Programs of Study
Computer Related Degrees
The College of Engineering has responsibility for teaching all computer courses included in computer related degree programs at the University of Florida. These degrees are offered in the Colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Computer engineering is a joint program of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) departments. Students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCEN) through either department.
This degree program produces a computer engineer who has the knowledge of hardware and software to build working computer systems from electronic components and to program them for a wide variety of tasks.
Students mainly interested in software systems and algorithms should take their major through the CISE department; students mainly interested in computer hardware or electrical engineering should pursue their major through the ECE department. Both departments require 126 hours for graduation.
Refer to the CISE and ECE department sections for the curriculum leading to the BSCEN degrees. For additional information on computer engineering degree options, please contact an adviser in either department or the dean's office.
There is a growing need in our society for individuals prepared in both engineering and life sciences. Qualified individuals will find a diversity of career paths. This preparation particularly suits a candidate for admission to medical school, but it equally qualifies him or her to pursue an engineering career in the specialized fields of bioengineering or environmental engineering or to continue with graduate study in biomedical engineering or life sciences.
Currently Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida is a graduate program. Students can obtain an undergraduate degree that prepares them for a graduate degree in several departments which have related specializations, AeMES (Biomechanics), ABE (Biological Engineering), MSE (Biomaterials), and NRE (Medical Physics) are some of the options available. In addition to the undergraduate degrees, students can opt for combined B.S./M.S. programs with an M.S. given in the graduate BME Program, and the B.S. given in the undergraduate program in that department. For example, MSE and AeMES offer such combined degrees.
Several departments of the college, in collaboration with the College of Medicine, have established programs in this field. In general, these programs are the same length as the conventional curriculum. Students substitute electives with eight credits in organic chemistry, eight in biology and four in biochemistry. Interested students should consult their department adviser at the earliest practical date. Departments expect the student to begin work in these specialized areas early in the undergraduate career.
Qualified students can now pursue a bachelor's and a master's degree concurrently. These combined degree programs are offered in the departments of: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics and Engineering Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Civil and Coastal Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering (BSISE/ENM, BSISE/MBA), Materials Science and Engineering, and Nuclear and Radiological Engineering.
Qualified students begin MS degree course work in the senior year and double-count up to six graduate course credit hours for both the BS and MS degrees. Students will be able to complete the MS degree within two or three semesters after completing the BS degree.
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Qualified students can begin their master's program while seniors and double count up to 12 hours of graduate courses for both the bachelor's and master's degrees.
Seniors admitted to the program will be eligible for a teaching or research assistantship. Program admission requirements include satisfaction of Graduate School admission requirements for master's degree, a junior/senior year GPA of 3.30, senior status (4EG), completion of pre-engineering requirements and 20 credit hours of the college and ABE core.
Qualified students can begin their master's program while seniors and double count up to 12 hours of specified chemical engineering graduate courses for both the bachelor's and master's degrees.
To qualify for this combined degree program, students from Chemical Engineering must have: an upper division GPA of 3.3 or higher, a GPA of 3.2 or higher in chemical engineering courses, senior status (4EG), completed eight of the required chemical engineering courses, a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 1100 or greater. and satisfied all graduate school and departmental graduate admission requirements.
Civil & Coastal Engineering
The department of Civil & Coastal Engineering offers a combined BS/Master program to qualified undergraduate students seeking MS, ME or MCE degrees. Students will be able to shorten the time required in their Master degree program by completing six credits of graduate level courses in their final two semesters of their BS program.
To qualify for this program, students from Civil Engineering must have a combined verbal and quantitative GRE score of 1100 or greater, have attained an upper division GPA of 3.50 or greater, and must satisfy all graduate school and departmental graduate admission requirements. The courses (maximum of six credits) that can be double-counted in the BS and Master programs must be graded graduate level courses offered by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering.
