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Edward E. Whitacre Jr.
College of Engineering

Dr. Sacco

Al Sacco, Jr., Ph.D.

Office of the Dean
100 Engineering Center
Box 43103
Lubbock, TX 79409-3103
T 806.742.3451
F 806.742.3493

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About the College

The Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering (WCOE) is an internationally recognized research institution ranked among the best in the nation. Award-winning faculty, interactive classes, and hands-on internships combine to empower students with the knowledge and experience they will need for a future in engineering.

By blending math, science, and creative thinking, engineers design solutions that improve society and transform the world. Each academic program includes not only an education in the basic sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences, but also the technical knowledge needed to help solve the technological problems confronting society.

WCOE historically produces quality graduates. One component of this emphasis on excellence is the requirement of a grade of C or better in all courses that are part of the degree plan. The college also monitors student retention on a regular basis and has developed programs and tools to improve student retention and help students learn.

WCOE 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, and students will experience assessment and advisement based on outcomes as they complete their education. The capstone senior design course or sequence of courses offered by each department is a measure of the integrated knowledge and ability of students. By their senior year, students not only have developed technical knowledge, but they also have learned to work as part of a professional team, value ethics, and advance to a pattern of life-long learning.

The Bachelor of Science degree programs in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, construction engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, 410.347.7700, The two engineering technology programs—construction and mechanical—lead to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree* and are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Master of Environmental Engineering, a five-year degree program that starts with the freshman year, is also accredited by ABET and is administered in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The option of a non-ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering is available to Master of Environmental Engineering students.


* Program being phased out. No new students accepted.


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