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Scholars Helping Collars
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000
The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.
Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.
Live Deliberately Essay Contest
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250
The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?
Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .
AFSA High School Essay Contest
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500
The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.
Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .
Brighter Future Scholarship
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500
The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.
Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.
NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000
The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.
Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000
The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.
Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000
The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”
Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.
Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500
The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.
Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.
Love Your Career Scholarship
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000
The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.
Learn more about the Love Your Career Scholarship.
MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay ContestDeadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000
Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.
The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.
Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.
Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies
The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.
You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.
Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.
Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.
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2007-2008 Undergraduate Course Catalog & Academic Policies
College of Engineering
Mission of the College
Virginia Tech is the home of the commonwealth's leading College of Engineering. It is known in Virginia and throughout the nation for the excellence of its programs in engineering education, research, and public service. It is the states largest engineering college, and eighth largest nationally for undergraduate degrees awarded.
The mission of the College of Engineering is to offer high quality support for our stakeholders in order to provide a successful experience in the engineering education pursuits of our customers. The vision of the college is to foster strong working relationships between faculty, student and industry partners that will ultimately bring research opportunities through engineering educational offerings. The goals of the college are to attract high-caliber students and to provide them with a top-quality engineering education in preparation for productive careers; to invest in faculty development to enhance Virginia Tech's reputation as a research university and a leader in graduate education; and to forge new links with industry and government to facilitate economic development within the Commonwealth and the nation.
In U.S. News & World Reports Americas Best Colleges 2007 survey, the Virginia Tech College of Engineerings undergraduate program achieved a ranking of 17th among undergraduate engineering schools that offer Ph.D.s and 9th among those at public universities. Eight of the colleges undergraduate programs were rated among the top 25 in the nation by engineering school deans. The National Science Foundation lists the college as 13th in total research expenditures.
The College of Engineering offers bachelor of science degrees in the following areas: Aerospace Engineering, Biological Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Ocean Engineering. The Construction Engineering and Management program will be initiated in Fall 2007 and will graduate the first class in Spring 2009. It will seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission immediately thereafter. All other College of Engineering undergraduate programs in engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.
Engineers play an important role in modern society. They design and develop new and better materials, products, and processes for households and industries, from tiny semiconductors to huge dams. Engineers are needed across a broad spectrum of industry from the traditional to emerging fields. Engineers must not only satisfy society's demand for improved performance, reliability, and safety of products, they also are expected to supply solutions for environmental and social problems created by new technology.
Men and women trained in engineering will find many professional outlets. They may join large or small manufacturing industries or they may offer their skills and knowledge as professional consultants. They may work in government or private research laboratories or teach and do research in universities. If the future leads them into other professions (medicine, law, business), their engineering education will provide a sound base. Graduates of the College of Engineering are in high demand. Our student-run EXPO attracts about 250 employers each year, and we are a key recruiting school for over 40 major corporations.
It is essential that engineers, regardless of specialty, be well versed in mathematics, the physical sciences, and the engineering sciences so that they can adapt readily to meet the ever-changing demands of the profession. But professional training is not enough, engineers need to have imagination and insight. They must understand the history and traditions of the society in which they live. So also must they be broadly familiar with the social sciences and humanities. Last, but not least, engineers must be able to communicate effectively with higher management and the general public. All departments within the college are implementing programs to ensure that every graduate is able to effectively use a variety of spoken, visual and written communication strategies which are necessary for success as a student, for employment, and for life as a responsible citizen. Additional emphasis is being placed in freshmen engineering classes to emphasize the importance of communications in engineering analysis and design. Engineers who are well educated, not just well trained, will be better equipped to develop scientific knowledge into useful technology.
Innovations of the College of Engineering
In a move recognized by the National Academy of Engineering for its leadership, the College transformed its Engineering Fundamentals program into the Department of Engineering Education. While Engineering Education will continue to train freshmen in the fundamental principles of engineering, that curriculum has been broadened to accommodate the Department of Computer Science within the College. The basic ideas and principles inherent in the freshman year such as the scientific method, an introduction to design, an understanding of the engineers or technologists role and responsibility in modern society, and a first exposure to technical communication can be imparted in both an analog and a digital environment. Engineering Education has also developed an M.S. and Ph.D. programs to prepare students to teach engineering or technology at any level, from kindergarten to college. The National Science Foundation is supporting these developments through several major grants.
