Transferring to College of Engineering Programs from Other Universities or Programs
The BS degrees in the College of Engineering at HBU generally require 44 semester credit hours of Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, 27 hours of additional math and science, and 62 hours of major requirements. Because of the math requirements for the BS degrees in engineering and computing fields, placement of transfer students in the curriculum and awarding of credit depends primarily on the math courses completed at the time of transfer. Since the academic preparation of transfer students varies from one student to another, each student’s transcript must be evaluated individually. Transfer students are advised initially by the dean of the College of Engineering.
A transfer student will generally fall into one of the following three categories:
Students who have not yet begun calculus
Students who have not yet begun calculus are required to enroll in the engineering, computing, math, or science courses that students who enter as first-year students at HBU must take. Most often, students will have transfer credit for general education courses (called the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum at HBU). These students will likely require four years to complete all of the prerequisites and required courses of the BS degree. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the increased flexibility in scheduling that is presented by having credit for general education courses. As schedules permit, these students have a greater opportunity to complete a valuable minor in addition to their engineering or computer science degree.
Students who have credit for one or two calculus courses
Students who have successfully completed some of their calculus courses are placed in the appropriate level math class at HBU in their first semester. The Math program offers assistance in evaluating students’ transcripts to determine which math courses to accept for transfer credit. These students are required to enroll in ENSC 1411 and ENSC 1412 (Engineering and Cyber Projects, I and II – the first-year sequence required of all CoE majors). This enables these transfer students to gain the value from project-based learning, team collaborations, and student-owned laboratories that characterizes the programs in the CoE at HBU. In some instances, these students may also be allowed to proceed in taking sophomore-level engineering courses prior to completion of ENSC 1412. Waiver of such prerequisites by the dean is based on the progress of the transfer student in the calculus sequence, and other indicators of maturity in academic performance. This could enable transfer students in this category to reduce the number of semesters required to complete the degree. These students may also consider taking a minor in addition to their major degree.
Students in Computer Science must also enroll in COSC 1351 and 1352 (computer programming), or present equivalent transfer credit for evaluation. In some instances, these students may also be allowed to proceed in taking sophomore-level computer science courses prior to completion of COSC 1352. Waiver of such prerequisites is also based on the progress of the transfer student in the calculus sequence, and other indicators of maturity in academic performance. This could enable transfer students in this category to reduce the number of semesters required to complete the degree. These students may also consider taking a minor in addition to their major degree.
Students who have transfer credit for the entire calculus sequence and some engineering (or computer science) credit
These students are considerably further along academically, and the requirement of ENSC 1411 and ENSC 1412 may be optional. In place of these eight semester hours, these transfer students will be required to substitute eight hours of technical elective credit. Transfer credit may be allowed for up to four semester hours of the ENSC 1411/1412 sequence if the student has an appropriate first-year engineering course to transfer (reducing the substitution requirement to four hours of technical elective). Unless the math courses presented for transfer credit contain a significant amount of statistics content, these students will be required to take a statistics class. (Statistics content is distributed throughout multiple engineering courses at HBU). Transfer credit for an engineering course (e.g. electric circuits, thermodynamics, statics or strength of materials) is awarded if the course was taken at an ABET-accredited institution, and if the student can provide documentation to demonstrate that the course being transferred is equivalent to an appropriate HBU engineering degree.
For computer science students in this category, the requirement of ENSC 1411 and ENSC 1412 may be optional. In place of these eight semester hours, these transfer students will be required to substitute eight hours of technical elective credit. Transfer credit may be allowed for up to four semester hours of the ENSC 1411/1412 sequence if the student has an appropriate first-year engineering or computer projects course to transfer (reducing the substitution requirement to four hours of a technical elective). Computer Science students who transfer six or more hours of programming courses may be evaluated for credit to replace COSC 1351 and 1352. Transfer credit for a computer science course (e.g., data structures, systems programming, operating systems) is awarded if the course was taken at an ABET-accredited institution, and if the student can provide documentation to demonstrate that the course being transferred is equivalent to the HBU computer science degree.
Minors for Engineering and Computer Science Students
One advantage of studying at Houston Baptist University is the wide range of liberal arts courses, curricula, and minors available to students. HBU offers dozens of minors, ranging from 19 to 24 semester hours. A partial list is given below, including a number of minors that would be enhancements for students considering careers in cybersecurity or other engineering areas, and for students desiring to enhance their worldview and personal development.
- Mathematics: 22 hours (of which 16 are satisfied in the BS degrees in CoE)
- Physics: 21 hours (of which eight or more are satisfied in the BS degrees in CoE)
- Biology: 19 hours
- General Business: 21 hours
- International Business: 24 hours
- Marketing: 21 hours
- Management: 21 hours
- Great Texts: 18 hours
- History: 18 hours
- Criminal Justice: 18 hours
- Family Studies: 18 hours
- Government: 18 hours
- Medical Humanities: 20 hours
- Philosophy: 18 hours
- Christian Studies: 18 hours
- Biblical Studies: 18 hours
- Practical Theology: 18 hours
- Cinema and New Media Arts: 18 hours
- Music: 19 hours
Making Academic Progress in College of Engineering Programs
Student performance and attainment of learning outcomes are evaluated primarily by grades received in courses that are required in the degree plan for the chosen major. The minimum passing grade for individual courses is a D, although courses that serve as prerequisites for subsequent courses (e.g., most math courses), require a minimum grade of C. The college requires a minimum 2.0 grade point average over all courses required in the major.
Students are required to meet with the dean of the College or a faculty advisor at least once each semester. During this appointment, the advisor and the student should discuss progress in the current term, courses anticipated for the next two semesters, and a schedule of courses that would lead to successful completion of the degree requirements and graduation. The advisor is also a primary source of information on career planning and guidance. The dean serves as advisor to all senior students within one year of expected graduation.