The History of Engineering at UNF

Engineering took a long time to make it to Jacksonville and the First Coast. In fact, Jacksonville was the last of the major metropolitan areas in the state to have a significant engineering college or school. Fortunately this has changed, as the First Coast has become home to the School of Engineering at the University of North Florida.


Engineering first appeared at the UNF campus in 1987 with the campus hosting a branch of the University of Florida's Electrical Engineering Department and offering a BS in Electrical Engineering. The program was successful and provided an excellent opportunity for students not able to move or commute to Gainesville to pursue the BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree.  In 1992, UNF took responsibility for the program and it was paired with Computer and Information Sciences to become the College of Computing Sciences and Engineering. The BSEE program, now under the auspices of UNF, was accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. in 1996.


Rapid growth in the Jacksonville area led a group of leaders in the local engineering community, organized as the UNF Engineering Advisory Council (EAC), to a advocate for additional engineering programs. The efforts of the EAC, and faculty and administrators at UNF, came to fruition with the approval of the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree programs in 1999. With the addition of these degree programs, the Division of Engineering was formed. Students were first admitted to the BSCE program in 2000 and to the BSME program in 2001. Both programs applied for ABET accreditation immediately upon graduating their first students. The BSCE program was accredited in 2003 and the BSME in 2004. The College of Computing Sciences and Engineering was renamed the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction in 2004. This coincided with the Division of Engineering moving into the new Science and Engineering Building, providing faculty and students excellent laboratory space, study areas, office space, and equipment. In 2006, the Division of Engineering was renamed the School of Engineering in recognition of its growing reputation and importance to the educational and research missions at UNF.