Tenured or tenure track faculty teach more than 90 percent of all engineering courses at Virginia Tech. Engineering faculty members focus on solving real world problems, and share these experiences in the classroom. The work of the faculty with industry brings modern, up to date knowledge back to the classroom quicker than any textbook. These experiences provide a hands on dimension that results in the superlative quality of engineering teaching for which Virginia Tech is so well known.
Virginia Tech engineering undergraduates are fortunate to have a combination of excellent classroom instruction and the opportunity to participate in "hands-on, minds-on" engineering training. Two unique facilities, established by the generosity of College of Engineering alumni, are available to undergraduates. In the Joseph F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, students design and construct competition projects including SAE Formula race cars, All-Terrain Mini-Baja vehicles, human-powered submarines and land vehicles, radio-controlled aircraft, autonomous land and underwater vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and solar-powered houses. In the Frith Freshman Engineering Design Laboratory, freshman learn engineering principles by working with a number of mechanisms donated by industry sponsors.
The Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) has emerged as a vital vehicle that presents a strong link to economic development for the entire Commonwealth. Led by Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, ICTAS presents a case for advancement of humankind through collaborative research, and it represents a strong link between all of the colleges of engineering across the Commonwealth. For the undergraduate, ICTAS will provide opportunities for research employment.
ICTAS incorporates the common features of Organized Research Units (ORUs) that have produced strong economic growth around highly ranked universities. At Virginia Tech, we recognize that a university-affiliated ORU is more than a traditional research center. It must allow for, and encourage, a seamless path from fundamental research, through applied research and development, to technology transfer - not only by publications but also through the licensing of intellectual property, the initiation of new companies, student involvement, and technical assistance to Virginia companies. At Virginia Tech, the common features emerged for the ORUs of ICTAS include: the clustering of synergistic research groups; teaming of researchers with science and engineering backgrounds; a breadth of activities that bridges periods of transition in research emphasis; the employment of full-time researchers and support personnel but with strong linkages to academic units through faculty and student involvement; and an initial investment and financial structure that allows the research unit to become not only self-sustaining but a provider of revenue to the university.
It has always been the philosophy of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering to get the right technology in the hands of our students. This reasoning fostered our pioneering decision in 1984 to become the first large public university to require our entering engineering freshmen to purchase a PC. In 2002, the time was right for the College of Engineering to switch the requirement to a notebook. In 2006, in order to provide the opportunity for our engineering students to continue their education at the cutting edge of technology, we moved to the Convertible Tablet PC. Use of this device in and outside of class will provide our students with experiences that they will use in the future.
The Convertible Tablet PC is a powerful and fully functional notebook computer with the added advantage of incorporating hand writing capability. The enhancement of this computer system allows students to use digital ink for taking notes, drawing diagrams as part of the notes or homework assignments; annotating faculty PowerPoint slides or other electronic files and easily writing mathematical equations. Additionally, students are able to use digital-ink enabled collaboration software to support learning activities in and outside of class. By having all of their information electronically in one place, students have a tool to support them with organizing their assignments and time as well as collaborating electronically with their peers.
The Tablets will be used in engineering classes and incoming freshmen can expect to use their Tablets in their first year courses, such as EngE 1024, 1104 and 1114 as well as in many upper division classes. Formerly a "computer requirement", we now view this as a "technology requirement". We group the computer, software and any other tools necessary as part of an integrated requirement. Through this program we know that the students will benefit from their experience.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors approved at its Spring, 2006 meeting the Myers-Lawson School of Construction, enhancing Virginia Tech's recognized strong position of national leadership in construction education and research. The primary focus of the new school of construction is on values-based leadership in the construction industry. The school combines the strengths of two excellent programs, the Department of Building Construction in the College of Architecture, and the Construction Management Program in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, to establish a new standard for construction education and research.
