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2020-2021 Catalog
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About School of Engineering

Admission to Engineering Programs

Engineering Program Requirements

School of Engineering Faculty

School of Engineering Programs

Undergraduate Program Information

Graduate Program Information

Mechanical Engineering BSMS Accelerated Program

School of Engineering

Director: Osama Jadaan, Ph.D.

Skinner-Jones Hall
 Building 4, Suite 3201
Phone:  (904) 620-1390
Fax:       (904) 620-1391
Web Address: www.unf.edu/ccec/engineering

The profession of engineering requires highly educated men and women dedicated to the betterment of society through technological innovation and creative problem solving. The School of Engineering (SoE) offers ABET accredited BS degrees in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, and Master’s degrees in all majors to meet an ever-increasing demand. Our programs are noted for first-rate classroom instruction, hands-on laboratory experiences, and extensive design project opportunities. Students may also participate — often in paid positions — in research projects with faculty mentors. Numerous cooperative education opportunities are also available to students wishing to gain practical experience before graduation.

Applications for the major should be made through the University Admissions Office in UNF Hall, Building 53. Application should be made at least two months before the planned enrollment in any engineering program courses. All engineering majors are advised through the School.

The engineering profession is enriched by a large number of professional organizations and many have student chapters at UNF. Students are encouraged to participate in activities of these chapters, including the following:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 
  • Coasts Oceans, Parks and Rivers Institute (COPRI)
  • American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Florida Engineering Society (FES)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society (HKN)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 
  • Space Hardware Club
  • Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) 
  • Florida Structural Engineers Association (FSEA)  
  • Osprey Robotics – Osprey Miners and Osprey Divers

Mission, Vision, and Values

The UNF School of Engineering aspires to:

  • provide undergraduate programs that are among the best in the country
  • produce high quality research through undergraduate and graduate programs
  • make significant contributions to the economic vitality in Northeast Florida
  • inspire many students in K-12 education in Northeast Florida and beyond to pursue engineering as their profession of choice. 

Mission

To provide diverse learning opportunities in the technical and professional aspects of engineering that prepare all participants to thrive in an evolving world.

Values

We, in the School of Engineering, use the following values as our guiding principles in how we conduct ourselves:

  • Integrity: We are transparent in all our academic dealings. We are accountable to our students, employers of our students and the citizens of Florida for achieving our goals while protecting our reputation and intellectual assets. We own successes in our school as well as failures.
  • Respect: We provide a safe and healthy environment for students. We treat all people with dignity and respect. We value the differences in people's thinking, backgrounds and cultures. We are committed to everyone's development.
  • Challenge: We continuously search for new, innovative and better ways of doing things, continually improving. We develop and nurture new ideas, new services. We challenge the status quo and collaborate to achieve rigorous educational and institutional goals.
  • Commitment: We are committed to serving the educational needs of our students and our constituents. We ask what we can do to help each other succeed.
  • Courage: We have the personal and professional courage to do the right thing, take occasional risks and experiment with new methods and ideas. We make decisions and take actions as a group. We do not admonish failure, only failure to learn.
  • Citizenship: We are good global, local and national citizens. We strive to contribute significantly and measurably to Northeast Florida and beyond. We participate in efforts to make the world we live in a better place.

Admission to Engineering Programs

Admission to the School of Engineering is subject to the minimum requirements for admission to the University of North Florida and adherence to the School of Engineering Academic Policies described below.

School of Engineering Academic Policies

The UNF School of Engineering (SoE) has specific academic policies that supersede the general academic policies of the university.  The policies that apply specifically to SoE students are detailed below. 

Satisfactory Progress Policy (SPP)
In an effort to ensure timely graduation, all UNF-based undergraduate engineering students must maintain satisfactory progress towards their degree. Students who enroll at UNF as freshmen, must demonstrate their progress by meeting certain milestones.  Failure to maintain progress will result in a “Probation Hold” on the student’s record and they will not be able to enroll for the following terms until they have met with an academic advisor to revise their plan of study. Satisfactory progress is defined by two milestones in the early curriculum: 

  • Milestone 1 occurs after completion of the 3rd term (semester) of study
  • Milestone 2 occurs after completion of the 6th term.  

