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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

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Academic Policies
Degree Requirements
Course Descriptions

Degree Requirements

The College of Engineering confers a Bachelor of Science degree upon all students
who have successfully completed a program of study and have fulfilled all requirements for a specific major in the college.

Grade point averages: A GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses completed in the college, a GPA of 2.0 is required in all work attempted in the department and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in all work attempted at the university.

A thesis is not required for the baccalaureate degree. However, the department can grant permission to exceptional students to undertake a thesis in lieu of up to four semester hours of required or elective work in the student's department.

Technical Foundation Courses

Technical course work is required of all students. This course work also satisfies the mathematics and physical/biological science categories of General Education. Generally, all technical course work must be completed or be in final progress before a student can register for junior/senior-level engineering courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all calculus, chemistry and physics course work based on a maximum of two attempts, including withdrawals.

Note: Some departments may have higher requirements.

Universal-Tracking Criteria

The College of Engineering has established tracking criteria for all programs. Applicants with specific questions can contact the department or the Division of Student Affairs.

Students must fulfill the performance criteria for their program’s tracking courses. Students who are off-track will be placed on probation. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their probation may not be allowed to continue in the College of Engineering.

A grade of C or better (based on a maximum of two attempts including withdrawals) is required for each tracking course. All grade point averages are based on a 4.0 scale computed on the last of the maximum two attempts (including withdrawals) allowed for each course.

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To be on track, students must meet or exceed these minimum performance criteria shown below.

Tracking Courses
Semesters at UF Minimum Completed Minimum GPA Minimum Overall UF GPA
1st 1 2.5 2.0
2nd 2 2.5 2.0
3rd 4 2.5 2.0
4th 6 2.5 2.0
5th 8 2.5 2.0

Mathematics 15 hours
MAC 2311 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 (note 1) 4
MAC 2312 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 2 4
MAC 2313 Analytical Geometry and Calculus 3 4
Differential Equations  
MAP 2302 Differential Equations (note 2) 3

Physical/Biological Sciences 16 hours
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus 1 3
PHY 2048L Lab for PHY 2048 1
PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus 2 3
PHY 2049L Lab for PHY 2049 1
CHM 2045 General Chemistry (note 3) 3
CHM 2045L Lab for CHM 2045 1
CHM 2046 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis (note 4) 3
CHM 2046L Lab for CHM 2046 1

Computer Programming
CGS 2425 C++ Programming (note 5) 2

Note 1: Unless exempted, engineering students are required to take the Calculus Readiness Assessment. Students unable to place into Calculus 1 should first take MAC 1147 or both MAC 1114 and MAC 1140.

Note 2: All students must take MAP 2302.

Note 3: All incoming engineering freshmen are required to take the Chemistry Readiness Assessment. Students unable to place into CHM 2045 must take and complete CHM 1025 with a satisfactory grade before registering for CHM 2045.

Note 4: Programs in aerospace engineering, computer engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering and nuclear and radiological sciences do not require CHM 2046. Students in aerospace engineering, computer or electrical engineering or mechanical engineering can substitute an acceptable biological science for CHM 2046. Students in industrial and systems engineering and materials science and engineering need department guidance on course substitution. Nuclear and radiological sciences majors must substitute a biological science for CHM 2046. Students in civil engineering are not required to complete the laboratory section, CHM 2046L.

Note 5: Tracking course for ISE majors only.

Note 6: A chemistry readiness assessment is available online and must be used by incoming students as a self-diagnostic tool. Based upon the result, students who start the chemistry sequence with the preparatory course CHM 1025 are required by the college to complete that course with a satisfactory grade before registering for CHM 2045.

Note 7: Other department-specific tracking courses may be required.

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Progression to Graduation

The programs leading to bachelorís degrees in engineering are carefully planned and organized sequences. The aggressive, highly motivated student with proper high school preparation can complete these programs in four to four and a half years, including at least one summer term, by scheduling an average of 15 credit hours each semester.

Usually, foundation subjects common to all fields of engineering are studied in the first two years at the university or in a pre-engineering program at a community or junior college. Specialized study is taken in the junior and senior years within a department of the college, where the program is tailored to the studentís preparation, interests and abilities.

The specific requirements for each major are outlined. Notwithstanding the inclusion of structured study plans for each program, students must consult their department before registering for classes.

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