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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the university general education requirements (Discovery Program) for graduation, as well as the particular requirements of their individual major programs.
In addition to the university's general education requirements (Discovery Program) and the department's specific program requirements, the student must complete a minimum of 128 credit hours of course work with a grade-point average of at least 2.00 (out of 4.0). There are additional course credit-hour requirements and additional grade-point hour requirements in some programs.

Master's Degree Requirements

The Graduate School requires that a minimum grade of B- be earned in any course for which graduate credit is given. The Graduate school requires a 3.00 Cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for graduation

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING. A minimum of 30 credits, which must include a core of five specifically designated courses, as well as a 6-credit hour thesis is required.

CIVIL ENGINEERING. At least 31 credit hours of course work is required, with an optional thesis accounting for 6 credits. The thesis option requires a formal oral presentation/thesis defense, while the non-thesis option requires a 3-credit project paper with a final oral presentation/project paper defense. Thesis-based Master's degree candidates must enroll in Civil Engineering seminar (CiE 900) for at least one semester. Two presentations in CiE 900 are required. Master's degrees are awarded in the following areas of specialization: Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, and Materials/Structural Engineering. Each of these areas has minimum course credit requirements for Civil Engineering courses and 900-level courses.

COMPUTER SCIENCE. For the M.S. degree, the student may choose among three options: thesis, examination, and project. All options require the completion of CS 900 (1-credit graduate seminar). The thesis option requires eight additional courses numbered 800 or above plus 6 credits of thesis work for a total of 31 credits. The examination option requires 10 additional courses numbered 800 or above. The exam option also requires passing a comprehensive written final examination on four subject areas for a total of 31 credits. The project option requires 10 additional courses numbered 800 or above. The project option requires 3 credits of additional M.S. project work and the completion of a final project under the direction of a faculty adviser, for a total of 34 credits.

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. In addition to advanced coursework, which includes 12 credits of 900-level courses (not thesis or seminar credits) typically taken within the Electrical Engineering Department, Master's degree students must demonstrate their ability to do independent work and report their results. This can be done in a number of ways: (1) a minimum of 28 credits of course work plus a six-credit thesis or (2) a minimum of 34 credits of course work plus a technical paper and two technical presentations.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. The thesis option requires at least 24 credits of course work along with 8 credits of thesis work; the project option requires at least 28 credits of coursework with a 4-credit project. Students with sufficient industrial experience may waive the project in favor of completing an additional 900-level course.
In any case at least 8 credits of course work must be earned at the 900-level and an oral master?s examination is required.

MATERIALS SCIENCE. The thesis option requires at least 24 credits of coursework along with a two-semester seminar course (2 credits) and 6 credits of thesis work. At least two of the courses should be at the 900 level. An oral master's examination is required. The project option requires at least 27 credits of coursework that includes a two-semester seminar course (2 credits) with a 3 credit project. At least two of the courses should be at the 900 level.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a program of study leading to the Ph.D. degree in Engineering in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Systems Design. The College also offers a PhD in the area of Computer Science.

Based on the student's undergraduate preparation, a course of study is outlined; this may entail courses outside those required by the area of specialization. An annual in-depth review of the student's progress is undertaken by the student's guidance committee, which also administers a qualifying examination, as well as any language examinations or research-tool proficiency requirements. Coursework and language requirements would normally be completed by the end of the second year of full-time graduate study and must be completed before the student can be advanced to candidacy.

Every doctoral student in civil or electrical engineering is required to participate in seminar and/or course presentations, as determined by the department, to satisfy a teaching requirement.

After advancing to candidacy, the student's doctoral committee conducts an annual review of the student's progress, supervises and approves the doctoral dissertation and administers the final defense.

To obtain a Ph.D. degree in engineering, a student must complete a dissertation on original research in the area of specialization.