Are there any distance/online courses at the College of Engineering at UAA?

Currently the only distance courses at the College of Engineering is the Arctic Engineering Short Course. This course is held every semester. Information about the course and faculty can be found at this link.


 

Can I take online Physics courses to satisfy the ME degree requirements?

All online Physics lectures and labs will be evaluated by the Registrar and/or the Physics department to establish their UAA equivalency (if such an equivalency exists).  If the Registrar does not automatically recognize a course as being equivalent to a particular UAA course then the student will have to petition to have the transfer (online) credit count for a specific course (PHYS 211, 211L, 212, 212L, etc.)  PLEASE NOTE: the UAA transfer equivalency site is an UNOFFICIAL guide to help transfer students determine what credits from external institutions MAY transfer to UAA.  A record of a particular transfer course counting as equivalent to a UAA course DOES NOT constitute a guarantee that the course will count in the future.  As such, a student wishing to take an online physics course should contact the Physics department BEFORE they enroll in said course to obtain a pre-approval (pre-petition).  By having the Physics department evaluate the course before it is taken, the student will KNOW whether or not the Physics department will approve a petition after the course is complete.  Please note that this is the only way for a student to guarantee that a future petition will be approved.  If a student chooses not to pre-petition an online course with the Physics department then they are accepting the risk that they may not receive any UAA credit for said course.  Remember that the past actions (petitions and equivalency determinations) of the Registrar's office and the Physics department are non-binding, and DO NOT guarantee the success of your petition and/or transfer equivalency.  The Mechanical Engineering department respects and honors the expertise of those qualified to evaluate Physics courses and WILL NOT approve any petition to waive a Physics requirement for a Mechanical Engineering degree.  The one and only exception to this rule are Physics credits initiated prior to October 31, 2011 These credits will be grandfathered in.

 

How can I contact a faculty member for curriculum advising?

The best way to reach a faculty member is by e-mail. Your faculty member advisor can be found on our advising page found here and their bios can be found here.


 

How do I apply for admissions?

The application procedure can be found by following this link to our advising page.


 

How do I check what the prerequisites / corequisites are for a given course?

The prerequisites / corequisites / course descriptions can be found in the most recent Catalog (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/catalogs/catalogs.cfm).


 

How do I know what catalog I am under?  Can I switch?

Follow the instructions on this page to log onto DegreeWorks: 

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/degree_Services/degreeworks.cfm

Your personal information will be listed at the top of the page and will contain a field labeled, "Catalog year".  Digital (PDF) versions of your all UAA Catalogs can be found here:

http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/catalogs/catalogs.cfm

When you apply to graduate you may choose to stay on your assigned Catalog or switch to that year's (the most recent) catalog.


 

How do I select GER's?

These courses must be selected from the approved list of GER's found in Chapter 10 of your Catalog (your Catalog year).  UAA courses that are not on the approved list CAN NOT be petitioned to count as a GER. 

Pick from the list!   

Social Sciences credits must be from two different disciplines (two different course prefixes)

 

If you are on the pre-2012-13 Catalog there is an additional requirement:

6 of the 15 GER credits MUST be from the 200 level or above.

If a 100 level sequence ( for example HIST 101, HIST 102) is taken in the Humanities category, the second course in the sequence (for example HIST 102) will count as a 200-level course and will count towards the 6 of 15 requirement discussed above.

We also recommend that you speak to our student success manager, Crickett Watt (p: 907-786-1085, e: crickett@uaa.alaska.edu)

 


 

I found a discrepancy between the Catalog and this page.  Which is correct?

The Catalog. This page is meant as an informal explanation of the information contained in the Catalog.  The goal of this document is to answer frequently asked questions.  We will do our best to make sure that the information on this page is both current and accurate.  The Catalog is the authoritative guide to all degree and School requirements and supersedes this document in the event that a discrepancy is found between the two.


 

Some of the courses I need are no longer taught, what should I do?

