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FAQs

  1. Which classes will transfer from another school to SIUE?
  2. What are the degree requirements for the undergraduate engineering programs?
  3. What are the requirements to be accepted into the School of Engineering?
  4. How do I go about declaring a major in Engineering?
  5. I have just declared my engineering major with Academic Advising, what do I do now?
  6. Who is my adviser?
  7. Where do I go to apply for graduation?
  8. How do I declare or drop a minor?
  9. How can I change my adviser?
  10. What is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering?
  11. What is the difference between the BS degree and a BA degree in Computer Science?
  12. Can I talk to someone in engineering about the different programs?
  13. Are there any Engineering Scholarships?
  14. What are the hours for the Office of Engineering Student Services?
  15. Can you mail me an application to the University and information about the different engineering programs?

1. What classes will transfer from another school to SIUE?

Transfer credit decisions for general education courses as well as freshmen and sophomore-level mathematics and physics courses are made by the Office of Admissions. Detailed transfer credit information is available at the following website: http://www.siue.edu/prospectivestudents/transfer/.

However, if you are interested in one of our programs in the School of Engineering, and would like an "unofficial" evaluation of your transfer credit, please bring or send a copy of your transcript(s) to the following address:

Engineering Student Services
Campus Box 1806
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Engineering Student Services will do an "unofficial" evaluation showing what SIUE (general education requirements and/or the School of Engineering will accept; and the remaining requirements you would have left to complete for your specific program of study. For a more accurate and complete evaluation, please provide a brief statement stating what program you are interested in, when you plan on attending SIUE, along with your return address.

Note: All official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1080
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1080

Students should request that official copies of transcripts be mailed directly from the institutions at which credit was earned. Hand-carried and/or faxed transcripts are not accepted as official.

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2. What are the degree requirements for engineering undergraduate programs?

Curriculum Guides are available in Engineering Student Services, for all undergraduate programs in the School of Engineering. Please call 650-5300 or stop by EB 2012. You may also follow the links to each department for up to date curriculum guides.

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3. What are the requirements to be accepted into the School of Engineering?

First, you must be admitted to the University. You need to complete any required courses to address School of Engineering high school deficiencies; complete all academic development courses required by the University; be eligible to enroll in MATH 125 - Precalculus; and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

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4. How do I go about declaring a major in Engineering?

If you are currently undeclared, you must make an appointment with Academic Advising to declare your major. Once you have declared a major, Academic Advising will send your academic records to Engineering Student Services for evaluation. After Engineering Student Services completes its evaluation, you will then be sent a welcome letter telling you who your advisor is and their contact information, along with a copy of the evaluation.

If you are currently enrolled in a major in the School of Engineering and want to change, you must complete a Change of Major form with Engineering Student Services. An evaluation of your academic records will be done and you will be notified, by letter, of your new academic advisor (if applicable) along with a copy of the evaluation.

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5. I have just declared my engineering major with Academic Advising, what do I do now?

As soon as Engineering Student Services receives your academic records from Academic Advising, and completes an evaluation for your specific program of study, you will receive a welcome letter from Engineering Student Services telling you who your advisor is, along with a copy of the evaluation. Once you receive your welcome letter, please give us a call at 650-5300 to set up an appointment with your advisor.

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6. Who is my advisor?

If you have misplaced your initial welcome letter, please contact Engineering Student Services at 650-5300 for assistance.

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7. Where do I go to apply for graduation?

To apply for graduation, please stop by the Service Center, Rendleman Hall Room 1309. For more graduation information, please visit the following website, http://www.siue.edu/registrar/forms/graduation.shtml

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8. How do I declare or drop a minor?

You must complete a Change of Major/Minor form which you can obtain from Engineering Student Services, EB 2012. After the information is processed, the changes will appear in CougarNet. If you have already applied for graduation, you will need to inform the Graduation Office of the change. The Graduation Office is located in Rendleman Hall Room 1309.

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9. How can I change my advisor?

To change your advisor, you will need approval from the Director of Student Services.

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10. What is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering?

Computer Science is almost totally oriented toward software development while computer engineering is both hardware and software oriented. A computer engineer must have a significant knowledge of software development in order to be able to design the machines which will run the software.

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11. What is the difference between the BS degree and a BA degree in Computer Science?

Computer Science is the only major within the School of Engineering that offers a Bachelor of Arts degree. All other engineering degrees are Bachelor of Science degrees. The BS degree requires many more math and science courses and is a much stronger computer science curriculum. The BA degree requires two semesters of foreign language, has nine more free electives and requires a minor in some other discipline.

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12. Can I talk to someone in engineering about the different programs?

Yes, the Associate Dean is available to talk with prospective students about the various programs offered in the School of Engineering. Please call 650-2541 to inquire or to set up an appointment.

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13. Are there any Engineering Scholarships?

Yes, Engineering Scholarships are listed on the following website: http://www.siue.edu/engineering/scholarships.shtml.

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14. What are the hours for the Office of Engineering Student Services?

Our regular office hours are from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday except when the University is closed. Extended advising hours are provided on certain days to accommodate the needs of evening students. Please inquire by calling 650-5300.

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15. Can you mail me an application to the University and information about the different engineering programs?

We can mail you the Opportunity Guides for any of the programs in the School of Engineering. For admission application/information, please contact Undergraduate Admissions at http://www.siue.edu/apply/.

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