Academic Policies

This section overviews departmental policies and procedures concerning completion of the curriculum. Each student is responsible for seeking out and complying with policies of the Mechanical Engineering Dpartment, School of Engineering, and the University. These are contained in the current Undergraduate Catalog of the University, or in sources referred to therein.

Student Workload

A minimum of 128 credit hours is needed to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Most students average about 16 credits, or four to five courses a semester. Each student takes 101 hours of required courses, and 27 hours of restricted electives. During the first two years of your studies, prerequisite courses in English, mathematics, social sciences, and science are taken as preparation for later engineering studies.

Your degree requires careful planning in order to graduate within four years. Some upper-division courses are offered only once per year, and some are pre-requisites for courses that you must take later. You should work closely with your mechanical engineering advisor to ensure that you take the courses you need in the necessary order.

Transfer Credits

The University accepts and will place on the student’s permanent KU record credits for all academic courses taken at an accredited college or university. Vocational and technical institute courses are excluded. Not all courses accepted by the University will apply toward a degree in engineering. A student will not receive engineering degree transfer credit for:

  1. Courses in which the grade was lower than C-, or which were graded credit/no-credit or pass/fail.
  2. More than 64 hours from community or junior colleges.
  3. Courses in advanced engineering science or engineering design unless they were taken in an engineering program accredited by ABET.

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