BS in Engineering Innovation and Leadership

Possible career paths for students in this degree are: Project Engineer, Engineering Manager, Systems Engineer, Sales Engineer, Design Engineer, Process Engineer, etc.

The B.S. in Engineering Innovation and Leadership program (BSEIL) offers a rigorous and flexible major in Engineering with in-depth study of leadership and its effect upon engineering and society.  The program includes concentrations in UTEP engineering fields.  The Engineering Innovation and Leadership program and its associated concentrations meet the curricular accreditation requirements of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET using the criteria for General Engineering.

"We live in a technological age, and if our society is to flourish, many of our leaders should be engineers, and many of our engineers should be leaders" - Samuel Florman, The Interactive Engineer, 1997

Marketable Skills

  1. Communication: Reach mutual understanding through effective exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  2. Critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate issues in order to solve problems and develop informed opinions
  3. Entrepreneurship: Develop, organize, and manage ideas and opportunities turning them into new products, services, firms, or industries
  4. Leadership: Step up, think, and act critically and creatively to bring others together to accomplish a common task
  5. Problem-solving: Find solutions to difficult or complex issues
  6. Teamwork: Participate as an effective, efficient member of a group in order to meet a common goal

Other skills gained are: Multidisciplinary Engineering, Business Acumen, Leadership, Innovation/Entrepreneurship.

Program Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Value the role of engineering and leadership for the betterment of community and society.
    • Elaboration: Our graduates will value and will demonstrate ability to recognize leadership opportunities and to take initiative for beneficial change.  They will understand the broader impacts of their endeavors both inside and outside of engineering, be they social, economic, environmental, or ethical. They will be cognizant of their professional, civic, and societal responsibilities.
  2. Inventively cultivate success in their field by demonstrating technical competence and problem-solving skills, which will foster success in a variety of postgraduate environments, including professional practice and graduate school.
    • Elaboration: Our graduates will have a solid grounding in fundamental principles of engineering, mathematics, and science, and they will apply this knowledge to a variety of systems inside and outside of engineering.  They will be able to develop inventive solutions that are responsive to technical, social, economic, and cultural considerations and constraints among others.
  3. Possess attributes for assuming increasing levels of professional responsibility within and beyond engineering.
    • Elaboration: In accelerating their ability to innovate and lead, our graduates will develop their character, competency, and capacity.  They will also develop a deep understanding of engineering, mathematics, science, business, and entrepreneurship.  They will build on this foundation by engaging in independent and team learning to identify and to respond to emerging technical and societal developments.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted into the program begin to take Engineering, Innovation and Leadership courses, when they are pre-calculus-ready (can register for MATH 1508 OR HIGHER)..Each semester, students admitted into the BSEL program must meet prepare for their ensuring registration by completing a proposed course of study, when this is completed will meet with a BSEL advisor to approve their courses and electives.

Engineering Concentration Selection

Students will select a particular engineering Concentration or a specialized combination of discipline-specific courses.  Students can choose from the following engineering Concentrations:

  • Engineering Innovation
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Students who choose these tracks will likely proceed into either conventional engineering employment or into graduate school to obtain an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Engineering.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 125

Complete the University Core Curriculum 42
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.
Designated Core
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Computer Programming Sci/Engr ((Exception CS Concentration take COMM 1302 Business/Professional Comm (C) 3.))
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Precalculus ((Listed if completed, but not required))
Trigonometry and Conics
Calculus I
Ethics
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Foundation Math/Science
Required:
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
MATH 2313Calculus III (CS Concentration take MATH 2300)3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
MATH 3323Matrix Algebra3
or BME Sequence must take upper-division BIOL, CHEM, CBCH course from approved BME minor list
Engineering Leadership Coursework
All EL courses require a grade of "C" or better
Required:
EL 1402Fund of Lead, Design & Graph3
EL 2301Modeling and Simulation3
EL 3003Professional Practice I0
EL 3005Professional Practice II0
EL 3302Engineering Measurements3
EL 3331Engr Design:People to Products3
EL 3332Engr Entr: Products to People3
EL 3373Eng Prob. & Statistical Models3
or IE 3373 Engr Probability & Stat Models
or EE 3384 Intro to Prob. w/ App. in ECE
EL 4395CD I:Definition & Exploration3
EL 4396CD II: Develop & Evaluation3

