College of Engineering

107 Carson Engineering Center
Norman, OK 73019-1021
Phone: (405) 325-2621
FAX: (405) 325-7508

Administrative Officers

General Information

Undergraduate Programs

student research team

Devon Energy Hall

Rawl Engineering Practice Facility

Administrative Officers

Thomas L. Landers, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Engineering
P. Simin Pulat, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Musharraf Zaman, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

General Information

Instruction in professional engineering was first given at the University of Oklahoma in 1899 when a course in surveying was offered. The following year, 1900–01, the first two years of engineering were presented. In 1902–03 a curriculum in civil engineering was established, and a School of Mines was organized. At the same time, courses in electrical and mechanical engineering were listed. In 1904 the courses in engineering were organized as a School of Applied Science. In 1909 the School of Mines and the School of Applied Science were joined and reorganized as the College of Engineering. The first professional degrees were conferred in 1909. 

The college has grown substantially since that time. It now offers degrees in 10 undergraduate engineering fields, as well as computer science and environmental science. The student body includes approximately 1,800 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Its facilities now fill eight major buildings with research facilities in portions of six other buildings. 

In recent years, the College has been a major contributor to the philosophy of modern engineering education. It was one of the first to develop and adopt the “core” type engineering curricula now prevalent throughout the country. It was also one of the first to use the new approach to engineering laboratory work, wherein the student’s creativity is developed through the planning and carrying out of the experiment as an exercise in engineering analysis and design. Thus, the curricula in engineering are constantly being updated and modified to meet the needs of industry and future graduate work, increase the versatility of the student, and prolong the usefulness of the material taught. 

The college is organized into schools and departments with the responsibility for administering the undergraduate and graduate programs of study, or curricula, as listed in the later pages of this catalog. The professional subjects in these curricula are supported by courses from other colleges of the University. Upon satisfactory completion of one of the curricula, a student will be recommended for a degree, in most cases qualified by the name of the engineering field pursued. 

School Directors

Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D., Director, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
David Schmidkte, Ph.D., Director, Bioengineering Program
Lance L. Lobban, Ph.D., Director, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
Robert C. Knox, Ph.D., Director, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., Director, School of Computer Science
James J. Sluss, Jr., Ph.D., Director, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael Santos, Ph.D., Chair, Engineering Physics Program
Randa L. Shehab, Ph.D., Director, School of Industrial Engineering


The University of Oklahoma will celebrate its centennial of engineering education in the 2009-10 academic year. As the College of Engineering completes its first hundred years and looks forward to the next, the faculty is dedicated to excellence in carrying out the University mission of teaching, research and service. The faculty are drawn from many of the nation’s leading universities, including University of California, Georgia Tech, MIT, Rice, and Yale, to name a few. Over one in four faculty members in the college hold an endowed chair or professorship, and one in five hold Presidential Professorships. Four hold University of Oklahoma David Ross Boyd Professorships and eight hold George Lynn Cross Research Professorships. Many of them are recognized as Fellows of national professional societies. In addition, several of the faculty members advise student organizations, including design teams that compete at the championship level in national and international competitions. 


The main College of Engineering complex is located on the northeast corner of the University’s Norman campus. The six-story Carson Engineering Center includes classrooms and laboratories for civil and environmental engineering and environmental science, and industrial engineering. Felgar Hall houses laboratories and facilities for aerospace and mechanical engineering, the Engineering Library, and the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC). Sarkeys Energy Center houses chemical engineering and the bioengineering program. Devon Energy Hall has classrooms, team and forum rooms, and laboratories for computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering. The Exxon-Mobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility houses competition teams, student leadership center, Information Technology (IT), Sooner Engineering Education Center (SEED), and is the home for engineering outreach. Every year, thousands of K-12 students visit the facility to observe engineering students design, build, and test their projects, as well as work with engineering students on a variety of hands-on projects. The Stephenson Research and Technical Center, located on the Research Campus, houses additional offices and labs for the bioengineering program. Several other smaller buildings for research purposes complete one of the finest engineering education complexes in the Southwest. 

The other laboratories of the college are well-equipped to demonstrate the principles of courses offered and are described in other sections of this catalog. Through these laboratories and the actual use of apparatus, instruments, and equipment a student is able to make practical applications of the theories and principles which he/she has learned in the classroom. 

