Department of Engineering

Victor G. Forsnes, Department Chair
Charles E. Cartmill, William B. Cooley, Neil W. Morgan
Kenna Carter, Secretary (208) 356-1862

Engineering is an exciting major which offers professional job satisfaction, high salary and excellent placement potential. The Department of Engineering has designed a program for students to complete the first two years of their engineering education at Ricks College and then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree in two additional years.

Curriculum options for engineers include Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical-Electronics, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Manufacturing, Nuclear, or General Engineering. Engineering students receive a strong foundation in science, mathematics, computers, and engineering science courses which are common to all engineering programs during the first two college years. Practical experience in engineering design projects will prepare the graduates for continued studies at a university.

Important Note: Part of the transition of Ricks College to Brigham Young University-Idaho is the establishment of a specialized baccalaureate degree program in Mechanical Engineering. Junior and senior year classes in Mechanical Engineering will begin Fall semester 2003. It is anticipated that a four-year baccalaureate degree in Computer Engineering will begin about the same time.

Students majoring in Chemical, Civil, and Electrical engineering are assured that they will be able to complete the two-year specialized associate degree at Brigham Young University-Idaho before transfer to a four-year university. This is termed the “teach-out” agreement, i.e., if a student begins an academic program in a program which will not continue after the transition to Brigham Young University-Idaho, the student is assured that all classes necessary for graduation with the associate degree will be available.

Students intending to major in specific fields of engineering should follow the outlined programs for those specific majors, e.g., mechanical (including aerospace, manufacturing and materials), electrical (including electronics, power and computer engineering), chemical, civil, (including environmental engineering), or general. Students undecided on a particular engineering discipline should follow the General Engineering program. The programs for different fields of engineering are similar for the first two years of study, and students often select a particular field of engineering only upon transfer to a four year school after two years of study at BYU-Idaho. However, it is advantageous to make that decision as soon as possible.

Students must also differentiate between engineering programs and engineering technology programs. Programs in both areas are available within the Division of Engineering and Technology and are outlined in this catalog. Engineering technology programs are for students whose interests are more closely related to a hands-on implementation while engineering programs emphasize analysis and design.

Engineering students should consult the Department Chair or an Engineering Department advisor concerning classes appropriate for their two years at BYU-Idaho. High school preparation, area of interest in engineering, and the intended four-year transfer school are factors which will be used to tailor the program to the needs of the individual students. Remedial course work for students with inadequate high school preparation and achievement is also available.

The normal entry level mathematics class for engineering students is Math 112: Plane Analytic Geometry and Calculus. The prerequisite for enrollment in Math 112 is three years of high school mathematics, including geometry; two years of algebra; trigonometry; and experience with the mathematical topics of exponentials, logarithms, matrices and systems of linear equations. Students with weak skills in these topics should begin with Math 110/111 (in the same semester), or lower-level mathematics classes (Math 100B, 100C, 101). The normal entry level chemistry class for engineering students is Chem 105: General Chemistry. The prerequisite for enrollment in Chem 105 is concurrent enrollment in (or completion of) Math 110 and a high school chemistry class (or Chem 101). Inadequately prepared students in chemistry should take Chem 101 and prepare themselves by completion of Math 110/111. Such remedial classes taken are in addition to the normal graduation requirements.

A two-year associate degree in engineering from BYU-Idaho is a specialized associate degree (S.A.), not an associate in arts and sciences. Hence engineering students do not complete all general education requirements for the baccalaureate while at BYU-Idaho.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

Associate in General Engineering (058)

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem 105 General Chem                    4
CAD 172 Engr Graphics                    3
Engr 102 Intro Engr Des Comp Software    3
Engr 100 Intro to Engineering            1
Math 112  Calculus I                     4
Total Credits                           17

Second Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem 106 General Chem                    4
Engr 140, 222 or 240
     Computer Classes                    2-3
Eng 111 College Writ                     3
Math 113  Calculus II                    4
Ph 121 Prin Physics                      3
Total Credits                           18-19

