Office of Undergraduate Studies

Case School of Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree, in addition to meeting the general requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described above, must also complete the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 128-133 hours as specified by the requirements for each BSE program.
  2. The SAGES Engineering Core Curriculum.
  3. The requirements for the specific engineering major as presented in this bulletin in the section devoted to each department or program.

Major Fields Available for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Polymer Science and Engineering
  • Systems and Control Engineering
  • Engineering (undesignated)

With the exception of the undesignated major in engineering, all of the engineering programs listed above are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree, in addition to meeting the general requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described above, must also complete the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 129 hours.
  2. The SAGES Engineering Core Curriculum, with the exception of  ENGR 200 Statics and Strength of Materials, ENGR 210 Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation and ENGR 225 Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer.
  3. The requirements for the computer science Bachelor of Science major as presented in this bulletin.

SAGES Engineering Core Curriculum

The SAGES Engineering Core curriculum of the Case School of Engineering provides a foundation in mathematics and sciences for programs in engineering and in computer science leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The Engineering Core Curriculum is also designed to develop communication skills and to provide a body of work in the humanities and social sciences.

SAGES is an innovative undergraduate experience designed to establish foundations for academic inquiry. Students fulfill their Case School of Engineering General Education Requirements with a sequence of specially developed seminars and selected courses. Course credit earned by Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, proficiency examinations, and transfer may be used to satisfy general education requirements.

SAGES Program Seminars

The First Seminar

(4 semester hours, to be taken in the first semester of enrollment)

The First Seminar focuses on the development of critical thinking and communication skills through the use of a variety of approaches, media, and perspectives to explore the human mind and the nature of inquiry. This course is designed to strengthen writing and analytical skills while building a foundation in ethics, information literacy, and cultural diversity. Select from:

  • First Seminar: Natural World (FSNA 1xx)
  • First Seminar: Social World (FSSO 1xx)
  • First Seminar: Symbolic World (FSSY 1xx)

Based on test scores and a writing sample, some students will be placed in FSCC 100 First Seminar, designed to provide additional writing support.  Most students for whom English is a second language will continue their First Seminar experience in a second semester by enrolling in and completing FSCS 150 First Seminar Continuing Semester.

Transfer Students only: Transfer students who have completed the English composition/expository writing requirement with a grade of C or higher at the college/university at which they previously matriculated will receive transfer credit for FSCC 100-TR (3 - 6 semester hours) and will be required to complete a supplemental 1-semester-hour SAGES introductory seminar - FSTS 100 SAGES Transfer Supplement.

University Seminars

(6 semester hours, minimum of two seminars, to be completed in the first two years of enrollment as specified below)

After completion of the First Seminar with a passing evaluative grade, students must complete two University Seminars.  A student's First Seminar and two University Seminars must include a course from each of the three thematic areas: Natural World, Social World, and Symbolic World.  University Seminars provide continued experience in critical reading, writing, and oral communication, as well as information literacy, ethics, and cultural diversity.  Each University Seminar explores content determined according to the interests of the faculty. University Seminars must be completed by the end of the fourth semester of enrollment. Select from:

  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Natural World (USNA 2xx)
  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Social World (USSO 2xx)
  • University Seminar: Thinking About the Symbolic World (USSY 2xx)

Students who complete their First Seminar requirement with FSCC 100, FSCS 150, or FSTS 100 may fulfill their University Seminar requirement by choosing courses from any two of the three thematic areas.

University Composition Requirement

Students develop a Writing Portfolio comprised of final graded writing assignments from the First Seminar and University Seminars. The Writing Portfolio is due the semester after completing the final University seminar.  Writing competence must be established in order to fulfill the University's English Composition requirement for graduation.

Department Seminar

(3 semester hours)

The Department Seminar includes seminar-based discussion as well as instruction and experience in the kinds of writing characteristic of the Department Seminar's discipline. The Department Seminar may be taken in the department of the student's major or in another department. A course used to fulfill the Department Seminar Requirement may not also be used to fulfill a Breadth Requirement.  It is taken after the completion of the University Seminars, ordinarily in the fourth - sixth semester of study.  Courses meeting this requirement include the designation "Approved SAGES Department" in their course descriptions. Some majors include a specific Department Seminar as part of their requirements.

Most students pursuing and Engineering degree will complete ENGR 398 and ENGL 398 to fulfill the Department Seminar requirement.

