Professor William M. Marcy, Dean
Engineering involves applying scientific and mathematical principles and knowledge to solve the technical problems that confront society. Students studying in the College of Engineering must develop an understanding of the forces at work within nature in order to learn to control and direct them. Engineering knowledge assists in achieving human goals, and humanity's advancement is the common objective of each program within the college. Students learn to become professionals and are expected to act responsibly and professionally as students.
Each academic program includes education in the basic sciences, mathematics, humanities, social sciences, and the technical knowledge needed to solve some of society's problems.
The college's primary goal is to educate students to fill leadership roles as professionals aware of technology and its economical and political role in the world. Therefore, we strive to produce technically competent graduates who solve problems, are able to communicate and work well with others, are sensitive to the needs of society, and are well-educated in the humanities as well as in the engineering disciplines.
The College of Engineering historically produces quality graduates. One quality component is the requirement of a grade of C or better in all courses used in the degree plan. The college also monitors student retention on a regular basis and has developed various programs and tools to help students to learn how to learn and to improve student retention.
One tool is the BRIDGE program that provides one week of learning how to learn and a refresher in mathematics. The program is designed for students in transition from high school to college. The typical cost is $175. At the end of the week, students are retested for mathematics placement. Many students improve on their placement test by one course, which more than pays for the cost of the BRIDGE. Based on the success in previous years, the BRIDGE program is required of all entering freshmen.
A Mini-BRIDGE program is provided in January for 2.5 days starting the Wednesday before classes begin. This program is designed to help students focus on achieving academic success. To date, an average increase of 0.65 in GPA has occurred with students in this program. The typical cost is $80. Students who experience a GPA less than 2.5 after the first semester in the college are strongly encouraged to attend the Mini-BRIDGE. All students who are placed on scholastic probation should attend Mini-BRIDGE and enroll in XL.
Students returning from academic suspension are given an opportunity to develop an academic contract between their department, the Dean's Office, and themselves. The purpose of this contract is to provide strict supervision in the selection of courses and the application of study and time management. All contracts must be completed the Wednesday before classes begin each semester. Students who need contracts or who want more information about the BRIDGE and Mini-BRIDGE can call the Dean's Office at 742-3451.
The College of Engineering provides an educational system that uses outcomes assessment. Examples of long-term outcomes are job placement and on the job success. The college has excellent job placement. Short-term examples include the orientation process and the BRIDGE program that assess knowledge and direct the students to either the correct courses or to a refresher of knowledge to advance to a higher level course. Students will also experience other assessment and advisement based on outcomes as they complete their education. As part of assessment, all students in the College of Engineering are required to take the mock FE exam before graduation. The capstone senior design course or sequence of courses offered by each department also is a measure of the integrated knowledge and ability of students. At this point, not only have students developed technical knowledge, they have learned to work as a professional team, valuing commitment and ethics, and even advanced to the pattern of life-long learning.
The following Bachelor of Science degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET): Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering. The three engineering technology programsConstruction, Electrical-Electronics, and Mechanicallead to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree and are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.
The Master of Environmental Engineering, a five-year degree program that starts with the freshman year, is administered in the Department of Civil Engineering. The option of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering is available to Master of Environmental Engineering students.
A degree in Computer Science is offered by the Computer Science Department, a program that supports teaching and learning in the areas of languages, systems, hardware, software, and related studies. Graduates are prepared to continue their formal study or work in a variety of industries.
A degree in Computer Engineering is also offered by the Electrical Engineering Department. The degree provides a balance in hardware and software studies. Graduates are prepared for careers that require both electrical engineering and computer science knowledge.
The program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology is designed for students whose basic aptitude and interests are in the application of established procedures to the solution of technical problems. An engineering technology program leads to a degree preparing students for technical careers in such fields as applied design, construction, operations, maintenance, quality control, or sales. Curricula outlines and course descriptions are given in this catalog under the Department of Engineering Technology.
For the student wishing to obtain a broad-based general degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree is offered by the College of Engineering. This degree is not intended as preparation for entry into the practice of engineering but offers the student interested in environmental resources, systems analysis, and ecological control an insight into today's problems and their possible solutions.
Computer. All students in the college are expected to have access to a personal computer. Many instructors require students to transfer homework with e-mail. Some instructors also transfer information to students using the Internet. While computer facilities are available on campus, students do best when they have their own personal computer. Students should check with their respective department for hardware and software requirements.
