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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements are as follows:

1. Candidates for bachelor’s degrees must complete all of the work outlined in their respective curricula. The student is solely responsible for completing all requirements for graduation.
2. Students must file applications for degrees with their department chair during the second semester of their junior year but in no case later than when they have completed 100 credit hours acceptable toward the degree.
3. Each candidate for a degree must have at least a 2.00 GPA on work taken at the University of New Mexico which is counted toward the degree and at least a 2.00 GPA on all work taken at the University of New Mexico. In order to count toward graduation, each course required in a School of Engineering curriculum must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Courses used to fulfill the University of New Mexico core curriculum require a grade of "C" or better. Departments may have more restrictive academic requirements which also must be met.
4. All course work required for graduation in a School of Engineering degree program must be successfully completed within three attempts. This includes courses offered by other departments at the University of New Mexico, such as mathematics and physics. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.
5. Students who have accumulated 30 or more credit hours of D+, D, D-, F, WF or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the University of New Mexico repeat policy are not allowed to graduate from a School of Engineering degree program.
6. For minimum residence requirements, see the section of this Catalog on University-wide Graduation Requirements.
7. Physical education activity courses are not acceptable toward bachelor degree requirements in the School of Engineering.
8. Introductory Studies courses are not acceptable toward bachelor degree requirements in the School of Engineering.
9. Total number of credit hours required for graduation varies, depending on the specific program.
10. Requirements for all bachelor’s degrees in the School of Engineering include the requirements of the University of New Mexico Core Curriculum. In some cases, specific Core courses are already incorporated in the degree programs. In other cases, some choice is left to the student. Specific Core requirements and allowable courses are given in the general University of New Mexico graduation requirements.

Minor Study

Students pursuing the B.S. in Computer Science are required to complete a minor. See the Computer Science Undergraduate Program section of this Catalog for further information.

Students pursuing other undergraduate degrees within the School of Engineering are encouraged to complete a minor, if they so desire. For the purpose of determining which courses from outside the School of Engineering may apply to a minor, the SOE considers all courses with an SOE subject code (CBE, CE, CS, ECE, ENG, ME, or NE) to be required courses in the curricula. All other courses (e.g. chemistry, English, math, physics, UNM Core courses, etc.) are considered to be supporting courses in the curricula. For example, the calculus sequence of MATH 162, 163, and 164, and other MATH courses, are supporting courses. For the purposes of a minor, SOE allows students to apply supporting courses toward the requirements of their curriculum, and to count these same courses toward the requirements for a minor.

Master's Degree Requirements

Graduate Programs

Students wishing to pursue graduate programs in engineering or computer science must meet both the requirements for admission to graduate study and the particular prerequisites established by the School of Engineering department through which the desired program is offered.

Applicants are normally expected to hold bachelor’s degrees in the same field as their proposed graduate study. Departments also consider applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences or other fields of engineering. In such cases, applicants are required to satisfy specified prerequisites, listings of which can be obtained from the Departmental Graduate Advisor. As conditional admissions are not granted, prospective students lacking the required background are advised to satisfy prerequisites on a non-degree basis before admission is sought. In some cases, students with a small prerequisite requirement may be admitted to graduate studies. Outstanding prerequisites are added to the degree requirement. All applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Record Exam General Test to the appropriate department prior to admission.

Interdisciplinary Concentration. In addition to the programs offered by the individual departments, concentrations involving disciplines from more than one department may be undertaken. These concentrations are tailored to accomplish specific goals. These interdisciplinary concentrations do not result in separately titled degrees. Rather, at the M.S. level, students receive their degrees from their resident engineering department. At the Ph.D. level, all students receive the Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science with a concentration in a specific discipline. For further information contact the departments involved.

Financial Assistance. Most full-time graduate students in the School of Engineering are supported through research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships. Applications for and appointments to these assistantships are made by the individual departments. In addition, there are a limited number of fellowships available: contact the graduate advisor in the appropriate department for information on fellowships.
Master of Science

The University, under the auspices of the departments of the School of Engineering, offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program to any student holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, if the student can qualify to pursue a major in one of the departments of the college. The graduate advisor of the department in which the student wishes to major, or a designated alternate, is the student’s advisor and works out a program of studies for the student to follow in completing the requirements for the degree. A student may be required to take certain courses without degree credit to remove deficiencies or to broaden his or her training.

