6. College of Engineering
A normal course load in the College of Engineering is fifteen to seventeen hours a semester; the suggested arrangement of courses for each degree program is based on this load. An engineering student may not enroll in fewer than fourteen semester hours of coursework except with the written approval of the dean. Twelve of the fourteen hours must be applicable to the degree. All elective courses counted toward the twelve hours applicable to the degree must be on the lists in this chapter or be approved by the departmental undergraduate adviser. Physical activity courses may not be used to meet these requirements. To register for fewer than fourteen hours, the student must file an Irregular Student Petition as described below.
A student may not receive credit for more than fourteen semester hours during a twelve-week summer session nor for more than eight semester hours in a six-week summer term. These limits apply whether the courses are taken at the University or another institution. For more information about the quantity of work allowed in the summer, see General Information.
A student may request permission to register for fewer than fourteen hours or for more than seventeen hours by filling out an Irregular Student Petition. The student may not register for fewer than fourteen or more than seventeen hours unless the Irregular Student Petition has been approved by an engineering adviser.
A student who is employed, either by the University or elsewhere, must report the number of hours of employment to his or her adviser when meeting with the adviser before registering each semester or summer session.
University regulations specify that the combined number of hours of University employment and semester hour load may not exceed forty hours a week. A useful guideline is that the number of hours of employment plus three times the semester hour load should not exceed fifty-six. Some students may find a lower number to be more realistic.
An undergraduate in the College of Engineering may not enroll more than once in any course required in his or her engineering degree plan without written consent of an adviser in his or her department.
The official grade in a course is the last final grade reported. If a student repeats a course and has two or more grades, all grades and all semester hours are used in calculating the University grade point average, in determining the student's scholastic eligibility to remain in the University, and in determining the student's academic standing in the College of Engineering. A student in the College of Engineering may not repeat for a letter grade a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.
Engineering students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes for which they are registered. Students who fail to attend class regularly are inviting scholastic difficulty. In some courses, instructors may have special attendance requirements; these should be made known to students during the first week of classes. With the approval of the dean, a student may be dropped from a course with a grade of F for repeated unexcused absences.
In addition to the scholastic standards described in General Information, the College of Engineering imposes the following academic standards. Students who fail to meet the regulations stated in General Information are placed on "scholastic probation" by the University. The probationary status given to those who fail to meet the following college standards is "academic probation."
With the approval of the departmental undergraduate adviser, a student may elect to take the degree-required approved nontechnical electives or any extra courses (taken for benefit and not to be counted toward the degree) on the pass/fail basis rather than for a letter grade. All other courses required for the degree, and Mathematics 305G, Chemistry 304K, and Physics 306, if taken, must be taken for a letter grade.
To elect the pass/fail system of grading, a student must have received thirty semester hours of college credit. He or she may take no more than one course applicable to the degree program (in addition to physical activity courses) on this basis each semester. Credit by examination may be earned either on the pass/fail or on the letter-grade basis; such credit earned on the pass/fail basis is not counted toward the University's maximum of five courses taken pass/fail that may be counted toward the degree. For more information on how to receive credit by examination, see General Information.
This program is designed to recognize students whose high school records and scores on college entrance examinations indicate that they have an excellent chance of becoming Engineering Scholars. Although all students follow the same basic curriculum, special sections taught by outstanding teachers usually are arranged for students in the First-Year Engineering Honors Program. Eligibility for the program is determined by the applicant's scholastic rank in high school, SAT I or American College Testing Program score, scores on the SAT II: Subject Test in Mathematics, Level I or Level IC, and on the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing, and written comments submitted by high school teachers. Additional information and an application form are available on-line.
To be eligible for the Engineering Honors Program, a student must be enrolled in the College of Engineering, must have completed at least thirty semester hours of coursework, and must have completed at least twenty-four semester hours of coursework in residence. The student must also have a grade point average on coursework completed in residence that is in the top 10 percent of those in his or her classification and degree plan. The student may be required to meet other criteria established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee.
To continue in the program, the student must maintain the academic standards established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee.
Engineering Scholars are designated each spring semester from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in the College of Engineering, must have completed at least twenty-four semester hours of coursework in residence while enrolled in the college, must have a grade point average that places him or her in the top 5 percent of the class, must be of good character, and must show promise of continued success in engineering. The grade point average used to determine the student's class rank includes only courses that the student has completed in residence and that are applicable to the degree.
The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in chapter 1.
Professional and honor societies play an important role in the life of an engineering student. Membership in the professional societies is open to all students studying engineering and related fields. Many of these societies are student branches of national professional societies that endeavor to advance the profession of engineering by education, publication, and sponsorship of meetings and conferences. A complete list of professional societies for engineering students is published on-line.
