Overview

The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering.

Individuals enrolling in these degree programs are given an opportunity to develop a strong background in the engineering sciences and to learn the analysis, design and synthesis tools necessary to function well as active participants in many traditional, new and emerging areas of technology.

The College of Engineering has excellent laboratory facilities where students receive hands-on instruction by faculty. Computer-aided design (CAD) facilities, including state-of-the-art workstations, are routinely used in all programs. Some classes are taught by adjunct faculty from local industries, giving students the opportunity to interact with engineering professionals engaged in relevant engineering practice.

Our Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Our Chemical Engineering is a new program and we are currently working toward accreditation. Graduates from the College of Engineering have excellent opportunities for employment and pursuit of graduate degrees.

Admissions

Admission to any UTSA Engineering undergraduate program is based on UTSA’s undergraduate admission requirements, plus additional College of Engineering admission criteria.  Students interested in the Biomedical Engineering or the Chemical Engineering program must meet additional requirements.

Admission Requirements

College of Engineering Admission Requirements for a new freshman or a freshman transfer student who has been admitted to the University (a freshman transfer student has earned fewer than 30 semester credit hours):

  1. Qualify for enrollment in MAT 1214 or a higher level mathematics course
  2. Qualify for enrollment in WRC 1013 or higher

Placement Exam – Required before Orientation

>> Freshmen with transferable credit for placement into Calculus I or higher are exempt from taking the Math Placement Exam.

Placement Exam – Highly Recommended before Orientation

Additional Admission Requirements for BME & CME:

Admission to the College of Engineering (COE) is competitive and not guaranteed.

Learn more about UTSA’s Undergraduate Freshman Admission Requirements.

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Recommended High School Coursework for COE Admission

  • 4 years of mathematics (e.g. algebra, geometry, and calculus)
  • 4 years of lab science (e.g. chemistry and physics)
  • 4 years of English
  • 4 years of social studies (e.g. history, government, and economics)
  • 2-3 years of STEM related electives
  • 2 years of a foreign language

 

College of Engineering admission requirements for a transfer student who has earned 30 or more semester credit hours:

  1. Completed MAT 1214 Calculus I, or the equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.
  2. Meet GPA requirements:
    • Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework,

OR

    • Have a transfer grade point average of at least 2.25 and a grade point average of at least 2.25 in all mathematics, sciences, and engineering coursework, and be granted admission to a College of Engineering major by holistic review by the College.

Additional Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Program Admission

A Transfer student not admitted directly into the College of Engineering will be changed to Undeclared (UND) and must choose another major outside of engineering.

COE Transfer Admission Flowchart

When using the GPA Calculator please remember that technical, developmental and remedial courses are not transferable.

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Placement into the Engineering Program

Incoming students who meet all admission criteria either from high school or with transfer credits will be admitted into one of the following majors: Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or Mechanical Engineering (ME).

UTSA Career Assessments

Not sure which major is best for you? Schedule a pre-assessment appointment today with your career counselor for access to these assessments!

Degree Requirements

During their first semester, students should specify their interest in a specific engineering program by selecting biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering as a major. Undecided engineering students should select a major closest to their area of interest. Prerequisites for Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (CME), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CPEG) Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering (ME), and Engineering (EGR) courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. A minimum grade of “C-” is required for all science and mathematics courses required in the Engineering programs. Students must satisfy the University’s Core Curriculum and ABET accreditation requirements.

Requirements Common to All Engineering Degree Programs

I. Core Curriculum Requirements: Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in any engineering field must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students at UTSA. CHE 1103, MAT 1214, and PHY 1903 (also listed under section II, General Engineering requirements) may be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

II. General Engineering Requirements:All degree-seeking candidates in engineering must complete the following 22 semester credit hours:

Advising Center

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Engineering Advising Center provides timely, accurate information, and professional advice about degree programs, university policies and procedures, and campus resources.

We are located in the Engineering Building, EB 3.04.04, and can be reached at 210.458.5525.

