Jan 30, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

General and Basic Engineering

Department of General and Basic Engineering

Associate Professor Wilson Chair; Associate Professor Craven, Hussein, Tester; Assistant Professor Wells; Lecturer S. Wells

The Department of General and Basic Engineering at Tennessee Technological University is the home of two programs: Basic Engineering (BE) and General Engineering (ENGR). Basic Engineering is the initial major for first-year engineering students who have not decided on a degree-specific engineering program. General Engineering is the major for engineering students seeking the Joint TTU-ETSU Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree. In addition to these two programs, the department provides supporting courses for several other departments in the College of Engineering.

The Basic Engineering Program provides first-year engineering students with a home to further explore the various branches of engineering. Faculty in the department have diverse engineering backgrounds and they are readily available to students. Students may change their major to a degree-granting program at any time during the first year. Students should consult academic advisors to determine the optimal set of courses for majors of interest.

The General Engineering Program is the home of the Joint TTU-ETSU (East Tennessee State University) BSE. General engineering is the broadest engineering degree program. As such, general engineering is one of the most rapidly growing engineering degrees in the United States.  In terms of engineering, the joint degree program includes engineering science and mechanics; engineering design; and supporting industrial, mechanical and electrical engineering coursework. Students in the joint program must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at both universities. Students have a total of 15 credit hours of technical and free electives. Students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) administered by the Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. 

Graduates of the joint program will be able to work effectively with non-engineers or discipline-specific engineers or both within diverse industries such as manufacturing, transportation and energy, and in both public and private sectors. In addition to entering the workforce directly as engineers, graduates of the program may go onto graduate studies in engineering, management, education, law, medicine or other professions. The BSE is an excellent launchpad for many non-engineering careers.