Major Requirements


The program for each student majoring in engineering is developed individually through consultation with the student’s major adviser and leads to a bachelor of science (B.S.) in engineering degree. The degree is designed to meet ABET accreditation requirements: (1) a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of a combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences with experimental/laboratory experience, (2) a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of engineering topics consisting of engineering sciences and engineering design and utilizing modern engineering tools, (3) a broad education component that complements the technical content of the curriculum, and (4) a culminating design experience within the major.

In meeting the minimum of 30 hours of basic science and mathematics, students must complete MST 111, MST 112, MST 205 £, PHY 113 ¥, and at least one additional 100-level or 200-level basic science course which has both lecture and laboratory components. Basic sciences, according to ABET, consist of disciplines focused on knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of natural phenomena such as chemistry, physics, and the life, earth, and space sciences. For the remainder of the minimum 30 credit hours of basic science and mathematics topics, students have the flexibility to select mathematics and basic science elective credits that promote the student’s progress toward the completion of a minor or other relevant interests. Students should consult with engineering department faculty to ensure that the elective mathematics and basic science credits of interest will count toward this requirement.

In meeting the minimum of 45 hours of engineering topics, students must complete EGR 111, EGR 112, EGR 211, EGR 212, and additional EGR courses to be made available in the coming years.  Please note that the current version of the Bulletin only includes 100- and 200-level engineering coursework; more detailed 300-level course descriptions will be added in the 2019-2020 Bulletin.

To be well positioned for junior level EGR coursework and to complete the degree in four years, students should complete the following courses during the first two years and earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the following courses: MST 111, MST 112, MST 205 £, PHY 113 ¥, EGR 111, EGR 112, EGR 211, EGR 212, and at least one additional 100-level or 200-level basic science course which has both lecture and laboratory components. EGR 111 is not a pre-requisite for EGR 112, so either EGR 111 or EGR 112 can be taken first. EGR 211 is not a pre-requisite for EGR 212, so either EGR 211 or 212 can be taken first OR both EGR 211 and EGR 212 can be taken in the same semester. EGR 111 and EGR 112 are pre-requisites to EGR 211 and EGR 212.

£ Students may substitute the combination of MST 113 and MST 121 in place of MST 205.

¥ Students may substitute PHY 123 in place of PHY 113.

Honors. Highly qualified majors are invited by the department to apply for admission to the honors program in engineering through the major adviser. To be graduated with the designation “Honors in Engineering,” students must pass EGR 381 (Research), write a paper on the results of the research in that course, pass an oral exam on the research and related topics given by a committee of three engineering faculty members, and obtain a GPA of at least 3.3 in engineering and 3.0 overall.

A current list of approved courses is available in the Engineering Department and on its website. Additional courses and course updates may have been approved since the publication of this bulletin. The Department of Engineering office maintains a complete list of all approved courses, including divisional courses. The majority of engineering courses integrate theory and practice (e.g., labs, projects, studio) as well as professional development skills.