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College of Engineering


Students in the College of Engineering are making an impact in all areas of life as they perform research with award-winning faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, apply their knowledge to hands-on senior projects and internships, and start businesses to bring their ideas to market. The education they receive at UTA will allow them to face important issues, solve problems and develop new technology to improve the world around us.

For more than 50 years, UTA’s College of Engineering at has helped set the standard for educational excellence in North Texas. With more than 7,000 students and nearly 30,000 alumni, it is the third-largest engineering school in the state. The College offers students one of the most comprehensive programs in the nation, with 11 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and nine doctoral programs. Our diversity is reflected in our international students, our Hispanic population – reflecting UTA’s status as a Hispanic-serving institution – and our growing population of female students and faculty. We are tackling important issues and developing technology for the future, as we continue to help UTA achieve its goal of becoming a national Tier 1 research university. The university’s status as a Carnegie Foundation “Research-1: highest research activity” institution has led to engineering faculty research expenditures of more than $37 million per year in key areas such as healthcare, security, energy, and the environment from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, NASA, DARPA and the American Heart Association, among others. Thousands of our alumni work in industry in the DFW Metroplex, and our influence is felt in dozens of Fortune 500 companies across the United States. We are an integral member of our community and we are making an impact on the daily lives of millions of people around the world.

Undergraduate Education:

The College of Engineering provides the opportunity for study in a wide variety of engineering disciplines under the guidance of an excellent faculty. Baccalaureate degree programs are offered in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, bioengineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, construction management, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering. The programs in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, and software engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, The program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET.  Graduate degrees are offered in each of these disciplines and in another area of specialization:  materials science and engineering. (All of these graduate programs offer both master's and doctoral degrees except construction management,  engineering management, logistics, software engineering and systems engineering, which offer a master's degree only.) A combined BS (Biology)/MS (Biomedical Engineering) degree is available for students interested in tissue engineering and biotechnology; see the Other Engineering Subject Areas section and the Biology section of the Undergraduate Catalog and the Biomedical Engineering section of the UT Arlington Graduate Catalog for details.  There are several Fast Track Programs in the college of engineering where seniors with outstanding academic background may begin taking graduate classes for credit while still being undergraduates. More details on the Fast Track Programs are provided in a later section. 

Preparation in High School for Admission to the College of Engineering

For students intending to pursue a major in engineering, the recommended curriculum is defined by the "Recommended Texas High School Program Graduation Requirements" approved by the State Board of Education beginning with School Year 2004-2005. This listing below reflects the current State Board recommendation and expands upon the University requirements stated earlier in this catalog:

Algebra I, II 2
Geometry 1
Additional Advanced Mathematics 11
Other Science Courses 2
Computer Science
Computer Science 21
Single Foreign Language
Single Foreign Language 32
Social Science
U.S. History1
World History Studies 1
World Geography 1
U.S. Government .5
Economics .5
Other Courses 5
Total Hours24

In addition to the above, an additional year of advanced mathematics such as calculus is strongly recommended for engineering and computer science students. Further, students planning careers in the health professions or biomedical engineering should take one year of biology. In all areas, students are urged to take advantage of advanced placement opportunities and honors programs. A student who enrolls without having completed the above courses will not be optimally prepared, and the duration of the student's undergraduate program will likely be extended. In particular, the engineering programs offered by the college are based upon a student being fully prepared to begin study with the following courses:


Prerequisites for the above courses are considered deficiencies and are not counted toward an engineering degree.

Admission to the College of Engineering

Admission to the College of Engineering is based on the University's undergraduate admission requirements plus the following additional admission criteria for the College of Engineering.

Students Entering Directly from High School

Students entering directly from high school or with less than 24 hours of transfer credit will be evaluated on the basis of the following admission criteria:

  • meeting the UT Arlington admissions requirements.
  • presenting a satisfactory SAT or ACT score 
  • for engineering and computer science degree programs, completing the prerequisites necessary to enroll in MATH 1426.

Students for whom English is the primary language must present a minimum of two high school units in a single foreign language. Students otherwise qualified, but not presenting such credit, will be admitted with a foreign language deficiency that must be removed prior to graduation.

Students entering directly from high school or with less than 24 hours of transferrable credit will initially be advised by the University College. Transitioning to advisement by the College of Engineering advisors will occur as the student accomplishes certain GPA and course completion milestones.

Students Entering with Transfer Credit

Transfer students include those from other units within UT Arlington as well as those from other educational institutions.  Transfer students with less than 24 hours of transferable credit are admitted under the criteria for students entering directly from high school.

