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Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Engineering-Civil Engineering and
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management -
1. Regardless of catalog of graduation, students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the most recent Undergraduate Catalog.
2. All required and elective courses in engineering, mathematics, science, business, computer science, and English must be completed with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better before taking the next course. Students must complete all pre-major courses before promotion to advanced standing. Promotion to advanced standing requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 and a grade of C or better in all courses specified in No. 2 above.
3. All Civil Engineering majors must take the Discipline-Specific Fundamentals of Engineering Examination in Civil Engineering within one year prior to anticipated date of graduation. Students must register for CEE 499, one-credit, during the semester in which they plan to take the examination.
4. Civil Engineering students should register for CEE 498, Civil Engineering Capstone Design, in their last semester prior to anticipated date of graduation. To verify eligibility and permit registration for Civil Engineering Capstone Design, students must submit a completed graduation application prior to the start of instruction in their penultimate semester.
5. All Construction Management majors must take the American Institute of Constructors Qualification Examination (COE) Level I-Construction Fundamentals as part of CEM 455 within one year prior to anticipated date of graduation. A good-faith effort on the exam is required.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science -
1. Grades of C (2.00) or higher are required in all immediate prerequisites of all engineering and computer science courses and in ENG 101 and 102.
2. Students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Sciences in Engineering ‚Ä" Mechanical Engineering -
1. Grade of C (2.00) or higher must be earned in each engineering course (ME, CEE, EE, EGG) for graduation.
2. Grades of C (2.00) or higher are required in all immediate prerequisites of all engineering, construction management, and computer science courses and in ENG 101 and 102.
3. An overall 2.3 GPA and 2.5 GPA in engineering courses is required for probation, transfer, and graduation.
4. Students must satisfy prerequisite and corequisite course requirements as specified in the current Undergraduate Catalog.
5. Students must be admitted to advanced standing prior to registering for upper-division courses in the College of Engineering.
6. All mechanical engineering students must take the Fundamentals of Engineering Discipline Specific Mechanical Engineering Examination as a graduation requirement.

Electrical Engineering - The electrical engineering program, accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, spans the disciplines of electronics, computers, circuits, electromagnetic fields, power systems, controls, communications, signal processing, and solid state materials and devices. The degree requires a minimum of 131 credit hours which include 33 credit hours associated with the UNLV's General Education Core. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Major in Electrical Engineering.

Entertainment Engineering and Design Major (BS) - The Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Engineering and Design provides two academic paths for students who are interested in pursuing the interdisciplinary fusion of engineering and the fine arts that will allow them to succeed in the entertainment industry. The first curricular path, the Design Technology option, spans the disciplines of automation, structural design and rigging, and entertainment venue design. This degree option requires 133 credit hours, including 31 credits associated with the university's General Education Core. The other curricular option, the Engineering option, spans the disciplines of structural engineering, computer science with emphasis in graphics and internet programming, robotics and acoustics. This degree option requires 135 credit hours, including 31 credits associated with the university's General Education Core. The degree program is Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Engineering and Design.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master's of Science - Civil and Environmental Engineering -
Degree Requirements

Subplan 1 Requirements: Thesis Track
1. Satisfactory completion of CEE 700 during the first year and 21 credits of approved graduate courses plus six credits of work associated with the master’s level thesis, for a total of 30 credits. The final examination will include a defense of thesis.
2. At least 15 credits must be 700-level, of which at least 12 credits must be offered by the College of Engineering.
3. The program of study for each student must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
4. Satisfactory progress is defined as filing an approved program before the completion of nine credits of course work, completion of at least six credits of the approved program per calendar year, maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 (4.00), no grades below C and compliance with the letter and spirit of the Graduate Catalog and published policies of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. Additionally, no more than nine credits below B are allowed in the student’s graduate program. If progress is not satisfactory, probation and separation may result, in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise it to 3.00 or above.
5. The student’s Advising Committee should be composed of at least four members of the UNLV Graduate Faculty of which at least two must be tenured or tenure-track members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the third from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field, and the fourth must be appointed by the Graduate College.
6. Each student’s program should show suitable breadth and coherence, as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Prior to filing, the program must receive approval by the student’s committee. An approved program must be filed before the completion of nine credits of course work after admission (regular or provisional). The responsibility rests with the student. Students will be dropped from the graduate engineering program if they neglect this requirement.