Summer terms are included in the term count only if a student enrolls for summer classes, with the exception of entering Freshmen who start classes before the Fall term.  For entering Freshmen, a Summer term with fewer than 9 attempted credits will not count against their Milestone tally, and the following Fall term will count as their first term in the SPP. Students who are falling behind in the Fall or Spring terms are strongly encouraged to use the summer to catch up on milestone courses.  The courses that must be completed on this timeline are common to all engineering majors* at UNF, and are referred to collectively as the Milestone Courses.  In addition to timely completion of the milestone courses, an aggregate Milestone Grade Point Average (MGPA) will be determined and monitored for each student, as detailed in the MGPA requirements.

Milestone 1: By the end of 3rd term each course must completed with a grade of “C” or better

Course NameCourse Number
 Course Name Course Number 
Calculus I MAC 2311
Calculus II MAC 2312
Calculus-based Physics I & Lab PHY 2048 & PHY 2048L or
PHY 2048C
General Chemistry with Lab* CHM 2045 & CHM 2045L

 

Milestone 2: By the end of the 6th term each course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better

Course Name  Course Number 
Calculus III MAC 2313
Differential Equations      MAP 2302
Calculus-based Physics II & Lab PHY 2049 & PHY 2049L or
PHY 2049C

* Electrical Engineering does not require the Chemistry Lab section, only the lecture.

All milestone courses MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A GRADE OF “C” OR BETTER BY THE SECOND ATTEMPT. Failure to complete a milestone course with a “C” or better by the second attempt will require a student to change to a non-engineering major (see the “One-Repeat Policy,” below).

MGPA Requirements

The MGPA will be calculated using all attempts of the Milestone courses taken while enrolled at UNF and from other universities five years prior to enrollment at UNF, excluding grades that have been forgiven by the UNF “Grade Forgiveness Policy” or “Term Forgiveness Policy”.   Upon completion of Milestones 1 and 2, students must have an MGPA of 

  • at least 2.0 for Civil Engineering
  • at least 2.5 for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering  

A student who doesn’t meet the MGPA requirement for their intended major at Milestone 1 will be placed on probation, and must meet with an Engineering Advisor.  Students will be required to raise their MGPA to the required level by the completion of Milestone 2.  Failure to meet the MGPA requirement at completion of Milestone 2 must result in the student changing majors.  A student may change to a different engineering major, if they meet that program’s MGPA requirement.  If the MGPA is below 2.0 at Milestone 2, the student is suspended from SoE and must change to a non-engineering major.

Students may decide to repeat an already completed course(s) to achieve a higher grade and raise their MGPA, but must remain on schedule with established milestones and Plans of Study.  Any student attempting to raise their MGPA by this approach must consider any additional costs and “Excess Hours” penalties. Additionally, students attempting to raise their MGPA by repeating a completed course may not violate the “One Repeat Policy.”  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this with an advisor, prior to attempting a repeat of an already satisfied course.

Satisfactory Progress and MGPA for Transfer Students
Students who transfer to UNF from another university may come in with various required courses completed, and therefore must meet with an advisor prior to registering for their first term to assess their current state of progress.  Advisors will create a “Plan of Study” worksheet that details a schedule for the remaining milestone courses to be taken in the fewest number of terms, and establish Milestones 1 and 2, if applicable.  In addition, the worksheet will include the transfer student’s incoming MGPA, to ensure awareness of their current standing with respect to major specific MGPA requirements. Transfer students are required to meet the same major specific MGPA requirements.  The MGPA for transfer students will be calculated using all attempts of the milestone courses on the student’s transcripts from the five years preceding enrollment at UNF.  If it is determined at the time of enrollment that the transfer student cannot mathematically achieve the requisite MGPA, the student must change their major prior to enrolling for the term. Transfer students must sign their Plan of Study worksheet to acknowledge they have been made aware of their current standing and the effects of these SoE policies.


The “One Repeat” Policy

The School of Engineering enforces a “one repeat” rule for all courses required by the engineering programs of study. Students who do not successfully complete a required course on the first attempt (i.e., earn a grade of “D,” “F,” “U,” or “W”) must repeat the course for it to count toward graduation. Students must pass the course with a grade of “C” or better by the second attempt at UNF, otherwise the student will be suspended from the engineering program, and advised on the selection of a new major.  This rule applies to all courses required by the program of study.  For transfer students only, the “One Repeat” policy will not apply to attempted courses at other universities prior to enrollment at UNF, but will include courses taken at other universities concurrent with enrollment at UNF.  The only exceptions to the “One Repeat” rule include withdrawals for medical, military and fully refunded withdrawals (i.e. WM, WS and WR respectively).  Additionally, UNF “Term Forgiveness” and “Grade Forgiveness” will “erase” the attempts for courses that are forgiven by these policies.  Note there are very limited times in which these policies may be invoked.  

