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Mathematics And Engineering: Working Together To Satisfy Abet's Ec2000

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Integrating Math and Engineering

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7.842.1 - 7.842.7



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Marie Vanisko

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John Scharf

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Mathematics and Engineering: Working Together to Satisfy ABET's EC2000

John L. Scharf, Marie M. Vanisko

Department of Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science Carroll College, Helena, Montana


On November 1, 2001, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) awarded Carroll College the ABET Innovation Award. This award, which has not been conferred since 1991, was given to Carroll College because of the cross-disciplinary support of the new ABET accreditation standards (called Engineering Criteria 2000), both in Carroll’s mathematics and engineering programs. The mathematics curriculum at Carroll supports satisfaction of the ABET criteria, while at the same time, engineering applications enrich the study of mathematics, not only for engineering majors, but also for mathematics, mathematics education, science, and computer science majors. Interdisciplinary student team projects, written reports and oral presentations, and the extensive use of computing and information technologies are all part and parcel of Carroll’s mathematics curriculum. These features support EC2000 beyond the basic requirement for a sequence of courses to satisfy the mathematics content requirements of the engineering program. In particular, the mathematics curriculum plays a key role in supporting satisfaction of Criterion 3, outcomes a-k.


Carroll College, founded in 1909, is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college in Helena, Montana. Reflecting our motto, Not for School, but for Life, the college emphasizes preparation of its students for professional careers, as well as their exposure to the liberal arts and sciences. Because Carroll is a small college with approximately 1400 students, t he Department of Mathematics, Engineering, and Computer Science includes the programs, faculty, and students in all three of the academic areas designated by the department’s title. In line with its mission, Carroll College in 1996 began offering a new 4-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in civil engineering. In the fall of 2000, after graduating our first class with this degree, we applied to ABET (the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) for accreditation of our new civil engineering program. Not only was our program accredited, but in November 2001, Carroll College was also given the ABET Innovation Award, which has not been conferred since 1991. The citation on the award reads as follows:

"... for Adoption of Student Goals for mathematics majors that embrace the principles of ABET's Engineering Criteria 2000 and for development of an innovative, cross- disciplinary curriculum tailored to the needs of mathematics and other disciplines."

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Vanisko, M., & Scharf, J. (2002, June), Mathematics And Engineering: Working Together To Satisfy Abet's Ec2000 Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10502

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