Subplan 2 Requirements: Non-Thesis Track
1. Satisfactory completion of 33 credits of graduate courses approved by the student’s advisory committee, of which at least 50 percent must be 700-level offered by the College of Engineering.
2. The program of study for each student must be approved by the student’s advisory committee.
3. Satisfactory progress is defined as filing an approved program before the completion of nine credits of course work, completion of at least six credits of the approved program per calendar year, maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 (4.00), no grades below C and compliance with the letter and spirit of the Graduate Catalog and published policies of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. Additionally, no more than nine credits below B are allowed in the student’s graduate program. If progress is not satisfactory, probation and separation may result, in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise it to 3.00 or above.
4. The student’s Advising Committee should be composed of at least four members of the UNLV Graduate Faculty of which at least two must be tenured or tenure-track members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the third from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field, and the fourth must be appointed by the Graduate College.
5. Each student’s program should show suitable breadth and coherence, as specified in the Graduate Catalog. Prior to filing, the program must receive approval by the student’s committee. An approved program must be filed before the completion of nine credits of course work after admission (regular or provisional). The responsibility rests with the student. Students will be dropped from the graduate engineering program if they neglect this requirement.

Master of Science - Electrical Engineering:
Subplan 1: Comprehensive Exam Track -
1. Students must satisfy the M.S.E. - Electrical Engineering degree program admission requirements and be admitted to the M.S.E. - Electrical Engineering program with regular full graduate standing status, having met all conditions and provisions.
2. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate level courses with an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 (B), a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester, and a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B-) in each class applied towards the 30 credits. Grades below B- are not counted towards the M.S.E. degree and must be repeated or replaced.
3. Students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 (B), a GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester, or who earn more than one grade below B- will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Committee and/or the Graduate College will determine the terms of the student’s probation in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College.
4. At the time of admission or no later than the first semester, the candidate must formally petition BOTH the graduate college and the ECE graduate committee to accept transfer credits and credits taken as a non-degree seeking graduate student to be applied to the M.S.E. program.
5. Students must select a faculty advisor in their first semester.
6. A minimum of 21 credits must be in core electrical engineering 700-level courses excluding informal courses (such as Independent Study, Graduate Seminar, and Special Topics).
7. No more than 3 credits may be from Independent Study (which cumulatively includes Graduate Seminar) and no more than a total of 6 credits of the combination of Independent Study, Graduate Seminar, and Graduate Special Topics may be applied towards the M.S.E. degree program.
8. Pass a comprehensive exam on graduate level coursework in the student’s specialty area.
a. The exam may be taken in the last two semesters of the student’s M.S.E. program.
b. The student may not take the exam until all course work pertaining to the exam is completed. For clarity, students enrolled in courses pertaining to the comprehensive exam cannot take the comprehensive exam. Within the six year limit, the exam may be repeated until passed but cannot be taken more than once per semester. Prior to the end of the first week of classes in the student’s last two semesters, the student must announce to the ECE Graduate Coordinator his/her intention of taking the exam, the major field to be examined, and at least two courses taken in that field.
9. The Comprehensive Exam Track is a final advanced professional degree option in that students who complete this track will not be considered for admission into any of the department’s Ph.D. program options.