Academic Probation Policy

According to University policy, a student is placed on probation if their term or overall GPA is below a 2.0, referred to hereafter as “Term GPA” probation.  The School of Engineering also places students on Academic Probation status if they do not satisfy the SPP Milestones, or meet the MPGA requirements. Probation is a warning to the student. Any student on Academic Probation status will receive a hold on their records, and will not be able to register for the next term until they meet with the appropriate Engineering Advisor to complete an SoE Academic Probation Form acknowledging that they understand the consequences of Academic Probation, including suspension from the School of Engineering. 

 

Suspension Policy

The UNF School of Engineering has adopted a policy of suspension that is more stringent than that of the university. In addition to the standing university policy on suspension, an SoE student will be suspended if any of the following conditions is true:

  • The student fails to complete any required course on the second attempt with a grade of “C” or better.
  • The student is placed on Term GPA based Academic Probation status for two consecutively enrolled terms (i.e., if you take a term off, the next term you enroll is the consecutive term).
  • The student fails to satisfy both SPP Milestone requirements, resulting in two Academic Probations for failure to make satisfactory progress.
  • The student fails to meet the MGPA requirement of their intended major – note that a student who fails to meet the requirement may change to another engineering major with lower requirements, as long as the MGPA meets that program requirement, and there are no other offending probation/conditions. 
  • The student is placed on Academic Probation status for a third time (including probation from failure to meet either individual SPP Milestone, or for Term GPA), regardless of the timing of the occurrence of the first two Academic Probations.
Any student who is suspended from an engineering program will not be allowed to register for engineering courses in the following semester.  This suspension is effective as of the following semester and remains in effect until an appeal for reinstatement in the engineering program is approved.
 

Appealing School of Engineering Policies

Appealing a grade in a specific course must be executed according to the UNF Policy for Appealing Academic Grades NOT related to Academic Misconduct.   If a student is protesting a grade in a milestone course, that grade appeals must be submitted before appealing any SoE policies based on the offending grade.

Appeals of the policies stated above must be submitted electronically to the student’s engineering Program Advisor within one academic term following the policy enforcement.  The appeal must identify the specific policy that is being appealed, contain a description of the circumstances that led to enforcement of the policy, and provide supporting evidence to justify the appeal. The School of Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet to review and decide on appeals at least once per term. The decision of the committee will be reviewed by the Director of the SoE and, in the case of a disputed outcome, the Dean of the college. 

Denial of approval of an appeal for reinstatement into the engineering program means that the student will not be allowed to take engineering courses in that program at UNF, regardless of their major.  Students will be advised on selection of a new major.

Process and Timeline for Appealing an SoE Suspension
Students who have been suspended from the School of Engineering will be notified through their official UNF email account within 2 weeks after final grades are turned in for the semester. In order to file a suspension appeal, all communication from the student must take place using their official UNF email account. If a student wishes to appeal their suspension they must follow the following steps: 
 
1. The student must meet with their academic advisor to acknowledge their suspension in writing and to ensure that they received the necessary forms in order to complete their appeal, if they so desire. If the student does not wish to appeal, they must officially change their major by meeting with the advisor of the department they wish to transfer to. 
 
2. If the student wishes to appeal for reinstatement, the student must file a SoE Suspension Appeal Form with their academic advisor in the term prior to term in which they intend to re-enroll. This form must be turned in to their academic advisor by the following deadlines: 
  • Fall Reinstatement – Appeal form is due by June 30th 
  • Spring Reinstatement – Appeal form is due by September 30th 
  • Summer Reinstatement – Appeal form is due by February 28th 

3. The student must complete the entire appeal form, which must contain both a description of the circumstances that lead to the suspension as well as a discussion of the student’s plan to ensure future academic success.  Appeals for reinstatement to SoE must clearly demonstrate that a student has corrected inadequate academic performance.  This can be accomplished through completion of courses at another university or time away from school.  In considering an appeal for reinstatement, the appeals committee may recalculate the MGPA based on a revised timeline (less than 5 years), if the student has demonstrated a significant positive shift in performance and dedication to academic performance.

