The College of Engineering offers six Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in: Biomedical Engineering (BME); Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE); Computer Engineering (CPE); Electrical Engineering (EE); and Mechanical Engineering (ME). The College of Engineering programs in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Chemical Engineering is a newly established program and will seek accreditation following graduation of their first class per ABET policy.
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.
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
Freshmen and Freshman Transfer Students
Pre-engineering students must complete a total of 30 credit hours in University College. In the semester the student completes 30 credit hours, the student will be evaluated for admission into the College of Engineering. The following are the pre-engineering admission requirements for freshmen or freshman transfer students (freshman transfers are transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 hours):
- Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 Calculus I, or a higher level mathematics course
- Qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) or higher
After successfully completing 30 semester credit hours of required courses, including MAT 1214 Calculus I and WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (Q) with grades of “C-” or better, pre-engineering majors who have at least a 2.50 overall and STEM (math, science, and engineering) grade point average should meet with their assigned academic advisor to change their major from pre-engineering to a specific College of Engineering major.
Admission to the College of Engineering is competitive and not guaranteed.
The following are the transfer requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering for transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours:
- Completed MAT 1214 Calculus I, or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.
- Meet grade point average requirements:
- 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
- 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 into the College of Engineering will be changed to Undeclared (UND) and must choose another major outside of engineering. Additional admission requirements are needed for the biomedical and chemical engineering majors and are listed under their respective program requirements.
Students pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering must successfully complete MAT 1214 Calculus I, the Gateway Course, with a grade of “C-” or better in no more than two attempts. A student who is unable to successfully complete this course within two attempts, including dropping the course with a grade of “W” or taking an equivalent course at another institution, will be required to change his or her major outside of engineering.
“C-” Grade Rule
A grade of “C-” or better in any science, engineering or mathematics course required for an engineering degree or any other course that is a prerequisite to a required Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPE), Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), or Engineering (EGR) course indicates satisfactory preparation for further engineering education. Any course assigned a grade below a “C-” 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 “C-” Grade Rule 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. Dropping a course with a grade of “W” is considered an attempt.
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 3-semester-credit-hour EGR 3303 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.
To qualify for the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, a student must have declared a major in the College of Engineering 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 UTSA.
For more information and to apply to the Cooperative Education in Engineering Program, students should contact their faculty mentor.
Degree Requirements Common to All Engineering Programs
During their first semester, students should specify their interest in a specific engineering program by selecting biomedical, chemical, 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 their academic advisor or a faculty advisor in the appropriate department.
Prerequisites for Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPE), 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.
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.
Course requirements common to all engineering degree programs follow.
I. 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 Calculus I, PHY 1943 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I, and PHY 1963 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (also listed under section II, General Engineering requirements) may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Life and Physical Sciences.
II. General Engineering requirements
All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following:
|CHE 1103||General Chemistry I||3|
|EGR 2323||Applied Engineering Analysis I||3|
|MAT 1214||Calculus I||4|
|MAT 1224||Calculus II||4|
|or EGR 1324||Calculus II for Engineers|
& PHY 1951
|Physics for Scientists and Engineers I|
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory
& PHY 1971
|Physics for Scientists and Engineers II|
and Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory
|Total Credit Hours||22|