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FAMU–FSU College of Engineering
Dean: J. Murray Gibson; Associate Deans: Reginald Perry, Farrukh Alvi, Mark Weatherspoon
The accelerating pace of technological developments has created an ever-increasing demand for highly qualified, professional engineers to maintain the high-tech momentum already achieved and to extend and direct its course. Expanding population and corresponding demands for new products, structures, designs, and improved services have posed new challenges to present and future engineers. Accordingly, the College of Engineering, through its curricula, strives to educate and train engineers to use scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills to determine the best solutions to the problems of today and the future.
It is expected that students who conscientiously apply themselves and successfully complete one of the broad engineering programs will not only be technically trained, but also humanistically and socially educated, and thereby be well prepared to make a significant contribution to the world in which they work.
An engineering student can pursue any one of several career plans, according to personal ambitions, interest, and abilities. The student may pursue the Bachelor of Science degree or an advanced research-oriented graduate program leading to the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
An engineer usually works as a member of a team in solving a problem or designing products or processes. The engineer’s responsibility may include some of the following: (1) the conception of an idea, including a careful delineation of the problem; (2) the design of an item or process, including operational and production requirements; (3) the selection of materials; (4) the determination of markets; (5) the assessment of sociological effects and determination of methods for controlling these effects; (6) the design or selection of machines for production; and (7) the control of costs. Currently, over two-thirds of all technical positions and a large percentage of managerial positions in industry are occupied by engineers.
History and Goals
The FAMU–FSU College of Engineering was authorized by the 1982 legislature as a joint program between Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University. The joint nature of the College allows a student to register at either Florida A&M University or Florida State University and receive a degree in any of the College’s programs. A student entering the College applies for admission through one of the two universities and must satisfy the admission and general degree requirements of that university. The degree is granted through the College of Engineering by the university where the student is registered while completing upper-division studies. All College of Engineering classrooms and administrative and faculty offices are housed in a modern engineering complex located at 2525 Pottsdamer Street adjacent to Innovation Park.
The mission of the College is to provide an innovative academic program of excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels, judged by the highest standards in the field and recognized by national peers; to attract and produce greater numbers of women and minorities in professional engineering, engineering teaching, and research; and to attain national and international recognition of the College through the educational and research achievements and the professional service of its faculty and students.
Programs and Degrees
The College offers professional programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering; and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical engineering. All undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc., http://www.abet.org, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The College also offers interdisciplinary specializations in biomedical, environmental, and materials engineering. More complete information can be found at the College Web site (at http://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/) and in the department sections of this General Bulletin.
The College occupies over 200,000 sq. ft. of classroom, office, and laboratory space in a building complex especially designed for engineering education. It is located off the main campus of the university, in an area adjacent to Innovation Park, which also houses the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center (AME), the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI), and other university, public and private organizations engaged in research, development, and clean industry operations. The College also maintains other research centers, including the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP Center), Center for Intelligent Systems, Control, and Robotics (CISCOR), Energy and Sustainability Center (ESC), Florida Center for Advanced Aero-Propulsion (FCAAP), and the Future Renewable Electrical Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center.
Each department of the College operates specialized laboratories for teaching and research that are listed in the College description of programs. In addition, the College operates computing facilities, a library and reading room, as well as machine and electronic shops for the common use of all programs.
The mission of the College of Engineering Library is to support and enhance the learning, teaching, research, and service activities of the FAMU-FSU engineering communities by providing organized access to quality information in all formats, promoting information literacy, preserving information, and engaging in collaborative partnerships to disseminate ideas to advance intellectual discovery. The main book and journal collections for engineering are housed in the Dirac Science Library at Florida State University and in the Coleman Library at Florida A&M University. The College of Engineering Library is a satellite for both university libraries and houses a small collection along with extensive access to electronic collections. Materials not available at the library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan or U-Borrow.
The Library is staffed by a full-time librarian and several assistants who offer research assistance in person, over the telephone, and via e-mail and text. Instruction in library and information literacy is available to classes and groups upon request.
Library services also include Flip video cameras, laptops, headphones, and other technology that is available for check out upon request. Group study tables, lounging stations, and tutoring areas were all part of the innovative transformation of the engineering library in May 2011.
