Engineering

General Information

The College of Engineering offers programs on both the Lincoln and Omaha campuses. There are seven degree programs offered on the Omaha campus. All degree programs based in Omaha are fully described in this catalog. In addition, the first two years of four additional engineering programs can be taken in Omaha with the remainder of those programs to be completed at Lincoln or elsewhere. Students interested in these additional fields should refer to the undergraduate bulletin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a comprehensive description of total degree requirements.

To meet the need for well-rounded engineers, the College’s engineering programs offer broad education in the physical sciences, social sciences, mathematics, information sciences and humanities. This education is complemented by study in engineering methods of modeling, analysis, synthesis and design in students’ areas of specialization. In addition to preparing students for careers in engineering, bachelor degree programs in engineering provide excellent preparation for graduate study in engineering.

ABET, Inc. defines engineering as follows:

“Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences gained by study, experience and practice is applied with judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.”

The construction management program provides intensive technical and management related applications of principles and procedures utilized in the construction industry. The program prepares graduates for activities and positions that support a broad range of construction related functions and operations. Graduates find richly rewarding careers in a wide variety of construction organizations, having responsibilities for planning, scheduling and building the projects designed by architects and engineers.

An associate of science degree is available in fire protection. The program is open to entering freshmen, as well as readmit and transfer students. The associate degree is obtained upon successful completion of requirements as listed. The associate degree may be pursued as either a two-year terminal degree or a significant educational milestone on the way toward earning a baccalaureate degree.

Currently there are five bachelor of science degree programs in engineering which can be completed in four years of full-time study on the Omaha campus. These programs are architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, construction engineering, and electronics engineering. In addition, first and second-year course work is available on the Omaha campus that satisfied program requirements in agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering offered by the College of Engineering on the Lincoln campus.

Qualified engineering students who have attended a two-year community college transfer program in engineering may wish to consider all options available to him/her. All prospective students are invited to visit the campus and meet with an adviser.

Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction

The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction offers three undergraduate programs: Architectural Engineering, Construction Engineering and Construction Management. These programs are described elsewhere in this section of the undergraduate catalog.

College of Engineering Programs

Engineering

Architectural Engineering

  • B.S. Degree Program

Civil Engineering

  • B.S. Degree Program

Computer Engineering

  • B.S. Degree Program

Construction Engineering

  • B.S. Degree Program

Electronics Engineering

  • B.S. Degree Program

First two years of:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Management

Construction Management

  • B.S. Degree Program

Technology

  • Associate Degree Program
    • Fire Protection Technology

The agricultural engineering, architectural engineering, biological systems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering (Lincoln and Omaha campuses), computer engineering (Omaha campus), computer engineering (Lincoln campus), electrical engineering, electronics engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., Ill Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone 410-347-7700, website www.abet.org.

The construction management program (Lincoln campus) is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education, 1300 Hudson Lane, Suite #3, Monroe, LA 71201.

Graduate Programs

A variety of graduate programs in engineering and construction management are available. For details on programs leading to masters and doctorate degrees, including the application process, individuals should contact the appropriate department or office of the dean in the College of Engineering.

Admission and Academic Policies

These policies are subject to change. Students should consult their adviser, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean, if they have questions on current policies.

Engineering and Construction Management Admission Requirements

Engineering

  • High school transcripts are required of students including those transferring from colleges within UNO or the University of Nebraska system. Students wishing to enter an engineering or the construction management program must have the following minimum units (one unit equals one year) of high school credit for:

English

4

Trigonometry or pre-calculus

1

Algebra

2

Geometry

1

Physics

1

Chemistry*

1

Natural Science

1

* A second unit of natural science may be used in place of chemistry for construction management applicants.