Third Semester
Religion                                 2
Engr 201 Statics                         3
Math 214 Multivariate Calculus           3
Ph 123 Prin Physics II                   3
Electives (or Engr 231/250/260)          5-7
Total Credits                           16-18

Fourth Semester
Religion                                 2
Engr 204 Dynamics                        3
Engr 217 Strength/Mtrls                  3
Math 371 Diff Equations                  3
Ph 220  Prin Physics III                 3
Electives (or Engr 231/250/260)          3
Total Credits                           17

General Education Requirements

GE Courses: Only Eng 111 and eight hours of religion are required for graduation. However, courses in the Arts and Letters or Social Sciences areas should be used as elective credit with the approval of your advisor. The intent is to complete about half of transfer university general education requirements before graduation from BYU-Idaho.

Courses for Majors

There are several computer classes (Engr 140, 222, and 240) appropriate for engineering students. Enroll in the class appropriate to your level of preparation and experience with computer programming. Select from the classes listed below:

Engr 140 Structured Programming 
         in Engineering: C++             2
Engr 222 C++ Programming and Engineering 
             Numerical Methods           3
Engr 240 FORTRAN Programming 
         & Engineering 
         Numerical Methods               3
Optional Technical Electives: Select technical elective courses from those listed below:
CS 144 Intro to Software Dev             3
CS 152 Discrete Structures               2
CS 171  Programming II                   4
CS 233  Assembly Language                3
CS 235  Data Structures                  4
CS 236  Discrete Math and Comp Sc        3 
CS 290  Special Topics                   1-3
CAD  112 Intermed Engr Graph             3
ARCH  134 DataCAD                        2
CAD 211 Adv Engr Graph                   3
CAD 212 Descriptive Geometry             3
CAD 213 Comp Rend/Anim                   3
CAD  234 AutoCAD                         2
CAD  238 Adv AutoCAD                     2
Engr  224 Circuit Analysis               5
Engr  250 Intr to Environ Engr           3
Engr  260 Engr Mtrls                     3
Eng   316 Adv Tech Writ                  3
Math  341 Linear Algebra                 3
Ph 309  Modern Physics                   3
Associate in Chemical Engineering (198)

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem  105/111 4-5
Econ 111/112 Econ Prin                   3
Engr 102 Intro Engr Des Comp Software    3
Engr 100 Intro to Engr                   1
 Math 112  Calculus I                    4
Total Credits                           17-18

Second Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem 106/112                             4-5
Engr 140, 222 or 240 Computer Classes    2-3
Eng 111 College Writing                  3
Math 113  Calculus II                    4
Electives                                1-2
Total Credits                           16-19

Third Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem 251 Organic Chem                    4
Engr 217 Strength/Mtrls                  3
Math 214 Multivariate Calculus           3
Ph 121 Prin Physics                      3
Electives                                3
Total Credits                           18

Fourth Semester
Religion                                 2
Chem 252 Organic Chem                    4
Engr 273 Chem Eng Proc                   3
Math 371 Diff Equations                  3
Ph 220 Prin Physics III                  3
Electives                                2-3
Total Credits                           17-18

General Education Requirements

GE Courses: Only Eng 111, eight hours of Religion, and Econ 111 are required for graduation. However, courses in the Arts and Letters or Social Sciences areas should be used as elective credit with the approval of your advisor. The intent is to complete about half of transfer university general education requirements before graduation from BYU-Idaho.

Courses for Majors

Electives: Select electives from the following list:

 
CS 144 Intro to Programming             3
CS 152 Discrete Structures              2
CS 171  Programming II                  4
CS 233  Assembly Language               3
CS 235  Data Structures                 4
CS 236  Discrete Math                   3 
CS 290  Special Topics                  1-3
CAD  112 Intermed Engr Graph            3
ARCH  134 DataCAD                       2
CAD 211  Adv Engr Graph                 3
CAD 212  Descriptive Geometry           3
CAD 213  Comp Rend/Anim                 3
CAD 234 AutoCAD                         2
CAD 238 Adv AutoCAD                     2
Engr 224 Circuit Analysis               5
Engr 250 Intr to Environ Engr           3
Engr 260 Engr Mtrls                     3
Eng  316  Adv Tech Writ                 3
Math 341  Linear Algebra                3
Ph 309  Modern Physics                  3
Associate in Civil Engineering (199)