Course Needed

Course(s) you should take and then petition them to count

ME 302 (4 cr)

ME 280 (3 credits) + ME Lab1 OR

ME 280 (3 credits)+ ME AEE2 (use 1 of 3 credits) OR

ME 280 (3 credits)+ ES 209/ES 2103 (use 1 of 2 extra credits)

ENGR 151 (3 cr)

3x ME Labs1 (3 credits) OR

ME AEE2 (3 credits) OR

ME 280 (3 credits) OR

ME 1514 (new, 1 credit course)+ 2x ME Labs1 (2 credits)

ME 1514 (new, 1 credit course)+ ES 209/ES 2103 (use 2 of 2 extra credits)

ENGR 251 (3 cr)

3x ME Labs1 (3 credits) OR

ME AEE2 (3 credits) OR

ME 280 (3 credits)

ENGR 192 (1 cr)

ME Lab1 (1 credit) OR

AEE2 (use 1 of 3 credits) OR

ES 209/ES 2103 (use 1 of 2 extra credits)

ENGR 292 (1 cr)

ME Lab1 (1 credit) OR

AEE2 (use 1 of 3 credits) OR

ES 209/ES 2103 (use 1 of 2 extra credits)

ES 208 (4 cr)

ES 208 (5 cr) [one wasted credit]

ES 209 (3 cr) + ES 210 (3 cr)3 [two extra credits]

1 ME Labs: ME 414L (1 cr), ME 440L (1 cr), ME 334L (1 cr)

2 Advanced Engineering Elective in the ME discipline

3 The ME faculty advises all of our students to take ES209: Engineering Statics (3 cr) and ES210: Engineering Dynamics (3 cr). For students on a pre-2012-2013 Catalog, ES208: Engineering Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics together, 4 cr) is required rather than the ES209/ES210 sequence. ES208 can, and should be, replaced with the ES209/ES210 sequence. The ES209/ES210 sequence covers the same material as ES208, but does so over two semesters. This extended time frame gives mechanical engineering students more time to learn and master the concepts covered in Statics and Dynamics.  As an added bonus, the two extra credits from the ES209/ES210 sequence may be used to satisfy degree requirements which are no longer offered (see table above).

4 As of Fall 2012, ENGR151 has been reduced from 3 credits to 1 credit. The 3 credit version will no longer be offered. Check your Catalog to determine whether your degree requires the 3 or 1 credit version of the course.

PLEASE NOTE: Credits may only be used once. For example, a student that takes all three ME Labs may petition to have these 3 credits count for ENGR251. All three credits will be "used up" by this petition. The student may not subsequently petition to substitute the ME Lab credits for another course.


 

What are the minimum academic requirements a student will be expected to maintain while in the program?

All courses in the program must be completed with a C or better.  After two attempts at a single class without achieving a C or better, the student may be dropped from the program.  Additionally, any student that is on academic probation or academic warning for two consecutive semesters may be dropped from the program.


 

What are the pre-requisites to be admitted in an Engineering Program?

Different programs have different admission requirements, as listed below:

Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

To be admitted as a degree-seeking student to the Geomatics program complete the Certificate Degree Programs Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog. Students must also demonstrate a certain level of computer competency prior to enrollment in any GEO or GIS course. Only those students admitted to the undergraduate engineering program may take courses offered by the School of Engineering at the 200-level or above. Students not admitted to the program may petition the School of Engineering to be admitted to individual courses

Graduate Certificate in Port & Coastal Engineering

Admission to this program requires that a student have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline from and ABET-accredited institution in the United States or a foreign equivalent. A student who earns the Port & Coastal Engineering Graduate Certificate may apply up to nine (9) credits from the certificate program toward other graduate degrees at UAA.

Online Courses in Arctic Engineering

Course registration requirements: Graduate standing, with a degree in engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, Geomatics, or physical science, or upper class standing in an accredited undergraduate program in these categories.

