What is General Engineering?
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 in engineering are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited. 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 have varied backgrounds; some are better prepared for their university studies than others. The GE program offers students an opportunity to correct academic deficiencies and ensures that students enter the professional programs with suitable preparation. The GE program also allows students a few semesters to finalize their choice of major.
- Upon entering the GE 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 by stopping at the GE office, 153 Ottensman Hall.
Admission into a Program at UW-Platteville
In order to gain admission to one of the seven professional programs a student must satisfy all requirements of the GE program. The programs include:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Environmental Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Software Engineering
- 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). Admission to a specific program is based on the program CGPA requirement in effect during the semester in which the student completes the GE 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 GE 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.