June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Engineering, being a specialized profession, requires specific courses to be completed prior to entering the junior year of an ABET-accredited program. The subset of the undergraduate population that transfers into an engineering program is a significant part of many student’s path to an engineering degree. This paper expands on the authors' previous research investigating the current Florida community and State college curricula in order to determine the degrees, programs, and courses currently available to students interested in pursuing a degree in engineering at the bachelor’s level. This is the second in a series of papers that seeks to assist the students, the institutions that serve them as well as the region and the engineering profession. Thus, the next step is to identify the prerequisites required for the various engineering programs offered at Florida universities. Transferring as a junior into an engineering Bachelor of Science degree program within the Florida University System is optimal. Because of the unique math and science requirements, it is very challenging to transfer directly into an engineering program. Florida has a strong 2+2 program, but the availability of a two-year degree program specifically set up to allow students the ability to transfer directly into an engineering program as a junior is woefully lacking. By investigating the pre-requisite requirements in the various engineering programs at Florida universities the viability of an AS degree in pre-engineering can be determined. Identifying the needed transfer courses in order to enter the upper level engineering division courses, it is anticipated will increase engineering graduation rates. Moreover, these graduation rates will impact the rate that typically underrepresented populations will enter the engineering profession due to the fact that State colleges and community colleges typically sever a wider minority population. The goal of this paper is to reveal the common prerequisites that are required for select ABET engineering programs in the state of Florida. Many of these prerequisites are common to other engineering program nationwide. As a result of this investigation, options can be explored as to how best meet the needs of students as well as increase the number of quality engineering students who, for possibly many reasons, chose to not enroll in an engineering program as a freshman student at a university. By investigating upper level engineering pre-requisites, it is proposed that new programs or policies be developed that provide guarantee transfer entrance as a Junior into a Florida university engineering Bachelor of Science degree program. An analysis of the pre-requisites for these programs, increases the probability that students desiring to transfer into an engineering Bachelor of Science degree program will be successful.
Schott, E., & Orndoff, C. (2019, June), Engineering Prerequisites at Florida Universities Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32733
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