School of Engineering

Joseph Cecchi, Interim Dean
School of Engineering
Centennial Engineering Center, Room 3071
MSC01 1140
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-5521


Introduction

Engineers and computer scientists are creators, problem solvers and builders. They direct their imagination, ingenuity, resourcefulness and intelligence to the economical use of our natural resources. Few professions offer individuals greater challenge, stimulation and satisfaction of creative accomplishment. In these days, when breathtaking technological advances are commonplace and the impacts of technology are widely recognized, engineers and computer scientists require ever greater breadth and depth of mathematical and scientific knowledge, combined with a sympathetic appreciation of social, economic, ecological and human values. Engineers and computer scientists are not only the couplers of science and mathematics into human needs; they also are managers of people, resources and machines in effecting the satisfaction of these needs.

The School of Engineering (SOE) seeks to educate persons as engineers and computer scientists who are readily employable, contribute significantly in their jobs, have a strong public responsibility, and continue to learn. SOE also provides graduate-level programs for those who need to strengthen or extend their knowledge and abilities.

The curricula of the School of Engineering are designed to give students suitable education, attitudes and motivation for their entry into successful careers as practicing engineers, computer scientists, administrators, researchers or educators. The undergraduate programs are solidly founded on mathematics and the natural sciences, with additional emphasis placed upon human values and relations. Many graduates continue their formal education at the post-graduate level and work toward master’s or doctoral degrees. Students must realize, however, that education does not stop with college graduation. True professional engineers and computer scientists never stop learning; they continually broaden their intellectual horizons.

Students in the School of Engineering have opportunities for scholarly study, laboratory exercise and research participation. They may interact with nationally recognized engineers and computer scientists. The University of New Mexico strongly believes that teachers must be competent professionals in their own right; faculty members are encouraged to participate actively in professional practice and research. This experience keeps the faculty involved with new developments, increases their understanding of subjects taught and gives students the benefit of their findings and personal experiences. Faculty and students work side by side in research and instructional laboratories.

Research organizations housed in and/or closely affiliated with the School of Engineering include: Center for High Technology Materials, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, High Performance Computing Education and Research Center, Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies, Alliance for Transportation Research, Waste Management Education and Research Consortium, Advanced Materials Laboratory, Center for Biomedical Engineering, Intelligent Systems Engineering Center, and Manufacturing Training and Technology Center.

Accreditation

The baccalaureate programs in chemical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, mechanical and nuclear engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The baccalaureate program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Please visit the ABET Web site for more information. The baccalaureate program in construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The School of Engineering is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education.


Undergraduate Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science Degrees

The School of Engineering offers the degrees of:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E)
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (B.S.C.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (B.S.Cp.E)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering (B.S.Cn.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (B.S.C.M.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering (B.S.N.E.)

These curricula are designed as four-year programs for students who enter the program with all of the prerequisite skills and who carry the full course loads each semester. Students should anticipate more than eight regular semesters to complete the requirements for their degrees if they need preparatory courses to strengthen their skills or if they do not carry the prescribed course load every semester. Students who are employed while enrolled in course work are typically advised not to carry a full course load each semester.

Shared Credit Degrees Program. The School of Engineering offers a Shared Credit Degrees Program designed to allow students to complete a B.S. and M.S., or a B.S. and M.Eng. degree in five years (depending upon the student’s mathematics preparation upon entering UNM as a first-year student). To accomplish this, some courses are counted towards both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

  • Curriculum 

School of Engineering courses that can be shared between B.S. and M.S. degrees fall into two categories: 1) Courses that are designated variously as technical electives, track electives, engineering electives, management electives, or advanced science electives; in the shared-credit degrees program, these courses are be replaced by 500-level graduate courses that count towards both degrees, and 2) courses that are double-numbers at both the 400- and 500-levels; students in the shared-credit degrees program take some of these courses at the 500-level with the course counting towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.

