CUGS

CUGS

Certificate of Undergraduate Studies

A Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours, of which, no more than two (2) courses may be also used to satisfy graduation requirements towards a major or multiple CUGS (i.e. any given course may only be used meet two requirements). Descriptions of the possible configurations and example course are: 

Major Core Class & CUGS

ENGR 01.283 Materials Science and Manufacturing is a required course in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum for graduation. If you are a Mechanical Engineering Major, this class must count towards (1) a core class for your major and (2) satisfy one CUGS, such as CUGS in Advanced Engineering Materials or CUGS in Advanced Manufacturing, but could not be used for both CUGS.

Technical Elective for Major & CUGS

ME 10.442 Mechatronics is not a required course in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum so it could be used to satisfy (1) the technical elective requirement for graduation and (2) one CUGS, such as CUGS in Mechatronics or CUGS in Soft Robotics, but could not be used for both CUGS.

CUGS & CUGS

ME 10.442 Mechatronics is not a required course in the Mechanical Engineering curriculum so it could be used to meet two different CUGS such as CUGS in Mechatronics and CUGS in Soft Robotics. In doing so, this course would not be able to be used as a technical elective requirement for graduation. An extra technical elective must be taken to fulfull the graduation requirement.

Mechanical Engineering students interested in the Certificate of Undergraduate Studies can sign up at the beginning of each semester via a link that Prof. Amadoro sends out in an email. Students should be in their Junior or Senior year of the program when they sign up. The Certificate of Undergraduate Studies will then be added to the student's profile. Students who are not Mechanical Engineering majors can email Prof. Amadoro at amadoro@rowan.edu. The Mechanical Engineering Department offers CUGS in the following areas:

CUGS in Advanced Engineering Materials

The CUGS in Advanced Engineering Materials will allow students to increase the depth and breadth of knowledge in materials for engineering, especially mechanical engineering, applications. The CUGS will offer students an opportunity to learn critical material properties, processes, characterization, and applications in engineering materials. It will allow students to learn in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of materials such as composites, nanomaterials, energy materials, and the latest materials used in additive manufacturing. 

Students must complete two classes (6 cr) from the following courses:

  • ENGR 01.283 Materials Science and Manufacturing (3 cr)
  • ENGR 10.412 Introduction to Nanotechnology (3 cr)
  • ME 10.460 Introduction to Composite Materials (3 cr)

Students must complete two classes (6 cr) from the following courses:

  • ENGR 10.413 Introduction to Renewable Energy (3 cr)
  • ME 10.440 Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing (3 cr)
  • ChE 06.466 Polymer Processing (3 cr)
  • MSE 00.510 Structure, Symmetry and Properties of Materials (3 cr)
  • Other approved engineering materials-related courses by the advisor

CUGS in Advanced Manufacturing

The total number of credits for this CUGS is 13 credits consisting of four (4) courses. The first three courses are offered on Rowan main campus:

  • ENGR 01.283 Materials Science and Manufacturing (3 cr)
  • ME 10.324 Quality and Reliability (3 cr)
  • ME 10.440 Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing (3 cr)

and then one manufacturing course at Camden County College CIM Center:

  • CIM 221 CNC Programming and CAM (4 cr)

CUGS in Aerospace Engineering

The total number of credits for this CUGS is 12 credits consisting of four (4) courses from the list below. These courses currently serve as Senior Electives in the Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Departments. Students pursuing the CUGS must take at least two of the approved courses (6 credits) in addition to their normal Senior Elective requirement. A list of courses may be updated in the future. Administrating program faculty may approve or add courses to the list. The current list of approved courses include:

ME Courses:

  • ME 10.480 Intro to Aerospace Vehicles (3 cr)
  • ME 10.482 Intro to Flight Dynamics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.453 Intro to Analytical Dynamics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.446 Auto Engineering – Vehicle Dynamics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.411 Intro to Combustion (3 cr)

ECE Courses:

  • ECE 09.402 Sp.Tp. Rocketronics (3 cr)
  • ECE 09.425 Intro to Command and Control (3 cr)
  • ECE 09.423 Intro to Radar Systems (3 cr)
  • ECE 09.456 Embedded Software Design (3 cr)

CUGS in Mechatronics

This CUGS in Mechatronics will offer the students an opportunity to increase their breadth and depth of knowledge on Mechatronics, a fast-evolving field that has wide applications on all disciplines of engineering. This CUGS will be attractive to students who may have fundamental knowledge in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science/Engineering, but may need additional skills and formal education in the field of Mechatronics.

Students must complete one class (3-4 cr) from the following courses:

  • ME 10.345 Dynamic Systems & Control (4 cr)
  • ECE 09.205 Principles and Applications of ECE for Nonmajors* (3 cr)
  • ECE 09.321 Systems & Control I** (3 cr)

Students must complete one class (3 cr) from the following courses:

  • ME 10.442 Mechatronics (3 cr)

Students must complete two classes (6 cr) from the following courses:

  • ME 10.456 Introduction to Special Topics in Mechatronics
  • ME 10.401 Introduction To Computer Integrated Manufacturing And Automation
  • ME 10.460 Introduction to Soft Robotics
  • CS 07.310 Robotics*
  • CS 06.420 Embedded Systems Programming*
  • ECE 09.342 Introduction to Embedded Systems**
  • ECE 09.404 Principles of Biomedical Systems and Devices**
  • ECE 09.473 Smart Sensors**

* These courses are primarily for students pursuing the CS major. Students may need to take additional courses to satisfy pre-requisite requirements of these courses.

** These courses are primarily for students pursuing the ECE major. Students may need to take additional courses to satisfy pre-requisite requirements of these courses.

CUGS in Soft Robotics

The CUGS in Soft Robotics will offer students an opportunity to learn the concepts, principles, systems, and applications of soft robotics. Soft robotics, a fast-growing subfield under robotics, focuses on robots made of soft materials. Many innovations in soft robotics have been inspired by elements and systems in nature, especially animals’ soft structures. In comparison to the traditional rigid-body robots, soft robots can better adapt to unpredictable environments to perform challenging tasks due to their inherent flexibility.

Students must complete two classes (6-7 cr) from the following courses:

  • ME 10.466 Introduction to Soft Robotics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.345 Dynamic Systems & Control (4 cr) or ECE 09.321 Systems and Control I (3 cr)

Students must complete two classes (6 cr) from the following courses:

  • ME 10.442 Mechatronics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.456 Introduction to Special Topics in Mechatronics (3 cr)
  • ME 10.470 Introduction to Biomechanics (3 cr)
  • CS 07.310 Robotics (3 cr)