  • In addition to the specific high school unit requirements listed previously, students are expected to meet core course requirements as specified for admission by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
  • Students having composite ACT scores of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) may be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack one unit of the following: trigonometry / pre-calculus, chemistry, or physics.
  • Official transcripts are required from all institutions of higher education previously attended. A minimum cumulative grade point average from the last institution of higher education attended (for 12 or more earned collegiate semester credit hours) of 2.5 for residents of Nebraska and 3.0 for non-residents is required for admission to engineering and construction management. Exception: a grade point average (cumulative and most recent term) of 2.5 is required for both residents and non-residents transferring within the College of Engineering or transferring from another college in the University of Nebraska system or from an EAC of ABET program at another institution.
  • A composite ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater, or a SAT (verbal + math) score of 1110 or greater. Exception: transfer and readmitted students with 12 or more earned collegiate semester credit hours.
  • Entering students are required to have appropriate math, English and chemistry placement examination results prior to their first semester of enrollment.
  • Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must score a minimum of 500 on the TOEFL before admission will be considered.
  • Students must be accepted into an engineering or construction management program by the end of the week prior to registration.
  • Students with substantial potential to perform college-level academic work, but lack college entrance requirements may be admitted to the college with pre-engineering status based on ACT score, high school rank, and high school credits. These students are accepted on a provisional or trial basis for the purpose of establishing their academic credential and firming up their career objectives. Pre-engineering students may take freshman and sophomore-level courses in the College of Engineering . Students may be reclassified from pre-engineering to restricted status when their accumulative GPA falls below 2.4.

Engineering and Construction Management Student Classification

Regular Engineering Students:

Students who have completed 43 credit hours that are applicable to the engineering degree they seek in the College of Engineering may apply for formal admission to a degree program. Those students whose credit hours applicable to the degree they seek exceeds 61 must receive formal admission to an engineering degree program if they are to continue to take engineering courses taught in the College of Engineering and/or be identified with the college.

Students in the College of Engineering, students from other majors or colleges in the University, readmitted students, and transfer students from other institutions may make application to an engineering degree program during the first four weeks of the fall or spring semester. Students must have at least 12 credit hours of course work from the University of Nebraska on record before an application will be considered. The application must be submitted with a complete record of course work. Students may select a first and second choice of an engineering degree program on a single application and may submit no more than two applications and only in successive semesters. Applications will be judged on a competitive academic performance basis. Admission of non-Nebraska residents may be limited to 10 percent of the total.

Regular engineering students may have their admission to a degree program suspended if their academic record is unsatisfactory. In addition, regular engineering students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.4 will be reclassified to restricted status. Students may not graduate with a degree in engineering, technology or construction management while in the restricted status.

Regular Construction Management Students:

Pre-construction management students must apply and be admitted to the construction management degree program after completing 30 credit hours of required course work. Students failing to be admitted to the construction management degree program prior to earning 65 credit hours may be dropped as a construction management degree candidates.

Regular construction management students who fail to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.4 may be reclassified as a restricted student. Students may not graduate with a degree in engineering, technology or construction management while in the restricted status.

Students Who Have Not Been Admitted to the College of Engineering

Students who have not been admitted to the College of Engineering will be classified as restricted and will need to enroll in another college. These students are generally restricted from taking College of Engineering courses while in this restricted status.

  • New students or students with less than 12 credit hours of college credit will be classified as restricted students if:
    • They have not completed the high school entrance course requirements for the College of Engineering.
    • Their composite ACT score falls below 24 or their SAT (verbal + math) score falls below 1110.
  • Transfer and readmitted students with 12 or more credit hours of college credit will be classified as restricted students if:
    • They have not completed the high school entrance requirements for the College of Engineering.
  • They fail to meet the following GPA from their previous college work: 2.5 for Nebraska residents; 3.0 for non-residents.
  • Students who have not completed admissions to UNL or UNO by the end of the week prior to general registration will be classified as restricted. (Applies to only Engineering majors on UNO campus.)
  • Students may be reclassified to restricted status when their cumulative GPA falls below 2.4. These students may request reclassification from the “restricted” status to “pre” status when:
    • All high school deficiencies have been satisfied;
    • Cumulative GPA for a total of at least 12 credit hours and most recent semester or term GPA at UNO is at least 2.5.

Technology Admission Requirements

  • Entering students are required to have appropriate math and English placement examination results prior to their first semester of enrollment.
  • Transfer student (12 or more earned credit hours): official transcripts from institutions previously attended must be on file with the department and show a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5. Exception: a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for students transferring from another program in the University of Nebraska system and for students seeking readmittance to technology programs.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their language of nurture must score a minimum of 500 on the TOEFL before admission will be considered.
  • All entering students are required to have on file with the department an official high school transcript which shows the following minimum units:

English

4

Algebra

2

Geometry

1

Natural Science

3

(physics and chemistry preferred)

 

  • A minimum composite ACT score of 20 or an SAT (verbal + math) score of 950 must be on file with the department. Exception: neither an ACT or SAT score is required for transfer or readmitted students with 12 or more earned credit hours.

