Academic Policy

Academic Policy - Engineering

Admission to the college is necessary before enrolling in 300– and 400–level courses.

Minimum college admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C).

Contact the department for application procedures.

During the sophomore year, students should submit an application form for admission to the electrical and computer engineering program. Admission to the program is selective and, following application to the department, subject to the approval of the faculty. The department makes a special effort to accommodate transfer students.

Only students admitted to the program are permitted to enroll in upper–division EE courses. No transfer credits are allowed for upper–division EE courses except by faculty review followed by special written permission.

Before being accepted into the program and admitted to 300–level electrical engineering courses (typically in the fall semester), a student must complete a minimum of 62-semester credits including the following:

  • General Physics (calculus-based) (12 credits)
  • Calculus and Differential Equations (16 credits)
  • Electrical Engineering Circuit Analysis I and II (including laboratory) (7 credits)
  • Chemistry (3 credits)
  • English Composition (4 credits)
  • Statics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering (6 credits)
  • Technical Communication (4 credits)
  • Microprocessor course and lab (3 credits)
  • Digital Systems and Test (including lab) (4 credits)

A cumulative grade–point average of 2.5 for all science, math, and engineering courses must have been maintained. Grades must be C- or better for courses to be accepted. Minnesota State University students should complete the pre–engineering courses listed under the major.

Academic Policy - Engineering Technology

Contact the department for application procedures.

Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum program admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 ('C').

Students who do not have the required background for MATH 115 may have to take additional preparatory coursework as well. Consult with your major adviser to plan your general education and major requirements.

All students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits of mathematics starting with Precalculus math and a minimum of 24 semester credits of combined mathematics and science courses.

Academic Policy - Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering

Each student must pass the comprehensive exam in order to graduate. The comprehensive exam will be given twice a year and each student has two opportunities to pass the exam. Students planning to take the comprehensive exam must submit a completed Written Comprehensive Examination Request and Report form to their department graduate coordinator. This request must be made one month before the exam in each semester. Students must complete at least 24 credits before they can take the comprehensive exam. The exact date will be posted on Department Bulletin Boards.

Combined Degree (BS and MS) Program:

Students planning on completing their MSE degrees at Minnesota State University may be granted permission to take classes that would count toward their MSE. In order to be granted permission for this option, students must declare their intent to complete their MSE following their BS in engineering degrees and be "conditionally qualified" for a graduate program. Upon being accepted, students will be assigned a graduate committee by the department. Students need to be aware that acceptance into this option does not guarantee them automatic admission into graduate school. In particular. students must complete their BSME, BSEE, or BSCE with a 3.0 GPA, and apply to be admitted as per the existing graduate school policy.

Please contact the Department Graduate Coordinator for detailed information.