Bachelor of Science: Engineering Division

Undergraduate Program Goals

The overall goal of the undergraduate engineering degree programs at Wayne State University is to prepare students for success in their immediate and long-term professional careers as engineering practitioners as well as for pursuing graduate and professional studies and lifelong learning.

Undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering are divided into three phases. All students must complete the professional program in order to earn their Bachelor of Science degree. The majority of students begin their engineering curriculum through the pre-professional program, which allows them to complete a limited number of courses while demonstrating their academic preparedness for the professional program. Students who require additional background in math and science before entering the pre-professional program enter the College through the Eos Program and progress to the pre-professional program upon successful completion of a defined set of foundational courses.

Recommended High School Preparation

In order to place sufficient emphasis on the English, mathematics, physics, and chemistry required for normal progress in engineering, the recommended high school preparation for admission to the College of Engineering is:

Algebra 2 units
Chemistry 1 unit
English 4 units
Physics 1 unit
Plane and Solid Geometry 1.5 units
Social Science or Foreign Language 2 units
Trigonometry 0.5 unit
Electives 3 units

An incoming freshman with this background enters the pre-professional program if he or she earns satisfactory scores on the placement examinations in mathematics, chemistry and English (see below).

Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering but who may not have the requisite background in science and mathematics, as demonstrated by their high school record, ACT or SAT scores, or placement exam results, will be admitted to the Eos Program. This program is designed to provide students with the necessary background to proceed into and succeed in the pre-professional and professional programs in the engineering major of their choice.


Admission to the undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering is dependent upon high school grade point average (g.p.a.) and ACT or SAT scores for those students entering directly from high school, and upon grade point average and level of curriculum completion for transfer students from community colleges or other universities. The following admissions criteria cite minimum values used to place students in the professional, pre-professional, and Eos programs. Admission to all of these programs is contingent upon satisfaction of the general undergraduate admission requirements of the University.

Admission: Professional Engineering Program

Freshmen with a 3.5 or above high school g.p.a., both cumulative and in math and science, along with a Math ACT score of at least 26 or a Math SAT score of at least 620, are eligible for admission to the professional engineering program of their choice. The final requirement for direct admission to the professional program is placement into at least MAT 2010, CHM 1225, and ENG 1020 on the required placement examinations.

Students who have completed at least the equivalent of the following set of courses may apply to transfer into the professional program of their choice:

BE 1200Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering3
BE 1300Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications3
BE 1310Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory1
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
CHM 1225/1230General Chemistry I for Engineers3
PHY 2175University Physics for Engineers I4
PHY 2185University Physics for Engineers II4
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing3

For direct admission to the professional program as a transfer student, a minimum 3.0 grade point average in college-level courses (overall as well as in math and science) is required, and the listed courses must each have been completed with grades no lower than a ‘C.’

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the professional program may be admitted to the pre-professional program as follows.

Admission: Pre-professional Engineering Program

Students entering the College directly from high school will be admitted to the pre-professional program if they have earned at least a 3.0 overall g.p.a. and a minimum score of 21 on the Math ACT or 530 on the Math SAT. In addition, placement into the pre-professional program requires placement into at least MAT 1800, CHM 1225, and ENG 1020 on the required placement exams (see below).

Students who have completed at least twelve credits of college-level coursework may be admitted to the pre-professional program if they have a minimum of a 3.0 overall g.p.a.. Students must also have placed into, or transferred the equivalent of, MAT 1800, CHM 1225, and ENG 1020 (see below for descriptions of placement exam requirements). If fewer than twelve credits of college-level work have been completed, students must also submit their high school transcripts and ACT or SAT results.


Entering Freshmen: Students should plan on attending an Engineering Orientation session, scheduled in concordance with University Orientation, as early as possible to allow maximum flexibility in course scheduling. Students must take their placement exams and receive their results before attending an orientation session - allow at least seven days for the test results to post following the exam.

Transfer Students: For the student who has attended another institution and been admitted to the College of Engineering, the amount of advanced standing will be determined by the College and will depend upon the quantity and quality of the degree work completed prior to enrollment in this institution. Whether all, or only in part, such transferred credit may be applied toward a degree at Wayne State depending on the requirements of the curriculum chosen. No grade below a 'C' may be transferred into the College to satisfy a degree requirement. The student should consult the department academic advisor if he or she has any questions on their transfer status.

Course equivalency tables are designed to provide initial guidance. The decision of the Department and the College regarding the acceptance of transfer credit to be applied to the undergraduate degree in engineering is final and supersedes the published transfer tables. Any request for reconsideration of the evaluation of transfer credits accepted by the College of Engineering should be made in writing within one year of the date of the student’s first enrollment in the College of Engineering, or within one year of the date of the evaluation if the latter is made subsequent to the student’s enrollment in the College of Engineering.

