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University of Maryland, Baltimore County - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

UMBC confers bachelor's degrees on undergraduate students who successfully complete a course of study that meets minimum university requirements, includes general education, writing requirements, major requirements, and minor and certificate requirements (if applicable). The university reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time within a student's period of enrollment. If a change is made, the student has the option of following the requirements in the catalog in effect at UMBC when he or she began public higher education within the state of Maryland for the first time, provided continuous enrollment (without a two-year break). This option applies to major requirements as well as to minimum university requirements and general education. Additional majors, minors, and certificate programs may be pursued but are not required for successful completion of an undergraduate degree at UMBC. Majors in the College of Engineering and Information Technology have gateway requirements for admission to the College. ABET (EAC and CAC) Accredited. Contact the appropriate department for specific details.

Students are accepted to UMBC without regard for their declared major. Students who express an interest in Engineering or Computer Science at the time of application or change their major to an Engineering discipline or Computer Science will be designated as a Pre-Major. Once they start taking classes, they will need to complete designated Gateway Courses, which they must pass before they can move to the designated major. Students who are eligible to take major courses their first semester at UMBC, based on math placement, generally finish their Gateway and are moved to Major designation within the first two years at UMBC.

To receive an undergraduate degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 academic credits, and have a minimum cumulative UMBC grade point average of 2.0. At least 45 of the minimum 120 credits required for graduation must be in UMBC courses numbered at the 300-level or above or their equivalents as determined by the relevant academic department at UMBC through processes managed by the Registrar’s Office. Students must complete at least 30 credits of course work at UMBC (referred to as resident credit), to receive a UMBC degree. Of the 30 credits in residence, 15 must be upper-level courses (courses numbered at the 300 level or above).

Master's Degree Requirements

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering: M.S. degree offered with thesis and nonthesis options. Minimum of 30 credit hours of course work in technical areas relating directly to chemical engineering.
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering: M.S. degree offered with thesis and nonthesis options. Nonthesis candidates must take a minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate approved (nonthesis) courses at the 600 level and above. For the thesis option, 24 semester credit hours of graduate approved courses are required, and six credit hours of M.S. Thesis Research. Students must pass an oral defense of their thesis.
Mechanical Engineering: M.S. degree offered with a thesis or nonthesis option. Minimum of 30 credit hours required. Core curriculum requirements are those set for doctoral studies (below).
Environmental Engineering: M.S. degree offered with thesis and nonthesis options. The MS program is intended to provide an intensive education in both fundamental and applied aspects of environmental engineering. The student may choose a thesis or non-thesis option for the M.S. degree. The M.S. thesis option requires a minimum of 24 credit-hours of coursework, plus 6 credit-hours of research culminating in an acceptable and defensible thesis. The M.S. non-thesis requires a minimum of 30 credit-hours of graduate course work plus 3 credit-hours of research, resulting in an acceptable written scholarly report. Minimum GPA required for graduation varies with each program. Contact the appropriate department for specific details.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Chemical & Biochemical Engineering: Ph.D. students must take a qualifying exam (which has a written and oral part) within three semesters of entering the program. Comprehensive and defense exams are required. A minimum of: 27 credit hours of courses numbered 600 or above, and 18 credit hours of Thesis Research (ENCH899).
Mechanical Engineering: Ph.D. students must take a qualifying exam within three semesters of entering the program. Candidacy exam (proposal defense) and dissertation defense are required. A minimum of: 42 course credits beyond the bachelor's degree, 12 credit hours of Doctoral Dissertation Research (ENME899) culminating in an acceptable, defensible doctoral dissertation, 2 credit hours of ENME899 in each semester of residence and at least one seminar lecture/talk per year (or presentation of a paper at a technical conference). Core curriculum requirements include at least one course in each of the following: solid mechanics, design & dynamics, thermal fluids and mathematics.
Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Engineering: All students must take Comprehensive exams within four semesters of entering the program (five semesters for part-time students). An oral preliminary examination is required. A minimum of 11 approved courses, 2 semesters of Graduate Seminar, and 12 semester hours of dissertation research are required. CSEE Ph.D. students must write and defend a Ph.D. dissertation.
Environmental Engineering: The Ph.D. degree has a greater emphasis on research compared to the M.S. degree and is geared towards successfully mastering a body of skills and knowledge in preparation for a career as an independent scholar. Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include the completion of a minimum of 30 credit-hours of graduate courses beyond the bachelor's degree (excluding graduate seminar and doctoral dissertation research credits), a minimum of 12 credit-hours of ENCE 899 (doctoral dissertation research), passing a qualifying exam, successful preparation and defense of a dissertation proposal, and public defense of the doctoral dissertation. Contact the appropriate department for specific details.