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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The college has eight undergraduate degree programs. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering programs include majors in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Programs also include a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science with majors in Computer Information Systems or in Biomedical Engineering.

General education requirements are defined by the Carolina Core, which has seven core components and nine learning outcomes that may be met in 31 hours plus foreign language. To be admitted to the upper division and to be eligible to enroll in upper-division classes, a student must have at least a 2.00 GPA on all lower-division courses required in the degree program. To fulfill degree requirements, engineering and computing students must have a GPA on all engineering and computing courses attempted of at least 2.00, including repeated grades, and a GPA of 2.00 on all major courses, including repeated grades.

Master's Degree Requirements

The College of Engineering and Computing offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in the following disciplines: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear engineering. The college offers Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Engineering Management and Aerospace Engineering.

MASTER OF ENGINEERING
The Master of Engineering degree requires 30 hours of course work with a GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.0 on the graduate program of study. A field of specialization may be developed through selection of courses having an appropriate focus, as well as an optional program of independent study. Each student should prepare a formal program of study as early as possible. Plans for independent study must be proposed and approved before the work is initiated.

MASTER OF SCIENCE
The Master of Science degree requires 6 hours of thesis and 24 hours of course work with a GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.0 on the 700-800 level courses. A field of specialization may be developed through selection of courses having an appropriate focus, as well as an optional program of independent study. Each student should prepare a formal program of study as early as possible. Plans for independent study must be proposed and approved before the work is initiated.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Ph.D. coursework requirement is variable and is determined by the Department and the student's advisory committee. However, the University requires a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation preparation, the student must pass a comprehensive exam during the first three semesters of study, and must complete a one year residence requirement. Additionally, the GPA must be a 3.0 overall and 3.0 on the 700-800 level courses.