Concentrations

In the Concentrations below, a student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of Emphasis courses approved by the Department. These courses must constitute an approved plan of study and can be taken inside or outside of engineering. Exceptions include those students taking the CS or BME Concentration (see required Emphasis courses for CS or BME Concentration below). Emphasis courses for Engineering Innovation Concentration may include: EL 3320 Finance Mgmt for the EngineerEL 3330 Eng Leadership DevelopmentEL 4330 Innovation in TechnologyEL 4332 Law and CommercializationEL 4331 Intellectual Property Law,  EL 4334 Eng Ethics & Professionalism, and EL 4393 Special Topics in Eng and Lead, or other course approved by the Department.

Engineering Innovation 

Engineering Innovation Concentration Required Courses
CE 2338Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
or MECH 2340 Mechanics II -Dynamics
CE 2377Electro Mechanical Systems3
or IE 2377 Electro-Mechanical Systems
or MECH 2342 Electro Mechanical Systems
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MME 2303Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg3
MME 2434Mechanics of Materials4
Upper Division Engineering/Technical Electives
9 credit hours approved by advisor9
Emphasis Courses
A student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department.15
Total Hours40

Biomedical Engineering 

Biomedical Engineering Concentration
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II
4
or
Human Anat/Physiology I
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I
4 cr approved by the Department4
Additional Required Courses
CE 2338Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
or MECH 2340 Mechanics II -Dynamics
CE 2377Electro Mechanical Systems3
or IE 2377 Electro-Mechanical Systems
or MECH 2342 Electro Mechanical Systems
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MME 2303Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg3
MME 2434Mechanics of Materials4
Upper Division Engineering Technical Electives
BME 3303Fundamentals of BME I3
BME 3305Fundamentals of BME II3
Upper Division Course from list approved for BME Minor3
Emphasis Course
A student must take three (3) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department.3
Total Hours40

Computer Science 

Computer Science Concentration Courses
CS 1101Intro to Computer Science Lab1
CS 1301Intro to Computer Science3
CS 2302Data Structures3
CS 2401Elem. Data Struct./Algorithms4
EL 4171Eng Ed and Lead Problems1
Additional Required Courses
CE 2338Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
or MECH 2340 Mechanics II -Dynamics
CE 2377Electro Mechanical Systems3
or IE 2377 Electro-Mechanical Systems
or MECH 2342 Electro Mechanical Systems
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MME 2303Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg3
MME 2434Mechanics of Materials4
Upper Division Engineering / Technical Electives
9 cr hrs from the following courses or as approved by the Department9
CS 3320
(Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.)
Adv. Object-Oriented Programng
Automata/Computabi/Formal Lang
Design/Implementation Prog Lan
CS 3370
(Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.)
Comp Arch I: Comp Org/Design
Software Eng: Requirements Eng
Software Eng: Design & Implmnt
Computer Networks
Human-Computer Interaction
Artificial Intelligence
Mobile Application Development
Secure Web-Based Systems
Data Base Management
Computer Security
CS 4352
(Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.)
Topics in Data Science
Topics in Soft Computing
Computer Science Problems
Computer Science Internship
Software Construction
Theory of Operating Systems
Comp Dcsn-Mkng & Risk Analysis
CS 4377
(Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.)
Software Reverse Engineering
Software Integration and V&V
Special Topics in Computer Sci
CS 4392
(Course currently in degree plan, but no longer offered. Please see advisor for substitution.)
Emphasis Courses
A student must take three (3) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department.3
Total Hours40

Electrical Engineering 

Electrical Engineering Concentration Courses
EE 2350Electric Circuits I3
EE 2351Electric Circuits II3
EE 2353Cont. Time Signals & Systems3
EE 2369
EE 2169
Digital Systems Design I
and Laboratory for EE 2369
4
EE 2372Software Design I3
Upper Division Engineering Technical Electives
9 hours approved by Department9
Students seeking the Academic Minor in EE must take 6 credit hours from the list
Electromagnetic Field Theory
Fund. of Semiconductor Dev
Electronics I
and Lab for Electrical Engr 3338
Electronics II
Discrete Time Signals & System
Microprocessor Systems I
and Laboratory For EE 3376
Intro to Prob. w/ App. in ECE
Emphasis Courses
A student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department15
Total Hours40