The School of Construction provides undergraduates and graduates more choices for pursuing construction education. It is anticipated that an accredited undergraduate degree in construction engineering and management will be created to complement the existing degree program in building construction and in civil and environmental engineering. The school will work with faculty from multiple departments to provide students with additional opportunities to pursue concentrations, minors, or support courses related to construction.
Virginia Tech was one of the first universities to formally consider the connection between engineering practice and environmental stewardship from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Green Engineering Program was created in 1995 and serves all departments within the College of Engineering.
This program combines environmentally conscious attitudes, values, and principles with science, technology, and engineering practice and focuses this interdisciplinary approach toward improving local and global environmental quality. Based on engineering fundamentals, green engineering analyzes the design of products, processes, and systems to minimize the life cycle environmental impacts, from the initial extraction of raw materials to the energy consumption and waste production during manufacturing to the ultimate disposal of materials that cannot be reused or recycled.
The Green Engineering Program works with students, faculty, and the university administration to provide educational and research opportunities with regard to both the environmental impacts and the environmental solutions that can result from engineering practice.
A university-recognized minor allows interested students to obtain a minor in Green Engineering in addition to their primary degree(s) in the College of Engineering. To obtain this minor, students are required to take 18 credit hours in the minor area as follows: 6 credits in the two core courses Introduction to Green Engineering and Environmental Life Cycle Analysis; 6 credits in interdisciplinary elective courses; and 6 credits in disciplinary electives within the students major. Detailed lists of the courses which meet the concentration requirements can be found in the Green Engineering website at www.eng.vt.edu/green.
Examples of Accomplishments at the National Level
The Virginia Tech International Aircraft Design Team, a group of 15 engineering students at Virginia Tech working with 11 engineering students at Loughborough University in England, won first prize in the 2006 NASA University Design Competitions Noise Reduction Challenge. The Virginia Tech team, made up of seniors from aerospace engineering and industrial and systems engineering and three engineering freshmen, worked throughout the year with students from the Loughborough Aeronautical Engineering program to design a low noise, amphibian aircraft that could be certified under the new Light Sport Aircraft classification recently established by the Federal Aviation Administration. This marks the fifth time during the past nine years that the Virginia Tech/Loughborough team has won a NASA-sponsored design competition.
With the guidance of faculty adviser and the leadership of an ME graduate student, the undergraduates on the Virginia Tech Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT) took top honors during the second-year competition of Challenge X: Crossover to Sustainable Mobility, held at the General Motors (GM) Mesa Desert Proving Grounds in Arizona. The HEVT is among 17 university teams selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and GM to compete in the three-year Challenge X, a national competition that encourages engineering students to help develop advanced propulsion technology for the next generation of energy-efficient, low-emissions vehicles. The Virginia Tech team re-engineered a Chevrolet Equinox SUV into an ethanol-powered hybrid, using a Saab 2-liter E85 engine that runs on 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline. In addition to placing best overall, the HEVT won in three categories first place in best written technical report, lowest emissions, and lowest petroleum consumption.
For the third year in a row, the Virginia Tech Autonomous Vehicle Team swept the international Intelligent Ground Vehicles Competition (IGVC), winning best and second-best overall and placing first in the three top event categories during the 2006 competition. The team of mechanical engineering (ME) students also was awarded $15,000 in prize money. The Virginia Tech students were guided by faculty in mechanical engineering. Much of the design and construction of the vehicles was directed by graduate students.
DARwIn, a bipedal walking humanoid robot designed by a team of Virginia Tech mechanical engineering students, captured the full attention of the judges at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International Design Engineering Technical Conference in Philadelphia in October 2006. The Virginia Tech team won second place in the 2006 ASME International Student Mechanism Design Competitions undergraduate division.
The Milks Gone Bad, a team of three undergraduate engineering students from Virginia Tech, continued a long-standing tradition by winning the Mid-Atlantic Regionals of the Association of Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), and then achieving honorable mention during the World Finals, held in March in Tokyo, Japan. The Virginia Tech team was one of only 88 out of more than 6,000 teams to win places in the world finals.
