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Engineering and Physics


Objectives and Outcomes

Outline to Graduate

The path to graduate in four years is mapped out as a flow chart or table.

Program Educational Objectives

Students are educated through a carefully engineered curriculum that includes proven engineering design knowledge; a breadth of general education; exposure to modern methods; the development of thinking, writing, and presentation skills; an understanding of spatial relationships; and an ability to solve real problems.

Mechanical Engineering graduates will:

  1. Demonstrate their success through leadership roles.
  2. Advance their expertise through professional practice or graduate education.
  3. Investigate, define, communicate, defend, and implement solutions to complex problems.
  4. Enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Student Outcomes

Students are expected to know and be able to do the following student outcomes by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge and behaviors that students acquire in their matriculation through the program:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering  
(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data  
(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability  
(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams  
(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems  
(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility  
(g) an ability to communicate effectively  
(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context  
(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning  
(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues  
(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
(l) an  ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations)
(m) an ability to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and prepare students to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas


The St. Ambrose Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (