The College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences offers a broad range of rigorous and stimulating baccalaureate programs that provide unexcelled educational opportunities. The innovative combination of engineering and science disciplines that comprises the College, facilitates study and research in fields transcending the traditional disciplines. Students enjoy close interaction with a distinguished faculty committed to excellence in undergraduate education, as well as in research. Additional information on the College and its programs is available at http://www.clemson.edu/cecas/.
Engineering and science students can complement their majors by selecting minor concentrations of study. Available minors include International Engineering and Science, and one in each of the science majors (see Minors).
The world economy has become very tightly integrated, making it highly important that engineering and science students prepare themselves for this global environment. The College offers a minor in International Engineering and Science coupled with several programs that provide opportunities for students to gain international experience. These include study abroad at many locations around the world and EPIC (an international co-op program). In addition, engineering and science students are encouraged to pursue study of a modern language. A Certificate in International Engineering and Science, that combines language study and an international practicum, is also offered. Information is available in the Undergraduate Studies Office (107 Riggs Hall) and at http://www.clemson.edu/cecas/global-engagement/index.html.
Modern Language Requirement
A number of Clemson University degree programs require the completion of a modern language through a specific course level. Modern languages taught at Clemson University or accepted for transfer credit include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. While many degree programs accept any of these modern languages for the requirement, certain programs may have specific modern language requirements. Students should consult their program’s curriculum map for details.
Academic Program Fee
Please visit https://www.clemson.edu/cecas/current-students/academic-program-fee.html for detailed information about the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences Academic Program Fee.
The Bachelor of Science engineering degree programs in Bioengineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are each accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone: (410) 347-7700.
All engineering programs have the common goal of producing engineering graduates who are able to:
- identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
- apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
- communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
- function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
- develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
- acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Each engineering program has objectives specific to the discipline. All prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities and provide sound preparation for graduate study. Each curriculum provides opportunities for students to pursue individual areas of interest.
The University admission requirements are given under the section entitled Admission. Engineering applicants are strongly advised to include the following in their high school programs:
Mathematics - Four units, including geometry, trigonometry, and introductory calculus
Laboratory Science - At least three units, including both chemistry and physics
Computing - At least one unit, including introduction to a programming language. Applicants should have good keyboarding skills.
All new engineering students (including transfer students who have not completed all courses in the freshman engineering curriculum) are admitted into General Engineering. The General Engineering Program provides students an opportunity to explore various engineering fields while getting a sound academic preparation for engineering study.
First Semester Freshman Curriculum
Credit Hours: 16
3 See Policy on General Education Requirements for Engineering Curricula below.
Admission into Engineering Degree Programs
To transfer into an engineering degree program, a student must have completed the following courses in the freshman engineering curriculum with a grade of C or better:
4 - CH 1010 - General Chemistry
3 - ENGL 1030 - Composition and Rhetoric
2 - ENGR 1020 - Engineering Disciplines and Skills 1
3 - ENGR 1410 - Programming and Problem Solving 2,3
4 - MATH 1060 - Calculus of One Variable I 4
4 - MATH 1080 - Calculus of One Variable II
3 - PHYS 1220 - Physics with Calculus I
1 ENGR 1050 and ENGR 1060 may be substituted for ENGR 1020
2 ENGR 1070, ENGR 1080 and ENGR 1090 may be substituted for ENGR 1410
3 Students who plan to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree should enroll in CHE 1300 instead of ENGR 1410.
4 Depending on a student’s Clemson Mathematics Placement Test score, MATH 1040 and MATH 1070 may be substituted for MATH 1060; or the student may be required to take MATH 1050 before enrolling in MATH 1060.
In addition, the student must have the minimum grade-point average specified by the engineering degree program for admission.
Students should initiate a change-of-major request prior to the registration period during the semester when they expect to complete the freshman curriculum. Students who fail to meet the requirements for admission into a degree program may remain in General Engineering until those requirements are met; however, General Engineering majors are not permitted to take 3000- or 4000-level engineering courses. Engineering departments may allow General Engineering majors to enroll in selected 2000-level engineering courses (policy varies by department). Students admitted into an engineering degree program will follow the curriculum in effect at the time of admission into General Engineering, unless otherwise approved by the specific engineering department.
General Education Requirements for Engineering Curricula
Engineers have an obligation to practice their profession in a socially responsible manner. The education of engineers must prepare them for this responsibility and make them aware of the constraints imposed by societal and cultural factors. Thus, the humanities and social sciences are an important component of the engineering curricula. Further, the program of study must include educational experiences addressing the intersection of science and technology with society and cross-cultural awareness.
In addition to the University General Education Requirements, some College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences majors are required to complete additional credit hours from a college or department approved list. Individual curricula may have more specific requirements. These additional courses may not be used to satisfy the Arts and Humanities or Social Science General Education Requirements. For a complete list of acceptable courses, please speak with an advisor.
Electives for Engineering Curricula
Advisors must approve any course taken for elective credit in the Engineering curricula. Courses excluded for elective credit include PHYS 2000, PHYS 2070/PHYS 2090, PHYS 2080/PHYS 2100.
A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher is required for registration in engineering courses numbered 3000 or higher. Priority for registration in engineering courses is given to those majors for whom the course is a degree requirement. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the department offering the course.
Change of Major into General Engineering
Enrolled students who wish to change from their current non-engineering academic program to any engineering academic program must first change into the General Engineering (GE) program. Students cannot change directly into a specific engineering academic program. To obtain approval to change into GE, a student must first 1) meet with a GE advisor; 2) complete the following courses with a grade of C or better: MATH 1060 (or both MATH 1040 and MATH 1070), CH 1010, and ENGR 1020 (or both ENGR 1050 and ENGR 1060); and 3) have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
In addition to other institutional requirements, candidates for a baccalaureate degree in Engineering are required to have a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average in all engineering courses taken at Clemson. All courses with “Engineering” in the course designator (e.g., ENGR 1020, ME 4530, etc.) are used in this calculation.
The baccalaureate programs in Engineering are designed to be completed in four years (eight regular semesters). Taking a reduced load or participating in cooperative education will extend this time. On average, Clemson engineering students take about four and one-half years to complete the requirements for graduation.