Associate of Applied Sciences in Geomatics

To be admitted as a degree-seeking student to the Geomatics program complete the Associate Degree Programs Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog. Students must also demonstrate a certain level of computer competency prior to enrollment in any GEO or GIS course. In addition, students entering the undergraduate engineering program must have completed the following high school courses with grades of "C" or better:

  • English 3 years
  • Algebra 2 years
  • Trigonometry 1/2 year
  • Physics 1 year

It is recommended that students graduating from high school without satisfactorily completing the courses noted above enroll in the necessary courses to make up deficiencies during the summer session. Only those students admitted to the undergraduate engineering program may take courses offered by the School of Engineering at the 200-level or above. Students not admitted to the program may petition the School of Engineering to be admitted to individual courses.

• Bachelor of Science : Computer Systems Engineering

                                      Electrical Engineering

                                      Mechanical Engineering


Students entering the undergraduate engineering program must have completed the following high school courses with grades of "C" or better:

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Admission to the civil engineering program is to one of three levels:
     Engineering Preparatory (pre-major)
     Engineering Fundamentals (pre-major) or
     Civil Engineering Professional (major)
 

Students admitted to any of the three levels are considered to be degree seeking engineering students. Engineering Preparatory and Engineering Fundamentals students are classified within the university system as “pre-majors”. Civil Engineering Professional students are classified within the university system as full “majors”.

Engineering Preparatory Applicants for admission who have completed only the Baccalaureate Degree Program Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog are admitted as pre-majors to the civil engineering program at the Engineering Preparatory level.

Engineering Fundamentals Applicants for admission who have completed the following list of high school courses (or their university equivalents) with grades of “C” or better in addition to the Baccalaureate Degree Program Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog will be admitted as pre-majors to the civil engineering program at the Engineering Fundamentals level.

  • English 3 years
  • Algebra 2 years
  • Trigonometry 1/2 year
  • Physics 1 year
  • Chemistry 1 year
Civil Engineering Professional Transfer, change of major, and returning students who are applying for admission to the civil engineering program and have completed all of the Engineering Fundamentals Requirements listed under the civil engineering Graduation Requirements section with grades of “C” or better will be admitted to the civil engineering program at the Civil Engineering Professional level. Advancing Beyond Admission Status Engineering Preparatory to Engineering Fundamentals Engineering Preparatory Students must work with their assigned advisor to develop a course plan to make up the high school course requirements for advancement to the Engineering Fundamentals level. Once the Engineering Preparatory course work outlined in the student’s course plan is completed students must meet with their advisor to apply for advancement to Engineering Fundamentals status. Engineering Fundamentals to Civil Engineering Professional Engineering Fundamentals students who have completed, or are within a semester of completing, the Engineering Fundamentals requirements must meet with their advisor to apply for advancement to the Civil Engineering Professional status. Applicants who have successfully completed all the Engineering Fundamental requirements will be advanced to the Civil Engineering Professional (full major) status. Applicants who are within nine credits of completing the Engineering Fundamentals requirements will be admitted conditionally to the Civil Engineering Professional (full major) status. Students who fail to meet the conditions for advancement will be removed from the civil engineering program. All applications for advancement within the civil engineering program must be submitted to the civil engineering department at least thirty days prior to beginning any CE or ES courses listed as a major requirement for the level for which they are applying

Bachelor of Science, Geomatics

To be admitted as a degree-seeking student to the Geomatics program complete the Associate Degree Programs Admission Requirements listed in Chapter 9 of the Course Catalog. Students must also demonstrate a certain level of computer competency prior to enrollment in any GEO or GIS course. In addition, students entering the undergraduate engineering program must have completed the following high school courses with grades of "C" or better:
  • English 3 years
  • Algebra 2 years
  • Trigonometry 1/2 year
  • Physics 1 year
It is recommended that students graduating from high school without satisfactorily completing the courses noted above enroll in the necessary courses to make up deficiencies during the summer session. Only those students admitted to the undergraduate engineering program may take courses offered by the School of Engineering at the 200-level or above. Students not admitted to the program may petition the School of Engineering to be admitted to individual courses.

