2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Engineering and Computer Science


Dean: Michael Georgiopoulos
Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC) 114
cecs.ucf.edu
407-823-2156

Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Manoj Chopra
Engineering I (ENG1) 107
407-823-2455

Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs: Ali Gordon
Engineering I (ENG1) 107
407-823-2455

Associate Dean for Research and Administration: Ranganathan Kumar
Engineering II (ENG2) 202
407-823-2156

Director, Academic Affairs: Kim A. Small
Engineering I (ENG1) 107
407-823-2455

Director, College Honors Programs: Manoj Chopra
Engineering I (ENG1) 107
407-823-2455

Interim Director, Diversity and Inclusion: LeeAnn Roberts
Engineering I (ENG1) 281
407-823-3466

Accelerated BS/MS Degree Program

All of the Engineering and Computer Science programs except for the Information Technology Program are offering an Accelerated BS/MS degree program which will allow students of high academic standing to complete an MS degree at an accelerated pace. The generic rule for students in this program is that they will be allowed to use up to twelve hours of selected 5000 and 6000 level courses with a grade of “B” or higher toward fulfillment of both the BS and MS degree requirements. Interested individuals should see the program descriptions in the graduate and undergraduate catalogs. They may also contact the department Undergraduate Coordinator and/or Graduate Coordinator if they have any further questions.

College Vision

Our Vision is to be among the nation’s top producers of engineering and computer science workforce talent in terms of scale and excellence, and to lead the next generation of engineers and computer scientists in advancing research and education that impacts the global society.

College Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide high-quality, broad-based education and experiential learning in engineering and computer science; create knowledge through pioneering scholarship and impactful research; enrich our students’ development and leadership skills; nurture the inherent innovation and leadership of our students; and address pressing local, state, national, and international issues in support of the global community.

College Organization

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is organized into two major divisions: the Engineering and Computer Science Division and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Division. The Engineering and Computer Science Division is comprised of six engineering departments: the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) Department, the Computer Science (CS) Department, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems (IEMS) Department, Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department. The ROTC Division is made up of the Aerospace Studies Department (Air Force ROTC) and the Military Science Department (Army ROTC).

All departments of the Engineering and Computer Science Division offer advanced studies leading to master’s degrees and the Doctor of Philosophy degree; see the Graduate catalog for further information on these graduate programs. The undergraduate engineering programs in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org. The undergraduate Computer Science and Information Technology programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

The College houses the ROTC Division for those students desiring to pursue military training while earning their degree. The AFROTC program offers a minor in Aerospace Studies, and the AROTC program offers a minor in Military Science.

The Honors Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

The engineering and computer science leaders of tomorrow must not only have impeccable technical credentials, but must also be able to provide strong leadership within the general community in which they live. With this in mind, the Honors Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science offers outstanding undergraduate engineering and computer science majors an enriched educational, technical, professional, and cultural experience that significantly augments the basic curricula. Honors students comprise academically superior students who commit, upon acceptance into the program, to do broad as well as advanced work in a chosen area.

The objective of the Honors Program is to provide exceptional students with an opportunity to express their creativity and problem-solving abilities through challenging coursework and participation in research projects. In addition, the program exposes students to a wide variety of issues dealing with the role of engineers and computer scientists and the impact of the profession on society. Honors students also participate in several programmed activities, such as lectures by distinguished scholars, engineers, and public figures, as well as visits to local and regional industries and to governmental and military research facilities.

There are two programs available to eligible CECS students: 1) the University Honors Program (see the section on the University Honors Program found in The Burnett Honors College section of this catalog); and 2) the Honors in the Major Program (HIM).

The Honors in the Major Program

The College of Engineering and Computer Science Honors in the Major program is designed for two types of students: 1) Highly qualified students who did not participate in the University Honors Program and would like to have the experience of an Honors curriculum, and 2) University Honors program students who desire to continue the Honors curriculum beyond what the University Honors Program offers. The centerpiece of the Honors in the Major program is the opportunity to undertake independent research as an undergraduate under the guidance of a faculty member in his/her major. The Honors in the Major represents a total of six credit hours of work. These credit hours are acceptable as technical electives by most programs. These six credit hours consist of an Honors in the Major Seminar titled Research Methods in Engineering (EGN 4931H ) (three credit hours), plus three credit hours of Undergraduate Honors Thesis (EGN 4970H).

The latter will result in an undergraduate thesis which will describe the research done by the student. The student will defend his/her thesis before a committee of faculty in the field as part of an oral examination covering the honors work. A sponsoring faculty member is required to supervise the undergraduate thesis.

In order to be admitted to the Honors in the Major program, the student must:

  1. Have at least 60 credit hours, including at least 12 graded, upper division credit hours at UCF.
  2. A minimum UCF GPA of at least 3.20 in all upper division courses.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.50 or more in the Engineering option courses.
  4. A recommendation by a sponsoring faculty member. Exceptions to the eligibility criteria may be made by the College Honors Committee in individual cases, upon recommendation by a sponsoring faculty member.

To successfully complete the HIM program and receive said designation, the student must successfully defend the thesis and graduate with a minimum 3.5 GPA in the option courses and minimum 3.2 GPA at UCF. No exceptions to this policy will be made for graduation. Successful candidates will be awarded an Honors in Engineering/Computer Science mention on the diploma and transcript, representing satisfactory completion of the program.

Application for admission to the Honors in the Major Program must be obtained from the Office of Research and Civic Engagement in the Burnett Honors College. Students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science must consult Dr. Manoj Chopra, Engineering 1, Room 107. For more information about The Burnett Honors College programs, please visit their homepage at honors.ucf.edu.

The LEAD Scholars Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering and computer science students may also participate in the LEAD (Leadership Enrichment and Academic Development) Scholars Program (see the section on the LEAD Scholar Program  found elsewhere in this catalog).

Additional Information on UCF Baccalaureate Engineering and Computer Science Programs

Information on each UCF engineering, computer science, and information technology program follows, and more current information on the departments can be found on the College home page at cecs.ucf.edu, and on the home pages of each department. For the home page associated with a particular program, see the listing for that department on the following pages of this catalog. Information on the Photonics Science and Engineering program offered jointly with the College of Optics and Photonics may be found in the section about that college.

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Program Academic Learning Compacts (student learning outcomes) for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science are located at: oeas.ucf.edu/academiclearningcompacts.html

Graduate Programs

For a full list of Graduate programs click here. All Undergraduate programs for the College of Engineering and Computer Science are listed below.

Programs

Minor

Certificate

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

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Programs

Major

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Department of Computer Science

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Programs

Major

Minor

Certificate

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Programs

Major

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems

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Programs

Major

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Programs

Major

Minor

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Programs

Major

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program

Reserve Officer Training Corp: Air Force ROTC

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Programs

Minor

Reserve Officer Training Corp: Army ROTC

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Programs

Minor