Students of the college are active in fieldwork. In addition, laboratories and other facilities of the College are used by the students and faculty members not only in their regular work, but also for research and experiments, which are of benefit to the industrial development of the state. 


The OU Network consists of a high-speed backbone with connections to faculty, staff, laboratory, and classroom computers. Wireless technology extends the network to cover the engineering buildings, outside areas, laboratories, and classrooms. For more detailed information, visit:


Students with a major in the College of Engineering are required to have a laptop computer. The laptop technologies are used to enhance the learning experience and the value of College of Engineering graduates. Students should consult with faculty advisers, IT, or the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) for additional information. 

The College believes that the use of a computer should be second nature to all of our engineering students, and that they should begin to utilize this technology from the time they arrive as freshmen. Specifically, we believe that a laptop affords students the best mix of speed, size, and mobility. The computer will be used in many ways, in class, out of class, on weekends, at home, in the dorm, to do research, to do assignments, to access the Internet, etc. Some instructors will utilize computers more than others, and some may not require them in class at all. However, if an instructor does require a laptop in class, it is the student’s responsibility to have one.  For more information see:

Williams Student Services Center (WSSC)

Phone: (405) 325-4096

P. Simin Pulat, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Susy Calonkey, Assistant to the Associate Dean
Tiffany Smith, Student Leadership and External Relations Coordinator
Lisa Morales, Director of Diversity and MEP
Tafara Cameron, Assistant Director of Diversity and MEP
Theresa M. Marks, Director of Advising
Jana Jacobs, Assistant Director of Advising
Jeannine Desmarais, Senior Academic Counselor
Clint Hardesty, Academic Counselor
Brandon Crow, Academic Counselor
D’Juana Blakely, Senior Staff Assistant
Stephanie Deal, Staff Assistant
Jackie Foos, Engineering Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Jimmy Cannon, Practice Facilities Coordinator and Competitions Coach
Javen Weston, Honors Engineering Liaison

The Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) staff helps current and prospective College of Engineering students meet career and academic goals through academic advising, student support services, leadership development, and other programs designed to recruit, retain, and graduate the best possible engineering students. Tutoring, mentoring, College of Engineering scholarships, diversity initiatives, and many college-wide events such as the College’s Career Fair, annual Open House, and Convocation are coordinated by WSSC staff. For more information, visit the WSSC in Felgar Hall, Room 112,, call (405) 325-4096, or e-mail us at

Strategy for Academic Excellence

The goal of the faculty, staff, and advisers of the College of Engineering is to provide our students a transformative experience through learning, discovery, and innovation. Our vision is to provide world class student support services that empower our students to become the most sought after engineering graduates in the nation. This is accomplished by attracting a talented and diverse student body; empowering them to transform quality of life through a life-changing educational learning experience; and a world-changing discovery and innovation experience through research and development.  
Strategies to make this vision a reality include: 

  1. Enhancing the undergraduate learning experience through excellence in teaching and mentoring, educational innovations, and creativity in the knowledge delivery process.
  2. Enhancing the graduate learning experience through improvements in curricula, experiential learning, research, and technological innovations.
  3. Recruiting and fostering an outstanding and diverse college community.
  4. Developing a nationally and internationally prominent and high-impact research program through enhanced partnerships, strategic focus, interdisciplinary research, and scholarship.

Engineering Undergraduate Programs








Accreditation of Programs 

The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET Aerospace Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET,

Admission to the College

Students must be admitted to the University of Oklahoma before they are accepted into the College of Engineering. Inquiries concerning admission to the University should be directed to the: Office of Admissions, University of Oklahoma, 1000 Asp Avenue, Room 127, Norman, OK 73019-4076. (Please refer to the “Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Financial Services” section of the catalog for detailed information on admission to the University.) Students should carefully assess their potential to meet the College’s requirements before committing to attend the University of Oklahoma with a proposed major in engineering. 

The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has requisite course and additional grade point average requirements. For details see the individual school sections of this catalog. 