Transfer students with 24 hours or more of transferable credit will be evaluated on the basis of the following admission criteria:

  • meeting the UT Arlington admissions requirements.
  • for transfer to an engineering or computer science degree program, completing at least the prerequisites necessary to enroll in MATH 1426.
  • having a GPA of 3.0 or above calculated on transferred credits applicable to the degree they are seeking.
  • complying with the C-grade rule. (See Academic Regulation 5 below.)   Consequently, the student must be prepared to repeat any such courses until a grade of C or higher is obtained prior to enrolling in any course for which such courses are a prerequisite.   Note: this applies to all transfer students whether from other educational institutions or from within UT Arlington.

Students for whom English is the primary language must present a minimum of two high school units in a single foreign language. Students otherwise qualified, but not presenting such credit, will be admitted with a foreign language deficiency that must be removed prior to graduation


Students entering directly from high school and those with less than 24 hours of transferrable credit are advised initially in the University College.   Students are transitioned to advising in the College of Engineering as they progress successfully in their degree programs.

Students with 24 hours or more of transferrable credit are advised in the College of Engineering.   New transfer students who are undecided about their engineering major or who are conditionally admitted are advised in Engineering Student Services; others are advised in their major department.  New students will not be able to register for classes without first being advised and obtaining an approval to register.

Continuing students in all engineering majors must receive advising by their major departments before registering.   One period in October and another in March are designated for preregistration advising.  Students must be cleared (showing that they have been advised) before proceeding with registration.

The advising goal for students who have not yet attained professional program status is to strengthen their academic background sufficiently so that they are able to subsequently complete courses in their engineering degree plans. To this end, a student's advisor may require him or her to enroll in fewer courses than specified by the University and may require him or her to take courses for which credit has already been received.  See individual department program descriptions for requirements.

The College of Engineering's Engineering Student Services, located in 242 Nedderman Hall, houses the Co-op program and coordinated tutoring, assessment, and academic advising for engineering students.

Admission into the Professional Program

Students who have successfully completed the initial program of studies may apply to their department for advancement to the professional program. Prior to admission to the professional program, students are required to demonstrate their intellectual talent, work habits, and professional ethics to warrant acceptance for study toward an engineering or computer science degree.

Hereafter, the term "pre-professional courses" is used for courses required in the first two years of the degree program as specified by the department, and the term "professional courses" is used for courses required in the third and fourth years of the degree program. The professional program includes students who have been accepted by an engineering department into the professional program course sequence. An official degree plan is filed upon acceptance into this category. For advancement to a department's professional program, students must meet the following requirements:

1. Academic performance: Students must have completed all pre-professional courses with a grade of C or better, complied with the Three-Attempt Rule, and achieved a minimum three-calculation GPA as specified by the department. Refer to the College of Engineering Academic Regulations and individual department program descriptions for specific requirements in the desired program.

2. Limitations on Enrollment: The University and the College of Engineering reserve the right to limit enrollment in any program, based on the availability of facilities and staff. To achieve such limitations, grade point averages and other measures of student potential beyond the minimum stated above may be applied.

Competence in Oral Communication and Computer Use

Students in engineering and computer science satisfy the oral communication requirement by successfully completing COMS 2302. The various programs in the College of Engineering have different requirements for demonstrating computer literacy. Students should consult their particular degree program for details.

College of Engineering Academic Regulations

All students pursuing a degree in one of the College's academic programs must abide by the academic regulations of the University and the following additional rules established by the College of Engineering:

Regulations regarding work at other institutions

1. Enrollment in Other Institution(s): To ensure adequate coverage of needed material, once enrolled at UT Arlington as an engineering major, a student must obtain written permission from the department before enrolling in courses intended to be transferred to UT Arlington for credit toward a UT Arlington engineering degree.

2. Transfer Courses: Only equivalent courses in a program accredited by ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) or those freshman and sophomore courses accepted by the College of Engineering or the student's major department can be counted toward an engineering degree.

3. Validation of Transfer Credit: Transfer credit that constitutes a part of a continuing course sequence in the same area will be validated only upon satisfactory completion of the succeeding course in the sequence at UT Arlington. Students whose performance in the subsequent courses at UT Arlington is poor may be required to repeat courses taken elsewhere.

Regulations regarding work at UT Arlington

4. Academic Honesty: The College of Engineering takes academic honesty and ethical behavior very seriously. Engineers are entrusted with the safety, health, and well being of the public. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be punished to the full extent permitted by the rules and regulations of UT Arlington.   In particular, a student found guilty of a second offense by the Office of Student Conduct will be subject to dismissal from the College of Engineering.

