Dean: David T. Hayhurst (460-6140)
Assistant Dean: Robert C. Foley (460-6140)
Director of Graduate Studies: B. Keith Harrison (460-6140)
College of Engineering Web
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The College of Engineering
offers programs of study leading to the following degrees:
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
The mission of the College of Engineering is to provide
students with quality, accessible undergraduate and graduate engineering
education, to prepare graduates for professional careers and life-long
learning, to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge,
to serve society through professional practice and community outreach
and to act as a catalyst for economic and technological development
of the Gulf Coast region, the State of Alabama and the Nation.
Admission to the University of South Alabama constitutes
admission to the College of Engineering for those students wishing
to major in engineering. Incoming students must specify a particular
discipline in the College as a major in order to receive proper counseling
and pursue their engineering course work. Transfer students must declare
a major and have all transfer credit evaluated by the Admissions Office.
The department chair will approve transfer credit for engineering
degree credit except where substitutions are involved; substitutions
require the approval of the dean. Transfer students are encouraged
to have departmental evaluations accomplished prior to their first
registration for classes.
freshmen students not adequately prepared to enter the degree program
may be required to take additional preparatory course work. Such preparatory
work will not be counted toward the major degree program.
must have the prerequisites for the courses in which they enroll;
students who enroll without prerequisites are subject to administrative
withdrawal by the dean. Prerequisites are satisfied by courses taken
either at South Alabama or by acceptable transfer credit. Students
not exempted from EH 101 will be required to take it as a prerequisite
to EH 102.
society is permeated by an extensive technology that affects the lives
of everyone. The engineering function in this modern society-while
basically unchanged from the goal of using natural resources for the
betterment of mankindóhas more far-reaching and immediate consequences
than ever before through the social, economic, environmental, and
political reactions that follow technological developments.
profession has recognized that to fulfill the social as well as technical
responsibilities incumbent upon todayís engineer, engineering graduates
must not only be technically competent, but must also be as broadly
educated as possible within the allotted educational time period.
To this end, the College of Engineering strives to prepare its students
ultimately to assume their responsibilities by providing technically
sound programs of instruction that incorporate a strong component
in the humanities and social sciences. Graduates are prepared to take
industrial positions, to assume positions with government, or to pursue
may also qualify as pre-medical students should they desire to apply
for admission to medical school. Students interested in medical careers
should consult with the Dean of the College of Medicine.
COMPONENT STANDING FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM
All departments in the College of Engineering require
Professional Component Standing (PCS) for most 300- and 400-level
courses. PCS is awarded by the appropriate department chair when the
student does the following:
a required set of fundamental courses;
- Has at least
a 2.00 GPA (and a C-grade minimum in all EE/CIS courses in the Computer
Engineering Degree) or ďCĒ level competency for certain departmentally
specified courses taken at the University of South Alabama; and
- Has at least
a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama.
fail to maintain PCS criteria will lose PCS and may be required to
take or repeat appropriate courses as specified by the department
chair to correct their deficiencies and may not be permitted to continue
in the 300- and 400-level engineering courses. See departmental policy
statements for additional details.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A BACHELOR DEGREE
To become a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree
in one of the five major disciplines within the College of Engineering,
the student must satisfy the general requirements of the University
as set forth in ďAcademic Information,Ē and must have satisfactorily
completed the program of instruction specified by the major department.
In addition to these requirements, the Engineering student must have
at least a GPA of 2.00 or C-level competency in all subjects taken
in the studentís major department at the University of South Alabama.
A transfer student must
complete at least 32 hours of approved courses with at least 16 hours
in the upper level of the studentís major department at the University
of South Alabama.
Engineering students are
required to take and make a "good faith" effort to pass the
Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to their anticipated
date of graduation. Students should be aware
of the 60-day advance deadline established by the State Board of Registration
for submission of examination application materials. Failure to meet
the deadline could result in delayed graduation.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MINORS IN DISCIPLINES OTHER THAN ENGINEERING
Engineering students may complete a minor in disciplines other than engineering. Students desiring to do so must complete the published requirements for that discipline subject to the limitation that no more than three courses required in their engineering curriculum may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a minor.
OF BULLETIN FOR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
After an absence of one calendar year or when transferring
into an engineering program, students must use the Bulletin in effect
at the time of readmission or transfer, or a later version. No student
may use a Bulletin older than six years from the date of graduation.
The College of Engineering also offers an attractive
five year cooperative Education Program. This program allows the student
to gain valuable engineering experience as he or she pursues his or
her degree. The freshman year is spent as a full time student at the
university. During the sophomore and junior years the student alternates
working full time with an excellent salary for one semester and taking
full time course work the next semester. The student returns to school
full time for the senior year.
This program offers many
advantages for the student. Interested students should consult with
either Career Services Center or the College of Engineering.
The College of Engineering offers programs leading
to degrees of Master of Science in Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical
Engineering. The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate level
course work but does not offer a graduate degree program at present.
