Lyle School of Engineering
(2010 Undergraduate Catalog)
Programs of Study
The Lyle School of Engineering offers the following degrees:
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)
Bachelor of Science (Management Science)
Bachelor of Arts (Computer Science)
Engineering work can be classified by function, regardless of the branch it is in, as follows: research, development, design, production, testing, planning, sales, service, construction, operation, teaching, consulting and management. The function fulfilled by an engineer results in large measure from personal characteristics and motivations, and only partially from his or her curriculum of study. Nonetheless, although engineering curricula may be relatively uniform, their modes of presentation tend to point a student toward a particular large class of functions. Engineering curricula at SMU aim generally at engineering functions that include research, development, design, management and teaching – functions ordinarily associated with additional education beyond the Bachelor's degree.
The Lyle School of Engineering undergraduate programs in civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700. The undergraduate computer science program that awards the degree Bachelor of Science (B.S.) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate computer science program that awards the degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is not accredited by a Commission of ABET. ABET does not provide accreditation for the discipline of management science.
Courses offered in the Lyle School of Engineering are identified by a two-, three- or four-letter prefix code designating the general subject area of the course, followed by a four-digit number. The first digit specifies the approximate level of the course as follows: 1 – first year, 2 – sophomore, 3 – junior, 4 – senior, and 5 – senior. The second digit denotes the term hours associated with the course. The last two digits specify the course numbers. Thus, CSE 4381 denotes a course offered by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the senior (4) level, having three term hours, and with the course number 81.
The prefix codes are as follows:
CEE – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CSE – Department of Computer Science and Engineering
EE – Department of Electrical Engineering
EMIS – Department of Engineering Management, Information and Systems
ME – Department of Mechanical Engineering
SS – Center for Special Studies