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                                2
Chem 105 Gen Chem                       4
CAD 172 Engr Graphics or CAD 212        3
Engr 102 Intro Engr Des Comp Software   3
Engr 100 Intro to Engr                  1
Math 112  Calculus I                    4
Total Credits                          17

Second Semester
Religion                                2
Chem 106 General Chem                   4
Engr 140, 222 or 240
      (Computer Class)                   2-3
Eng 111 College Writing                 3
Math 113  Calculus II                   4
Ph 121 Prin Physics                     3
Total Credits                          18-19

Third Semester
Religion                                2
Engr 201 Statics                        3
Engr 211 Elem Survey                    3
Math 214 Multivariate Calc              3
Ph 123  Prin Physics II                 3
Electives                               3
Total Credits                          17

Fourth Semester
Religion                                2
Engr 204 Dynamics                       3
Engr 217 Strength/Mtrls                 3
Engr 231 Engr Thermodyn or  
    Engr 260 Engr Mtrls                 3
Ph 220  Prin Physics III                3
Math 371  Diff Equations                3
Total Credits                          17

General Education Requirements

GE Courses: Only Eng 111 and eight hours of religion are required for graduation. However, courses in the Arts and Letters or Social Sciences areas should be used as elective credit with the approval of your advisor. The intent is to complete about half of transfer university GE before graduating from BYU-Idaho.

Courses for Majors

Engr 140 Structured Prog in Engr        2
Engr 222 C++ Programming and
Engineering Numerical Methods           3
Engr 240 FORTRAN Programming
     & Engineering Numerical Methods    3

Electives:  Select your elective from those listed below: 
CS 144 Intro to Programming             3
CS 152 Discrete Structures              2
CS 171  Programming II                  4
CS 233  Assembly Language               3
CS 235  Data Structures                 4
CS 236  Discrete Math                   3
CS 290  Special Topics                  1-3
CAD  112 Intermed Engr Graph            3
ARCH  134 DataCAD                       2
CAD 211 Adv Engr Graph                  3
CAD 212 Descriptive Geometry            3
CAD 213 Comp Rend/Anim                  3
CAD  234 AutoCAD                        2
CAD  238 Adv AutoCAD                    2
Engr  224 Circuit Analysis              5
Engr  250 Intr to Environ Engr          3
Engr  260 Engr Mtrls                    3
Eng  316  Adv Tech Writ                 3
Math  341  Linear Algebra               3
Ph 309  Modern Physics                  3
Associate in Electrical Engineering (200)

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                                2
Chem 105 General Chem                   4
Engr 102 Intro Engr Des & Comp Software  3
Engr 140 Structured Prog in Engr        2
Math 112  Calculus I                    4
Engr 100 Intro to Engr                  1  
Electives                               1-2
Total Credits                          17-18

Second Semester
Religion                                2
Chem 106 General Chem                   4
Eng 111 College Writing                 3
Math 113 Calculus II                    4
Ph 121 Prin Physics                     3
Electives                               1-2
Total Credits                          17-18

Third Semester
Religion                                2
Engr 204 Dynamics OR 
    Engr 217 Engr/Mtrls                 3
Engr 220 Digital Logic                  5
Math 214 Multivariate  Calc             3
Ph 123 Prin Physics II                  3
Elective                                1-3
Total Credits                          17-19

Fourth Semester
Religion                                2
Engr 224 Circuit Analy                  5
Math 371 Diff Equations                 3
Ph 220  Prin Physics III                3
Engr 222 C++ Programming and
         Engineering Numerical Methods  3
Electives                               1-3
Total Credit                           17-19

General Education Requirements

GE Courses: Only Eng 111 and eight hours of Religion are required for graduation. However, courses in the Arts and Letters or Social Sciences areas should be used as elective credit with the approval of your advisor. The intent is to complete about half of transfer university general education requirements before graduation from BYU-Idaho.