This program is intended to facilitate both disciplinary and interdisciplinary B.S. and M.S. degree programs. The exact curriculum for each student is determined by the director of undergraduate studies for the student’s B.S. degree and the director of graduate studies for the student’s M.S. degree, and is approved by the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Students pursuing an interdisciplinary shared-credit degrees program may be required to take prerequisite courses for the graduate level courses in the M.S. program. Thus, an interdisciplinary shared-credit degrees program may require more than the nominal five years to complete. Because the mathematics requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management (B.S.C.M.) do not match those for engineering or computer science degrees, no interdisciplinary shared-credit degrees programs are available to those students who are pursuing the B.S.C.M. 

  • Admission

The B.S./M.S. Shared-Credit Degrees Program is a special program for which a student applies during the junior year of the B.S. program. Students may apply after completing 75 credit hours applicable to the B.S. degree. In order to be eligible for the shared-credit Degrees Program, students must have already been admitted to a B.S. degree program in the School. Admission to the graduate portion of this program is provisional, and is not finalized until the student satisfactorily completes the requirements for the B.S. degree.

Further rules regarding shared-credit degrees programs can be found on the School of Engineering Web site and in the advising manuals for each department.

UNM Global and National Engineering Scholars Programs. The School of Engineering offers two shared-credit programs for students earning their B.S. degree from other universities. The Global Engineering Scholars Program and the National Engineering Scholars Program offer selected students the ability to count up to 9 credit hours from their B.S. degrees in engineering or computer science towards a UNM Master’s degree in engineering or computer science. The Global Engineering Scholars Program seeks to educate students with rich and meaningful experiences across nations to become competitive in a globalized market. The National Engineering Scholars Program seeks to provide students from accredited institutions in the United States with a streamlined pathway to a Master’s degree in engineering or computer science.

In order to participate in these programs, students must have completed at least 120 credit hours of the requirements for a B.S. degree. For many students, admission to these programs takes place upon completion of the B.S. degree from their home institution. For students from institutions outside the United States that offer engineering or computer science programs leading to the B.S. degree that require five years to complete, students finish at least 120 credit hours of course work at their home institution, and complete a fifth year at UNM; upon completion of the course work at UNM the student is awarded an M.S. from UNM and a B.S. from their home institution.

Since these programs are intended to provide an expedited pathway from the B.S. to an M.S. degree, only students who have completed the requirements for a B.S. degree within one year of application to the program are considered.

UNM School of Engineering has identified a list of domestic and international partner universities for these programs. Each School of Engineering department admits students to the National or Global Scholars program according to their normal admission rules and procedures. There is no GRE requirement for students applying to this program. Each School of Engineering department evaluates and approves up to 9 credit hours of appropriate undergraduate technical electives to be double-counted towards the M.S. requirements. The regular M.S. program requirements defined in the UNM Catalog apply.

Students from institutions that have not been identified as partners for this program may also apply, and are individually evaluated and considered.

3 + 2 B.S./M.B.A. Program. The School of Engineering recognizes that many engineers become managers of engineering programs and projects and thus require training in business methods beyond their engineering training. In cooperation with the Anderson School of Management (ASM) at the University of New Mexico, the School of Engineering offers a “3 + 2” program of studies leading to the B.S. and M.B.A. degrees in five years. This program involves selecting core and technical electives that are compatible with both degree programs and applying to the M.B.A. program at the end of the junior year of engineering studies. Consult your departmental advisor in engineering and the advisors for the M.B.A. program in ASM for details of this program.

Degree in Combination with Other Colleges. If a student wishes to secure a degree in another college together with a School of Engineering degree, he or she is urged to seek advice early in the college program from the academic advisors of the colleges concerned. With care in selection of the program of studies, it is possible for students to secure a second degree in one additional year.

Military Studies. Students enrolled in Air Force, Naval or Army ROTC may need an extra semester to complete the requirements for both a degree and a commission. Students should consult an advisor or the department chair in planning their programs.