Pre-professional Engineering Programs

Students in the pre-professional programs complete thirty-five to forty-five credits of their engineering curriculum, depending on their intended major. This program consists of the following courses that are required of all Division of Engineering students:

BE 1200Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering3
BE 1300Basic Engineering II: Materials Science for Engineering Applications3
BE 1310Materials Science for Engineering: Laboratory1
CHM 1225General Chemistry I for Engineers3
CHM 1230General Chemistry I Laboratory1
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing3
MAT 2010Calculus I4
MAT 2020Calculus II4
MAT 2030Calculus III4
Select one of the following: 15-8
University Physics for Engineers I
and University Physics for Engineers II
University Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Laboratory
Total Credits31-34

Most departments also require that students complete one or more 2000-level courses within their department (contact the academic advisor for more information).

In order to be admitted to the professional program of their choice, a student must complete the pre-professional courses with no grade lower than a 'C-minus' and a College grade point average for these courses of at least 2.5. Calculation of this pre-professional g.p.a. will include the grades earned in all courses listed above in addition to departmental pre-professional requirements. The required courses may have been completed at Wayne State or transferred from another institution. If a course was completed at Wayne State, the highest WSU grade will be included in this g.p.a. calculation. For courses taken only outside of WSU, the highest grade earned at another institution will be factored into the College's calculation of the pre-professional g.p.a. (transfer grades are not included in the calculation of the official University g.p.a.). Students in the pre-professional program may opt to complete MAT 2150 and BE 2100, or defer them until after acceptance into the professional program; however, they will not be included in the calculation of the pre-professional grade point average.

Students who do not satisfy these pre-professional requirements will become ineligible to enter the professional program and are prohibited from enrolling in professional level (3000- and 4000-level) engineering courses. Students enrolled in the pre-professional program who fail to meet the 2.5 g.p.a. requirement after completion of the pre-professional courses will be subject to exclusion from the College of Engineering.

Professional Engineering Programs

Students must qualify for the professional program in order to complete their advanced engineering courses and apply for their bachelor’s degrees. Only students in the professional program in Engineering may register for 3000- and 4000-level engineering courses and, as an undergraduate, 5000-level technical electives. Exceptional students may be granted direct admission to the professional program – the majority of students will progress through the pre-professional program first.

Honors Options

Students who qualify, either as incoming freshmen or continuing students, may opt to pursue Engineering Honors and/or University Honors as they complete their Bachelor of Science degree. Students interested in pursuing University Honors will be enrolled in both the College of Engineering (primary College) and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College (secondary College). Students should work closely with both their Engineering and Honors advisor to select courses. In order to graduate with University Honors, students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.3 or higher and must complete at least twenty-eight credits of honors designated courses (please refer to the University Honors College requirements). To qualify for Engineering Honors in addition to University Honors, twenty-four credits of this coursework must include the following:

BE 2100Basic Engineering III: Probability and Statistics in Engineering3
BE 5998Engineering Honors Thesis4
HON 42XX Honors Seminar that will satisfy General Education Requirements3-4
Eight credits of honors designated courses within the major department. Students should consult their department advisor for more information.8
Total Credits18-19

The additional credits of honors courses can be taken in any department, either as honors designated or honors option sections. Students can obtain a  list of courses that will also satisfy College requirements (such as MAT 2010 or ECO 2010) from their advisor. Students may elect to pursue only Engineering Honors through the listed twenty-four credits of requirements without completing the requirements for University Honors.

Cooperative Education Program

Students who wish to enrich their education with on-the-job engineering experience may enroll in the Cooperative Education Program. In this program, full-time study terms are alternated with full-time work assignments in cooperating industries. The program may be entered at the beginning of the junior year. Special cooperative programs are available on a limited basis and provide special arrangements in the definition of the work-study period. Most of the work assignments are in the Metropolitan Detroit area on a commuting basis; however, job opportunities are available in other cities and states. The Co-op program is available in all undergraduate engineering curricula.

Each Co-op student may enroll for one academic course while on work assignment. This must be done with the approval of the student’s advisor and Co-op supervisor. Following each work assignment, the student may elect to enroll in BE 3510 or CHE 3510 for one credit. Election of the course requires the completion of a report on the work experience to the department advisor and to the Co-op Coordinator. This credit for work will not be counted toward graduation unless permission is specifically recommended by the department chairperson. Students are automatically enrolled for a zero credit course (BE 3500) each term that they are on a Co-op assignment to insure that the experience appears on their transcript. A brief evaluation report covering each work assignment is to be submitted to the Co-op Coordinator, whether there has been enrollment in the above one credit courses or not. The student’s performance on the job is rated by his/her industrial supervisor. Salaries and other benefits are paid for the time spent on each work assignment. For details and enrollment procedures, contact the Co-op Coordinator in the Career Planning and Placement Office.