We are dedicated, diverse, and caring professional undergraduate academic advisors at The University of Texas at San Antonio. We guide UTSA undergraduate students, transfer students, and potential students toward success in achieving their academic goals. As liaisons between students and the institution, we offer our professional expertise in a service-oriented environment.

This interaction empowers students to develop their educational plans according to their life goals. Therefore, we positively influence post-secondary education for future generations and foster the growth of our university community and culturally diverse society.

Students who have been assigned to one of its academic advisors (usually based on successful completion of Calculus I). All newly admitted students who are Pre-engineering/University College majors will be advised by Student Placement Advising Center in MS 2.02.18, (210)458-5170 until they have successfully completed Calculus I. Prospective students should contact: UTSA Office of Admissions (210) 458-2000 transfer@utsa.edu

College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Office: Engineering Building 3.04.04 210-458-5525 coeadvising@utsa.edu Office Hours: Monday–Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm Please Note: Office Hours are not the same as Walk-in Advising Hours.

Advising FAQ's

The Engineering Advising Center offers students the opportunity to sit down with advisors and ask questions regarding their major and college plan.

On the third floor of the Engineering Building, EB 3.04.04.

Students may make an appointment with their acadmic advisor by contacting the Engineering Advising Center’s office (210)458-5525/coeadvising@utsa.edu. To see an advisor during Walk-In Advising hours, visit the Advising Center’s office and sign-in with the front desk. If you need to see an advisor at a time when Walk-in Advising is not available, contact the Engineering Advising Center’s office (210) 458-5525/coeadvising@utsa.edu. It is not necessary for students to make an appointment during Walk-In Advising hours. Walk-In Advising hours change periodically, so check the Advising Hours section on the Advising homepage before planning your visit.

Students who fail to maintain the minimum required grade point average of 2.0 in all work attempted at UTSA will be placed on Academic Warning, Academic Probation or Academic Dismissal. To learn more about these academic standings, visit the College of Engineering Academic Standing webpage.

The College of Engineering offers: Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Master of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing and Enterprise Engineering Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Environmental Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For more information about the College of Engineering’s Degree Programs, please visit the Prospective Students webpage.

Various offices place student records on hold for many reasons that include but are not limited to academic successes and account balances. Please check with our front desk staff to check whether you have any holds on your record. Only the office that placed the hold on your record can release that hold.

Degree Plans

Resources

Center of Excellence for Engineering Education

The Center of Excellence for Engineering Education (CE3) provides a holistic approach for improving the quality of engineering education at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The center strives to improve the preparedness and marketability of the students in the College of Engineering for challenging and rewarding careers.

What We Do

Workshops for writing and problem solving skills, resources for internship opportunities, tutoring and gate keeper courses, FE exam preparation, and career advising are all examples of the activities on hand at the center. The center also facilitates sequential internships in local industries as part of student development.

Our Mission

The CE3 seeks to support UTSA’s engineering students by sponsoring special classes, initiatives and events that strengthen academic performance and foster a learning community that contributes to increased retention and graduation rates.

Our Objectives

  • Improve retention and graduation rates in the College of Engineering
  • Lead superior research on teaching and learning in engineering disciplines and to disseminate the results
  • Provide essential resources to engineering faculty and students to improve the quality of engineering education
  • Promote multidisciplinary capstone programs with industry involvement
  • Provide educational support for the science and math teachers and students for grades K-12 at the K-12
  • Increase external funding for engineering education activities

Benefits

For Engineering Students

  • Special research and mentoring opportunities for undergraduate engineering students
  • Assistance in identifying and applying for off-campus summer research opportunities
  • Field trips to companies that hire UTSA engineering students
  • Summertime engineering research camps for high school students

For Engineering Faculty

  • Professional development support for new faculty
  • Assistance for faculty involvement in educational research
  • Support for curriculum development and revision
  • Workshops on student learning outcomes, assessment and accreditation

Contact the CE3

Mehdi Shadaram, Ph.D. Center Director

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