Technology Student Status

  • Students who meet all of the admission requirements will be allowed entry into department programs.
  • An applicant who does not meet all of the entrance requirements may be granted provisional admittance as a “restricted” student.
  • All students (new, former and transfer) who are admitted under the “restricted” classification will have one semester to clear all listed admission requirements.
  • Any provisionally admitted “restricted” student who fails to meet admission requirements after one semester will not be allowed to continue. An extension beyond the one semester limitation may be granted by the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. Only those students who maintain a semester GPA of at least 2.5 for each semester in which they are enrolled under the provisional category shall be eligible to receive an extension.
  • Provisionally admitted transfer students from within the University of Nebraska system and readmitted students whose cumulative GPA is below the listed minimums will be reclassified by their adviser to unrestricted status if:
    • their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher; and
    • they meet all other admission requirements.
  • Provisionally admitted transfer students from other than University of Nebraska System whose cumulative GPA is below the listed minimums will be reclassified by their adviser to unrestricted status if:
    • their semester GPA for the first semester enrolled (after being provisionally admitted as a restricted student) is 2.5 or higher; and
    • they meet all other admission requirements.
  • Provisionally admitted students whose ACT or SAT score is below the listed minimums will be reclassified by their adviser to unrestricted status if:
    • their semester GPA for the first semester enrolled (after being provisionally admitted as a restricted student) is 2.0 or higher; and
    • they meet all other admission requirements.
  • Continuing students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on restriction and can take no new technology courses until their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.0 or higher. Exceptions: Students who have been granted an extension.

General College Policies

These policies are applicable to all students in the College of Engineering, except where specific policies for engineering technology programs apply.

  • Student priority for entrance into classes for which demand exceeds available class space will be based on cumulative GPA. This priority will be applied at the end of early registration (when applicable).
  • Non College of Engineering students must meet applicable College GPA policies, not be in violation of the College course repeat policies, and have written approval from the College of Engineering before they enroll in any engineering, construction management or technology course.
  • Students may take any one any one College of Engineering course a maximum of two times. In addition,
    • Engineering technology and construction management students may repeat a maximum of three College of Engineering courses with “F” grades.
    • Engineering students and students from other colleges may repeat a maximum of three College of Engineering courses with “D” or “F” grades.
  • All students must have an College of Engineering adviser’s, chairperson’s or dean’s signature on all worksheets, enrollment and drop-add forms. Any subsequent changes on these forms, or in enrollment from those courses previously approved, must also be approved by an adviser, chairperson or dean.
  • At least 30 of the last 36 credits need for a degree must be registered for and completed at UNO, UNL or UNK while identified with the College of Engineering . This means that, practically speaking, the last year of a student’s work must be spent in residence.
  • Students in the College of Engineering are not encouraged to take courses as Credit/No Credit (Pass / No Pass). Exception: Engineering 4000. In addition, students may take up to 12 credit hours of courses in the humanities and social sciences as Credit / No Credit basis. Typically, students in the College of Engineering may not take other required courses or technical electives with a grading option of Credit / No Credit.
  • Credits for “English for Foreign Students who are Non-native Speakers” at UNL and “English as a Second Language” at UNO are not applicable to degree programs in the College of Engineering.
  • Students who are officially accepted into the College of Engineering under the academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer) of this catalog and maintain continuous enrollment must fulfill the requirements as stated in this UNO Undergraduate Catalog (or UNL Bulletin when applicable) or in any other UNO Catalog which is published while they are enrolled in the College, provided that the catalog is no more than ten (10) years old at the time of graduation. A student must, however, meet the graduation requirements from one catalog only. A student may not choose a portion from one catalog and the remainder from another catalog. Additional departmental and program based conditions and requirements may apply.
  • Effective with the Fall semester 2011, students entering a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering on the Omaha campus must satisfy the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements of the University of Nebraska Lincoln as part of their degree requirements.
  • The College of Engineering does not accept courses for transfer from outside the University of Nebraska system (UNK, UNL, or UNO) in which a grade less than “C-” is received.
  • Subject to space availability, any student with a cumulative GPA less than 2.40 may enroll in AE 1010, CNST 1310, CIVE 112, CONE 1030 and CEEN 2250 providing they have permission from the College of Engineering and their enrollment does not violate course repeat policies of the College of Engineering. Similarly, students who have College of Engineering permission, do not violate College of Engineering course repeat policies, have the appropriate course prerequisites and whose cumulative GPA is above 2.0 may enroll in EMEC 2200, EMEC 3240, and ENGR 3000.
  • Excluding exemptions specified under the student classification and general college policy sections, a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.40 is required to enroll in engineering and construction management courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 is required to enroll in technology courses.
  • Student priority for entrance into classes for which demand exceeds available class space will be based on accumulative GPA. This priority will normally be applied at the end of early registration (when applicable).