Scholastic, Transfer and Special Regulations

The College of Engineering subscribes to the grading practices and policies in effect at the University of Oklahoma. After admission, students should be aware of the following information and resources: 

  1. Students may check transfer equivalencies in the transfer equivalency database through
  2. Students should visit the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall, to determine exactly how their transfer credits apply to their College of Engineering degree program.  For more information, see:
  3. Pass/No Pass course enrollments may not be used to satisfy College of Engineering course requirements. (Note: S/U graded courses are not the same as Pass/No Pass. S grades are permitted to count toward course requirements.) 
  4. Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma — Norman campus, OU Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education — is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned at any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of admission or readmission to the University, and to the individual colleges within the University. (See also Residence Requirements under Graduation Requirements.) 
  5. A minimum grade of C is required for every course (and its prerequisites) required for the degree. 
  6. The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering has additional grade point average and course requirements. For details, see the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering sections in this chapter of the catalog. Likewise, there are additional grade point average requirements for those students in accelerated degree programs. Please consult the graduate program liaison in any specific engineering program for details. 
  7. The University of Oklahoma limits students to five (5) drops with grade of W during their undergraduate career. Once a student reaches this maximum number of W grades, he/she will not be allowed to drop any courses after the two-week “free drop” period. After the five-drop limit has been reached, students with extreme, extenuating circumstances may apply for an exception to the limit on W grades through the Office of the Provost. Because complete withdrawals often stem from extenuating circumstances, complete withdrawals will not be counted against the five-drop limit.
  8. The University of Oklahoma adheres to the Academic Forgiveness Policy instituted by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education that allows students, under certain circumstances, to have courses removed from the calculation of the retention grade point average. This policy consists of three components: the repeat policy, the reprieve policy, and the renewal policy. See the Academic Records portion of this catalog, under the heading Academic Forgiveness Policy for details.


A student must maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) in order to be in good standing in the College. Any student who has a major, combined or OU retention grade point average that falls below 2.00 is on academic performance contract. Students on contract may be denied enrollment privileges in upper-division major courses and/or pre-enrollment for following semesters. The OU and/or combined retention GPA must be at least a 2.00 or greater after one semester or the student will be dismissed (stopped out), from the College of Engineering. 

Students are also on contract if they take a required curricular course twice and do not successfully complete it the second time with a minimum "C" grade. These students must take the course the next time it is offered and must complete it with a minimum C grade. Otherwise the student will be permanently dismissed (stopped out), by the College of Engineering. Dismissal from the College of Engineering does not necessarily include suspension from the University. Suspension from the University of Oklahoma is administered in accordance with established University policies outlined in the “Standards of Scholarship” section of this catalog. 

If, at any time during a semester, the scholastic standing in any class of a student on contract is deemed as unsatisfactory by faculty, the Williams Student Services Center may recommend to the Office of Enrollment Services that the student be dropped from the course. 

A student on academic contract in the College or on academic probation with the University may not hold office in any student organization in the College of Engineering or in any University sponsored or recognized organization or activity. 


Students on academic performance contract who fail to bring their OU and/or combined GPA to a 2.0 after one semester will have an enrollment stop placed on their academic record by the College of Engineering. A student who has taken a curricular course twice and not completed it with a minimum "C" grade is on contract. (Note: If the first attempt is a W, AU, I or AW it does not count against the student; a subsequent W, AU, I or AW for the same course does count as a failed attempt. Incomplete grades are granted for students who miss the final few weeks of class due to extenuating circumstances.) If the student does not earn a minimum grade of C the third time it is taken, the student is dismissed (stopped out) from the College. A student who has been dismissed (stopped out) from the College of Engineering may be eligible for enrollment in another college under the University retention policy. To continue at the University of Oklahoma, the student will need to make an appointment with the Center for Student Advancement, 311 Old Science Hall, or call 325-2574. However, even if the student is able to continue at the University, further enrollment in College of Engineering courses is not allowed. 

A student who has been dismissed (stopped out) from the College of Engineering is unlikely to be readmitted to the College. 


Students should consult the “Admissions, Enrollment and Student Financial Services” section of this catalog for the policy concerning University probation and suspension. For more information, see:

To be eligible for the College of Engineering Dean’s Honor Roll, a full-time undergraduate student must earn at least 12 or more hours and attain a grade point average of 3.00 or higher during a regular fall or spring semester. Part-time students may qualify for the honor roll by earning at least six but less than 12 hours and attaining a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, provided they have no W’s for that semester. There is no college honor roll during the summer session or during intersessions, and hours and grades earned during these sessions are not included in any way in determining eligibility for inclusion on regular semester honor rolls. 