Admission Requirements

Academic Preparation

High school students intending to study engineering or computer science are strongly advised to take four full years of high school English, mathematics and science. High school chemistry and physics are very important for preparation for engineering degrees. High school mathematics should include at minimum: two years of algebra, one year of geometry and one year of pre-calculus. High school courses in calculus and computer programming are highly recommended. Students are encouraged to take Enriched, Honors or AP classes in mathematics and the sciences.

Preparatory courses are provided for students who need to strengthen their skills in math and/or English. The skill levels for all entering freshmen are determined by the results from the ACT or SAT. Additional information regarding math placement is provided in the Schedule of Classes.

Admission to the School of Engineering

Students who meet certain criteria may be admitted to the School of Engineering in one of three ways: as freshmen in pre-major status; as internal or external transfers or as readmits in a pre-major status; or as internal or external transfers or readmits in department major status.

Freshman students admitted to the University of New Mexico who declare engineering or computer science as a major and meet the criteria listed below are eligible for enrollment in the School of Engineering in a pre-major status. Their academic records are maintained by the Engineering Student Programs Office. To be admitted in pre-major status, a student must have:

  1. ACT math score of 25 or higher;
  2. ACT English and Science scores of 19 or higher; and
  3. ACT Reading score of 18 or higher.

Freshmen who do not initially meet the above criteria or any student wishing to transfer from University College, from other degree-granting colleges, from non-degree status or from other accredited institutions to the School of Engineering in the pre-major status must meet the following requirements. Their academic records are maintained by the Engineering Student Programs Office.

  1. MATH 150 and MATH 123 or equivalent with a grade of C or better;
  2. Minimum 2.20 cumulative grade point average for all courses presented;
  3. Minimum 2.50 grade point average in classes required in the curricula, including prerequisite classes;
  4. Completion of no more than 24 credit hours that count toward a major in the School of Engineering, exclusive of credit hours in communications skills, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts and foreign languages; and
  5. Accumulation of no more than 9 attempted credit hours with grades of D+, D, D-, F, WF or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the repeat policy.
  6. Any courses required for a School of Engineering curriculum cannot have been attempted more than three times. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.

To be eligible for admission to one of the five departments in the School of Engineering in a department major status, students must, as a minimum, meet the following requirements. Some departments have stricter admission requirements. Academic records are maintained by the respective departments.

  1. Completion of 26 credit hours of acceptable credit for a degree in the School of Engineering. Of these 26 hours of credit, at least 18 must be from the courses required in the first year curricula, excluding English, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, fine arts and foreign languages.
  2. In addition to requiring a 2.20 grade point average for all courses presented, it is required that the 18 credit hours also yield at least a 2.50 grade point average and a grade of C- or better in each course.
  3. Any courses required for a School of Engineering curriculum cannot have been attempted more than three times. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.
  4. Any specific program requirements, as noted in the departmental sections of this Catalog.

For additional information about pre-major status or other aspects of admission, contact Engineering Student Services, Centennial Engineering Center, Room 2080, (505) 277-4354.


Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements are as follows:

