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Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in engineering is available with the choice of either an electrical or mechanical emphasis. All programs of study include a fundamental core of courses which provide a strong interdisciplinary background in engineering. They conclude with a three-semester design sequence which is common to students in both emphases.

The programs of study are identical for the first three semesters with an emphasis choice (electrical or mechanical)  required prior to the start of the fourth semester. A minimum total of 129 semester hours of TCU Core Curriculum (TCUCC) requirements, engineering program requirements (ENGR), and associated requirements (AR) are required for the BS degree in engineering.  The engineering program is based on a strong fundamental background in mathematics and basic science. More information is available through the TCU Undergraduate Catalog (you may also see past catalogs on this page).

The Engineering Program requirements consist of  64 credit hours of engineering courses. This includes 43 semester credit hours (SCH) in the engineering core and 21 semester credit hours in an engineering emphasis.

Engineering Core
ENGR 10032
Static Mechanics
ENGR 10033
Introduction to Engineering
ENGR 10402
Circuit Analysis & Design I
ENGR 10573 Applied Programming-Matlab
ENGR 20404
Circuit Analysis & Design II
ENGR 20603
Solid Mechanics I
ENGR 20613
Dynamics and Vibrations I
ENGR 30014
Materials Science
ENGR 30444
Electronics I
ENGR 30623
Control Systems I
ENGR 30704
Thermal Sciences I
ENGR 30903
Issues in Engineering Design
ENGR 40203 Engineering Economics
ENGR 40484
ENGR 40903
Systems Design I
ENGR 40913
Systems Design II
Associated Requirements
CHEM 10113
Freshman Chemistry I
MATH 10524
Calculus I
MATH 20524
Calculus II
MATH 30524
Calculus III
MATH 30613
Introductory Differential Equations
MATH 30853
PHYS 20474
Physics I Mechanics w/ Lab
PHYS 20484
Physics II Electromagnetism and Optics w/ Lab
* Accredited Engineering programs require a minimum combination of thirty-two (32) semester hours in mathematics and basic science.
Engineering Emphasis
Electrical Emphasis
ENGR 20413
Circuit Analysis & Design III
ENGR 30454
Electronics II
ENGR 30503
Signals and Systems
ENGR 30543
Engineering Electromagnetics
and a set of approved courses in an elective path
Mechanical Emphasis
ENGR 20623
Solid Mechanics II
ENGR 30634
Manufacturing I
ENGR 30714
Thermal Sciences II
ENGR 30861
Mechanical Systems Lab
ENGR 40861
Mechanical Systems II Lab
ENGR 40871
Thermal Systems II Lab
and a set of approved courses in an elective path
* It is important that each engineering program include a significant component in engineering design. Thus, you should consult with your academic advisor when choosing engineering emphasis electives.
TCU Core Curriculum Requirements
The remaining requirements for the B.S. degree in Engineering are related to general studies courses as specified by the University Core Curriculum Requirements (TCUCC). Many of the TCUCC are satisfied directly by either the engineering program requirements or its associated requirements. The Department of Engineering recommendations for meeting the remaining portions of the TCUCC are outlined below.The philosophy of the TCUCC ensures a broad coverage of a number of important topics in the liberal arts. The department of Engineering recommendations are made to provide some depth of knowledge in a few of the areas and to provide an introduction to speech communications.

Humanities (HUM) – 9 SCH

  • Any HUM approved courses

Written Communication (WCO) – 6 SCH

  • ENGL 10803  Composition I
  • ENGL 20803  Composition II

Fine Arts (FAR) – 3 SCH

  • Any FAR approved course

Oral Communication (OCO) – 3 SCH

  • Any OCO studies approved course

Social Sciences (SSC) – 9 SCH

  • Any SSC approved courses
Grade Requirements Pass/No-Credit Policy Possible Minors
Each candidate for a BS degree must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all work attempted at TCU, and at least 2.0 in all work attempted in the major at TCU. See the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin for additional information on requirements for the BS at TCU.
All courses used to meet TCU Core Curriculum, associated and engineering program requirements must be taken on the letter grade system. An exception may be approved if a specific course is only available on a pass/no-credit basis.

A mathematics minor can be obtained by taking MATH 30224 Introductory Linear Algebra, in addition to the associated requirements of the engineering program. (See the mathematics section of the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.)

A physics minor requires a total of 18 semester hours of physics courses with a minimum of six at the junior level or higher. Depending on the particular courses taken, up to 14 hours toward the physics minor may be taken while satisfying the engineering department’s associated requirements. (See physics section of the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin.)