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    Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Engineering


Dean’s Office
Discovery Park, Room A140

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310440
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940-565-4300

Undergraduate Academic Advising
Discovery Park, Room A101
940-565-4201

Web site: engineering.unt.edu

Hanchen Huang, Dean

Yan Huang, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies
Nandika Anne D’Souza, Associate Dean
Andrey Voevodin, Associate Dean for Research
 

Engineering is the application of science and mathematics to the solution of relevant societal needs and problems. The current standard of living is due in large part to efforts of engineers and technologists. Technological development has created a demand for qualified engineers and technologists who maintain the momentum of innovation and who extend and direct its course. The expanding population, with its increased demand for goods and services, has imposed challenges to provide a diversity of new and better products with minimized adverse side effects. Engineers and technologists recognize that long-term solutions are found in careful, thorough planning and study.

The University of North Texas College of Engineering strives to educate and train engineers and technologists who have the vision to recognize and solve the problems of society. The College of Engineering comprises five degree-granting departments of instruction and research. The Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering offer programs of study and research leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; some offer programs in one or more majors. Undergraduate programs include biomedical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, construction engineering technology, electrical engineering, information technology, materials science and engineering, mechanical and energy engineering, and mechanical engineering technology.

Mission

The mission of the UNT College of Engineering is to capitalize on the opportunity for innovation and excellence in teaching, research and service. This will be achieved by a strategic alliance among all of the college’s constituencies in the region, the state of Texas and the nation. The constituencies involved include foremost our undergraduate and graduate students as well as academic units and industry, particularly in North Texas, so as to foster economic development and promote an academically diverse environment.

Vision

The vision of the College of Engineering is to have the highest quality and most innovative teaching and research programs in North Texas and beyond:

  • in strategically selected areas of engineering and computer science that service the community, industry, and the profession;
  • in an intellectually stimulating and diverse environment; and
  • in support of industry and economic development.

College of Engineering admissions requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering is contingent on clear admission to the university. The College has 5 departments of Engineering.

Applicants will be admitted to the College of Engineering in an Engineering program if they meet the requirements below:

Freshman Applicants

  1. they were in the top 25% of their graduating class and have a math SAT score of 590 or better and a total SAT score of 1140 or better; or a math ACT score of 23 or better and a cumulative ACT score of 23 or better.
  2. they were in the top 50% of their graduating class or have no graduating class ranking (home schooled, GED, international students, etc.) and have a math SAT score of 620 or better and a total SAT score of 1170 or better; or a math ACT score of 24 or better and a cumulative ACT score of 24 or better.
  3. they were below 50% in their graduating class and have a math SAT score of 650 or better and a total SAT score of 1250 or better; or a math ACT score of 26 or better and a cumulative ACT score of 26 or better.
  • Freshman applicants to Engineering Technology programs must have a math SAT score of 570 or better, or a math ACT score of 22 or better.

Transfer, international and post-baccalaureate applicants

  • Internal transfer of students from other majors within UNT, students transferring from institutions within the US, international and post-baccalaureate (second bachelor’s degree) applicants must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1710 (Calculus I) or in a higher-level math class, be a student in good standing and have a grade point average of 2.0 or greater in all prior math, science, and engineering coursework.

 

Admission for Pre-Engineering and students changing major to an engineering program within UNT:

Students not meeting the admission requirements for the major to be directly enrolled in a degree major in the College of Engineering will be supported through enrollment as a pre-major in their corresponding program.

Students classified as pre-majors will be reclassified into their respective major within the College of Engineering upon completing the corresponding course listed below with a C or higher and a student in good standing

Pre-major

Course to be completed with a C or higher

Pre-Computer Science

CSCE 1030  

Pre-Information Technology

CSCE 1030  

Pre-Computer Engineering

CSCE 1030  

Pre-Electrical Engineering

MATH 1710  

Pre-Mechanical and Energy Engineering

MATH 1710  

Pre-Biomedical Engineering

MATH 1710  

Pre-Materials Science and Engineering

MATH 1710  

Pre-Mechanical Engineering Technology

MATH 1710  

Pre-Construction Engineering Technology

MATH 1710  

 

While enrolled in the pre-major, a student must be continuously enrolled each semester in a MATH course approved by an engineering advisor. A student will have 4 long semesters once enrolled in the pre-major to meet the requirements to be admitted to the major.

Enrollment in mathematics classes for entering freshmen will be determined in accordance with criteria established by the Department of Mathematics. The UNT mathematics department web site lists links to preparation tests for the UNT math placement exam (www.math.unt.edu/academics/mathematics-placement).

Degree audit

A degree audit is an official document of the university that lists all the courses needed to complete a chosen degree and shows how all of the courses completed are applied toward the degree. Students should file for a degree audit by making an appointment with the faculty advisor in the major department.

  1. All students must request an official degree audit through the departmental faculty advisor upon successful completion of the Departmental Foundation requirements.
  2. Students who have not filed a degree audit will be blocked from enrolling in upper-division major courses.

Students should take a complete evaluated transcript of all college work to their faculty advisors for conferences to fill out degree audit request forms. After the degree audit request forms have been signed, the department should send all materials to the College of Engineering Undergraduate Academic Advising Office, where official degree audits will be prepared. Graduation checks should be requested during the term/semester before graduation.

Academic advising

Information about academic matters is available from various sources within the College of Engineering. Undergraduate academic advising is available through the Dean’s Office and in the major departments. Advisors assist students in the selection of courses and answer questions about selecting a major, degree audits, application of transfer credit, general academic requirements, and policies and procedures.

