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Accreditation

The recognized accreditor for programs in the sciences, ABET Inc is an industry consortium of 28 professional and technical societies from different fields. Collectively, ABET accredits more than 3,100 programs in applied science, computing, and engineering technology. UofSC is proud to offer ABET recognized engineering and computing programs. Below you will find information on the evaluation process used for UofSC's program, as well as information regarding the program's results.

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The following programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science

 Mission, Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes and Other Data by Department

 

Biomedical Engineering

Mission

The Biomedical Engineering Program at the University of South Carolina prepares its graduates technically and professionally to meet the growing demands for positions in biomedical engineering industry and academia or continuing studies in graduate programs and medical schools. By continuously improving the undergraduate and graduate programs, the Program responds to the rapidly changing field of biomedical engineering to serve as an effective resource and partner for industry, government, and academia.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Biomedical Engineering Program will:

  • practice in a professional career or pursue an advanced or professional degree in which they are contributing to scientific, professional, and/or local communities through the improvement of human health.
  • advance their careers by engaging in teamwork, effective communication, and continued learning to expand their professional development and technical understanding.

Student Outcomes

Translated into learning outcomes for the program's students, the above educational objectives are:

  • ability to apply knowledge of mathematics; biological, chemical, and physical sciences; and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and medicine.
  • ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments on living systems and their interactions with nonliving systems, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • ability to design a biomedical device or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints, including economic and ethical constraints.
  • ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems at the interface of engineering and medicine.
  • demonstration of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • ability to present technical material through professional written reports and oral presentations.
  • ability to recognize economic, social, and global issues and to evaluate the impact that biomedical engineering solutions may have upon society.
  • recognition of the need for lifelong learning and demonstration of the ability to learn independently.
  • recognition of contemporary issues as they relate to biomedical engineering problems.
  • ability to employ the necessary techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for biomedical engineering practice.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Every year we send our enrollment and graduation data to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They maintain an archive of our data and similar data for other universities. Please use the following links to access this data:

Computer Science

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Computer Science degree program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for successful practice in the field of computing and for post-baccalaureate education. The program educational objectives are that five years after graduation Computer Science graduates will be:

  • contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer systems for industry and research.
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research.
  • advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer science, communication skills and understanding of computer systems and contemporary technological issues.

Student Outcomes

The Computer Science program has the following student outcomes which are abilities that we measure at the time of graduation or before that will enable our graduates to achieve the program educational objectives.

The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements
    appropriate to its solution
  • an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component,
    or program to meet desired needs
  • an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations,
    and society
  • recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice.
  • an ability to apply mathematical foundations, algorithmic principles, and computer science theory in the modeling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the tradeoffs involved in design choices. 
  • an ability to apply design and development principles in the construction of software systems of varying complexity. 

Accreditation

The Computer Science Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Computer Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Computer Engineering degree program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for successful computer engineering practice and post-baccalaureate education. The program educational objectives are that five years after graduation Computer Engineering graduates will be:

  • contributing to their communities and society with innovations in computer technology and applications and an understanding of contemporary technological issues.
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research.
  • advancing in their careers through their knowledge of computer engineering, by communicating and working effectively as team members and by interacting responsibly with colleagues, customers, employers, and others in society.

Student Outcomes

The Computer Engineering program has the following student outcomes which are abilities that we measure at the time of graduation or before that will enable our graduates to achieve the program educational objectives.

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Accreditation

The Computer Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Computer Information Systems

Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the Computer Information Systems degree program is to prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed for successful practice in the field of computer information systems and for post-baccalaureate education. The Program Educational Objectives are that five years after graduation Computer Information Systems graduates will be:.

  • contributing to economic development and society through the development and management of computer information systems.
  • advancing in their careers through knowledge of computer information systems, communications skills and understanding of business and contemporary technological issues.
  • continuing their professional development through professional study and research.

Student Outcomes

The Computer information Systems program has the following student outcomes which are abilities that we measure at the time of graduation or before that will enable our graduates to achieve the program educational objectives. The program must enable students to attain, by the time of graduation:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline
  • an ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution 
  • an ability to design, implement, and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs 
  • an ability to function effectively on teams to accomplish a common goal
  • an understanding of professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to analyze the local and global impact of computing on individuals, organizations, and society 
  • recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
  • an ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for computing practice
  • an understanding of processes that support the delivery and management of information systems within a specific application environment. [IS]

Accreditation

The Computer Information Systems Program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is to:
Provide quality and essential education to undergraduate and graduate students through formal classes and supporting life-long learning through continuing education short courses and workshops. Encourage and support research that will contribute to the competence and professional development of the faculty and broaden the body of engineering knowledge and methods. Provide service to the college and university, local, state and federal governments, and private industry, and supporting professional organizations and society.

Educational Objectives*

  • Graduates of the Civil engineering program should demonstrate their continuing successful practice as civil engineers and/or their pursuit of post baccalaureate education and/or their engagement in other professional careers that involve the application of engineering concepts.
  • Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate a commitment for continuing professional development and life-long learning.
  • Graduates of the civil engineering program should demonstrate the ability to advance within their profession to positions of greater responsibility and leadership.