A student is responsible for the prerequisite and the content of any course in which he or she is officially enrolled. The establishment of specific policy concerning class attendance requirements, as well as announced and unannounced examinations, is the responsibility of the individual instructor. When absences seriously affect a student’s classwork, the instructor may report this fact to the Office of Admissions and Records and the information will be directed to the student’s college dean. 

The College of Engineering requires comprehensive examinations to be given during the regularly scheduled examination periods in all undergraduate courses excluding directed readings, pure laboratory courses and project type design courses and seminars. No faculty member is authorized to depart from this regulation or from the published examination schedule for a class or an individual without prior approval. Special early examinations given to individual students or groups of students as substitutes for final examinations are prohibited. A student will not be expected to take more than two examinations in one day. 


The College of Engineering has established an Academic Appeals Panel to hear grade appeals and academic misconduct cases. To obtain the procedures to be followed, a student should contact the Dean’s office in 107 Carson Engineering Center, and refer to Title 14 of the Student Code. 


During the fall and spring semesters, students are sent a weekly E-newsletter by the Williams Student Services Center. Additional information is available on the Williams Student Services Center home page ( and/or in the respective school offices within the College. 

Enrollment Information


Limits on the number of credit hours a student may enroll in each semester without special permission can be obtained from the OU Enrollment Services Office, 2nd floor Buchanan Hall or by visiting their website:


All students in the College of Engineering are assigned a faculty adviser in their major field, and a college (WSSC) adviser who ultimately clears the student for graduation. If a student has not yet selected a specific engineering field, he/she will see an adviser in the Williams Student Services Center. Students risk delaying their graduation if they do not make a timely selection of a major. Students must be advised each semester by a faculty adviser in order to be cleared for enrollment. The College of Engineering does not permit “self-advising.” All engineering transfer students must meet with a college (WSSC) adviser and faculty adviser before enrollment into their first semester at OU. 


Enrollment in upper-division College of Engineering courses, except any courses specifically exempted in the General Catalog or Class Schedule, is restricted to students who are admitted to the College of Engineering and in some cases to those admitted to a specific degree program, have completed the necessary grade and course prerequisites, and are advised into the classes by their engineering faculty or staff adviser. Qualified students from outside the College of Engineering are welcome in advanced courses if they have completed the necessary grade and course prerequisites, and are encouraged to explore specific interests with the schools and instructors involved. Approval must be obtained from the professor teaching the course and the Director of Advising in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall. 


  1. Pass/No Pass course enrollments may not be used to satisfy College of Engineering course requirements. 
  2. Engineering students may not proceed in their major courses until they have achieved a minimum grade of C in all prerequisites.  All required courses listed on the official University of Oklahoma degree checksheet for any engineering major must be completed with a grade of C or better.  Degree checksheets can be found on this website:
  3. Students may take a course in their curriculum only three times (this includes I, AU, W, AW, D, F). If the course is taken unsuccessfully three times and is a course required in all curricula in the College of Engineering, the student will receive a permanent Enrollment Stop from the College of Engineering (Note: The first W, I AU, or AW is not counted in the “three attempts” rule. If the course is taken unsuccessfully three times and is required only in the major, the possibility of a student continuing in the College of Engineering in a different major will be determined on an individual basis. 
  4. When courses are repeated, the grade of the last attempt is the grade of record. 

Basic Degree Requirements

The basic requirements listed below may be completed in four years. Students with deficiencies in their English, mathematics, or basic science skills may require additional coursework to reach the necessary level of college preparation or what is often referred to as “being curriculum ready.” These students should plan on additional semesters of study.  Students are encouraged to attend summer school to address deficiencies in math and science.

All undergraduate students majoring in a professional engineering program of the College of Engineering must satisfactorily complete the curriculum outlined on the official degree checksheet Engineering degree checksheets are also available in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall.

Students with engineering undecided majors are guided and encouraged to decide on a specific engineering major prior to the completion of 24 semester hours. 