5. C-Grade Rule: A grade of D or lower in a pre-professional course indicates unsatisfactory preparation for further engineering education. Any such course in which a D or lower is received must by repeated before enrolling in any course for which it is a prerequisite. This requirement is subject to the Three-Attempt Rule. A student unable to raise his or her grade to at least a C in a pre-professional course within three enrollments (attempts) shall be required to change his or her major to a field outside of the College of Engineering.

6. English as a Foreign Language: Courses in English as a foreign language will not substitute for either ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302.

7. Foreign Language Deficiency Removal: Students admitted to the College of Engineering with a deficiency in foreign language must remove that deficiency prior to graduation by taking two courses in a single modern or classical language totaling not less than six semester hours credit (eight semester hours are required in the current UT Arlington introductory modern and classical languages sequence).

8. Academic Load: A student may not enroll in more than the University's maximum permitted academic load without receiving the permission of the student's department and the Dean of Engineering. The College of Engineering considers 12 semester hours in the fall and spring terms and nine semester hours in the 11-week summer term to be a minimum "full load" for undergraduates.

9. Three-Attempt Rule: A student may not attempt a course (at UT Arlington and/or at any other institution) more than three times and apply that course toward an engineering degree. Enrollment in a course for a period of time sufficient for assignment of a grade, including a grade of W, is considered an attempt.

Regulations regarding academic standing

10. Three-Calculation GPA: The College of Engineering uses three GPA calculations to evaluate students for admission and continuation. These calculations employ only the grades received in courses that are applicable to the degree being sought. Any references in this catalog to the three-calculation GPA requirement mean that the student's GPA must meet or exceed the requirement in each of the following three categories:

  • all courses
  • all math, science, and engineering courses, and
  • all courses, if any, taken in the major subject. (The college will use the University's current grade-repeat policy or grade-exclusion policy in determining the three-GPA calculations.)

11. Satisfactory Academic Standing: A College of Engineering student is in satisfactory academic standing if the student is not on University probation and at the same time meets the GPA requirements of his/her major program. (See the major department section of the catalog for the requirement.)

12. College of Engineering Probation: Students in a College of Engineering pre-major or classified Undecided Engineering (UENG) will be placed on College of Engineering probation if any of the three parts of their three-calculation GPA falls below their program's requirement for advancement to the professional program. Students in an engineering major will be placed on College of Engineering probation if their major GPA or overall GPA falls below their program's requirement for graduation (2.0 for all programs). A student's academic standing is determined as soon as grades are reported by the Registrar at the end of each semester. Depending on the circumstances, a student on College of Engineering probation may have restrictions on course load or course selection, and may be given specific courses and course grade requirements that must be met to continue in the College of Engineering.  Failure to meet these requirements will require the student to change his/her major to one outside of the College of Engineering.


In addition to fees applicable to the entire University, each engineering course carries a "designated tuition" charge (authorized by the Board of Regents per statute 54.0513) detailed under Description of Tuition and Fees.

Minors in the College of Engineering

A number of the undergraduate programs in the college of engineering offer students in other disciplines the opportunity to earn a minor. In most cases a student has to complete 18 hours of course work as designated by the program to earn a minor. In many cases some of the courses in the minor may be used as an elective in the program the student is majoring in. The following departments in the College of Engineering offer minors: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department offers minors in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Computer Science and Engineering Department offers a minor in Computer Science. Electrical Engineering Department offers a minor Electrical Engineering. Industrial and Manufacturing Systems  Engineering Department offers a minor in Industrial Engineering. Materials Science and Engineering Department offers a minor in Materials Science and Engineering and also a minor in Nanotechnology. The College of Engineering offers a minor in Nuclear Engineering and a minor in Sustainable Engineering, as detailed in the following section

Requirements for a Minor in Nuclear Engineering

To receive a minor in Nuclear Engineering, a student must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each:

Select three of the following (with a grade of C or better in each):9
Total Hours18

Requirements for a Minor in Sustainable Engineering

To receive a minor in Sustainable Engineering, a student must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each:

Select 1 of the following Societal Context Electives (3 hours)
Select 2 of the following Sustainable Engineering Electives (6-7 hours)

Requirements for an "Engineering Math Minor"

The Mathematics Department supports an “Engineering Math Minor” available to students with a major in the College of Engineering.   For specific requirements, please see the departmental advisor in the major program.

Undergraduate Certificates in the College of Engineering

Undergraduate certificates in areas of specializations are offered in the College of Engineering. These certificates include a Certificate in Nanotechnology and a Certificate in Unmanned Vehicle Systems. Typically students have to complete between 12 to 15 hours of course work as detailed in the requirements for specific programs to earn a certificate. These certificates can be earned by either students who are currently pursuing their undergraduate degree at UT Arlington or by students who are enrolled in other institutions or students who have already completed a degree in another institution and wish to specialize in a new field. More information about the certificates offered in the College of Engineering is provided in individual department sections of the catalog as well as in the web pages of the respective departments offering the certificates.