  1. Candidates for bachelor’s degrees must complete all of the work outlined in their respective curricula. The student is solely responsible for completing all requirements for graduation.
  2. Students must file applications for degrees with their department chair during the second semester of their junior year but in no case later than when they have completed 100 credit hours acceptable toward the degree.
  3. Each candidate for a degree must have at least a 2.00 GPA on work taken at the University of New Mexico which is counted toward the degree and at least a 2.00 GPA on all work taken at the University of New Mexico. In order to count toward graduation, each course required in a School of Engineering curriculum must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Courses used to fulfill the University of New Mexico core curriculum require a grade of C or better. Departments may have more restrictive academic requirements which also must be met.
  4. All course work required for graduation in a School of Engineering degree program must be successfully completed within three attempts. This includes courses offered by other departments at the University of New Mexico, such as mathematics and physics. An attempt includes receiving any letter grade (A through F), WP, WF, W, WNC, CR, NC, I or AUDIT. For the purposes of this requirement, course work taken at other institutions is treated the same as course work taken at the University of New Mexico.
  5. Students who have accumulated 30 or more credit hours of D+, D, D-, F, WF or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the University of New Mexico repeat policy are not allowed to graduate from a School of Engineering degree program.
  6. For minimum residence requirements, see the section of this Catalog on University-wide Graduation Requirements.
  7. Physical education activity courses are not acceptable toward bachelor degree requirements in the School of Engineering.
  8. Introductory Studies courses are not acceptable toward bachelor degree requirements in the School of Engineering.
  9. Total number of credit hours required for graduation varies, depending on the specific program.
  10. Requirements for all bachelor’s degrees in the School of Engineering include the requirements of the University of New Mexico Core Curriculum. In some cases, specific Core courses are already incorporated in the degree programs. In other cases, some choice is left to the student. Specific Core requirements and allowable courses are given in the general University of New Mexico graduation requirements.

Additional Information

Advisement

Academic advising is mandatory each semester for all students in the School of Engineering. Students may not register for classes until after being advised. Students in their first year of pre-major status are advised in the Engineering Student Services (ESS) Office. More advanced pre-major students and students admitted to departmental programs are advised by designated advisors in the departments. Each student admitted to the School in a department major status is responsible for meeting with the assigned academic advisor in his or her major field every semester prior to registration. Students intending to major in engineering or computer science who have not yet been admitted to the School of Engineering are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor in the ESS Office each semester in addition to an advisor in his or her current college (e.g., an advisor in the University College Advisement Center).

Student Diversity

The School of Engineering recognizes that ethnic minorities and women have been under-represented in the engineering and computer science professions and that this is a particularly important issue in New Mexico. Therefore, the School provides a variety of services through the Engineering Student Services Office. Study groups, tutoring, workshops, summer programs and scholarships are offered through these offices. Four student groups are also sponsored: Hispanic Engineering and Science Organization (HESO), American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). The primary goal of these programs and services is to increase the retention and graduation rates of minority students and women in engineering and computer science.

Licensure

All students pursuing engineering degrees are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination during their senior year as a first step toward becoming Registered Professional Engineers. Students in some degree programs are required to take this examination prior to graduation.

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

Students who are not making progress towards degree requirements due to poor grades are subject to the UNM policies on probation and suspension described in the Student Services Information section of this Catalog. In addition, the School of Engineering has policies on probation and dismissal from the School that are described below.

School of Engineering Probation

A student enrolled in the School of Engineering (SOE) is placed on School of Engineering Probation under any of the following conditions:

  1. For pre-major students, when the cumulative grade point average based on work taken at the University of New Mexico and accepted toward a particular School of Engineering degree falls below 2.50 or below 2.00 in the most recent semester.
  2. For students already admitted to an SOE degree program, when the cumulative grade point average based on work taken at UNM and accepted toward a particular SOE degree falls below 2.00 or below 1.50 in the most recent semester.
  3. When there is unsatisfactory progress towards a School of Engineering degree.
  4. Upon admission to the University of New Mexico and SOE as a transfer student with a poor academic record at other schools.
  5. When a student is placed on UNM academic probation.

Dismissal from School of Engineering

A student on School of Engineering Probation during any semester or summer session may, at the end of that term, be dismissed from the SOE if the condition for the probation has not been removed. A student who has been dismissed from SOE is not permitted to register for any course offered by the School of Engineering.

A student on SOE Probation may be dismissed for any of the following reasons:

  1. Not making satisfactory progress towards an SOE degree.
  2. Not meeting the conditions for being removed from probation at the end of the specified semester.
  3. For students who have been admitted to an SOE degree program, accumulating 30 or more attempted credit hours of D+, D, D-, F, WF, or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the repeat policy.
  4. For pre-major students, accumulating 12 or more attempted credit hours of D+, D, D-, F, WF, or NC other than those subject to removal by academic renewal or use of the repeat policy.
  5. Suspension from UNM.
  6. For pre-major students, accumulating 50 or more attempted credit hours that count toward a major in the School of Engineering without being admitted to a SOE department.
  7. Failing to successfully complete a course required for the curriculum in three attempts. (See Graduation Requirements.)

