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Engineering a General Education Program: Designing Mechanical Engineering General Education Courses


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at our institution created two engineering courses for the General Education Program that count towards second level general science credit (traditional science courses are first level). The courses were designed for the general student population based upon the requirements of our General Education Program and engineering concepts. We explain the results and impact of the classes so as to expand the conceptualization of general education courses and to enable engineering curricula to reach a larger audience as well as to broaden student understanding of the forces shaping their world.

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Fagette, P., Chen, SJ., Baran, G.R. et al. Engineering a General Education Program: Designing Mechanical Engineering General Education Courses. Innov High Educ 38, 117–128 (2013).

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  • Engineering in general education
  • Engineering courses for non-engineering majors