Degree Requirements

The normal program of study for each of the degrees awarded in the College of Engineering requires from 120 to 136 credits. Of the total credits for the degree, at least thirty-four credits must be completed as resident credits in the degree program of the College. Departments may impose additional requirements.

Although the curriculum plans of the departmental sections which follow indicate a four-year program, many students will require additional time to complete all degree requirements. The national average time required for students to complete an engineering degree is approximately 4.5 years after beginning the calculus sequence (MAT 2010). Completion of the degree requirements in four years requires the election of an average of seventeen credits each term during the academic year. A student who participates in the Cooperative Education Program will require longer. Students may attend the University on either a full-time or part-time basis (twelve credits are considered by the University as a minimum full-time load).

Students who pursue degrees on a part-time basis may require much more than 4.5 years to complete all degree requirements. The actual amount of time required will depend upon the student’s academic preparedness and the amount of time available for academic activities. The maximum load that a student carries should be consistent with the student’s ability and available time. However, since a credit is defined as one class hour requiring about two hours of preparation per week carried through a semester, the fifteen to twenty-one credit programs shown in the curricular plans represent a full forty-hour academic work week. A three-hour laboratory period is generally regarded as the equivalent of one credit. Students who wish to graduate in four calendar years but who wish to schedule sixteen or fewer credits per semester may accomplish this by deferring certain courses until the spring or summer term. Students should check with their advisors regarding the courses that can best be taken in Spring/Summer term. Students who do not follow the sequence as outlined by their department must make sure that all course prerequisites are satisfied.

Specific requirements for these bachelors degrees may be found in the departmental sections for this College. These requirements are in effect as of the publication date of this bulletin; however, students should consult an academic advisor for verification of current requirements. The following discussion concerns generic aspects common to all Bachelor of Science engineering programs with the exception of Computer Science.

Basic Science Requirement

In order to meet accreditation requirements, all undergraduate engineering students are required to complete at least fifteen credits of basic science courses, including CHM 1225 and CHM 1230, PHY 2170 or PHY 2175 and PHY 2185. These courses are required in all of the engineering curricula (with the exception of computer science), and it should be noted that certain curricula require the completion of prescribed science laboratories and/or additional chemistry and physics courses.

In addition, each student must elect a basic or advanced science course. Students should consult with their advisor for the current list of acceptable courses.

Mathematics Requirement

Engineering students use mathematics as a tool in all engineering and science courses in their college curricula, as well as later upon entry into the engineering profession. All prospective engineering students are encouraged to complete the number of units of mathematics stipulated in the section entitled Recommended High School Preparation, see High School Preparation, Recommended. Ideally, engineering students elect the first course in calculus (MAT 2010) in their first freshman term; however, many incoming students are not prepared to begin the mathematics program with calculus, and additional foundational coursework is necessary to strengthen the student's background. This foundational coursework is not included in the total credits required for an engineering degree. All students entering the Division of Engineering with no transfer credit in calculus must take the Mathematics Placement Examination (see above).

General Education Requirements

All students must satisfy the General Education Requirements of the University. In some cases, the College prescribes a more limited set of alternatives than permitted by the University in order to meet accreditation requirements while optimizing a path towards the degree. Students are cautioned to observe the following College requirements when selecting courses to satisfy General Education Requirements.

Communication Skills

In addition to the basic composition course ENG 1020 (BC), six credits in communication skills (ENG 3050 and ENG 3060 are required of all Engineering students, and these satisfy the Intermediate Composition (IC) and Oral Communication (OC) requirements of the University.


Engineering today extends far beyond technical decisions. Far-reaching effects of man-made technology require the engineer to be aware of and sensitive to his or her social responsibilities. Courses involving the engineer in sociological, economic, and aesthetic study are incorporated into the engineering program in order to insure an understanding beyond technical problems, which will enable the complete engineer to make value judgments concerning the impact of this technology upon society.

The College has, therefore, included a program in the social sciences and the humanities as a part of all engineering curricula. This program is integrated with the non-science portion of the University’s General Education Program, which requires a student to elect one course from each of six categories. The Engineering Division imposes requirements in addition to the University-wide restrictions on some of the courses that satisfy General Education Requirements. These restrictions are described above and are shown in the degree requirements for each engineering program.

