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University of Oklahoma, Gallogly College of Engineering - 2017

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The student must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Curricular Courses: complete all prescribed curricular courses or equivalent courses as approved by the faculty with a minimum grade of C in each course.
a) Students graduating from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( must complete 37.5% or 48 hours of engineering and 25% or 32 hours of combined mathematics (at the calculus level or above), physics, chemistry, or other science coursework.
b) Students graduating from a program accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET ( must complete a minimum of 40 hours in computing, 15 hours of mathematics and 30 hours of combined mathematics and science coursework with some exposure to laboratory work.

2. Two-year College Transfer Credits: a minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned in a senior institution or four-year college for a baccalaureate degree.

3. Degree Requirements: fulfill all requirements listed on the official University check sheet for the intended degree. Although the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) and school office check each student’s records, the responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student.

4. Be in good academic standing with the College and the University.

5. Make application for degree by the published deadline for the semester in which the student plans to graduate.

6. To ensure that the above conditions will be met, students are encouraged to request a degree check by completing the Graduation Check form in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC). This action should be taken at least two semesters before the student expects to graduate. The student can access his/her degree audit at any time online through Degree Navigator (

7. Residence Requirements - to be recommended for a degree, a candidate must have:

a. spent two semesters or the equivalent in residence, with at least one semester enrolled as a Gallogly College of Engineering student;

b. completed at OU 36 of the hours listed in the junior and senior years on their curriculum check sheet, 24 of these 36 hours must be in the major field;

c. fulfilled the grade and grade point requirements of the College, School and Program; NOTE: Academic credit from any division of the University of
Oklahoma - Norman campus, OU Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education - is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned at any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of determining completion of degree requirements.

8. Three categories of degrees are offered in the Gallogly College of Engineering as follows:

a. Bachelor of Science: the Gallogly College of Engineering is organized into schools. The degree of Bachelor of Science qualified by the name of the engineering field pursued is conferred upon graduates of the College.

b. Distinction: the College may recommend that the degree With Distinction be conferred upon students who have a combined cumulative grade point average of 3.40-3.69 and With Special Distinction on students who have a combined cumulative grade point average of 3.70 or above.

c. Honors: the Honors College may recommend the degree cum Laude, Magna cum Laude or Summa cum Laude. Special requirements, in addition to the regular requirements for graduation, must be approved by the Honors College.

Degrees are formally conferred at spring commencement and fall and spring college convocations. However, degrees are also awarded in absentia at the end of the summer session. All diplomas are mailed to students following the official graduation date. The degree and date of the diploma are entered on the student’s permanent academic record. The date of graduation is the last day of the semester in which all requirements for the degree are completed. When a student completes all requirements for a degree, other than at the close of a semester, the Office of Academic Records, upon request, will issue a certified statement that the student is eligible for the degree as of the date when the requirements for the degree were completed.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master's degree requirements vary among the engineering schools and programs. Two options are available in most programs: thesis option and non-thesis option. The thesis option in most programs requires a minimum of 30 semester hours, including up to 6 hours for thesis. For example, the maximum thesis hours are 6 in Civil Engineering (CEES) and 4 in Engineering Physics. Students in this option are required to write a thesis and defend it successfully. The minimum hours of 5000-level or higher courses vary from one program to another, with different levels of constraints. For example, Chemical Engineering (ChE) students are required to take 9 hours of chemical engineering courses (Advanced Thermodynamics, Graduate Transport, and Advanced Kinetics), 6 hours of chemical engineering electives, and 6 hours of graduate-level science/math/engineering electives. The Civil Engineering (CEES) students are required to take at least 17 hours 5000-level or higher CEES courses. The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) students must complete at least 15 hours graduate-level courses in their respective discipline. The General Engineering (GE) students require at least 15 hours of 5000-level or higher courses. For the Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Aerospace Engineering (AE) students, the discipline specific hours are 12. The Engineering Physics students with a physics adviser require a minimum of 12 hours of physics and 9 hours of engineering courses. These requirements are switched (i.e., 9 hours of physics and 12 hours of engineering) for students with an engineering adviser. In addition to 3 hours in Bioengineering Principles, the Biomedical Engineering program requires 9 hours of graduate-level bioengineering electives, 6 hours in life science electives, and 6 hours in engineering science or math electives. Students in the Petroleum Engineering (PE) program must complete at least 9 hours of approved petroleum engineering courses, 3 hours of approved mathematics courses, and 12 hours of approved electives, including at least 9 hours in Petroleum and Geological Engineering; PE students are also required to make a presentation at a graduate seminar or a professional conference. The maximum limit of 4000-level courses also vary from one program to another (12 in Computer Science (CS) including up to 9 hours in CS courses, 12 in ECE and GE, and 6 in IE and 9 in ME and AE). Most programs also have limits on the S/U courses.

The non-thesis option in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, Telecommunications Engineering, and Engineering Physics requires at least 32 hours. The course requirements are higher for other non-thesis programs: Computer Science (33 hours), Electrical and Computer Engineering (33 hours), Data Science and Analytics (33), General Engineering (33 hours), Industrial and Systems Engineering (33 hours), Mechanical Engineering (36 hours) and Petroleum Engineering (36 hours). Also, programs require successful completion of either a qualifying exam (or a final comprehensive exam) or a special project or both.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Specific requirements for doctoral degrees vary across disciplines, particularly with respect to the minimum coursework and dissertation hours. All doctoral programs require 90 total hours beyond BS and successful completion of a qualifying exam and a general exam. Students must also write and successfully defend a dissertation. Timing of the qualifying exam and general exam varies among programs. Also, limits for the dissertation hours vary among programs (60 in Chemical Engineering, 51 in General Engineering, 41 in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, 42 in Industrial and Systems Engineering and 42-68 in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, 30-45 in Computer Science, 30 in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 51 in Geological Engineering, 53 in Engineering Physics, and 54 in Biomedical Engineering). The Advisory Committee sets the requirements for the Engineering Physics students. Students in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Geological Engineering must complete at least 9 hours of graduate-level courses beyond the master degree. Students in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science need at least 48 hours of coursework beyond BS. The coursework requirements, beyond BS, are different for other programs: Computer Science: 45 hours; Electrical and Computer Engineering: Flexible Course Requirements; Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering: 42 hours, General Engineering: 39 hours. Students in Industrial and Systems Engineering must complete (beyond MS) at least 18 hours of ISE courses. In Petroleum Engineering, courses of study are individually structured for each student.