In rare circumstances, a student who has been dismissed from SOE may be readmitted. Students wishing to return to the SOE must meet with a departmental or pre-major advisor in SOE to complete an admission plan. This plan articulates the steps required in order for the student to regain admission to an SOE program. This plan includes a set of specific courses (typically between two and four courses) that are applicable to the degree. These courses must be completed within a certain time frame (typically one or two semesters) with specific required grades in each course (typically B or better). Students who do not successfully complete the admission plan are not readmitted to SOE and are not allowed to take classes offered by the School of Engineering.

Testing (CLEP, AP and ACT)

The School of Engineering grants credit hours for courses in its degree programs for performance on nationally administered examinations only when specific course equivalence has been established by the University department associated with the subject matter of the course. (See CLEP Subject Examination and CEEB Advanced Placement Program.) Students may not have been previously enrolled or have earned a W/WP/WF grade in the course at the University of New Mexico.

A student who scores high enough on the English portion of the Enhanced ACT exam or on the verbal portion of the SAT exam, as determined by the English Department and published in the Schedule of Classes, is not required to take English 110 or 120. The student may graduate with fewer credit hours than normal, so long as the total degree credit hours do not fall below 128, or may make up the difference by taking another course.

Transfer Procedures

Students transferring from another institution to the University of New Mexico, from another college within the University to the School of Engineering, or from one program to another within the School of Engineering must comply with the academic requirements in effect at the time of the transfer. For additional University policies, see “Catalog Requirements” in the section entitled Graduation Requirements.

A transfer student from another university who does not meet the requirements for admission to the School of Engineering may be eligible to enroll in other University of New Mexico units until the admission requirements have been met. If such a transfer student is ineligible to enroll in other University of New Mexico units, the student should seek advisement in the School of Engineering Student Programs Office.

Scholastic Regulations

Students should become familiar with the general academic and scholastic rules that apply to all students enrolled in the University. Special attention is called to the rules on probation and suspension of the School of Engineering.

Courses Numbered 300 or Above. School of Engineering courses numbered 300 and above are intended for students majoring in one of the SOE degree programs. Non-majors may only take these courses with the written permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students who are in pre-major status, or who have been admitted to one of the SOE degree programs may register for courses numbered 300 or above that are required in the junior and senior years of their program in the School of Engineering only if: 1) they are not more than 8 credit hours short of completing all freshman and sophomore requirements, including any 300-level courses within these requirements; 2) they have completed all prerequisites for the course in question; and 3) they take all remaining freshman and sophomore course requirements at that time; OR 4) they obtain written approval from the department in which the student’s program resides. If a student fails a required course listed in the freshman or sophomore years of his or her program while enrolled in another required 300 or 400-level course, the student is not eligible to enroll in additional 300- or 400-level courses until all required courses listed in the freshman and sophomore years have been completed. Failure by a student to observe this rule can result in the student being placed on School of Engineering probation or dismissed from the School of Engineering.

The School of Engineering does not accept 300-level or above engineering courses which have been taken by extension or correspondence except by prior approval of the appropriate Department Chair and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Maximum Credit Hour Load. The maximum credit hour load for students in the School of Engineering is 18 credit hours, including physical education. Only in exceptional cases and with approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs’ office is a student be permitted to carry 21 or more credit hours.