Courses for Majors

Electives: Select your elective courses from those listed below:

CS 144 Intro to Programming            3
CS 152 Discrete Structures             2
CS 171  Programming II                 4
CS 233  Assembly Language              3
CS 235  Data Structures                4
CS 236  Discrete Math                  3 
CS 290  Special Topics                 1-3
CAD  112 Intermed Engr Graph           3
ARCH  134 DataCAD                      2
CAD 211 Adv Engr Graph                 3
CAD 212 Descriptive Geometry           3
CAD 213 Comp Rend/Anim                 3
CAD  234 AutoCAD                       2
CAD  238 Adv AutoCAD                   2
Engr  224 Circuit Analysis             5
Engr  250 Intr to Environ Engr         3
Engr  260 Engr Mtrls                   3
Eng  316  Adv Tech Writ                3
Math  341  Linear Algebra              3
Ph 309  Modern Physics                 3

Associate in Mechanical Engineering (201)

Recommended sequence of courses:

First Semester
Religion                               2
Chem 105 General Chem                  4
Engr 102 Intro to Engineering
     Design & Computer Software        3
CAD 172 Engr Graphics                  3
Engr 100 Intro to Engr                 1
Math 112  Calculus I                   4
Total Credits                         17

Second Semester
Religion                               2
Chem 106 General Chem                  4
Engr 140, 222 or 240 
     Computer Class                    2-3
Eng 111 College Writing                3
Math 113 Calculus II                   4
Ph 121 Prin Physics                    3
Total Credit                          18-19

Third Semester
Religion                               2
Engr 201 Statics                       3
Math 214 Multvariate Calc              3
Ph 123  Prin Physics  II               3
Electives  (Technical & GE)             5-7
Total Credits                         16-18

Fourth Semester
Religion                               2
Engr 217 Strength/Mtrls                3
Math 371  Diff Equations               3
Ph 220 Prin Physics III                3
Engr 204 Dynamics                      3
Engr 231 Thermodynamics or
Engr 260 Engr Materials                3
Total Credits                         17
General Education Requirements

GE Courses: Only Eng 111 and eight hours of Religion are required for graduation. However, courses in the Arts and Letters or Social Sciences areas should be used as elective credit with the approval of your advisor. The intent is to complete about half of transfer university general education requirements before graduation from BYU-Idaho.

Courses for Majors

There are several computer classes (Engr 140, 222, and 240) appropriate for engineering students. Enroll in the class appropriate to your level of preparation and experience with computer programming. Select from the classes listed below:

Engr 140 Structured Prog in Engr       2
Engr 222 C++ Programming and
Engineering Numerical Materials        3
Engr 240 FORTRAN Programming
     & Engineering Computer Methods    3

Electives:  Select your elective courses from those listed below:  
CS 152 Discrete Structures             2
CS 171  Programming II                 4
CS 233  Assembly Language              3
CS 235  Data Structures                3
CS 236  Discrete Math                  3 
CS 290  Special Topics                 1-3
CAD  112 Intermed Engr Graph           3
ARCH  134 DataCAD                      2
CAD 211 Adv Engr Graph                 3
CAD 212 Descriptive Geometry           3
CAD 213 Comp Rend/Anim                 3
CAD  234 AutoCAD                       2
CAD  238 Adv AutoCAD                   2
Engr  224 Circuit Analysis             5
Engr  250 Intr to Environ Engr         3
Engr  260 Engr Mtrls                   3
Eng  316  Adv Tech Writ                3
Math  341  Linear Algebra              3
Ph 309  Modern Physics                 3

Note: The Agricultural Engineering curriculum is found under the Agronomy/Ag/Bus & Ag Engineering section of the catalog.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Engr 100 Intro to Engineering (1:1:0)
Introduction to the profession of engineering; detailed investigation of the engineering curriculum; transfer to four year schools; fields of engineering; job opportunities in engineering; career planning; engineering case studies; guest speakers.
(First or Second Block, F and W)

Engr 102 Intro to Engineering Design & Computer Software (3:3:1)
Prerequisite: 2 years of high school mathematics
Introduction to the engineering design process and to computer software used in engineering analysis and design.

