All Villanova freshman engineering students participate in a program that gives them a multidisciplinary experience in engineering analysis, design, and research. For the first half of the fall semester EGR 1200 - EGR Interdisciplinary Project I, all students take a core course that introduces them to engineering using an active-learning, problem-based approach. This course is taught by teacher-scholar faculty who are enthusiastic about this challenging program. During the second half of the fall semester, the students work on one multidisciplinary engineering project that they have selected from among six choices. The general categories of these projects are
While working on these projects, the students are mentored by teaching and research faculty in whose fields these projects are based. The specific projects are
|1||Robotics and MATLAB Programming||M,W - 3:00-4:15||T,Th - 1:00-2:15|
|2||The Load/Deflection Character of a SMARTBEAM||M,W - 1:30-2:45||M,W - 3:00-4:15|
|3||Automatic Blood Pressure Measurement||M,W - 1:30-2:45||M,W - 3:00-4:15|
|4||Electric Car Design||T,Th - 11:30-12:45||T,Th - 1:00-2:15|
|5||Adsorption-Drinking Water Treatment Process||T,Th - 11:30-12:45||T,Th - 1:00-2:15|
|6||Biofuel-Process and Sustainability||T,Th - 11:30-12:45||T,Th - 1:00-2:15|
|7||Artificial Kidney||T,Th - 11:30–12:45||T,Th - 1:00-2:15|
For the spring semester of freshman year EGR 1205 - EGR Interdisciplinary Project II, the students select a different multidisciplinary engineering project on which to work. With the knowledge and experience that they have gained from the core course and these projects, students are able to make a more informed decision on their choice of engineering major. After selecting a major in the middle of the spring semester, each student completes this program with a seven-week educational experience in his or her major.
In addition to the core courses described above, courses in math, science, Christian faith and reason, and Augustinian values and culture are also a required part of the Freshman Curriculum.
First-year students must also participate in a minimum of three professional development activities each semester.