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 RequirementsTo 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 Assistant 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 AdvisementEngineering 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 Assistant Dean of Engineering only provides non-routine advising.

General Education Requirements:

All COE undergraduates must satisfy the University general education requirements as specified below.  Students must refer to their specific engineering major for additional requirements, which vary by program.

General education consists of 40 credits. Each of the twelve outcomes (A1-D1) must be met by at least 3 credits.  A single course may meet more than one outcome, but cannot be double counted towards the 40 credit total.  At least one course must be a Grand Challenge (G designation). No more than 12 credits used to meet general education may be from the same course code, with the exception of honors HPR courses, which may have more than 12 credits. General education courses may also be used to meet requirements of the major or minor when appropriate.

General Education encompasses the following four key objectives (A-D), met by the following twelve outcomes:

A-Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the following four outcomes:

A1 – Understand and apply theories and methods of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines

A2 – Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences

A3 – Understand the context and significance of the humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives

A4- Understand the context and significance of arts and design

B-Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning through the following four outcomes:

B1 – Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences

B2- Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in group work

B3 – Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies to problem solving

B4 Develop information literacy to independently research complex issues

C-Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the following three outcomes:

C1- Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities

C2- Develop and exercise global responsibilities

C3- Develop and exercise responsibilities relating to diversity and inclusion responsibilities

D-Integrate and apply abilities and capacities developed under each of the 3 above areas, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities:

D1 Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities

G-Grand Challenge – Exploration of multiple perspectives of areas of contemporary significance, including their ethical implications:

G- At least one course must have the “G” designation for Grand Challenge


Wanting EngineeringBased 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.