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General Degree Requirements
Technical Foundation Courses
Universal Tracking Criteria
Honors and Accelerated Courses
Classification as an Honors Student
Graduation With Cum Laude Recognition Requires
Graduation With Magna Cum Laude Recognition Requires
Graduation With Summa Cum Laude Recognition Requires
Progression to Graduation

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 Courses

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.

Universal Tracking Criteria

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:

 

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

Tracking Courses

Mathematics

15 hours

Calculus

 

MAC 2311 Analytical Geometry & Calculus 1 (Note 1)

4

MAC 2312 Analytical Geometry & Calculus 2

4

MAC 2313 Analytical Geometry & Calculus 3

4

Differential Equations

 

MAP 2302 Differential Equations (Note 2)

3

Physical/Biological Sciences

16 hours

Physics

 

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

Chemistry

 

CHM 2045 General Chemistry (Note 3)

3

CHM 2045L Lab for CHM 2045

1

CHM 2046 General Chm & Qualitative Analysis (Note 4)

3

CHM 2046L Lab for CHM 2046

1

Computer Programming

 

CGS 2425 C++ Programming (Note 5)

2

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

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.

  • MAC 3472 can be taken in place of MAC 2311
  • MAC 3473 or 3512 can be taken in place of MAC 2312
  • MAC 3474 can be taken in place of MAC 2313
  • CHM 2050 can be taken in place of CHM 2045
  • CHM 2051 can be taken in place of CHM 2046
  • PHY 2060 can be taken in place of PHY 2048
  • PHY 2061 can be taken in place of PHY 2049

Classification as an Honors Student

To be classified as an honors student in the College of Engineering, a student must have:

  • Earned college grade point average of 3.30 or higher (college GPA is based on all work completed after being classified a junior);
  • Completed at least 16 credit hours after being classified a junior;
  • Been recommended by the department via faculty review of the studentís record for satisfactory conduct and academic progress.

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.

Graduation With Cum Laude Recognition Requires:

  • Completion of all work required by the department,
  • A college GPA of 3.30 or higher,
  • Recommendation of the department, and approval of the college faculty.

Graduation With Magna Cum Laude Recognition Requires:

  • Completion of all work required by the department,
  • A college GPA of 3.50 or higher,
  • Written acceptance of the deanís invitation to participate in the program. Students should submit this no later than the end of the term before graduation,
  • Completion of a high honors project and submission of a thesis based on the research,
  • Approval of the studentís committee,
  • Recommendation of the department and approval of faculty.

Graduation With Summa Cum Laude Recognition Requires:

  • Completion of all work required by the department,
  • A college GPA of 3.80 or higher,
  • Written acceptance of the deanís invitation to participate in the program. Students should submit this no later than the end of the term before graduation,
  • Completion of a highest honors project and submission of a thesis based on the research,
  • Approval of the studentís committee,
  • Recommendation of the department, and
  • Approval of the college faculty.

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.

Progression to Graduation

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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