Dual Degree Program. The College of Engineering has arranged with several other colleges and universities to provide students with the opportunity to earn dual degrees. The dual degree program enables a student to study approximately three years at one of several institutions, earning credit for nonengineering courses. Generally, students can complete the course of study at Texas Tech within two full calendar years that leads to two degreesone in engineering from Texas Tech University and one in a nonengineering major from the second institution. Upon completing specific requirements, degrees are awarded by both institutions. Schools currently participating in the program include Lubbock Christian University, McMurray University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Wayland Baptist University, West Texas State University, and Southwest Texas State University. In addition, there are dual degree programs between Architecture (College of Architecture) and Civil Engineering and between Mathematics (College of Arts and Sciences) and Computer Science.
Community College Articulation Agreements. Students from community colleges generally transfer courses in English, history, political science, mathematics, and science to Texas Tech. Community colleges that adequately prepare students to study engineering have designated faculty who function as liaisons between their schools and the College of Engineering. Such cooperative arrangements provide students an opportunity to choose courses at the community college that are required by a specific major in the College of Engineering. Problems in transferring to Texas Tech are minimized by the student's early commitment to transfer to the College of Engineering. Current schools that have signed articulation agreements with the College of Engineering include Amarillo College, Clarendon College, Frank Phillips College, Midland College, and South Plains College.
Core Curriculum Requirements. The university has established a set of core courses required for all students. These requirements ensure breadth in each academic program. Students should consult their faculty advisors or chairperson regarding specific requirements. Please note that these requirements are incorporated in the curriculum of each major or specialization in the college. Students are urged to seek advisement prior to their first enrollment to avoid losing credit. A listing of Core Curriculum requirements is in the All-University Programs section of the catalog.
Foreign Students. Because of the large number of foreign students seeking admission to programs in the College of Engineering, it has become necessary to establish special admission requirements. Foreign students entering the college from their countries' high schools must have grades that are equivalent to an average grade of B on the U.S. scale. High school grades in mathematics and science courses must also average B, and all entering foreign students must achieve scores of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Foreign students seeking to transfer to the College of Engineering from other colleges or universities should contact the Director of Foreign Student Admissions for information about specific transfer requirements.
Undergraduate Degrees. The College of Engineering offers the following professional engineering curricula, each leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in the respective engineering fields: chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, petroleum, and engineering physics. The computer science curricula leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science. Engineering technology curricula with specializations in construction, electrical-electronics, and mechanical technology lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. A cooperative program between the Colleges of Engineering and Architecture leads to a degree from both entities. The Civil Engineering Department coordinates the program for the College of Engineering. In addition, there is a dual degree program between Mathematics (College of Arts and Sciences) and Computer Science. A College of Engineering interdepartmental program leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering; this degree program is not accredited by ABET.
The College of Engineering is divided into instructional departments that offer course work and supervise the degree programs. These departments are presented in special tables on the following pages along with a descriptive list of the courses offered by each department.
The courses listed in individual curriculum are prescribed for the various degrees. The course arrangement for the freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years is the recommended sequence of courses, whether students begin them in the summer or during the long session. Before registration for each semester, a student should check course prerequisites carefully in order to include courses that are prerequisite to the ones for the following semester.
Cooperative Education. A Cooperative Education Program for engineering students is available within the dean's office. To participate in this program students should contact the Director of Cooperative Education. There are three parties involved in the programthe college, the student, and the employer. These parties work together so that the student can learn and perform real-world engineering functions under the supervision of engineering professionals. This program consists of three work tours in industry alternated with semesters of course work at the university. Work assignments are related to academic and career goals with progressively responsible duties on the second and third tours. Students typically begin their first work tour after completion of their sophomore year and complete the third tour before the beginning of their senior year. Industry supervisors are expected to evaluate each student's work performance and education and share this evaluation information directly with the student. Information from this evaluation will be used confidentially to evaluate the effectiveness of our engineering program and the cooperative education program. Students must be registered for and meet the requirements of a qualifying cooperative education course during the semesters they are on tour in industry.
General Requirements of the College of Engineering. The requirements for a degree from the College of Engineering include many courses that are common to all degree programs. Most of these courses are taught at the freshman and sophomore level. Specific curricula have been established for each degree program and are given in detail on the following pages.
Dynamic Enrollment Management Plan. Each department administers a Dynamic Enrollment Management Plan (DEMP). With minor procedural differences between departments, the DEMP consists of the following phases: general admission, preliminary admission to a degree program, and the degree program. The initial phase consists of approximately the first three full semesters of a degree program. The second phase is different for each department and is usually the fourth semester of the degree program. The final phase consists of the last four semesters of a degree program. The student moves from the initial phase by earning grades of C or better in all courses and successfully petitioning the department of choice. A student enters the third phase by successfully completing the second phase, petitioning for entry into the third phase, and meeting the department's GPA requirements. The minimum cumulative GPA for graduation is 2.00. Detailed guidelines and other limitations related to the Dynamic Enrollment Management Plan are available in each departmental office and from the Dean's Office.
