Department of General Engineering
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The general engineering program is designed to prepare students for admission into one of seven professional engineering programs available at UW-Platteville. All of the engineering programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. All new freshman engineering students and transfer students who do not immediately qualify for a professional program must begin their UW-Platteville studies in the general engineering department.
Students admitted to the university must also have a score of 22 or higher on their math ACT or a grade of “C-” or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640 or its equivalent) to gain admission into general engineering. Students who do not meet this engineering standard will remain in “pre-engineering” until obtaining a “C-” or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640).
General engineering students have varied backgrounds; some are better prepared for their college studies than others. The general engineering program offers students an opportunity to correct academic deficiencies and ensures that students enter the professional programs with suitable preparation. The general engineering program also allows students several semesters to finalize their choice of major.
Upon entering the UW-Platteville General Engineering Department, each student will be asked to select a preferred professional program (major). The student’s choice at this point is not binding; it will merely provide the college with some information for planning purposes. Students electing to change their program preference may do so at any time by stopping by the General Engineering Office in Room 153 of Ottensman Hall.
In order to gain admission to one of the seven professional programs (civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering or software engineering), a student must satisfy all requirements of the general engineering program, as described next. Because there are limits to the number of students that each professional program can accommodate, admission to the individual professional programs is somewhat competitive. Twice a year, each degree-granting department establishes a minimum core grade point average required for admission to its program(s) at the end of the semester. Admission to a specific program is based on the program C.G.P.A. requirement in effect during the semester in which the student completes the general engineering requirements. The C.G.P.A. requirement for a given program does not reflect the difficulty of that program. The C.G.P.A. requirement simply indicates the accumulated level of student demand for that program. A student who completes the general engineering core courses and does not achieve the program’s minimum C.G.P.A. criterion may be admitted to that program by the department chair if space is available.
- Prepare students for entrance into the professional engineering programs
- Smooth the transition from high school to college for new freshmen majoring in engineering through proper advising, schedule-building, counseling and monitoring
- Assist freshmen and transfer students in career counseling relative to both engineering and non-engineering fields
- Recruit and retain high quality high school and transfer students interested in majoring in engineering with special emphasis on attracting women and minorities
- Maintain the high quality of instruction and professional development necessary to ensure the accreditation of the professional programs
Although courses are tailored to the individual student's background and major requirements, a typical first semester freshman schedule would be:
- MATH 2640 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I - 4 cr
- ENGLISH 1130 - Freshman Composition I - 3 cr
- CHEMSTRY 1450 - Chemistry for Engineers - 5 cr
- GENENG 1000 - Engineering Success Skills - 1 cr
- PHYSED 1000 - Fitness Assessment - 1 cr
- Humanities or social science elective - 3 cr
Total credits: 14-17
- Each student must complete the following core courses:
|Engineering Major||CHEMSTRY 1450||ENGLISH 1130||GENENG 1000||GENENG 1030||GENENG 1320||GENENG 2030||MATH 2640||MATH 2740||MATH 2730||PHYSICS 2240||COMPUTER 1430|
Students who complete their core courses in fall 2013 must earn the following C.G.P.A. to gain entry into their respective professional program:
- Civil engineering: 2.60
- Electrical engineering: 2.50
- Engineering physics: 2.40
- Environmental engineering: 2.60
- Industrial engineering: 2.20
- Mechanical engineering: 2.60
- Software engineering: 2.30
A student who completes the general engineering core courses does not achieve the program's minimum C.G.P.A. criterion may be admitted to that program by the department chair if space is available.
- Each student must earn a grade of "C-" or better in MATH 2640 and MATH 2740.
Each degree-granting department also designates certain courses as professional courses that require a grade of "C-" or better. The professional courses for each department are:
- Civil engineering and environmental engineering: Any course that is a prerequisite for a civil or environmental engineering course.
- Electrical engineering: Any course that is a prerequisite for an electrical engineering course.
- Engineering physics: All physics or engineering physics courses which are prerequisites for later courses in the major must be completed with a “C-” or better. Also, an engineering physics major must have a G.P.A. of 2.00 for all 3000/4000 engineering courses.
- Industrial engineering: All required industrial engineering courses must be completed with an overall “C” average.
- Mechanical engineering: All courses in mechanical engineering must be completed with an overall “C” average. Some prerequisites for mechanical engineering courses require a “C-” or better.
- Software engineering: All required software engineering and computer science courses. Software engineering majors must earn a “D” or better in all corequisites, unless otherwise stipulated by the offering department.
Once enrolled in MATH 2640, a student must successfully complete the general engineering program requirements before accumulating 60 additional credits at UW-Platteville. Each repetition of a given course will be counted toward the 60 credit limit. With the exception of the general engineering core courses, credits earned at UW-Platteville prior to admission to general engineering will not be counted toward the 60 credit limit.
Engineering majors who fail to meet the C.G.P.A. of their professional program within the 60 credit limit will be dismissed from engineering.
Two groups of 60-credit dismissals exist based on an evaluation by the GE chair:
- A student is warned that he/she has exceeded the 60-credit limit but granted a waiver for one more semester to complete the core-requisites and enroll in an engineering degree-granting program. The student will maintain his/her faculty advisor, but will also be referred to the EMS advising office to participate in an academic action plan. The student will have two advisors, the faculty advisor as well as a professional advisor from the EMS advising office. The student will maintain the professional advisor for at least one semester. At the conclusion of the semester, if the student fails to achieve admission into a degree-granting engineering program, he/she will be dismissed from General Engineering and the major changed to Undecided Math and Science. The student will then be advised by the ACES office. His/Her academic advising folder will be sent to the ACES Office. The student can also be mentored by the EMS advising office if he/she wishes to do so.
- A student is dismissed from General Engineering and his/her major is changed to Undecided Math and Science. The student will be advised by the ACES office. His/Her academic advising folder will be sent to the ACES Office. The student can also be mentored by the EMS advising office if he/she wishes to do so.
All dismissed engineering students must appeal through the GE department to be readmitted into engineering. The GE chair, in cooperation with other chairs and the EMS advising office, will make decisions pertinent to readmission of dismissed students. If students are readmitted, the GE Chair and if relevant the degree-granting department chair, in conjunction with the EMS Advising Office will determine if an Academic Action Plan is a necessary requirement for readmission. A readmitted student will be re-assigned a faculty advisor, and a professional advisor from the EMS Advising Office will serve in a supplemental capacity. The professional advisor will advise the student for at least one semester.
- The transfer of credits into any engineering program must be approved by the appropriate department chair. All transfer of credits must follow the specific requirements of the professional program which the student will be entering, including any specific grade requirement(s).
- Pass/fail or “D” grades are generally not transferable into engineering.
- It is understood that students entering engineering with an Associate of Arts or Science degree from the UW Colleges, a four-year UW System institution or from the Illinois or Highland Community Colleges will have satisfied the general education requirements for UW-Platteville.
- Students transferring from programs that are not ABET accredited may be required to substantiate their expertise in the topics in question.
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Osama M. Jadaan
Abulkhair M. Masoom
James N. Almquist
Fahmida R. Masoom
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