Downsizing the Curriculum: A Proposed Baccalaureate Program and Contextual Basis

F. A. Kulacki, Evan C. Vlachos

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Engineering education is confronted with two realities which call for a rethinking of the undergraduate curriculum: (a) the baccalaureate degree, as the terminal degree for practice, has received much criticism in both industry and academia, and (b) the typical undergraduate student generally requires more than nine semesters to complete a curriculum designed for eight. We propose that the current highly impacted curriculum must give way to a reduced program oriented toward engineering science, which can be completed in four years. Such a curriculum must be based on a limited set of core educational outcomes and would educate engineers within an integrated, liberal framework while preparing graduates for a wide variety of career options. Also included in this proposal is a formal role for the masters degree as the first professional degree and a restructuring of the professional registration process. 1995 American Society for Engineering Education

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-234
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1995


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