Students have access to various computing resources at the College of Engineering. Due to the unique requirements of engineering computing and the off-campus location of the College, the College is relatively autonomous in providing service to engineering students. The College has over 2,000 computing devices connected to its local network, managed by the College’s Computing Services (CCS). Computers connect to the College’s network via 1Gbps and 100Mbps Ethernet connections, as well as a high-speed wireless LAN. Over 200 high-end Intel-compatible workstations are provided for general student use. These computers are housed in four labs: one of the computer labs is open twenty-four hours a day when classes are in session, while the other three are used primarily as classrooms. The College also provides workstations in public areas that are available to students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A group of Linux Windows servers backed by a Storage Area Network, provide a range of computing services to the College user community. CCS continues to evaluate and upgrade computer capabilities as computational needs grow. Additionally, both universities provide on-campus facilities that are available to all students. To support the instructional and research missions of the College, a variety of software packages are provided, including major general-purpose packages, as well as special applications oriented toward particular disciplines. Research labs at the College contain dozens of computational systems to provide enhanced research capabilities, including complex number crunching for simulations. College researchers also take advantage of shared computational clusters located at the College and at each university. The College’s computing infrastructure uses high-end core router/switches interconnected to edge switching via gigabit fiber. The College Internet connection is a gigabit link connecting through the Florida State University backbone (Florida State University acts as the network manager and Internet services provider for the College) allowing for fast access to the Internet2 and the LambdaRail network. Florida A&M University’s computing facilities are also connected to the Tallahassee MAN, thus providing a link to the College for its students. The College has state-of-the-art instructional classrooms. The multimedia equipment in every classroom generally includes LCD projector, document camera, BluRay player, and sound system. The ceiling-mounted LCD projector is used for large-scale projection and is linked to the PC at the instructor’s console. Multiple rooms are used for distance learning; these rooms have additional equipment to support synchronous and asynchronous instructional delivery. Distance delivery of classes to/from the FSU Panama City campus occurs regularly, and distance-learning collaborations with other universities are frequent. Live and recorded programs, classes, and events are streamed via the Internet to authorized viewers. Multi-point IP videoconferencing is also available.
Other nearby resources include FSU Technology Services; the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (the ‘Mag Lab’); the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS); the High Performance Materials Institute (HPMI); and the Aero-propulsion, Mechatronics and Energy Center. Information on additional research centers affiliated with the College of Engineering is available at: http://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/research. The college also operates the Tallahassee Challenger Learning Center, a K-12 STEM outreach facility serving the Southeast region of the U.S. Located in downtown Tallahassee, the Center houses a 3-D IMAX theatre, planetarium, and a Challenger Space Mission simulator with Control Center. Other supporting facilities are Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC), Florida Department of Transportation research facilities, WFSU Public Broadcasting television and radio stations, as well as FAMU Information Services.
Thanks to the donations from industry partners, educational programs, and private donors, the College of Engineering is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to qualified engineering students. Students can obtain scholarship information from the Office of Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum or by visiting the College Web site at https://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/prospective/undergraduate/funding.
The College provides a Career Center Office for students to obtain career related services. In addition, the University maintains a satellite office in the College Career Center to assist students in career and employment advising, including resumé, cover letter, and personal statement writing, internship co-op opportunity, and permanent job searches nationwide. Career Center staff also aid in preparing engineering students for interviews and presentations at career expositions, such as Engineering Day in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Honors in the Major
The College of Engineering offers honors in the major in several departmental programs. For requirements and other information, see the “University Honors Office and Honor Societies” chapter of this General Bulletin.
Requirements for Admission and Retention in an Engineering Major
Engineering is a demanding discipline, and students majoring in engineering must follow a required sequence of courses and achieve a high level of proficiency. All engineering students are subject to a uniform set of academic requirements agreed to by both FAMU and FSU, in addition to any other academic requirements stated in the respective university catalog and bulletin. These requirements, which are reviewed and revised as needed by the College of Engineering, have been established to ensure that program graduates receive a quality education and make progress toward satisfying engineering major degree requirements.
All first-year engineering students (first-time-in-college or first-year transfer students) are initially coded as pre-engineering students until they satisfy the following pre-engineering requirements:
- Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and achieve a grade of “C” or better in EGN 1004L First Year Engineering Laboratory (one semester hour), Calculus I, Calculus II, and General Physics I from any institution attended. Intended Chemical or Biomedical Engineering students shall replace General Physics I with General Chemistry I. Only one grade of “C–” or a single repeated attempt in only one of the four courses listed above is allowed. Students who meet the following conditions may be eligible to receive an exemption from having to complete the First-Year Engineering Laboratory (FYEL) course: (1) students who are seeking a second bachelor’s degree, (2) students who have completed a similar course at another institution, (3) student veterans who have been discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. military, or (4) students who transfer into the College having already received credit for all of the other pre-engineering courses listed above. Students who receive the exemption based on the fourth condition above (transfer to the College with credit for all of the other pre-engineering courses) must declare a major during their first semester at the College or they may lose their eligibility for the exemption. Students should contact the College of Engineering if they feel they qualify for the exemption. Any student who transfers out of pre-engineering before completing the FYEL course and then desires to transfer back to engineering must complete the course or its equivalent. Any student who needs two repeated attempts to complete the four courses or has two or more grades of “C–” may be considered for continuation in engineering if additional grade and coursework requirements are satisfied. Contact the Office of Student Services at the College of Engineering for details. Any student who needs three or more repeated attempts to complete the four courses listed above does not satisfy this requirement and will not be allowed to continue in the engineering program. There are NO exceptions to this requirement. Grades of “W” are not considered as repeated attempts.
