The School of Engineering

Dr. Troy F. Henson, Dean
113 Engineering-Physical Sciences Building
(901) 881-7380


Ottis L. Barron, Chris B. Effiong, Richard J. Helgeson, Troy F. Henson, Robert A. LeMaster, J. Douglas Sterrett, Edward W. Wheeler, David D. Yang

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

In support of the University's mission, the School of Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) with a specialty in one of the following:

civil engineering
electrical engineering
industrial engineering
mechanical engineering

Engineering majors learn the common fundamentals of civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering with emphasis on problem solving, design, and integrated systems, while also taking courses in business, social sciences, and the humanities. During the junior and senior years, the student takes a cohesive set of upper division engineering courses which together provide depth of knowledge and design content in the chosen engineering specialty. Upon graduation, the engineering specialty is recorded on the student's permanent record, i.e., on the student's final transcript.

Designed for completion in four years (or five years when combined with the cooperative engineering education program), the BSE incorporates the latest guidelines from the professional engineering world as well as the advice and guidance of UT Martin's own School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. The BSE degree program draws from classroom, laboratory, and real-world experiences, using the rich resources of the university, faculty, and professional engineering community to prepare students for the engineering world of today and the future.

As a result of the focused efforts of the university, government, and industry partnership that led to its development, the comprehensive BSE program offers an engineering degree that is uniquely relevant to today's students and employers. Graduates are prepared for practice as professional engineers. They have acquired the foundation for maintaining professional competence throughout their careers, and they have the skills and experiences needed to move quickly into leadership roles in today's engineering and management environments.

Students who desire the option of further study at the graduate level are well prepared to continue their engineering education at the masters and doctoral level. Some students may choose to follow their engineering degree with an M.B.A. degree. And, in today's highly technological world, this comprehensive engineering degree program provides an excellent core, when combined with the appropriate biology and chemistry courses, for a premedical curriculum.

All UT Martin engineering students develop a firm foundation in engineering science and in engineering design, with a specialty in civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering. Our students also gain real-world engineering job experience; acquire knowledge in fundamental business concepts; develop an understanding of ethical, political, and societal issues; and build their skills in written and oral communications, teamwork and leadership.

Additional information about the BSE program may be obtained by viewing the web pages at, select the Academics button, then the School of Engineering; by sending an email note to; or by calling (800) 829-UTM1 and asking for the dean of the School of Engineering.

In addition to the Bachelor in Engineering degree with a specialty in civil, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering, UT Martin offers the first two years of any other engineering discipline in preparation for transfer.

Designation of a Minor

An engineering student may declare a minor in a non-engineering subject area and have the minor listed on the permanent record under the following conditions:

  1. Minors must be officially approved and described in the university catalog. No unofficial minors will be recognized.
  2. Courses taken to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy engineering degree requirements, provided that the courses would be a part of engineering degree requirements even if no minor were declared.
  3. The intention to complete a minor must be declared at the time of application for a degree if the minor is to appear on the final transcript.

Admission, Retention and Graduation Requirements

In addition to the university's admission requirements, to receive full admission to the School of Engineering a student must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. a minimum composite score of 21 on the American College Test (ACT) and a minimum mathematics score of 21 on the ACT ( or placement in Math 251 Calculus I), OR
  2. a minimum of 12 college semester credit hours (sch) at The University of Tennessee at Martin and/or from another accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and grades of C or better in Math 251 Calculus I and English 111 Composition I.

A student who is admitted to The University of Tennessee at Martin as a transfer student must also meet one of the above criteria in order to receive full admission to the School of Engineering.

Prior to qualifying for full admission to the School of Engineering, a student who wants to major in engineering is classified as a preparatory engineering student. A preparatory engineering student receives academic advisement from an Engineering faculty member. Preparatory engineering students are allowed to take lower division (numbered 100-299) engineering courses if the student meets the course prerequisites and corequisites. However, preparatory engineering students are not allowed to take upper division (numbered 300-499) engineering courses.

An engineering student must make a minimum grade of C in all math, science or engineering courses that are prerequisites for another course in the curriculum prior to taking the course that requires the prerequisite; e.g., a student may not take Math 252 until the student has made a grade of at least a C in Math 251, and may not take Engin 241 until making minimum grades of C in Math 252, Phys 220, and Engin 121.

