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Freshman Engineering
340 Engineering Hall
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-4540
Fax: (479) 575-7960 



Declaring a College of Engineering Major

A short time before pre-registration for the fall semester of the sophomore year (typically in March), General Engineering students choose a major within a specific College of Engineering discipline. To move into this undergraduate program, a General Engineering student must have completed each required course in the Freshman Engineering Academic Program with a University of Arkansas GPA of 2.0 and satisfied any additional requirements set forth by their new home department. General Engineering students who do not meet these conditions are advised academically within the Freshman Engineering Program on a case-by-case basis until they meet the conditions for entering a discipline-specific College of Engineering undergraduate program. These students are required to enroll in the courses necessary to remove their deficiencies; however, they can also enroll in discipline-specific College of Engineering courses for which they have satisfied the pre-requisites.

Majoring in Biological Engineering

This degree prepares students to design engineering solutions for real-world problems in Biological (living) Systems. Engineers trained to apply their expertise to various biological systems have exciting career paths and job opportunities in areas such as ecological stewardship, sustainability, food and agriculture, biotechnology, healthcare, bio-energy and bio-security. Our Biological Engineering degree also prepares students to pursue graduate engineering programs in Ecological, Biological and Biomedical Engineering; or enter Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, or Veterinary school.

Each student will need 18 hours of approved electives.

  • 6 hours must be from the biological engineering design elective courses 

  • 12 hours are classified as technical electives

Approved electives can be found on the Biological Engineering website.

Majoring in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering encompasses the creation, design, and operation, of processes / technology related to the broad field of human healthcare. The profession traditionally has focused on applications related to the development of instrumentation and diagnostic equipment, discovery of novel treatment options, production of new therapeutics, and the elucidation of underlying biophysical phenomena. Newer applications of bioengineering take advantage of the ever deepening understanding of human physiology and molecular genetics, as related to prevention, detection, and treatment of medical conditions. The Biomedical curriclum can be found here.

Each student will need 9 hours of approved electives.

  • 6 hours must be biomedical technical electives
  • 3 hours could be a biomedical technical elective or upper level science elective 

Approved electives can be found on the Biomedical website.  

Majoring in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering uniquely intertwines the creation, design, operation, and optimization of processes that derive practical benefits from chemical or physical changes. From innovations in medical diagnostic tool development, recycling, disease treatment, biofuel production, and the development of smaller, faster computer chips, the processes and products chemical engineers have helped create touch every aspect of our lives. In short, chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and engineering to solve practical problems.

Each student will need 9 hours of approved electives.

  • 3 hours must be technical or advanced science elective
  • 3 hours must be advanced science or upper level chemical engineering elective 
  • 3 hours must be a advanced science elective

Approved electives can be found on the Chemical Engineering website.

Majoring in Civil Engineering

The program in Civil Engineering is designed to provide the basic undergraduate education required for private practice and public service in civil engineering, and/or continue formal education. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of civil engineering principles and design techniques. Students utilize basic engineering science concepts through course work in several of the different specialty areas (i.e., construction/management, environmental, materials/pavement design/geotechnical, structures, and transportation).

Each student will need 12 hours of approved electives.

  • 9 hours must be civil technical electives
  • 3 hours could be a civil technical elective or approved upper level engineering elective 

Approved electives can be found on the Civil Engineering website.

Majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering

Students must meet all requirements of their degree programs and are expected to keep informed concerning current regulations, policies, and program requirements in their fields of study. Changes made in the curriculum at a level beyond that at which a student is enrolled might become graduation requirements for that student. Changes made in the curriculum at a level lower than the one at which a student is enrolled are not required of that student. Students should consult their departmental adviser for additional information. For a complete breakdown of the eight-semester degree programs, refer to the Catalog of Studies.

Majoring in Electrical Engineering

As an electrical engineer, you could work with many different kinds of electromagnetic fields, such as digital signals that send information to your cell phone, microwaves that can help detect breast cancer and the light waves used by night vision technology. You could help maintain and expand the networks that send information over the internet, control navigation of airplanes and ships, and power medical devices like MRI scanners.  With a degree in electrical engineering, you could work in many different fields, including biomedicine, communications and the defense industry.

Each student will need 15 hours of approved electives.

  • 9 hours must be Electrical technical electives
  • 6 hours could be a Electrical technical elective or approved upper level technical elective 

Approved electives can be found on the Electrical Engineering website.

Majoring in Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineering (IE) is about choices. Other engineering disciplines apply skills to very specific areas. IE gives practitioners the opportunity to work in a variety of businesses. Many practitioners say that an industrial engineering education offers the best of both worlds: an education in both engineering and business. The most distinctive aspect of industrial engineering is the flexibility it offers. Whether it's shortening a rollercoaster line, streamlining an operating room, distributing products worldwide, or manufacturing superior automobiles, all these challenges share the common goal of saving companies' money and increasing efficiencies.

Each student will need 24 hours of approved electives.

  • 18 hours must be approved technical electives. 
  • 6 hours could be an approved science electives.

Approved electives can be found on the Industrial Engineering website.

Majoring in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is perhaps the broadest of all the engineering disciplines.  For this reason, mechanical engineers are found in virtually every industry, including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, power plants, chemical, aeronautical, nautical, and automotive. Most Mechanical Engineers start their careers by utilizing skills that provide an engineering service for a company.  Depending on the company, this service may include design, research, troubleshooting, analyzing, or problem solving.  Later in their careers, Mechanical Engineers are found in management positions and higher level engineering positions. 

Each student will need 12 hours of approved technical or science electives.

Approved electives can be found on the Mechanical Engineering website.