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Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

http://www.cemr.wvu.edu

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Biometric Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Dual Degrees Offered

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Biometrics Systems and Computer Engineering
  • Biometrics Systems and Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Mining Engineering
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering and Geology

Nature of Program

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (Statler College) undergraduate degree programs are administered through seven academic departments:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

All undergraduate programs are recognized by industry as providing excellent preparation for the engineering profession.  They are planned to give students a balanced background in the basic sciences, engineering sciences, engineering analysis, the humanities, and the social sciences.  In addition, each curriculum features creative programs in engineering synthesis and design.  This blend of science and practice gives students the tools to solve today’s problems and the background to develop the expertise needed for their future success in the profession.  Our graduates enjoy a multitude of career opportunities in our nation’s most vital industries.

The Statler College is committed to providing high-quality programs of engineering science education for all undergraduate students so that graduates of the college will:

  • Be proficient in their chosen field
  • Develop and maintain professional ethics and understand the comprehensive impact of engineering solutions on a diverse and global society
  • Continue in their education on a life-long basis through both formal study and self-directed inquiry.

The faculty uses modern teaching techniques including programmed material, guest lectures by visiting authorities, team projects, and in-house industrial assignments to provide a breadth of training experiences.  Teaching laboratories are equipped with modern instruments, machines, and tools to improve and enrich the student’s understanding of engineering principles and problems.  Numerous computer laboratories and facilities are available for classroom work.

College programs are geared to provide graduates with a sound background upon which to enter the industrial workforce or to pursue graduate study in engineering, medicine, law, or business.  A number of industries in West Virginia and the region provide meaningful and financially rewarding summer employment for students.  These training opportunities often lead to professional positions upon graduation.

Accreditation

ABET is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Post-secondary Accreditation (COPA) as the sole agency responsible for accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering and computer science.  ABET accomplishes its accreditation mission through its commissions, the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) and the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC).  ABET, through its commission, establishes criteria and standards for accreditation of engineering and computer science programs at colleges and universities.  All baccalaureate engineering programs in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources as well as its baccalaureate degree with a major in computer science are accredited by ABET.

Admission Requirements

The Statler College will admit freshmen students to study under one of four distinct programs: Engineering; General Engineering; Pre-Engineering; or Pre-Computer Science.  Admission is based on high school grade point average (unweighted 4.0 scale) and the best single set of standardized ACT/SAT test scores.  The objective of having three engineering programs is to be able to provide a freshman curriculum suitably tailored to the level of academic preparation of the student.  This maximizes the chance to complete a successful freshman experience.  Each program provides students the coursework necessary to meet coursework requirements to move into their intended major.

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Biometrics Systems should apply to the engineering or general engineering program as appropriate for your high school GPA and ACT or SAT test scores.

The following table summarizes the admission requirements for each program.

Program Residents High School ACT SAT

Engineering

Residents High School GPA ACT Composite ACT Math SAT Math SAT Total
West Virginia3.024276201110
Out-of-State3.024276201110

General Engineering

Residents High School GPA ACT Composite ACT Math SAT Math SAT Total
West Virginia2.522235401030
Out-of-State2.522235401030

Pre-Computer Science

Residents High School GPA ACT Composite ACT Math SAT Math SAT Total
West Virginia3.024276201110
Out-of-State3.024276201110

Pre-Engineering

Residents High School GPA ACT Composite ACT Math SAT Math SAT Total
West Virginia2.019910
Out-of-State2.2521990

Students must also meet all other WVU admission requirements

Transfer Students

Students wishing to transfer into the engineering or pre-computer science program from other programs must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in all college work attempted.  Students who meet the freshman admission requirements to the engineering program (shown in the table) are eligible to transfer into the college at any time.  Others must have completed at least one semester of college work and present evidence that they are eligible to enroll in MATH 155 Calculus 1.  Students wishing to transfer into a major must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and have completed ENGR 101, ENGR 199, ENGR 102, MATH 155, with a grade of C or better, CHEM 115, and ENGL 101.  If transfer students are sophomore level or above, have credit for completing CHEM 115, and have earned a C or better in MATH 155, MATH 156, and PHYS 111, and have completed at least three credits in a discipline major course, then they may take a major elective as a substitute for ENGR 101 and ENGR 102.  If the combination of multiple engineering courses transferred to WVU matches the content of ENGR 101 or ENGR 102, those courses may be approved as a course substitution for ENGR 101 or ENGR 102.  Other transferred courses that are not an exact match may be approved as technical electives to substitute for ENGR 101 or ENGR 102 at the discretion of the freshman engineering coordinator.