Pass/Fail (CR/NC) Grading Option. Students in the School of Engineering may take only humanities, arts, languages and social and behavioral science electives and courses not counting toward their degrees on a pass/fail (CR/NC) basis. All other courses counting toward their degrees must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is offered only on a pass/fail basis. Any exceptions must be approved by the
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Prerequisites and Corequisites. Students are required to fulfill all course prerequisites and corequisites as listed in this Catalog or required by the instructor of the course. Students who do not meet prerequisites and corequisites for a course are disenrolled from that course.

Curricula Requirements in the School of Engineering

Information about the degree programs offered in the School of Engineering and descriptions of their respective courses and the departments in which they are housed are provided in the following order:

Chemical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Descriptions of the engineering courses for students not majoring in engineering (ENGN course designation), the general courses for engineering students (ENG designation), and courses taken by students participating in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program (ECOP designation) complete the School of Engineering portion of this Catalog. They are found in the Other Courses of Instruction section.

Dean’s List and Honor Roll

To be placed on the Dean’s Honor Roll in the School of Engineering, students must achieve a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50 on a minimum of 15 credit hours. To be placed on the School Honor Roll in the School of Engineering, students must achieve a minimum semester grade point average of 3.20 on a minimum of 12 credit hours.


Graduate Degrees Offered

Master of Science Degrees

A program of graduate studies is offered by the School of Engineering leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Optical Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering.

Master of Engineering Degrees

The School of Engineering offers programs leading to Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Manufacturing Engineering. The School of Engineering and the Anderson Schools of Management offer a dual degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) For details, see the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

The School of Engineering offers programs leading to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Engineering (with concentrations in Biomedical, Chemical, Nuclear, Civil, Electrical, Computer and Mechanical Engineering), in Computer Science, and in Optical Science and Engineering (with concentration in Optical Engineering).

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering

The M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering (NSMS) prepares individuals for careers in the emerging fields of nanotechnology and microsystems. The program includes three Concentrations: Nano-Bio Interfaces, Complex Functional Materials, and Information Nanotechnology. It is a collaborative effort among several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, with numerous cross-listed and team-taught courses. In the School of Engineering the departments of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering participate with some of their faculty in the NSMS teaching and research team. Therefore, students who choose the NSMS degree program can continue to be advised by and to conduct research with faculty in those departments. For more details, see the full description in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies section of this Catalog.


Graduate Programs

Students wishing to pursue graduate programs in engineering or computer science must meet both the requirements for admission to graduate study and the particular prerequisites established by the School of Engineering department through which the desired program is offered.

Applicants are normally expected to hold bachelor’s degrees in the same field as their proposed graduate study. Departments also consider applicants holding bachelor’s degrees in mathematics, the physical and biological sciences or other fields of engineering. In such cases, applicants are required to satisfy specified prerequisites, listings of which can be obtained from the Departmental Graduate Advisor. As conditional admissions are not granted, prospective students lacking the required background are advised to satisfy prerequisites on a non-degree basis before admission is sought. In some cases, students with a small prerequisite requirement may be admitted to graduate studies. Outstanding prerequisites are added to the degree requirement. All applicants must submit the results of the Graduate Record Exam General Test to the appropriate department prior to admission.

Interdisciplinary Concentration. In addition to the programs offered by the individual departments, concentrations involving disciplines from more than one department may be undertaken. These concentrations are tailored to accomplish specific goals. These interdisciplinary concentrations do not result in separately titled degrees. Rather, at the M.S. level, students receive their degrees from their resident engineering department. At the Ph.D. level, all students receive the Ph.D. in Engineering or Computer Science with a concentration in a specific discipline. For further information contact the departments involved.

Financial Assistance. Most full-time graduate students in the School of Engineering are supported through research assistantships and/or teaching assistantships. Applications for and appointments to these assistantships are made by the individual departments. In addition, there are a limited number of fellowships available: contact the graduate advisor in the appropriate department for information on fellowships.

Master of Science

The University, under the auspices of the departments of the School of Engineering, offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program to any student holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, if the student can qualify to pursue a major in one of the departments of the college. The graduate advisor of the department in which the student wishes to major, or a designated alternate, is the student’s advisor and works out a program of studies for the student to follow in completing the requirements for the degree. A student may be required to take certain courses without degree credit to remove deficiencies or to broaden his or her training.

