General information for prospective engineering students

At Saint Martin's University engineering programs are designed to qualify students for a Bachelor of Science degree in either civil or mechanical engineering. The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, a national organization that sets standards for engineering education accredits the undergraduate civil and mechanical engineering programs. Standards are defined in terms of curricular content, quality of faculty and adequacy of facilities.

The mission of the School of Engineering is to provide our graduates with an education that will prepare them for successful careers in engineering practice and serve as preparation for advanced graduate studies and for lifelong learning. The guiding philosophy embraces the importance of strong fundamental education which emphasizes ethical values, problem-solving skills and service to society and which is administered in a supportive environment. Continued involvement of the practicing engineering profession in setting program goals and evaluating its products are considered essential and are provided by the Engineering Advisory Board, a voluntary group of practicing professionals.

The first two years of study entail a common engineering program for both the civil and the mechanical engineering majors. Courses during this period are designed to improve the student's grasp of mathematics and natural sciences, introduce engineering science topics and begin the engineering design experience.

Freshmen who have not completed two years of high school algebra, plane geometry and trigonometry may be required to take additional courses before they are ready for calculus. During the first two years, students also complete many of the University's General Education Program requirements. See both the civil and mechanical engineering programs for freshmen and sophomore requirements.

Engineering students must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average overall and in engineering courses to graduate. Any student falling below this grade point average will be on academic probation and subject to the general rules of the University regarding academic probation.

A professional orientation fee is required each semester for each student registered for engineering courses. The fee is used for meetings, field trips, and membership in two professional engineering organizations with University affiliation and subscriptions to that organization’s periodicals.

Seniors are encouraged to take the National Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE) before graduation.