Declaration of Major - Engineering
College of Engineering
Students may apply to the College of Engineering through the University Undergraduate Admissions Office. After admission to the College of Engineering, students will be placed in one of three programs according to their academic background.
Engineering Bridge Program
Designed to provide students who are interested in engineering – but who may not have the necessary background in math and science to enter the four-year curriculum – with a firm foundation in these subjects. All students who are eligible for admissions to Wayne State can be admitted to the Engineering Bridge Program.
The Bridge Program provides students with a supportive environment as they pursue their foundation courses. Students enroll in their classes with peer groups, which meet with volunteer mentors on a weekly basis to discuss engineering and the students’ courses. Bridge students receive close attention from the Dean’s Office and the Academic Advisors in Engineering, so that academic support – including tutoring services – can be made available early if any academic difficulty is experienced. Successful completion of the Engineering Bridge Program courses (a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above with no grade lower than a C-) allows students to transfer to the Pre-Professional program of their choice. The Bridge program is designed to prepare students to succeed in the pre-professional and professional engineering programs.
The first leg of the required Engineering curriculum is the Pre- Professional Program. Students may be admitted to the Pre- Professional Program directly from high school (either as an undecided engineer or having selected a major) or after having successfully completed the Engineering Bridge program. Direct admission from high school requires students to meet all of the following criteria:
- 2.5 overall GPA, 3.0 in math and science
- Minimum of 22 on the Math ACT (550 on the Math SAT)
- Placement into MAT 1800, CHM 1225, and ENG 1020 or above
In the Pre-Professional Program, students complete their math and science courses and their introductory (1000- and 2000-level) engineering courses. The cornerstone of the Pre-Professional program is BE 1200 – an introductory, hands-on design course that introduces students to the challenges and excitement of engineering design. Once these requirements have been met, students move into the Professional program of their identified major in order to complete their advanced engineering courses.
The Professional Programs are the final leg of a student’s undergraduate engineering education. Outstanding students may be admitted to the Professional Program of their choice directly from high school. This requires students to have achieved all of the following:
- 3.5 GPA – overall as well as in math and science
- Minimum of 26 on the Math ACT (650 on the Math SAT)
- Placement into MAT 2010, CHM 1225, and ENG 1020 or above
Students directly admitted to the Professional Program must have an identified major. Direct admission to the Professional Program does not change the degree requirements. Within the Professional Program, students complete their 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level engineering coursework.
Honors Programs and AGrade
Students who qualify for the University Honors Program are encouraged to pursue this option as they complete their engineering program. Many of the required courses for engineering students – including English, calculus, and biology – can be taken for Honors credit. In addition, Honors-Option can be elected for engineering courses in order to satisfy a portion of the 24 required credits for University Honors. Students interested in earning Engineering Honors in addition to University Honors should meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to plan their curriculum. This requires taking a minimum of 12 of the 24 credits in Honors-designated courses within Engineering, as well as conducting the required Honors Thesis within the College. Students who excel in their undergraduate program may apply in their junior year to the AGRADE program. This program allows students to earn an MS degree in their major field, or a related engineering discipline, through the completion of 16 credits in addition to their BS requirements. This additional work is typically completed in one year, instead of the two years generally spent on an MS degree. In addition, the AGRADE program saves students a significant portion of the tuition costs associated with their graduate work.