Plan I

  1. A total of 30 credit hours including a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work.
  2. A minimum of 9 credit hours of 500-level courses in the major and minor fields combined.
  3. At least 18 credit hours completed at the University of New Mexico.
  4. Six to 9 credit hours of Thesis (599) credit, with a maximum of 9 credit hours of thesis and problems or independent research, combined.

Plan II

  1. A minimum of 32 credit hours of course work.
  2. A minimum of 12 credit hours of 500-level courses in the major and minor field combined.
  3. A limit of 6 credit hours of problems courses in the major and minor fields combined.
  4. At least 24 credit hours completed at the University of New Mexico.

A master’s degree program in engineering is available for students at the Center for Graduate Studies at Los Alamos. Approved courses offered at this center carry graduate credit. Those interested should write for details to the graduate advisor of the department of their particular field of engineering. Advisement is required for graduate students each semester. 

NOTE: Individual department requirements may differ. See the appropriate departmental requirements. Students must also meet all University-wide requirements.

One Year M.S. Program

The departments in the School of Engineering offer programs leading to the M.S. degree that can be completed in one calendar year. For further details, refer to the sections of this Catalog describing the graduate program in each department.

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree is offered by the School of Engineering for professional development in specific areas of developing technology and specific areas of immediate need to society. The degree is presently offered in Manufacturing Engineering. Admission requirements to the programs are the same as for the Master of Science degree.

Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering

The Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E) has concentrations in computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), mechanical and equipment manufacturing (MEM) and semiconductor and electronics manufacturing (SEM). For the CIM and MEM concentrations, at least three electives must be selected from a set of CIM or MEM concentration courses respectively, defined by the Manufacturing Engineering Program. The semiconductor and electronics manufacturing concentration has a special core that covers semiconductor process design, microelectronics design and processing, and factory design and operations, and a special set of concentration courses that cover microelectronics processing technology. A total of 33 credit hours is required for the Master of Engineering degree (curricula, by concentration, are listed below). Interested students should contact the Director of the Manufacturing Engineering program.

The curriculum for the Master of Engineering degree, for the Computer Integrated Manufacturing concentration (CIM) and the Mechanical and Equipment Manufacturing (MEM) concentration is:

Credit
Hours
ME 585 Modern Manufacturing Methods 3
MGMT 506 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 504 Managerial Economics 3
ME 583 Statistical Methods for Improving Product Quality 3
CS *492 Introduction to Computers in Manufacturing 3
ECE/ME 586  Design for Manufacturability 3
Elective Concentration Elective 3
Elective Concentration Elective 3
Elective Concentration Elective 3
Elective (for Plan II) 3
CS/ECE/ME Project (or 6 credit hours Thesis, Plan I) 3
Total 33


The curriculum for the Master of Engineering degree, for the Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing concentration (SEM) is:

Credit
Hours
ME 585 Modern Manufacturing Methods 3
MGMT 506 Managing People in Organizations 3
MGMT 504 Managerial Economics 3
CBE 586 Statistical Design of Experiments for Semiconductor Manufacturing 3
ECE *487 Semiconductor Factory Design and Operations 3
ECE *473 Semiconductor Materials, Devices, and Circuits 3
ECE 574L Microelectronics Processing 3
ECE 579 Adv Microelectronics Process 3
ECE 529 Process Integration and Test 3
Elective (for Plan II) 3
CBE/CS/ECE/ME Project (or 6 credit hours Thesis, Plan I) 3
Total 33


