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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

The College of Engineering offers five Bachelor of Science degree programs in: Biomedical Engineering (BME); Civil Engineering (CE); Computer Engineering (CmpE); Electrical Engineering (EE); and Mechanical Engineering (ME). The three programs of CE, EE and ME are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC/ABET). The BME and CmpE are newly established programs. While the latter are not currently ABET accredited, plans are underway for the accreditation of these programs.

The College has excellent laboratory facilities where students receive hands-on instruction by faculty. Computer-aided design (CAD) facilities, including state-of-the-art workstations, are routinely used in all programs. Some classes are taught by adjunct faculty from local industries, giving students the opportunity to interact with engineering professionals engaged in relevant engineering practice.

This engineering education incorporates demonstrable attributes of ABET-2000 criteria as core values. Graduates from the College of Engineering should have excellent opportunities for employment and pursuit of graduate degrees.

College Honors

The College of Engineering designates certain of its outstanding students as Honors students and provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision. Selection for the honors designation is based on the student’s academic performance and recommendation by a faculty member in the student’s major discipline. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum UTSA grade point average of 3.25 and a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in their major at UTSA. These minimum averages must be maintained by the student to receive approval of the College Honors Committee. Students applying for College Honors must enroll in EGR 4993 Honors Research during their final two semesters. The completed research paper must be approved by the supervising faculty sponsor and by at least one of the faculty members in the student’s major discipline. Students interested in this program should contact a faculty advisor for additional information.

Admission to the College of Engineering

The admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at UTSA is based on UTSA’s undergraduate admission requirements plus the following additional admission criteria for the College of Engineering. A student is admitted directly into a major only if all College of Engineering admission criteria are met. Students interested in pursuing the Biomedical Engineering major must meet additional requirements. See the Department of Biomedical Engineering section for information on admission to the Biomedical Engineering major.

The following are the requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering majors including Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering:

  1. Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for new freshmen or freshman transfers who have been admitted to the University (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):
    1. Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I
    2. i. Graduated in the top quartile of their high school graduating class, or
      ii. Graduated in the second quartile of their high school class and have a combined SAT critical reading and mathematics score of at least 1100 with a minimum mathematics score of 550 or an ACT score of at least 24, or
      iii. Must be granted admission into a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College of Engineering if not meeting the criteria in i. and ii. above.

      New freshmen and freshman transfers applying for admission to the College of Engineering and not meeting the mathematics requirement in the above criteria (criterion a) will be placed into University College as pre-engineering majors.

      New freshmen and freshman transfers not admitted directly to a College of Engineering major, nor placed into University College as a pre-engineering major, must select a different major at the University.

  2. Requirements for direct admission to a College of Engineering major for transfer students who have earned 30 or more hours and have been admitted to the University:
    1. Completed MAT 1214 Calculus I, or the equivalent, with a grade of “C–” or better.
    2. i. Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, or
      ii. Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average of at least 2.25 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, and be granted admission to the College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College.

Transfer students not admitted directly to a College of Engineering major should select a different major at the University.

Pre-engineering majors who have at least a 2.50 grade point average in each of the three components of the Three Calculation Grade Point Average (see below) should apply for admission to a College of Engineering major after completing 15 credit hours of required courses, including MAT 1214 with a grade of “C–” or better. Pre-engineering students have a maximum of three semesters from the first semester enrolled to convert their status to an engineering major.

Placement as an Engineering Major

Incoming students who meet all admission criteria either directly from high school or with transfer credits will be admitted into one of the following majors: Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CmpE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or Mechanical Engineering (ME). All students admitted to engineering majors should follow their major curriculum. If a student cannot meet all the admission criteria for an engineering major, he or she may be admitted as a pre-engineering student in University College.

“C-” Grade Rule

A grade of “D+” or lower in any science or mathematics course required for an engineering degree or any other course that is a prerequisite to a required Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), or Engineering (EGR) course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further engineering education. Any such course in which a grade of “D+," "D," "D-," “F,” or “W” is received must be repeated before enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. This requirement is subject to the three-attempt limit.

Three-Attempt Limit for the College of Engineering

A student unable to achieve the minimum required grade in a required engineering course or in a prerequisite to a required engineering course within three enrollments (attempts) shall be required to change his or her major to a field outside of the College of Engineering. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of “W,” is considered an attempt.

Three-Calculation Grade Point Average

The three grade point average calculations employ only the grades received in courses that are applicable to the engineering degree being sought. The grade point averages used in the three-calculation grade point average (GPA) are:

  • overall grade point average of all courses (Overall GPA),
  • grade point average of all mathematics, science, and engineering courses, and
  • grade point average of all courses taken in the discipline of the major subject (Major GPA).

Cooperative Education in Engineering Program

The Cooperative Education in Engineering Program formally integrates University studies with institutionally supervised work experiences at cooperating organizations. Students participating in this program alternate periods of study at the University with periods of employment in industry. This combination of experiences enhances the student’s knowledge, personal development, and preparation for a professional career. Participants register at the University each semester. During the work periods, students register for the 1-semester-credit-hour Engineering Co-op course. At the end of each work period, students submit reports covering the period. These reports are the basis of the student’s grades in the course. The cooperative education work periods also provide students with a source of income to help pay for their college expenses.

Students may petition to apply 3 semester credit hours of Engineering Co-op as a technical elective toward their degree in engineering. They must petition prior to co-op activities.

To qualify for the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, a student must: have declared a major in the College of Engineering; have completed at least 36 semester credit hours of major and support work, including 7 hours of college-level calculus and 8 hours of college-level physics; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in their College of Engineering courses. Students are advised that many co-op employers require cumulative grade point averages higher than 2.50, and some require a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Transfer students may participate in the program after completing at least one semester at the University.

For more information and to apply to the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, students should contact the College of Engineering Advising Center.

Degree Requirements Common to All Engineering Programs

During their first semester, students should specify their interest in a specific engineering program by selecting biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering as a major. Undecided engineering students should select a major closest to their area of interest (refer to the following program descriptions). Students may obtain additional information about each program from the College office or a faculty advisor in the appropriate discipline.

Prerequisites for Biomedical Engineering (BME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CmpE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Engineering (EGR) courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. A minimum grade of “C-” is required for all science and mathematics courses required in the Engineering programs. Students must satisfy the University’s Core Curriculum and ABET accreditation requirements. Recommended degree plans and current ABET requirements may be obtained from the College of Engineering.

Requirements common to all engineering degree programs follow.

  1. Core Curriculum requirements

    Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in any engineering field must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students at UTSA.

    MAT 1214, PHY 1943, and PHY 1963 (also listed under section II, General Engineering requirements) may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Life & Physical Sciences.

  2. General Engineering requirements

     All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours:

    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
    EGR  2323  Applied Engineering Analysis I
    MAT 1214  Calculus I
    MAT 1224  Calculus II
    PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
    PHY  1963, 1971 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory

  3. All students admitted to the College of Engineering must complete at least 42 semester credit hours from their required major courses at UTSA before graduation.



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