Professor Loutzenheiser, Associate Dean for Basic Engineering, Recruiting & Retention; Associate Professors Hunter, Rose; Assistant Professors Craven, Wells
The primary mission of the Basic Engineering Program is to provide an initial major for entering students who have not decided on a specific engineering discipline. This is a common situation for many entering students, who often have not had sufficient exposure to the various engineering disciplines to make a selection. Students who are eligible for admission to the College of Engineering may choose to major in Basic Engineering during their first year. Basic Engineering faculty will advise these students and assist them in the selection of a degree-granting major.
The Basic Engineering Program also provides academic and administrative support to the degree-granting programs in the College of Engineering. Academic support includes courses in engineering graphics, computer programming, an introduction to the engineering profession, and connections. The introduction course includes both hands-on laboratory activities and a team-based design project. All courses are designed to prepare TTU engineering majors with the foundation knowledge and skills required to succeed in an engineering baccalaureate degree program. The administrative support functions vary by degree-granting program and include recruiting activities, mathematics placement testing, registration activities, transfer credit evaluation, student advisement, and student records management.
The Basic Engineering curriculum covers the freshman year and includes:
- fundamental subjects, such as calculus, chemistry, and English writing;
- engineering skills, such as engineering graphics and computer programming;
- an overview of the engineering profession, including laboratory activities and a team-based design project;
- two elective courses in the area of humanities and fine arts; and
- engagement in meaningful academic and non-academic, out-of-the classroom activities.
The freshman year curricula for Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering are nearly identical to the Basic Engineering curriculum. The freshman year curriculum for Chemical Engineering does not require the engineering graphics course but includes CHE 1510 . The freshman year curricula for Computer and Electrical Engineering do not require engineering graphics, engineering computer programming, or introduction to engineering courses and replace the second semester of chemistry with the first semester of calculus-based physics and lab. Basic Engineering students may change majors to any degree-granting department in the College of Engineering at any time.
Basic Engineering students may not register for upper division engineering courses (3000 and 4000 level). The chairperson of the department in which the upper-division course is taught, with the approval of the Associate Dean for Basic Engineering, Recruiting and Retention, may grant an exception for unusual circumstances.
Students entering the Basic Engineering Program are considered to have simultaneously entered the curriculum of any degree-granting program in the College of Engineering and may graduate by satisfying the requirements of the catalog then in effect.