Academic Policies

General Academic Policies

General Degree Requirements

To obtain a bachelor of science degree in an engineering or engineering technology program, students must have completed 128 credit hours in courses required for the curriculum and must also have a grade point average of at least 2.0 overall (average of C), and at least 2.0 in the student’s major. When a course is repeated (see below), only the grade the last time a course was taken is used in the calculation of the major GPA. Engineering programs require a minimum of three semesters of cooperative education experience. Engineeringtechnology has an optional co-op experience. To obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in an Engineering Technology program, students must have completed 65-68 semester credit hours in courses required for the curriculum, depending on the program of study.


Curricular Requirements

All eleven of the 128-hour Bachelor of Science programs have a similar structure of mathematics, basic sciences, humanities, social sciences, multicultural studies and engineering topics.

The required curriculum and recommended course sequence for each engineering program are presented in the departmental web pages. These curricula permit the student to complete the degree requirements, along with the co-op requirement, in four and one half years. Engineering technology can be completed in four years without co-op.


University Core Curriculum in Humanities, Social Sciences and Multicultural Studies

All engineering degree candidates are required to complete 15 to 18 credit hours of humanities, social sciences and multicultural courses that are elements of the University Core Curriculum. This simultaneously satisfies the humanities/social sciences/multicultural requirement in the College of Engineering. A list of approved courses is available in the departmental offices and the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) or the Engineering Technology Center Office (ETC, Room 101).


Mathematics and Basic Science

All Bachelor of Science in engineering programs require at least 15 hours of mathematics that include calculus through differential equations, 10 hours of calculus-based physics and at least one semester of general chemistry. Courses required in these subjects include MATH 1850, 1860, 2850 and 3860, PHYS 2130 and 2140 and CHEM 1230. Individual programs may have additional requirements in mathematics, chemistry and/or biology.

The Bachelor of Science in engineering technology programs require a minimum of 16 semester hours of mathematics including Calculus and integration; 8 semester hours of technical physics; and, one additional semester of a laboratory-based physical science, such as chemistry or geology.


Engineering Topics

Each program requires a minimum of 48 hours of engineering topics. This is designed to give the graduate a sound background in engineering science and a meaningful design experience appropriate to the selected field of study.


Full-Time Status

A student must carry a minimum of 12 semester hours each term to be considered a full-time student. Students should carry an average of 16 hours of course work each semester to complete the engineering baccalaureate degree course requirements in 8 semesters, (excluding the co-op semesters). Students are considered full-time when on a registered co-op assignment.


Attendance Requirement

Engineering students are involved in very rigorous academic programs. In order to be successful, engineering students are expected to attend all class meetings. The individual faculty member will determine the penalty for absences.


Class Rank

Class rank is based upon the number of semester hours completed and is determined as follows:

Freshman 0 - 29.9 hours
Sophomore 30 - 59.5 hours
Junior 60 - 89.9 hours
Senior 90+ hours


Scholastic Distinction - Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher will graduate with scholastic distinction. This GPA includes all undergraduate coursework taken at the University of Toledo, all undergraduate coursework taken at other institutions, and any grades deleted or forgiven.

No student will be awarded a level of honors above that indicated by the University of Toledo GPA. These averages and the citation they merit are as follows:

Cum laude 3.3
Magna cum laude 3.6
Summa cum laude 3.9

A student graduating with an Associate's degree will receive a scholastic distinction of "high scholarship" if his/her overall GPA is 3.3 or higher.

Eligible candidates will be distinguished at commencement based on all academic work completed prior to the term preceding commencement. The actual honors awarded at the time a degree is posted will be based on the final cumulative GPA.

Students with adjusted GPA’s due to “Grade Deletions” or “Academic Forgiveness” need to be aware that all grades, including deleted grades, will be used in the calculation to determine honors status.


