Engineering (Bachelor of Science in Engineering)

The professional engineering curriculum emphasizes those subject areas that are common to the broad field of engineering while allowing for the development of professional competence within one of five specific engineering disciplines. The curriculum is also designed to provide for the attainment of cultural and intellectual maturity, the encouragement of personal growth and the development of moral, ethical, and social responsibility. The development of broad technical competence within engineering is achieved through a group of mathematics, science, and engineering core courses that emphasize fundamental knowledge, techniques, and processes. Specific professional competence is assured by the completion of a coherent group of courses chosen from bioengineering, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering. Intellectual, cultural, and moral development is encouraged through the selection of General Studies courses within the curriculum.

Flexibility in this program is provided by elective course selection and limited substitutions, individually chosen in consultation with an advisor and approved by the School of Engineering to form an integral professional engineering program. Students wishing to follow careers in other specialized fields, such as architectural engineering, highway engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering, electronics engineering, nuclear engineering, or other areas will be prepared to do so through subsequent professional experience or graduate study.

Satisfactory progress depends upon maintaining a 2.00 minimum grade point average. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be advised to register with a reduced course load or to consider other educational alternatives.

No course with a grade of D- may be counted toward graduation degree requirements. Including General Studies courses, a total of 8 credits of a D or D+ grade may be counted toward degree requirements. 

Students enrolled in the professional curriculum must complete a total of 200 quarter hours, including the engineering general studies requirements, the engineering core requirements, the engineering mathematics and science requirements, and one engineering concentration. Upper-division engineering courses must be taken in residence unless approved by the School of Engineering. Senior students are required to participate in the Senior Engineering Tour and the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.

A student pursuing two concentrations within the BSE degree will be required to complete all the requirements of both concentrations and have a minimum of 224 credit hours in order to graduate. Each concentration must have a minimum of 24 credit hours that are applied only to that concentration.

Because of the unique nature of the professional curriculum of the engineering degree, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics courses taken to meet any requirements for a BSE degree are considered cognates and therefore can be simultaneously counted toward major or minor requirements in other areas.