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College of Engineering

118 Page Hall
NCSU Box 7904
Raleigh, NC 27695-7904
Phone: (919) 515-3263
fax: (919) 515-8702

Men and women who seek a challenging technical career in research and development, design, construction, production, maintenance, technical sales, management, teaching, or other careers requiring a methodical, creative approach to problem solving, should consider an engineering or computer science education. At NC State, the College of Engineering has a distinguished and internationally recognized faculty, and the College of Engineering offers the opportunity for ambitious men and women to become the leaders and prime movers of our increasingly technological world. Because of the great influence of science and technology on our everyday lives, today’s engineers and computer scientists must be acutely aware of, and responsible for, the effects their creations may have on society. In addition to safety, aesthetics, economics, and energy, today’s technologists must consider environmental, sociological, and other “human concern” costs.

College of Engineering graduates work in diverse careers around the world. Most are practicing engineers, but because their education has equipped them well to address problems in a wide variety of fields, many College of Engineering graduates have become corporate presidents, lawyers, medical doctors, and leaders in government. The College of Engineering has engineering degree programs in twelve academic departments and three affiliated departments. These departments include: Biological and Agricultural Engineering; Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering; Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; Paper Science and Engineering within the Department of Forest Biomaterials; and Textile Engineering. Eighteen undergraduate degree programs are offered in these twelve departments. In addition, a degree program in Engineering is offered by special arrangement to the very few students who can clearly demonstrate the need for an individualized program of study. All departments also offer advanced studies leading to master’s degrees and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Consult the Graduate Catalog for graduate degrees.

Seventeen programs in the College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; and are: aerospace engineering; biological engineering; biomedical engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer engineering; construction engineering and management; electrical engineering; BS in engineering Mechatronics concentration joint; BS in engineering, Mechanical Engineering Systems concentration; environmental engineering; industrial engineering; materials science and engineering; mechanical engineering; nuclear engineering; paper science and engineering; and textile engineering.  One program in the College of Engineering, computer science, is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Accreditation ensures that these programs satisfy requirements for acceptance by these nationally recognized agencies. All curricula and programs are designed to maintain the college’s national and international reputation while meeting the needs of the people and industries of the state and region through effective instruction, competent research, and the development of new and meaningful contributions to scientific knowledge.

The University Career Development Center is maintained by the university to assist continuing students and graduating students in achieving their career goals.


Entering students receive assistance in planning an appropriate program of study and have available continued guidance from academic advisers throughout their academic careers. Beginning freshmen enroll in the Engineering First Year (EFY) for one to two years. After successfully completing college requirements, students may be admitted to a departmental degree program. In order to be eligible to apply for admission into a degree program, students must successfully complete the following courses:

CH 101Chemistry - A Molecular Science (C or better)3
CH 102General Chemistry Laboratory (C or better)1
MA 141Calculus I (C or better)4
MA 241Calculus II (C or better)4
PY 205Physics for Engineers and Scientists I (C or better)3
PY 206Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory1
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research (pass)4
E 101Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving (pass)1
E 115Introduction to Computing Environments (pass)1

Note: Acceptance into a department must occur in a timely manner.

Bachelor of Science

The baccalaureate program provides preparation for entry into industry, government, business or private practice as well as graduate school. Graduates with a B.S. degree in engineering or computer science may be engaged in design development, production, construction, sales, maintenance, or the planning, operation or management of industrial units.

The undergraduate curricula offer programs of study leading to bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering, biological engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering and management, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering-mechatronics, environmental engineering, industrial engineering, industrial engineering-furniture manufacturing option, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, paper science and engineering, and textile engineering. Graduation requirements include completion of one of the curricula with an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a grade point average of 2.0 in the major courses. The total number of required credits ranges from 120 to 128 semester hours.

Double Degree Programs

NC State students may wish to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in two fields from the College of Engineering. When the two courses of study are planned early and carefully, a number of courses can simultaneously satisfy requirements in both degrees. Humanities, social science, physics, mathematics, chemistry, English, and physical education sequences are common to most curricula. Students interested in such a program should consult the Office of Academic Affairs (118 Page Hall).