Computer Engineering (Software)
Students begin the master's program while seniors and can double count up to 12 hours of graduate courses for both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Seniors admitted to the program are eligible for a teaching or research assistantship. Program admission requires satisfaction of Graduate School admission requirements, a junior-senior year GPA of 3.3, senior status (4EG), completion of pre-engineering requirements and 20 credit hours of the college and department core.
Electrical & Computer Engineering (Hardware)
Students can pursue a combined degree in either electrical or computer hardware engineering. Qualified students begin the master's program while seniors and double count a maximum of 12 hours of specified electrical engineering graduate courses for both the bachelor's and master's degrees. The master's degree can be completed within two to three semesters after the completion of the bachelor's degree. Seniors admitted to a combined program will be eligible for a teaching or research assistantship.
Program admission requires satisfaction of Graduate School admission requirements, a junior-senior year GPA of at least 3.3, completion of seven of the required electrical engineering courses and two electrical engineering labs, senior status in the program and a minimum classification of 4EG.
Qualified students begin the MS degree in their senior year and double-count up to six graduate credits for both the BS and MS degrees. Students will be able to complete the MS degree within two or three semesters after completing the BS degree.
Engineering science majors with a minor in biomechanics can opt for an M.S. degree in biomedical engineering, which is a college-wide interdisciplinary graduate program. For more information, contact the academic programs office.
Qualified students (3.3 upper division GPA and completion of 19 credits of EES and ENV courses) may participate in a combined BS/ME program. Undergraduate students can shorten the time required for an ME degree by completing a maximum of six credits of graduate level credits in the final two semesters of their BS program. Additional information is available from the department's academic programs office in 216 Black Hall.
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Many graduate engineers embark on graduate studies in Business Administration. The combination of a baccalaureate in engineering and a graduate degree in business has proven valuable for managerial or executive positions. The College of Engineering, the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Warrington College of Business Administration offer two opportunities for combined degrees. Both offer the Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master's degree in Business. Applicants with substantial work experience may qualify for the combined Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program. The second opportunity earns the student the Master of Science in Management.
An applicant for one of the combined curricula must first be admitted to the department for the BSISE degree. After about 80 hours toward the BSISE and with the encouragement and endorsement of the department, the student applies to the Warrington College of Business Administration. This graduate admission will be based on the student's academic record as well as performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), which is required for admission to the MBA program. The student must complete all details of the application before April, for the fall semester. International students must meet university requirements for the TOEFL.
A successful applicant may begin one of the business programs only in the fall; EIN 3314, ESI 4312, 4313 and 4523 must be completed before this time. To qualify for the MBA program, students also are expected to have full-time work experience or to gain substantial work experience through internships or co-ops.
The combined BSISE/MBA program should take six years; the combined BSISE/MSM program can be completed in slightly over five years.
Materials Science and Engineering
Students begin the MS course work in the senior year and double count a certain number of credit hours of specific graduate courses for both the BS and MS degrees. The MS degree can be completed within two to three semesters after completing the BS degree.
Seniors admitted into the program will be classified 7EG upon admission. Program admission requirements include admission to Graduate School, a junior/senior level GPA of at least 3.3, completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours in materials science and engineering courses and approvals of the committee, the college and the Graduate School.
For the student whose primary interest lies in research, a graduate program leading to more advanced degrees is provided. Research areas include metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials, composites, magnetic materials and biomaterials.
Students interested in pursuing a career in magnetic materials should consider the undergraduate specialization in electronic materials, while those interested in a career in biomedical or biomaterials would be well served with the metals, ceramics or polymers specializations. The entire offering of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is designed to furnish electives for engineers in other specialties who desire a more extensive understanding of materials.
Students begin ME or MS work in the senior year and double count up to 12 credit hours of specific ENU courses for both the BS and MS (ME) degrees. The MS (ME) degree can be completed within two to three semesters after completing the BS degree. Seniors admitted to this program are eligible for teaching or research assistantships since they are classified 7EG upon admission to the program.
Admission requirements include a junior/ senior level GPA of at least 3.3, admission to the Graduate School, completion of 96 undergraduate credit hours towards a BS degree in nuclear and radiological engineering or at least 35 credits at the university toward this degree, and approvals of the department, the college and the Graduate School.
