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Mercer University - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

Mercer University first opened its doors on January 14, 1833. The College of Liberal Arts served as the University's academic cornerstone. Its School of Engineering was established in 1985 as the third academic unit offering baccalaureate degrees. The purpose of the School of Engineering is to educate students who are preparing to be practicing engineers, individuals who can responsibly contribute to a global society that is becoming ever more dependent on technology. An engineer takes the discoveries of the scientist, the tools of the mathematician, and the imagination of the inventor and transforms them into goods, services, and information to satisfy human needs. Mercer's School of Engineering offers rigorous engineering programs at the baccalaureate and master levels and includes a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences along with a broad range of courses in engineering topics. The program culminates in engineering design courses in which students explore solutions to recognized needs as a member of a team, since so much of modern engineering is a team effort. Engineering courses places emphasis on the written and spoken word; enabling graduates to effectively communicate their ideas to both technical and non-technical audiences. Because the computer is such an essential tool for analysis, the courses integrate computer methods of problem-solving. Within the engineering curriculum are the general education requirements which promote social, cultural, and global awareness, and draw on Mercer University's distinguished Judaeo-Christian ethical value structure. All of this contributes to the development of a practicing engineer who is a responsible contributor to the global society. Additionally, the School of Engineering concentrates on developing outstanding laboratory and design competencies; all students experience interdisciplinary team work at the senior level. The school achieves very high levels of faculty-student interaction throughout its curriculum. The faculty within the engineering school is dedicated to staying abreast of the latest developments and conveying that current practice to the students in a supportive environment. Each student is encouraged and expected to draw on faculty assistance for knowledge, motivation, value clarification, and transition to the world of engineering. The Mercer Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. In addition to specializations that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, the School of Engineering offers two Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management focuses on applying selected engineering tools to management decisions. The Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication provides a foundation in sciences, mathematics and technology with a strong emphasis on communication skills. Both of the BS programs are intended to provide a technical, scientific, and analytical foundation so the graduate can pursue engineering-related careers that require some engineering-like expertise. The programs are a mutual effort between the School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Stetson School of Business. Other schools at Mercer University include Tift College of Education, the School of Medicine, the Townsend School of Music, Walter F. George School of Law, College of Pharmacy and Health Science, James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology, and Georgia Baptist School of Nursing.