The plan of study should consist of a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit as described below and conform to the requirements of the graduate school of the university where the degree is awarded. Core Courses (15 semester hours): A core of 15 semester hours in applied forensic engineering course work is required. Universities can meet this requirement by employing adjunct faculty who are practicing forensic engineers and using university faculty who are part-time consulting forensic engineers.

Core Classes

FE 501 (3)  Introduction to Forensic Engineering
FE 502 (3) Product LiabilityFE
FE 590 (3) Forensic Engineering Project
FE 601 (3) Advanced Forensic Engineering Techniques
FE 602 (3) Computer Applications in Forensic Engineering

Required Supporting Courses (nine semester hours):

Nine semester hours in supporting course work are required. This requirement can be met with existing courses available at most universities.

EG 520 or equiv (3) Engineering Ethics
Math (6) Mathematical, statistical, or computer sciences beyond ordinary differential equations.

Elective Courses (nine semester hours):

Nine semester hours in closely related engineering electives are required. Courses listed below are typical courses available at many universities. The list is not exhaustive. Other courses may also be available.

IE 577 (3) Human Factors in Engineering
IE 558 (3) Safety Engineering
IE 590 (3) Applied Ergonomics
CE 524 (3) Legal Aspects of Engineering Practice
CE 503 (3) Photogrammetry
EE 595 (3) Medical Device Accidents and their Engineering Analysis
ME 525 (3) Combustion
TECH 581(3) Human Error and Human Reliability Assessment


Methods of integrating the following and similar practical experiences into the plan of study should be considered:
  • Court experience where expert engineering testimony is given.
  • Deposition experience where expert engineering testimony is given
  • A relevant co-op or internship.
  • Membership in at least one professional engineering society that can be related to forensic engineering.

** Reference: Guidlines for Failure Investigation, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1989.

Final Report of the Forensic Engineering Curriculum Committee

The Final Report of the Forensic Engineering Curriculum Committee contains detailed course descriptions, course outlines in ABET format, and qualifications of the faculty. University curriculum planners may obtain a free copy of the Final Report by contacting: Arthur Schwartz, Executive Director at [email protected]

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