Approved Minors for College of Engineering

The College of Engineering enables students to participate in approved minors subject to the following conditions:

  1. A minor will not reduce or alter the existing course or degree requirements for students electing to pursue a minor.
  2. A student’s minor program(s) must be organized and approved by an adviser prior to the submission of the senior check to the department chair or head.
  3. The minor(s) must be approved by the adviser, the department chair or head, the Dean and the cognizant program offering the minor(s).
  4. Minors on the Lincoln and Omaha campuses may be added to the following list on approval of the College of Engineering Curriculum Committee and faculty. (Availability and specific course make-up of minors may vary by campus.)

Approved Minors:

Life Long Learning

The education of professionals in construction management, engineering and engineering technology is a continuing process. The ground work in both technical and nontechnical studies is laid while in college, but education does not stop on the day of graduation. For a professional, education will continue not only in the technical areas but in areas that relate to human and social concerns. A professional may expect to take a leadership role in the community and must have a broad awareness of human and social accomplishments, needs, values, and a willingness to take the responsibility for meeting these needs. For these reasons, an integrated program of course work in the humanities and social sciences is part of the educational requirements.

Other College Information

Application for the Diploma

Each student who expects to receive a diploma must file an application of candidacy for the diploma at the Office of the Registrar, Eppley Administration Building. Announcements about deadline dates are posted upon bulletin boards and printed in the Gateway.

It is the responsibility of the students to inform the Registrar’s Office of their graduation plans including their address and the manner in which they are completing their requirements.

Failure to meet these stipulations may necessitate postponement of graduation until the next semester.

Graduation with Distinction

Students with outstanding scholastic records may obtain the College special honor of graduation WITH DISTINCTION , with HIGH DISTINCTION, or HIGHEST DISTINCTION upon the recommendation of the faculty of the College. Check with your major department for specific requirements.

Professional Registration

The College encourages registration and many of the College’s seniors take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination prior to graduation. This examination is the first step in the process of becoming a registered professional engineer. To become a licensed professional engineer, one must pass the FE exam, have four years of experience, and pass a professional practice examination. Students may take the FE exam in the last semester of their engineering baccalaureate program. Arrangements are made through the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Architects, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508.

Academic Amnesty and Appeals

The following policies shall apply for academic amnesty, appeals of course grades, and appeals of academic suspension.

Academic Amnesty

A student may remove two or more semesters of work from degree consideration by applying to the Office of the Dean after either completing a minimum of 15 simultaneous or sequential credit hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average or 30 hours with at least a 2.5 grade point average at the University of Nebraska at Omaha following the semester(s) the student wishes to remove. The application will be forwarded to the campus College Academic Appeals Committee for review and approval, if appropriate.

Appeals of Course Grades

Students who have a valid cause for appealing a grade for a course may file a written appeal with the Office of the Dean. Appeals must be filed within 21 days after the date of electronic posting of the grades by the Registrar for the semester in which the appealed grade was earned. Appeals will be forwarded to the campus College Academic Appeals Committee for consideration.

Appeals of Academic Suspension

Appeals of academic suspension must be filed in writing with the Office of the Dean within 21 days after official electronic notification/posting of the grades by the Registrar for the semester at the end of which the suspension was invoked. Suspended students who have filed a notice of appeal may apply to the Office of the Dean for a temporary release from suspension pending the final disposition of the appeal by the campus College Academic Appeals Committee.

