Accompanying the growth and development of the organizational structure of Engineering at Baylor University, as reviewed earlier in the History section for the School, the engineering programs have also continued to grow and develop. Currently, the Department of Engineering offers three baccalaureate engineering degrees, four master engineering degrees, and nine joint degree programs.
Semester Hour Requirements
The engineering curricula require a minimum of 129 semester hours. A semester hour is generally one fifty-minute classroom or one three-hour laboratory session per week. Some engineering courses have additional sessions scheduled to facilitate non-lecture group project activities, recitation, or testing sessions.
Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
The Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) offers a set of comprehensive interdisciplinary courses that provides an integrated approach to knowledge and learning. Engineering students may select the BIC program in place of certain requirements below. Students must be admitted to the BIC program before registering for BIC courses.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science participates in the University's prestigious Honors Program. Superior engineering students are invited to consult the Honors College and their engineering program about integrating the Honors program requirements into their specific engineering major.
Engineering Upper Division
Engineering students may not enroll in engineering courses beyond the sophomore year (i.e., EGR 3000 or above), unless admitted to the engineering upper division. Upper division admission is based on a minimum accumulated quality point average (QPA) for the forty-six semester hours of coursework in engineering, mathematics, basic sciences, and computer science required in the technical core. The QPA is calculated using all attempted hours at Baylor in these areas, including course repeats. Failure to meet the minimum quality point average is a basis for denying upper division admission. Typically, application should be made immediately after mid-term during the semester prior to the junior year. Students whose upper division engineering course QPA falls below a minimum standard after admission to the upper division will be advised by the Department of Engineering Faculty Advising Board until the minimum is reached. The Faculty Advising Board will determine whether regular progress, restricted progress or no further registration in the engineering program is permitted, depending on the records and the resulting QPA of those students. Further, no engineering student is eligible to register for EGR 4390, Engineering Design II, if the student's engineering GPA is less than 2.25. Details regarding advising and upper division admission are available in the Department of Engineering office.
Departmental approval is required for a student to change engineering major after admission to the engineering upper division.
Students seeking an engineering minor or a non-engineering degree may enroll in upper division engineering courses (EGR 3000 or above) with the consent of the Chair of the Department of Engineering.
The summer or semester Internship program is an elective program for combining undergraduate students' engineering education with appropriate industrial experience. Students may receive three semester hours of credit (as EGR 3V95) toward graduation.
Engineering Registration (P.E.)
The Department of Engineering encourages students to seek registration or licensure as professional engineers (P.E.) during their careers. Consequently, students are encouraged to take the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying's (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam prior to graduation. This test, a comprehensive knowledge exam given nationally, is the first step toward professional registration. Baylor engineering seniors have had an excellent pass rate for this exam. The exam is offered on campus during the spring semester.
Requirements for Minor in Engineering
A minor in engineering requires twenty-one semester hours in engineering with:
- Nine semester hours of 3000- or 4000-level engineering electives.
- A grade of "C" or better in all engineering courses used for the minor.
Approval of the Chairperson of the Department of Engineering is required each semester a student takes engineering courses for the minor.