Dean’s List

Each semester full-time students with 12 or more quality hours graded A-F who earn a term GPA of 3.5 or above are named to the Dean’s List. This distinction appears on the student’s transcript. All students who make the Dean’s List are mailed a Dean’s List Certificate approximately one month after grades are submitted. The Dean’s List is also posted in the showcase outside the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) and the Engineering Technology Center Office (ETC, Room 101).


Graduation Candidates

After 100 hours have been attempted, students should formulate plans for completion of the program and obtain the necessary approval of the Undergraduate Program Director in their department. Preparation of the final two-semester schedule (Senior Checkout) will be completedto assure that the degree requirements will be met. Once the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies has approved the Senior Checkout, a copy will be mailed to the student.

Students planning to graduate must formally apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office, Rocket Hall, Room 1100.

Graduation applications are available in the College of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies, Nitschke Hall, Room 1045; Engineering Technology Center, Room 101; the Registrar’s Office, Rocket Hall, Room 1100, or by visiting

Students planning to graduate in the Spring term should submit their application by approximately the first week of the previous November. The application deadline for Summer or Fall Commencement is approximately the last week in March of the same year. Failure to apply by the deadline may cause a student to miss important mailings and delay their graduation.


Professional Registration

Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree students These ABET accredited programs lead to licensure as a Professional Engineer, and satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio. Requirements for licensure eligibility as a Professional Engineer vary from state to state. Please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice to verify that the desired UT program will meet the eligibility criteria for the credentials you seek.  The following national sites contain state board directories.

Registration by the State of Ohio as a Professional Engineer is important for professional practice. To qualify for a Professional Engineering (PE) license students must pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (FE), (formerly known as the Engineer-in-Training [EIT] exam), have four years (8 years for engineering technology) of acceptable progressive experience involving engineering, and pass the Professional Engineering [PE] Exam. Engineering graduate study and registered co-op experiences can often count toward the 4 (or 8) years of required experience. The PE license has reciprocity in many states.

All graduates are strongly encouraged to take the FE in the sitting just prior to their graduation. Effective January, 2014 the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam transitioned to computer-based testing. The FE exam is offered at Pearson Vue Select testing centers located throughout Ohio. The exam is offered in four two-month testing windows with exams available in January-February, April-May, July-August and October-November. Candidates are permitted to take the FE exam one time during each testing window, limited to three times in a 12-month period. Registration is always open. 

Further information is available from the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors 77 S. High St., Room 1698, Columbus, OH 43215-6108 (614) 466-3650, Additional information regarding the PE and FE exams can be found on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying website at: More information on computer-based testing can be found at


Registration Policies

Each semester a new Schedule of Classes is posted prior to the Early Registration period that lists the courses available for the next semester. A listing is available at: Continuing students may register for courses by using the Web for students ( Complete directions for using Web Registration are available online. Students may also register for classes by completing a Course Request form and returning it to the Registrar’s Office (Rocket Hall, Room 1100). Course Request forms are available in all departmental offices in Nitschke Hall; the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045); and, in the Engineering Technology Center, Room 101.


Schedule Adjustments
Adding a Class or Registering Late

A student may add a course or register late within the first 3 calendar days of a new semester (with no signatures required) as long as a seat is available. Students wishing to add a class between the 4th and 15th calendar day of a new semester, must complete a Course Request form, obtain a signature from the instructor, and return the form to either the Registrar’s Office, (Rocket Hall, Room 1100) or the Registration Office on Scott Park Campus before 5:00 p.m. on the 15th calendar day of the semester.

Course Request forms are available in the departmental offices in Nitschke Hall as well as the Office of Undergraduate Studies, (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) and, in the Engineering Technology Center, Room 101. Note that initial registrations after the semester starts will incur significant late registration fees.


Dropping a Class

A student may drop a course by completing a Course Request form and returning it to the Registrar’s Office (Rocket Hall, Room 1100) or the Registration Office on Scott Park Campus. The date used to determine eligibility for a refund is the date the drop transaction is processed in the Registrar’s Office (RH 1100). The refund policy for dropped classes during Fall and Spring Semesters is as follows:

    Before the 1st day of the term: 100% 1st–5th calendar weekday of the term: 90% 6th-11th calendar weekday of the term: 60% After the 15th* day of the term: 0% *(weekdays and weekends included)

The Add/ Drop period for the Summer Term is adjusted proportionally. Each Summer session is treated as a separate time period for the add/drop calculations.

