College of Engineering

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA's College of Engineering has more than 6,100 students and more than 130 faculty. Students in the College have been recognized as Goldwater scholars, Hollings scholars, and Portz scholars. ABET (the national accrediting agency for engineering curricula) has examined and accredited ten professional engineering undergraduate curricula. The following undergraduate engineering programs in UA’s College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET:

Aerospace Engineering; Architectural Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Construction Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Electrical Engineering (Computer Engineering Option); Environmental Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Metallurgical Engineering.

The undergraduate computer science degree program in UA’s College of Engineering is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The University of Alabama College of Engineering will be a nationally recognized leader in student-centered education, research, and innovation.

Degrees and Programs Offered

The College of Engineering offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Musical Audio Engineering

 An option in software engineering is available in computer science.

The College offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science degree in:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering

The College offers programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the fields of:

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering

A PhD in the area of materials science is offered in collaboration with The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Students should consult The University of Alabama graduate catalog for information concerning the graduate degree programs.

Minors in Engineering for Non-engineering Majors

Two types of minors in the College of Engineering are available to students enrolled in other divisions of the University. The minors require a minimum of 18 hours in engineering courses.

  • The Type 1 minor is a specialized program in any of the College’s engineering disciplines. Course requirements and advising are available from the appropriate department head, who will appoint an advisor for a student desiring this type of minor.
  • The Type 2 minor is a general minor in engineering that requires a minimum of 18 hours in courses chosen from a list available from the associate dean for academic programs. The associate dean will appoint an advisor for a student pursuing a Type 2 minor.

Freshman Engineering Program

The Freshman Engineering Program at The University of Alabama offers a first-year experience designed to both motivate and engage our students. All engineering majors take a common first-year program with these goals:

  • introduce students to the field of engineering
  • ensure students have the skill sets necessary to successfully complete second-year engineering courses
  • illustrate the relevance of mathematics and science to the field of engineering

If you, as a current or prospective student, have questions about the Freshman Engineering Program at The University of Alabama, please visit eng.ua.edu/fep; call 205-348-0750; or write to Freshman Engineering Program, College of Engineering, 290 Hardaway Hall, The University of Alabama, Box 870285, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0285.

Degree Requirements

The requirements specified in this catalog are intended for all students who begin their college careers during or after the fall of 2012. Students who have begun their careers prior to fall 2012 may choose to complete the requirements outlined in this catalog, but if they do so they must complete all of the requirements listed herein. Students may not choose some requirements from this catalog and some from previous catalogs. If a student does not complete requirements for the undergraduate degree within a period of seven years from the date of admission, the College of Engineering will modify the student’s program to bring it into compliance with current degree requirements.

Application for Degree

Each candidate for graduation must submit an application for degree to Engineering Student Services (290 Hardaway Hall). Students who expect to complete degree requirements in May can submit their degree applications beginning on October 1 of the previous year. Those who expect to finish their requirements after the Interim term, summer session or fall semester should submit their applications beginning the in March before the expected graduation. In all cases, an application for degree must be on file in Engineering Student Services no later than the time at which the degree candidate registers for his or her final semester in residence. Students who apply for their degrees after registration for the final semester will not receive their diplomas until the following term.

Graduation Standards

Each student who expects to earn a baccalaureate degree from the College of Engineering must meet the following minimum standards of academic achievement:

  • successfully complete all courses specified in the degree program
  • complete at least one-half of the work required within the discipline on this campus
  • earn at least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all work attempted
  • earn at least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all work attempted on this campus
  • earn at least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all work attempted in his or her professional courses
  • earn at least a C average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for all work attempted in his or her professional courses on this campus
  • meet any additional academic requirements of the program offering the degree

The College of Engineering follows the admission and retention standards set by the University and reserves the right to change policies, procedures, degree requirements, schedules, courses offered, and other standards in light of circumstances that may arise after the publication of this catalog.

Admission as a Freshman Student

A student who meets the criteria for admission to The University of Alabama as a freshman student is eligible for admission to the College of Engineering. Specific information about these criteria is available from The University of Alabama, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Box 870132, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0132; 205-348-5666 or toll-free 1-800-933-BAMA in the continental United States.