Admission Petitions

Students not meeting the minimum admission and transfer requirements as described above may request to be admitted to the college by written petition to the dean.

Scholarships

The Statler College and its constituent departments offer numerous competitive scholarships to undergraduate students.  Typically scholarships are based on both academic performance and on financial need and are awarded on a one-year basis unless the scholarship award specifies otherwise.  Scholarship awards are typically made in June for the upcoming academic year.  Certain scholarships for freshman require the recipient to be pursuing a specific major.  In these cases, the student must be taking freshman courses consistent with those required for entry into that specific major.

Curricula

During the first two years, students acquire fundamental knowledge in mathematics, basic sciences, and introductory engineering topics.  Engineering design, computer-based experience, and communication skills are integrated throughout the curriculum.  In the third and fourth years, the curriculum builds upon the fundamental engineering concepts toward an integrated educational experience, preparing students to pursue a successful professional career and life-long learning.  Study in humanities and social sciences are also an integral part of the engineering education, enabling students to understand and appreciate the technological, social, and cultural changes that challenge the world.

Cooperative (Co-op) Education and Internship Programs

The co-op program is available to any student attending a college or university in West Virginia.  The co-op opportunity is available to any qualified student interested in pursuing a degree in any of nine engineering majors or computer science.  The five-year professional development experience combines practical on-the-job experience with the classroom education of a four-year engineering curriculum.  Internships are arranged with an employer for various work periods and may involve an academic semester or summer term.

Dual Degree Majors

The college has formal programs for students wishing to receive two undergraduate degrees simultaneously.  Currently those programs are in:

  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering;
  • Biometrics and Computer Engineering;
  • Biometrics and Electrical Engineering;
  • Civil and Mining Engineering;
  • Computer Engineering and Computer Science;
  • Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering; and
  • Mining Engineering and Geology.

Each dual-degree program requires at least one semester of additional work over and above that required for a single degree.  Please refer to the actual curriculum of each dual program to determine the additional time requirement.

Academic Minor

The Statler College offers a minor in computer science to all undergraduate students.  A student must consult with his or her major advisor to develop a scheduling plan for courses that satisfy the requirements for the computer science minor.  The requirements for the minor in computer science can be found under the computer science program description.  The completed minor will be recorded on the student’s permanent transcript.

International Exchange Programs

The college participates in numerous international exchange programs for undergraduates as well as the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP).  Individual program details vary, but in general provide Statler College students the opportunity to take part in a study abroad experience that may be for a summer, semester, or full academic year.  Students pay normal WVU tuition, but housing costs to their host institution are not included.  The Statler College offers its students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Global Competency which, if successfully completed is recorded on the student's transcript.

Undergraduate General Education Curriculum

All engineering undergraduate students must satisfy the University General Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements.  Students and advisors should consult the latest Schedule of Courses for the most current list of courses included in the General Education Curriculum Program.  The most recent list of approved courses in the GEC Program can be found at the GEC site at http://registrar.wvu.edu/current_students/general_education_curriculum .

Time to Completion of Degree

All undergraduate, single degree programs in the college are structured so that they can be completed in eight semesters of full-time study.  However, students who are not prepared to enter MATH 155 in their first semester may not be able to complete an engineering degree within eight semesters.  Applicants to the college are strongly urged to take the required prerequisites to calculus and chemistry in the summer before entering WVU or plan on attending summer school after their freshman year in order to avoid delays in their graduation.

Degree Requirements

To be eligible to receive a bachelor’s degree, a student is required to complete satisfactorily the number of semester hours of work as specified in the curriculum of the program leading to the degree for which the student is a candidate.  Students must achieve an overall University grade point average of 2.0 or better and also must achieve a major grade point average of 2.0 or better (2.25 in mining engineering, and in petroleum and natural gas engineering) in courses completed within the student’s major.  Courses included in the major GPA calculation and how grades for repeated courses are handled for the GPA calculation are specified by individual program requirements.