4. Following receipt of Suspension Appeals Forms, the School of Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will review suspension cases and make a decision. Students will be informed of the committee’s decision by an email to their official UNF email address. 

5. If the student does not agree with the decision of the Undergraduate Committee, they may request a meeting with the Director of the School of Engineering within 10 calendar days of receiving the committee’s decision. 

  • The School of Engineering Director must schedule a meeting with the student and the appeals committee within 20 calendar days of the student contacting the director. 
  • After the meeting the School of Engineering Director will send a written response to the student with copies to the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 10 calendar days. 

6. If the student does not agree with the decision of the SoE Director, they may request a meeting with the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction within 10 calendar days of receiving the result from the SoE Director.

  • The Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction must schedule a meeting with the student and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 20 calendar days of the student contacting the dean. 
  • After the meeting the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will send a written response to the student with copies to the School of Engineering Director and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 10 calendar days. 

7. The decision of the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction shall be final. 

Possible Reinstatement to the SoE after a Suspension Appeal is Granted  

Students who are reinstated through the appeal process will be allowed to register in the term following the approval of the appeal.  Students are responsible for completing all additional coursework and/or requirements provided to them through the appeals process in the timeline provided to do them. Failure to complete these requirements will result in their suspension being reinforced. If the student is placed on academic probation in any term after reinstatement, the student will be suspended without appeal, and MUST change their major. 

Students who received Grade Forgiveness or Term Forgiveness for the offending semester that caused their initial suspension will be removed from suspension status if the Grade Forgiveness or Term Forgiveness results in them no longer meeting the criteria for suspension from the School of Engineering.

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School of Engineering Faculty

 Osama Jadaan, Ph.D., Professor & Director, School of Engineering
(904) 620-1390; Fax (904) 620-1391

Civil Engineering

  • Christopher Brown, Ph.D., P.E., Professor 
  • William Dally, Ph.D., P.E., Professor 
  • Adel El-Safty, Ph.D., P.E., Professor  
  • Donald Resio, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Taylor Engineering Research Institute 
  • Thobias Sando, Ph.D., P.E., Professor 
  • Raphael Crowley, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor   
  • Cigdem Akan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor   
Electrical Engineering
  • Chiu H. Choi, Ph.D., P.E., Professor
  • Juan Aceros, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Alan Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor  
  • O. Patrick Kreidl, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Touria El Mezyani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor  
  • Brian Kopp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • Hemani Kaushal, Ph.D., Instructor and Lead Academic Advisor for Engineering  

Mechanical Engineering  
  •  Paul D. Eason, Ph.D., P.E., Professor and Associate Dean 
  • Alexandra Schönning, Ph.D., Professor
  • James H. Fletcher, Ph.D., Associate Professor
  • John Nuszkowski, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Steven Stagon, Ph.D., Associate Professor 
  • Grant Bevill, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Professor 
  • Jutima Simsiriwong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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School of Engineering Programs

SoE Undergraduate Programs

 All BS Degrees in Engineering require 120 credits.  Students should meet with an advisor to determine which specific General Education courses must be completed along with the major specific requirements linked below.

School of Engineering Graduate Programs 

Engineering Program Information by Major

Civil Engineering Program

Civil Engineers design the built environment - the structures, roads, water supply systems, and much more - that surrounds us. The profession is broad and encompasses several technical areas including structures, transportation, geotechnics, water resources, coastal, and environmental protection.  Employment opportunities are plentiful in design, construction, management, teaching and research. Employers include consulting firms, industrial companies, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  Civil Engineering at UNF offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as Master's degrees. Our alumni find success in top tier companies and graduate schools across the country.

Accreditation

The BS degree in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org

 Academic Programs:

BS Degree Civil Engineering  
Certificate - Port and Coastal  
MS Degree Civil Engineering 
MS Degree Coastal and Port Engineering

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Electrical Engineering Program

Electrical engineers harness electrical energy for the benefit of humankind. The profession is broad and encompasses areas from communications to electric power and energy use to those for our current "Information Age."  Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  Electrical Engineering at UNF offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as Master’s degrees. Our alumni find success in top tier companies and graduate schools across the country.

