University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 13, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

College of Engineering

Engineering Website Engineering Programs  

Engineering Students

Erick C. Jones, Dean
441 William Pennington Engineering Building
(775) 784-6925

Mission Statement

The College of Engineering is focused on serving the State of Nevada, the nation and the world by:

  • Providing an outstanding state-of-the-art education for engineering and computer science graduates that prepares them to collaborate and compete in a global environment;
  • Pursuing high quality competitively funded fundamental and applied research to create and disseminate new knowledge and innovative technologies to address the technological, societal and economic needs of the state, the nation and the world;
  • Participating in high quality outreach activities and industrial partnerships regionally, nationally and internationally; and,
  • Fostering a culture of respect, inclusiveness and diversity among students, faculty and staff.


The College of Engineering’s educational objectives are:

  • Our students will be provided with a strong technical and cultural education for their profession or for continued graduate education in an area of specialization.
  • Our graduates will have the ability to work individually and in teams to identify and solve complex engineering and computer science problems and will have developed an understanding of interdisciplinary problem solving and system design.
  • Our graduates will have a multi-disciplinary technical and practical education which has prepared them for a rapidly changing world based on the commonality of knowledge that engineering and computer science disciplines provide. This will allow our graduates to be able to continuously meet professional objectives throughout their careers.
  • A firm foundation will be provided for professional advancement not just through acquired, advanced engineering and computer knowledge, but also through communication, humanity and social science skills, team and group activities and ethical/professional responsibility as engineers and computer scientists.

Engineering as a Preparatory Degree

Engineering majors currently have one of the highest rates of acceptance to U.S. medical schools. They also have an advantage over other majors in gaining acceptance to architecture, business, dental and law schools. However, engineering students may need to complete additional courses to gain the full benefits of their degree. Students interested in using engineering as a preparatory degree should consult with an engineering advisor and the Pre-Professional advisor in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (EPAC).

Mathematics and Science Entrance Requirements

In addition to the University requirements for admission to the baccalaureate programs (see Admission section of this catalog), the College of Engineering highly recommends the following entrance requirements for its degree candidates: four units of mathematics (including trigonometry or pre-calculus), three units of science (including physics and chemistry), and a half year of computer programming. Advanced placement classes in calculus and science are particularly valuable.

Engineering Progression (effective Fall 2016)

Only students who are eligible to enroll in MATH 181  (as demonstrated through placement tests) may enter specific major programs within the College of Engineering. Others may enter the undeclared engineering program. Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring).1

To maintain good standing in the College of Engineering, students must:

  • Undeclared engineering students must be admissible to a specific major program within four regular semesters (fall and spring).1
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 Engineering grade point average (included on the Academic Advising Report in MyNEVADA).
    • Students whose Engineering grade point average falls below 2.0 are placed on program probation at the end of the fall and spring semesters.
    • Students who are on Second Semester Probation and fail to raise their Engineering GPA above 2.0 will be dismissed from the College of Engineering.

Students who are not eligible to progress from the undeclared engineering program to a specific engineering major after four regular semesters and/or those who do not meet Engineering GPA requirement will be removed from the College of Engineering. Disqualified students will be moved into undecided status and will be required to meet with an advisor in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (EPAC) to select a new major. 

After one year, undergraduate students who have been removed from the College of Engineering may appeal to be reinstated on the basis of transcript evidence that they are now capable of meeting the College’s progression standards. A completed Request for Reinstatement to the College of Engineering along with supporting documents (letter from petitioner, letters of support from faculty and/or advisors, medical records, transcripts from transfer institutions, etc.) must be submitted to the chair of the department by June 1st to be reinstated for fall and by December 15th to be reinstated for spring.

1 Because the coursework is so interdependent, students who must complete preparatory courses, e.g., MATH 126EE / MATH 26C , MATH 126E / MATH 26B , MATH 126 , and/or MATH 127  should plan to attend summer school prior to their freshman year.

University Repeat Policy (Effective Fall 2017)

Students may enroll in non-repeatable courses twice without special permission. Non-repeatable courses are those in which credit can be earned only once. A College of Engineering academic advisor’s permission is required to enroll in a non-repeatable course a third time.

For program required courses that count toward the engineering GPA, if the student is unsuccessful at the third attempt (withdrawals, audits, and transfer work count as attempts), the student must appeal to the department chair for an additional (fourth) attempt. If the appeal is denied, the student must meet with the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (EPAC) to explore other majors as the student will not be allowed to continue in their current engineering major.

Degree Programs

Baccalaureate Degrees: Upon satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum, engineering students are awarded the degree of bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computational linguistics*, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering or mechanical engineering.

Minors: The College of Engineering offers undergraduate minors in aerospace, batteries and energy storage technologies, big data, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, construction management,  cybersecurity, digital interactive games, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, extractive metallurgy, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing quality,  renewable energy*, sustainability and unmanned autonomous systems. Specific requirements can be found under the appropriate department or program. It is mandatory for students to satisfy all prerequisites before entering an engineering or computer science course.