While college faculty and staff members give students academic advice and assistance, each student is expected to take responsibility for his or her education and personal development. The student must know and abide by the academic and disciplinary policies given in the undergraduate catalog, including rules governing quantity of work, the standard of work required to continue in the university, academic probation and dismissal, and enforced withdrawal. The student must also know and meet the requirements of his or her degree program, including the university’s core, and the College of Engineering foundation requirements; must enroll in courses appropriate to the program; must meet prerequisites and take courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly and timely progress; and must seek advice from college advisors or faculty advisors in the major about degree requirements and other college and university policies when necessary. The student must also know and adhere to all college and university deadlines.

All students are expected to be familiar with the following sources of information. Students will not be relieved of their responsibility to know the policies, deadlines and business practices of the university on the grounds that they were not told. If students have questions regarding these materials, it is the university’s expectation that the student will consult his/her academic advisor for guidance and resolution.

Policy on Academic Performance and Dismissal in the College of Engineering

  1. Students in the College of Engineering will conduct themselves in a professional manner in their interaction with their peers, faculty, staff and the community in general. A student may be dismissed from the college for inappropriate conduct (please refer to the Code of Student Conduct).
  2. A student must maintain good academic standing within the university. Please see “Academic status” and “Regulations governing students under academic suspension” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. Additional requirements for academic performance are found under the program the student is enrolled in.

NOTE: Students placed on academic suspension for a second time are eligible to apply for readmission to the College of Engineering after having not attended UNT for the prescribed period of time as outlined in “Regulations governing students under academic suspension” in the Academics section of this catalog. A student must petition the dean of the College of Engineering for reinstatement. If the petition for reinstatement is disapproved, a student may not file another petition until the following term. The decision of the office of the dean is final. A student who receives a third suspension will be dismissed indefinitely from the university, but will be dismissed permanently from the College of Engineering.

Programs of Study

The college offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science with majors in biomedical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical and energy engineering;
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with majors in construction engineering technology, and mechanical engineering technology; and
  • Bachelor of Arts, with a major in information technology.

A concentration in manufacturing engineering technology is available under the major in mechanical engineering technology.

Grad Track Programs

The College of Engineering offers Grad Track options to enable eligible undergraduate students to earn graduate credit hours that are applied towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree plans.

To be eligible, students should be eligible to enroll in the capstone design course in the following semester, have a UNT GPA of 3.5 or higher and want to complete a Master’s or PhD that is a) housed in the department from which they are completing their bachelor’s degree, and b) within the same discipline as their bachelor’s degree.

 Two options for the program are offered

  • The Grad Track leading to Master’s degree allows you to earn 9 hours of graduate credit while you are enrolled as an undergraduate student. These 9 credits are also applied to your Master’s degree plan once you are admitted to the graduate program.
  • The Grad Track Leading to PhD degree allows you to earn 12 hours of graduate credit while you are enrolled as an undergraduate student. These 12 credits are also applied to your PhD degree plan once you are admitted to the graduate program.


Degree requirements and the University Core Curriculum

Occasionally a course required for a degree may also satisfy a requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition to taking the required course, a student may elect to take a different course from among those available to fulfill that core requirement; doing so, however, may add to the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who have questions regarding degree requirements and core requirements should consult an academic advisor.

Bachelor of Science degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy all general requirements for the bachelor’s degree listed in the Academics section of this catalog, and all engineering degree requirements as listed below.

  1. Hours required for the degree: Completion of a minimum of 120–128 total semester hours; 36-45 must be advanced, depending on the major.
  2. General university requirements: See “University Core Curriculum” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. Major requirements: A major of at least 24 semester hours; 12 hours of advanced work in the major must be completed at UNT. Only grades of A, B and C in major courses are accepted. See specific degree audit for exact requirements.
  4. Minor (optional): A minor is at least 18 hours, of which a minimum of 6 hours must be advanced, from a field outside the major. Minors are chosen with faculty advisors for selected majors. For some majors the minor is specified, but for most majors a minor field is optional. Consult major requirements.
  5. Electives: See specific degree audit for exact requirements.
  6. Other course requirements: Only grades of A, B and C in other required courses are accepted. Examples of other required courses include, but are not limited to, supporting area courses, technical elective courses, technical option courses, math and science courses, and specialization courses. See specific degree audit for exact requirements.

Bachelor of Arts degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must satisfy all general requirements for the bachelor’s degree listed in the Academics section of this catalog, and all engineering degree requirements as listed below.

  1. Hours required for the degree: Completion of a minimum of 121 semester hours; 42 must be advanced.
  2. General university requirements: See “University Core Curriculum” in the Academics section of this catalog.
  3. Major requirements: A major of at least 30 semester hours; 12 hours of advanced work in the major must be completed at UNT. Only grades of A, B and C in major courses are accepted. See specific degree audit for exact requirements.
  4. Minor (optional): A minor is at least 18 hours, of which a minimum of 6 hours must be advanced, from a field outside the major. Minors are chosen with faculty advisors for selected majors. For some majors the minor is specified, but for most majors a minor field is optional. Consult major requirements.
  5. Electives: See specific degree audit for exact requirements.
  6. Other course requirements: Only grades of A, B and C in other required courses are accepted. Examples of other required courses include, but are not limited to, supporting area courses, technical elective courses, technical option courses, math and science courses, and specialization courses. See specific degree audit for exact requirements.

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Go to information for Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Go to information for Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Department of Electrical Engineering

Go to information for Department of Electrical Engineering.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Go to information for Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Go to information for Department of Mechanical Engineering.