The Virginia Tech Student Engineers Council (SEC) has created a permanent funding source for the dozens of undergraduate design teams in the College of Engineering. An initial gift of $105,000 was presented to the college at the SECs Leadership Awards Luncheon in April 2007. The councils goal is for the endowment to reach $500,000. In both 2003 and 2006 the Virginia Tech SEC was named the most philanthropic student organization in the country by the National Association of Engineering Student Councils, in recognition of grants supporting programs in the college. The SEC earns the revenue it donates to the college by hosting the annual Engineering Expo career fair, which attracts about 250 companies to the campus. In addition to grants, the SEC also has endowed three scholarships, each with a principal value of $25,000.
Thomas Reppert, a graduating senior in aerospace and ocean engineering and a University Honors Program student, has received a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study in Spain for the 2007 academic year. Jennifer Crowell, a junior in mechanical engineering, received an Atlantic Coast Conference International Academic Collaborative (ACC/IAC) scholarship to help underwrite the costs of her study of engineering and French in Metz, France. Sherri Cook, a senior in civil and environmental engineering (CEE) and a University Honors Program student, received a Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year, and has been selected for a second scholarship for 2007-2008. CEE senior Erin Rooney also received an Udall scholarship for 2007-2008. Five College of Engineering seniors were selected spring semester 2007 as National Science Foundation Fellows: Irene Barry of mechanical engineering, who will use her fellowship for graduate studies at Virginia Tech; Sarah Huffer, chemical engineering, graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Laura Jones and Thomas Reppert of aerospace, both going to graduate school at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; and Brian Skinner, physics and mechanical engineering, graduate studies at Princeton University. All five are also Honors Program students at Virginia Tech.
Major Undergraduate Scholarships
For the 2006-2007 academic year, a total of $2,510,982 was awarded to undergraduate students in the College of Engineering. Funding is provided by 72 scholarships administered by the College and 190 scholarships administered throughout the engineering departments. Twenty-seven students who entered the College fall semester 2006 were selected as Dean's Scholars. These scholarships are open to all incoming engineering freshmen and are awarded based on academic potential, community service, leadership potential, family circumstances and essay quality. Each scholarship is available for up to four years of undergraduate study, based on academic performance. The College offered six new freshman and 13 continuing Eleanor Davenport Leadership Scholarships. The Davenport Scholarship provides full in-state tuition and fees and is renewable for students who maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average (out of a possible 4.0). In addition, Davenport awards worth $5,000 each were given during spring semester to 30 freshmen, based on their fall semester performance. The largest sponsor of upper-class scholarships continues to be the Gilbert and Lucille Seay Scholarship Fund, with 204 students receiving a total of $280,400 in scholarship funding.
Additional Facts about the College
The University Honors Program offers a unique challenge to the student with extraordinary intellectual and creative ability. The program is available to all engineering departments and includes the opportunity for enrollment in accelerated courses, enriched sections, and independent study.
A five-year Cooperative Education program for qualified students is available in all of the engineering curricula. After at least two qualifying semesters, students may alternate semesters of study on campus with work periods in industry. Participants are required to have a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA, and students must have earned a 2.0 in the semester prior to any work experience. Individual departments may impose higher GPA restrictions, including ones based on in-major GPA.
Approximately 7,250 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate engineering departments at Virginia Tech. More than 42 percent of the undergraduate students are from out-of-state, primarily from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. In the entering 2006-2007 freshman class, the average SAT score for the general engineering student was 1275 and the average high school grade point average was 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. Approximately 16 percent of the entering class are female. Another 15 percent are members of under-represented populations.
Of the 2005-2006 College of Engineering graduates who were employed full-time, (the most recent year for which statistics are known), 98 percent were employed in a field related to their major. The average annual salary at the bachelor's level was $52,000.
All students admitted to the College of Engineering as freshmen are placed in the Department of Engineering Education and are designated as General Engineering students. Upon completion of a set of required freshman-level courses, students with acceptable academic records are eligible for transfer into one of the college's thirteen degree programs. (The exception is that students who are on the Dean's List their first semester may elect to transfer after one semester.) Admission to a degree program is competitive, with departmental restrictions established each year by the college. Students transferring to Virginia Tech from another college or university will be considered for admission to a degree granting engineering program if they have completed all courses required of Virginia Tech engineering freshmen, based on transfer credit evaluation by the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Other eligible transfer students may be offered admission into the General Engineering program. All freshmen and transfer admission decisions are made by the University Undergraduate Admissions Office.
