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College of Engineering—Additional Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Minor in Environmental Engineering
Minor in International Studies
Minor in Materials Engineering



 

In addition to the programs in Engineering Management (see the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering section) and Engineering Physics (see the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering section), the College of Engineering offers the following interdisciplinary minors:

Minor in Environmental Engineering

Growth in the world’s population continues to put increasing pressure on resources that must be met in a sustainable way. Environmental Engineering is the field of engineering that employs biological, chemical, and physical treatment principles for the reduction of pollution in water, soil, sediment, and air to protect both human and ecological health. While great strides have been made in the last half century to improve the quality of these resources, much needs to be done to limit pollution of the environment and prevent pollution from happening in the first place. The College of Engineering offers a minor area of study in Environmental Engineering that crosses disciplinary boundaries among engineering specialties and departments. Students interested in the Minor in Environmental Engineering should contact Professor Karl Rockne in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at krockne@uic.edu.

For the minor, 18–20 semester hours are required, excluding prerequisite courses. Students who wish to minor in Environmental Engineering must complete the following courses:

Prerequisite Courses—Environmental Engineering Minor Hours
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
MATH 210—Calculus III 3
MATH 220—Introduction to Differential Equations 3
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
   
One of the following courses: 5
CHEM 112—General College Chemistry I (5)  
CHEM 116—Honors General Chemistry I (5)  
   
At least two of the following courses: 6–7
CME 201—Statics (3)  
CME 211—Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics (3)
OR
ME 211—Fluid Mechanics I (4)
 
CHE 201—Introduction to Thermodynamics (3)
OR
ME 205—Introduction to Thermodynamics (3)
 
Total Hours—Prerequisite Courses for Environmental Engineering Minor 31–32

 

Required Courses—Environmental Engineering Minora Hours
Two courses from the following list: 6–7
CME 216—Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)  
CME 311—Water Resources Engineering  
CHE 321—Chemical Reaction Engineering (3)  
CHE 311—Transport Phenomena I (3)  
ME 321—Heat Transfer (4)  
   
Two of the following courses: 6–7
CHE 421—Combustion Engineering (3)  
CME 425—Environmental Remediation Engineering (3)  
ME/CHE 450—Air Pollution Engineering (4)  
   
Two of the following courses: 6
CHE 413—Introduction to Flow in Porous Media (3)  
CME 421—Water Treatment Design (3)  
CME 422—Wastewater Treatment Design (3)  
Total Hours—Required Courses for Environmental Engineering Minor 18–20

a At least two courses must be outside the student’s department.

Minor in International Studies

The scope of operations for many engineering companies is becoming more international each year. These companies are placing a percentage of their engineers outside the United States. In order to be prepared for living and working in a different culture, the College of Engineering offers the International Studies Minor, a cluster of courses related to a specific country outside of the United States.

The International Studies Minor consists of the following requirements:

Engineering students interested in completing the International Studies Minor should consult the associate dean of undergraduate administration in the College of Engineering in 102 SEO.

Minor in Materials Engineering

Materials selection is a part of most areas of engineering. As technology advances and the envelope of new achievement is enlarged, many demands are placed on materials for operating under more extreme conditions. Higher temperature tolerance, higher strength, lower weight, reduced corrosion susceptibility, and better compatibility with other materials and fluids become important considerations. Materials engineering involves the understanding and characterization of materials for such considerations, and the College of Engineering offers it as a minor area of study crossing disciplinary boundaries in engineering and basic science. Students interested in the Minor in Materials Engineering should contact Professor Michael McNallan in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering at mcnallan@uic.edu.

For the minor, 14–19 semester hours are required, excluding prerequisite courses. Students who wish to minor in Materials Engineering must complete the following:

Prerequisite Courses—Materials Engineering Minor Hours
MATH 180—Calculus I 5
MATH 181—Calculus II 5
PHYS 141—General Physics I (Mechanics) 4
   
One of the following courses: 5
CHEM 112—General Chemistry I (5)  
CHEM 116—Honors General Chemistry I (5)  
Total Hours—Prerequisite Courses for Materials Engineering Minor 19
 

 

Required Courses—Materials Engineering Minora Hours
One of the following courses: 2–3
CME 260—Properties of Materials (3)  
CME 261—Materials for Manufacturing (2)  
   
Four courses from the following: 12–16
BIOE 460—Materials in Bioengineering (3)  
CHE 440—Non-Newtonian Fluids (3)  
CHE 494—Selected Topics in Chemical Engineering ( when topic is Design of Microelectronics Processing) (1–4)  
CME 433—Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis I (3)  
CME 460—Crystallography and X-Ray
Diffraction (4)
 
CME 470—Physical and Mechanical Properties of Materials (4)  
CME 471—Thermodynamics of Materials (3)  
CME 480—Welding Metallurgy (4)  
EAES 424—X-Ray Crystallography (4)  
ECE 346—Solid State Device Theory (4)  
ECE 347—Integrated Circuit Engineering (3)  
ECE 449—Microdevices and Micromachining Technology (4)  
ME 380—Manufacturing Process Principles (3)  
PHYS 481—Modern Experimental Physics I (4)  
Total Hours—Required Courses for Minor in Materials Engineering 14–19

a Some of these courses have prerequisites not included in the minor. Consult the Course Descriptions in the catalog or the Schedule of Classes for course prerequisites.