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General Engineering

General Engineering

With a firm grounding in fundamentals, the Penn State General Engineering degree with the Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (MDE) option embraces multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education and integrates component solutions into a systems perspective. It incorporates advanced coursework in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering design. This degree provides students with a broad foundation in engineering with specialization in engineering design.

A regional consortium composed of Penn State Abington, Penn State Brandywine, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies at Penn State Great Valley delivers the degree.

Curriculum Overview

The first two years focus on foundational engineering coursework, which can be completed at any Penn State campus. The next two years of advanced engineering coursework will be offered at the new engineering facilities at Penn State Great Valley, where students will study engineering design with an emphasis on robotics applications.

Students are exposed to global, environmental, social, and ethical perspectives in the context of an engineer’s work. The educational objectives of the General Engineering program are designed to prepare graduates who, during the first few years of professional practice, will:

  • Be employed in public or private sectors in fields such as design, research and development, experimentation and testing, manufacturing, and technical sales.
  • Demonstrate a level of competence and expertise, which will lead to an increasing level of responsibility and leadership within an organization.
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments.
  • Recognize and grow an appreciation of the global, environmental, social, and ethical contexts of their work.
  • Be committed to lifelong learning to enhance their careers and provide flexibility in responding to changing social and technical environments, which will enable graduates to pursue advanced degrees or certificate programs.

Matching Minors

Students who minor in one of the following disciplines find the combination of subjects to complement an engineering focus:

Internships, Research, and Application

In addition to rigorous engineering, mathematics, and physics coursework, the engineering students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research projects in engineering design and robotics, the activities of the Engineering and Robotics Clubs, and local and international engineering opportunities.

A two-semester senior design course sequence resulting in a personal senior project is required. Moreover, a required summer internship at the end of the junior year enables students to gain valuable work experience.

Graduation and Beyond

The Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (MDE) option provides graduates with a very broad background in math, science, engineering, and engineering design, with exposure to team design that includes several engineering disciplines. These skills are often associated with the design of large systems such as ships, aircraft, automobiles, spacecraft, robots, and other complex systems that require the knowledge of several engineering disciplines to complete a successful design.

Graduates are offered systems engineering, design engineering, process engineering, and development engineering employment opportunities after graduation.