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FAQ's

1. Which classes will transfer from another school to SIUE?
2. What are the requirements for the 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 a minor?/How do I drop a minor?
9. How can I change my adviser?
10. What is the difference between an Engineering Degree and a Technical Degree?
11. What is the difference between Computer Science and Computer Engineering?
12. What is the difference between the BS degree and a BA degree in
.... computer science?
13. Does the School of Engineering give tours?
14. Are there any Engineering Scholarships?
15. Is the Engineering office open on a Saturdays?
16. 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?

If you are attending Lewis & Clark Community College, Southwestern Illinois College (formerly BAC), St. Louis Community College, or St. Charles County Community College, go to the corresponding links above. If you are attending an Illinois community college or an Illinois four-year university that doesn't have an engineering program go to www.itransfer.org for engineering or for computer science.If you wish a specific evaluation send in copies of your transcripts (the transcripts can be student issued copies) to:

The Associate Dean of Engineering
Campus Box 1804
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026

Also send a brief letter stating what program you are interested in, when you plan on attending SIUE, and a good return address.The Associate Dean will do an evaluation showing what SIUE will accept and what you will have left to take at SIUE for your degree.We have about a 24-hour turn around from when we receive your information. After you receive the evaluation, you can call and set up an appointment with the Associate Dean if you wish.

2. What are the requirements for the engineering programs?

Curriculum guides for Undergraduate and Graduate program.

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

First, you must be accepted to the University. All high school deficiencies must be completed.You must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better in order to declare a major in Engineering.

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 record to Engineering. The Associate Dean will evaluate your record for your particular major.He will send you a letter telling you who your adviser is, where your advisor is located, and a copy of the evaluation. This process takes about a week.

If you are currently enrolled in an engineering major and want to change, you will have to complete a Change of Major form with the Associate Dean's secretary. She will request your file from your current major office. When the file is received, the Associate Dean does an evaluation for the major requested. A letter is sent to you telling you who your new engineering adviser is, where the adviser is located, and a copy of the evaluation. This process takes about a week.

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

As soon as we get your records from Academic Advising, you will receive a letter from the Associate Dean telling you who your adviser is along with a copy of the Associate Dean's evaluation.This process takes about a week.If you do not receive a letter from us after a week, please give us a call.

6. Who is my adviser?

If you have misplaced your initial letter from the Associate Dean, we maintain that information in the Red Book and the Associate Dean's Secretary can look it up and tell you.

7. Where do I go to apply for graduation?

The Graduation office in the Rendleman Building.

8. How do I declare a minor?/How do I drop a minor?

You must complete a Change of Major/Minor form which you can get in the Dean's suite. The changes will show up in BANNER/cougarnet. If the student has applied for graduation, he or she will need to inform the Office of Graduation of the change.

9. How can I change my adviser?

Get approval from the Department Chair to change adviser and have the Department Secretary e-mail or call the Associate Dean's Secretary with the change and she will make the change in the Red Book.

10. What is the difference between an Engineering Degree and a Technical Degree?

RWill a class taken at a technical school (i.e. Ranken, Vatterot) transfer to SIUE's engineering program? No, they will not transfer for engineering courses. However, many humanities and social studies and some mathematics courses can be transferred.

11. 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.

12. 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 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.

13. Does the School of Engineering give tours?

Can I talk to someone in engineering about the different programs? If you are interested a specific discipline, we will try put in touch with someone in that department. If you are not sure which program you are interested in or if you want to talk to the Associate Dean, you may talk to him if he is available or you can make an appointment (parents are also welcome).

14. Are there any Engineering Scholarships?

Engineering Scholarships are listed on the web here.

15. Is the Engineering office open on a Saturdays?

Our regular office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday except when the University is closed. For Saturday appointments check with the Associate Dean, Department Chair or individual whom you wish see to arrange for a Saturday tour.

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

Yes, we can mail the Opportunity Guides for any of the programs you wish. You should contact Undergraduate Admissions for an Application Packet to the University. However, you can get all this information from the SIUE website ( Admission, Registrar), or the corresponding undergraduate or graduate program links on the main menu bar.

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