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College of Engineering

Plans of Study

The engineering curricula and graduation requirements of each of the engineering schools as presented in this catalog are those that were in effect in October 2012. Curricula, however, do evolve, reflecting the changing needs of the engineering profession. The student is, therefore, encouraged to obtain the latest curriculum information from his or her academic advisor.

It is important for the student to recognize that the general flexibility of academic curricula is provided in order to make possible allowances for individual differences in background and academic goals. It is the student's responsibility to consult with his or her academic advisor about using this flexibility to design a program to fit particular needs.

The traditional length of a college degree program is four academic years. For this reason, the catalog presents all engineering curricula as four-year programs. Well-qualified students with excellent high school preparation can complete the program in the four-year period or even less. However, other students may require four and one-half or even five years to complete all requirements. Such students also prove to be successful professional engineers, and the University regards their advancement through the nine or ten semesters as satisfactory academic progress toward an engineering degree. Insufficient high school backgrounds usually are most noticeable during the first and second year of a student's program in engineering. By the time the student reaches the junior year level of work, the course sequence that he or she has used usually meshes so well that high school insufficiencies present no scheduling difficulties such as may have occurred during the first part of his or her engineering program.

Within the Engineeering "Plans of Study," figures within parentheses, e.g., (3), are credit hours, unless designated otherwise.