With the recent announcement of the addition of two courses for next year, one in the electrical field, and a second in the field of structural engineering, concentration in the field of Engineering Sciences assumes a comprehensive basis. As a result of changes in the number, regulation, and scope, of the courses given for concentrators in this field, students are now enabled to undergo serious study of engineering subjects without the professionalized standards of laboratory work that are maintained by full-fledged engineering students.
Of the courses given under the Faculty of Arts and Sciences there are four electrical courses which may be counted for concentration in the field of Engineering Sciences. In actual course given by men at the Engineering School, two more are concerned with various phases of electrical engineering.
In the laboratories of the Engineering school, electrical students concentrating in Engineering Sciences work with dynamos, high voltages, and actual pieces of electrical machinery. Yet this is done without the professionalized concentration with which the material is studied by actual engineering students.
The Engineering Sciences Field as it now stands embodies a scope and an approach to electricity in particular that is a worthy one. In an increasingly mechanized world such as ours, with the uses of electricity growing daily, it is not far fetched to think that men who intend to enter government, for example, would do well to have a slight knowledge of the workings of the electrical relations.
Politics in Maine have included stormy debates over the questions of shipping electric power out of the state. The industry of a country, like Italy, which lacks coal for power usage, was given new life with the introduction of electric power from the swift flowing streams of the Alps. A knowledge of electrical phenomena is necessary for the complete comprehension of problems arising from conditions like these. Concentration by members of the College in studies of engineering character enables them to examine sciences as it grows upon the world. With the rounding out of the Engineering Sciences list of courses the Field assumes added significance and merit.