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Admission to a Major Sequence in the College of Engineering

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 to the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, 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 school or in a basic sequence of courses in the College of Engineering.

  1. Applications for admission to the major sequence are evaluated by the College of Engineering Admissions Committee. The criteria for admission vary from semester to semester; these criteria are printed on the degree audit that each student receives each semester. One admission criterion common to all degree programs is the grade point average earned in the basic sequence courses completed at the University.
  2. To be eligible for admission to a major sequence, the applicant must have received credit from the University for the basic sequence of courses of the degree plan, either by completing the courses at the University or by receiving transfer credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere. The student must not be on scholastic probation according to University regulations and must not be on academic probation according to the regulations of the College of Engineering. For the basic sequence of courses in each degree plan, see the description of each degree plan later in this chapter.
  3. No engineering student may register for a course identified as a major sequence course in any of the degree plans of the College of Engineering unless the student has been admitted to the major sequence. The prerequisites of some courses indicate that students who have not been admitted to the major sequence may register with the consent of the instructor. In this case, the instructor has the authority to admit nonengineering majors to the class if they are otherwise qualified but may not admit engineering majors who have not been admitted to the appropriate major sequence.
  4. An applicant who has not previously been registered at the University must be admitted to the University as described in General Information. Admission to the University does not imply or guarantee admission to a major sequence in the College of Engineering. A student's application to the major sequence is considered only after the student has been admitted to the University.
  5. Application for admission to a major sequence must be made using the appropriate form obtained from the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
    1. A student who is currently enrolled in the college must submit a completed application form.
    2. A student seeking to transfer from another institution must first be admitted to the University by the Office of Admissions. Each transfer student must then confer with the transfer adviser for the major under which the student was admitted to the College of Engineering. A student who wishes to change majors within the College of Engineering after being admitted to the University must consult the Office of Student Affairs.
  6. Deadlines for submitting completed applications to the College of Engineering Admissions Committee for admission to a major sequence are October 1 for entrance in the following spring semester and March 1 for entrance in either the following summer session or the following fall semester. Application forms should be returned to the Office of Student Affairs, College of Engineering, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1080.
  7. A student who has been admitted to a major sequence but does not enroll, and who wishes to enter in a subsequent semester, must reapply for admission to a major sequence and must meet all requirements in force at the time of reapplication. A student who has been admitted to the University but does not enroll must reapply to the University for admission according to the policies in force at the time of reapplication.
  8. A student who has been enrolled in a major sequence and wishes to return to the college after being out for two or more semesters must apply for admission or readmission to a major sequence on the basis of all requirements in force at the time of return. A student who has been out of the University for at least one long-session semester must apply for readmission to the University.
  9. Any student who has been denied admission to a major sequence will not be considered for admission for a subsequent semester unless reapplication is made.

Registration

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 sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.

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 in this chapter 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.

Concurrent Enrollment

An engineering student must have the approval of the dean before registering concurrently at another institution and before enrolling in correspondence or extension coursework either at the University or elsewhere. Application for this approval should be made at the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. The student may not enroll concurrently during his or her last semester in any course to be counted toward the degree.

Advising

Academic Advising

To facilitate movement through an academic program, each engineering student must meet with an academic adviser before registering for each semester or summer session. The student may not register until the adviser has approved the student's proposed schedule of courses. 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.

A computer-generated advising audit is prepared for each student each semester; the student should review this 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 from 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 counseling they receive from their academic advisers and from other faculty members and students will suffice. However, some find it desirable to discuss matters with counselors in the college's Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.

Counseling and Referral Services

The purpose of the Office of Student Affairs is to advise and counsel students about problems or concerns they have about their academic work or life in the college.

University counseling services are also available from the Counseling and Mental Health Center, the Telephone Counseling and Referral Service, the Learning Skills Center, and the Student Health Center. These offices are described in General Information.

Transfer to an Engineering Major

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 who wants to transfer to a major in the College of Engineering must submit an application to that major; this is true both for students in other colleges of the University and for students in other engineering majors. Applications must be submitted by March 1 for admission in the summer or fall and by October 1 for admission in the spring. Admission to all engineering majors is offered as space is available to the students who are academically best qualified.

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.

A student who is admitted to the University but denied admission to an engineering major may seek admission to another major. He or she may not then apply to transfer to the original major for at least one calendar year.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Quantity of Work Rule

Maximum Number of Hours in the Long Session

  1. As used in (2), (3), and (4) below, "coursework" includes correspondence courses, extension courses, nonrequired electives, physical activity courses, and courses for which the student is registered concurrently at another institution.
  2. In their first semester at the University, engineering freshmen and transfer students may register for no more than sixteen semester hours of coursework.
  3. After their first semester at the University, engineering students may register for no more than eighteen semester hours of coursework a semester, unless they earned at least fifty-four grade points during the preceding semester. To register for more than eighteen hours, the student must file an Irregular Student Petition as described below.
  4. No student may register for more than twenty-one semester hours of coursework during any long-session semester.

Minimum Number of Hours in the Long Session

A normal course load in the College of Engineering is fifteen to eighteen 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 of electives 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.

Rules for the Summer Session

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.

Irregular Student Petition

A student may request permission to register for fewer than fourteen hours or for more than eighteen hours by filling out an Irregular Student Petition, available in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200. The student may not register for fewer than fourteen or more than eighteen hours unless the Irregular Student Petition has been approved by an engineering counselor.

