthusiasm for the University and for the CEC with incoming students and their families. 

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, and graduate school applications, and for scholarship and fellowship awards.  Students who serve as an officer in a student organization or serve in other peer mentor roles develop the skills needed to lead as an engineering professional.

How to Get Started
Remain active in a CEC student organization and assume a leadership role.  Consider applying for Peer Leader options listed above.

 

PARTICIPATE: Internships

Recommended Sites/Work Experiences
Internships and co-ops are available in all areas of engineering. 

Why this is Important
Internships and co-ops allow students to gain work experience while earning money.  Students can learn about the environment of 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 they are most interested in pursuing in their post-graduation career.  In addition, this experience greatly enhances the resume of a student.  Many companies hire employees from their internship and co-op student employees. 

How to Get Started
The Career Center hosts Fall/Spring STEM Career Fairs for students to meet potential employers and to discuss part-time, full-time, internship and co-op positions.

The CEC Career Center offers a wide range of professional development resources to students, from resume preparation to helping students with interview skills. Create a Handshake account to access job postings. Visit the CEC Career Center in Swearingen 1A03. 

 

PARTICIPATE: Research

Related Courses 
All engineering and computing students have an opportunity to do real R&D work oriented towards product design in Capstone Design Project courses.   

Sample Research Projects or Topics
McNair Junior Fellow Program

Why this is Important
Participating in undergraduate research allows students to gain experience exploring open-ended questions 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.  This experience greatly enhances the resume of a student applying to graduate school and is critical for many fellowship opportunities.  The skills and knowledge gained by working closely with a faculty mentor are also highly desirable for employers and increases competitiveness for your future career.

How to Get Started
Talk to your professors to identify a faculty member who hires undergraduates to work on lab research projects.

Connect with the UofSC Office of Undergraduate Research, and consider funding through Magellan Scholars and other programs.

Search for Summer Opportunities Off Campus
Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

 

INTEGRATE

How to Integrate 
In senior Mechanical Engineering Design courses (EMCH 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 careers in Mechanical Engineering fields.  Most often, projects are chosen from industry examples and are supervised by industry engineers.

 

LEAD

Initial Career Opportunities 
The objective of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program is to produce graduates who within a few years of graduating will:

  • Lead successful practicing careers or be engaged in effective advanced graduate studies
  • Establish themselves as responsible and ethical citizen engineers
  • Challenge themselves to innovate and collaborate in evolving work environments

Related Graduate Programs
MS or PhD in Mechanical Engineering
MS Entrepreneurial Engineering or Engineering Management
Law
M.B.A.

Career Opportunities
The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program allows students to develop various levels of expertise. By building expertise in design/manufacturing, mechanics/materials, thermofluid/energy sciences, and sustainable design or energy sciences, students are prepared to join the mechanical engineering and manufacturing industries in South Carolina and beyond.  

 


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