Chapter 6: Enrichment Experience and Graduate Core Requirements

The Enrichment Experience is an 8 unit requirement for all M.S. degree seeking students that is common to most departments in the School of Engineering. Civil Engineering majors may complete the Enrichment Experience with 7 units. The various components that are associated with this requirement were designed to broaden the scope of the student’s knowledge, and develop professional skills that are widely perceived as essential for operating in a global environment such as the ability to communicate clearly, to function on interdisciplinary and diverse teams, and to make ethically and socially responsible decisions.

Through the Enrichment Experience, in conjunction with students’ specific program of study, Engineering graduate students will achieve the following objectives:

  1. Academic competence

    Graduate students will demonstrate broad content knowledge and the ability to integrate and apply concepts from their course of study to professional situations.

  2. Creative and collaborative learning

    Graduate students will demonstrate an ability to collaborate in creative ways, and communicate effectively with professionals and others in their discipline.

  3. Professional development

    Graduate students will exhibit professionalism, consistent with the University’s Jesuit mission,that includes attention to ethics, integrity, and responsible engagement with their communities–both locally and globally.

The Enrichment Experience requirement cannot be waived and no substitutions will be approved.

In order to fulfill this requirement, students must take

  • Graduate Core: (minimum of 4 units required) Must take a course in at least two of the three areas from
    • Emerging Topics in Engineering,
    • Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship
    • Engineering and Society.
      • Below is the list of all classes approved for the graduate core in these three areas. Please check our current student resources on our graduate engineering website for the most current list of Graduate Core classes.
  • The remaining 4 units can be accumulated by:

    • Taking one or more major technical electives.
      • Directed Research, Independent Study, Capstone, Thesis and CSE foundation courses cannot be approved as a technical electives
    • Taking additional classes from the Graduate Core List below
    • Taking Cooperative Education courses (Engr 288 and 289).
      • Can repeat Engr 289 up to 3 times.

    Combining courses from the categories above


Emerging Topics in Engineering

  • AMTH 308 Theory of Wavelets
  • AMTH 351 Quantum Computing
  • AMTH 367 Mathematical Finance
  • AMTH 387 Cryptology
  • BIOE 256/ENGR 256 Introduction to Nanobioengineering
  • CENG 213 Sustainable Materials
  • CENG 215 Sustainable Structural Engineering
  • CENG 219 Designing for Sustainable Construction
  • CENG 282 Introduction to Building Information Modeling
  • ELEN 280/MECH 287 Introduction to Alternative Energy Systems
  • ELEN 285 Introduction to the Smart Grid
  • ENGR 260 Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics
  • ENGR 371/MECH 371 Space Systems Design and Engineering I
  • ENGR 372/MECH 372 Space Systems Design and Engineering II
  • MECH 268 Computational Fluid Dynamics I

Engineering and Business/Entrepreneurship

  • AMTH 367 Mathematical Finance
  • CENG 208 Engineering Economics and Project Finance
  • CENG 292 Infrastructure Project Management
  • COEN 287 Software Development Process Management
  • ENGR 245 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Evolution of Silicon Valley
  • ENGR 302 Managing in the Multicultural Environment
  • ENGR 304 Building Global Teams
  • ENGR 336 Engineering for the Developing World
  • ENGR 338 Mobile Applications for Emerging Markets
  • ENGR 350 Success in Global Emerging Markets
  • ENGR 351 New Paradigm for Technology-Global Mindfulness Leadership
  • Any 2-unit course in Engineering Management and Leadership (EMGT)

Engineering and Society

  • BIOE 210 Ethical Issues in Bioengineering
  • CENG 208 Engineering Economics and Project Finance
  • COEN 250 Information Security Management
  • COEN 288 Software Ethics
  • ELEN 217 Chaos Theory, Metamathematics, and the Limits of Science: An Engineering Perspective on Religion
  • ENGR 261 Nanotechnology and Society
  • ENGR 272 Energy Public Policy
  • ENGR 273 Sustainable Energy and Ethics
  • ENGR 302 Managing in the Multicultural Environment
  • ENGR 303 Gender and Engineering
  • ENGR 304 Building Global Teams
  • ENGR 306 Engineering and the Law
  • ENGR 330 Law, Technology, and Intellectual Property
  • ENGR 332 How Engineers, Businesspeople, and Lawyers Communicate With Each Other
  • ENGR 334 Energy, Climate Change, and Social Justice
  • ENGR 336 Engineering for the Developing World
  • ENGR 340 Distributed & Renewable Energy for the Developing World
  • ENGR 341 Innovation, Design and Spirituality
  • ENGR 342 3D Print Technology and Society
  • ENGR 343 Science, Religion and the Limits of Knowledge
  • ENGR 344 Artificial Intelligence and Ethics
  • ENGR 349 Topics in Frugal Engineering
  • ENGR 351-New Paradigm for Technology-Global Mindfulness Leadership

Note 1: Although certain courses (such as ENGR 302, ENGR 304, ENGR 336, and AMTH 367 for example) may appear in multiple categories, they cannot be used to satisfy more than one Core requirement. Students are encouraged to periodically check for updates regarding new courses in these areas on the graduate engineering website under current student resources.

Please Note: Transfer credit is not approved for core courses, and all core courses must be taken at SCU.

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