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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog


Dean • Ricardo Jacquez

Associate Dean (Academic Programs) • Krist Petersen

Associate Dean/Director of Engineering Research Center • Rudi Schoenmackers

Assistant Dean (Development) • Patricia Sullivan

Scholarship and Career Development Coordinator • Monica Lopez

Communications and special Events coordinator • Linda Fresques

Enrollment Specialist • Marcela Salmón

Bachelor of Science- Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Surveying Engineering

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology


ABET (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), established in 1933 and composed of representatives from technical societies, assures professional standards by periodic evaluations of the programs in the College of Engineering. (ABET may be contacted at 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 or by phone at (410) 347-7700.)

Continuous accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET has been in force since 1938 for civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, 1967 for chemical engineering, 1971 for industrial engineering, 2001 for surveying engineering and 2005 for engineering physics.

The electronics and computer, civil, and mechanical engineering technology baccalaureate degree programs have been accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of ABET since 1988.

The college is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

The College of Engineering comprises six departments: Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering ; Industrial Engineering; Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering;

Mission of the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering will uphold the land grant mission of NMSU through nationally recognized programs in education, research, and professional & public service.

With respect to our undergraduate programs, we will accomplish our mission by focusing on the following goals:

  1. To be nationally and internationally recognized for academic & research programs in Engineering & Engineering Technology.
  2. Provide world-class engineers & engineering technologists for industrial, government, and academic constituents of the College of Engineering
  3. To be the “University of Choice” for undergraduate engineering & engineering technology education in the region
  4. To serve as an engine for economic development in New Mexico through the advancement of engineering and technology

Furthermore, graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees will demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • an ability to communicate effectively;
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate study is available in the Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. See the Graduate Catalog for details.

Student Advisement

Students coming into the College of Engineering are encouraged to declare a major and be advised in that department. At their discretion, students may change majors any time in the course of their study by notifying the associate dean. However, a change in major may result in a delay in graduation.

Students uncertain about choosing a major may list themselves as undeclared in the College of Engineering and be advised by the associate dean. Undeclared students will be asked to choose a major after two semesters in the college. Students must have a declared major in order to graduate.

At the discretion of the associate dean, students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress may be required to leave the College of Engineering.

General Education

With the exception of math and science, the College accepts all coursework approved for inclusion in the New Mexico General Education Common Core. Calculus I, General Chemistry I, and Engineering Physics I are required to satisfy areas II and III of the common core.

S/U Coursework

The College requires most degree requirements to be taken with traditional grading. Students may take selected humanities and social science courses under the S/U option. Other exceptions are specifically noted in the program descriptions later in this catalog.

Math Placement

Entering freshmen are placed into an appropriate math course based upon the results of the Math Placement Exam administered regularly by the NMSU mathematics department. Students with Advanced Placement or transfer credit for mathematics will be placed accordingly. Math placement may be altered at the discretion of the associate dean.


Minors are available from most departments within the College of Engineering. Minors are outlined in the individual program descriptions later in this catalog.

MINOR: Environmental Management (18 credits)

The environmental management minor is an interdisciplinary program administered by WERC: A Consortium for Environmental Education and Technology Development, located in Foreman Hall.

Requirements: (all courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. No courses may be taken S/U.)

1. One of the following (3 credits): WERC 300, Introduction to Pollution Prevention and Its Applications; WERC 350, Introduction to Energy, Environmental and Risk Assessment; WERC 381, Renewable Energy Technologies; WERC 382, Solar Energy Technologies; WERC 384, Wind and Water Energy Technologies; WERC 386, Sustainable Building Technology; WERC 425, Chemical Hygiene Awareness for New Mexico Schools;
WERC 490, Special Topics
2.. Any two of the following (3 credits): WERC 330, Environmental Management Seminar I (or equivalent); WERC 430, Environmental Management Seminar II (or equivalent); WERC/E S/E T 312, Emergency Response to Hazardous Material Incidents 3
3. Any four approved environmental management courses (12 credits) 12

Cooperative Education

After two semesters of satisfactory academic work (2.5 GPA), an engineering student may go on a work phase with one of the many companies or governmental agencies with which the university has co-op agreements. The experience obtained through alternating periods of academic and fieldwork greatly contributes to the preparation of a student for professional life. Work phases are considered to be a vital part of the educational process, and students are counseled in the selection of co-op positions that will lead to progressive learning experiences. Earnings while on work phase provide a source of financial assistance to meet educational expenses.

A significant number of undergraduate engineering students are in the cooperative education program. Students may, with the approval of their department head, earn credit while participating in a co-op work phase. Co-op credits do not normally count toward the degree requirements but do show on the transcript.

General Requirements

Students in the College of Engineering are expected to:

  1. Earn a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 before enrolling in engineering courses numbered 300 or above
  2. Have completed (with a grade of C, or better) the prerequisites for each engineering, technology, math, and science course taken.
  3. Earn at least a grade of C in all engineering, technology, math and science courses numbered below 300 which are specifically required for the degree.
  4. Repeat all courses which have not been satisfactorily completed, each semester they are offered.

Requirements for Graduation

The minimum requirements for undergraduate degrees are:

  1. Satisfaction of the university requirements as previously outlined in the “Regulations” section of this catalog.
  2. Satisfaction of the college requirements as outlined under “General Requirements”, above.
  3. Satisfaction of the departmental rules and course requirements as outlined in the individual program descriptions later in this catalog.

NOTE: In order to maintain quality, remain current, and satisfy changes in accreditation criteria, requirements which have been published may be changed. Any such changes will be announced and will not be retroactive. Always consult an academic advisor before registering for classes.