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A Proposed Applied Engineering Degree At Eastern Michigan University

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Multidisciplinary Curriculum Innovation

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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14.94.1 - 14.94.6



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Moderick Greenfield Eastern Michigan University

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A Future Proposed Applied Engineering Degree at Eastern Michigan University


Presently, many universities are offering the BS in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) and the BS in Engineering Physics in separate departments. The BS in Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) focuses on applying practical engineering principles; however, the BS in Engineering Physics concentrates on applying traditional physics and engineering concepts. With regard to national standards, graduates of Engineering Physics are granted permission to take the FE Exam; it is assumed the program has obtained ABET Engineering Accreditation EAC/ABET. Although, some graduates of Electronics Engineering Technology acquire a strong math and science background, they are denied permission to take the FE Exam in many states because EET majors are presently denied ABET Engineering Accreditation. Nevertheless, many employers would benefit from applied hands-on knowledge coupled with engineering physics.

This paper describes a paradigm of interdisciplinary studies between Electronics Engineering Technology and Engineering Physics to be proposed in the near future. The proposed interdisciplinary degree would combine engineering principles and applications to meet the current industrial needs. As a result, many students could obtain employment related to applied product design, and they could also obtain the proper credentials to take the FE Exam.

The proposed program could coexist with current engineering technology and engineering physics programs. Thus, the degree is not an Engineering Technology Degree, but Interdisciplinary Degree offered between the two programs. The final degree would be granted through Engineering Physics with a title such as BS in Engineering Electronics and Physics. Requiring standard engineering textbooks, the education will be implemented through both departments. The program provides an equivalent Electro- Mechanical Engineering background.


Currently, Austin College offers an interdepartmental BS in Biomedical engineering by the joint effort of the Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Departments [1]. South Dakota State University offers a BS in Engineering Physics-Electrical Engineering Emphasis. In the freshman and sophomore years, the students are required to take the usual Engineering Mathematics, Sciences, and fundamental engineering courses such as Engineering Graphics, Circuit Analysis, and Computer Programming. During the junior and senior year, the student focuses on Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics courses. During the senior year the student is allowed to senior design as Phys 464-465 or EE 464-465 [2]. Therefore, the proposed Engineering Electronics and Physics will be similar to this program.

Greenfield, M. (2009, June), A Proposed Applied Engineering Degree At Eastern Michigan University Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5860

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