Giving notice to an instructor, stopping payment on a check used to pay fees, not attending classes, or similar unofficial notice to any University or College office will not be considered official notice and does not automatically drop a student from his/her courses.


Withdrawing from a Class

From the 16th calendar day of a new semester to the Friday of the 8th week of a semester, students may withdraw from a course. The instructor’s signature is not required and a grade of “W” will be posted on the transcript. No refund is given during the withdrawal period.

Withdraw Petitions are available in the Registrar’s Office (Rocket Hall, Room 1100) on Main Campus, on the Scott Park Campus (AS 102), or in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) and must be returned to the Registrar’s Office before 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the 8th week.


Pass/No Credit Option

Students may elect to enroll in certain undergraduate courses for Pass/No Credit rather than A-F grades. Grades of C or better will be changed to PS, and grades of C-, D+, D, D- and F will be changed to NC. The grades of PS and NC do not affect the grade point average.

Engineering students have the option of electing to take a maximum of two humanities/social science/multicultural courses on a PS/NC basis. To take a class on a PS/NC basis, students must submit a Pass/No Credit Grade form complete with the signature of the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) or the signature of the Engineering Technology Department Chair (ETC, Room 1127) for engineering technology students.

Pass/No Credit Grade forms are available in the Engineering Undergraduate Office (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) or in the Registrar’s Office (Rocket Hall, Room 1100). The form must be returned to the Registrar's Office before the end of the 15th calendar day of the term.


Required Academic Performance

All students are expected to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA while enrolled in the College of Engineering. If a student achieves less than a 2.0 grade point average the first semester, he/she is expected to make marked improvement in subsequent semesters in order to achieve a 2.0 overall GPA. Anything less will lead to suspension or dismissal according to the policy outlined below.


Probation, Suspension, Readmission and Dismissal

After each semester, each student’s progress is reviewed. Students who do not meet the minimum academic achievement level will be placed on probation or, if already on probation, may be suspended or dismissed from the College according to the following rules:



Students on probation will not be allowed to interview for co-op positions.

Students experiencing difficulty in math, chemistry or physics that are still interested in a career in engineering may consider switching their major to one of the Engineering Technology programs within the College of Engineering.

Students interested in a more applied engineering program are encouraged to consider the Engineering Technology programs. Bachelor of Science degrees are available in Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Computer Science and Engineering Technology.

For more information about the Engineering Technology program contact the Academic Program Coordinator at (419) 530-3062.



The one semester suspension is deferred for suspended engineering students who choose to transfer to Engineering Technology. For more information about the Engineering Technology program contact the Academic Program Co-ordinator at (419) 530-3062.




Grade Deletion Policy for Repeated Courses

Students may repeat a course previously attempted in which they received a grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F. If the grade earned in the repeated course is a C or higher, the student may petition the college in which the course is taught to have the initial grade deleted from the overall GPA calculation.

Grades for all attempts at the course will appear on the student’s official transcript regardless of whether or not the grade has been deleted. All grades, including those for deleted grades and repeated courses, will be used to determine if a student will graduate with honors. Courses in which the student received a grade of C or better may not be repeated either for credit or for the purpose of raising the GPA or the GPA in the major area.

A student may petition to have F, D-, D, D+, and C-, grades deleted from the GPA computation under the following conditions:

This policy applies only to the first recorded grade in a course that a student has repeated. Petitions will be approved unless the instructor attests that the grade was given for academic dishonesty.

Grade Deletion forms to delete grades for engineering courses are located in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (Nitschke Hall, Room 1045) or in the Engineering Technology Center Office (Room 101). If the course was from another college (Arts & Sciences), the student must go to that college to obtain the Grade Deletion form and necessary signatures.