- Once a pre-engineering student satisfies all of the pre-engineering requirements, he/she may visit the Office of Student Services to initiate the transfer process to his/her intended engineering major prior to the beginning of the following semester.
Course Grade Requirement and Practice
- It is the practice of the College not to use “plus and minus (+/–)” grading for any undergraduate engineering course.
- Engineering majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all engineering courses that apply toward the degree. A course grade of “D” may be waived by the department chair or designee; and
- A student who is failing a course cannot receive a grade of Incomplete (I). Students who receive a grade of Incomplete must complete all course requirements during the next term of the student’s enrollment.
Repeated Course Attempts Policy
A student who has an excessive number of repeated engineering course attempts may be placed on probation with their major and may have a mapping hold placed on their record. The student may continue with his/her original engineering major only upon the approval of his/her academic department.
Engineering Course Prerequisite Policy
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the prerequisites of an engineering course prior to enrollment in that course. A student may contact the engineering dean or department chair for additional information concerning course prerequisites and this policy. Failure to fulfill course prerequisites may result in the removal of the course from the student’s enrollment at any time during the semester, with no refund of tuition or fees.
Course Withdrawal/Drop Policy
The Course Withdrawal/Drop Policy at the College of Engineering is different from the policy used by the University. Students who seek to withdraw from the University or drop a course should do so by the drop deadline established by the College of Engineering as outlined below:
- Current Semester Withdrawal/Drop
Engineering students may drop from any course in the current semester for any reason up to the end of the seventh week of classes. After the seventh week and up to the Late Drop deadline of each semester is considered the Engineering “Late Drop” Period. There may be financial aid and other implications for dropping a course, so students should always contact their academic advisor first. All pre-engineering students and those classified as Basic Division (BD) are limited to a total of two “late drops” during their tenure in the pre-engineering or Basic Division programs. Students who have reached their “two late drops” limit will not be permitted another late drop until they enter their intended engineering major and leave Basic Division. Students who are coded in a degree granting engineering major and are classified as Upper Division (IE) are permitted three “late drops.” Students wishing to withdraw from the University by dropping all of their courses may do so up to the Late Drop deadline. Engineering students will not be permitted to drop or withdraw after the Late Drop deadline except in documented cases in which the justification for the drop/withdraw is due to extenuating circumstances which are beyond the student’s immediate control. The drop/withdrawal deadlines are posted on the College of Engineering Web site (https://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/) each semester. Students will be responsible for the grade they receive in all courses they are enrolled in any semester once the course drop/withdrawal deadline has passed.
- Retroactive Withdrawal/Drop
A student may apply for a retroactive drop or withdrawal in a course which the student received a grade of “D” or “F” for extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. Extenuating circumstances must fall into one of these four categories: (1) personal illness, (2) death of an immediate family member, (3) military service, or (4) other. Each application is reviewed by a committee of engineering faculty to determine the merit of the request. Applications must be submitted before the deadline set each semester. This deadline is posted on the College of Engineering Web site (https://www.eng.famu.fsu.edu/). Additionally, no application for a course withdrawal will be accepted beyond one year from the semester in which the course was attempted.
Students who plan to enroll in another institution for the first two years and then transfer into the College of Engineering should use great care in selecting freshman and sophomore coursework. To be admitted to an engineering major, transfer students must have satisfied the same pre-engineering requirements as students who take all their coursework at FSU. Transfer students who will earn an AA degree prior to enrollment at the College must have completed Calculus I and at least one other pre-engineering course (excluding First-Year Engineering Lab) listed in the Pre-Engineering Requirements section above. Students are strongly advised to consult with the College as early as possible concerning their first two years of study. Students who transfer out of an engineering major and then desire to transfer back to the college may be subject to additional academic requirements before their request to transfer is considered. Please consult with the Office of Student Services for more information.
Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements
A student who has taken a college preparatory curriculum in high school including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, and chemistry can complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in four years and one Summer with an average load of sixteen hours per semester. A student with superior high school training may take advantage of opportunities for advanced placement through the University’s programs for acceleration. In order to satisfy the State of Florida, Division of Colleges and Universities, requirement of Summer attendance, it is recommended that students enroll in the Summer session at the end of the first year. Students who are not prepared to begin with Calculus I (MAC 2311) may need to attend one or more additional Summer sessions.