Most engineering curricula within the College of Engineering contain a “core” program of coursework. The core program consists of courses in mathematics, basic science and engineering science. Placement in mathematics and chemistry courses is based on high school preparation and performance on placement examinations. A student may enter a course sequence (such as Math 1914, 2924, and 2934) at a level appropriate for his/her ability. However, college credit must still be obtained for each of the courses listed below. A student relieved from any course must gain college credit by advanced standing examination or by substituting a course with school and adviser approval. The following courses constitute the “core” program. 


1914, Differential and Integral Calculus I 
2924, Differential and Integral Calculus II 
2934, Differential and Integral Calculus III 

Basic Science 

Chemistry 1315, General Chemistry 
Physics 2514, General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors 
Physics 2524, General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors 

Engineering Sciences—Required: 

Freshman Engineering Experience, or Engineering Orientation Experience for Transfer Students 

Professional Development

Computing: Structured Programming Language. (The College of Engineering believes that all engineering students should have a background in structured programming. Each school will determine the course(s) in structured programming language(s) that best fit the needs of its students.) 


All College of Engineering students are required to satisfy the University-wide General Education course requirements. Courses must be chosen from five areas. Students who have completed a non-technical Associates degree from within the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, or an accredited bachelor’s degree from any institution may have select courses or exemptions from certain of the following General Education Requirements. Students in the College of Engineering should check with an adviser in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall for further information. 

I. Symbolic and Oral Communication — this area requires six hours of grammar and composition, foreign language, and three hours of mathematics. Current degree requirements in all College of Engineering curricula satisfy all general education English and mathematics requirements. The foreign language requirement can be satisfied by either two years of the same foreign language in high school or two semesters at the college level. 

II. Natural Science — requires two courses totaling seven hours in two different sciences; at least one course must include a laboratory component. Engineering students satisfy this requirement with the physics and chemistry courses currently required. 

III. and IV. Humanities/Social Sciences — requires American Federal Government and U.S. History, plus and additional four courses, three hours each, which must be chosen, one each, from four areas: (1) Social Sciences; (2) Understanding Artistic Forms; (3) Western Civilization and Culture; and (4) Non-Western Culture. General education requirements state that one of these four courses must be taken at the upper-division level and outside the student’s major. Since only a small number of upper-division courses are approved by the General Education Committee for social science and artistic forms, the College of Engineering recommends students take their upper-division courses in the Western and Non-Western Culture areas. 

V. Senior Capstone Course — this requirement will be satisfied by a senior design course designated as a capstone course in the student’s major. The capstone course must be taken at OU. 


General Education — Any departure from the General Education rules and regulations must be petitioned to the Provost’s Advisory Committee on General Education. This petition must be submitted through the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC). 

College of Engineering — Any changes to a student's outlined curriculum requirements, other than General Education, and scholastic rules must be approved by a petition in the school of the student’s major, and must not conflict with existing University regulations. Contact the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall for details. 

Second Bachelor’s Degree

A student who has completed the requirements for the bachelor’s degree at OU may also receive a second bachelor’s degree at OU upon the completion of the curriculum prescribed for the second degree, provided that the work completed includes at least 30 additional hours of upper- division engineering, applied science and elective courses appropriate to the field of the second degree at OU. These courses must be over and above the hours completed for the first degree. All admission, retention and graduation requirements listed previously hold for the second degree. 

The curriculum to be followed will be decided jointly with the student, the faculty adviser, and the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), in accordance with current University and College policy. 


Within the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science offers a minor in Computer Science, and Computational Technology, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers a minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science offers a minor in Environmental Science. In addition, engineering students may complete minors in other Colleges at OU — such as math, chemistry, entrepreneurship, etc. — and these will be posted on the transcript after graduation.

For details of the minors available from within the College, students should check with the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall. For other minors, students should check with the college which offers the minor for specific requirements and declaration of the minor. 

Students who have been stopped out of the College of Engineering for academic reasons are not allowed to enroll in engineering courses while in stop out status. For this reason, students dismissed (stopped out) of the College of Engineering for academic reasons will be ineligible to pursue the minors offered by Schools in the College of Engineering.

BS/MS Accelerated Degree

Several engineering programs offer accelerated BS/MS degrees. 

These degrees are designed to be completed in five years for the student who is curriculum ready upon beginning the freshman year. Several of the senior level courses are taken at the graduate level and are counted in both degrees. For further information, see details under the information about the schools and their degree programs or contact Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) at (405) 325-4096.  