Maximum Course Load. A student must get approval from the Dean's Office to take more than 19 hours during a fall or spring semester or more than 8 hours during a summer term. Students on academic probation are not allowed to take more than 16 hours during a fall or spring semester.
Credit by Examination. Credit for some engineering courses above the freshman level is available through departmentally prepared examinations. The student must present to the academic dean a written request to take the examination. The petition must state the extent and manner in which the student obtained competence in the subject. Upon approval by the dean, the petition should be presented to the chair of the department concerned for arrangements to take the examination.
Correspondence Courses. All correspondence work taken for a degree program requires written approval from the Dean of the College of Engineering prior to registration. Correspondence courses taken from institutions other than Texas Tech, must be certified by the Department of Continuing Education as being equivalent to correspondence courses offered at Texas Tech.
Transfer Course Evaluation. Courses transferred from another institution will be evaluated for use in a given degree program by the Dean's Office. Engineering, computer science, and engineering technology courses will be evaluated by individual departments for possible credit.
Grades for Transfer Courses. The highest grade for a repeated course, either at Texas Tech or another institution, will be the grade used to determine acceptance of the course for a degree program. Only courses with a grade of C or better will be accepted for use on an engineering degree plan.
Prerequisites. In scheduling courses, prerequisites and corequisites are mandatory.
Engineering Science Courses. All designated engineering science courses in a degree program should be taken as early as possible. The designated engineering science courses are CE 2101, 2301, 3302, 3303, 3305, CHE 3321, 3330, EE 2304, IE 3301, ME 3311, 2322, 3331, and 3370. The designated engineering technology science courses are GTEC 2321, 2351, and 2411.
Basic Science and Mathematics Requirements. If a student receives advanced placement in a higher mathematics course (on the basis of high school mathematics classes, MAT, or SATM test scores) than the first required course in the particular degree program, the department may specify the replacement course. If not specified, the student has the option to take an additional higher level mathematics course, or substitute up to 4 hours of basic science for 4 hours of mathematics (some programs may specify the substitute course). The student must take a minimum of 12 hours of mathematics and 12 hours of basic science as required by the degree program. In order to meet the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET requirements, a minimum of 32 hours of approved basic sciences and mathematics must be completed. The Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET requires a minimum of 24 hours of approved basic science and mathematics for students in the Engineering Technology Department. The basic science and mathematics courses used for the substitution may or may not be required by the degree program. In any case, the student must meet the minimum number of hours required for graduation.
ROTC. Subject to the policies of the department and with the approval of the department chair, 3 hours of advanced ROTC credit may be counted for the general elective courses in engineering, computer science, and engineering technology degree programs.
Substitution of Courses. Any substitution of courses specified in a degree program requires the written approval of the chair of the student's major department and the Dean of the College of Engineering. Degree credit for electives requires written approval by the chair of the department involved. A list of acceptable technical electives for a degree program can be obtained from the department. Courses considered remedial, duplicative, or inferior will not be accepted.
Grades of C. A grade of C or better is required for all courses included in the degree plan.
Pass-Fail. All courses used to satisfy the degree program requirements must be taken for a grade. (The pass-fail option is not allowed.)
Scholarships. A student on departmental or college scholarship must be a full-time student to maintain his or her scholarship.
Engineering Undecided. A student registering as Engineering Undecided (ENUD) must select a major after completing 45 hours of academic credit. Exceptions to this rule will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the Dean's Office. Engineering Undecided is not a major.
Application for Degree. A student must file an "Application for Degree" with the office of the Dean of the College of Engineering at least one year before the anticipated date of graduation. Subsequently, the student will receive a list of courses and the number of credit hours that remain to be taken. In making this application, students must indicate the year's catalog under which they plan to graduate, since they must meet all of the requirements of a specific year's catalog. This must be a year during which the student is registered in the College of Engineering, with the restriction that all requirements for an undergraduate degree must be completed within seven years of the date of the catalog chosen. (Also see Uniform Undergraduate Degree requirements of the university.)
Second Degree. A student who has completed the requirements for a first bachelor's degree from the College of Engineering may acquire a second by completing the degree program for the second degree with the following restriction: at least 27 hours of the second degree requirements must be from courses not counted in attaining the first degree. The student must regain admission to enter the new degree program.
Freshman Programs. The College of Engineering expects entering students to meet certain admission requirements. Students who qualify, as evidenced by their high school records and placement tests, will be assigned to the freshman program shown in the departmental curriculum.