Regulations

The college and its various divisions and departments reserve the right to change the rules governing admission to, instruction in, and graduation from the college or its various divisions.

Such regulations are operative whenever the college authorities deem necessary and apply not only to prospective students but also to those currently enrolled in the college. The college also reserves the right to withdraw courses and to reassign instructors.

Prerequisites for courses offered in the college are effective even if they are not listed in the schedule. A maximum amount of credit that a student may earn during any semester does not generally exceed 18 credit hours without the Dean’s permission.

Architectural Engineering

The architectural engineering (AE) undergraduate program is a four-year program requiring 129 credit hours. A one-year Master of Architectural Engineering (MAE) program of 36 credits is also offered.

The educational objective of the program is to produce graduates who:

  • Practice architectural engineering as licensed professionals in the following application areas of building design;
    • building structural systems
    • building mechanical systems
    • building acoustics
    • building lighting systems
    • building electrical systems
  • Apply the fundamental principles of science, engineering, and mathematics to the analysis of architectural engineering problems
  • Design solutions to architectural engineering problems under realistic conditions that include:
    • identifying relevant issues
    • formulating solutions
    • evaluating and selecting a solution
    • communicating the final design

Architectural engineering (AE) is the engineering design of buildings. Students will have the option to specialize in either the design of building structural systems, building mechanical systems and acoustics or building lighting and electrical systems. The first three years are common to all three fields of specialization, and include the same math and science courses common to all engineering programs. Students will take an introductory course in AE in their first semester. This course exposes the students to the materials and systems that make up a modern building. It will also provide a preview of the work they can expect to do after graduation. This first AE course helps the student to decide if this is the career path he/she wishes to pursue.

In the second semester, the AE student begins the first of a four-course sequence of courses in architecture. The purpose of these courses is to familiarize the engineering student with the thought and design process of architects and to develop an appreciation of the architectural features of buildings. This exposure to architecture is an important part of the student’s education. It develops creativity and gives the AE graduates a unique ability to work effectively with their professional colleagues in architecture.

The intent of the AE program is to develop both breadth and depth. This is done by requiring the students to have a good understanding of all the systems that make up a building while also giving them a specialized education in their chosen option areas. The breadth is provided in the 5th and 6th semesters, with all students taking courses in each of the three areas of specialization. The depth is provided in the 7th and 8th semesters, as the program splits into the three option areas.

A one-year Master of Architectural Engineering degree follows the four-year undergraduate program. This fifth year continues the specialized education in each of the three option areas, and provides an introduction to some of the professional practice topics that Architectural Engineers will need later in their careers.

The year of the AE program features a MAE design project. The project requires the student to practice all the design skills and understanding of building systems developed throughout the program. Students in teams will complete a significant building design in a manner that closely simulates professional practice. Industry and faculty members will serve as consultants to the students.

Architectural engineering is accredited by the EAC-ABET, Inc.

Departmental Controls

Because of rapid technical developments, the AE curriculum will be continually reviewed and upgraded. Currently enrolled students are expected to modify their programs to take advantage of such revisions. Students who do not maintain continuous progress toward the degree through enrollment in applicable course work will be considered as new students upon re-entering the program and will be subject to the requirements of the undergraduate catalog current at the time of their re-entry

AE students must pass any course offered by the AE program (those with an AE or CE prefix) with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain credit toward graduation for that course. All courses that are prerequisites for AE or CE courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher to obtain entry into the subsequent course.

Students must complete at least 43 credit hours in the AE program before applying for admission to the degree program in AE. Transfer students must have all transfer hours accepted before applying for admission. The number admitted will depend on the availability of space, faculty, and other academic resources. Admission will be based on academic performance in a set of 43 credit hours of courses taken in the AE program. Students will not be permitted to register for more than 61 credit hours of courses listed in the AE curriculum until they have been accepted into the degree program in AE.

Three courses each in the humanities and social sciences are required in the AE program. Because of the specific needs of the program, most of these courses are specified in the curriculum.

Career Opportunities

Architectural engineering graduates normally enter the building design industry and become registered professional engineers. There are only sixteen accredited Architectural Engineering programs in the country, so there is a large unfulfilled demand for engineers educated in building design. This is especially true in Nebraska, the home of several large Architectural and Engineering design firms.