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Division of General Engineering

Courses in Engineering Science

The Engineering Science degree program is interdisciplinary by nature, thus many courses belonging in an individual's curriculum plan will draw from other departments both within and outside of the School of Engineering.  However, there are some courses housed in Engineering Science that focus on interdisciplinarity, career development and professional development. These courses are listed below:

ES 2100W. Technical Communications. Instruction and practice in written and oral communication. Emphasis is on organization and presentation of information to a specific audience for a specific purpose. Course will include writing and editing reports of various lengths, preparing and using visual aids, and presenting oral reports. FALL, SPRING. [3]
This course is required of all EE, CmpE, and ES students.

ES 2700. Engineering Career Development. A practical course designed to help students succeed in the job/internship search and career development. Interviewing, networking, online tools, elevator pitch, career fair strategies, career center resources, company research techniques, resumes, cover letters, negotiating, follow-up messages. FALL [1]
This course may be taken as an open elective only, regardless of the student's major.

ES 2900. Engineering and Public Policy.  Role of federal policy in supporting and promoting engineering and science for the benefit of the U.S. Ways engineering, science and public policy impact each other. Federal government involvement, policy making, federal budget, role of universities and national labs, national defense, homeland security, biomedical enterprise. SPRING [3]

ES 3300. Energy and Sustainability - An Engineering Approach. Uses basic understanding of mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrodynamics to describe primary and secondary energy generation and use. Emphasis on current applications, energy efficiency at both the source and demand sides, and future (near and long-term) energy scenarios. Various economic models are explored. Prerequisite: Junior standing. [3] 
This course is taught every other year usually in the fall semester.


The following courses are offered through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at Vanderbilt University, though they are available to all undergraduate students.

ES 3230. Ships Engineering Systems. Ship characteristics and types, including design and control, propulsion, hydrodynamic forces, stability, compartmentation, and electrical and auxiliary systems. Theory and design of steam, gas turbine, and nuclear propulsion. FALL. [3]

ES 3231. Navigation. Naval piloting procedures. Charts, visual and electronic aids, and theory and operation of magnetic and gyro compasses; inland and international rules of the nautical road. The celestial coordinate system, including spherical trigonometry and application for navigation at sea. Environmental influences on naval operations. SPRING. [3]

ES 3232. Ships Weapons Systems. Theory and employment of weapons systems, including the processes of detection, evaluation, threat analysis, weapon selection, delivery, guidance, and explosives. Fire control systems and major weapons types, including capabilities and limitations. Physical aspects of radar and underwater sound. Command, control, and communications and means of weapons system integration. SPRING. [3]

ES 3233. Naval Operations. Methods of tracking and intercepting at sea. Maritime maneuvering problems, formation tactics, and shipboard operations. Naval communications, ship behavior and maneuvering, and applied aspects of ship handling. Prerequisite: ES 3231. FALL. [3]