Engr 140 Structured Programming in Engineering (2:2:0)
Introduction to computer programming in the C++ language applied to engineering analysis and design problems.

Engr 201 Engineering Mechanics - Statics (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in Math 112, Physics 121
Equilibrium force systems; particle and rigid body statics; forces and moments; free body diagrams; centroids; trusses and frames; structures and machines; friction. Vector analysis used.

Engr 204 Engineering Mechanics -Dynamics (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: Engr 201 or Physics 121; Math 112, or consent of instructor
The study and application of the concepts of dynamics to particles, systems of particles, rigid bodies, and vibrating systems of particles. Vector analysis used.

Engr 211 Elementary Surveying (3:2:2)
Prerequisite Math 111 and CAD 111 or 172
Theory and use of instruments dealing with measurements pertaining to plane surveying. Application of surveying methods of practical problems. (F)

Engr 216 Statics and Strength of Materials (4:5:0)
Prerequisite: Math 111 or equivalent; consent of instructor
Application of the principles of statics to machine design and structural engineering problems. Forces, moments and couples. Static equilibrium of force systems. Free body diagrams. Friction. Elementary strength of materials. Stress, strain, torsion, shear, bending moment. Stresses and deflections in beams. Pressure vessels. Stress concentrations. Equations of elasticity. Combined loading. Mohr’s circle. Columns. (Primarily for drafting and design technology students and construction management majors) (W)

Engr 217 Solid Mechanics: Strength of Materials (3:3:2)
Prerequisite: Math 112, and Engr 201 or Physics 121
Concepts of elastic stress and strain; normal, shear, bending and torsional stresses. Beam and column design. Combined stress problems. Thermal stress. Beam deflections. Mohr’s circle. Design of connectors; stress concentrations.

Engr 220 Digital Logic and Digital State Machines (5:4:2)
Prerequisite or co-requisites: Math 113, Physics 220
Theory and technology of digital logic circuits, devices and microcomputer fundamentals. Discrete arithmetic concepts. Synchronous and asynchronous state machines. For electrical engineering majors and other interested engineering students (F).

Engr 222 C++ Programming and Engineering Numerical Methods (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Elementary course in structure programming
Introduction to programming and numerical analysis the C++ language applied to engineering analysis and design problems. Intended for students with experience in a structured high level computer language.

Engr 224 Circuit Analysis I (5:4:2)
Prerequisite: Math 113, Phy 220
Analysis and design of electrical and electronic circuits. Power and energy concepts. Analysis of AC/DC electrical networks. For electrical engineering majors and other interested engineering students. (W)

Engr 231 Engineering Thermodynamics (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Math 113
Fundamentals of classical thermodynamics. Energy and entropy concepts in power and refrigeration cycles; ideal gas mixtures; psychrometrics; combustion; irreversibility; availability. For general engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering majors and other interested engineering majors.

Engr 240 FORTRAN Programming and Engineering Numerical Methods (3:3:0)
Introduction to numerical computing systems in engineering analysis and design. Programming techniques using FORTRAN. Application to engineering systems analysis and design problems.

Engr 250 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (4:4:0)
Prerequisite: Math 113, Chem 105, Engr 102 (or equivalent computer/design skills)
An introduction to engineering modeling of environmental topics, including heat and mass transfer; environmental chemistry; water quality and management; hazardous materials handling; noise pollution; and selected topics in environmental modeling, monitoring and design. Group design projects required

Engr 260 Engineering Materials (3:3:0)
Prerequisites or co-requisites: Chemistry 105; Physics 121; Mathematics 113
Microstructure of engineering materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, composites. Factors influencing the selection of materials in engineering analysis and design. For general engineering, environmental engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering majors and other interested engineering majors.

Engr 273 Chemical Engineering Processes (3:3:0)
Prerequisites or co-requisites: Chemistry 106; Physics 121; Mathematics 112
Mass and energy balances used in chemical engineering process analysis.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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