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COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
 
Dean: John Steadman (251) 460-6140

Director of Graduate Studies: Thomas G. Thomas, Jr. (251) 460-6140

Assistant Dean: Robert C. Foley (251) 460-6140
 
College of Engineering web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/engineering/
 
DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
 
DEGREE PROGRAMS OFFERED
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 Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
 
MISSION STATEMENT
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 lifelong 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.
 
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Admission to the University of South Alabama constitutes admission to the College of Engineering for those students wishing to major in engineering. Incoming students should specify a particular discipline in the College as a major as soon as practical 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.
Entering 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.
Students must have the prerequisites for the courses in which they enroll; students who enroll without prerequisites are subject to administrative withdrawal. 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.
Today's 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 mankind-has more far-reaching and immediate consequences than ever before through the social, economic, environmental, and political reactions that follow technological developments.
The engineering profession has recognized that to fulfill the social as well as technical responsibilities incumbent upon today's 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 graduate studies.
Engineering students may also qualify as premedical 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.
 
PROFESSIONAL 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:
1. Completes a required set of fundamental courses;
2. Has at least a 2.00 GPA (and a C-grade minimum in all EE/CIS courses in the Computer Engineering Degree) or "C" level competency for certain departmentally specified courses taken at the University of South Alabama; and
3. Has at least a 2.00 GPA overall at the University of South Alabama.
Students who 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.
 
DEGREE 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 "Academic Policies and Procedures," 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 student's major department at the University of South Alabama.
A transfer student must complete at least 32 hours of approved upper-division courses with at least 16 hours in the upper level of the student's major department at the University of South Alabama.
Engineering students must comply with the University's general education requirements. In the area of Humanities and Fine Arts, engineering students are required to take a total of at least 9 semester hours with a minimum of 3 semester hours in literature and a minimum of 3 semester hours in the arts with the remaining hours from the Humanities and Fine Arts. In the area of History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences, engineering students are required to take at least 9 semester hours with a minimum of 3 semester hours in history and a minimum of 3 semester hours from among the other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Engineering students must take at least one 6 semester hour in-depth sequence in either Humanities and Fine Arts or History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences.
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 90-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.
 
HONORS PROGRAM IN ENGINEERING
To receive a designation of "Departmental Honors," students must have at least a 3.5 GPA at the time of graduation and complete an Honors Senior Project in their major. The Honors Senior Project requirement may be satisfied in either of two ways:
  1. By completing a Senior Honors Project course that requires completion of a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
  2. By completing a special honors design project as part of the capstone engineering design requirement under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

It is required that there be both a written report and oral presentation of the results of the Honors Senior Project.

Students participating in "Departmental Honors" may also elect to take University Honors Seminar and participate in other University Honors Activities upon recommendation of their major advisor.
 
COMPUTER OWNERSHIP POLICY
College of Engineering undergraduate students will be required to own a personal laptop computer that conforms to the current college minimum standards by the time they enter engineering level courses. This is a one machine per student requirement. For more information consult the Computer Services link at www.southalabama.edu/engineering/.
 
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.
 
CHOICE 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.
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
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.
 
MASTER'S PROGRAMS
The College of Engineering offers programs leading to degrees of Master of Science in Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
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 bachelor's 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.
The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission):
1. Regular Admission  
  a) B.S. degree in engineering in a relevant field, from an ABET accredited program.
  b) 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 minimum scores of 650 on the verbal and 300 on the quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
2. Provisional Admissions
  a) 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 accredited program.
  b) A B.S. in engineering or in a field acceptable to the departmental Graduate Admissions Committee is required. Depending on the student's background additional undergraduate preparatory courses may be required. These courses will not count toward the Master's degree.
  c) 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.
3. Non-degree Admission
a) Non-degree admissions are accepted in accordance with Graduate School requirements.
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.
At the beginning of the first semester, international students, except those who have earned a bachelor's or graduate degree at an accredited United States institution of higher learning, are given a foreign language test by the University. Students with deficiencies in English skills are assessed by the test, will be required to take and successfully complete a special English Communication ESL course tailored to Engineering. This course will be in addition to other requirements for the degree.
The above are minimum requirements for admission.
 
CHANGE OF STATUS FROM PROVISIONAL TO REGULAR STANDING WITHIN THE MASTER'S 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.
 
DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MASTERS DEGREE
Each student will have a graduate advisory committee and a faculty advisor. The student's program of study must be approved by the advisory committee and all courses taken must have the approval of the student's faculty advisor.
Three plans of study are offered. 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: 31 semester hours credit required for degree (25 hours course work required). 
  • 16 to 19 semester hours course work in engineering
  • 6 to 9 semester hours course work in supporting areas
  • 6 semester hours of thesis credit
  • Project Option: 34 semester hours credit required for degree (31 hours course work required).
  • 19 to 22 semester hours course work in engineering
  • 9 to 12 semester hours course work in supporting areas
  • 3 semester hours of project credit
  • Course Work Option: 34 semester hours credit required for degree (34 hours course work required). Electrical Engineering requires 36 semester hours credit for this option.
  • 21 to 24 semester hours course work in engineering
  • 9 to 12 semester hours course work in supporting areas
  • The distribution for the last two options relating to the MSEE degree is somewhat higher than the minimum. For details, see the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering.
    Supporting areas include mathematics, natural sciences, basic medical sciences, computer sciences, statistics, business, as well as engineering.
    All students pursuing a thesis or project option are required to take a one semester hour course in research integrity as part of their engineering course work requirements.
    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 degree.
    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 in accordance with Graduate School policies. See Graduate Study For Advanced Undergraduates .
     
     

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