Entering freshmen may enroll in specific degree programs, or they may enroll as undesignated engineering students. Differences in students’ abilities and in the degree of their preparation make it necessary for each student to begin work in chemistry, mathematics and English at the level determined by placement tests offered by the departments of chemistry, English, and mathematics. Grade points earned in preparatory courses are counted in the GPA, but hours earned for such courses may not be applied to the requirements for a degree.

Common Freshman Year

All students in the College of Engineering have a common freshman-year experience. As part of this experience, all students must complete four hours of fundamental engineering courses. These four hours consist of:

Hours
Select one of the following:1
Engineering for the Future
One-hour introduction to one of the majors in the College
ENGR 103 or Engineering Foundations3
ENGR 123 Engineering Foundations Honors

Admission as a Transfer Student

A student seeking to transfer into the College of Engineering from another institution is required to have an official transcript sent directly to the UA Office of Undergraduate Admissions from each college or university previously attended. A grade point average of "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better for all college-level work attempted is required for admission to the University and to the College. Transferred courses will be applied as appropriate to a student’s degree program. Courses where a grade of "D" was earned will not be applied if the course is a prerequisite to another course required for the student’s degree program. The authority to apply or to deny transferred credit rests with the college.

Transfers from Two-year Colleges

At most, 50 percent of the total number of hours required for an undergraduate degree in the College of Engineering may be taken at two-year colleges and applied toward graduation requirements. All courses for which credit is to be transferred must be of essentially the same quality as the equivalent courses at The University of Alabama.

Transfers from Senior Colleges and Universities

Courses transferred from institutions accredited by ABET will be accepted within the broad limits of the graduation requirements of the College and the University. Students seeking to transfer credit from institutions not accredited by ABET or by a regional or national accrediting agency may be granted transfer credit on a provisional basis. Consult the director of Engineering Student Services or the UA Office of Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Transfers from Other UA Divisions

Students who have earned fewer than 45 semester hours may transfer to the College of Engineering if they satisfy The University of Alabama Scholastic Progress Standard (see the Academic Records and General Academic Policies section of this catalog). A student who has earned 45 or more semester hours must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and an average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for a minimum of 12 semester hours at The University of Alabama. Credit that another division of the University previously accepted for transfer from another institution will be reevaluated by the College of Engineering when a student transfers into the College from within the University.

Auditing Courses

Students may register for courses as auditors with the approval of the departments offering the courses. The deadline for registering as a course auditor coincides with the deadline for adding courses at the beginning of each semester. The requirements that auditors are expected to meet in an audited course are left to the discretion of the instructor. Audited courses do not count toward degree requirements.

Course Substitution

Occasionally, students may wish to substitute another course for a required course.  In such instances, students are encouraged to work with their assigned advisor and/or department head to initiate the formal petition process.

Double/Second Majors

Students seeking to pursue more than one major must complete the Double or Multiple Major form located in the Brasfield & Gorrie Engineering Advising Center ( 2087 H.M. Comer). Students can complete more than one major inside or outside the College of Engineering. If the additional major is inside the College of Engineering, students must work with the departments to decide what requirements, if any, the other major(s) can satisfy. For an additional major(s) outside the College of Engineering, students must work with their engineering department (primary major), as well as the advisor outside the College of Engineering in order to approve all courses for the second/additional majors.

Engineering Alternative to the Statewide General Studies Curriculum

Act 94-202, enacted by the Alabama legislature in 1994, provided equivalency for first- and second-year courses taught by colleges in the state of Alabama. In 1995, engineering educators presented an engineering alternative to the general studies curriculum (GSC) that modified the Act to specific needs of engineering colleges statewide. The engineering alternative was unanimously approved by the statewide Articulation and General Studies Committee in December 1995 and was made a part of GSC. The details of the College of Engineering Core Curriculum/General Education Requirements are listed in the Academic Records and General Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Free Electives

Most college courses may be counted as free electives.  However, Engineering students may not apply mathematics courses below MATH 125 Calculus I.  Courses below MATH 125 Calculus I are considered as preparatory courses by Engineering which cannot apply towards students’ degree requirements. In addition, ROTC credit may be applied if the College’s petition form is approved by department and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs. For guidance on selecting free elective courses, students should work with their assigned advisor.