Honors Degrees in Engineering

College of Engineering students who wish to graduate with an Honors Degree in Engineering must be members of the Honors College in good standing. They must complete the major degree requirements and the requirements of the Honors College, which include at least 24 hours of Honors course work while maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater. Honors Degree requirements are compatible with all departmental and college requirements, but specific requirements vary with each engineering department's program. It is particularly important that students pursuing an Honors Degree in Engineering consult carefully with an advisor in the College of Engineering and also in the Honors College before each registration to be sure all requirements are met.

Fast Track Master's Degrees in Engineering

The Fast Track Program enables outstanding UT Arlington senior undergraduate students in several disciplines to satisfy degree requirements leading to a master's degree in that discipline while completing their undergraduate studies. When senior-level students are within 15 hours of completing their undergraduate degree requirements, they may take up to nine hours of graduate level coursework designated by the program to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Interested UT Arlington undergraduate students should discuss this option with their advisors. Information is provided in the department section of this catalog, with details available in departmental offices.

At this time, there are Fast Track programs in the following undergraduate programs:

  • Aerospace Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering
  • Biochemistry leading to a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering leading to a Master of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science leading to a Master's Degree in Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics leading to a Master's Degree in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics leading to a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering
  • Software Engineering leading to a Master's Degree in Software Engineering

Professional Engineering Licensure

The protection of the public welfare requires that those who practice engineering do so ethically and competently. Professional licensure requires an individual to meet examination and practice requirements defined by the laws of the state or states in which he or she intends to practice.

The first step toward licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) is to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Graduating seniors are permitted to take the FE examination during their final year. The FE examination is offered by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers in both the fall and spring semesters. Since this examination is over topics common to all engineering degree programs, students are strongly urged to avail themselves of this opportunity at a time when their academic preparation is at a peak.

Pre-med and Pre-law Studies

Students graduating with degrees in engineering occasionally choose to go on to medical schools or law schools. Those students are advised to consult early with the pre-med or pre-law advisors at UT Arlington so that additional requirements can be taken in a timely way. For example, a minimum set of additional courses for an engineer planning to apply to medical school consists of 4 chemistry courses (2 in general chemistry, 2 in organic chemistry), and 4 biology courses (2 in general biology plus genetics and animal physiology).

Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op Program) at UT Arlington is a partnership between the University and various organizations of businesses, government, and industries that provides students with an opportunity to obtain experience in their chosen engineering discipline by alternating periods of formal study with periods of work or through a parallel program which allows students to work part time while taking courses at UT Arlington. This program enhances a student's education through work-related experiences and by association with participating professional engineers, and provides a competitive salary when working, as well.

Students who successfully complete the Co-op Program will receive cooperative education certificates and have this accomplishment entered on their transcripts. Co-op Program students are expected to register each work term in an engineering course (ENGR 2100, ENGR 3100, ENGR 4100, ENGR 3000) specified by the Director of the Co-op Program.  For enrollment reporting purposes only, students registered for one of these four courses will be considered full-time students.  Students classified as full-time students under the Co-op Program are not eligible for financial aid, but can use this designation for enrollment reporting for insurance purposes.  Students requiring financial aid must meet state and federal enrollment guidelines for enrollment in the required minimum semester credit hours each semester where aid is sought.  The College of Engineering provides assistance in placing students with companies that are related to their specific needs and program of study.

Information on prerequisites for application and requirements for acceptance are available in the Cooperative Education Office, 242 Nedderman Hall, and on the College of Engineering Web site.

Research and Graduate Education:

The seven departments in the College of Engineering offer 9 doctoral degrees and 14 master's degrees.   More than 3.200 master’s students and 558 doctoral students were enrolled in fall 2016.  The College of Engineering and departments, in conjunction with five Organized Research Centers of Excellence and several research centers, laboratories and groups have produced more than $45 million in research expenditures from government agencies and private industries.

Working professionals interested in pursuing a graduate degree may choose from more than 130 online courses available most semesters  Eight master’s degrees may be earned fully online. 

Research Interests of Faculty


Biological signal processing; biosensors; neuroscience engineering; soft- and hard-tissue mechanics; tissue engineering; artificial- and hybrid-organ design; biomaterials; medical imaging with ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, electron and confocal microscopy, stem cell research, acousto-optical imaging, regenerative medical engineering.