Subplan 2 Requirements: Thesis Track -
1. Students must satisfy the M.S.E. - Electrical Engineering degree program admission requirements and be admitted to the M.S.E. - Electrical Engineering program with regular full graduate standing status, having met all conditions and provisions.
2. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate level courses with an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 (B), a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester, and a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B-) in each class applied towards the 30 credits. Grades below B- are not counted towards the M.S.E. degree and must be repeated or replaced.
3. Students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 (B), a GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester, or who earn more than one grade below B- will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Committee and/or the Graduate College will determine the terms of the student’s probation in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College.
4. At the time of admission or no later than the first semester, the MS candidate must formally petition BOTH the graduate college and the ECE graduate committee to accept transfer credits and credits taken as a non-degree seeking graduate student to be applied to the M.S.E. program.
5. Students must select a faculty advisor in their first semester.
6. A minimum of 18 credits must be in core (formal) electrical engineering courses, of which 15 credits must be 700-level. This excludes Thesis credits, and informal courses (such as Special Topics, Graduate Seminar, and Independent Study).
7. No more than 3 credits may be from Independent Study (which cumulatively includes Graduate Seminar) and no more than a total of 6 credits of the combination of Independent Study, Graduate Seminar, and Graduate Special Topics may be applied towards the M.S.E. degree program.
8. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
9. Students must complete a thesis.
a. Students must complete at least 6 credits of Thesis which culminates in the successful completion of a thesis oral exam and the submission of an approved thesis. Although Electrical Engineering Thesis can be taken repeatedly, no more than 6 credits can be applied towards the 30 credits required for the M.S.E. degree.
b. Before beginning a thesis, students must have their thesis topic approved by their advisor, and the necessary paper work must be filed with the Graduate College. The thesis prospectus describes the thesis topic and must include an introductory set of sentences, a well formed hypothesis or hypotheses (specifically italicized in the prospectus) accompanied by a motivation, objectives with major and alternative approaches to the studies, and conjectures of possible outcomes. Students are NOT allowed to take thesis credits until their thesis prospectus is approved. Credits taken before the approval date will NOT count towards the degree program.
c. The student must complete a thesis containing original research and publically defend it before his/her advisory committee at the Thesis Exam.
d. Prior to the student’s defense of the thesis before his/her advisory committee, the student must submit a complete copy of the thesis to each member of his/her advisory committee. This submission must occur at least two weeks prior to the date of the oral defense. The student must also notify each member of his/her advisory committee of the date, time and location of the oral defense of the thesis or project at least two weeks in advance.
e. Students who plan to continue their studies beyond the M.S.E. degree program are strongly encouraged to select this option.
10. A full graduate standing master’s degree candidate who is interested in pursuing a doctoral degree may be allowed to take the Ph.D. qualifying exam without penalty during his/her period as an M.S.E. student. The exam may be taken as many times as desired but no more than once a semester at the time the exam is typically offered. The M.S.E. candidate must pass four areas of choice in a single sitting to satisfy the Qualifying Exam requirement. If the student successfully completes the Qualifying Exam requirement while pursuing the M.S.E. degree in Electrical Engineering with a thesis option in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UNLV, the student will have automatically fulfilled the Qualifying Exam requirement upon admission to the Ph.D. program in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program at UNLV. Once the student receives an M.S. degree in the field of Electrical Engineering, the student must abide by the requirements outlined in the Ph.D. program. This option is not available to non-degree students.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Procedures and requirements for the M.S. will be prescribed by the Graduate College under Academic Policies, with additional provisions as follows:

1. At least 15 credits must be from 700-level courses, and at least 15 credits must be from engineering courses. Students must choose one of the following options and take at least three of the courses listed under each respective option:
2. Students pursuing the engineering management option are required to choose the Non-Thesis Option listed below. Students pursuing options other than the engineering management option may choose, subject to approval by the student’s graduate committee, one of the two options listed below.
Thesis Option: Requires 24 credits of approved graduate courses plus six credits of work associated with the master’s level thesis, for a total of 30 credits. The final examination will include a defense of thesis.
Non-Thesis Option: Requires 33 credits of approved graduate courses. At least 18 credits must be earned from 700-level courses, of which 15 credits must be in engineering.
3. Satisfactory progress is defined as filing an approved program before the completion of nine credits of course work, completion of at least six credits of the approved program per calendar year, maintenance of a GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale), no grades below C, (C- is not acceptable) and compliance with the letter and spirit of the Graduate Catalog and published policies of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. If progress is not satisfactory, probation and separation may result, in accordance with the rules of the Graduate College. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise it to 3.00 or above.
4. Only those courses in which a student received a grade of C or better may be used for graduate credit. Students must comply with Graduate College policy.
5. Each student’s program should show suitable breadth and coherence. As specified in the Graduate Catalog, the program of study will be developed by the student and advisor and filed with the Graduate College. Prior to filing, the program must receive approval by the student’s committee. An approved program must be filed before the completion of nine credits of course work after admission (regular or provisional). The responsibility rests with the student. Students will be dropped from the graduate engineering program if they neglect this requirement.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Civil and Environmental Engineering Doctor of Philosophy -
1. A minimum of 27 credit hours of course work beyond the degree of Master of Science in Engineering or equivalent is required (excluding dissertation) with a minimum GPA of 3.00.
a. A minimum of 18 of these credits must be 700-level courses.
b. In addition to these course requirements, a dissertation consisting of at least 18 credits (CEE 799) is required.
2. A Doctoral Advisory Committee composed of at least five members of the UNLV graduate faculty is to be formed for the student. At least three of the committee members must be from tenured or tenure-track members of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the fourth from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field, and the fifth must be appointed by the Graduate College.
3. The student’s Doctoral Advisory committee may add additional requirements in accordance with the individual’s background and area of study.
4. Doctoral students who have not completed CEE 700, or equivalent, or did not write a thesis as part of their Master of Science studies, may be required to complete CEE 700 as a deficiency course. This course will not count towards their doctoral degree program.
5. Students whose mother tongue is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of the English language by passing the advanced level on the Michigan test during the first year of study.
6. In order to show breadth and depth of knowledge in his/her discipline, the doctoral student must pass either a written qualifying exam, an oral qualifying exam, or both as determined by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee. These examinations are prepared by the faculty and supervised by the GPC. These qualifying exams must be scheduled after the completion of one year of study but not before the completion of at least 12 credits of course work.
7. The doctoral student must pass a preliminary exam consisting of the preparation of a written proposal for the dissertation research followed by an oral defense of the proposal. The dissertation must be approved by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee. Students are advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. upon the completion of all course work and approval of the dissertation research proposal.
8. All requirements for the Ph.D. are met upon the satisfactory completion of the proposed research, the submission of a satisfactory dissertation, and the successful oral defense of the dissertation before the Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Computer Science PhD:
The Ph.D. degree is awarded to a candidate who has demonstrated breadth of knowledge in computer science in general and has displayed depth of knowledge in the area of specialty as well as the ability to make original contributions to the body of knowledge in this field.

To successfully complete the Ph.D. program, a student must fulfill all the Graduate College degree requirements and the following requirements:

1. Complete 48 credits of course work. (72 credits with bachelor degree)
2. Satisfactorily pass a written comprehensive examination within the first four semesters.
3. Satisfactorily pass a dissertation proposal defense by the end of year 4.
4. Prepare a dissertation that must be acceptable to his or her Ph.D. committee.
5. Satisfactorily pass an oral defense of the dissertation.
6. Maintain a satisfactory rate of progress and a yearly progress report must be submitted.

Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E.:
All M.S.E.E. candidates must maintain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (B) and a minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester. Students who do not maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 (B) and a GPA of 3.00 (B) each semester will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate committee and the Graduate College will determine the terms of the student’s probation in accordance with the Graduate College and department policy. All regular status graduate students must file an approved program before the completion of their second semester. The student’s advisor, the graduate coordinator, and the Graduate College Dean must approve this program.

