Engineering Management

Chairman: Peter J. McKenny
Professors: A. Khattak, P. McKenny, S. Schennum
Associate Professors: S. Bowers, P. Ferro

The Engineering Management Program was developed to address a growing need for individuals that possess both engineering and management skills. Courses taken in the Engineering Management Program are intended to provide students with a broad understanding of the practice and concepts of engineering, and make them adaptive leaders that are ready to address challenges caused by rapid changes in technology. The program provides graduates an opportunity to select from a wide range of career paths, and sufficient preparation for entry into the M.B.A. Program - which can be completed in an additional calendar year. (See “B.S. in Engineering and M.B.A.”  for information.)

The program tends to attract students whose talents and interests are broader than conventional engineering design and analysis, and even those that have yet to decide on a particular field of engineering specialization. The Engineering Management Program may be especially well suited to the typical engineering student attracted to Gonzaga University since it makes use of engineering and leadership skills they develop at GU, with their interest in helping others and making a valuable contribution to society. Combining a strong engineering background with a select set of courses from the School of Business Administration, students develop a skill-set that is highly sought after by employers.

Engineering managers combine management expertise with their engineering background to lead teams in various technical fields. Areas of employment typically include project management and supervision, product development, production planning, engineering design and manufacturing, materials management, production processes, product quality and reliability, inventory management, system analysis, industrial plant management, technical sales and marketing, and a wide spectrum of other positions in practically any industry.

Engineers typically work in teams, create innovative products and jobs, and add value to the products we use in everyday life. Many engineers rise to the highest levels in business organizations to become global leaders and innovators, start companies like Boeing, Google, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Yahoo, or use their engineering training as a springboard to other fields. They succeed in fields as diverse as investment banking, law, and medicine, and also play a leading role in addressing many world problems’ including global warming, clean water shortage, power shortages, poverty, nuclear proliferation, and new medical devices and equipment.

In the Engineering Management program students are provided with a foundation in the critical skills required to be successful in their chosen career. The program contains a set of common engineering core courses that provide a solid basis in engineering principles, augmented by relevant courses on the process of management as it applies to technically-based projects. Students also develop a technical concentration by taking a set of courses from one of five tracks - Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science. Each technical track draws from a wide selection of interests within a particular engineering discipline. Technical proficiency is increased and management skills strengthened by combining qualitative approaches and quantitative techniques in a balanced curriculum. This combination of management and engineering skills is highly sought after by industry today.

Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is in a unique position to offer this new Engineering Management program. Students receive a wealth of engineering knowledge in small class sizes with caring, involved faculty that possess an array of industrial experience. Graduates from the program will be competent and conversant in the basic scientific and engineering principles, and will be able to formulate concepts, develop system designs, and apply engineering problem solving skills to their solutions. They will be able to see the “big picture” and interact with other engineers to develop practical, technologically achievable solutions within the constraints of time, cost, and resources. They will also be able to mediate between design team members, particularly in their ability to interpret requirements, explain designs and describe features for the non-technical members of the team.

The Engineering Management program is not intended to provide an opportunity for students majoring in other engineering programs to earn a second engineering degree. Therefore, this degree will not be awarded in conjunction with any other engineering degree.

The Engineering Management Department , in conjunction with its various constituencies, has clearly defined program objectives. These engineering program objectives are listed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section of this catalog, and by the Gonzaga University Mission Statement that may be found at the beginning of the catalogue.

B.S. in Engineering Management: 131-135 credits
First Year
ENSC 100 Engineering Seminar 1 credit
MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4 credits
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
CPSC 121 Computer Science I (and lab) 3 credits
ENGL 102-106 English Literature 3 credits
RELI 1XX Religion elective 3 credits
ENSC 205 Statics 3 credits
MATH 258 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4 credits
PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I 3 credits
PHYS 103L Scientific Physics I Lab 1 credit
ENG L101 English Composition 3 credits
COMM 100 Intro to Speech Communication 2 credits
PHIL 101 Intro to Critical Thinking 2 credits
Second Year
ECON 200 Economic Analysis 3 credits
MATH 259 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4 credits
PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II 3 credits
PHYS 204L Scientific Physics II Lab 1 credit
MENG 221 Materials Engineering 3 credits
EENG 201 Circuit Analysis I 3 credits
EENG 201L Circuit Analysis I Lab 1 credit
ACCT 263 Accounting Analysis 3 credits
MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations 3 credits
ENSC 306 Dynamics 3 credits
One of the following two courses: 3 credits
    ENSC 355 Thermal Science
    ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics (CE Track students only)
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 1* 3 credits
Third Year
BMIS 235 Management Information Systems 3 credits
CENG 303 Environmental Engineering 3 credits
MATH 321 Statistics for Experimentalists 3 credits
PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 2* 3 credits
BFIN 320 Principles of Finance 3 credits
OPER 340 Operations Management 3 credits
PHIL 301 Ethics 3 credits
RELI 2XX Religion History/Theology elective 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 3* 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 4* 3 credits
Fourth Year
BUSN 283 Business Law 3 credits
ENSC 491 Senior Design Project I 2 credits
ENSC 405 Engineering Project Management 3 credits
RELI 3XX Religion elective 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 5* 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 6* 3 credits
MKTG 310 Principles of Marketing 3 credits
ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II 3 credits
ENSC 400 Fundamentals of Engr. Exam. 1 credit
PHIL 4XX Philosophy elective 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 7* 3 credits
XXXX ___ Track Course No. 8* 3 credits
* Students select a single track and take all courses in prescribed order. Contact Department Chair or your advisor for specific details.

The SEAS core curriculum represents a common body of knowledge. The engineering programs core consists of fifty-three credits which are common to and required of all engineering degree programs in the school: the first thirty-two credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University core requirement while the remaining twenty-one credits are required by engineering degree programs.

All undergraduate students are subject to the provisions of this core; transfer students, however, should consult the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue for possible modifications to the philosophy and religious studies requirements listed below. Substitutions for discontinued courses are required and authorized by the proper University authorities. The University and School core requirements are grouped into the following categories.

University requirements
  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably taken in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and PHIL 400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, RELI 200, and RELI 300 levels: one elective from each level.
  4. Mathematics (4 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course at the 100 level or above: engineering students must use MATH 157.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102, ENGL 103H, ENGL 105 or ENGL 106.
Engineering program specific:
  1. Mathematics (11 credits): MATH 258, MATH 259, MATH 260.
  2. Physics (4 credits): PHYS 103, PHYS 103L.
  3. Chemistry (4 credits): CHEM 101, CHEM 101L.
Computer Science program specific:
  1. Mathematics (17 credits): MATH 157, MATH 231, MATH 258, 2 300/400 level electives.
  2. Lab Science (12 credits): Students are encouraged to take 16 credits.
  3. History (6 credits): see program description section.
  4. Fine Arts (3 credits): see program description section.
  5. Literature (3 credits): see program description section.
  6. Social Science (6 credits): see program description section.
  7. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): see program description section.
  8. Social Justice (3 credits): see program description section.