Mar 08, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Engineering

J. Rencis, Dean
R.C. Loutzenheiser, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
V Motevalli, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
D. Hoy, Interim, Assistant Dean for Assessments and Extended Programs
T.D. Marable, Director of Diversity

Departments and Programs


21st Century Renaissance Engineers Revolutionizing Engineering to Solve Societal Problems


To graduate innovative engineers who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs.

Core Values

The college core values underscore and support its vision and mission through its commitment to ASPIRE to greatness.


We aim for the highest levels of excellence in teaching and scholarship.


We place the interest of the students first.


We foster high standards of integrity and professionalism.


We strive continuously for innovations through research to attain excellence in everything we do.


We recognize efforts that accelerate us towards our vision.


We drive towards attaining eminence in engineering education and research.

Undergraduate Studies

The College of Engineering offers seven programs with curricula leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology. Most students entering the College may select a particular major. However, if a student is not sure which major to enter, a common first-year curriculum for most majors is provided by the Basic Engineering Program, allowing additional time for the student to select a field of specialization.

The undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The Computer Science program (Computer Science, Software and Scientific Applications) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commissions of ABET, INC.  The Manufacturing and Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

The normal load in the Engineering or Engineering Technology curricula is approximately 16 semester hours. Students may enroll for lighter loads, which will result in an increase in the number of terms necessary to complete requirements for graduation.

Graduate Studies

The College of Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The Master of Science, a research-oriented degree program, is offered with majors in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering. Some programs include a non-thesis option. A full-time student usually completes the degree in 18 to 24 months.

The Doctor of Philosophy, coordinated by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is under the direction of faculty advisory committees which are interdepartmental in nature. A highly qualified student, possessing an M.S. degree in Engineering, will normally need three to four years of full-time study to complete the degree.

For more information see the Graduate Catalog.

The Cooperative Education Programs

Students of all curricula of the College of Engineering are eligible to participate in the University’s Cooperative Education program. This program is one in which classroom study is integrated with practical industrial experience in an organized program under which students alternate on-campus study with off-campus employment in industry or with a governmental agency.

A student on the cooperative education program must complete the same course work as required of the regular four-year students. For a common program, a student initially attends college full-time for three semesters, has an off-campus Co-op assignment for one to three semesters, returns to the campus for two or three semesters, has a second off-campus Co-op assignment, and then returns to the campus to  complete graduation requirements. The Co-op program provides an excellent hands-on experience, but usually adds one or two additional years to complete the BS degree requirements. See Cooperative Education  for more details.

Minority Engineering Program

The College of Engineering is committed to development of minority engineers through scholarships and special cooperative education opportunities. Several scholarships are offered for minority applicants in conjunction with a COOP experience.

Centers of Excellence

The College operates two State-supported accomplished Centers of Excellence: the Center for Manufacturing Research; and the Center for Energy Systems Research. These Centers provide financial support and state-of-the-art facilities for undergraduate and graduate research projects.

Admission of Freshmen

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, students seeking admission to an Engineering major must have at least a 2.35 high school average and must have achieved a composite score of at least 20 and a mathematics subtest score of at least 20 on the ACT Test. It is advisable for engineering students to have completed 4 units of science (including physics, if possible) and at least 3 1/2 units of college preparatory mathematics, including a study of trigonometric identities, in high school. Applicants who have met the necessary prerequisites and have scored at least 27 on the mathematics ACT subtest will be admitted to Calculus I (MATH 1910 ). Precalculus courses ( MATH 1710 , MATH 1720 , or MATH 1730 ) or other math courses intended as preparation for MATH 1910  may not be utilized to satisfy any curricular requirement for graduation in an Engineering major. Students with less than the recommended preparation in mathematics are encouraged to enter the College of Engineering during summer semester immediately following high school graduation.  Course offerings are normally available during the summer semester for students with deficiencies and for students who wish to begin their studies early.

Students selecting the Engineering Technology curriculum must have completed two units of high school algebra.

Admission of Transfer Students

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the University, transfer students seeking admission to an Engineering major must have

  • a cumulative higher education QPA of at least 2.0 (excluding credit for remedial and developmental courses) and
  • a grade of “C” or higher in a pre-calculus mathematics course that includes a study of the trigonometric identities.

The College of Engineering will assist transfer students in making the transition to Tennessee Tech at any point in their academic programs.

These requirements also apply to current TTU students desiring to change their major from a non-engineering program to Engineering. Tennessee Tech’s engineering curricula are designed so that the needs of students who choose to initially attend a community college or other college/university not offering a B.S. engineering program may be met. Students who complete the following list of approved courses at another institution may complete curricular requirements for a B.S. degree in Engineering at Tennessee Tech in approximately two years.

Students who wish to transfer to the Engineering Technology program should consult with the Chairperson of the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology.

B.S. Degree and General Education Requirements

The student must complete the curriculum for the major subject chosen and must comply with General Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree and the General Education Requirements. However, students majoring in engineering who completed one unit of American history in high school are exempt from the requirement of six semester hours of American history. Computer Science and Engineering Technology majors are not exempt and must take American History. If a student is deficient in high school history, the student must remove the deficiency by earning credit in HIST 2010 and 2020 before earning 60 credit hours.  This includes most international students.

Studies in the General Education Requirements serve not only to meet the objectives of a broad education but also to meet the objectives of the professional accreditation agencies – ABET (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.) and ATMAE. In the interest of making engineering/computer science/technology students fully aware of their social responsibilities and their ability to consider related factors in decision-making, courses in the humanities/fine arts and the social/behavioral sciences are required. Each student is obligated to understand these requirements and know any special requirements within their particular major.

The courses offered in the “major subject” (used to calculate Major QPA) include all courses taken which bear the student’s departmental designation. This excludes courses listed as not for credit for these students. For computer engineering, ECE and CSC courses will constitute the “major subject.” Transfer courses that are equivalent to TTU courses will be considered in the QPA in the major but not in the QPA in the major at TTU. The departmental chairperson, or faculty member designated by the chairperson, serves as the student’s academic advisor.