College of Engineering

Emir José Macari, Dean

The College of Engineering offers undergraduate degree programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. These curricula provide an opportunity for professional career education in the traditional fields of engineering, and preparation for industrial employment or graduate studies.

The undergraduate degree programs in engineering provide a broad engineering education in preparation for:

  1. Professional employment, mainly as civil, electrical, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and marine engineering in design, development, production, operation, and sales.
  2. Graduate study in the various fields of engineering and the physical sciences.

Emphasis is placed on fundamentals in the basic fields followed by applications in the areas of engineering design and planning.

Accreditation

The following undergraduate programs in engineering offered by the College of Engineering, University of New Orleans, are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Bachelor of Science Degree in:

Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Admission to the College of Engineering

First-time freshmen

First-time freshmen admitted to the university will be admitted to the College of Engineering with an engineering classification provided they:

  1. Qualify for, or have credit in, a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114). Qualification for a first course in college-level calculus requires a minimum MATH ACT score of 28 or a minimum MATH SAT score of 630.
  2. Satisfy all other university admission standards.

First-time freshmen admitted to the university that are not eligible for direct entry into  the College of Engineering may enter into the college with a pre-engineering classification.

First-time freshman admitted to the university who do not have a High School GPA (e.g. if they have a GED) will be admitted to the College of Engineering based solely on the Math ACT or SAT score. Otherwise they will be admitted as pre-engineering students.

Satisfy all other university admission standards.

The pre-engineering classification begins with the letter “P” (e.g., pre-electrical engineering is PENEE). While classified as a pre-engineering student, he or she will not be allowed to take engineering courses (i.e., ENCE, ENEE, ENME, ENGR, and NAME courses) above the 2000 level.

Students remain in the Pre-Engineering classification until:

  1. they are eligible for a first course in calculus, and,
  2. have a cumulative Pre-Engineering GPA of 2.25 or higher (the Pre-Engineering GPA is computed based on all grades in physics courses, chemistry courses, engineering courses, courses in mathematics that are prerequisites to MATH 2114, and mathematics calculus courses.)

If a student fails to qualify for a first course in calculus or does not have a cumulative Pre-Engineering GPA of 2.25 or higher by the end of the semester in which 36 credit hours are attempted (W’s, SUS’s, and XF’s count toward the number of credit hours attempted), the student will be removed from the College of Engineering.

Transfer Students

Students transferring from another university or college are considered Transfer Students. The following admission regulations apply to transfer students:

  1. Transfer students with fewer than 24 transferable hours must meet the first-time freshman engineering requirements. In addition, they:
    1. Must have earned at least a 2.25 Transfer GPA on all coursework, and,
    2. Satisfy all other university admission standards.
  2. Transfer students with 24 or more but fewer than 36 transferable hours can be admitted to the College of Engineering as Pre-Engineering students provided they:
    1. Qualify for a pre-calculus trigonometry course (e.g., MATH 1126),
    2. Have earned a 2.5 or higher Transfer GPA, and,
    3. Satisfy all other university admission standards.
  3. Transfer students with 24 or more but fewer than 36 transferable hours can be directly admitted to the College of Engineering with an Engineering classification provided they:
    1. Qualify for or have credit in a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114), and,
    2. Satisfy all other university admission standards.
  4. Transfer students with 36 or more transferable hours may only be admitted to the College of Engineering with the Engineering classification and must satisfy the following:
    1. Qualify for or have credit in a college-level calculus course (e.g., MATH 2114), and,
    2. Satisfy all other university admission standards.

If a transfer student does not qualify for entry into the College with an engineering classification, he or she must be admitted to another college until the requirements for entry into the College with the engineering classification are met. Once these requirements are met, the student should go the College of Engineering office and complete the Engineering Transferal form to facilitate this transfer process.

Engineering orientations are offered in conjunction with the freshmen and transfer student orientations.
 

Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering may be granted upon satisfactorily meeting the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a program of study selected from the following four fields: Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.
  2. Approval of all electives by the department.
  3. Completion of all University General Degree Requirements.
  4. Obtain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 (“C” average) in:
    1. the Cumulative GPA- all courses attempted anywhere, at any time (this requirement includes all transfer work, whether applicable to a particular degree or not);
    2. the UNO Cumulative GPA- all work taken at UNO;
    3. the Major GPA- all work in the Major subject (i.e., ENCE, ENEE, ENME, or NAME).

The four major engineering disciplines curricula is continually evolving, therefore students are strongly encouraged to complete degree requirements as stated in an official curriculum that is assigned as the students Catalog Year. Please check University Regulations for Catalog Year information.

The latest curriculum will always be the one most “up-to-date,” reflecting technological developments and criteria established by ABET, the national accrediting board for engineering curricula.

At the beginning of the semester prior to graduation (e.g. the Fall semester, if planning to graduate in Spring), the student should complete a Graduation Verification Sheet with the College Advisor. (A student in the Electrical Engineering curriculum must complete this verification process two semesters prior to graduation.) The student must have it approved by his/her Department Chair or Associate Chair. This process ensures the student’s final transcript meets all requirements for the baccalaureate degree in the chosen field. It should, however, be noted it is the student’s responsibility to ensure all the requirements for graduation are met.