Master of Science, Arctic Engineering

Students who have earned or have nearly completed a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline from an ABET[1]- accredited engineering program in the United States, or a foreign equivalent, may apply for admission to the Arctic Engineering graduate program. Letters of recommendation from professors or others particularly qualified to attest to the applicant’s qualifications and other information indicative of the applicant’s potential for graduate study may be enclosed with the application. Admission is granted to applicants who have received their baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and whose credentials indicate their ability to successfully complete engineering graduate studies. Up to 9 semester credits not previously used to obtain any other degree or certificate may be transferred to UAA from a regionally accredited institution and accepted toward a graduate degree or certificate. Quarter credits will be converted to semester credits by multiplying quarter credits by two-thirds. Acceptance of transfer credits toward program requirements is at the discretion of the student’s Graduate Studies Committee (see Advancement to Candidacy). Admitted students are responsible for completion of prerequisites for Arctic Engineering program courses, which may not have been included in their undergraduate education. No more than nine (9) credits may be completed in the student’s graduate program before application for admission.

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Students who are working toward the Master of Science in Civil Engineering or the Master of Civil Engineering must have a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline.

Master of Civil Engineering

Students who are working toward the Master of Science in Civil Engineering or the Master of Civil Engineering must have a baccalaureate degree in an engineering discipline.

Master of Science, Engineering Management and Science Management

Please visit the ESM website on:
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/schoolofengineering/programs/esm/index.cfm

Master of Science, Project Management
Please visit PM website on: 
http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/schoolofengineering/programs/pm/index.cfm


Master of Science Applied Environmental Science & Technology

Students must meet all of the admissions requirements for Master's Degrees as specified by UAA. In addition, students must meet the requirements specified below. In order to be considered for full admission into the program, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate program;
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the natural/physical sciences or engineering
  • Successful completion of two or more consecutive semesters (or equivalent) in two of the following subject areas: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Geology;
  • Successful completion of one or more years of calculus; and
  • Satisfactory verbal and quantitative Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores as determined by the admissions committee.

The general GER requirement may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee for applicants with significant professional experience. In most instances, undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering will provide sufficient background to meet course prerequisites. Students without the appropriate background to meet course prerequisites may be required to complete undergraduate courses that will not be applied towards the graduate degree. Applicants not meeting the admissions requirements may be provisionally accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee. In this case, the candidate's continuation in the program after the first semester will be contingent upon successful completion of a student-specific remedial plan formulated by the admissions committee.

Master of Applied Environmental Science & Technology

Students must meet all of the admissions requirements for Master's Degrees as specified by UAA. In addition, students must meet the requirements specified below. In order to be considered for full admission into the program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate program; 
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the natural/physical sciences or engineering; 
  • Successful completion of two or more consecutive semesters (or equivalent) in two of the following subject areas: Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Geology;
  • Successful completion of one or more years of calculus; and 
  • Satisfactory verbal and quantitative Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores as determined by the admissions committee.

The general GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the admissions committee for applicants with significant professional experience. In most instances, undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering will provide sufficient background to meet course prerequisites. Students without the appropriate background to meet course prerequisites may be required to complete undergraduate courses that will not be applied towards the graduate degree. Applicants not meeting the admissions requirements may be provisionally accepted at the discretion of the admissions committee. In this case, the candidate's continuation in the program after the first semester will be contingent upon successful completion of a student-specific remedial plan formulated by the admissions committee.


 

What are the rules for selecting Advanced Engineering Electives?

What are the rules for selecting Advanced Engineering Electives?

