Inquiries regarding admission to the School of Engineering
and Applied Science should be addressed to the Dean of Admissions, University
of Virginia, P.O. Box 400160, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4160 or by e-mail at
The first and second years of study at the engineering school
are spent garnering a solid background in the sciences and mathematics. The
student takes courses in chemistry, physics, computer programming, mathematics,
and various courses in engineering science, as well as social science and humanities
During the first year, students declare a major in one of ten
programs in engineering or applied science. The last three years are spent specializing
in a chosen area and taking further courses in the general field of engineering.
Successful graduates can expect a wide range of career opportunities in engineering,
business, law, and medicine.
In the event a particular major is oversubscribed, admission
may be limited. Admission to such programs is based on space availability, academic
performance, a personal essay, and extra-curricular activities. At present,
systems engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, and computer
science are limited-admission programs.
Bachelors-Masters Program Outstanding students
may be admitted to the combined Bachelors-Masters Program at the
end of their third year. After admission, students take a mixture of graduate
and undergraduate courses and work on a sponsored research project in the summer
and academic year. This program encourages the best and brightest students to
enter into research in the various engineering and applied science fields.
Graduate Degrees are offered in all of the schools
areas of specialization. For information on these programs and inquiries regarding
admission, contact the Office of Graduate Programs, School of Engineering and
Applied Science, P.O. Box 400242, Charlottesville, VA 22904-0242.
Admission As a Special Student In certain circumstances,
individuals may be permitted to enroll in a maximum of two School of Engineering
and Applied Science courses through Continuing Education.
Special students who wish to become degree candidates must
apply through the University Office of Admission for undergraduate admission
or through the School of Engineering and Applied Science for graduate admission.
Advisory System Faculty members and upper class students
in the School of Engineering and Applied Science aid entering students in the
transition to college life and in furthering their academic and career interests.
Each first-year student consults with his or her faculty advisor about course
and major selection, and other academic requirements.
Toward the end of the second semester, the student selects
a major field of engineering and is then assigned an advisor in the department
administering the degree program. The departmental advisor helps the student
plan a curriculum and serves as a counselor for other academic matters and career
Academic Rules and Regulations
Each student is expected to complete the undergraduate program
in eight semesters (plus summers, if necessary). Exceptions may be made in certain
Normal progress toward graduation consists of taking a minimum
of 15 credits each semester and maintaining a cumulative grade point average
of 2.000 or better. The minimum (15 credits) may not be satisfied with courses
taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Academic Probation First-year students who receive a
semester grade point average below 1.800 are placed on academic probation. Other
students who receive a semester grade point average below 2.000 are placed on
academic probation. Students who fail a required course twice are placed on
Academic Suspension Students who have previously been
on academic probation are suspended from the University following any semester
in which both their current and cumulative GPA is below 2.000 (1.800 for first-year
students). Students who fail a required course they have failed at least twice
before are suspended from the University.
Application for readmission from suspension must be made by
letter addressed to the assistant dean for undergraduate programs. In this letter
the student should describe briefly his or her activities since suspension and
his or her future academic goals. Academic credits taken elsewhere while on
academic suspension are not accepted for transfer towards a UVa degree.
The term of the first suspension is one year. A second suspension
is final and the student is not allowed to return.
Appeal of Academic Regulations In circumstances not
covered by specific regulations, or in difficulties that cannot be resolved
by the dean or the instructor concerned, a student has the right to petition
the Committee on Rules and Courses for redress of his or her grievance. The
action by the committee on the petition is final inasmuch as it acts for the
full faculty in these matters.
The petition must be signed and dated by the student and submitted to the Office
of the Assistant Dean for undergraduate programs. The petition must contain:
- the name of the students academic department (except first-year
- a clear and concise statement of the variance requested;
- adequate supporting evidence to enable the committee to render fair and
- a signed acknowledgement by the students academic advisor.
The petitioner will be notified by letter of the action taken
by the Committee on Rules and Courses.
Normal The normal undergraduate course load is 15-18
graded credits, unless the student is on probation, in which case a course load
of 12 to 15 credits is recommended. Any program of study requires the advisors
Overload An overload of 19 or 20 credits may be approved
by a faculty advisor for a student who has achieved a grade point average of
3.000 or higher.
A proposed overload amounting to 21 or more credits must also
be reviewed and approved by the Office of the Dean. Demonstrated superior academic
performance and clear career planning will be the major criteria for approval,
including a grade point average of 3.600 or higher.
Underload A semester load of fewer than 15 credits (not
counting CR/NC courses) must be approved by the advisor and the deans
Attendance Regular attendance in classes is a vital
part of the educational process. At the University of Virginia, each student
is expected to attend all lectures, laboratories, quizzes, and practical exercises,
subject to absence penalties specified by the instructor.
