Department of Engineering

Dr. J. Douglas Sterrett, Interim Chair
113 Johnson EPS Building
(901) 881-7380


Robert E. Benton, Chris B. Effiong, Corey A. Graves, Richard J. Helgeson, Robert A. LeMaster, J. Douglas Sterrett, Laura M. Sterrett, Edward W. Wheeler


The Mission of the Bachelor of Science in the Engineering Program is to provide relevant high quality undergraduate engineering education in a traditional collegiate atmosphere while serving as engineering resource for West Tennessee by conducting applied research and providing public service in their fields of expertise.

Expected Outcomes

The following outcome objectives have been established by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and have been endorsed by the faculty of the Department of Engineering. All students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree will have:

Student Organizations

There are currently four student chapters of professional societies in the Department of Engineering: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Additional professional societies student chapters are under development. Each society has a faculty advisor and engages in activities and projects of common interest to the membership. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of these organizations for professional growth.

Cooperative Education Program

The cooperative engineering education (co-op) program is offered as an educational enhancement to the BSE program. To complete the co-op program, a student works full-time in progressive engineering work assignments for at least three semesters (at least one year) prior to the student's senior year.

After completing all the BSE freshman year course work, an engineering student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 may elect to participate in the engineering co-op program. A transfer student must complete at least one full-time academic semester at UT Martin and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to qualify. The co-op student alternates between full-time academic semesters and full-time engineering work assignments until the student has completed at least three work semesters. The full-time work assignments are a planned part of the co-op student's educational program; are with the same employer; and are progressive in complexity, responsibility, and pay. The student's senior year is spent in residence at the university with no further co-op work assignments. During the full-time work semesters, the student is still considered a full-time student by the university.

Students enrolling in the co-op program gain the benefits of a planned progression of work experiences, which complements and enriches their engineering studies on campus. Participants gain insight into the engineering work world, are able to apply their insights from the real world to their studies, grow in understanding of their own interests and career objectives, and advance in professional maturity. All co-op work assignments are in paid positions, and students are able to help finance their education while gaining real-world engineering experience.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

In support of the university's mission, the Department of Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) with a specialty in one of the following:

civil engineering (6511)
electrical engineering (6512)
industrial engineering (6513)
mechanical engineering (6514)

Engineering majors learn the common fundamentals of civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering with emphasis on problem solving, design, and integrated systems, while also taking courses in business, social sciences, and the humanities. During the junior and senior years, the student takes a cohesive set of upper-division engineering courses which together provide depth of knowledge and design content in the chosen engineering specialty. Upon graduation, the engineering specialty is recorded on the student's permanent record, i.e., on the student's final transcript.

Designed for completion in four years (or five years when combined with the cooperative engineering education program), the B.S.E. incorporates the latest guidelines from the professional engineering world as well as the advice and guidance of UT Martin's own Department of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. The B.S.E. degree program draws from classroom, laboratory, and real-world experiences, using the rich resources of the university, faculty, and professional engineering community to prepare students for the engineering world of today and the future.

As a result of the focused efforts of the university, government, and industry partnership that led to its development, the comprehensive B.S.E. program offers an engineering degree that is uniquely relevant to today's students and employers. Graduates are prepared for practice as professional engineers. They have acquired the foundation for maintaining professional competence throughout their careers, and they have the skills and experiences needed to move quickly into leadership roles in today's engineering and management environments.

Students who desire the option of further study at the graduate level are well prepared to continue their engineering education at the master's and doctoral level. Some students may choose to follow their engineering degree with an M.B.A. degree. And, in today's highly technological world, this comprehensive engineering degree program provides an excellent core, when combined with the appropriate biology and chemistry courses, for a pre-medical curriculum.

All UT Martin engineering students develop a firm foundation in engineering science and in engineering design, with a specialty in civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering. Our students also gain real-world engineering job experience; acquire knowledge in fundamental business concepts; develop an understanding of ethical, political, and societal issues; and build their skills in written and oral communications, teamwork and leadership.

Additional information about the B.S.E. program may be obtained by viewing the Web pages at, select the Academics button, then the Department of Engineering; by sending an e-mail note to; or by calling the dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

In addition to the Bachelor in Engineering degree with a specialty in civil, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering, UT Martin offers the first two years of any other engineering discipline in preparation for transfer.