Other students may wish to combine a Bachelor of Science from the College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in another college at NC State University. A number of courses required for one degree may also satisfy requirements for a second degree. When the two courses of study are planned early and carefully, a double-degree program can be completed in as few as five years. Students interested in such a program should contact the Office of Academic Affairs (118 Page Hall).

Student Activities

Each department in the College of Engineering has technical societies open to every student enrolled in the respective degree program(s). In most cases, these are student chapters of national professional organizations. Each curriculum also has one or more honor societies to give recognition to students who have earned superior academic records. In addition, there are college-wide honor, professional, and service societies that offer personally and educationally rewarding opportunities. Such societies include, for example, the Engineers’ Council, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).  The complete list of student organizations provides more details.

High Impact Experiences

The NC State College of Engineering is actively educating and preparing engineers that will impact our world. Student participation in High Impact experiences -- work, research, international, and service -- is highly encouraged.  College of Engineering students are encouraged to differentiate themselves with High Impact experiences and can learn about these opportunities via primary resources such as the Career Development Center (work), the Undergraduate Research Office (research), the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (service), and the Study Abroad Office (international).  

NC State College of Engineering students may, for instance, choose High Impact experiences that are:

  • International (e.g., Study Abroad at the Prague Institute in the Czech Republic)
  • Work (e.g., International Internship at BMW in Munich, Germany)
  • Service (e.g., annual Engineering Village Alternative Service Break on Water Quality in Nicaragua)
  • Research (e.g., Research Experience for Undergrads [REU] with the ASSIST Center)

Students interested in differentiating oneself with a High Impact experience may learn more through the primary resource (listed above) or Office of Academic Affairs.

Cooperative Education Program

This optional program is structured so that the student will alternate semesters of study with semesters of practical work as sophomores and juniors. The freshman and senior years are spent on campus, while sophomore and junior academic work is spread over a three-year period to permit alternating academic semesters with work-experience semesters. Students earn a salary while they are in industry. This income can prove useful in offsetting college expenses. The Co-op plan can be completed in five years, during which time the student receives 12 to 18 months of industrial experience.

Students in all curricula in the College of Engineering may apply for the Co-op program if they have a grade point average of 2.5 or better. Application for admission into the Co-op program should be made early in the spring semester of the freshman year. Students must be accepted into an engineering degree program prior to beginning the first Co-op assignment.

Further information may be obtained from:
Cooperative Education Program
Career Development Center
2100 Pullen Hall

Induction to the Profession

All graduating students in the College of Engineering are invited to participate in the Induction to the Profession Ceremony, held during each graduating season.  The event acknowledges the fellowship of engineers and computer scientists who are trained in science and technology and who are dedicated to the practice, teaching, or administration of their profession.  

Initiation into the Profession includes commitment to the "Obligation" and acceptance of a stainless steel ring to be worn on the little finger of the working hand.  Only those who have met the high standards of professional engineering and computer science training or experience are invited to accept the Obligation, which is voluntarily received for life.  This commitment is not a trivial act but is, rather, like the Hippocratic Oath, a promise to practice the profession ethically, with integrity, tolerance and respect.  The ring is worn as a visual symbol to attest to the wearer's calling and symbolizes the unity of the profession in its goal of benefiting humankind.  The stainless steel from which the ring is made depicts the strength of the profession.

Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program

A limited number of freshmen in the College of Engineering apply and are selected to participate in the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program. Students completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline or in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences.

This double-degree program, a joint undertaking of the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, provides a unique opportunity to integrate a solid base of knowledge in technology or science with a broad humanistic and social perspective. The curriculum for the double-degree program has four main components: (1) a strong general education, (2) specially designed interdisciplinary courses, (3) all technical course requirements associated with the engineering or computer science degree, and (4) and a second major in the humanities and social sciences chosen from among the traditional majors or an interdisciplinary major. Students who have been accepted into a College of Engineering degree program, have declared a major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and have at least a 3.0 GPA are generally eligible for scholarships from the program. With careful planning, the program can be completed in five years.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Ross Bassett, Program Director 
or the Office of Academic Affairs (118 Page Hall)

Grand Challenge Scholars Program

The National Academy of Engineering's list of fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century is a call to action and a means of focusing society's attention on the opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life. The mission of the Grand Challenge Scholars Program is to increase the awareness of future engineers about the challenges that face our world today. The College of Engineering in partnership with the National Academy of Engineering established this program, which aims to progressively develop undergraduate scholars of diverse engineering disciplines and backgrounds focused on solutions to the Grand Challenges by broadening their outlook on societal concerns, promoting social responsibility, lifelong learning, and on-going engagement in the problems facing the 21st century world. 

