Chicago State University

Engineering Studies

Director: Terri J. Young

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of engineering can enroll in the Engineering Studies Program at Chicago State University, which is offered in conjunction with the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago Engineering Consortium). Students in the Engineering Studies Program are supported by a full range of academic and professional development services and a staff that has special responsibility to advise them. Preparatory coursework is available or students who must acquire prerequisites to enter engineering studies courses. Students in the program can take courses at a pace appropriate to their scholastic backgrounds and individual learning needs.

Successful completion of the Engineering Studies curriculum and attainment of a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above guarantees transfer after the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study to the accredited engineering programs at either the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) or the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to transfer, the program allows dual registration at either IIT or UIC after completing the equivalent of one year of full-time, transferable, engineering courses and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above. Dual registration permits students to enroll in special summer courses at IIT and UIC. The engineering studies curriculum articulates with all baccalaureate engineering degree programs at IIT and UIC.

A Pre-matriculation Summer Institute (PSI) is available to students the summer prior to their enrolling at CSU. The program consists of six weeks of progressively advanced topics in mathematics and English composition, seminars in goal setting, study skills and time management, and field trips to area engineering corporations. The goal of the program is to assist students in making a positive adjustment to the academic and social life of college early in the matriculation process.

Chicago State’s demanding engineering studies curriculum is balanced by a remarkable variety of activities designed to enhance leadership attributes and to expand academic and career goals. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a national student and professional-based organization, is the recognized group on campus to which most engineering students belong. The objective of NSBE is to stimulate and develop student interest in engineering; to increase the number of students studying engineering at the undergraduate and graduate level and to increase the number of minority professionals in industry. 


To qualify for admission to the Engineering Studies Program, applicants must be in the top half of their high school graduating class and satisfy the following criteria:

  1. A minimum ACT composite score of 18 or rank in the top five percent of the high school graduating class.
  2. Three years of regular high school mathematics: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or College Algebra (computer mathematics and pre-algebra are not acceptable).
  3. Three years of natural and/or physical sciences (at least two should be a laboratory science such as biology, physics, or chemistry).

Sample Curriculum

Note: Engineering Studies course requirements are based on full-time attendance. The sample curriculum does not include possible preparatory coursework. Please note that some students may take longer than two years to complete the engineering studies curriculum at Chicago State University.

First Semester


Second Semester


MATH 1410/261


MATH 1420/262


CHEM 1550/155


CHEM 1560/156


ENGR 1210/101


PHYS 2220/222


PHYS 2110/211


CPTR 1100/141







Third Semester


Fourth Semester


MATH 2430/263


MATH 2550/271


PHYS 2330/233


PHYS 2130/213


ENGR 2430/210


ENGR 2550/220


ENG 1270/127


ENGR 2330/230



ENG 1280/128






Engineering Studies (ENGR) Course Offerings


Exposure to fundamental engineering concepts and fields, professional registration process, engineering ethics, engineering data presentation and error analysis, and fundamentals of computer programming in engineering: logical data types, data objects, subroutines, flow charting, algorithm generation, C++ and MATLAB.


Prerequisite: PHYS 2330/233.

Systems in Thermodynamic equilibrium, energy systems in thermodynamic equilibrium, energy analysis techniques, the laws of thermodynamics, and characteristics of some thermodynamic systems. Air conditioners, refrigerators, heat engines, and power plants are studied using energy balance methods for a control-mass and control-volume. IAI: EGR 946

2400/240 ENGINEERING ECONOMY /4/ (3)

Principles and techniques of economic analysis in engineering and management science; basic elements of engineering financial systems for cost benefit analysis, interest rates, cash flows, project financial

analysis, public projects, corporate taxation, and solution options from an environmental impact point of view.

2430/210 STATICS /4 (3)

Prerequisite: PHYS 2110/211; Co-requisite: MATH 2430/263.

Scalars, vectors, forces, and free body diagrams; resultants and equilibrium of forces and systems; conditions of equilibrium applied to trusses, conditions of equilibrium applied to trusses, beams, frames, and friction in two and three dimensional force systems by vector algebra; centroid, second moment or moment of inertia. Laboratory activities may include problem solving, calculator usage and interacting with computer software, among others. IAI: EGR 942


Prerequisite: CHEM 1550/155

Electronic structure of atoms; atomic and molecular bonding; energy bands; crystal structures; imperfections; non-crystalline solids; reaction rates; diffusion; transport phenomena; thermal conductivity; electrical conduction; semiconductors; magnetism; elasticity and inelastic phenomena; microplasticity; plastic deformation; and Fracture.

2550/220 DYNAMICS/4 (3)

Prerequisite: ENGR 2430/210; Co-requisite: MATH 2550/271.

Displacement, velocity, and acceleration of particles; system of particles; relation between forces acting on rigid bodies and the change in motion produced; translation, rotation, and plane motion; work, energy, and momentum principles. Laboratory activities may include problem solving, calculator usage, and interacting with computer software, among others. IAI: EGR 943

Environmental Studies Minor (24 credit hours)

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a 24-credit hour interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies. The minor is designed to educate students on the challenge and complexity of environmental concerns relative to inner city surroundings. The requirements for minors must be completed prior to graduation in order for the minor to appear on the transcript. For more information about minors, see the chairperson of the department.

Required Courses (14-15 credit hours)

BIOL 1080, 1190 or 2550; CHEM 1550; GEOG 1400, OR 3450; BIOL 4070 OR CHEM 3070

Elective Courses (9 -10 credit hours)

Three courses chosen from the following with approval of academic advisor: BIOL 2010, 4730; CHEM 1560, 2650, 3650 or 3660; PH S 1000, 1010; CMAT 2450* 4345*; ECON 2000; GEOG 2410, 2420, 2430; POL 4990*; MATH 1600; PHIL 1200* or 2510.

Equivalent required courses and/or elective courses from other institutions relevant to Environmental Studies will be considered as possible substitutions.

* Special topics courses must be presented on environmental subjects to be accepted in the Environmental Studies minor.