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Frequently Asked Questions

What engineering majors does UTA offer?

Bachelor's degrees are offered in:

  • Bioengineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
If my SAT score is less than 1200, can I still be admitted as an engineering student?

Yes, if you meet the general university admission requirements specified at http://www.uta.edu/admissions/freshmen/before-you-apply.php

Can I register without being advised?

No, every student must be advised each and every semester. This ensures that you’re taking the correct courses in the correct order so you can graduate in a timely fashion.

Whom do I see to be advised?

For your first year as a freshman, you will be advised in University College

o After your first year and you complete some courses like math and Introduction to Engineering, you will be transitioned to the department of your major. You will then see a faculty advisor each semester. Keep in mind they will have teaching loads and office hours, so you may have to schedule advising appointments. You can find your advisor in the list below:

Aerospace Dr. Zhen Han
Bioengineering Dr. Charles Chuong
Civil Engineering Dr. Jim Williams
Dr. Jim Leininger
Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering Dr. Linda Barasch
Dr. Eric Becker
Dr. Alexandra Stefan
Industrial Engineering Dr. Bonnie Boardman
Mechanical Engineering Dr. Nancy Michael
Dr. Miguel Amaya

If you go on probation with the College of Engineering, you’ll see a probation advisor who is a specialist in helping you regain good academic standing with the College of Engineering.

How long does it take to complete a Bachelor’s degree in engineering?

Many factors can affect the length of time it will take you to finish an engineering degree. It can be done in four years, but most engineering students take longer. If a student takes 12 credit hours, which is considered full time in the fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours in the summer, he/she would have completed 30 credit hours for that year. Engineering degrees range from 121 to 131 credit hours.

Aerospace Engineering 131 credit hours
Civil Engineering 130 credit hours
Computer Science 121 credit hours
Computer Engineering 127 credit hours
Electrical Engineering 129 credit hours
Industrial Engineering 128 credit hours
Mechanical Engineering 131 credit hours
Software Engineering 123 credit hours
What courses should I take if I’m undecided about which engineering program I want to go into? Are there foundation courses that all engineering students must complete?

Many lower-division courses, such as Calculus I or II and Technical Physics are the same for all undergraduate engineering degrees. In addition, college students in Texas must all take the same courses in English, History, and Political Science. Beginning engineering students can easily spend their first year taking courses that will apply toward a variety of undergraduate degree programs.

How can I be sure which credits will transfer from another school and count towards an engineering degree at UTA?

o We have transfer guides for the community, junior colleges and most universities in Texas. You can view our transfer guides at http://www.uta.edu/admissions/transfers/apply/credit/equivalency.php

May I take courses at another school after I’ve been accepted at UTA and still have them transfer for credit towards an engineering degree?

Any courses taken after admission to UTA should be approved by your major advisor. It is your responsibility to verify the courses will transfer and count toward your degree BEFORE taking the course at another school.

Will my grades from other schools affect my GPA (Grade Point Average) at UTA?

No. Courses from other schools may be accepted for credit, but the grades from these are not calculated into your UTA GPA. Grades of “D” or “F” will not be accepted for credit. However, these courses will be counted when we consider how many attempts you have made on a particular course. See 3-attempt policy question.

I plan to complete my Associate's Degree at a community college before transferring to UTA. Is this a good idea?

An Associate's Degree can be beneficial in that you will have completed a specific training program, which could be an employment asset in the short term. It demonstrates that you can set and achieve a goal. A disadvantage for someone who intends to transfer into a four-year degree program is that some of the courses for the Associate's Degree may not apply toward the four-year degree. Another fact to remember is that none of your grades (GPA) earned at another school are used in calculating your GPA at UTA.

You can always complete the remaining courses for your Associate’s at UTA and transfer them back to your community college if the Associate’s degree is an important milestone for you.

What are the three GPAs?

The College of Engineering uses three GPA calculations in measuring a student’s progress. They are:

  • all courses relevant to an engineering degree,
  • all math, science, and engineering courses, and
  • all engineering courses in your intended major.
What are “leveling courses”?

These are courses that are not required for an engineering degree but may be necessary preparation for the next required course in the sequence. For example, MATH 1302 (Algebra) is a leveling course. It would be unwise for a student who is not proficient in Algebra to attempt MATH 1426 (Calculus I).

What are Lower-Division and Upper-Division courses? Pre-Professional and Professional courses?

Lower-Division or Pre-Professional courses are the preparatory courses that must be successfully completed before a student is allowed to begin taking courses designated as Professional or Upper-Division. Upper-Division courses are generally related specifically to a student's area of interest and are specific to the major.

What are the requirements for being admitted into Upper-Division courses?

Each engineering department sets its own standards for admission into the Upper Division coursework, but all require a 2.25 in all three of the GPA calculations. You must also pass all Lower-Division courses before being admitted to the Upper-Division program. The is the last major event in a student’s academic career before being awarded his/her degree. All students should plan carefully to reach this milestone on schedule. The engineering advisors will help with this process.

What is the foreign language requirement for an undergraduate engineering degree?

If you have completed two years of foreign language in high school, then your are exempt from the foreign language requirement.

What is the C-grade rule?

If a grade of “D” or lower is received in any College of Engineering required course that is a prerequisite for another required course, then that course must be repeated.

Can I complete an undergraduate engineering degree without taking day classes?

Not at this time. Some day classes will be necessary to complete an undergraduate degree.

What is the three-attempt rule? If I drop a class, does that count as an attempt?

A student may not attempt a course (at UT Arlington and/or at any other institution) more than three times and apply that course toward an engineering degree. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt. All courses, including transfer courses, are considered for this policy.

Will my classes from a technical school count towards an engineering degree?

No. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) prohibits accepting technology coursework as credit towards an engineering degree. An engineering degree from an ABET accredited school will be accepted by employers and professional societies as proof of a comprehensive engineering education.

What will it cost to attend UTA?

Important information about tuition and expenses may be found at www.uta.edu/uta/admissions.

Does UTA have a residence hall for especially engineering students?

Kalpana Chawla Hall (KC Hall) residents may participate in “residential learning communities” and/or “Freshman Interest Groups (FIG)”. See www.uta.edu/lc for more information about these living/learning communities and the “Designing Your Future in Engineering” FIG.

Can a student be penalized for taking courses that do not apply toward his/her intended degree or for taking too many courses?

Yes. Senate Bill 345, passed by the Texas Legislature in March 1999, says that students who first enrolled in a college or university in either fall 1999 or a later semester will be charged a higher tuition rate if the number of credit hours he/she has attempted exceed by 45 or more the number of credit hours required for their declared baccalaureate degree and the student has not yet earned a baccalaureate degree. This ruling applies to any grade, including a “W” (withdrawn) or “WF” (withdrawn failing), that is received from a Texas public institution of higher education. Semester hours earned at a private or out-of-state institution are not counted toward the limit. See Degree Requirements.

What do people with engineering degrees in Aerospace, Electrical, Civil, Computer Science, Industrial, or Mechanical do? How much money do they make? What is the anticipated future demand for them?

The most comprehensive source of information for such questions can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is published every two years by the U.S. Department of Labor. It is available in libraries, bookstores or online at http://stats.bls.gov/oco/. Other helpful career-defining resources are at www.careerkey.org/english/ and http://www.egfi-k12.org/.

NOTE:
All engineering students are strongly encouraged to read the UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog.
For additional information, please contact Engineering Student Services
242 Nedderman Hall
Phone: 817-272-1294
Fax: 817-272-1296

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