Senior Capstone

(3 - 6 semester hours)

The Senior Capstone assimilates the knowledge and skills gained throughout the educational process. Students engage in a unique one- or two-semester experience designed in consultation with a faculty member. Each Senior Capstone must include key elements:

  1. Demonstration of critical thinking and writing skills;
  2. Regular oversight by the Capstone advisor;
  3. Periodic reporting of progress;
  4. Regular writing (e.g. drafts, progress reports, critiques) throughout the project including a final written report which may be a thesis or equivalent document associated with the project or activity (e.g., such pursuits as performance, experiment, live case analysis, or creative writing), as approved by the department of capstone origin; and
  5. Oral reports including a final public presentation at the Senior Capstone Fair, a conference, a performance, a public lecture, a teaching presentation, or another setting, as approved by the department of capstone origin.

Courses meeting this requirement include the designation "Approved SAGES Capstone" in their course descriptions. Some majors include a specific a Senior Capstone course as part of their requirements.

Most Engineering students will complete an engineering senior project with their major to fulfill the SAGES Senior Capstone requirement.

Physical Education

(Must total 2 full semesters at zero credits)

Students choose from half- and full-semester course offerings.  If possible, a student should begin meeting this requirement in the first semester and complete it early in his or her undergraduate years.

Mathematics, Sciences, and Engineering Requirements

Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Requirements 14
MATH 121
Calculus for Science and Engineering I
MATH 122
Calculus for Science and Engineering II
or MATH 124
Calculus II
MATH 223
Calculus for Science and Engineering III
or MATH 227
Calculus III
MATH 224
Elementary Differential Equations
or MATH 228
Differential Equations
Chemistry * 4
CHEM 111
Principles of Chemistry for Engineers
Physics 8
PHYS 121
General Physics I - Mechanics
or PHYS 123
Physics and Frontiers I - Mechanics
PHYS 122
General Physics II - Electricity and Magnetism
or PHYS 124
Physics and Frontiers II - Electricity and Magnetism
Engineering 18
ENGR 131
Elementary Computer Programming **
or EECS 132
Introduction to Programming in Java
ENGR 145
Chemistry of Materials ***
ENGR 200
Statics and Strength of Materials
ENGR 210
Introduction to Circuits and Instrumentation
ENGR 225
Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer ****
Total Units 44
* NOTE: The Chemistry-Materials course sequences CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I- CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II-ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials, or CHEM 105 Principles of Chemistry I- CHEM 106 Principles of Chemistry II- may substitute for the sequence CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry for Engineers-ENGR 145 Chemistry of Materials.
**  Students pursuing Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors or the Biomedical Computing concentration in the Biomedical Engineering major and students presenting AP or AB scores for credit in Computer Science may substitute EECS 132 for ENGR 131.
***  Students pursuing a Materials Science and Engineering major may substitute EMSE 146  for ENGR 145.
****  Students pursuing a Polymer Science and Engineering major or the Biomaterials concentration in the Biomedical Engineering major may substitute EMAC 352 for ENGR 225.

Natural Sciences, Mathematics, or Statistics Requirement

Course designated by major department (3 semester hours)

Breadth Requirements–Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGL 398 Professional Communication for Engineers 2
ENGR 398 Professional Communication for Engineers 1
Tweleve semester hours comprised of 3 or 4 semester hour courses * 12
Total Units 15

* Humanities: Arabic (ARAB), Art History (ARTH), Art Studio (ARTS), Chinese (CHIN), Classics (CLSC), Dance (DANC), English (ENGL), French (FRCH), German (GRMN), Greek (GREK), Hebrew (HBRW), History (HSTY), Italian (ITAL), Japanese (JAPN), Latin (LATN), Music - General (MUGN), Music - History (MUHI), Music - Popular Music (MUPM), Music - Theory  (MUTH), Philosophy (PHIL), Portuguese (PORT), Religious Studies (RLGN), Russian (RUSN), Spanish (SPAN), Theater (THTR), World Literature (WLIT)  and/or Social Sciences: Anthropology (ANTH), Cognitive Science (COGS), Communication Sciences (COSI), Economics (ECON), Political Science (POSC), Psychology (PSCL), Sociology (SOCI), and/or Other Courses that Meet this Requirement for CSE Degree Candidates:  Applied Social Sciences (SASS), Bioethics (BETH)