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree, the student must, in addition to meeting the University's graduation requirements and the curricula requirements specified in the following section, pass the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination. Engineering students will be required to take the NCEES FE exam at the earliest possible date allowed by the Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Currently this will mean the first semester of the student's senior year. The NCEES FE exam is offered twice each year, in April and October, and may be taken more than once.

General Education Requirements (54 Hours)



Acct 300 Accounting for Non-Business Students


Comm 230 Public Speaking


Chem 121 General Chemistry I


Econ 201 Macroeconomics


Eng 111-112 Composition I, II


Math 251-252 Calculus I, II


Math 320 Multivariate Calculus


Phys 220-221 University Physics I, II


Humanities/Social Sciences Electives


The 18 semester hours of humanities and social sciences courses (Econ 201 plus the 15 semester hours of electives) must provide both breadth and depth and not be limited to a selection of unrelated introductory courses. For breadth a student must take courses in at least two different subjects; at least one course must be from the humanities/fine arts area, and at least one course must be from the social/behavioral sciences area. For depth a student must take either (I) two courses in the same subject, one of which is the prerequisite for the other; or (II) two related courses in the same subject, at least one of which is an upper division course, i.e., one with a course number 300 or above.

Examples of subjects in humanities/fine arts include art, languages, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre; and examples of subjects in social/behavioral sciences include anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Courses are selected with the advice, guidance and approval of the student's faculty academic advisor from the School of Engineering approved list which is kept in the dean's office and made available for viewing from on the UT Martin School of Engineering home pages. From, select academics; then select the School of Engineering; and finally select humanities/social science electives.

Major Field Requirements (54 Hours)



Engin 111-112 Engineering Methods I, II


Engin 121 Statics


Engin 210 Engineering Design


Engin 220 Strength of Materials


Engin 230 Electrical Circuits


Engin 241 Dynamics


Engin 310 Engineering Materials


Engin 311 Engr Appl of Probability & Statistics


Engin 313 Industrial Internship


Engin 315 Engineering Analysis I


Engin 330 Electronics


Engin 340 Thermodynamics


Engin 341 Fluid Mechanics


Engin 410-411 Senior Research and Thesis


Engin 412 Environmental Engineering


Engin 430 Transformers and Rotating Machines


Engin 440 Energy Systems


IE 380 Engineering Economy


Specialty Requirements (21 Hours)

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Engineering

*Specialty electives must be approved by School of Engineering Curriculum and Degrees Committee.

Total required for a B.S. in Engineering degree.............................................129

Minor in Electrical Engineering [Specialty Area]

A minor in the Electrical Engineering specialty area requires Engin 230, 316, 330, 460, and 461.

Student Organizations

There are currently four student chapters of professional societies in the School of Engineering: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and the Civil Engineering Club. Additional professional societies student chapters are under development. Each society has a faculty advisor and engages in activities and projects of common interest to the membership. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of these organizations for professional growth.

Cooperative Education Program

The cooperative engineering education (co-op) program is offered as an educational enhancement to the BSE program. To complete the co-op program, a student works full-time in progressive engineering work assignments for at least three semesters (at least one year) prior to the student's senior year.

After completing all the BSE freshman year course work, an engineering student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 may elect to participate in the engineering co-op program. A transfer student must complete at least one full-time academic semester at UT Martin and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 to qualify. The co-op student alternates between full-time academic semesters and full-time engineering work assignments until the student has completed at least three work semesters. The full-time work assignments are a planned part of the co-op student's educational program; are with the same employer; and are progressive in complexity, responsibility, and pay. The student's senior year is spent in residence at the University with no further co-op work assignments. During the full-time work semesters, the student is still considered a full-time student by the University.

Students enrolling in the co-op program gain the benefits of a planned progression of work experiences, which complements and enriches their engineering studies on campus. Participants gain insight into the engineering work world, are able to apply their insights from the real world to their studies, grow in understanding of their own interests and career objectives, and advance in professional maturity. All co-op work assignments are in paid positions, and students are able to help finance their education while gaining real-world engineering experience.

Description of Courses