The elective focus area stem provides a set amount of credit that students use to build strength in a technical focus area by completing a minor, earning a certificate, or pursuing a tailored program of study.
Students choose Elective Focus Area (EFA) courses consistent with traditional career goals or nontraditional career goals. Their choice of degree plan and courses may affect the number and type of employment opportunities available to them after graduation. Program advisors help students develop coherent, well-focused plans that fit their goals.
Students who pursue a focus area closely related to their major may replace up to 21 s.h. of traditional technical electives with course work toward a minor or certificate. Students who choose nontraditional focus areas work closely with an advisor to build a rigorous, well-focused program. They must define and justify their career goals; provide a detailed plan of study and obtain their B.S.E. program's approval for the plan before beginning the plan's course work; and complete the plan as approved.
Each B.S.E. program is responsible for approving proposed plans of study, ensuring that the program's ABET accreditation criteria are met, and that students' choices are consistent with their career aspirations and with the college's educational mission.
Guidelines for elective focus areas vary by program. For details, see Engineering Curriculum Guides on the college's web site.