Civil Engineering 

Civil Engineering Concentration Required Courses
CE 1301Civil Engineering Fundamentals3
CE 2315Statics3
CE 2334Mechanics of Materials3
CE 2338Mechanics II (Dynamics)3
or MECH 2340 Mechanics II -Dynamics
CE 2343Structural Analysis3
or CE 3336 Civil Engineering Materials
or CE 2385 Environmental Engr Fundamental
CE 2375Intro to Fluid Mechanics3
EL 4171Eng Ed and Lead Problems1
Upper Division Civil Engineering/Technical Electives
6 credit hours approved by the Department6
Emphasis Courses
A student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department.15
Total Hours40

Mechanical Engineering 

Mechanical Concentration Required Courses
MECH 1321Mechanics I-Statics3
MECH 2103Engineering Computations1
MECH 2311Intro to Thermal-fluid Sci3
MECH 2322Mechanics of Materials3
MECH 2340Mechanics II -Dynamics3
Upper Division Engineering Technical Electives
MECH 3312Thermodynamics3
MECH 3314Fluid Mechanics3
MECH 4315Heat Transfer3
Mechanical Concentration Elective (choose one) (3 SCH)3
Aerodynamics 1
Aerospace Structures I
Systems Modelling and Control
Special Topics in Eng and Lead
Mechanical Design
System Dynamics
Emphasis Courses
A student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of emphasis courses approved by the department.15
Total Hours40

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Concentration Required Courses
Upper Division MME/ Technical Electives
12 cr hrs of MME courses approved by the EIL Department12
CE 2377Electro Mechanical Systems3
or IE 2377 Electro-Mechanical Systems
or MECH 2342 Electro Mechanical Systems
MME 2303Intro to Materials Sci & Engrg3
MME 2434Mechanics of Materials4
MME 4316Failure Analysis3
Emphasis Courses
A student must take fifteen (15) credit hours of courses approved by department.15
Total Hours40

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication (six hours)

The objective of the communication component is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose or orally in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
Select six hours of the following: 6
For students whose secondary education was in English:
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
For students whose secondary education was not in English:
ESOL 1311Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl3
ESOL 1312Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl3
Total Hours12

American History (six hours)

The objectives of the history component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and history of the U.S., their comprehension of the past and current role of the U.S. in the world, and their ability to critically evaluate and analyze historical evidence. U.S. history courses (three hours must be Texas history) include:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture  (three hours)

The objective of the humanities component is to expand students' knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Latina/o Presence in the U.S.
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics  (three hours)

The objective of the mathematics component is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate. Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Trigonometry and Conics
Math in the Modern World
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Precalculus 1,2
Math for Social Sciences II
Statistical Literacy
Elementary Statistical Methods
1 A higher-level course in the calculus sequence can be substituted.
2 TCCN MATH 1314 will also satisfy this requirement.
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences  (six hours)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The courses listed are for non-majors; the major courses in the discipline can be substituted for the non-major sequence. A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.):
Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Intro General Chemistry Lab
Intro Organic & Biochem Lab
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
Intro to General Chemistry
Intro Organic & Biochemistry
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environment Science 2
Intro to Environmental Sci
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Physical Geography
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Political Science  (six hours)

The objectives of the political science component are to expand students’ knowledge of the origin and evolution of the U.S. and Texas political systems, focusing on the growth of political institutions, and on the constitutions of Texas and the United States; and to enhance their understanding of federalism, states rights, and individual civil liberties, rights, and responsibilities.
Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences  (three hours)

The objective of the social and behavioral science component is to increase students' knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe, and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events, and ideas. Such knowledge will better equip students to understand themselves and the roles they play in addressing the issues facing humanity.
Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog
Intro-Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics
Cultural Geography
An Intro. to Linguistics
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts (three hours)

The objective of the visual and performing arts component is to expand students' knowledge and appreciation of the human imagination as expressed through works of visual art, dance, music, theatre and film. Through study in these disciplines, students will form aesthetic judgments and develop an appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option (six hours)

The objective of the institutionally designated option component is to develop the critical thinking skills and academic tools required to be an effective learner. Special emphasis is placed on the use of technology in problem-solving, communications, and knowledge acquisition.
Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking
Business/Profession Comm
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Eng Innovation and Leadership
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry
Total Hours6