Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to Texas Tech University?
Visit the Office of Admissions Web site
What do I need to take during my first semester?
What courses can I take a Community College or a college closer that are going to transfer to your program?
Courses that will transfer to Texas Tech University
- 6 hours of English (ENGL1301, ENGL1302)
- 12 hours of Math (MATH1351, MATH1352, MATH2350, MATH3350)
- Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers (CHEM1307, CHEM1107, CHEM1308, CHEM1108)
- Calculus based Physics (PHYS1408)
- 6 hours of American History
- 6 hours of Political Science or Government.
Courses that WILL NOT transfer to Texas Tech University
- Psychology or Sociology as a humanities transfer.
What do I do to remove an advising hold?
Contact your faculty advisor or the departmental advisor.
When are scholarship applications due?
February 1st of each year. Scholarships are disbursed in the summer for the following Fall and Spring. The department does not have financial aid application forms for international students. Students currently enrolled should be encouraged to download the scholarship forms on our website and turn them into the departmental advisor.
How do I succeed at Texas Tech University?
- Pay Attention in class (no texting, social networking, sleeping or reading the paper)
- Go to class, go to class, go to class
- Complete your homework and reading assignments.
- Get Help (and that includes your professor)
- Know your grades are earned, not given
- Remember the objective is to learn from your work not just complete your work.
- Accept that you will not make all A's
- Join and get involved in engineering societies.
- Read and comply with the syllabus.
- Develop good study habits.
What Mathematics course do I take?
The first question is to determine the appropriate level of Mathematics course in which to register. The Mathematics Department has a Placement Exam that all students must take before they are allowed to register for Math 1451 – Calculus I. This is the first required math course in the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree plans. This Placement Exam can be found on the Mathematics Department website at www.math.ttu.edu. On the left side of the screen in red go to Undergraduate Program and click on Mathematics Placement Exam. There is a practice exam students are encouraged to take before sitting for the Placement Exam. There are a few exceptions to taking this Placement Exam:
- Students who have scored at least 660 on the SATM or at least 39 on the ACTM may enroll in Math 1451 - Calculus I whether they have appropriate previous prerequisite collegiate mathematics credit or the appropriate Math Placement Exam score.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I if you took the Calculus AB exam and received a score of 4.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I and Math 1452 - Calculus II if you took the Calculus BC exam and received a score of 4.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I if you took the CLEP-S: Calculus exam and scored 50.
- You can receive credit for Math 1451 - Calculus I and Math 1452 - Calculus II if you took the CLEP-S: Calculus exam and scored 56.
- You have already received college level credit (dual credit) for Math 1451 - Calculus I.
- You may enroll in Math 1451 - Calculus I if you have received college credit (dual credit) for Math 1550 - PreCalculus.
However, all students are encouraged to take the math placement exam before orientation to provide them with a current assessment of their mathematics skills.
What Chemistry course do I take?
Before taking a chemistry course on the Texas Tech campus, students must take the Chemistry Placement Exam or bring chemistry credit from another institution. CHEM 1307/1107 - Principles of Chemistry I/Principles of Chemistry Lab are the first required chemistry courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering degree plans and students may enroll in this course with a 50% or better on the Chemistry Placement Exam. Otherwise, students must enroll in CHEM 1301 - Introductory Chemistry CHEM 1301. The Chemistry Placement Exam may be found on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department website at www.depts.ttu.edu/chemistry. On the left side of the screen in red go to Undergraduate Students, then Departmental Links, then Placement Exam. There is a practice exam that students are encouraged to take. Students should also review high school level chemistry concepts and skills prior to sitting for the Chemistry Placement Exam.
How many credits should I sign up for?
Students are expected to spend approximately two to three hours in preparation for each hour of lecture or recitation. The maximum number of semester hours a student may take without specific permission of the academic dean is as follows: 19 hours per long semester, 16 hours per long semester for students on scholastic probation, and 8 hours per summer term. If you will be working 15 to 20 hours per week, you are advised to take 12 to 14 hours. If you are not working, taking15 to 17 hours is suggested. The B.S.C.E. program is built around students taking 14-17 hours per semester to graduate and 15-17 hours per semester to complete the M.Env.E..
Additional information on any of the civil and environmental engineering programs or Texas Tech University may be obtained by contacting:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1023