* The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina uses the term "program educational objective" to describe the expected accomplishments of our students in a few years (three to five years) following graduation. The term "student learning outcome" is used to describe the knowledge and skills at the time of graduation.

The first two years of the undergraduate curriculum form the necessary foundation in mathematics, computer programming, the physical sciences, and basic engineering sciences, together with courses in the liberal arts, to provide the student with a well-balanced educational experience. The upper-division civil engineering program includes the study of construction materials, structural analysis and design, soil behavior, systems analysis, water supply, and pollution control. The department offers elective courses through which the student can specialize in such areas as geotechnical engineering, water resources and environmental engineering, structures and transportation engineering.

The civil and environmental engineering graduate is prepared to enter the job market with federal, state, and municipal agencies, with private consulting firms involved with aspects of planning, design, construction, or environmental control. Students may, following graduate study, also pursue careers in teaching and in research and development.

Student Outcomes

The Civil Engineering Program emphasizes eleven outcomes for assessing the learning experience and competency of students. These outcomes, labeled as items a through k, reflect the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Criteria for accreditation (ABET, Inc., October, 2010).

Upon graduation students will demonstrate an ability to:

  • apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data;
  • design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • understand of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • communicate effectively;
  • understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning, and explain the importance of professional licensure;
  • describe contemporary issues;
  • use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  • explain the basic concepts in management, business and public policy; and
  • explain basic concepts in leadership.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Program Criteria

The CEE curriculum components and the student outcomes ensure that the lead professional society (ASCE) engineering program criteria are satisfied. 

  • apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations, calculus-based physics, chemistry and at least one additional area of basic science
  • apply knowledge of four technical areas appropriate to civil engineering
  • conduct civil engineering experiments and analyze and interpret the resulting data
  • design a system, component or process in more than one civil engineering context
  • explain basic concepts in management, business, public policy, and leadership
  • explain the importance of professional licensure

Chemical Engineering

Program Educational Objectives

Within six years of graduation, our graduates are expected to achieve one or more of the following milestones:

  • advance professionally in the chemical process industries or in their chosen career field.
  • earn advanced degrees in chemical engineering (or a related technical discipline), medicine, law, or business.
  • attain leadership positions in today's rapidly changing, increasingly technological, global society.

Student Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, and engineering in chemical engineering practice.
  • Understanding of chemical engineering science fundamentals.
  • Ability to design a chemical engineering system, unit, or chemical process to meet desired needs.
  • Ability to design and conduct laboratory experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data using factorial design methods.
  • Ability to use chemical process simulators and other techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for chemical engineering practice.
  • Ability to present technical material through oral presentations with visual aids.
  • Ability to present technical material including analysis and conclusions through technical reports.
  • Ability to work in multi-functional teams.
  • Ability to find information and to learn independently.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Awareness of economic, political, and social issues.
  • Ability to comprehend the topics and ideas of familiar subjects in a foreign language.

     

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Electrical Engineering

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Electrical Engineering is to:

  • provide undergraduate and professional education through programs that prepare students for the workplace, stress the development of the total person, and begin a process of lifelong learning.
  • provide graduate education and training in the skills of advanced research.
  • contribute to the base of technical knowledge by conducting research and scholarship and by disseminating the results of those programs.
  • support the engineering professions by service in the appropriate professional organizations.
  • serve the needs of the state and region by appropriate outreach programs and by support for industrial development.

Our Educational Objectives

The objectives of the undergraduate electrical engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  • contribute to the economic development of this state and the nation by the competent and ethical practice of electrical engineering.
  • be sought after by leading industrial, governmental, and academic organizations.
  • exhibit leadership qualities in their organizations by virtue of their excellent technical abilities, communication skills, and comprehensive vision.
  • use their technical competence to creatively solve electrical engineering problems for the betterment of society.
  • ceaselessly improve their technical competence

Our Student Outcomes

Our BS graduates will demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Mechanical Engineering


Mission and Vision

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (DME), at the University of South Carolina is to provide students with a sound mechanical engineering education, advance the understanding and application of mechanical engineering principles, enhance economic development of the State of South Carolina, and improve the quality of life of our citizens through teaching, research, and outreach programs.

Our vision is to become a nationally known Department of Mechanical Engineering that is recognized for its outstanding education, research, and outreach programs, and is renowned for the high quality of its graduates.

Program Objectives

The graduates from Mechanical Engineering program are expected to demonstrate within three to five years of graduation

  • The ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles to solve mechanical engineering problems
  • The professional skills that enable a successful career
  • The ability to apply their broad education necessary to ethically practice engineering in a global and societal context

Long-range Goals

  • Recruit and retain high quality students including under-represented groups and provide an educational experience that prepares them for successful careers in mechanical engineering professions.
  • Recruit and retain high quality faculty members with interests in the cutting-edge mechanical engineering areas.
  • Establish a new paradigm for engineering education that emphasizes interdisciplinary / track / education programs.
  • Increase interaction and collaboration with industry.
  • Improve the Mechanical Engineering Department’s infrastructure to facilitate research productivity and success.