Pre-Engineering

The University of Central Arkansas enjoys transfer agreements with Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Mississippi State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Under each agreement, students satisfactorily completing general education, mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses at UCA that are stipulated by the agreement and specified by the pre-engineering advisor will be able to transfer these courses toward an engineering degree. Students interested in any of these programs should contact the pre-engineering advisor, who will assist the student in laying out a complete plan of study.

Core Curriculum

Students interested in an engineering program other than those above should complete a core curriculum including the following courses:

  • CHEM 1450 College Chemistry I
  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
  • MATH 1591 Calculus I
  • MATH 1592 Calculus II
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 1441 University Physics 1
  • PHYS 1442 University Physics 2
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • FACS 3365 Introduction to CAD

In addition to these courses, a student should complete WRTG 1310, WRTG 1320, and humanities and/or social science electives. Before selecting elective courses, the student should investigate the requirements of the engineering school the student expects to attend after completing work at UCA. Students should be aware that while courses from the Honors College can substitute for general education courses at UCA, there is no guarantee that these courses will be accepted as meeting these requirements by engineering programs.

Dual Degree Program

The University of Central Arkansas also offers a 3-2 program in engineering in cooperation with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UAF). Students enrolled in programs offered under this agreement will attend UCA for approximately three years and will attend UAF for approximately two years. After completing the academic requirements of the two cooperating institutions, the student shall be awarded a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific discipline from UCA, and one of the designated bachelor's degrees listed below awarded by UAF. Admission into the associated engineering programs is determined by UAF on the basis of student performance in the initial years of the programs at UCA.

The curricula in this dual degree program are subject to modifications reflecting changes to the degree program requirements at both degree granting institutions. Students in this program should work closely with their advisor. No course substitutions should be made without documented approval by the designated program advisor. Minors are not required in these programs. Upper division humanities and social sciences electives are required in these programs. In addition to the curricular plans for each engineering degree program, as part of orientation at UAF, all students must take the Advanced English Exemption Exam. Students who do not pass the exemption exam are required to take ENGL 2003 in order to satisfy the degree requirements at UAF.

The programmatic requirements for the three years to be completed at UCA are detailed below. Detailed information about the requirements for completing the programs at the University of Arkansas is available from the UCA Department of Physics and Astronomy.

All tracks require the completion of the general education program and the courses identified below as the 3-2 Core Courses. Some tracks require certain specific general education courses, these courses are listed under the appropriate tracks. Students should consult the pre-engineering advisor to ensure that the selected general education courses meet the requirements of the dual degree program.

3-2 Core Courses

  • PHYS 1441 University Physics 1
  • PHYS 1442 University Physics 2
  • MATH 1591 Calculus I
  • MATH 1592 Calculus II
  • CHEM 1450 College Chemistry I

 

Biological Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in General Science at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering at UAF.

  • BIOL 1440 Principle of Biology I
  • BIOL 1442 Principles of Biology II
  • BIOL 2490 Genetics
  • BIOL 4420 General Microbiology
  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2401Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 3411 Organic Chemistry II
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • PHYS 2311 Statics
  • PHYS 3342 Mechanics
  • PHYS 3343 Thermal Physics
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

Chemical Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at UAF.

  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • CHEM 2401 Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • CHEM 3411 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 4450 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 4460 Physical Chemistry II
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • PHYS 2311 Statics
  • ECON 1310 Modern Political Economy
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

Civil Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Applied Physics track) at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering at UAF.

  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3320 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • MATH 4305 Applied Mathematics I
  • MATH 4306 Applied Mathematics II
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • PHYS 2311 Statics
  • PHYS 3341 Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • PHYS 3342 Mechanics
  • PHYS 3360 Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS 3110 Junior Laboratory 1
  • PHYS 3343 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 3120 Junior Laboratory 2
  • Physics Elective
  • ECON 2320 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

Computer Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at UAF.

  • CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
  • CSCI 1480 Computer Science II
  • CSCI 2350 Assembly Language
  • CSCI 3320 Data Structures
  • CSCI 3350 File Processing
  • CSCI 3370 Programming Languages
  • Computer Science Elective
  • Computer Science Elective
  • MATH 2330 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3320 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 1441 University Physics 1
  • PHYS 1442 University Physics 2
  • WRTG 3310 Technical Writing
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

Industrial Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Applied Physics track) or Mathematics (Applied Mathematics track at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at UAF.

  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • Computer Science Elective
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 2311 Statistics
  • MATH 3320 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • MATH 2311 Statistics
  • MATH 4315 Partial differential Equations
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • PHYS 2311 Statics
  • PHYS 3360 Electromagnetism 1
  • PHYS 3110 Junior Laboratory 1
  • PHYS 3343 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 3120 Junior Laboratory 2
  • ECON 2320 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

Mechanical Engineering

Students successfully completing this program by completing the general education program, the 3-2 core, the courses listed below and the specific requirements of the appropriate engineering degree at UAF, will earn a Bachelor of Science in Physics (Applied Physics track) at UCA and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at UAF.

  • CHEM 1451 College Chemistry II
  • CSCI 1470 Computer Science I
  • MATH 2371 Calculus III
  • MATH 3320 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 3331 Differential Equations
  • MATH 4305 Applied Math I
  • MATH 4306 Applied Math II
  • PHYS 2443 University Physics 3
  • PHYS 2311 Statics
  • PHYS 3341 Mathematical Methods in Physics
  • PHYS 3342 Mechanics
  • PHYS 3360 Electromagnetism I
  • PHYS 3110 Junior Lab 1
  • PHYS 3343 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 3120 Junior Lab 2
  • Physics Elective
  • ECON 2320 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Upper Level Humanities/Social Science Electives (6 hours)

 

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