In addition to the above courses, regardless of concentration, a three-month Internship at an industrial manufacturing site is required, at no credit. It is also expected that if the student elects to pursue a Project (Plan II), that it is done in collaboration with an industry partner. The School of Engineering and the Anderson Schools of Management offer a dual degree program leading to the degrees of Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering (M.E.M.E.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). For details, see the Graduate Program section of this Catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered under regulations set forth in the Graduate Program section of this Catalog. The general policies and procedures relating to graduate studies in the School of Engineering can be obtained from the departmental graduate advisors. A prospective candidate for this degree must have an acceptable bachelor’s or master’s degree, or equivalent, in some field of engineering, the physical sciences or mathematics. For more specific departmental requirements for the degree, prospective candidates should consult the specific statements for the different departments in their sections of this Catalog and should also communicate with the graduate advisor of the department. The applicant must also present satisfactory evidence of adequate preliminary training and ability in the field of major interest.

The minimum amount of course work required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree is 24 credit hours beyond the master’s degree or 48 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. This requirement is exclusive of dissertation or master’s thesis. These are minimum requirements; ordinarily, more than the 48 credit hours are necessary. The program of each student is an individual matter planned by the committee on studies.

Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering

The School of Engineering participates in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering (NSMS) program; for more information, see the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies section of this Catalog.

Certificate in Computational Science and Engineering

The Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) certificate program is an interdisciplinary graduate program open to students in the following participating departments: Biology, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy and Psychology. It is also open to students who already have a graduate degree in a mathematical, scientific or engineering discipline. Its purpose is to prepare students to effectively use high-performance computing within their disciplines.

A Master’s or Ph.D. degree with a certificate in computational science and engineering is a degree in one of the participating departments. To complete the CSE program with degree students must:

  • Complete all degree requirements of their home department.
  • Complete the two course sequence CS/MATH 471 (Introduction to Scientific Computing) and CS 442/ECE 432 (Introduction to Parallel Processing).
  • Master’s Students: In addition to the two course sequence, complete 6 credit hours from the approved list of CSE electives or 3 credit hours from the approved list of CSE electives and a thesis.
  • Ph.D. Students: In addition to the two course sequence, complete 9 credit hours from the approved list of CSE electives, at least one of which is listed outside the home department.
  • At least one faculty member from the Associated Faculty list must be on a student’s Master’s or Ph.D. committee, and any thesis must contain a significant computational component.
  • CSE students from the Computer Science Department are required to complete at least two CSE electives in an application area, or, for Master’s students electing the thesis option, the one CSE elective must be in an application area and the thesis must have a significant applied computing component.

To complete the post-degree CSE program students must:

  • Complete the two course sequence CS/MATH 471 (Introduction to Scientific Computing) and CS 442/ECE 432 (Introduction to Parallel Processing).
  • In addition to the two course sequence, complete 9 credit hours from the approved list of CSE electives.
  • Complete an advanced computation project (minimum of 3 credit hours), under the direction of one of the associated faculty, and present it at an open forum.

Admission to the CSE program is based on academic record and letters of recommendation. GRE scores may also be considered for students in a degree program. Prerequisites for admittance into the CSE program in addition to a bachelor’s degree are:

  • For the certificate with degree, admission to a participating department. For post-degree CSE students, a graduate degree in a mathematical, scientific or engineering discipline and official enrollment at the University of New Mexico. (Non-degree status is acceptable. However, for the certificate to be posted on the transcript, a student must be admitted to a participating department.)
  • One year of general college physics or chemistry.
  • One year of differential/integral calculus, a course in multivariable calculus, a course in differential equations and a course in linear algebra.
  • A course in computer programming (either FORTRAN, C or C++) or equivalent experience. It is required that a second course on the level of CS 251L be completed or equivalent experience demonstrated as prerequisite to CS 442/ECE 432.

Students may petition the Program Committee to substitute a course (of an equivalent number of credit hours) for any of the courses of the approved curriculum.

Detailed information about the CSE program, including current lists of approved electives and associated faculty, may be obtained at the Center for Advanced Research Computing Web site, or by writing to:

Computational Science and Engineering Program
The University of New Mexico
Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) - Galles Building
1601 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131


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