Entering students with inadequate preparation in mathematics or deficiencies in College of Engineering entrance requirements will be required to complete College Algebra, MATH 1320, and/or Trigonometry, MATH 1321, introductory chemistry or physics, in addition to the courses shown in the departmental curriculum. To remove such deficiencies, the student should attend summer school before the first long session.
Engineering students who need algebra, trigonometry, or science but who are unable to take advantage of summer school, should arrange an appropriate schedule with their faculty advisor. Typical schedules include:
Typical Alternate Freshman Year for Engineering Students.
|MATH 1321, Trigonometry||3||MATH 1350, Anal. Geom.||3|
|MATH 1320, Coll. Alg.||3||ENGL 1302, Adv. Coll. Rhet||3|
|EGR 1306, Engr. Graphics||3||ENGR 1305, Engr. Anal. I||3|
|ENGL 1301, Ess. Coll. Rhet||3||PHYS 1304, Basic Ideas and Meth.||3|
|CHEM 1301, Intro Chem||3||HIST 2300, Hist of U.S. to 1877||3|
|First Term||Second Term|
|MATH 1351, Calc. I||3||MATH 1352, Calc II||3|
Similar adjustment to compensate for deficiencies in recommended admission requirements can be made in the freshman programs in engineering technology and computer science. Special consideration will be given to applicants with strong high school backgrounds, even though they may not meet some of the specific entrance requirements. It should be noted, however, that most students who are admitted with fewer than the recommended qualifications should anticipate its requiring more than two semesters for the completion of the freshman program.
Minors. Students from other colleges or students outside their major department may elect to minor in an academic program of the College of Engineering. Each department will specify the required courses and number of hours that constitute a minor from their programs. Information on approved minors, if offered, is available from each department chairperson.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree. The College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Arts degree for students who are interested in a liberal arts background with strong emphasis in science and technology. This degree can be used as the background for those interested in the professional programs of medicine, dentistry, or law. With one to two additional years of study, the student can also obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in an accredited engineering program. Prospective students should make inquiries in the Office of the Dean of Engineering concerning requirements, opportunities, and limitations of the Bachelor of Arts degree. Each student studying toward the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by the College of Engineering is expected to develop, in consultation with a faculty advisor, a degree program that meets his or her individual needs. Each program must meet the following minimum general requirements for this degree.
1. English -- 15
2. Mathematics (beyond college algebra and trigonometry -- 12
3. Chemistry 1307,1308,1107,1108 -- 8
4. Physics 1308,2301,1105,1106 -- 8
5. American History -- 6
6. Political Science 1301,2302 -- 6
7. Social or behavioral sciences -- 6
8. **Humanities -- 3
9. Oral Communication -- 3
10. **Fine Arts -- 6
11. Visual & Performing Arts -- 3
12. *Engineering, engineering technology, and advanced science -- 42
13. Free Electives -- As Required
Minimum Total -- 128
*At least 24 hours of engineering courses must be completed.
**Multicultural and performing arts (as required).
The student's program should be developed no later than the first semester of the junior year and must be approved by the Dean of the College of Engineering. At least 27 hours of the engineering, engineering technology, and advanced science courses and 9 hours of the electives must be upper division courses. At least 24 hours of the engineering, engineering technology, and advanced science courses must be engineering courses.
Interdepartment Degree Plans. The College of Engineering offers a coordinated curriculum that leads to the awarding of two baccalaureate degrees from the college. At the present time, formal dual degree plans are available between Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, and between Computer Science and Chemical Engineering. Because of sequencing of courses and prerequisites, the student should enter the program during the freshman year and follow the plan rigorously. Because of the increased number of hours required, a minimum of five years is needed to complete the program. For information on the dual degrees, please contact the departments of interest.
Advanced Degrees in Engineering. Programs are available through the College of Engineering leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the fields of computer science and chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; and Master of Science degree in petroleum engineering. In addition to these programs, the College of Engineering offers a Master of Engineering degree designed especially for the practicing engineer desiring to continue their professional education.
Admission to the Graduate School is based upon an above average undergraduate record and satisfactory standing on the Graduate Record Examinations. The regulations and requirements of the Graduate School are given in the Graduate Catalog.
Courses in Engineering. (ENGR)
3000. Engineering Cooperative Education (V1-6). Prerequisite: Approval by the Engineering Cooperative Education Director. Field course for supervised preprofessional educational employment experiences in industry and government involving assignments in the student's major.
4092. Professionalism and Ethics in Engineering (V1-3).
Prerequisite: Senior standing or approval of instructor. Professional
and industrial problems and ethical issues in engineering practice. May be taken by correspondence.
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