The college has a transfer articulation agreement with the Virginia Community College System. VCCS students who complete the Associate Degree in engineering with a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average and who complete a specified list of academic courses are guaranteed admission to the College of Engineering. Not all Virginia Community Colleges offer engineering courses. The Associate Degree in engineering is offered at J. Sargeant Reynolds, Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Tidewater, Thomas Nelson, New River, and Virginia Western Community Colleges. The Associate Degree in science with specialization in engineering is offered at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Engineering Technology credits are not accepted for transfer by the College of Engineering.
Students wishing to transfer into an engineering program from another college or degree program within the university must meet current standards set by the college for each engineering program. Application materials are available in the College of Engineering Academic Affairs office in 212 Hancock Hall.
Required Academic Progress
- Biological Systems Engineering: a student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater
- Chemical Engineering: a student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater and have completed CHEM 1036/1046.
- Computer Engineering: a student must earn a grade of C- or greater in the following courses: ENGE 1024 and 1104, MATH 1114, 1224, 1205 and 1206, ECE 1574 and PHYSICS 2305 and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Computer Science: a student must earn a grade of C or greater in CS 1705, and have an overall GPA of 2.3 or greater.
- Electrical Engineering: a student must earn a grade of C- or greater in the following courses: ENGE 1024 and 1104, MATH 1114, 1224, 1205 and 1206, ECE 1574 and PHYSICS 2305 and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Engineering Science and Mechanics: a student must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Industrial and Systems Engineering: a student must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
- Mechanical Engineering: a student must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater.
Minimum requirements for graduation include the attainment of at least a "C" (2.0 Grade Point Average) average, both overall and in-major. Some departments may have additional requirements or specifications concerning the acceptability of C- or lower grades for in-major courses. Students are expected to sustain progress towards completion of their degree requirements, consulting with their academic advisor regularly.
In addition to meeting university requirements, the engineering student is expected to attain a GPA (grade point average) of at least 2.0 by the end of the freshman year in order to pursue sophomore and junior level professional courses. The student must maintain that GPA level until the completion of the program. Similar progress is required to reach the 2.0 level in the departmental major. Freshmen may not be able to transfer into departments of their choice for the sophomore year unless their academic records are competitive. Successive semesters with an average GPA less than 2.0, even while maintaining the required minimum GPA, or successive semesters in which the accumulated GPA is progressively reduced, will be considered unsatisfactory and may result in academic suspension. Additional requirements have been established by individual departments.
Entry into a degree-granting department requires that a student successfully complete all first year required courses. Additional requirements are specific to degree programs and are as follows:
Degree requirements in the college range from 120 to 136 semester hours. Students should see their departmental advisor to determine the exact requirements of their degree. The 2.0 GPA minimum requirement for graduation also applies to all courses attempted in the student's departmental major; substitute non-departmental courses are not included. Where courses have substantial duplication, credit toward graduation will be given for one course only. Up to 2 credits in physical education may be used toward graduation as free elective credit. ESM 4404 and other courses below the academic potential of the engineering student may not be used towards graduation.
The senior academic year must be completed in residence while enrolled in the major department in the College of Engineering.
Engineering curricula have uniform minimum requirements in the humanities and social sciences. The 18-credit minimum includes 6 credits of Freshman English, usually completed during the first year, and 12 credits of humanities and social science electives selected from Areas 2 and 3 (6 credits each) of the Curriculum for Liberal Education.
Although pass/fail courses may be authorized for those who maintain a GPA above 2.0, students should recognize future disadvantages when transferring to other departments or applying for admission to other professional or graduate colleges. Engineering students are expected to take all major department courses on a grade basis. Independent study and undergraduate research courses are available for those who maintain a GPA above 2.0 overall and in their departmental majors; some departments may require a higher GPA.
The College of Engineering will accept advanced ROTC credit as free elective credit towards graduation. Some departments in engineering may allow the use of selected ROTC courses to meet technical elective requirements. Consult specific departments in the College of Engineering for information.