Graduate Degrees: Subject to the general requirements of the University, the corresponding department and the UNR Graduate School, the following degrees may be earned.

  • Master of Science: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, hydrological sciences*, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.
  • Doctor of Philosophy: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, engineering education, hydrological sciences*, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering

*Interdisciplinary  Programs.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In any major field of study, the degree requirements consist of the University Core Curriculum requirements and the departmental major requirements. Transfer students may meet Core Curriculum and departmental requirements with similar course work from other colleges and universities. To satisfy degree requirements, students must earn a total of at least 122 to 129 semester credits depending on the degree program.

In addition to the University requirement of at least a “C” (2.0) average for graduation, College of Engineering students must maintain at least a “C” average in the core mathematics, core science and the major requirements courses. College of Engineering students must also earn at least a “C” in courses designated with an asterisk (*) as shown in each of the degree requirements. The “C” requirement applies to all students including transfers.

Most courses required by the College of Engineering students have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Satisfying these requirements is mandatory. Course prerequisites will be enforced in MyNEVADA. When the College of Engineering requires a “C” or better for a course, then this requirement must be met before continuing to a course that has it as a prerequisite.

Engineering students may register for a maximum of nine satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) credits in courses not specifically required in the core curriculum and departmental requirements. This limitation does not apply to AP credits transferred to the University.

Differential Fee

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents has approved a differential fee that applies to upper division (300-400 level) and graduate level courses in the College of Engineering. Please see the Cashier’s Office website for current fee structure:

FE Exam

All biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, materials science and mechanical engineering students should enroll in ENGR 490  during their senior year to earn credit for completion of the national Fundamentals of Engineering Examination. Passing the FE exam is the first step toward becoming a licensed professional engineer, an important credential in the practice of engineering in many fields. Registration details can be found at the College of Engineering website under the student resources section or in the Dean’s office located in WPEB 441. 

Field Trips

Course requirements in the College of Engineering may include field trips as an integral part of the educational experience. Field trips may be scheduled by the college’s student organizations and may also be organized by the college’s faculty to meet educational goals and needs.


All freshmen, sophomores, and incoming transfer students are required to meet with College of Engineering academic advisors. There is an advising hold placed on the student’s account in MyNEVADA and the hold is removed by the academic advisors after the student has completed the mandatory advising. Juniors and seniors should continue to meet with their College of Engineering academic advisor to stay on track for a timely graduation. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to meet with their faculty mentors to discuss questions regarding upper division coursework, career goals or graduate schools.

Transfer Students

A student from outside the University of Nevada, Reno, who wishes to be accepted into the College of Engineering must follow general University policies for admission. Transfer students must schedule an appointment to meet with one of the College of Engineering academic advisors once they have been admitted.


Several internships are available, in which students may gain practical experience during the summer (three months), a semester, or for an academic year. For details, please refer to the major department or contact the College of Engineering Career Services Director at

Exchange Programs

Today’s engineers are often called on to solve problems with global impact. The College of Engineering has established exchange programs with top technical universities worldwide to expose students to engineering in other cultures.

English-language course offerings make study abroad accessible and programs that span in length from a few weeks to one year allow students to customize their experience.

Studying abroad can be a life changing experience. Students will be exposed to new ideas, new people, and new experiences. Furthermore, students will develop some of the skills most valued by today’s employers: independence, teamwork, leadership, and adaptability.

The College of Engineering currently has exchange opportunities available in the following locations: China, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Nepal, Poland, Spain, and South Korea. The College of Engineering also offers summer internship/research opportunities in China, Germany, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain.

In an exchange program, students pay University of Nevada, Reno tuition and fees, and are generally exempt from tuition at their host university. Students may have to pay for some fees at their host university for student services, housing or other campus services. Check with the Office of International Students and Scholars and the student’s host institution for more specific information and program fees.

Students are also responsible for their own travel and living expenses while living abroad. To help with the costs, the College of Engineering offers $500 scholarships to eligible students participating in an exchange program. Please contact Julie McMillin in the College of Engineering at for additional information.

Application for Graduation

Students should meet with an academic advisor to review their Academic Advising Report before submitting an application for graduation. The due dates for graduation applications can be found in the University’s online calendar. Only Admissions and Records can certify that a student has officially met all graduation requirements.

BS/MS and BS/MBA Programs

An accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree program enables outstanding students to obtain a master’s degree in engineering or a master of business administration in a shorter time. Data from the National Science Foundation shows that approximately one-third of engineering and computer science degrees in the United States are master’s degrees, and graduate education is increasingly necessary for leadership and management roles. Admission and program requirements about these programs can be found on the College of Engineering website and in the University catalog. 

Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Computer Science and Engineering

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Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering

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Interdisciplinary Programs - Engineering