Combined Work-Study Load

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. All changes in employment, including the number of hours employed, must be reported promptly to the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.

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.

Repetition of a Course

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.

Drop Policies

An engineering student must have the dean's approval to add or drop a course after the fourth class day of the semester or after the second class day of a summer term. Adds and drops are not approved after the fourth class day except for good cause. "Good cause" is interpreted to be documented evidence of an extenuating nonacademic circumstance (such as health or personal problems) that did not exist on or before the fourth class day. Applications for approval to drop a course after the fourth class day should be made in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.

Attendance

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 that 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.

Standard of Work Required and Scholastic Policies

In addition to regulations given 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."

  1. A student is placed on academic probation in engineering under the following circumstances:
    1. If, after the student has taken at least six semester hours in the major area of study, his or her grade point average in the major area of study falls below 2.00. The "major area of study" includes all courses taken in residence in the student's discipline (chemical, electrical, mechanical, or petroleum and geosystems engineering) and required under the student's engineering degree plan. For architectural engineering and civil engineering majors, the major area includes all courses in both architectural engineering and civil engineering; for aerospace engineering majors, the major area includes all courses in both aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics; for geosystems engineering and hydrogeology majors, the major area includes all courses in both geology and petroleum and geosystems engineering.
    2. If the student's grade point average in required technical courses taken in residence falls below 2.00. "Required technical courses" are courses taken in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and required under the student's engineering degree plan; they include approved technical elective courses. Courses required to overcome admission or prerequisite deficiencies are not considered in decisions on academic probation.
    Grades received at the University in all courses in the major area, including grades in courses that have been repeated, are included in computing the student's grade point average. However, a student admitted to a major sequence may not use credit in lower-division courses for removal of grade point deficiencies in the major sequence.
  2. A student on academic probation in engineering will be removed from probation at the end of a long-session semester or summer session if the student is no longer subject to academic probation under either of the criteria above.
  3. After being placed on academic probation in engineering, a student must be removed from probation within the next two long-session semesters in which he or she is registered. A student who fails to be removed from academic probation within this time will be placed on academic dismissal from the College of Engineering.
  4. A student seeking to reenter the college after having been scholastically dismissed from the University must enroll as an undeclared major unless there is a reasonable likelihood that the student can complete the degree plan under which he or she last registered. A student seeking to reenter the college after having been academically dismissed must enroll as an undeclared major. Students who are undeclared majors may not enroll in engineering courses.
  5. A student may transfer to the College of Engineering from another division of the University in accordance with the regulations given in General Information. If a student transfers from the College of Engineering to another division while on academic probation and then returns to the college, the dean will provide the student with a written statement of his or her probationary status.
  6. To receive credit for any course, a student must earn a grade of D or better. However, admission to many courses requires a grade of at least C in prerequisite courses. Students should consult this catalog or the department for specific grade requirements.
  7. All students in scholastic or academic difficulty should discuss their status with a counselor in the Office of Student Affairs, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200.
  8. In cases with extenuating circumstances, the student may petition the dean for a waiver of any of the foregoing requirements.

Pass/Fail Option

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 304E, 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.

Honors

Freshman Engineering Honors Program

This first-year honors 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 Freshman 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 1 or Level 1C, and on the SAT II: Subject Test in Writing, and written comments submitted by high school teachers. For additional information and an application form, write to the Office of Student Affairs, College of Engineering, Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall 2.200, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1080.

Engineering Honors Program

Beyond the freshman year, a limited number of engineering students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability will be invited to participate in the Engineering Honors Program. Students are selected by the Engineering Honors Program Committee. Admission to the program includes an invitation and submission of an application that includes a statement of purpose.

To be eligible, a student must be in the top 10 percent of those in his or her classification and degree plan and must meet other criteria established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee. Transfer students are eligible after they have completed at the University twenty-four semester hours of coursework applicable to the degree.

To continue in the program, a student must maintain the academic standards established by the Engineering Honors Program Committee.

Chemical Engineering Honors Curriculum

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a four-year honors curriculum in which honors sections of selected courses are offered once a year. Information about the curriculum is given as part of the description of the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in this chapter.

Engineering Honors/Plan II Dual Degree Program

A limited number of students whose high school class standing and admission test scores indicate strong academic potential and motivation may pursue a curriculum leading to both a bachelor's degree in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts, Plan II. This dual degree option, offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the Plan II Honors Program of the College of Liberal Arts, provides the student with challenging liberal arts courses while he or she pursues a professional degree in engineering. Admission to this program requires three separate applications: one to the University, one to the College of Engineering, and one to the Plan II Honors Program. Students interested in this dual degree plan option should contact both the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs and the Plan II office for more information on applications and early deadlines.

Engineering Scholars

Engineering Scholars are designated each spring semester from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. To be eligible, a student must have a certain number of hours of credit earned at the University, must rank academically in the top 5 percent of the class, must be of good character, and must show promise of continued success in engineering.

University Honors

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.

Graduation with University Honors

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

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. 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. Represented at the University are the following: Air and Waste Management Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (including the Computer Society and the Group on Engineering in Medicine and Biology), Institute of Transportation Engineers, Longhorn Solar Racecar Team, National Association of Architectural Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Pi Sigma Pi, Society of Automotive Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Society of Plan II Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Theta Tau, UT Amateur Radio Club, and UT Space Society.

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.

Each of the branches of engineering has a chapter of a national honor society. These 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 (geology, meteorology, 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.

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