Graduation Requirements

The student must satisfy the following requirements: 

  1. Curricular Courses: complete all prescribed curricular courses or equivalent courses as approved by the faculty with a minimum grade of C in each course.
    1. Students graduating from a program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( must complete 37.5% or 48 hours of engineering and 25% or 32 hours of combined mathematics (at the calculus level or above), physics, chemistry, or other science coursework.
    2. Students graduating from a program accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET ( must complete a minimum of 40 hours in computing, 15 hours of mathematics and 30 hours of combined mathematics and science coursework with some exposure to laboratory work.
  2. Two-year College Transfer Credits: a minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned in a senior college or four-year school for a baccalaureate degree. 
  3. Degree Requirements: fulfill all requirements listed on the official degree checksheet ( College of Engineering academic advisors in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) clear undergraduate degrees and encourage consultation remaining degree requirements. However, responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student. 
  4. Be in good academic standing with the College and the University. 
  5. Make application for the degree by the deadline date for the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
  6. To insure that the above conditions will be met, students are encouraged to request a degree check by completing the Graduation Check form in the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC). This action should be taken at least two semesters before the student expects to graduate. The student can access his/her degree audit at any time online through Degree Navigator ( 
  7. Residence Requirements — to be recommended for a degree, a candidate must have: 
    1. spent two semesters or the equivalent in residence, with at least one semester enrolled as a College of Engineering student; 
    2. completed at OU 36 of the hours listed in the junior and senior years on their curriculum checksheet, 24 of these 36 hours must be in the major field; 
    3. fulfilled the grade and grade point requirements of the College and School

    NOTE: Academic credit from any division of the University of Oklahoma — Norman campus, OU Health Sciences Center, OU-Tulsa, or Continuing Education — is considered resident credit at the University of Oklahoma. Grades and hours earned at any of these divisions are included in the OU retention and cumulative grade point averages for purposes of determining completion of degree requirements. 

  8. Three categories of degrees are offered in the College of Engineering as follows: 
    1. Bachelor of Science: the College of Engineering is organized into departments and schools. The degree of Bachelor of Science is qualified by the name of the engineering field pursued and is conferred upon graduates of the College. 
    2. Distinction: the College may recommend that the degree With Distinction be conferred on students who have a combined cumulative grade point average of 3.40 and With Special Distinction on students who have a combined cumulative grade point average of 3.70. 
    3. Honors: the Honors College may recommend the degree cum Laude, Magna cum Laude or Summa cum Laude. Special requirements, in addition to the regular requirements for graduation, are approved by the Honors College. 

    Degrees are formally conferred at spring commencement and convocation exercises. However, degrees are also awarded in absentia at the end of each fall semester and summer session. All diplomas are mailed to students following the official graduation date. The degree and date of the diploma are entered on the student’s permanent academic record. The date of graduation is the last day of the semester or summer session in which all requirements for the degree are completed. When a student completes all requirements for a degree, other than at the close of a semester or summer session, the Office of Academic Records, upon request, will issue a certified statement that the student is eligible for the degree as of the date when the requirements for the degree were completed.


For information on the State Regents Repeat/Reprieve Forgiveness Policy and Retention/Cumulative GPAs, see the “Academic Standards” section of this catalog. 

In order to graduate, a student must have: 

  1. A minimum grade of C in each course required in the curriculum. 
  2. Both an OU retention and a combined retention grade point average of 2.00 or higher.* 
  3. A 2.00 minimum combined retention average for all attempted courses presented to satisfy curriculum requirements. Curriculum requirements include each and every course on the selected degree requirement sheet.
  4. A 2.00 minimum OU retention average for all courses attempted at the University of Oklahoma used to satisfy curriculum requirements.* 
  5. A 2.00 minimum OU and combined retention average in all courses taken in the major field. Major field is defined by the degree field selected. The major field is defined by the degree program selected.*

*Note: Specific accelerated degree programs within the College of Engineering may require a higher minimum grade point average. Please contact Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) 112 Felgar Hall for specific requirements. 

For purposes of graduation and retention, these grade point averages may be affected by academic forgiveness policies. Students should consult the “Admissions, Enrollment and Student Financial Services” section of this catalog for more information. 