 

Accreditation

The BS Degree in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Academic Programs:

BS Degree Electrical Engineering 

MS Degree Electrical Engineering  

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Mechanical Engineering Program

Mechanical Engineering (ME) is concerned with energy and its transformations and the design of objects and structures that move. Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, modelling, manufacturing, testing, and marketing devices such as engines and energy systems, machines and robotics among countless other devices. Typical careers involve product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Mechanical Engineering at UNF offers an ABET accredited BS degree, as well as Master’s degrees. Our alumni find success in top tier companies and graduate schools across the country.

Accreditation

The BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Academic Programs:

BS Degree Mechanical Engineering 

MS Degree Mechanical Engineering

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School of Engineering Graduate Program Information

Mission

The mission of the School of Engineering Master of Science Programs is to prepare students to function in a demanding technical environment where their advanced engineering education will allow them to solve substantial problems in their field of expertise. Through our commitment to engineering application and research and encouraging students to participate in such activities we will provide opportunities for expanded content knowledge and development of critical thinking skills inside and outside of classroom settings. Students graduating with an M.S. in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering will receive the education that allows them to pursue a doctoral degree.  

Learning Outcomes

Content/Discipline Specific Knowledge  

  • Upon program completion, students will:
        be able to apply advanced engineering techniques to identify and solve technical problems. 

Knowledge of the Literature of the Discipline

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to conduct literature review on a topic relevant to the area of study and to condense such review into a cohesive essay.
     

Ability to engage in Independent Learning or Scholarship

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to form conclusions and recommendations of results obtained through advanced engineering analyses, modeling, and/or experimentation.   
     

Demonstration of intermediate to advanced level Professional Skills

  • Upon program completion, students will:
    • be able to communicate technical data, analyses, and conclusions to a technical audience.    
     

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Outcomes Assessment

The learning outcomes listed above involve depth of knowledge within a specific area of the student’s chosen engineering discipline, critical thinking ability, and communications skills. These outcomes are achieved by the successful completion of a cohesive program. Depending on the major specific program requirements, students choose to either complete a thesis (thesis option) or take additional courses approved by the program (non-thesis option). The master’s thesis is an original work that adds to the understanding of an engineering problem. It requires the deep knowledge and critical thinking skills developed in the program of study to advance engineering knowledge or solve an engineering problem. The successful completion of a thesis requires well-developed writing and oral communications skills. This capstone experience in conjunction with successfully completed course work measures the outcomes enumerated above for the students choosing the thesis option. Students choosing the non-thesis option will complete additional course work in place of the thesis to further deepen their understanding of the engineering discipline. Successfully completed course work measures the outcomes enumerated above. 

Graduate Admission

Special Notes about the program:  

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering from an ABET-accredited program or its demonstrable equivalent to be admitted into the Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical programs, respectively. 

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE scores (GRE Scores are waived for Civil Engineering if the applicant has passed the FE or the PE exam)
    • Prior to July 1, 2011:     380 verbal, 630 quantitative score
    • After July 1, 2011:         145 verbal, 150 quantitative
     
  3. Three letters of recommendations
    • At least one letter must come from a professor at the applicant's undergraduate institution
     

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum requirements are as follows for applicants from non-English speaking countries:

  • 550 paper-based test, or
  • 213 computer-based test, or
  • 80 internet-based test

Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met

For complete details on graduate admission, refer to the UNF Graduate School's webpages for:

General Requirements

MS Engineering Requirements: (30 credit hours)
The Engineering master's degree consists of a minimum of 30.0 credit hours.
Students select from one of two degree options: (1) thesis or (2) non-thesis for Civil Engineering (Port and Coastal requires a Thesis). 
Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering both require a Master Thesis.

**All programs of study must be approved by the Engineering Program Graduate Director prior to the end of the second semester of graduate study.** 

UNF Conditions for the degree: 
For more details on the below and additional conditions, please refer to the UNF Graduate School’s webpage: http://www.unf.edu/graduateschool/.
1. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. If the GPA falls below 3.0, probation will result. 
2. At least 18.0 hours of coursework at the 6000-level must be applied toward the degree. 
3. All coursework for a graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree must be completed within six years of a master's degree-seeking student being admitted to a graduate program. All exceptions must be approved by the student's Graduate Program Director and the Dean of the Graduate School. 

