Students Without An Engineering Undergraduate Degree
The Agricultural Systems Management and the Biological Engineering and Technology areas of specialization are open to students with strong science backgrounds who may not have an undergraduate engineering degree. Their degrees will not be “engineering” degrees, unless they take the engineering courses described below.
Students without a BS in engineering may be able to take remedial engineering courses in order to meet the guidelines for an engineering degree. Applicants with BS degrees from non-engineering or non-accredited programs who possess undergraduate GPA's greater than 3.5 may be admitted to provisional status while completing credit for a minimum of 15 credit hours of remedial undergraduate engineering courses from five categories listed below. Some areas of study may require more as agreed upon by the applicant and the Major Professor, and approved by ABE Graduate Program Committee. Credit for these remedial courses may be applied from equivalent courses from the applicant’s BS degree, subject to approval by the Major Professor and the ABE Graduate Program Committee. The selection of courses from the five categories is left to the student subject to the approval of the student’s Major Professor and Advisory Committee. The equivalent of two semesters of engineering physics and four semesters of mathematics (through differential equations) are prerequisites for the engineering courses and must be considered part of the remedial coursework if the applicant's background does not include them. Two suggested remedial course plans of study are given below:
Depending upon the applicant’s background and work experience, completion of at least one 400 or 500-level engineering design course is required, and a senior capstone engineering design class (ABE 485 or ABE 556) is strongly encouraged.