Q: I can’t decide on an engineering major. Who can help me choose a major?
A: Try to narrow down your choices to a few majors and make appointments to visit with Chris Heiden or a faculty advisor for each major. Both Chris and the faculty advisors can give you helpful insights into the content of the classes in the major and what kind of jobs you can get as a graduate of that program.
Q: What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?
A: Generally speaking, engineering is more focused on theory and design; engineering technology is more focused on using theories and designs. Engineering often involves more advanced science and math requirements than engineering technology. Engineers often spend most of their time planning and designing, while engineering technologists spend most of their time carrying out the plans of engineers. You can find more information by reading our degree program descriptions.
Q: What is the difference between computer science and computer engineering?
A: Computer science deals with software and programming; computer engineering deals more with hardware and design. Information technology deals with designing and managing networks, databases, and other information technologies. You can find more information by reading our degree program descriptions.
Q: I’ve noticed that most engineering courses have prerequisites. When is the best time to start taking my engineering courses?
A: We strongly recommend that students complete the College of Engineering core curriculum before enrolling in any major-related engineering courses.
Q: I’m getting a message that says “Requirement Not Met.” What does that mean?
A: You are trying to register for a course for which you have not met a prerequisite. To find out the prerequisites for courses, you will need to consult the course descriptions section of the catalog. Please note that if you are a transfer student and have credit for the prerequisite from another institution, you may need to talk to the department that teaches the course to be added into the class.
Q: I’m having trouble registering for a lab and/or recitation for a class. What should I do?
A: You need to contact the department that teaches the course for help registering for your lab and recitation. Example: If you are trying to register for CHEM 1410/30 recitations and are having difficulties, you need to contact the chemistry department.
Q: Does the College of Engineering require a minor?
A: No, but students may choose to add a minor in a field of interest or to enhance their resumes.
Q: What College of Engineering core classes or major requirements can I take at a community college?
Q: How can I get an incomplete for a course?
A: Talk to your instructor about getting an incomplete. Please be aware that if your instructor agrees to give you an incomplete and you do not complete the stipulated work within a year or earlier time specified by the instructor, the grade of “I” will default to the automatic grade designated by the instructor, or, if no automatic grade is designated, a grade of “F.” Please keep in touch with instructors who have given you an “I” to prevent this from happening to you!
Q: What scholarships are available for engineering students?
A: Please visit our scholarship information page for information.
Q: What math GPA is required to graduate in the College of Engineering?
A: A 2.5 math GPA is required. If you think you are on the borderline, please contact an advisor to discuss your options.
Q: What science GPA is required to graduate in the College of Engineering?
A: A 2.5 lab science GPA is required. If you think you are on the borderline, please contact an advisor to discuss your options.
Q: What communications GPA is required to graduate in the College of Engineering?
A: A 2.5 communications GPA is required. If you think you are on the borderline, please contact an advisor to discuss your options.