The following courses are applicable to study in several departments and do not carry departmental designations. Several of the undergraduate courses listed below were developed specifically for students in both engineering and non-engineering majors with the objective of broadening the base of knowledge in cross-disciplinary areas with some background within a technology driven focus. Others were created as partof the academic, professional and personal support services provided for engineering students. Most students will use these courses to satisfy free electives in their programs. Engineering students also may find these courses of value in broadening their perspectives regarding their fields of study and may wish to use them as free electives in their programs.
Undergraduate Course Descriptions (ENGR)
1014: ENGINEERING RESEARCH SEMINAR
Discussion of current research topics in the College of Engineering by Virginia Tech Faculty. Credit earned for this course may not be used to satisfy degree requirements. Pass/Fail only. (1H,1C)
1034: FIRST YEAR HYPATIA SEMINAR
Success strategies that are designed for first-year female engineering students who are residents of the Hypatia learning community are presented. Students are provided information on study skills; resources and academic support for Virginia Tech students; gender issues in engineering; leadership; technology; and the College of Engineering's departments/majors. Credit not applicable to meeting degree requirements. (2H,2C)
1054: FIRST YEAR GALILEO SEMINAR
Success strategies that are designed for first-year male engineering students who are residents of the Galileo learning community are presented. Students are provided information on study skills; resources and academic support for Virginia Tech students; gender issues in engineering; leadership; technology; and the College of Engineering's department/majors. Credit not applicable to meeting degree requirements. (2H,2C)
1814: ENERGY, RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Population trends. Renewable and non-renewable energy. Coal mining methods, reclamation of mined lands. Petroleum and natural gas. Nuclear waste. Land management, aquifer depletion. Development of mineral reserves, surface and underground mining, environmental impacts. Minerals in world economics. Geopolitical concerns. Global environmental effects of industrial enterprises. Sustainable development. Effects of social structures. Regulatory processes and national/international legislation. (3H,3C) I,II.
2044: SECOND YEAR HYPATIA SEMINAR
Success strategies designed for second year women engineering students who are participants of Hypatia, the women in engineering residential community; topics include women in the engineering workplace, leadership, and goals associated with academic and professional success. Credit not applicable to meeting degree requirements. (1H,1C)
2064: GALILEO SEMINAR FOR SOPHOMORES
This course is designed to assist sophomore students who are participants of Galileo, an engineering learning community in their efforts to become/remain successful students at Virginia Tech. The course will include focus on issues regarding the workplace, leadership, and goals associated with academic and professional success. Credit not applicable to meeting degree requirements. Pre: 1054. (1H,1C)
2984: SPECIAL STUDY
Variable credit course.
3004: MENTORING SEMINAR
Course will prepare engineering students to mentor first year engineering students: focus on leadership and team building skills, study skills development, technology skills engineering departments/majors, college policies and procedures. Credit not applicable to meeting degree requirements. Pass/Fail only. (1H,1C)
3124: INTRODUCTION TO GREEN ENGINEERING
Introduction to green engineering and global environmental issues. Impacts of human and engineering activities on the environment, and techniques that can be utilized to minimize adverse environmental impacts with emphasis on ISO 14000, and environmentally conscious design and manufacturing. Pre: (CHEM 1035 or CHEM 1074), (ENGE 1104 or ENGE 1114), PHYS 2306. (3H,3C)
3134: ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Practical application of life cycle assessment (LCA) to engineering products, processes, and systems. Industrial and government application of LCA. LCA case studies. LCA methodologies including inventory, impact assessment, improvement analysis, and streamlining. LCA applications including life-cycle design, ecolabeling, costing, and public policy in the United States and abroad. Pre: (CHEM 1035 or CHEM 1074), (ENGE 1104 or ENGE 1114), PHYS 2306. (3H,3C)