Ralph E. White, Dean
Michael Perkins, Director of Student Services
Programs of Study
The college is composed of five departments: chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. Within the departments there is flexibility that allows students the opportunity to pursue specializations within these basic programs.
Any freshman applicant who is admitted to the baccalaureate degree program of the University of South Carolina is eligible to be admitted to any of the degree programs of the college. Transfer students with above-average records at other accredited colleges may apply for admission to the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours, including the preponderance of work in the major, in this college.
Qualified students outside of engineering may enroll in engineering courses through the Student Services Office on a space-available basis.
The Cooperative Education Program in the college is an optional program designed to provide career-related work experiences alternating with academic semesters. The purpose of the co-op experience is to give direction and enrichment to the students education, to help the student in career decision making, to improve after-graduation job prospects, and to enable students to pay for a significant portion of their college expenses.
To qualify for the co-op program, students must have completed 30 semester hours, maintain at least a 2.50 grade point average, and participate in at least two work experiences, each equal to one academic semester. Students are encouraged to enroll with the Engineering and Computer Science Career Services Office during their freshman year.
Grade Point Average
In addition to the general University requirements for a bachelors degree, the engineering student must have a GPA on all engineering courses attempted of at least 2.00, including repeated grades, and a GPA of 2.00 on all major courses, including repeated grades.
Students with a grade point average of less than 2.00 are considered to be on probation. Suspension from the University is described in the "Academic Regulations" section of this bulletin.
Repetition of Course Work
A student can repeat no more than five courses from the college in order to satisy the requirements for a degree from the College of Engineering and Information Technology. Multiple repeats of the same course are to be included in the total of five repeats. Regardless of other satisfactory work, a student may not repeat a course a third time. For this purpose, withdrawal from a course with a grade of W is not regarded as enrollment in that course.
Sophomore Year. A student must earn an overall GPA of at least 2.20 on the first 30 semester hours of course work to continue in the College of Engineering and Information Technology.
Upper Division. To be admitted to the upper division and to be eligible to enroll in upper-division classes, a student must have at least a 2.00 GPA on all lower-division courses required in the degree program. A listing of lower- and upper-division courses for all degree programs is maintained in the Student Services Office. The GPA computation will include repeated grades (see "Repetition of Course Work" above). A student not meeting these requirements must transfer out of the College of Engineering and Information Technology.
At the time of admission to the upper division, those engineering students with a GPA of at least 3.40 on the lower-division courses attempted may select the special Plan "M." Selection of Plan "M" declares the students objective is a masters degree and allows a sequencing of courses to meet that goal in an optimal time period. The student may plan a schedule, time of graduation, and finances accordingly. Students in Plan "M" would earn both a bachelors and a masters degree and would be eligible for graduate assistantships upon admission to The Graduate School. Students in Plan "M" must maintain a GPA of 3.40.
Students not in Plan "M" may, of course, apply to graduate school in the customary fashion, and those in Plan "M" may opt out and become candidates for the bachelors degree only. Those not eligible (or who do not apply) for Plan "M" at the time of upper-division admission may do so later, if eligible.
Certain majors within the college offer accelerated degree programs in accordance with the procedures given under the "Academic Regulations" section of this bulletin.
The College of Engineering and Information Technology offers programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and Bachelor of Science with a major in Computer Information Systems. Majors for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering are chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
The curricula for all baccalaureate programs include a set of courses that fulfill the general education requirements of the University and a set of courses that are specific to the major. Elective courses within the major will permit further specialization.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
At times the University confers a second baccalaureate degree upon candidates who have completed all requirements for the second degree, provided that the additional requirements for the second degree include a minimum of 32 semester hours beyond those required for the first degree and a minimum of 144 semester hours total. The College of Engineering and Information Technology cooperates with other colleges in this option.
A student in the College of Engineering and Information Technology may choose a minor from a field outside of the college consisting of at least 15 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent program in a second area of study. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. Descriptions of specific minor programs are available in the Student Services Office.
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101, 102 (6 hours)
A grade of C or better is required in ENGL 101 and 102. Enrollment in MATH 142 requires a grade of C or better in MATH 141.
The liberal arts courses must, at a minimum, include one three-hour course in history and one three-hour course in the fine arts. Students should select liberal arts courses to complement the technical content of their curricula.
The natural science requirement of the Universitys general education requirements is met by the science requirements of each degree program.
Individual programs may have additional requirements, which could be considered as contributing to the general education requirements.
Foreign languages--students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.
Course Descriptions (ENGR)
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