There are five programmatic components that guide all Grand Challenge Scholars in choosing their curricular and co-curricular experiences: (1) a capstone experience wherein Scholars engage in sustained research or hands-on projects to help design innovative solutions to the Grand Challenges through deep immersion in an academically rigorous environment, (2) an interdisciplinary curriculum connecting Scholars' engineering education to various fields of study as well as how other disciplines can enhance creative and analytical problem-solving, (3) experiences in the global dimension that apply a diversity of perspectives and cross-cultural competencies that span worldwide markets, international borders, and multicultural societies to inform the engineering process, (4) entrepreneurial experiences that develop and market engineering solutions which scale up for mass production, transmission, adoption, and consumption among people and places around the world, and (5) service-learning opportunities to create and cultivate a personal commitment to lifelong learning, social responsibility, and ethical duty for engineering a better tomorrow for all. Students who have been accepted into a College of Engineering degree program and have at least a 3.4 GPA are generally eligible to apply to the program.

For more information, visit the Grand Challenge Scholars Program website, e-mail with Grand Challenge Scholars Program in the subject field, or contact the Office of Academic Affairs (118 Page Hall).


The College of Engineering provides its students with a large number of workstation labs for the purpose of running high-end engineering applications. In addition, incoming freshmen are encouraged to own a laptop computer to use in classroom, lab, and mobile settings. The first-year computer lab course, E 115, Introduction to Computing Environments, instructs students in the use of their own computers to interface effectively with the vast resources of the college computing environment, named “Eos.” The course emphasizes the student’s responsibility for his or her own computer, including security and hands-on maintenance. Computers, both lab-based and student-owned, are central to engineering education in the college.

Transfer Program

Students with non-engineering degrees or one or more years of academic work completed at other institutions may apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students are admitted from four-year institutions as well as from junior and community colleges. Students currently attending or anticipating attendance at other institutions are advised to contact the Office of Academic Affairs for information on transfer requirements, transfer course credit and admission to NC State.

Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center

Biomanufacturing is the production of useful products such as penicillin through the use of biological molecules and living organisms. The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) simulates a biomanufacturing pilot plant capable of producing biopharmaceutical products and packaging them in a sterile, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)-like environment, and is the only facility of its kind in the nation and one of only a few in the world.

The BTEC hands-on, laboratory-intensive academic program is provided using large-scale equipment, including bioreactors, downstream separation and purification processes, bioreactor control systems, and aseptic processing operations. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses, the BTEC educational program includes an undergraduate Minor in Biomanufacturing, and a University Certificate in Biomanufacturing. A Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Biomanufacturing is available for students who have earned a bachelor’s level degree. Undergraduate students majoring in chemical engineering may elect to complete a concentration in biomanufacturing sciences. The BTEC graduate program will include a Minor in Biomanufacturing, a Master of Science degree, and a Professional Science Masters in Biomanufacturing.

For additional information, please visit the BTEC website.


Louis A. Martin-Vega

Executive Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs

John G. Gilligan

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Jerome P. Lavelle

Associate Dean, Faculty Advancement

Christine S. Grant

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs

Douglas S. Reeves

Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs

David W. Parish

Teaching Assistant Professor

Tameshia Ballard Baldwin

Director, Women in Engineering and Outreach

Laura Bottomley

Director, Minority Engineering Programs

Angelitha Daniel

Director, Recruiting, Enrollment Management, and Educational Partnerships

Kim Roberts

Director, Student Engagement

Brian Koehler

Director, Women in Science and Engineering

Katherine Titus-Becker

Director, Engineering Village

Chester Miller

Director, Assessment

Matt Stimpson

Coordinator of Advising

Mary Clare Robbins

Coordinator, Engineering First Year Programs

Hailey Queen