Absences traditionally excused are those that occur because
of illness or death in a students family, important religious holidays,
or authorized University activities, such as field trips or University sponsored
Students who anticipate absence for cause should obtain permission
from the instructor in advance of the absence; unforeseen absences resulting
from sickness or other circumstances considered to be emergencies may be excused
by the instructor, and arrangements may be made with the instructor to complete
the assignments missed.
Engineering and Applied Science students taking courses in
the College or other schools of the University are governed by the attendance
regulations of the instructor in that division; unexcused absences from such
courses are subject to the penalties prescribed.
Credit/No Credit Grades Students have the option of
receiving the grades CR (credit) or NC (no credit) in place of the regular grades,
A through F. This option may be selected when students register for courses.
Instructors have the right to deny students permission to take courses on a
CR/NC basis. If this occurs, students may change back to the regular grading
option or drop the courses entirely. Courses taken for CR/NC may not be used
for any major or degree requirements. Only courses that are not part of the
degree program may be taken CR/NC. The deadline for selecting the CR/NC option
is the same as the drop deadline.
Dropping a Course With the approval of the students
advisor, a student may drop and void registration in a course any time up to
the official drop date, unless such action reduces the number of graded credits
for which the student is registered to fewer than 15. Permission to take less
than 15 credits a semester must be obtained from the Office of the Dean.
Withdrawing from a Course After the drop date, a student
must petition the Office of the Dean to withdraw from a course. Students will
be granted one withdrawal for personal reasons. Subsequent requests to withdraw
will be granted only when there are extenuating circumstances beyond a students
control. A student who is permitted to withdraw from a particular course will
receive a W for the course. Petitions must be signed by the course instructor
and faculty advisor, and approved by the Office of the Dean.
Extension of a Course After the withdrawal date (two
weeks before the end of the semester), a student can no longer withdraw from
a course. If there are extenuating circumstances, and if it is feasible, a student
may petition for a course extension. If approved, all work must be completed
by the end of the next academic term and preferably before the start of the
next term. Feasibility is determined after a review of the outstanding work,
the availability of the instructor, the accessibility of laboratory facilities,
and other practical considerations.
Enforced Withdrawal From a Course With the approval
of the dean, faculty may impose enforced withdrawal with a grade of F as a penalty
for habitual delinquency in class, habitual idleness, or any other fault that
prevents the student from fulfilling the purposes implied by registration in
Enforced withdrawal may also be imposed for failure to take
the physical examination required of all entering students, or for failure to
obtain medical leave or medical withdrawal from the Department of Student Health
in the case of repeated or prolonged absence from class as a result of illness.
Laboratory Courses To register for or attend any laboratory
course, a student must be registered or have credit for the associated lecture
course. If the associated courses are taken concurrently and the lecture course
is dropped, the laboratory course may be continued for credit only with permission
of the laboratory instructor or the dean.
Completion of Prerequisite Courses The sequences of
required courses leading to various engineering degrees are carefully arranged
to ensure that a student who enters any course may be expected to receive maximum
benefit from the course. A student who failed a course may not normally enroll
for any course that lists the failed course as a prerequisite before satisfactorily
completing that course. Under unusual circumstances, exceptions may be made.
Exceptions require written permission from the instructor of the failed course,
all instructors of the subsequent course, and approval by the dean.
Repeating Courses A student who has received D grades
in fundamental courses may be required to repeat those courses as his or her
departmental faculty may direct. A course in the School of Engineering and Applied
Science passed with a grade of D may be repeated once. Courses passed with higher
grades are not normally open to a students repeated registration. Both
grades for a repeated course are used in the computation for the grade point
Graduate Courses Undergraduates may be granted permission
to take 600-level series courses in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Qualifications include fourth-year standing and a cumulative grade point average
of at least 3.200. 500-level courses are open to all fourth-year undergraduates.
Required Courses Courses specified in each degree curriculum
are required, and changes or substitution are not ordinarily permitted. Any
student who either drops or fails a required course must register anew for that
specific course (or for its successor in case the original is no longer offered)
and repeat the content in its entirety.
General Education Program Each undergraduate student
must complete a program of studies in the humanities or social sciences that
reflects a rationale or fulfills an objective. This program, equivalent to at
least one half year of study, is fulfilled in part by taking courses offered
through the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, and in part through
HSS electives selected from a list of approved humanities and social science
Elective Courses The curricula include elective courses
designed either as "humanities/social science (HSS) elective," "technical elective,"
or "unrestricted elective."
