Curriculum Requirements

Entering engineering students who have chosen a specific major should follow the particular program listed in this section. It is recommended that those students who have decided to major in engineering, but have not selected a specific major take the following courses: CHM 101/102; EGR 105; MTH 141; PHY 203/273; and a general education requirement during their first semester. Students who are still undecided about their choice of major after completing the first semester should review their second semester courses with their engineering advisor to be certain that they meet the prerequisites for the sophomore year.

Students who are undecided about engineering as a major, but wish to keep it open as an option, should note that CHM 101/102; EGR 105, 106; MTH 141, 142; and PHY 203/273, 204/274 are required for graduation by the College of Engineering (COE), and are prerequisites for many engineering courses. These individuals need to meet with the Wanting Engineering (WEGR) advisor, and review relevant information regarding WEGR below.

Admission to the College of Engineering. To be admitted to the COE, students must complete at least 24 credits (including transfer credits) with a grade point average of 2.00 or better, and must also complete the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-“ or better in each course: CHM 101/102; EGR 105, 106; MTH 141, 142; PHY 203/273; and either PHY 204/274 or CHM 112/114.

Enrollment in Engineering Courses. Enrollment in 200-level College of Engineering courses is restricted to engineering majors. Exceptions can be made by permission of the department chair. Enrollment in 300-level and above College of Engineering courses is restricted to students who have been admitted to a degree granting college.

Graduation Requirements. To meet graduation requirements, students enrolled in the COE must satisfactorily complete all courses of the degree program in which they are enrolled and obtain a grade point average of 2.00 or better in all required science, mathematics, and engineering courses (including professional electives). Students are also required to complete a degree audit and an exit interview with the associate dean at least one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date. At the discretion of the dean, students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress may be required to leave the COE.

Student Advisement. Engineering students are advised by engineering faculty members in their degree program. While the student is in University College for Academic Success (UCAS), advising takes place at UCAS; once the student is transferred to the COE, advising takes place at the departmental level. The office of the Associate Dean of Engineering only provides non-routine advising.

General Education Requirements. All COE undergraduates must meet the breadth, depth, and flexibility requirements for general education courses as specified below. Students must refer to their specific engineering major for additional requirements, which vary by program. For a list of general education courses, see General Education Requirements.

(a) General Education Breadth Requirement. All engineering students must take at least three credits in each of the seven general education categories specified by the University (minimum of 21 credits), as noted below:

English Communications [EC/ECw]—one WRT course is required; only one of the following courses is allowed for general education credit: WRT 104, or 106; Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning [MQ]—satisfied by MTH 141; Fine Arts and Literature (A); Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Competence [FC]; Letters [L]; Natural Science [N]—satisfied by CHM 101; Social Science [S]—satisfied by ECN 201.

(b) General Education Depth Requirement. All engineering students must take at least three additional credits in each of three different general education categories specified by the University (at least nine credits).

English Communications [EC/ECw]—only one of the following writing courses is allowed for general education credit: WRT 104, or 106; Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning [MQ]—satisfied by MTH 142; Fine Arts and Literature [A]; Foreign Language and Cross-Cultural Competence [FC]; Letters [L]; Natural Science [N]—satisfied by additional required courses; Social Science [S].

(c) General Education Flexibility Requirement. Students must refer to their engineering major for any additional specific courses needed to satisfy the remaining General Education requirement(s).

Wanting Engineering. Based on background and interests, students are provided with the opportunity to explore engineering as a potential major by taking required fundamental core courses in engineering, mathematics, and science. These students are designated as “Wanting Engineering (WEGR)”, which is not an engineering major, during this exploratory period. To become an engineering major, WEGR students must have an overall grade point average of 2.00 or better, and complete (including transfer credits) the following required courses with a grade point average of 2.00 or better and a grade of “C-“ or better in each course: MTH 141, CHM 101, 102, PHY 203, 273, and EGR 105, within 3 (three) semesters, under the guidance of the WEGR advisor. Note: Some WEGR students are typically not ready to begin in the first required calculus course, MTH 141. As such, these WEGR students should expect a five-year plan for graduation based on the various engineering curricula requirements. The WEGR advisor will review this and the options with each WEGR student.

International Engineering Program (IEP). IEP students must consult with their IEP language advisor regarding additional specific general education requirements.