Plan I

A total of 30 credit hours including a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work.
A minimum of 9 credit hours of 500-level courses in the major and minor fields combined.
At least 18 credit hours completed at the University of New Mexico.
Six to 9 credit hours of Thesis (599) credit, with a maximum of 9 credit hours of thesis and problems or independent research, combined.

Plan II

A minimum of 32 credit hours of course work.
A minimum of 12 credit hours of 500-level courses in the major and minor field combined.
A limit of 6 credit hours of problems courses in the major and minor fields combined.
At least 24 credit hours completed at the University of New Mexico.

A master’s degree program in engineering is available for students at the Center for Graduate Studies at Los Alamos. Approved courses offered at this center carry graduate credit. Those interested should write for details to the graduate advisor of the department of their particular field of engineering. Advisement is required for graduate students each semester.

NOTE: Individual department requirements may differ. See the appropriate departmental requirements. Students must also meet all University-wide requirements.
One Year M.S. Program

The departments in the School of Engineering offer programs leading to the M.S. degree that can be completed in one calendar year. For further details, refer to the sections of this Catalog describing the graduate program in each department.
Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree is offered by the School of Engineering for professional development in specific areas of developing technology and specific areas of immediate need to society. The degree is presently offered in Manufacturing Engineering. Admission requirements to the programs are the same as for the Master of Science degree.
Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E) has concentrations in computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), mechanical and equipment manufacturing (MEM) and semiconductor and electronics manufacturing (SEM). For the CIM and MEM concentrations, at least three electives must be selected from a set of CIM or MEM concentration courses respectively, defined by the Manufacturing Engineering Program. The semiconductor and electronics manufacturing concentration has a special core that covers semiconductor process design, microelectronics design and processing, and factory design and operations, and a special set of concentration courses that cover microelectronics processing technology. A total of 33 credit hours is required for the Master of Engineering degree (curricula, by concentration, are listed below). There is also a Shared Credit Program, that begins in the Mechanical Engineering department B.S. curriculum, and eventuates in a M.E.M.E degree. Interested students should contact the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering program.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Doctoral Degree
General Requirements

A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate credit course work (certain graduate programs require more credit hours).
Must be enrolled in at least one credit hour of graduate credit in the semester in which the doctoral comprehensive examination is taken.
At least 24 credit hours of graduate credit course work must be completed at the University of New Mexico.
At least 18 credit hours graduate credit course work must be completed at the University of New Mexico after admission to the doctoral program.
A minimum of 18 hours of graduate credit course work must be earned in the University of New Mexico courses numbered 500 or above.
No more than 6 credit hours of course work in which a grade of "C" (2.0), "C+" (2.33) or "CR" (grading option selected by student) was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree. Courses offered only on a CR/NC basis and required by the graduate program are excluded from this limitation. (See Grade Requirements for Graduation policy.)
No more than 50% of the required course credit hours at the University of New Mexico may be taken with a single faculty member. (Course work that has been completed for the master’s degree is included in this limit.)
A minimum of 18 credit hours of dissertation credit hours (699) is required for the doctorate.
Doctoral candidates must be enrolled the semester in which they complete degree requirements, including the summer session.

NOTE: Detailed information on doctoral graduation requirements are available on the Graduate Studies Web site.
Transcripted Minors

A Ph.D. degree student may declare a transcripted minor in a different graduate unit.

Transcripted minors must be fully approved through the UNM curricular process. A list of approved minors is available on the Graduate Studies Web site.
Approved minors have a minimum of 9 credit hours of course work; the program may require more.
The student must submit a “Transcripted Minor” form to Graduate Studies, approved by both the major and minor units, with the Program of Studies.
Approved minors may use no more than 25% of the course work required for the Ph.D. degree.
The minor must be outside the student’s major code.
The student’s comprehensive exam committee must contain one faculty member from the minor field, unless the minor department on the Transcripted Minor form waives this requirement.

Eighteen credit hours of course work must remain exclusive to the Ph.D.
Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements

Doctoral candidates have five (5) calendar years from the semester in which they pass their doctoral comprehensive examination to complete the degree requirements. The final requirement is generally the acceptance of the student’s dissertation by the Dean of Graduate Studies.