Students who wish to pursue a minor must complete an application, which is available in the Office of the University Registrar or in the Engineering Student Services Center.
This program permits undergraduate students to specialize in biomechanics, a subfield of biomedical engineering, that blends the life sciences with traditional engineering disciplines. Nearly every department within the college has faculty working in this area. The student must complete the following 20 credits:
A list of approved electives and other information are available in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Mechanics and Engineering Science, 226 Aerospace Building.
Students considering biomedical engineering as a career should be aware that graduate education is often required. The College of Engineering offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering.
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Minor
This minor, administered by the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering, provides the academic background in the application of computers to scientific and engineering problems and to prepare students for possible graduate study in computer-related disciplines. Computer engineering majors (CEN) in the CISE and ECE departments and computer and information sciences majors are not eligible for this minor in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences or of Business Administration.
The minor requires a 2.5 GPA to apply and completion of the following courses with grades of C or better:
At least three of the CIS, COT, CDA and COP courses must be taken at UF.
Electrical Engineering Minor
This minor, administered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is designed for engineering students who desire additional knowledge in the area of electrical engineering.
To be admitted to the minor, students are expected to meet the admission requirement of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students pursuing the BSEE or BSCEN degree are not eligible for this minor.
The minor requires the completion of 12 credit hours of EEL-prefixed courses at the University of Florida with a grade of C or better. EEL 3003 and 3111C will not both count toward the requirements of the minor. At least one course must be at the 4000 level.
Environmental Studies Minor
A minor (with certificate) in environmental studies is available to anyone pursuing a major in the following engineering degree programs:
The program is designed for students who are concerned about environmental issues. Electives can be structured around a selected environmental theme, to provide in-depth experience in a practical environmental problem of national or international concern.
Students must take a minimum of 14 semester hours of environmental courses; at least one course must be from each of the biological, physical and social sciences areas with a minimum of six semester hours in one area.
The college also offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering administered by the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. Generally, students fulfilling the requirements for this degree would satisfy all requirements for the environmental studies certificate. These students will be awarded the certificate if they choose.
Students interested in the minor should contact the Environmental Studies Office in 210 Carr Hall and register their intended course of study to ensure that the certificate will be awarded upon graduation.
Materials Minor and Certificate
This minor, offered through the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is designed for engineering and science students who desire knowledge in materials science and engineering. Materials concerns are becoming extremely critical in engineering design and analysis. New materials are needed for microelectronic packages, biomedical applications, super-conducting films, tool bit materials, cutting tools, construction, fuel-efficient engines and many other industrial and scientific applications. The minor provides students with the academic background to understand the design, selection and processing of materials. Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of materials-related courses that complement their degree program. Students should contact an adviser in 108 Rhines Hall for additional information.
Sales Engineering Certificate
This certificate program provides academic background for careers in sales, managerial and entrepreneurial pursuits. The program is designed to broaden the scope of the engineer, encouraging effective communication with other professionals and providing the business fundamentals necessary to promote new technologies. The certificate is available to engineering majors only.
For additional information and an application, students should contact the associate dean for academic programs in 312 Weil.
Students pursuing a sales engineering certificate must complete the following courses:
Core Requirements (4 Courses)
And one of the following courses:
*Required by the College of Engineering for the baccalaureate degree.
Required Electives (2 Courses)
NOTE: Two of the following courses:
Certificate in Packaging Science
The Packaging Science program offers undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Packaging Science. The certificate program is designed to compliment engineering studies to help prepare students for careers related to packaging. Students must successfully complete 15 credit hours from a list of preselected courses that provide a focus on applied packaging knowledge, technology and skills. This program is administered through the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.
A number of student exchange agreements have been established with overseas institutions, in an effort to encourage students to gain a global perspective of the engineering profession. Information about international programs and study abroad is available from the Office of Academic Programs or from individual departments.