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The University of Iowa - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) requires a minimum of 128 s.h. Students must be enrolled in the College of Engineering for the last 30 s.h. of work toward the degree, or 45 of the last 60 s.h., or a total of 90 s.h. They must have a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 on all college work used to satisfy degree requirements as well as on all work undertaken at The University of Iowa.

Engineering students earn the B.S.E. degree in one of six undergraduate programs of study (majors): biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or mechanical engineering.

All students complete a core of common B.S.E. requirements, usually during their first three semesters. The core includes 010:003 (RHET:1030) Rhetoric, a first-year course in writing, speaking, and critical reading; 059:005 (ENGR:1100) Engineering Problem Solving I and 059:006 (ENGR:1300) Engineering Problem Solving II, which cover a breadth of topics from engineering as a profession to team design projects to engineering computations and computer programming; and courses in chemistry, engineering mathematics and fundamentals, and physics. Students must earn a grade of C-minus or higher in the core requirements 22M:031 (MATH:1550) Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus and 22M:032 (MATH:1560) Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus. They also must complete a curriculumâ€"a set of required and elective coursesâ€"designed specifically for their major program. The curriculum prepares students to practice engineering in that program's field of engineering. It is designed by the program's faculty members according to guidelines provided by the national accrediting body, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Each program's curriculum is divided into four major stems: mathematics and basic sciences; engineering topics; an elective focus area; and the general education component (humanities and social sciences). All of the courses in the curriculum stems are integrated and sequenced to help students understand the interrelationships and importance of each stem.

Courses below the level of the beginning courses in each program's curriculum count toward students' overall grade-point averages and are recorded on their transcripts, but they do not count toward requirements for the B.S.E degree.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master's with Thesis - 30 semester credit hours with a minimum of 3.00 GPA. Thesis may be completed in absentia. Master's with courses only - 3.00 GPA, minimum semester credit hours vary by department.
No residency requirement or foreign language requirement. Each student must pass a final M.S. examination.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The doctoral degree is granted primarily on the basis of achievement, rather than on a prescribed course of study. Requirements for semester hours of course work vary among the specialty areas. Candidates usually need at least three years of full-time work beyond the baccalaureate degree, one year of which is devoted to the preparation of a dissertation that contributes to knowledge in the field. In some specialty areas, a qualifying examination may be required. The Ph.D. program requires 72 s.h. beyond the baccalaureate degree. Some program options have higher requirements.
All doctoral students are required to pass a written and oral comprehensive examination before being formally admitted to candidacy for the degree. This examination usually is taken when virtually all of the student's course work has been completed.

The program culminates in a final examination, in which candidates must successfully defend their dissertation.

Doctoral candidates are expected to maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 throughout the doctoral program.