General Engineering

Department Chair: Abulkhair M. Masoom
Office: 153 Ottensman Hall
Phone: 608-342-1711
Osama Jadaan
Abulkhair M. Masoom
D. Joanne Wilson
Assistant Professor
Hisham Abdel-Aal
Academic Staff:
James Almquist
Fahmida Masoom
Program Assistant:
Mary C. Kurth

About The Department & Program

The General Engineering (GE) Program is designed to prepare students for admission into one of seven professional engineering programs available at UW-Platteville. All of the programs, except the new program in Software Engineering are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited. As a new program, Software Engineering will undergo its first ABET review in 2006. Transfer students who do not immediately qualify for a professional program and all new freshman engineering students must begin their UW-Platteville studies in the General Engineering Department.

Students admitted to the University must also have a score of 22 or higher on their math ACT or a grade of "C" or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640 or its equivalent) to gain admission into General Engineering. Students who do not meet this engineering standard will remain in "Pre-engineering" until obtaining a "C" or better in Calculus I (MATH 2640).

General Engineering students have varied backgrounds; some are better prepared for their college studies than others. The General Engineering program offers students an opportunity to correct academic deficiencies and ensures that students enter the professional programs with suitable preparation. The General Engineering program also allows students a few semesters to finalize their choice of major.

Upon entering the General Engineering Department, each student will be asked to select a preferred professional program (major). The student's choice at this point is not binding; it will merely provide the college with some information for planning purposes. Students electing to change their program preference may do so at any time by stopping by the General Engineering Office, 153 Ottensman Hall.

In order to gain admission to one of the seven professional programs (civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, or software engineering), a student must satisfy all requirements of the General Engineering Program, listed in the follow.

Because there are limits to the number of students that each professional program can accommodate, admission to the individual professional programs is somewhat competitive. Twice a year, each degree-granting department establishes a minimum Core Grade Point Average (CGPA) required for admission to its program(s) at the end of the semester. Admission to a specific program is based on the program CGPA requirement in effect during the semester in which the student completes the General Engineering requirements. The CGPA requirement for a given program does not reflect the difficulty of that program. The CGPA requirement simply indicates the accumulated level of student demand for that program. A student who completes the General Engineering Core Courses and does not achieve the program’s minimum CGPA criterion may be admitted to that program by the department chair if space is available.

Educational Goals and Objectives:

  1. Prepare students for entrance into the professional engineering programs;
  2. Smooth the transition from high school to college for new freshman majoring in engineering through proper advising, schedule-building, counseling and monitoring;
  3. Assist freshmen and transfer students in career counseling relative to both engineering and non-engineering fields;
  4. Recruit and retain high quality high school and transfer students interested in majoring in engineering with special emphasis on attracting women and minorities; and
  5. Maintain the high quality of instruction and professional development necessary to ensure the accreditation of the professional programs.

Sample First Semester Coursework

Although courses are tailored to the individual student's background and major requirements, a typical first semester freshman schedule would be:

Total Credits: 14-17

Effective Fall 2005 General Engineering Program Requirements

  1. Each student must complete the following seven core courses:

  2. Students who complete their core courses in the fall of 2005 must earn the following CGPA to gain entry into their respective professional program:

    Civil Engineering: 2.30
    Electrical Engineering: 2.30
    Engineering Physics: 2.40
    Environmental Engineering: 2.30
    Industrial Engineering: 2.20
    Mechanical Engineering: 2.50
    Software Engineering: 2.30
  3. Each student must earn a grade of "C" or better in MATH 2640 and MATH 2740.

  4. Each degree-granting department also designate certain courses as "professional courses" that require a grade of "C" or better. The professional courses for each department are:

General Engineering Program Limits

  1. Once admitted into General Engineering, a student must successfully complete the General Engineering program requirements before accumulating 60 or more credits at UWP. Each repetition of a given course will be counted toward the 60 credit limit. With the exception of the seven General Engineering core courses, credits earned at UWP prior to admission to General Engineering will not be counted toward the 60 credit limit.

  2. General Engineering students may take no more than nine credits of engineering courses numbered at the 2000 level or higher.

Dismissal from Engineering

Engineering majors who fail to meet the CGPA of their professional program within the 60 credit limit will be dismissed from engineering. Students who are dismissed from the university are also dismissed from engineering and must appeal to both the university and engineering for reinstatement. A student who has been dismissedfrom engineering may not enroll in any engineering class during the fall or spring semesters. Students may address appeals for reinstatement to the Engineering Admissions and Academic Standards Committee, General Engineering Department, 153 Ottensman Hall.

Transfer Credits

  1. The transfer of credits into any engineering program must be approved by the appropriate department chair. All transfer of credits must follow the specific requirements of the professional program which the student will be entering, including any specific grade requirement(s).

  2. Pass/Fail or "D" grades are generally not transferable into engineering.

  3. It is understood that students entering engineering with an Associate of Arts or Science Degree from the UW-Colleges, a four-year UW-System institution or from the Illinois or Highland Community Colleges will have satisfied the General Education requirements for UWP.

  4. Students who transfer from programs that are not ABET accredited may be required to substantiate their expertise in the topics in question.