Provost's Office

Academic Policies

General Degree Requirements

Toobtain a degree in an undergraduate program, students must have the proper number of credit hours in courses required for the curriculum and also must have a quality point average of at least 2.0 overall (average of C), and at least 2.0 in the student's major. When a course is repeated (see below), only the grade the last time a course was taken is used in the calculation of the major GPA.

Pass/No Credit Option

Letter grades are assigned for all courses with the exception of those few graded exclusively on a pass/no credit (P/NC) basis. Engineering students have the option of electing to take a maximum of two humanities-social science courses on a P/NC basis. Refer to the General Academic Policies section of this catalog for procedures to exercise this option.

Repeated Courses

Students may repeat a course attempted previously in which they received a grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F. If the grade in the repeated course is a C or higher, the student may petition the college in which the course is taught to have the initial grade deleted from the overall GPA calculation. Refer to the General Academic Policies section of this catalog for further information. Courses in which the student received a grade of C or better may not be repeated either for credit or for the purpose of raising the GPA or the GPA in the major area.

Curricular Requirements

All seven of the 128-hour Bachelor of Science programs have a common structure of mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, multicultural studies and engineering topics. All four of the engineering technology programs offer a two-year associate's degree curriculum while three of the four have curricula that lead to a four-year bachelor's degree.

The required curriculum and recommended course sequence for each engineering program is presented in the departmental section of this catalog. These curricula permit the student to complete the degree requirements, along with the co-op requirement, in five years.

University Core Curriculum

All engineering degree candidates are required to complete between 27 and 30 credit hours of courses that comprise the University Core Curriculum. This will satisfy the humanities/social sciences/multicultural requirement in the College of Engineering. Please refer to the General Section of this catalog for additional information.

Mathematics and Basic Science

All Bachelor of Science programs require at least 15 hours of mathematics that include calculus through differential equations, 10 hours of calculus-based physics and at least one semester of general chemistry. Courses required in these subjects include MATH 1850, 1860, 2580 and 3860, PHYS 2130 and 2140 and CHEM 1230. Individual programs may have additional requirements in mathematics, chemistry, biology and/or geology.

Engineering Topics

Each program requires a minimum of 48 hours of engineering topics. This is designed to give the graduate a sound background in engineering science and a meaningful design experience appropriate to the selected field of study.

Itis expected that graduates from the B.S. programs will have developed: ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering; ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs; ability to function on multidisciplinary teams; ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility; ability to communicate effectively;

h.the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global/societal context;

i.a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j.a knowledge of contemporary issues; and ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Required Academic Performance

All students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. If a student achieves less than a 2.0 grade point average the first semester, he/she is expected to make marked advancement in subsequent semesters in order to achieve a 2.0 overall GPA. Anything less will lead to suspension or dismissal according to the policy outlined below.

After 100 hours have been attempted, students should formulate plans for completion of the program and obtain the necessary approval of the program chairperson.Preparation of the final two-semester schedule should be completed to assure that the degree requirements will be met. Application for the degree should be made at the Registrar's Office before the deadline published in the "Schedule of Classes."

Probation, Suspension, Readmission and Dismissal

After each semester, each student's progress is reviewed. Students who do not meet the minimum academic achievement level will be placed on probation or, if already on probation, may be suspended or dismissed from the college according to the rules below:


(1) A student whose cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 will be placed on probation. In successive semesters, a student may remain in school as long as they continue to earn a GPA greater than 2.0 in each term. However, the student will remain on probation as long as the cumulative GPA is below 2.0. A student is removed from probation when the cumulative GPA is above 2.0.

(2) A student earning a 1.5 GPA or less in any semester, regardless of the overall GPA, will be placed on probation.


(1) A student on probation whose cumulative and current semester GPA falls below 2.0 will be subject to suspension from the college for one semester. (Repeated withdrawals and the repetition of courses will be considered in this evaluation.)

(2) Any course taken during the period of suspension will not be credited toward degree requirements in the event the student is readmitted.


(1) Readmission will only be by written petition to the college's Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Readmission decisions will be made by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in conjunction with the department to which the student is requesting readmission.

(2) The petition must be typewritten and must be received at least one month prior to the start of the semester the student desires to return.


(1) If readmission is granted, a semester average greater than 2.0 must be earned each term until the cumu- lative GPA is above 2.0 or the student will be subject to dismissal from the college.

(2) Further consideration of a student's petition for reinstatement will be given only after one year from the date of dismissal.

(3) Any courses taken during the period of dismissal will not be credited toward degree requirementsin the event the student is readmitted.

Professional Registration for Bachelor of Science students

Registration by the State of Ohio as a Professional Engineer, important for professional practice, requires four years of experience after graduation as an engineer. However, the first step is applying for and taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (F.E.), formerly known as the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam. The exam is generally given in April and October of each year. However, application deadlines are several months earlier. All engineering graduates are strongly encouraged to take the F.E. near their date of graduation.

For students graduating in the Spring or Summer, the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination is given on-campus during a Saturday in April. Applications should be filed with the board in Columbus at least 75 days prior to the April examination date and at least 60 days prior to the October examination date. Further information is available in the Office of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, or from the Secretary of the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, 77 S. High St., Columbus, OH 43266-0314.

Last Updated: 6/26/15