Engineering Academic Probation

If an engineering student (i.e., a student with the engineering classification as opposed to the pre-engineering classification) earns less than a 2.0 GPA in any given semester on his or her Term GPA, Cumulative GPA, or UNO GPA, that student will be placed on Engineering Academic Probation. Engineering Academic Probation is not the same University Academic Probation. As such, the probation rules are different. While on Engineering Academic Probation, a student will not be allowed to enroll in more than 12 credit hours in Spring or Fall and 6 hours in Summer (fewer at the Chair’s or Dean’s discretion). A student on Engineering Academic Probation must receive approval from the departmental Chair before enrolling in any course that counts toward the engineering degree. The student will remain on Engineering Academic Probation until his or her Cumulative GPA, UNO GPA, and Major GPA are all at least a 2.0. Please see University Regulations for University probation rules.

Scholastic Drop from Engineering

A student with the engineering classification earning less than a 2.0 GPA on his or her Cumulative GPA, UNO GPA, or Major GPA, for three consecutive Fall/Spring semesters will be dropped from the College of Engineering.

While a pre-engineering student cannot be placed on Engineering Academic Probation, if a pre-engineering student fails to qualify for a first course in calculus OR does not earn a Cumulative pre-engineering Major GPA of 2.25 or higher by the end of the semester in which 36 credit hours are attempted, that student will be removed from the College of Engineering (the Pre-Engineering GPA is computed based on all grades in physics courses, chemistry courses, engineering courses, courses in mathematics that are pre-requisites to MATH 2114, and mathematics calculus courses.) The grades of W, SUS, and XF count toward the number of credit hours attempted. There are no exceptions.
 

Dual-Degree Program with Xavier, SUNO, Loyola, Dillard

The University of New Orleans (UNO) has established a cooperative dual degree also known as the 3+2 Program in Physics/Engineering. The Program is five to 5.5 years in length, depending on the Program, and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the cooperating university and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from UNO. Students attend the cooperating university for three years, majoring in physics, and then transfers to UNO for two additional years, concentrating in one of the four professional engineering degree programs: Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, or Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Students are awarded the two baccalaureate degrees upon completion of the five or 5.5 year program.

Program Requirements

During the first three years of the program the student takes basic arts and sciences courses. The student is then eligible to pursue UNO’s B.S. in engineering curricula. (Admission to the program, at the UNO College of Engineering is required.) Students will not be permitted to graduate under catalogs dated prior to the date of acceptance to UNO program. At the time of admission the student will receive advising necessary to direct and complete the program. The student must be admitted to UNO and to the College of Engineering (not pre-engineering) for the last 60 hours of the engineering degree. Cross-registered courses taken before admission to the College of Engineering do not count in the 60 hours. Students not admitted before the last 60 hours will be considered as transfer students, not as dual degree or 3+2 students. General degree requirements must be completed before the baccalaureate degrees can be awarded. For details, contact the College of Engineering office at Room EN 910, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148, (504.280.6328).

Credits gained at the two institutions will be mutually accepted, if they meet the requirement at each institution. Engineering courses completed at UNO will be counted, in part, as electives in the physics program, and physics courses taken will be counted, in part, as electives in the UNO engineering programs. To be eligible for UNO’s B.S. in engineering degree, junior-year students must have a 2.5 grade-point average (on a 4-point system). Students must earn a grade of 2.0 or better at UNO in all science, mathematics and engineering courses.


Academic Program Planning

Students must schedule advising sessions at regular intervals to develop a Program of Study within the constraints of the various options which is best suited to accomplish their goals for a professional career in engineering or for advanced study. Advantage should be taken of the specific expertise of various faculty members in the traditional and contemporary fields of engineering.

A normal semester course load for a student holding no outside employment is 15-18 hours. Deficiencies or unsatisfactory grades may require the student to attend summer school or to extend the time of study beyond the normal four-year period. No student may register for more than 19 hours without consent of the Dean (See Maximum and Minimum Work in the University Regulations). Students on academic probation may not enroll in more than 13 hours. New freshmen are strongly advised to limit their initial registration to 15 hours. All students are expected to become familiar with the general education requirements, attendance regulations, grade point requirements, and rules concerning the maintenance of Good Academic Standing stated in the University Regulations.


Electives

Non-science and engineering electives should be chosen so as to satisfy the particular requirements for the student’s major. Duplication of subject matter should be avoided.

Honors in Engineering

Successful completion of the Program of Study results in graduation with honors in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, or Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

In order to be eligible for the program, a student must have been admitted to the College of Engineering, have junior or senior standing, and must have achieved a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.2. Approval of the College of Engineering and the Director of the Honors Program is also required.

To qualify for a bachelor's degree with departmental honors, the student must:

  • Earn a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.5 in the departmental courses, and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2, and,
  • Complete a senior honor thesis, which encompasses a senior level research or design project equivalent to six hours of degree credit.

To complete a senior honors thesis, a student must:

  • Arrange for a faculty member in the relevant discipline to direct the thesis.
  • Receive approval from the Director of the Honors Program to register for senior thesis credit,
  • Register for the course hours required by the department for a Senior Honors Thesis, and,
  • Give an oral defense of the thesis to a committee composed of the thesis director, a member of the faculty selected by the chair of the department in which the thesis is written, and a representative of the Honors Program
Participation in a departmental honors program does not increase the total number of hours needed for the completion of a particular degree.