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Which enterprise project work course should I take?

If you are a first-year chemical engineering student, you take ENT 1960, but we don’t recommend first-year students take Enterprise, and we have  a FAQ that explains why.

If you are a sophomore, you should take one or both of these classes:

  • ENT 2950 – Enterprise Project Work I, 1 cr (not open to freshmen)
  • ENT 2960 – Enterprise Project Work II, same as above

If you are junior, you should take one or both of these classes:

  • ENT 3950 – Enterprise Project Work III, 1 cr, must be junior or senior
  • ENT 3960 – Enterprise Project Work IV, same as above

If you are a junior who has taken the all four of the courses above and are not senior-design ready, but still want to do Enterprise, take this class:

  • ENT 3980 – Pre-Capstone Enterprise Project Work, 1 cr, repeatable up to 2cr (not open to freshmen, sophomores), Pre-Requisite(s): ENT 3950 and ENT 3960

If you are a senior doing Enterprise for senior design, you should take both of these classes:

  • ENT 4950 – Enterprise Project Work V Capstone, 2cr, must be engineering senior design ready
  • ENT 4960 – Enterprise Project Work VI Capstone, 2cr, must be senior, pre-requisite ENT 4950

If you complete ENT 4950 and ENT4960 and wish to take another Enterprise project class, you may take this one:

  • ENT 4961 – Enterprise Project Work VII, 1cr, pre-requisites: ENT 3950, 3960, 4950, 4960

If you wish to do a minor in Enterprise, please visit the Registrar’s office site to see the requirements. (Enterprise is an interdisciplinary minor)

For information purposes only there are two other Enterprise project classes, but no chemical engineering major can take these courses; they are for non-engineers:

  • ENT 4900 – Senior Enterprise Project Work V Non-Capstone, 2cr, must be senior, must NOT be College of Engineering
  • ENT 4910 – Senior Enterprise Project Work VI Non-Capstone, same as above

How do I have a project approved for senior design?

In order to have your project approved for senior design, you will need to complete a Petition to Request CM 4861 Design Substitution.  If your project is through the Enterprise program, then you will be petitioning the second semester course, ENT 4960, as a sub for CM 4861.

Your project must include:
1.  Appropriate engineering standards,
2.  Multiple realistic constraints, and
3.  Economic considerations.  Economic considerations typically include an economic analysis to discriminate between your design options.

The petition form and project abstract are due to the CM Advising Office by Friday of Week 4 of Fall semester.  You may drop the materials off in the CM Department Office to be put in the advisor’s mailbox.  The department’s lead design instructor and ABET committee will be reviewing all petitions on Monday of Week 5 for final approval.  If several students are working on the same project, you may submit one abstract for the team with your individual petitions attached.

See related:  How do I register for ENT 4950?


How do I register for ENT 4950?

The ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 courses are reserved for students who are using an Enterprise project for their senior design project.

You will be allowed to register for ENT 4950 during the regular fall registration period that opens in March.  You will need department permission from the advising office before enrolling and must have started in the Enterprise no later than spring of your junior year.  You will also need to have already completed or be concurrently enrolled in CM 4855 .  Subsequently, during early fall semester you will need to submit an abstract detailing your project to have your project approved for senior design.  You must complete both ENT 4950 and ENT 4960  for the project to qualify for the senior design substitution.

Both CM 4855 CM Process Analysis & Design I (fall) and CM 4860 CM Process Analysis & Design 2 (spring) are required for all chemical engineering students. For approved projects, one credit from ENT 4960 substitutes for CM 4861.  The additional three credits that you earn from ENT 4950 and ENT 4960 can be used towards your technical electives or free electives.  If your project is not approved at the abstract stage, then you will need to take CM 4861 CM Design Laboratory 2 in the spring semester.

To receive departmental permission complete the Google form Declaration of intent to complete alternative senior design project.  You will be notified via email when you’ve been given permission to enroll in ENT 4950.

See related:  How do I get a project approved for senior design?


I am a freshman. Can I join an Enterprise team?

Freshman may join an enterprise, however we generally do not recommend it.

During the spring semester you may enroll in ENT 1960. Be aware that this class does *not* count towards your technical electives like the other enterprise project-work classes do.  ENT 1960 only counts as a free elective. Our chemical engineering degree requires only three credits of free electives and many students will have their free elective requirement met with other classes or a minor.

We do not recommend that you join an Enterprise team in your first year since most students usually have a pretty heavy credit load and are still adjusting to college life. Also involvement in an Enterprise team can take up a lot of time.  We want you to have a good start to your college career so that you have the ability to participate in things like Enterprise or AIChE later on.

If you are interested in a particular Enterprise team, ask if you may attend their weekly team meetings.  That will give you an opportunity to learn more about the Enterprise team, how it functions and about their current projects.  You may then join the Enterprise and begin participating during your second year by signing up for ENT 2950 in the fall.  Unlike ENT 1960, ENT 2950 will count towards your technical electives.  ENT 2950 is on the engineering list.