School of Engineering Conditions for the degree:

1. All coursework must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.  
2. A GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. If the GPA falls below 3.0, academic probation will result.
3. A No more than 6.0 hours of transfer coursework can be applied to the degree, with the following exception:
A student may transfer up to 12 credit hours from online graduate courses taken within the Florida State University System, provided that the total of all transferred courses does not exceed 12 credit hours.  
4. A student may not receive 5000-level credit for a cross-listed 4000/5000-level course previously completed at the 4000-level. Exceptions to this rule may be considered with documented evidence of significant and appropriate differences in content between the courses.

Student Graduate Advisor and Graduate Committee

Each graduate thesis student will need a graduate advisor. This advisor should be chosen based on the student’s area of interest and the faculty member's area of expertise. The program of study should list the graduate advisor no later than by the end of the second semester of graduate study. Before a graduate advisor is chosen, the Engineering Program Graduate Director will serve as the graduate advisor.  The graduate advisor must be a member of the Graduate Faculty and a tenure-track or tenured professor in the appropriate engineering program. The graduate advisor and student will choose a supervisory committee that will be made up of two tenure-track or tenured UNF engineering professors in the student’s chosen discipline  and members of the Graduate Faculty, and one outside member who must be a tenure-track or tenured professor at UNF or other regionally accredited academic institution. Additional members may be added from industry or affiliated faculty in the School of Engineering, if approved by the graduate advisor. The graduate advisor will serve as chair of the committee. The graduate advisor also approves the selection of the thesis.

Each graduate non-thesis student is advised to have a graduate advisor in the student’s field of study. The Engineering Program Graduate Program Director will serve as the advisor for those students who have not yet selected a Graduate Advisor in their field of study.

Thesis Option

The master’s thesis is an original work that adds to the understanding of an engineering problem. The supervisory committee approves the thesis topic. Completion of a thesis is an intense experience and most students will find that much of their academic effort for at least two semesters will focus on its completion. The thesis is presented at an oral defense that includes the supervisory committee and others from the university community. The supervisory committee determines if the defense was successful and the thesis is acceptable. For more information see the School of Engineering Thesis Committee Policies and Guidelines. 

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Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

The program of study consists of 30 credit hours. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credits of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable). 

Master of Science in Port & Coastal Engineering

The program of study consists of 30 credit hours. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. 

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

The program of study consists of 30 credit hours. While there are no formal tracks or concentrations in the MSEE program, the program of study generally focuses on  communications, computer, or controls and signal processing. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credit hours of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable).

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

The program of study consists of 30 credits. While there are no formal tracks or concentrations in the MSME program, the program of study generally focuses on the machine sciences, thermofluids, manufacturing and materials engineering. All programs of study must be approved by the graduate program director before the end of the second semester of graduate study. Programs of study may be modified with the approval of the graduate program director. All programs of study must contain at least 18 credits of 6000-level courses (including thesis credits, if applicable).

Mechanical Engineering BSMS Accelerated Program

Admission to the accelerated program allows student to register for graduate level courses while an undergraduate student, but does not grant automatic admission into the graduate program. The graduate courses taken as part of the program can count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees according to the below rules.

A student interested in the accelerated program shall submit an application for the accelerated program to the School of Engineering prior to the registration period of the term in which the student wishes to register for a graduate level course.

It is highly recommended that students interested in the accelerated program meet with an advisor to learn how the program may affect financial aid and tuition rates.

Accelerated program admission requirements
  • A minimum program GPA of 3.2 at time of application is required for admission into program
  • A signature from potential faculty thesis advisor is required for admission into program
  • All course pre‐requisites for each course must be met prior to registering for the course(s), with the exception of holding graduate standing
  • Students are not required to take the GRE for admission into the accelerated program.
Additional accelerated program details
  • Up to 9 credit hours of graduate level course work may be used towards technical electives at the undergraduate level.
  • A grade of C or higher must be earned in the graduate level course(s) to satisfy technical elective requirements for undergraduate students.
  • Up to 9 credit hours of graduate level course work completed while in undergraduate status at UNF may be used towards the MSME degree.
  • A grade of B or higher in the course(s) must be earned if the course(s) is to count towards the graduate program of study.
  • Grades earned in courses while in undergraduate status do not count towards graduate level GPA.
  • Admission into the Mechanical Engineering accelerated BSMS program does NOT automatically grant admission into the Mechanical Engineering Master of Science program at UNF. Student need to submit a separate application to the graduate program and meet the same admission requirements, including GRE requirements, as students not accepted into the accelerated BSMS program. UNF graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are exempt from the GRE admission criteria. 
 

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