Mathematics

For all new undergraduate students, initial math placement will be based on ACT or SAT math score or previous college mathematics credit. If student does not have one of these or wishes to try and improve their placement, they can take the online math assessment. A grade of C- minus or above must be earned in each mathematics course that leads to another course.

Pass/Fail Option

The pass/fail option cannot be exercised for courses that are to be applied to the requirements of an engineering or computer science degree. For further information about the pass/fail option see the Academic Records and General Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Prerequisites

The College of Engineering requires a grade of  a C- minus or above in each course that is a prerequisite to any course needed to meet a student’s degree requirements. If a grade lower than C- minus is received in a prerequisite course, that course must be repeated. A grade of C- minus of above must be earned before the student enrolls in the subsequent course. In such cases, students are responsible for making schedule changes through the drop/add process. Changes should be made before the beginning of the next term, and they must be made before the deadline for adding courses. Failure to make the changes on time will result in administrative withdrawal from the course. Students who are administratively withdrawn from a course after the deadline to add a course may not add another course in replacement. For academic planning assistance, students should work with their assigned advisor.

Advising

Brasfield & Gorrie Engineering Advising Center

2087 H.M. Comer

205-348-0750

The mission of the Engineering Advising Center is to educate students on the importance of academic advising by fostering a working advisor-student partnership designed to support students in achieving academic and personal goals. Engineering advisors aim to empower students to take ownership of their educational experiences by understanding and using the available resources through communication and involvement the advising center. Students are assigned an advisor based on their major program of study. Advising in the College of Engineering is mandatory, so students must be advised each semester prior to registering for courses. Advising services include: semester and degree planning, schedule changes, academic warning or suspension advising, advising for co-op, study abroad and/or internships planning, degree audits and graduation certification, and much more.  For more information on advising services, students are encouraged to visit the Engineering Advising Center website.

Repeating Courses

The repetition of courses is governed by the following restrictions:

  • In computing the grade point average, a grade of I (Incomplete) is included as hours attempted with zero grade points earned. A student on probation must remove I grades within two weeks of the beginning of classes during his or her next term in residence. Students not on probation must remove "I" grades within four weeks of the beginning of classes during the next term. If the I grade was earned in a required course and is not removed, the course must be repeated.
  • A record of original and repeat enrollments appears on the student’s transcript.
  • Each enrollment in a course is included in the cumulative hours attempted and in the computation of grade point averages. However, only the final enrollment may count as credit toward the degree.
  • Courses completed with grades of A, B or C may not be repeated except on an audit basis.
  • Enrollment for credit in a course that is at a lower level than a course the student has already completed for credit with a grade of A, B or C is prohibited. This policy also prohibits repeating a course for credit if equivalent transfer credit with a grade of Pass has already been awarded.

  • Enrollment for credit in a course is not prohibited simply because credit was earned in a higher-numbered course. If students have questions about the interpretation of this policy, they should consult the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs or the Director of Engineering Student Services prior to enrollment of the course in question.

Transfer Credit, Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

Please refer to the Transfer Credit section of this catalog for more information. In the College of Engineering, grades of D will not be admissible if the grade was earned in a course that is a prerequisite to another course required for the student’s degree program.

Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate students may request permission to enroll in graduate courses if they have senior standing and at least a B average for work attempted at The University of Alabama. Students must submit a petition to initiate this request and have instructor permission along with department head approval. The Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs will review recommendations from the instructor and department and then make a decision.

Vision

The University of Alabama College of Engineering will be a nationally-recognized leader in student-centered education, research and innovation.

Mission

The mission of the College of Engineering is to serve the state, nation, and global community by advancing the boundaries of knowledge through innovative research and education of the next generation of leaders.

Goals

  • We will provide high-quality, exceptional experiences that educate distinguished bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral graduates.
  • We will develop, conduct and disseminate innovative research that engages students at all levels.
  • We will foster faculty dedication to excellence in education, research and service.

For more information about the College of Engineering and its programs and services, call or write: The University of Alabama, College of Engineering, Box 870200, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0200; 205-348-6400; eng.ua.edu.

Faculty

Dean
  • Charles L. Karr
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
  • Viola L. Acoff
Senior Associate Dean for Administration
  • Kenneth J. Fridley
Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development
  • John M. Wiest