The purpose of the honor societies is to recognize through membership those students who have established outstanding scholastic records and have demonstrated desirable character and personality traits. Honor societies frequently support projects that aid students and benefit the College of Engineering.
The engineering honor societies are Chi Epsilon (architectural and civil engineering), Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering), Omega Chi Epsilon (chemical engineering), Phi Lambda Upsilon (chemical engineering and chemistry), Pi Epsilon Tau (petroleum engineering), Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering), Sigma Gamma Epsilon (geological sciences and petroleum engineering), and Sigma Gamma Tau (aerospace engineering).
Embracing all branches of engineering is the Texas Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, which was organized at the University in 1916. Only students in the upper fifth of the senior class or the upper eighth of the junior class, and a few graduate students, qualify scholastically for membership consideration. Character and personality traits are also considered in selecting new members. Generally the chapter elects fewer members than the number of eligible students.
Engineering students are eligible for membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society that elects its membership from the top few percent of the entire student body, and in the Golden Key National Honor Society.
The Student Engineering Council is the governing body representing all undergraduate engineering students. Representatives to the council are selected by the professional and honor societies in the college.
All University students must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 to graduate. Students in the College of Engineering must also have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in the major area of study and in required technical courses. "Major area of study" and "required technical courses" are defined in the section "Standard of Work Required and Scholastic Policies."
A candidate for a degree in engineering must be registered in the College of Engineering either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session the degree is to be awarded. No later than the date given in the official academic calendar, the candidate must complete a graduation application form.
All individual degree programs must include at least forty-eight semester hours of engineering coursework.
All University students must complete in residence at least thirty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. In the College of Engineering, these thirty hours must be in the major field or in a field closely related to the major as approved by the major department and the dean.
At least the last twenty-four hours of technical coursework counted toward an engineering degree must be taken while the student is registered as an undergraduate engineering major at the University. A student seeking an exception to this requirement must obtain written approval in advance from the dean. Information about the petition process is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
After earning ninety semester hours of credit toward the degree, the student should request a degree audit in the undergraduate office of his or her academic department. Failure to do so may delay the student's graduation. Each student may review his or her degree audit through IDA, the University's Interactive Degree Audit system.
The degree audit normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, but the student is responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree as stated in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate and for registering so as to fulfill these requirements. Rules on graduation under a particular catalog are given in chapter 1. Since the student is responsible for correct registration toward completion of the degree program, he or she should seek an official ruling in the Office of Student Affairs before registering if in doubt about any requirement. Avoidance of errors is the main purpose of the degree audit, but it remains the responsibility of the student to fulfill all catalog requirements.
Students must apply for graduation the first semester they are eligible to graduate. Failure to do so will jeopardize the student's future registration in the College of Engineering. Any subsequent registration must be recommended by the undergraduate adviser and approved by the dean.
A student is considered eligible to graduate if he or she can complete all course requirements by registering for fourteen semester hours or fewer.
A student in his or her final semester may not enroll concurrently at another institution in any course, including a distance education course, to be counted toward the degree. The student may also not enroll by extension or correspondence in coursework to be counted toward the degree. All transfer, extension, and correspondence coursework must be added to the student's official record before his or her last semester.
The student must complete all procedures associated with the final degree audit.
Any student who does not graduate when eligible must contact the engineering degree auditor in Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. The degree auditor will advise the student what steps are needed for future registration and graduation.
A student who completes a bachelor's degree in engineering may receive a second bachelor's degree in a second engineering discipline if the student (1) completes at least twenty-four hours of approved coursework beyond the work counted toward the first bachelor's degree; and (2) meets all the requirements of the second degree that he or she did not meet in completing the first degree. No student may receive two bachelor's degrees in the same discipline of engineering, even if the technical area options are different. For example, a student may receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and that of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering but may not receive two Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degrees. A student may not receive bachelor's degrees in both architectural engineering and civil engineering.
In addition to the University commencement ceremony held each spring, the College of Engineering holds graduation ceremonies in December and May. August degree candidates who have completed a degree audit may participate in the May graduation ceremony.
The practice of engineering has a profound effect on public health, safety, and welfare. Therefore, the commitment to the public good through the licensing or registration provisions available in all states and many foreign countries is an important step in the professional development of an engineer. Becoming licensed in Texas as a registered professional engineer requires graduation from an approved curriculum in engineering, passage of the examination requirements, and a specific record of an additional four years or more of active practice in engineering work indicating that the applicant is competent to be placed in responsible charge of such work. Additional requirements include good character and reputation.
Engineering students are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination during their last long-session semester and to seek certification as an "engineering intern."
For additional information, contact the Texas State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers or the equivalent agency in another state.
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