Prospective Students

Undergraduate Academics

Pre-Engineering Requirements

All first-year engineering students (first year in college or first-year transfer students) are initially coded as pre-engineering students until they satisfy the following pre-engineering requirements:

  1. Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better.
  2. Achieve a grade of "C" or better, from any institution attended, in First Year Engineering Laboratory, Calculus I, Calculus II, and General Physics I to be admitted to an engineering major. Intended chemical engineering students shall replace General Physics I with General Chemistry I. A single repeated attempt in only one of the four (4) courses listed above with no more than one grade of "C-" is allowed. Transfer students may receive an exemption from First-Year Engineering Laboratory, if they have completed all of the other courses listed above prior to their matriculation to the College. Students should contact the College of Engineering if they feel they qualify for an exemption.

Any student who needs two repeated attempts to complete the four courses or has two or more grades of "C-" may be considered for continuation in engineering if additional grade and coursework requirements are satisfied. Any student who needs more than two repeated attempts to complete the four courses listed above does not satisfy this requirement and will not be allowed to continue in the engineering program. There are NO exceptions to this requirement. Grades of "W" are not considered as a repeated attempt.

Pre-engineering students are strongly encouraged to contact an academic engineering advisor prior to enrolling in any pre-engineering course to ensure they have completed the proper course prerequisites.

Effective Summer 2017, in addition to the requirements set forth by each university, students wishing to transfer into the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering must meet the following criteria:

  • Must earn a grade of "C" or better on the first attempt of the courses designated in our Pre-Engineering curriculum (Calculus I, Calculus II, General Physics I*, Pre-Engineering Lab) at any institution attended. A single repeated attempt in only one of the four (4) courses listed above or only one grade of "C-" is allowed (* students who wish to major in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering shall replace Physics I with General Chemistry I for their Pre-Engineering sequence).
  • Transfer students who have one repeated attempt or one ‘C-‘ grade in one of the Pre-Engineering courses, must have already completed all Pre-Engineering courses (excluding Pre-Engineering Lab) prior to transferring to the College of Engineering.
  • Transfer students who will earn an AA or have more than 60 hours of transfer credit prior to enrollment at the College must have completed at least Calculus I. We prefer that AA transfer students have the majority of the Pre-Engineering courses completed before arriving.

State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites

The State of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed by the student at either a community college or a state university prior to being admitted to this program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program. Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.

The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:

  1. MAC X311 or MAC X281
  2. MAC X312 or MAC X282
  3. MAC X313 or MAC X283
  4. MAP X302 or MAC X305
  5. CHM X045/X045L or CHMX045C or CHS X440
  6. CHM X046/X046L or CHMX046C*
  7. PHY X048/X048L or PHYX048C or PHYX043/X048L
  8. PHY X049/X049L or PHYX049C or PHYX044/X049L
  9. COP X220**

* Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Majors
** Electrical and Computer Engineering Majors

First Year Engineering Lab

All undergraduate students who intend to major in engineering are required to take a course titled "First Year Engineering Lab." This course is designed to familiarize students with the engineering curriculum as well as teach student success and problem solving skills.

Summer Residency Requirement

Students are required to complete nine hours of courses during the summer semester. They do not have to be taken at the same time or at Florida State/FAMU. However, summer courses must be taken at a public university in Florida.* Courses taken at a community college will NOT fulfill the summer residency requirement. Students admitted to the university with 60 hours or more are exempt from this requirement. Requests for waivers of the summer residency requirement (for reasons of financial hardship/employment) must be approved by the Dean's Office.

*The following list are the Florida public universities that will "count" when meeting your summer residency requirement:


Program Outcomes

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has five academic departments offering 18 degree programs at the BS, MS, and PhD levels. All undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, and the parent institutions (FAMU and FSU) are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Each degree program has defined a set of program objectives and student learning outcomes. Graduates from each degree program have successfully demonstrated student learning outcomes through completion of their academic degree requirements. In addition, each department has established a systematic process for continuous improvement of degree programs which involve assessment and evaluation of program objectives and student learning outcomes.

Accreditation & Assessment

The Engineering Programs at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering are subject to accreditation procedures by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the quality and assessmentmethods for each program are reviewed by Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU). Therefore, each Engineering Program prepares reports according to requested formats.

Faculty Research

The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Faculty is comprised of 90 accomplished scholars from 22 countries. Over $175 million of Faculty research is being conducted under single and multiyear contracts, including over $26 million dollars in annual expenditures. Teaching and research is carried out in our 200,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility, with a third-phase building in the planning stages. Affiliated research centers, institutes and laboratories enhance a highly diverse educational environment providing interested undergraduates with opportunities to become involved in ongoing research.

Senior Design Projects

During their senior year, students in the College of Engineering are required to complete a senior design project. The purpose of this capstone course is to provide students with a real life design experience that is structured to represent "real world" projects. Students must develop and sharpen skills in team organization, time management, self-discipline, and technical writing in order to be successful in this course. The course is concluded with team presentations and demonstrations as well as a poster display for faculty, staff and other engineering students to review.