Students need to complete 12 credits of Advanced Engineering Electives (AEE).  ONLY ONE COURSE (3 credits) may be taken from outside the mechanical engineering discipline (ME course prefix).  Consult your advisor before signing up for AEE's.  Depending on your Catalog year some 400-level and 600-level ME courses may require the submission of a petition to count as an AEE.  Consult DegreeWorks to determine whether the course has been automatically recognized as an AEE or if it requires a petition.


 

 What is an Academic Petition? How do I complete the form?

To find out when an academic petition is appropriate, follow this link. If you need to complete an academic follow these steps:

1. Click here for the most current list of forms from the registrar and click on "Academic Petition."

2. TYPE in the required information. If your petition is not legible it will not be approved. Make sure you are admitted to the major that you list. If you do not know your catalog year log on to uaonline -> Student Services -> Degreeworks and near the rest of your information you should locate your catalog year. 

3. Read the General Information and Instructions provided on the sheet.

4. Complete the "I HEREBY PETITION TO:" and include all of the following:

  1. Name of course university (i.e. school where the course was actually taken)
  2. Course number and Course name from the source university
  3. Number of credits of course from the source university (or total numbers of hours the class met during the term)
  4. If the course is being transferred from another university, include the university catalog page with the course description from the other university with the particular course bracketed so that is is easy for the reviewers to locate.

5. For the "FOR" part of the form, be sure to include ALL of the following:

  1. Include Course number, Course name, Course credits of the UAA Course with "UAA" in front of it.
  2. Name of degree that the course requirement is being used to satisfy.
  3. A copy of the course description from the UAA catalog for the current catalog year (not a previous year). The catalog can be found online here.
  4. A copy of your transcript displaying your grade in the course from the source university.

6. Print 2 copies, sign and date. Keep one for your records.

7. Now you may hand deliver your petition to your academic advisor, department chair of petitioned course, department chair of your major, and the dean of the School of Engineering for a faster processing OR you may give it to your faculty advisor. Your faculty advisor can be found by clicking here.


 

What is the department's policy on academic dishonesty?

If a student from the program is found responsible for a case of academic misconduct by the UAA Dean of Students Office on two separate occasions, that student will be dropped from the program.


 

What is the difference between degree seeking admission and non-degree seeking admission?

Degree seeking admission

  • $40 for Associate degree application; $50 for Bachelor degree application
  • Requires transcripts and/or test scores in order to complete admissions
  • Deadlines for application for admissions
  • Students who are degree seeking are eligible for financial aid (student loans, grants, work study, and most scholarships.

Non-degree seeking admissions

  • Free application
  • No transcripts and/or test scores are required for admission
  • No deadline
  • Students are not eligible for financial air
  • Typically the option for students who miss the deadline to apply for degree seeking admission, or for students who with to take a few classes for personal benefit without necessarily earning a degree.

 

What programs are offered at UAA College of Engineering?

Non-degree Programs

• Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
• Graduate Certificate in Port & Coastal Engineering
• Online Short Courses in Arctic Engineering
• Associate of Applied Sciences in Geomatics

Undergraduate Programs

• Bachelor of Science, Computer Systems Engineering 
• Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
• Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering
• Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
• Bachelor of Science, Geomatics

Graduate Programs

• Master of Science, Arctic Engineering
• Master of Science, Civil Engineering
• Master of Civil Engineering
• Master of Science, Engineering Management and Science Management
• Master of Science, Project Management
• Master of Science Applied Environmental Science & Technology
• Master of Applied Environmental Science & Technology


 

When can I override prerequisites / corequisites for a given course?  How can I do this?

Occasionally UAOnline will fail to recognize that the prerequisites / corequisites for a course have been met.  Students should contact the instructor of the course and explain their situation.  The instructor has the power to override the prerequisite / corequisite where he/she feels it is appropriate. 


 

Why can't I sign up for PHYS 211?

Some helpful information can be found here: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/Physicsandastronomy/placement.cfm