Application for Graduation and Diploma

All candidates for degrees in the Statler College must complete a Graduation Eligibility Worksheet in the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate.  Candidates should complete this form in consultation with their academic advisor during the advising appointment.  Candidates must complete an Application for Graduation and Diploma within the first six weeks of the semester in which the candidate will complete all requirements for the degree.  No candidate can graduate without application.

Probation, Suspension, Readmission, and Expulsion Policy Uniform Probation

Students with a cumulative grade point average below 2.0 in all University coursework or in their major coursework (2.25 in mining engineering, and in petroleum and natural gas engineering) will be subject to probation by the University or the Statler College.  Students have the right to have the sanction of academic probation reviewed and explained by the academic official who imposed the sanction.  Academic probation is not recorded on a student’s permanent record and essentially constitutes a warning to the student of standards that must be met.

Uniform Academic Suspension Regulations

The student on University probation whose cumulative University GPA continues below 2.0 is subject to suspension from the University.  Normally, students are suspended at the end of the spring semester or summer school session.  Academic suspension identifies the status of a student who has failed to meet the University's minimum standards and who has been notified formally by the University of academic suspension.  Suspension from the University means that a student will not be permitted to register for any classes, including those in summer sessions, offered by the University for academic credit until the student has been officially reinstated.  The normal period of suspension is a minimum of one academic semester but will not exceed one calendar year from the date of a student’s first suspension.  A student who has been suspended for academic deficiencies and who takes courses at other institutions during the period of suspension cannot automatically transfer such credit toward a degree at WVU upon readmission to the University.  Students are not eligible for readmission if they earn less than a 2.0 at other institutions while on suspension from WVU.  After one semester of satisfactory performance (C average or better on a minimum of 12 credit hours earned during a regular semester or during the summer sessions) the appropriate transfer credit will be entered into the student’s record upon certification by the advisor and dean that the above conditions have been met.  A student who has preregistered and is subsequently suspended shall have his or her registration automatically cancelled.  The Statler College can recommend to the Office of the University Registrar that the suspension be waived in favor of probation if, in its judgment, the circumstances of individual cases so warrant.  The suspension rule will be set aside only under extraordinary conditions.

The student on Statler College probation due to an academic major coursework GPA below 2.0 (2.25 in mining engineering, and in petroleum and natural gas engineering) whose academic major GPA continues below 2.0 (2.25 in mining engineering, and in petroleum and natural gas engineering) is subject to dismissal from the College.  Academic program dismissal identifies the status of a student who has failed to meet the Statler College minimum standards and who has been notified formally by the College of academic dismissal.  Dismissal from the Statler College means that a student will not be permitted to register for any classes in the College until the student has been officially reinstated to the College.  A student who has preregistered for classes and is subsequently dismissed shall have his or her registration in Statler College courses automatically cancelled.  The normal period of dismissal is a minimum of one academic semester but will not exceed one calendar year from the date of a student’s first dismissal.  A student who has been dismissed from the College can not transfer academic major course work taken at another institution, during the period of dismissal, for credit toward meeting their degree requirements.

Reinstatement after Suspension

During the semester immediately following the effective date of University suspension or Statler College dismissal, students may petition the College in writing for early reinstatement.  Details for petitioning the College for early reinstatement will be provided in the student’s letter of suspension or dismissal.  After one calendar year from the effective date of suspension or dismissal, any student who has been suspended or dismissed one time shall, upon written application, be reinstated to the University and/or to the Statler College unless the student petitions for admission to another college or school.

A suspended or dismissed student who is reinstated under the provisions above will be placed on academic probation unless the terms of probation agreed to by the student and the Statler College stipulate otherwise.  A student's suspension or dismissal will be permanent after the second or any subsequent suspension or dismissal.


Faculty

Dean

  • Eugene V. Cilento - Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

  • Warren R. Myers - Ph.D.
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Associate Dean for Administration

  • Royce J. Watts - M.S.