6. College of Engineering
Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. All students who wish to major in engineering must be admitted to the University according to the procedures given in General Information. However, enrollment in any engineering degree plan may be limited by the availability of adequate academic resources. Hence, a student may be admitted to the University but denied admission to a specific engineering degree plan. An applicant who is denied admission to an engineering degree plan may seek to enter another major in the College of Engineering or in another college or school.
To establish appropriate course placement, all new students must take the SAT II Subject Test in Writing and the SAT II Subject Test in Mathematics, either Level IC or Level IIC. Each requirement may also be fulfilled by credit for a specific college-level course or credit earned through the appropriate College Board advanced placement examination. Students are encouraged to take subject tests in their home communities, but these examinations are offered at the University during most orientation periods.
Optional placement tests are available in a number of other fields. These tests include the UT Austin Test for Credit in Chemistry (for credit for Chemistry 301), the UT Austin Test for Credit in Physics: Mechanics (for credit for Physics 303K and 103M), and the UT Austin Test for Credit in Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (for credit for Physics 303L and 103N). More information about these and other placement examinations is published on-line by the Measurement and Evaluation Center.
Students in engineering concentrate on mathematics, chemistry, and physics in the freshman year, building competence for the engineering courses to follow. Entry-level courses in these areas require an adequate background gained from high school work. Any courses a student must take to fulfill prerequisites for the entry-level courses are in addition to those listed in the curricula.
Course prerequisites are given in chapters 2 through 13 under the heading "Courses." Many are also given in the Course Schedule, which is available before registration. Since prerequisites are subject to change, the student should consult the on-line Course Schedule at http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/schedules/ for the most current information.
Below are general guidelines for prospective transfer students; additional information is given at http://www.utexas.edu/student/admissions/ate/. Because significant differences may exist among courses that appear to be quite similar, students are encouraged to contact the College of Engineering about the applicability to University degrees of courses offered at other schools. General information is available from the Office of Student Affairs, College of Engineering, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX 78712-1080. The telephone number is (512) 471-4321. Prospective engineering students who have not chosen a major should consult this office. If the student consults the college early enough, loss of credit may be avoided.
Students who have questions about the requirements of a specific degree plan should contact the appropriate transfer student adviser at the following address: aerospace engineering: W. R. Woolrich Laboratories 211; architectural engineering: Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 4.200; biomedical engineering: Engineering-Science Building 610; chemical engineering: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building 2.706; civil engineering: Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 4.200; electrical engineering: Engineering-Science Building 135; geosystems engineering and hydrogeology: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building 3.104 or Geology Building 118; mechanical engineering: Engineering Teaching Center 5.202; petroleum engineering: Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Building 3.104.
In engineering degree programs, the major sequence is a set of courses in which the student learns to put to engineering use the concepts learned in the basic sequence. Major sequence courses are normally taken in the last two years of undergraduate study.
Students must apply on-line for admission to a major sequence. The following requirements apply both to students seeking to transfer to the college from another institution and to those currently enrolled at the University, either in another college or schoolor in a basic sequence of courses in the College of Engineering.
General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are available the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site.
To register for a course, a student must fulfill the prerequisite given in the catalog or Course Schedule. If the student has not fulfilled the prerequisite, he or she must obtain the approval of the department offering the course before registering for it.
During the summer, orientation sessions are held to acquaint entering students with many aspects of life at the University. The required and optional placement tests described above are given during these sessions. Before they register, all engineering students must take the required tests. Abbreviated orientation programs are offered just before the beginning of each semester and summer session.
An engineering student must have the approval of the dean before registering concurrently at another institution, either for coursework in residence or for a distance education course, and before enrolling in correspondence or extension coursework either at the University or elsewhere. Application for this approval should be made on-line. The student may not enroll concurrently during his or her last semester in any course to be counted toward the degree.
To facilitate movement through an academic program, each engineering student must be advised in his or her major department before registering for each semester or summer session. The student may not register until his or her proposed schedule of courses has been approved. Approval as specified by the student's major department is required for any change from the set of courses initially approved. Continued registration for courses without proper approval is justification for the student to be dropped from such courses. Students are also required to consult their advisers whenever they change their academic programs. Departmental advisers are available throughout the year to discuss matters that affect the student's performance.
Each student should review his or her audit every semester through IDA, the University's Interactive Degree Audit system. The advising audit lists the courses remaining in the student's degree plan and the requirements the student has not yet fulfilled. It normally provides an accurate statement of requirements, but the student is responsible for knowing the exact 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 those requirements. The student should seek an official ruling in the Office of Student Affairs before registering if in doubt about any requirement.
A transfer student registering in the College of Engineering for the first time is advised by an undergraduate adviser in the department in which the student will be enrolled. To be advised properly, the student must have both the transcripts of work completed at other colleges and the evaluation of that work by the University's Office of Admissions.
Many students find the advising they receive from their academic advisers and from other faculty members and students will suffice. However, some find it desirable to discuss matters with academic advisers in the college's Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
The Office of Student Affairs advises and counsels students about problems or concerns they have about their academic work or life in the college.
In addition, University counseling services are available from the Counseling and Mental Health Center, the Telephone Counseling and Referral Service, the UT Learning Center, and University Health Services. These offices are described in General Information.
A student may transfer to the College of Engineering from another division of the University in accordance with the regulations given in General Information.
A University student, either an engineering major or a nonmajor, who wants to transfer to a major in the College of Engineering must
Admission to all engineering majors is offered to the students who are best qualified as space is available.
If a student who has been admitted to a major sequence is granted admission to another major, he or she must complete all the requirements of the basic sequence of the new major and must apply for admission to the new major sequence on the basis of the curriculum in effect at the time of application.
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17 August 2004. Registrar's Web Team
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