Designation of a Minor

An engineering student may declare a minor in a non-engineering subject area and have the minor listed on the permanent record under the following conditions:

  1. Minors must be officially approved and described in the university catalog. No unofficial minors will be recognized.
  2. Courses taken to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy engineering degree requirements, provided that the courses would be a part of engineering degree requirements even if no minor were declared.
  3. The intention to complete a minor must be declared at the time of application for a degree if the minor is to appear on the final transcript.

Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

In addition to the university's admission requirements, to receive full admission to the Department of Engineering a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. a minimum composite score of 21 on the American College Test (ACT) and a minimum mathematics score of 21 on the ACT (or placement in Mathematics 251 Calculus I), OR
  2. a minimum of 12 college semester credit hours (sch) at the University of Tennessee at Martin and/or from another accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and grades of C or better in Mathematics 251 Calculus I and English 111 Composition I.

A student who is admitted to the University of Tennessee at Martin as a transfer student must also meet one of the above criteria in order to receive full admission to the Department of Engineering.

Prior to qualifying for full admission to the Department of Engineering, a student who wants to major in engineering is classified as a preparatory engineering student. A preparatory engineering student receives academic advisement from an engineering faculty member. Preparatory engineering students are allowed to take lower-division (numbered 100-299) engineering courses if the student meets the course prerequisites and corequisites. However, preparatory engineering students are not allowed to take upper-division (numbered 300-499) engineering courses.

An engineering student must make a minimum grade of C in all math, science or engineering courses that are prerequisites for another course in the curriculum prior to taking the course that requires the prerequisite; e.g., a student may not take Mathematics 252 until the student has made a grade of at least a C in Mathematics 251, and may not take Engineering 241 until making minimum grades of C in Mathematics 252, Physics 220, and Engineering 121.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, the student must, in addition to meeting the university's graduation requirements and the curricula requirements specified in the following section, pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Engineering students will be required to take the NCEES FE exam at the earliest possible date allowed by the Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Currently this will mean the first semester of the student's senior year. The NCEES FE exam is offered twice each year, in April and October, and may be taken more than once.

General Education Requirements (51 Hours)



Accounting 300 Accounting for Non-Business Students


Communications 230 Public Speaking


Chemistry 121 General Chemistry I


Economics 201 Macroeconomics


English 111-112 Composition I, II


Mathematics 251-252 Calculus I, II


Mathematics 320 Multivariate Calculus


Physics 220-221 University Physics I, II


Humanities/Social Sciences Electives


The 18 semester hours of humanities and social sciences courses (Economics 201 plus the 15 semester hours of electives) must provide both breadth and depth and not be limited to a selection of unrelated introductory courses. For breadth a student must take courses in at least two different subjects; at least one course must be from the humanities/fine arts area, and at least one course must be from the social/behavioral sciences area. For depth a student must take either (1) two courses in the same subject, one of which is the prerequisite for the other; or (2) two related courses in the same subject, at least one of which is an upper-division course, i.e., one with a course number 300 or above.

Examples of subjects in humanities/fine arts include art, languages, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre; and examples of subjects in social/behavioral sciences include anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Courses are selected with the advice, guidance and approval of the student's faculty academic advisor from the Department of Engineering approved list which is kept in the dean's office and made available for viewing from on the UT Martin Department of Engineering home pages. From, select academics; then select the Department of Engineering; and finally select humanities/social science electives.

Major Field Requirements (54 Hours)



Engineering 111-112 Engineering Methods I, II


Engineering 121 Statics


Engineering 210 Engineering Design


Engineering 220 Strength of Materials


Engineering 231 Electronics I


Engineering 232 Circuits Analysis I


Engineering 241 Dynamics


Engineering 310 Engineering Materials


Engineering 311 Engineering Applications of Probability & Statistics


Engineering 313 Industrial Internship


Engineering 315 Engineering Analysis I


Engineering 317 Instrumentation and Experimental Methods


Engineering 340 Thermodynamics


Engineering 341 Fluid Mechanics


Engineering 410-411 Senior Research and Thesis


Engineering 440 Energy Systems


Industrial Engineering 380 Engineering Economy


Specialty Requirements (24 Hours)

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

*Specialty electives must be approved by Department of Engineering Curriculum and Degrees Committee.

Total required for a B.S. in Engineering degree.............................................129

Minor in Electrical Engineering [Specialty Area]

A minor in the Electrical Engineering specialty area requires Engineering 232, 316, 231, 460, and 461.

Courses Offered by Department of Engineering

Description of Courses