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The New School of Architecture provides students an opportunity to grow knowledgeable in the theoretical, technical, social, cultural, and practical aspects of the profession, and thus be able to enter and excel in the field. Towards such end, our well-balanced curriculum is both structured and open. It includes core professional courses, liberal arts, sciences, and mathematics, focusing on representational, verbal and written skills. The student's understanding of Architecture, upon completion of the minimum graduation requirements, combines a broad social, cultural and technical foundation.
Architecture requires the command of architectural design, theory, history, technology, structures, representation, and programmatic and pragmatic aspects related to practice. Our program prepares students to face situations of considerable complexity, comprehensiveness and social responsibility, at the same time allowing for personal interests to mature in individually chosen fields. Graduates of the program are thus expected to generate an effective, forceful and spirited architecture.
The School of Management seeks to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to those students who aim to receive a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. Specifically, the School of Management is guided by the following principles: The program contributes to the intellectual and professional formation of students through the development of critical and analytical skills. It fosters the necessary motivation that will enable students to know and relate to the reality of the entrepreneurial world. The Department develops in students an awareness of the social responsibility of management within the economic system of free enterprise. The program encourages exploration and study in the field of Business Administration. It exposes students to the areas of Accounting, Statistics, Economics, Management, Finance, Marketing, Service Management and others, and their application in a corporate, service or manufacturing environment.
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (School of Management) has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
- Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Construction Management, General Management, Industrial Management, and Management Information Systems
The chemical engineering department offers basic knowledge in chemical engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and apply the principles of mathematical, physical, and life sciences in combination with the principles of engineering, economics, and social sciences to design and develop ways for the optimum use of the natural resources following the principles of sustainable development to preserve nature for future generations.
Basic studies in physics and mathematics, and a major emphasis in chemistry, are combined with fundamental courses in chemical engineering and other engineering related areas to develop students' capabilities to analyze and solve a multiplicity of modern day problems, all together with the synthesis and invention of new methods for the use of materials in production processes. Courses are offered in the fields of mass and energy balances, thermodynamics, momentum, heat and mass transfer, together with kinetics and catalysis, process design, process dynamics and control, and applied numerical analysis in chemical engineering. In addition, the program offers elective courses in environmental engineering, biochemical technology, polymers technology, and pharmaceutical operations to address job market opportunities.
Civil engineers are responsible for providing the world’s infrastructure facilities, which are basic to the existence of modern society. These facilities can be large and complex, thus requiring the civil engineers to be broadly trained and able to deal with the latest technologies.
The goal of the Civil Engineering Program at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is to develop in the students a professional knowledge of the technology needed to enter into these highly competitive fields, and to prepare the graduates to pursue a productive civil engineering career that is characterized by continued professional growth. The student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of civil engineering: Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Highway and Transportation Engineering, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and Construction Engineering.
This engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. This will provide civil engineers a healthy self-image, a well-rounded knowledge of their role in society, the ability to communicate, and to develop their creativity to apply engineering design with originality.
Computer Engineering is a rapidly changing field that spans a wide range of topics concerned with the design, implementation, and programming of computers and digital systems. Computer engineers develop integrated hardware and software systems and apply these to the creative solution of problems in government and business. These solutions are key enablers to global economic development and social welfare. A sample of the range of solutions created by computer engineers include: industrial and military control systems, database management systems, health care information systems, networked systems, end-user embedded computer controlled products, and computer-aided design tools to automate and leverage human performance in many other disciplines.
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering provides both breadth and depth in the discipline by incorporating physical and mathematical sciences, core engineering subjects, fundamental computer science topics, and a wide array of specialized courses in areas of long range relevance to computer engineering. It has been designed as a flexible program that is able to accommodate particular student interests through electives.
Topics covered include: algorithms and languages, digital system design, networks and communications, computer organization and architecture, microprocessor-based systems, database systems, software engineering, operating systems, and capstone design courses.
The field of computer science is one of the most popular academic disciplines within our information society. Computer Scientists build computer-aided design tools, manage information technology enterprises, develop business information systems for various industries, including finance and healthcare, support wide-area, local, and cellular networks, and design embedded computer-controlled products.
The computer science program is a flexible program that can be tailored to the student’s interests and adjusted to the rapid changes in the industry. The computer science curriculum was designed to satisfy the following criteria:
- University general education requirements
- A common core of computer science courses to ensure a good level of understanding of computer science.
- A breadth requirement to provide the students with a broad knowledge of the computer science field.
- A depth requirement to ensure that the students have substantial competence in a concentration area
- A senior project experience under the supervision of a faculty member
- Elective courses to permit further breadth/depth customization of the student’s program
- ABET accreditation requirements
This four-year program develops the required knowledge and skills to face the dynamic technological environment of contemporary society. Throughout the program, theoretical and practical experiences are interwoven using a combination of socio-humanistic studies, mathematics, basic science, engineering science, and engineering design experience. The design experience begins during the first year with an introductory course to engineering design which is geared towards developing the student’s creativity and problem-solving skills. This focus on design continues throughout the curriculum culminating in a significant design experience within a final Capstone Course. Real life engineering problems are defined and solved, integrating the fundamental elements of modern design theory and methodology.
The Electrical Engineering Program offers two areas of interest: a) Electric Power, and b) Communications, Signals and Controls. The Electric Power area of interest prepares students for planning, design and operation of generation, transmission, distribution, and end-user electrical systems. The Communications, Signals and Controls area of interest prepares students for the design of analog and digital electronics, process control, and wireless communication systems.
The Environmental Engineering Program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. The program offers knowledge in environmental engineering subjects that will allow the students to understand and subsequently acquire additional knowledge in their specialized areas of interest, according to personal inclination and available opportunities. Throughout the curriculum the student develops the ability to apply pertinent knowledge to the practice of engineering design in the major discipline areas of environmental engineering.
The program includes courses in the fields of water supply engineering, wastewater engineering, groundwater pollution control, air pollution control, solid and hazardous waste management, occupational safety and health, environmental impact assessment, environmental toxicology, and pollution prevention engineering. Elective courses in the specialization component are also offered.
The engineering design experience is built upon the fundamental concepts of mathematics, basic sciences, engineering sciences, and the humanistic and social sciences. This will provide environmental engineers a healthy self-image, a well-rounded knowledge of their role in society, the ability to communicate, and to develop their creativity to apply engineering design with originality.
Land Surveying is the science of determining the position of points on the surface of the Earth through the application of mathematics and the use of specialized instruments. The term "Earth surface" refers to everything on Earth that can be explored: the bottom of the seas, bays, lakes and rivers; the interior of caves and mines; mountains and deserts; and even the frozen and desolated polar regions. Surveying includes the measurement of angles and distances, the establishment of horizontal and vertical control points, plan confection, cadastral measurements, highway tracing and building locations, submarine topography and oceanic depths, plus the location of legal boundaries.
The curriculum is designed to develop industrial engineers (IE‘s) capable of planning, designing, implementing, and managing integrated production and service delivery systems that assure performance, reliability, maintainability, schedule adherence and cost control. The systems may be socio technical in nature and integrate people, information, materials, equipment, processes, and energy throughout the life cycle of the product, service, or program.
Industrial Engineering adopts as its goals: profitability, effectiveness, efficiency, adaptability, responsiveness, quality, and the continuous improvement of products and services throughout their life cycles. The humanities and social sciences, computer sciences, basic sciences, management sciences, along with physical, behavioral, mathematical, statistical, organizational and ethical concepts will be used to achieve these ends.