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College of Engineering

Graduation Requirements

Scholastic Index Requirements

In general, the scholastic standing and probation standards of all regular students enrolled in engineering programs are the same as those for the University as a whole.

Pass/Not-Pass Option

In order to provide students with the opportunity to broaden their educational foundations with minimal concern for grades earned, an alternate grading system, the pass/not-pass option, is permitted for a limited portion of the student's required graduation hours. The detailed limitations on this option can be different for each degree-granting unit, but the following general rules are some that currently apply:

  1. Subject to the regulations of this college, a student can elect this option in any course that does not already appear on his or her academic record and in which he or she is otherwise eligible to enroll for credit with a letter grade. A student cannot elect this option for more than 20 percent of the total credit hours required for his or her graduation.
  2. The Office of the Registrar's class roster includes students who have elected this option.
  3. A student enrolled in a course under this option has the same obligations as those enrolled in the course for credit with a letter grade. When the instructor reports final grades in the course, he or she will report that any such student who has earned a grade of "A," "B" or "C," including plus or minus grades, has passed the course and that any other such student has not passed. The registrar will make an appropriate notation on the student's academic record in place of a letter grade but will not use the course in computing grade indexes.
  4. In engineering, the pass/not-pass option is not available for required courses in the First-Year Engineering Program, except for ENGR 10000.
  5. This option is not available to students on probation.
  6. This option is available for a maximum of two courses in any one semester, one course during a summer module.
  7. Consistent with the policy of the College of Engineering, a student receiving the grade of "pass" in a course taken under the pass/notpass option cannot take the same course for a letter grade

These are general or minimum guidelines for those electing this option, but the individual schools and departments of engineering can impose additional restrictions.

General Education Program in Engineering

Humanities and social sciences courses encompass the breadth of human experience and culture, both past and present, including individual behavior, social and political structures, aesthetic values, modes and dynamics of communication, philosophical and ethical thought and cognitive processes. Such courses are an integral part of all engineering curricula, which complements technical and professional content by enabling engineering students to appreciate the world in which they live and work and to contribute as both educated members of society and aware, ethical professionals. Humanities and social sciences courses also provide a framework for rational inquiry, critical evaluation, judgment and decisions when dealing with issues that are nonquantifiable, ambiguous or controversial. Of equal importance, they offer opportunities for engineering students to develop interests and insights that guide, enrich and expand their perceptions of the world in which they live.

To these ends, all B.S. students in the College of Engineering are required to complete a general education program of 18 credit hours in approved humanities and social sciences electives. Students are strongly encouraged to develop a coherent general education plan and distribute their general education credits throughout their academic program. The collection of courses used to fulfill this requirement must meet all the following conditions.

  1. Courses must be drawn from those offered by the departments of Agricultural Economics; Anthropology; Communication; Economics; English; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; Philosophy; Political Sciences; Psychological Sciences; Sociology; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; or by the School of Languages and Cultures or the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. Any course offered by these programs is allowable, provided it is open to students in the offering program and is not focused primarily on professional training, natural science or mathematics.
  2. In order to ensure sufficient exposure to topics dealing with global, societal and contemporary issues, at least nine credit hours must be drawn from courses offered by the departments of Agricultural Economics, Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology or the School of Languages and Cultures.

  3. At least 6 of the credit hours must be taken in the same program, and a maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken in any one program
  4. At least 6 of the credit hours must come from courses at the 30000 level or above, or from courses with a required prerequisite in the same program.
  5. If a foreign language course is used to satisfy part of the requirements, the student must take at least 6 credit hours of the same language. Credit is not allowed for language courses in the student's native tongue(s), although literature, culture, drama and related courses are allowed.
  6. Credit by examination or granted credit (e.g., advanced placement credit), conditioned solely at the discretion of the awarding program, can be used to satisfy any part of the requirement.
  7. No course may be counted more than once toward the requirement, even if the offering program allows it to be repeated for credit.
  8. Individual schools may impose requirements in addition to those previously stated but may not require a specific course as part of the general education program.