The programs of study
are designed to provide knowledge of modern engineering concepts and
practices; to prepare the graduate for the practice of engineering
at a higher level of proficiency than attainable with the bachelorís
degree; and to prepare the graduate for further study toward the doctoral
degree should the graduate so desire.
The programs comprise
course work and directed theoretical and experimental inquiry in thesis
or project research. A program option requiring only course work is
also available. The course work only option, while available to all
graduate students, is particularly attractive to full time employed
engineers that are interested in augmenting and enhancing their engineering
skills as part time students. Courses are available in the evening
to accommodate employed students.
1. Regular Admission
- An ABET accredited B.S. degree in engineering in a relevant field.
- For those students not holding a B.S. degree in engineering from
an ABET accredited program: a B.S. degree in engineering in a relevant
field and a minimum combined score of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative
sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
- For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL
test is required. If an international student has earned a bachelorís
or graduate degree at an accredited United States institution or higher
education, the TOEFL test is not required.
2. Provisional Admissions
- B.S. degree in engineering from an ABET accredited program or a
minimum combined score of 900 on the verbal and quantitative sections
of the Graduate Record Examination is required. Applicants for Chemical
Engineering may substitute an American Chemical Society accredited
B.S. degree in chemistry in place of the B.S. degree from an ABET
- A B.S. in engineering or in a field acceptable to the departmental
Graduate Admissions Committee is required. Depending on the studentís
background additional undergraduate preparatory courses may be required.
These courses will not count toward the Masterís degree.
- A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on all undergraduate work
(A=4.0) including a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 over the last
64 course hours of undergraduate work or, a minimum grade-point average
of 2.75 over the last 64 course hours of undergraduate work is required.
Each applicant will be reviewed by the
Admissions Committee of the appropriate department which may reserve
the right to evaluate additional credentials, such as, but not limited
to, course work taken, letter of recommendation, etc.
The above are minimum requirements for
OF STATUS FROM PROVISIONAL TO REGULAR STANDING WITHIN THE MASTER PROGRAMS
The following requirements are in addition to the Graduate School
requirements for change of status:
Students required to complete additional undergraduate course
work in partial fulfillment of the requirements to advance from Provisional
Admission to Regular Admission must obtain a minimum grade-point average
of at least 3.00 on the total of all such required courses with a
grade of at least C in each course.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering requires
students with Provisional Admission status to either pass a departmental
qualifying examination or take the GRE and obtain a minimum score
of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record
Examination for advancement from the Provisional to the Regular Admission
status. The qualifying examination covers five areas of the electrical
engineering undergraduate curriculum: digital system design, linear
system theory, electronics, electromagnetics and energy conversion.
The examination must be taken prior to the semester in which the student
registers for the 13th hour of course work toward the studentís graduate
degree program. The student should contact the departmental Graduate
Coordinator for further details.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MASTERS DEGREE
Each student will have a graduate advisory committee
and a faculty advisor. The studentís program of study must be approved
by the advisory committee and all courses taken must have the approval
of the studentís faculty advisor.
Three plans of study
are offered. All plans require a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit.
The thesis option includes 6 hours of credit for the thesis. The project
option includes 3 hours of credit for the project. The thesis differs
from the project in that the thesis is usually oriented toward original
engineering research whereas the project is usually oriented toward
engineering applications. The following minimum distribution requirements
must be met for each of the three options:
Thesis Option: 33 semester
hours credit required for degree (27 hours course work required)
- 15 to 21 semester hours course work
- 6 to 12 semester hours course work
in supporting areas
- 6 semester hours of thesis credit
Project Option: 33
semester hours credit required for degree (30 hours course work required).
Electrical Engineering requires 36 semester hours credit for this
18 to 21 semester hours course
work in engineering
9 to 12 semester hours course
work in supporting areas
3 semester hours of project
Course Work Option:
33 semester hours credit required for degree (33 hours course work
required). Electrical Engineering requires 36 semester hours credit
for this option.
- 21 to 24 semester hours course work
- 9 to 12 semester hours course
work in supporting areas
The distribution for the three options
relating to the MSEE degree is somewhat higher than the minimum. For
details, see the section on "Master of Science in Electrical
Supporting areas include mathematics, natural sciences, basic medical
sciences, computer sciences, statistics, business, as well as engineering.
A maximum of six hours of directed study may be counted toward the
degree. A maximum of six hours of thesis may be counted toward the
Students must complete satisfactorily a comprehensive examination.
Students failing this examination may try a second time not sooner
than 12 weeks after the first attempt. Students failing the second
time will be academically dismissed from the program.
The thesis or project candidate must present a satisfactory oral
defense of the written report. Should the student present an unsatisfactory
defense, a second attempt will be allowed not sooner than 12 weeks
after the first attempt. A second unsatisfactory defense will result
in dismissal from the program.
An engineering senior at the University of South Alabama who has
completed 96 semester hours with a GPA of 3.00 or better may with
approval of the Director of Graduate Studies enroll in graduate engineering
courses provided the total semester load does not exceed 15 hours.
However, the same courses may not be counted toward both the undergraduate
and any further graduate degree.
of all General Engineering (EG) courses