Engineering and Computer Science
Director: Jerry Samples
The Bachelor of Science in engineering programs are now offered at Pitt-Johnstown. The Engineering programs will undergo the ABET accreditation process after the graduation of the first class sometime after the spring of 2019. Students admitted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as freshmen spend all four years at Pitt-Johnstown if they major in engineering programs taught at Pitt-Johnstown, or they relocate to the campus in Pittsburgh after one or two years if they choose engineering programs not taught at Pitt-Johnstown. Students may transfer to Pitt-Johnstown for engineering after one or two years of study at the Pittsburgh, Bradford, Greensburg, or Titusville campuses. Students from accredited associate degree programs in engineering are also encouraged to matriculate to Pitt-Johnstown. Credits from institutions not accredited by ABET will not be directly accepted; however, credit by examination is an option.
Engineers make significant contributions to the constant quest for better material products, more effective methods of solving society’s technology related problems, and better ways of using technology to promote understanding among people. Pitt-Johnstown’s programs in engineering prepare men and women to improve the quality of life by organizing individuals, materials, and equipment to manufacture products, erect buildings, construct and operate transportation systems, generate and distribute power, and solve other difficult engineering problems. Engineers are also responsible for existing technologies-nuclear, automotive, aircraft, chemical production, environmental, electronic, power generation, and others. Our application-oriented graduates bring important practice, management and theoretical knowledge to the task of operating industries and businesses related to engineering technology. With this knowledge, they transform ideas into products and processes, and then strive to improve them.
Division Policies and Requirements
To be recommended for graduation, a candidate must
• complete all required courses with passing grades;
• earn the total number of credits required by his or her major area;
• attain a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.00 in:
• all courses on his or her University of Pittsburgh record and
• his or her major area (CHE, CE, COE, EE, ME, CS);
• complete the senior year (at least 30 credits) while registered in the Division of Engineering and Computer Science. (Exceptions to this requirement may be granted for a limited number of credits by a student’s department head.)
Note: Advanced standing credits count toward graduation requirements but are not included in QPA computation.
Mathematics Grade Requirements:
A grade of C- or better is required in MATH 0221 and MATH 0231 before taking the next course in the sequence. A grade of D or less requires that these courses be repeated.
The academic record of each student enrolled in the Division of Engineering and Computer Science is reviewed at the conclusion of the fall and spring terms of the academic year. In order to be classified in satisfactory academic standing, engineering students with full-time status must:
• earn a minimum of 24 credits per academic year (12 credits for the year of admission for students admitted in the Spring Term)
• have a minimum cumulative QPA of 2.00 overall and in their major area (CHE, CE, COE, EE, ME or CS). Division of Engineering and Computer Science students who fail to achieve the criteria for satisfactory academic standing will be placed on academic probation and are subject to dismissal from the division.
A student’s cumulative QPA is determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credits that were assigned quality grades. Only credits and quality points for courses taken at the University of Pittsburgh are used in calculation of the QPA. All courses (with the exception of ENGR, CEE, ECE, COE, and MEMS (some of the course codes reflect those in Pittsburgh) seminars) must be taken for quality grades; H, S, or U grades will not be approved for any courses (other than the exceptions noted earlier) that are intended to satisfy graduation requirements of the Division of Engineering and Computer Science.
Changes in Concentration:
Division of Engineering and Computer Science students whose academic record satisfies the minimum requirements for continued registration may transfer from one engineering program (CHE, CE, COE, EE, or ME) to another, or to and from Computer Science, or change their registration status from full time to part time or from part time to full time. A form, Change Request for Program, Plan or Advisor, available in the Division of Engineering and Computer Science office, should be completed to initiate a change of program, advisor or change of registration status.
Statute of Limitations:
All required academic work for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering or Computer Science degree, including courses for which advanced-standing credit has been granted, must be completed within 12 consecutive calendar years. Under unusual circumstances, a student may, with the approval of his/her program chair, request a waiver of this policy by writing to the director of engineering and computer science. In effect, this policy means that part-time students must progress toward the degree at a minimum rate of 12 credits per calendar year.
Academic Programs Offered
NOTE - The Bachelor of Science programs in Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology stopped accepting new students as of the Fall 2016 semester. These programs continue to be offered for students who began prior to that semester. These programs will remain active until all current students have completed the program.
In addition to an academic major, a student may elect to pursue a minor in another academic discipline. The specific requirements for each minor are established by the individual academic disciplines. However, all minors require the completion of a minimum of 18 credits of course work.