Students not meeting the grade average requirements explained above have grade point deficiencies, and they must undertake efforts to raise their grade point average. This must be done with the approval of the Williams Student Services Center and the faculty adviser. 


A student may elect to graduate under the requirements for an undergraduate degree plan in effect at the time of his or her first enrollment in the state system, provided that he or she completes the work for a degree within a maximum of six years, which is reflected in the degree check. If the work for a degree covers a period longer than that specified by the College, the College will determine the degree plan to be in effect for that student’s graduation. 

A student whose initial enrollment in the state system is during the summer session will be subject to the University of Oklahoma catalog in effect for the year following that summer. 

Credit in the student’s major field or area of concentration which is more than 10 years old may not be applied toward a bachelor’s degree unless is it validated by the major department, or by the departments in the student’s area of concentration. (The term “area of concentration” is included in addition to “major field” to allow for those cases in which the equivalent of a major may be earned by a combination of work in several departments.)

Other Information


The Co-op Program offers a work-study experience which combines a sequence of academic study and engineering employment in industry or government. Participating in the Co-op Program allows the engineering student to gain first-hand experience in the application of academic studies to engineering problems. The student makes personal contact with practicing engineers which may be useful in furthering long-term career goals. The co-op student receives compensation during work periods, which may assist in financing his or her education, and earns academic credit for the co-op work, of which up to three credit hours may be applied toward a degree program. 

Participation in the Co-op Program is optional and open to students enrolled full time in a degree program administered by the College of Engineering. Students who wish to participate in the Co-op Program must have completed all of the requirements of the first year of their degree program with a minimum 2.50 GPA. Students must also have the approval of the Director of the school of their major. Employment in a Co-op position requires the approval of the participating company. Interested students should apply as soon as possible during their first three semesters on campus. 

The time required to complete an engineering degree program as a Co-op student will be longer than the usual eight semester program. (Caution: Major courses in several CoE degree programs are sequential and offered only one time per year.) For further information and application forms contact the Co-op Coordinator at Career Services, Suite 323 Oklahoma Memorial Union, (405) 325-1974. 


It is important that the student have opportunities to learn leadership skills, organizational skills and become acquainted with people of the industry and meet as many practicing engineers as possible. The best and easiest way of doing this is to become an active member of a student organization which is affiliated with one of the national engineering societies. 

Departmental clubs and societies, arranged in order of establishment, are given below: 

The Engineers’ Club at the University of Oklahoma was founded in 1910 and has grown to be one of the largest student organizations on campus. Its main function is to provide a social network to promote better fellowship among students, faculty, alumni, and professional engineers and to increase the future engineers’ knowledge of engineering in all of its phases — communication, organization, and participation, as well as training in technical matters. 

The main events of the club include an annual welcome-back-to-school and new student Fall Festival/New Engineers Welcome, Engineering Career Fair, Fall Leadership Retreat, University of Oklahoma Homecoming competitions, College of Engineering Open House for Oklahoma high school students, Winter Ball, many activities and festivities throughout National Engineer’s Week. 

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society established in 1977 was the first organization of its kind in the nation. Graduates of this first chapter went on to assist in the establishment of the national chapter of AISES. The Society of Women Engineers or SWE Chapter in the College of Engineering is part of a national organization for women in engineering and OU’s chapter was again one of the first established in the nation. National student chapters of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Society of Black Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers round out the outstanding student organizations with goals to assist in the recruitment and retention of a diverse engineering and science student body at the University of Oklahoma. 


Students in the College of Engineering at OU have numerous opportunities for leadership, honor, and recognition through university-wide honor societies and organizations such as: Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, the “Top Ten” programs, Golden Key, Tassels, Big Man on Campus/Big Woman on Campus, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Letzeiser Awards, and Order of the Omega. 

Tau Beta Pi, honorary society in engineering, was founded at Lehigh University in June, 1885. Its purpose is to offer students of technical schools of America membership in an honorary association. It is not wholly a professional society since students who are qualified in any branch of engineering may become members. The annual election to the society, which is based upon scholarship, integrity, breadth of interest (both inside and outside of engineering), adaptability and unselfish activity, is limited to the upper one-fifth of the senior class and to the students who have grade averages within the upper one-eighth of the junior class. The government of the organization in each chapter is under the direction of the elected student officers and an advisory board consisting of four faculty members of Tau Beta Pi. Membership in Tau Beta Pi is one of the highest scholastic honors that an undergraduate engineering student can receive. The Oklahoma charter was granted in 1926. 