Civil Engineering

Environmental engineering; construction; infrastructure; transportation planning; hazardous- and toxic-waste abatement; hydrology; structural analysis; analytical methods in structural dynamics; steel structures and marine riser mechanics; bridge design and rehabilitation; disaster mitigation; biological and chemical processes in water quality control; water reclamation and reuse; natural systems for wastewater treatment; structural analysis and design of reinforced concrete, steel, timber, and masonry systems; soil mechanics; soil stabilization; foundation engineering; traffic flow theory; traffic engineering; highway capacity analysis; transportation systems analysis; operations research; properties and behavior of structural concrete; experimental stress analysis.

Computer Science and Engineering

Computer systems architecture and modeling, interconnection networks, simulation and performance evaluation, mobile computing, telecommunications, computer security, parallel processing, distributed systems, databases, big data analysis, cloud computing, knowledge-based systems, artificial intelligence, multi-agent systems, image processing, robotics, neural networks, machine learning, object-oriented systems, software engineering, software testing, object-oriented testing, software development methodologies, software and hardware systems specification, distributed multimedia and video processing, data mining, embedded systems, pervasive computing, image databases, bioinformatics, instrumentation and sensors, assistive technologies, human-centered computing.

Electrical Engineering

Nanotechnology, quantum optics, electron-device modeling, power electronics, holography, integrated optics, quantum well devices, microwave and millimeter-wave integrated circuits, molecular beam epitaxy, electrooptics, power systems, industrial power electronics, renewable energy and vehicular technology, remote sensing and wave scattering, robotics, robust control, signal processing, flight simulation, utility deregulation issues, neural networks, computer vision, telecommunications, fiber optics, microwave communications, instrumentation, modeling and simulation, photovoltaics, nanoelectronics, MEMS, mixed signals.

Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering

Design for producibility and reliability, manufacturing systems, automation, CAD/CAM, robotics, engineering design and development process, ergonomics, computer-integrated enterprise, enterprise design and analysis, statistical process control, manufacturing error analysis, linear models, work sampling, discrete event computer simulation, economic decision making, production and inventory control, project control, manufacturing, logistics, enterprise engineering, operations research, statistics.

Materials Science and Engineering

Nanomaterials; nanoelectronics, single electron and carbon nanotube devices; semiconductor processing; optoelectronics; piezoelectric materials; solar cells; biomaterials and bio-sensors; thin films, coatings and surface engineering; tribology; corrosion, fatigue and fracture mechanics; mechanical and thermal properties of advanced composites;  structural materials; intermetallic systems; electrically conductive polymers; materials for energy applications including solar cells, fuel cells, battery technology; environmental degradation of materials; materials for microelectronics; materials reliability.

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Computational and experimental fluid dynamics, flight dynamics and controls, supersonic and hypersonic aerodynamics, pulse detonation engines, smart structures/materials. Dynamic sytems and controls, design and manufacturing, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, sprays, and combustion, solid mechanics and structures, electronic packaging, biomedical applications of heat and mass transfer. Composites: Damage Tolerance, Fatigue and Fracture Analysis

There are two formal research centers, the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute  (UTARI) and the Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility (NRTF), where a significant amount of the ongoing research is related to engineering and a number of the graduate students and faculty from the College of Engineering participate.

Many College of Engineering faculty members collaborate with professors and researchers in other colleges at UT Arlington and other institutions in the state, around the U.S., and around the world. Therefore, for those interested in doing research as part of graduate training, there are many opportunities to work on research projects that are either within the home department or interdisciplinary with other departments.


Graduate work in engineering at UT Arlington may lead to the master of science, master of engineering or doctor of philosophy in the following programs:

In addition master's degree programs are also available in:

  • Logistics (MS)
  • Engineering Management (MS)
  • Software Engineering (MS)
  • Systems Engineering (MS)

Graduate work leading to a practice-oriented master's degree usually requires a design project, report, internship or additional coursework.  Details are given in the individual program descriptions that follow.

Biomedical Engineering is a joint program of the UT Arlington Bioengineering Department in association with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The Master of Science in Logistics and Master of Science in Engineering Management are offered in partnership with the College of Business.

In addition to specific graduate degrees, students currently enrolled in degree earning graduate programs as well as applicants who have earned undergraduate degrees elsewhere may also enroll in and earn Graduate Certificates in various areas of specialization. Typically the graduate certificates require the completion of 12-15 hours of graduate course work in a specified set of courses to earn a Graduate Certificate. Details of the Graduate Certificates are provided in individual departmental sections of the catalog.

Please visit the graduate program Web Site  for detailed information.