The engineering curriculum is made up of five components: liberal studies, first-year engineering laboratory, engineering core, required courses in the engineering major area, and technical electives.
General Education Requirement
All students must meet University requirements for baccalaureate degrees stated in the “Undergraduate Degree Requirements” chapter of this General Bulletin. Of the thirty-six semester hours required in general education courses, thirteen of these semester hours are automatically satisfied by the engineering core courses listed herein. The engineering student must take a total of twenty-four semester hours in the areas of English, ethics/social responsibility, history, humanities/cultural practices, natural sciences, and social sciences. Students unprepared to begin calculus at the university level must, of course, also complete the necessary mathematics coursework preparatory to calculus. All prospective engineering students should select humanities and social science courses to meet University requirements.
All graduates of the College must master a common body of knowledge about their profession. This has been addressed by the adoption of an engineering core for all students seeking the BS in Engineering. Some of these courses may be completed at a community college that offers a pre-engineering track. Others are only offered within the College.
The engineering core, which consists of basic science, mathematics, and professional courses, ensures that every student is provided with a solid background education regardless of his or her option. The required courses are listed below:
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3)
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
EEL 3003 Introduction to Electrical Engineering*** (3)
EEL 3003L Introduction to Electrical Engineering Lab*** (1)
EGM 3512 Engineering Mechanics** (4)
EGN 2123 Computer Graphics for Engineers**** (2)
EGN 3613 Principles of Engineering Economy* (2)
EML 3100 Thermodynamics* (2)
MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I (4)
MAC 2312 Calculus with Analytical Geometry II (4)
MAC 2313 Calculus with Analytical Geometry III (5)
MAP 2302 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
PHY 2048C General Physics A (5)
PHY 2049C General Physics B (5)
* Except for chemical and mechanical engineering majors.
** Except for mechanical engineering majors.
*** Except for electrical and computer engineering majors.
**** Except for chemical, mechanical, electrical, and computer majors.
State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites
The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.
At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.
The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into these upper-division degree program:
- MAC X311 or MAC X281
- MAC X312 or MAC X282
- MAC X313 or MAC X283
- MAP X302 or MAP X305
- CHM X045/X045L or CHM X045C or CHS X440/X440L
- CHM X046/X046L or CHM X046C*
- PHY X048/X048L or PHY X048C, or PHY X043 and PHY X048L
- PHY X049/X049L or PHY X049C, or PHY X044 and PHY X049L
*Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Majors
Engineering Major Area
Course requirements for engineering major areas consist of additional mathematics and basic science courses, engineering science courses, and engineering design courses. A current statement of requirements for engineering major areas is available as advising materials in the academic departments.
Definition of Prefixes
EEL 3003. Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3). Prerequisites: MAC 2312 and PHY 2049C. This course is an introduction to electrical engineering concepts for non-electrical engineering majors. Covers a broad range of topics including basic circuit theory, semiconductor devices, instrumentation, amplifiers, and machines. Not accepted for credit toward BSEE and BSCPE.
EEL 3003L. Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory (1). Prerequisites: MAC 2312 and PHY 2049C. Corequisite: EEL 3003. This laboratory supports EEL 3003. Must be taken concurrently with first enrollment in EEL 3003. Must be dropped if EEL 3003 is dropped.
EGM 3512. Engineering Mechanics (4). Prerequisites: MAC 2312 and PHY 2048. Corequisite: MAC 2313. This course covers statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics include free-body diagrams, couples, resultants, equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions, and forces in trusses, frames, and machines. Other topics include centroids, centers of mass, internal shear forces and bending moments in beams, shear and moment diagrams, friction, area moments of inertia, parallel axis theorem, work/energy, as well as impulse and momentum methods.
EGN 1004L. First Year Engineering Laboratory (1). This laboratory includes an emphasis on student time management, a variety of products and processes, and computer-aided problem solving. Product/process involves sketching and drawing pertinent diagrams by hand, and learning the history and engineering concepts involved.
EGN 2123. Computer Graphics for Engineers (2). Corequisite: MAC 2311. This course covers principles of engineering graphics: visualization, spreadsheet applications, graphical calculus, and descriptive geometry. Also introduces the engineering design process and CAD systems.
EGN 3613. Principles of Engineering Economy (2). Prerequisite: MAC 2313. This course emphasizes discrete cash flow diagrams, cash flow equivalence factors, standard criteria for comparing project proposals, special cash flow topics, special analysis, and case studies.
EML 3100. Thermodynamics (2). Prerequisites: CHM 1045, MAC 2312, and PHY 2048. This course discusses the fundamentals of thermodynamics. System description, common properties. Properties of pure substances. Mathematical foundations. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, closed and open systems. Equations of state and general thermodynamic relations. For non-mechanical engineering majors.
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