College of Engineering
The College of Engineering provides educational opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels who wish to pursue careers in engineering. The faculty in the College of Engineering perform research with the purpose of contributing new knowledge to the fields encompassed by engineering principles. Professional service is in concert with the objectives of the University.
To be admitted to the College, the student must have a) completed 30 credits of coursework at UA; b) completed the second course of Analytical Geometry- Calculus 2; and c) received “C-”or better in all required math courses that were attempted less than three times, or at least a “B” for any such course attempted a third time. The student must have no more than three grades for any one course and no more than six “repeats for change of grade.” The student must have a 2.3 grade-point average in three of the following areas: overall, engineering, math, and science.
Students accepted into the University Honors College as engineering majors are automatically admitted to the College of Engineering. Incoming freshmen with appropriate credentials may receive direct admission to the College upon application (See University Admissions in Support Services for Students).
A new first-year student can be a Direct admit to the College of Engineering if they meet three out of four of the following requirements:
- Have a high school grade point average of 3.3 or higher
- Have ACT scores of at least 24 (composite) and 24 (math), or SAT scores of at least 1100 (composite) and 560 (math)
- Have taken four units of high school mathematics, including trigonometry, with a B average or better (if currently enrolled in trigonometry, they must have at least a 3.5 HS GPA), and
- Have taken a high school chemistry course with a B or better (if currently enrolled in chemistry, they must have at least a 3.5 HS GPA)
Students transferring into the College of Engineering from universities other than The University of Akron must satisfy the same College of Engineering Admission requirements as those students from The University of Akron.
Continuation in the Baccalaureate Programs
A student's term and cumulative GPA determine if a student is in "good standing" or on "academic warning", "probation", "suspension" or dismissed from the College of Engineering. Evaluation is done at the end-of-term based on the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. Specific details on the process are found at http://www.uakron.edu/engineering/academics/images/COE_WPSD_policy.pdf
Students are on academic warning if their term GPA drops below a 2.0, but their cumulative GPA is above a 2.0. Continued poor performance or if a student’s cumulative GPA drops below a 2.0, they are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation may not register for classes without first consulting a faculty advisor and obtaining permission to take an approved group of courses. Those students will have academic “holds” placed on their account and cannot register for classes until such a meeting occurs. Students whose performance does not improve on academic probation are suspended from the College; while suspended, they are provided a contract (agreed to by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and the student). If the student does not meet the terms of the contract, they are dismissed from the College of Engineering. If the student’s cumulative GPA at the time of dismissal is below a 2.0, they are also dismissed from The University of Akron.
The College offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Polymer Engineering, Corrosion Engineering, Aerospace Systems Engineering and Engineering.
Requirements for Graduation
- Compliance with University requirements
- Completion of the requirements in the appropriate list of courses and a minimum of 136-140 credits of coursework
- Recommendation of the student’s department
- Achievement of 2.00 grade point average in all engineering coursework attempted with 4XXX course prefix
Engineering is a profession in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied, with judgement, to develop ways to economically utilize the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
Admission to the engineering profession is normally through a university undergraduate program in one of the disciplines of engineering. Curricular criteria are established by academic and industrial representatives that sit on the accrediting board, ABET, Inc. The curricular criteria under which Akron’s Engineering programs are currently accredited are:
- One year of mathematics and basic science
- One-half year of humanities and social sciences
- One year of engineering science
- One-half year of engineering design
In addition, the ABET Criteria requires that (1) each program shall make a formal assessment of each student’s ABET Required Abilities and (2) that a process must exist by which the student assessments can be used to modify the educational delivery process. The ABET Required Student Abilities are:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An ability to communicate effectively
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in global and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
The Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Polymer Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The optional cooperative education program provides for a coordinated sequence of alternating periods of classroom instruction and employment during a five-year program.
The cooperative program simultaneously provides for the development of fundamental principles in the classroom and for their application in practice. The student has the opportunity to find the type of work and organization in which the student can best apply individual ability. The student gains an appreciation of the problems of labor and management by first-hand experience. The student develops mature judgement by coping with everyday problems. The employer of a coop student has the ability to train and select a student whose abilities and aptitudes can be adapted to the needs of technical staff requirements.
While a student is at work, all rules and regulations prescribed by the employer must be obeyed. In addition, the student is subject to all current labor laws and conditions. The student is considered a full-time student by the University while on industrial assignments.
The University does not guarantee employment, but makes every effort to place a student in the best learning situation that is consistent with the acquisition of sound professional experience.