In addition to the above honorary societies open to selected students of all College of Engineering schools, chapters of the following honorary fraternities are active at the University of Oklahoma: Sigma Gamma Tau, 1927, national honor society of aerospace engineering; Pi Tau Sigma, 1939, national honor society of mechanical engineering; Eta Kappa Nu, 1942, national honor society of electrical engineering; Pi Epsilon Tau, 1947, national honor society of petroleum engineering; Sigma Gamma Epsilon, 1916, national honor society of geology; Alpha Chi Sigma, 1919, national honor society of chemistry; Pi Mu Epsilon, 1929, national honor society of mathematics; Sigma Pi Sigma, 1930, national honor society of physics; Alpha Pi Mu, 1968, national honor society of industrial engineering; Tau Sigma Delta, 1968, national honor society of architecture; and Chi Epsilon, 1983, national honor society of civil engineering. 


The College of Engineering encourages all students to spend at least one summer as an intern either with College faculty assisting with research or with industry. Both the Williams Student Services Center (WSSC) and the OU Career Services office work to facilitate this process. 


Diversity and Inclusion Program is designed for the recruitment and retention of students who contribute to the diversity of the College of Engineering. The program provides services primarily for underrepresented populations, which include Women, African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Pacific Islanders. In our efforts to broaden participation in engineering, we consider first generation college students and students from rural communities as student groups needing additional mentoring and support in order to persist and succeed in the college. The College recognizes that the groups mentioned above do not define an exhaustive list of underrepresented groups. Hence all are initiatives and programs are open to all engineering students. The students expressing desire to be included in Diversity and Inclusion Programs are also expected to be active in the program activities in order to receive the most benefit from the programs.

Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) provides mentoring and support to engineering students who are underrepresented in the college. The group includes African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, First Generation College students and students from rural areas. The program is inclusive and does not turn any student away who wants to be a member of the MEP. The program creates a smaller community within the College where students feel comfortable bonding with each other and the support staff. MEP is here to help all students reach their academic potential while adapting to an ever-changing, culturally diverse world by creating opportunities for students to connect across cultures and backgrounds.  Scholarships are available on a competitive basis with need and academic achievement used as selection criteria. Information may be obtained by contacting: Multicultural Engineering Program, 865 Asp Avenue, 112 Felgar Hall, Norman, OK 73019-1053, (405) 325-4096. 


The College of Engineering encourages students to participate in Study Abroad opportunities. The College coordinates three programs specifically for engineering students . For specific information contact Williams Student Services Center (WSSC), 112 Felgar Hall.

In addition, many students choose to spend a semester or year studying engineering and/or other subjects in one of the over 60 countries/171 universities with which the University of Oklahoma has reciprocal agreements. For further information, see:

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students with majors in the College of Engineering are eligible for merit-based scholarships administered through the College of Engineering Dean’s Office, the individual schools within the College of Engineering, or the OU and National Scholars Offices. The scholarships are listed in the publication, A Guide to Scholarships & Financial Aid, which is available from the Office of Prospective Student Services, (405) 325-2151, or 1-800-234-6868, or online through the OU Financial Aid Services Web site at

Incoming freshmen and new transfer students are encouraged to apply through the university’s online scholarship application process, and the school of your major within the College of Engineering. Please refer to application forms for scholarship deadlines. Deadlines must be met for proper consideration for the academic year. Incoming freshmen should fill out only the OU universal freshman admissions and scholarship all-in-one (online) application form to be considered for any scholarship the College of Engineering Dean’s Office has available through the Distinguished Scholars Program. 

Transfer students should fill out the OU universal transfer admissions and scholarship all-in-one (online) application form to be considered in the centralized application process for any scholarship the College of Engineering Dean’s Office has available for transfer students. 

Sophomores, juniors and seniors should apply through the school of their major to be considered for any scholarship the Dean’s Office has available. 

Students entering the University should also explore scholarships offered by their hometown, civil service, fraternal, and industrial organizations. Contact the Office of Financial Aid Services for all need-based aid. 

June 2013