- HSS electives are selected from an approved list (available in A122 Thornton
Hall) of humanities and social science offerings of the College of Arts
and Sciences or other schools of the University, or from elective offerings
of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society in the School of Engineering
and Applied Science. Communication courses in the students native
or first language, regardless of their level, may not be used to satisfy
- Technical electives are chosen from engineering or applied science, science,
or mathematics courses not normally required in the students curriculum.
- Unrestricted electives may be chosen from any graded course in the University
except mathematics courses below MATH 131, including STAT 110 and 112, and
courses that substantially duplicate any others offered for the degree,
including PHYS 201, PHYS 202, CS 110, CS120, or any introductory programming
course. Students in doubt as to what is acceptable to satisfy a degree requirement
should obtain the approval of their advisor and the deans office,
Thornton Hall, Room A122. APMA 109 counts as a three-credit unrestricted
Students are expected to consult with their advisor to arrive
at an acceptable overall program of electives. All electives should be chosen
to meet an objective rather than at random. This program, signed by the department
head or advisor, must be filed in the deans office.
Absence From Examinations Unexcused absence from an
examination incurs an automatic failure in the course with a grade of F. Absence
from a final examination for any course offered in the School of Engineering
and Applied Science may be excused only by the dean, and then only when accompanied
by evidence of arrangement with the instructor for a deferred examination, to
be taken within ten days after the regular examination. An emergency that justifies
extension of this period will be considered only when supported by satisfactory
documentation submitted immediately after the period of emergency. After the
ten day period, or its extension if granted by the dean, the temporary grade
of IN (incomplete) will officially become a grade of F unless the deferred examination
has been completed. Absences are excused only for sickness on the day of the
examination or for other providential cause acceptable to the dean. An excused
absence may be absolved by taking a special examination at a time mutually satisfactory
to the instructor and the student concerned. Special examinations are not granted
for reasons other than those stated above.
Degree Requirements To qualify for a baccalaureate degree,
a student must have received credit for all required and elective courses included
in their program. In addition, the student must have maintained a cumulative
grade point average of at least 2.000. Students must complete degree applications
in September of their final year.
Regular programs leading to the various degrees are detailed
under the departmental listings. The student should become familiar with the
requirements of his or her chosen area of study. Students are expected to declare
a major area of study at the end of the second semester but may change majors
at a later date.
Course Enrollment Except for students in extended programs
or for special arrangements approved by the dean, each student in the School
of Engineering and Applied Science must enroll for all courses required by the
curriculum of the department in which he or she is enrolled. Substitutions of
courses completed elsewhere by students entering with advanced standing must
be approved by the dean (in consultation with the departmental faculty concerned
Students making normal progress toward their degree may graduate
under the curriculum in force at the time they entered the school. However,
because curricula change to keep pace with evolving technologies and new disciplines,
students may be required to substitute courses that the faculty designate as
Each student is responsible for the selection of his or her
own program, the fulfillment of prerequisites, and the scheduling of all courses
required by his or her curriculum. The dean and faculty will assist, but the
duty of enrolling in and completing the full degree requirements rests primarily
with the student.
Accuracy of Students Records It is the students
responsibility to check the accuracy of his or her enrollment records each semester
and to call any error to the attention of the instructor and assistant dean
for undergraduate programs. After one semester has lapsed, the students
record is considered permanent.
Residence Requirements A recipient of a degree in engineering
or applied science must have been in residence for two academic years in this
University, and registered in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
during the semester in which he or she receives a degree.
ROTC Programs The regular curricula can be supplemented
to include Air, Military, or Naval Science courses. Depending on the ROTC branch
and degree program, such a curriculum may take more than eight semesters to
Minors The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers minors in aerospace engineering; applied mathematics; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; engineering business; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering; systems engineering; the history of science and technology; and technology and the environment. Minors in specific engineering disciplines are described below in the appropriate department listing; interdisciplinary minors are described in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society listing. Minors in these areas, or in areas offered by other academic units of the University, are not required for any of the Engineering degree programs.
Major/Minor in the College SEAS students may earn a
major or a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior admission must be
obtained from the chair or director of undergraduate programs of the College
or department in which a student is seeking the major or minor.
In pursuing the above, students will not receive two degrees
from the University. They receive a B.S. from SEAS and a major (or minor) appearing
as degree information on the official transcript.
Students are responsible for completing the major or minor
form (available in the College departments) and for obtaining the signature
of the chair or director of the undergraduate programs. Forms are submitted
to the SEAS Undergraduate Office, which monitors the satisfactory completion
Undergraduate Handbook Further guidance for undergraduates in the Scool of Engineering and Applied Science is supplied in the Undergraduate Handbook, available on-line at: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/advising/undergradhandbook.php.