Technical Electives

Technical electives may be chosen from a selection of course offerings of the College of Engineering and the advanced science and mathematics courses of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Other courses, such as advanced courses in the Mike Ilitch School of Business, may be elected with the prior approval of the undergraduate program director. The purpose of the technical elective is to increase the depth or breadth of one's professional knowledge. Courses should be selected so as to meet this objective. Engineering courses elected as technical electives are normally selected at the 5000-level. These courses are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Technical electives require the approval of a student's department and should be discussed with his or her academic advisor.

Placement and Qualifying Examinations

All entering freshmen must take the placement examinations in mathematics, chemistry and English. Transfer students who do not have transfer credit equivalent to MAT 2010, CHM 1225/CHM 1230, and ENG 1020 (with a grade of ‘C’ or higher) must take the appropriate placement examination. Consult the Office of Testing, Evaluation, and Student Life Research Services for information regarding the schedule for the examinations.

Chemistry (Qualification Exam)

The sequence of chemistry courses for the engineering student normally begins with CHM 1225 and CHM 1230. Qualification for CHM 1225 and CHM 1230 requires a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination. If a student is not properly prepared to consider placement in CHM 1225 and CHM 1230, direct entry into CHM 1040 is permissible.

English (Placement Exam)

All entering freshmen and transfer students shall determine their aptitude in English composition by taking the English Placement Examination unless they have earned credit equivalent to ENG 1020 through transferred courses, AP examinations, or the CLEP program. Students whose score on the English Placement Examination indicates a need for additional instruction and practice in writing must elect and pass ENG 1010 before they can enroll in ENG 1020.

Mathematics (Qualification Exam)

The sequence of mathematics courses for the engineering student normally begins with MAT 2010. For admission to MAT 2010, a qualifying examination must be passed. The placement examination must be taken by all students who have not transferred in the equivalent of MAT 2010, completed with at least a grade of 'C', or through AP credit. Students may apply to take the placement examination for either MAT 1800 or MAT 2010 depending upon their preparation in mathematics. The MAT 1800 Placement Examination is based upon one and one-half years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry. The MAT 2010 Placement Examination is based upon a total of three and one-half to four years of college preparatory mathematics covering algebra, plane and solid geometry and trigonometry.

Failure to qualify for MAT 2010 may result in the student being placed in a lower level course such as MAT 0993, MAT 1050, or MAT 1800, depending upon the student's performance. Engineering students who qualify at the MAT 0995/MAT 1050 level are required to take MAT 1050 instead of MAT 0995. In addition, students are required to take the seven-credit, PREP version of MAT 1050 in order to obtain a stronger foundation in mathematical problem solving. Requests for exceptions to this requirement (allowing students to complete the five-credit version of MAT 1050  must be made  to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Engineering students who do not take the Mathematics Placement Examination prior to registration for the first semester of the freshman year must enroll in MAT 0993

Emerging Scholars and Rising Scholars Programs

All engineering students who place into MAT 1050MAT 1800 or MAT 2010 are encouraged to apply to the Emerging Scholars Program. Students who place into MAT 0993 are required to apply to the Rising Scholars Program. These are enhanced mathematics programs that provide additional experience in mathematical applications and problem solving, better preparing students for engineering problem solving. Contact the Department of Mathematics for more information: 1150 Faculty/Administration Building; 313-577-2479.

Eos Program

Students who meet the requirements for University admission but do not meet the academic record or placement requirements of the pre-professional or professional programs will be admitted to the Eos Program.

The Eos Program is designed for those students who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering but who may need some additional foundational work in mathematics and science in order to obtain the requisite background to succeed. Eos students participate in the following two-semester sequence of courses with a cohort of students:

Fall Semester
FYS 1010Learning with the Brain in Mind1
MAT 1050Algebra With Trigonometry7
BE 1200Basic Engineering I: Design in Engineering3
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing3
ECO 2010Principles of Microeconomics4
Winter Semester
CHM 1040Chemistry Skills and Reasoning4
MAT 1800Elementary Functions4
MAT 1990Precalculus Workshop2
General Education Course3
Total Credits31

In order to progress from the Eos Program to the pre-professional program, a student must complete each of the required courses with a grade of 'C-minus' or higher and an overall grade point average of at least 2.5. Only two substandard grades are permitted within the Eos requirements if a student wishes to remain in the College. Students receive close attention from the engineering advisors so that early intervention may be arranged for students who face academic difficulties. As part of this course work, each Eos student meets on a weekly basis with an engineering mentorship group to provide an opportunity for discussion and peer support.

Students who place into MAT 0993 must complete this course in addition to those listed above. This requirement will delay completion of the Eos Program until the end of the spring/summer semester. Students who place into MAT 0993 should work closely with their academic advisor to develop a three-semester plan of courses to satisfy the Eos requirements.