The major is a part of the Department of Engineering, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.
The engineering degree at JMU combines the strengths of a traditional engineering curriculum with many of the attributes that industry and academic experts have identified as desirable in the engineer of the 21st century. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree spans the traditional engineering sub-disciplines; focuses on sustainability, engineering design and systems analysis; provides extensive hands-on laboratory and design studio experiences; and integrates business, management and social aspects of sustainable engineering design.
The curriculum is designed to meet all engineering accreditation standards and to prepare students to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) pre-licensure exam. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in the engineering workforce or in graduate engineering degree programs by exhibiting the practical ingenuity of an "engineering versatilist."
Declaring the Major
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Engineering major when they register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the Student Coordinator in the School of Engineering located in the Health and Human Services Building (HHS), room 3215.
Other Declaring Information
The B.S. in engineering admits a limited number of students each year. To be eligible to apply for admission, students must have completed the following: All courses (or approved equivalents) required for the engineering major with a grade of "C" or higher: MATH 235, 236, 237, 238 PHYS 240, 140L, 250, 150L CHEM 131, 131L and CHEM 132, 132L or CHEM 133E, 133LE ENGR 112, 212, 221, 231, 232 Any of the above courses may only be repeated once to be considered for admission. No more than 85 students (including transfer students with qualifying transcripts) will be admitted to the major at the junior-level. If more than 85 students meet the above standards, enrollment will be limited to the top 85 students. For on-campus students, the admission criterion will be grade point average (GPA) in the five ENGR courses (112, 212, 221, 231, 232). In the event of a tie, GPA in the lower-division MATH, CHEM and PHYS courses required for the engineering major (listed in #1) will be used as a tie-breaker. The student coordinator will work with the engineering Academic Unit Head to assess the relative merit of transfer students. Students who are not among the top 85 in their cohort may elect to wait one year and be considered with the next cohort, if they so choose, though the same selection criteria applies.
Progressing in the Major
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
Engineering students should be aware that many courses have prerequisite requirements that must be successfully completed before enrollment. Students should consult the Undergraduate Catalog for a list that includes prerequisites students should consider when planning their courses of study.