All regular and provisional status graduate students must show satisfactory progress towards completion of their degree by completing at least six credits of their approved program per calendar year. If progress towards their degree program is not satisfactory, students will either be placed on probation or expelled from the program.
1. Satisfy the M.S.E.E. degree program admission requirements and be admitted to the M.S.E.E. program on a regular status.
2. Complete a minimum of 30 credits of graduate-level courses with an overall minimum GPA of 3.00 (B) and a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B-) in each class applied towards the 30 credits. Grades below B- are not counted towards the M.S.E.E. degree and must be repeated or replaced. Continued enrollment of a student who earns more than one grade below B- is contingent upon the approval of the committee.
Thesis Option: A total of 30 credits is required for the Thesis Option. Of the 30 required credits, a minimum of 18 credits must be in electrical engineering courses, a minimum of 15 credits must be excluding ECG 796 and
ECG 797, and no more than three credits may be from:
ECG 791 - Independent Study in Electrical Engineering Graduate Independent Study. Students opting for the Thesis Option must complete at least six credits of:
ECG 797 - Electrical Engineering Thesis (Electrical Engineering Thesis). Although ECG 797 can be taken repeatedly, no more than six credits can be applied towards the M.S.E.E. degree.
Course Only Option: A total of 33 credits is required for the Course Only Option. Of the 33 required credits, a minimum of 18 credits must be in electrical engineering courses, a minimum of 15 credits must be in 700-level electrical engineering courses and no more than three credits may be from ECG 791 (Graduate Independent Study). The Course Only Option is a terminal degree.
3. Successfully complete a minimum of three credits in at least three of the following areas:
Computer Engineering
Communications
Control Systems
Electromagnetics and Optics
Electronics
Power Systems
Signal Processing
Solid State Electronics, Materials and Devices

4. Thesis Option Only: Complete a thesis. Before beginning a thesis, students must have their thesis topic approved by their advisor, and the necessary paper work must be filed with the Graduate College. The student must complete a thesis containing original research and defend it before his/her advisory committee at the Thesis Exam. The student can receive no more than six credits of ECG 797 (Electrical Engineering Thesis) for the work associated with the thesis. Students who plan to continue their studies beyond the M.S.E.E. degree program are strongly encouraged to select this option.
Thesis Exam: Prior to the student’s defense of the thesis before his/her advisory committee, the student must submit a complete copy of the thesis to each member of his/her advisory committee of the date, time and location of the oral defense of the thesis or project at least two weeks in advance.

Doctor of Philosophy - Mechanical Engineering:
1. Complete a minimum of 21 credit hours of course work beyond the degree of Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.) or equivalent with an overall minimum GPA of 3.20 and a minimum GPA of 2.70 (B-) in each class. Ph.D. candidates who do not maintain this GPA requirement will be placed on probation.
2. Out of the 21 credit hours of course work a minimum of 18 of these credits must be 700-level courses, and no more than 6 credits can be from ME 791 Graduate Independent Study. In addition to these course requirements, a minimum of 18 credits of Dissertation is required.
3. The student‚Äôs Doctoral Advisory Committee may add other requirements in accordance with the individual‚Äôs background and area of study. No more than 15 non‚Äźmatriculated credits including transfer credits are allowed.
4. A Doctoral Advisory Committee composed of at least five members of the UNLV graduate faculty is to be formed for the student. Three of these faculty members must be from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the fourth from a relevant supporting field, and a fifth as appointed by the Graduate College.
5. The program of study must be submitted by the second semester of study. The program of study is to be prepared by the student and his/her doctoral advisor, and must be approved by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee and the GPC.
6. In order to show breadth and depth of knowledge in his/her discipline, the doctoral student must pass either a written qualifying exam, or an oral qualifying exam, or both as determined by the student’s Doctoral Advisory Committee. Each student must choose one of the following areas as a major and another as a minor:
a. Dynamics and Control
b. Fluid Mechanics
c. Material Science
d. Solid Mechanics and Mechanical Design
e. Thermal Sciences
f. Nuclear Engineering
7. In addition, all students will be tested in Mathematics. These examinations are on the undergraduate senior level, and are prepared by the department. Qualifying exams are held every semester. The qualifying exams must be scheduled during the first year of study. The qualifying exam can be taken a maximum of two times. Failure to take the exam within the first year or failure to pass the exam in the second attempt will automatically result in terminating student from the program.
8. After successfully completing all required course work and passing the Qualifying Exam, students must pass a preliminary exam with a written proposal for the dissertation research, followed by an oral defense of the proposal before the Doctoral Advisory Committee. The Preliminary Exam cannot be taken more than once per semester but may be repeated until passed. The student is advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. upon completion of all course work and this Preliminary Exam.