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General 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. A grade point average of 2.0 is required for all courses completed in the college as well as an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at the university.
A thesis is not required of candidates for the baccalaureate degree. However, the department may grant permission to exceptional students to undertake a thesis in lieu of up to four semester hours of required or elective work in the studentís department.
Technical foundation course work is required of all students who plan to pursue engineering degrees. This course work also satisfies the mathematics and physical/biological science categories of general education. Generally, all technical foundation course work must be completed or be in final progress before a student may 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.
The College of Engineering has established tracking criteria for all its programs. Applicants with specific questions are encouraged to contact the Engineering Student Services Center in 311 Weil Hall or their department.
Students must fulfill the performance criteria for their programís tracking courses. Students who are off-track will be placed on probation. Students who fail to meet conditions of their tracking 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.
To be on track, students must meet or exceed these minimum performance criteria:
Note 1: Students unable to place into Calculus I should first take MAC 1147 or both MAC 1114 and MAC 1140 to improve their skills.
Note 2: All students are required to take MAP 2302.
Note 3: All incoming engineering freshmen are required to take the Chemistry Assessment Test. Students who register a score less than that required for admission to CHM 2045 must take CHM 1025 and complete that course 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 engineering sciences do not require completion of CHM 2046. Students in aerospace engineering, computer or electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering may use an acceptable biological science as a substitute for CHM 2046. Students in industrial and systems engineering and materials science and engineering must obtain guidance from the department on appropriate substitute courses. Nuclear engineering science 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 Test is available online and must be used by incoming students as a self-diagnostic tool. Based upon the result of this test, students who start the chemistry sequence with the preparatory course CHM 1025 are required by the College of Engineering to complete that course with a satisfactory grade before registering for CHM 2045.
Note 7: Other department-specific tracking courses may be required.
Honors and accelerated courses may be taken in place of their regular tracking counterparts. A prerequisite for any college course may be met by an honors or accelerated equivalent. Accelerated physics and honors chemistry courses are not restricted to students in the Honors program, but honors calculus courses are controlled by the Honors Program.
To be classified as an honors student in the College of Engineering, a student must have:
Special consideration is given to honors students who wish to substitute courses, provided they have maintained the conditions for an honors designation and have met all Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and college core requirements. The student must prepare a written petition, obtain the departmentís recommendation and receive approval of the associate dean for academic programs.
If the student accepts the invitation to participate in the magna cum laude or summa cum laude program, a committee is appointed to oversee and approve all stages of the research project, thesis submittal and oral examination. The committee, recommended to the associate dean for academic programs by the department chair, consists of two faculty members from the studentís department and one faculty member from another department.
In planning the studentís magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition, the committee takes into account the studentís academic and career goals. The committee supervises the research project and the oral examination. Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, the candidate is recommended for magna cum laude (high honors) or summa cumj laude (highest honors) recognition.
When a magna cum laude or summa cum laude project is a part of the studentís program, the student may receive credit by registering in a course carrying the prefix of the appropriate department.
Postbaccalaureate students are not eligible to receive honors recognition.
The programs leading to bachelorís degrees in engineering described under separate headings on the following pages are carefully planned and organized sequences. The aggressive, highly motivated student with proper high school preparation can complete these programs in 4 to 4.5 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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