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Overview


Interdisciplinary students are exposed to the fundamentals of science and engineering, while also developing their skills as leaders, systems thinkers, and engineering designers through engineering leadership and business courses as well as a project-based course sequence.  Rather than focusing exclusively on an existing Engineering subfield such as Biomedical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Computer, or Mechanical Engineering, this is a unique interdisciplinary program with broad flexibility and a student-guided focus. The core vision of the program’s design is to provide a customizable degree for students, so they may optimize their opportunities to enter the workforce, including emergent entrepreneurial businesses. The curriculum aims to develop students into engineering leaders who utilize a systems-perspective to collaborate across disciplines and design innovative, human-centered solutions to local, national, and global challenges. It combines a core encompassing math, sciences, business, communication, and engineering courses from all disciplines along with a secondary field that could include traditional existing engineering areas, or focus on grand challenges such as personalized learning, cybersecurity, and water accessibility.

Program Educational Objectives


The curriculum is designed to give students a broad understanding of the fundamentals of science and engineering, and to develop students into engineering leaders who utilize a systems-perspective to collaborate across disciplines and design innovative, human-centered solutions to local, national, and global challenges.
As a result, the program educational outcomes of the BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering are to develop graduates who, within three to five years after graduation, will:
  • Exhibit strong critical thinking, design, and problem-solving skills within the engineering industry, an advanced degree program, or another field where they can apply these skills.
  • Demonstrate an increasing level of leadership and professional responsibility by using effective communication skills and participating in multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Exhibit a commitment to professional ethics, global awareness, and life-long learning.

Student Outcomes:


At the time of graduation, students within the Interdisciplinary Engineering program at FIU will be able to demonstrate:
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Interdisciplinary Engineering Curriculum

Common Prerequisites                          35

  • Additional UCC Courses (19)
    SLS 1501Freshman Experience 1
    ENC 1101English Composition 13
    ENC 1102English Composition 23
    UCC1Humanities 13
    UCC2Humanities 2 (GL)3
    UCC3Arts 13
    UCC4Social Science 13
  • Engineering Foundation (23)
    EGS 1006Introduction to Engineering 22
    EGS 2030Ethics and Legal Aspects in Engineering1
    CWR 3201Fluid Mechanics3
    CWR 3201LFluid Mechanics Lab1
    EGN 3311Statics3
    EGN 3321Dynamics3
    EGN 3365Materials in Engineering3
    EEL 3110Circuit Analysis3
    EEL 3110LCircuit Analysis Lab1
    EIN 3235Evaluation of Engineering Data I*3

    *May substitute STA-3033 or STA-3111

  • *Engineering Secondary Field (12)

    *Students must select twelve credits of additional required or elective courses in a degree-granting ABET-accredited program in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) to form a coherent secondary field. At least nine credits must be upper division courses hosted in CEC.

  • Engineering Business and Leadership (12)
    EGN 3613Engineering Economy3
    EIN 4328

    Introduction to Engineering
                Entrepreneurship *

    3
    Business or Leadership Courses **6

    *May substitute ENT-4113, EEL-4933, or an alternate course as approved by an advisor.

    **List held by SUCCEED. Courses may include MAN 3022: Introduction to Management and MAR 3023: Introduction to Marketing (GL).

  • Interdisciplinary Project Experiences (12)
    EGN 3910Socio-technical Systems Design3
    Engineering Projects Course Elective *3
    IDS 4918Vertically Integrated Projects C **6

    *Project course in engineering (list held by SUCCEED) or approved co-op or independent study.
    **The Vertically Integrated Project is taken in two consecutive semesters starting in the junior year for three credits each attempt. A third course (IDS 3917) may be taken in a semester prior to these two courses to fulfill the projects course requirement.

  • University-wide Electives (7)