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New Course Approvals

Approved by the Engineering College Council, 18 October 2007

Any course offered by a department must be approved by that department’s curriculum committee and is then “on the books.” Departments will then decide whether/how to approve new courses offered by the College and other College departments as technical or program electives. Any Engineering (EG) or Engineering, Science, Technology and Society (ESTS) course must be approved by the undergraduate curriculum committee comprising the five Directors of Undergraduate Studies and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.* EG and ESTS courses approved by this undergraduate curriculum committee will then go to College Council for final approval. Departments will then decide whether/how to approve new courses offered by the College and other College departments as technical or program electives.

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College Council Input to Requirements for Majors, Minors and Concentrations

Approved by the Engineering College Council, 20 November 2012

Purpose: To establish an official, published policy on College Council responsibilities with regard to new and changing requirements for degree credentials including majors, minors and concentrations, to streamline Council business.

Majors: College Council approval is required for new majors, and for any changes to majors that alter the credit hours needed to complete the particular major/degree. College Council approval is not required for changes to courses required within majors, except to the extent that course changes change the credit hours required to complete the particular major/degree.

Minors: College Council approval is required for new minors, and for any fundamental changes to the structure of a minor, including when credit hours or number of courses change, and when specifically required courses change. College Council approval is not required for changes to lists of classes that satisfy minor requirements unless those changes have a significant impact on
departments other than the department offering the minor. However, changes to minors should be included on a “consent agenda” for College Council meetings so that faculty are aware of changes.

Concentrations: College Council approval is required for new concentrations. College Council approval is not required for changes to lists of classes that satisfy concentration requirements unless those changes have a significant impact on departments other than the department offering
the concentration.

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Standards for Concentrations

Approved by the Engineering College Council, 17 September 2009

A concentration is administered and verified by a department, is intended to allow students to develop a competency in a distinct area within a College major, and comprises three key requirements:

  1. An organizing theme;
  2. At least 9 credits of course work, all of which can be within existing degree requirements; and
  3. Approval by the appropriate body within the originating department and ratification by the College Council.

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Standards for Minors

Approved by the Engineering College Council, 17 September 2009

A minor is developed by one or more departments within the College, is intended to allow students to develop a competency beyond that developed through a College major, and comprises four key requirements:

  1. A statement of purpose and academic content of the minor;
  2. At least 15 credits of course work;
  3. At least 12 credits of that course work must be beyond degree requirements and beyond the requirements for any other credential (e.g., other minors or majors); and
  4. Approval by the relevant committee(s) of the originating department(s) and the College Council, and review by the originating department(s) and the College every three years.  

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College of Engineering Transfer Student Admission Requirements

Approved by the Engineering College Council, 20 November 2012

Purpose: To establish an official, published policy for the requirements transfer students from other institutions, other than those who transfer pursuant to signed 4-1 or 3-2 program agreements, so that prospective students and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions have clear direction on the requirements to transfer into the College of Engineering at the sophomore or
junior level.

Policy:

  • Transfers will be accepted for the fall semester only.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.3 / 4.0.
  • Students transferring as first-semester sophomores must have completed or have AP credit for: Calculus I and II; two semesters of chemistry (at least one lab) and one of calculus based physics (with lab), or one semester of chemistry (with lab) and two semesters of calculus-based physics (both with labs); a course equivalent to writing and rhetoric; and at least two additional classes, either introductory engineering classes or classes that meet University requirements.
  • Students transferring as first-semester juniors must complete everything required of first semester sophomore transfers, plus at least 30 additional degree-relevant credits.
  • No class with a grade lower than B will transfer toward degree requirements.
  • Because the Academic Code gives individual college deans the authority to determine the classes applicable to degree requirements, the College retains the ability to evaluate classes for equivalency to Notre Dame course work.

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CPT/OPT for International Students


Approved by the Engineering College Council, 21 February 2013


Policy: The College does not certify Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for international undergraduate students. International undergraduate students who wish to work in the U.S. on their F-1 visa during the summer must do so under Optional Practical Training (OPT) rules.

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*Changed from “Associate Dean of Academic Affairs,” which was the text originally approved by the College Council, to align with Dean’s Office organizational responsibilities.