2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

College of Engineering

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Member, American Society for Engineering Education. Undergraduate programs in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The Computer Science program is not accredited.

College of Engineering
Office: 1650 WEB
Phone: 801-581-6911
Email: contact@coe.utah.edu

Dean: Richard B. Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Research:  Eric Eddings, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs: Ajay Nahata, Ph.D.

To prepare students for leadership positions and professional practice in academia, industry and government; to improve the productivity, health, safety and enjoyment of human life through leading-edge research; and to stimulate and grow the economy by providing qualified engineering professionals and by transferring the technologies developed in College of Engineering research to the private sector.


Chemical Engineering  
Civil & Environmental Engineering  
Electrical & Computer Engineering  
Materials Science and Engineering  
Mechanical Engineering  
School of Computing  

Centers and Institutes

Brain Institute
Energy and Geoscience Institute
Institute for Clean and Secure Energy
Nano Institute
Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute
Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery
Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics
Center for Extreme Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization
Center for High Performance Computing
Center for Parallel Computing in Utah
Materials Research, Science, and Engineering Center
NIH/NCRR Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing
NVIDIA CUDA Center for Excellence
Petroleum Research Center
Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research
Utah Center for Neuroimage Analysis
Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technology


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Electrical Engineer (E.E.)
Master of Engineering (M.E.)
Master of Entertainment Arts and Engineering (M.E.A.E.)
Master of Science (M.S.)
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Computational Engineering and Science MS Program
Entertainment Arts & Engineering Program    

Computational Engineering and Science MS Program

Our mission is to expose future scientists and engineers to the simulation scientific method of problem identification, modeling, simulation and evaluation. Exposure will be gained through a combination of graduate course work, which spans the simulation science pipeline and individual student involvement in computational engineering and science research efforts.

Please see the Computational Engineering and Science Certificate and M.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Undergraduate Program

Admission Requirements
Freshman Admission

Beginning with admission for the Fall 2016 semester, the College of Engineering is moving to a direct admission model. Admitting students directly to the College of Engineering as freshmen will allow students to receive more directed advising and greater access to College-specific resources sooner in their academic careers.

In order to be considered for direct admission to the College of Engineering, prospective freshmen must first apply to the University of Utah. Where the application asks for intended major, applicants should select their desired Engineering major. Depending on certain application criteria, students will either be given direct admission to the College or pre-engineering status. The difference between direct admission and pre-engineering status is described on the website below.

For questions regarding direct admission and pre-engineering status, contact us at info@coe.utah.edu or visit our website http://www.coe.utah.edu/admissions

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students from ABET-accredited engineering programs at other schools are evaluated for intermediate or major status on the same basis as students who did their work at the University of Utah.

Transfer students from non-ABET-accredited engineering programs may be admitted on a probationary status and may be advanced to intermediate or major status at the discretion of the department of their intended major. Academic performance while on probation is the deciding factor in making these decisions.


To complete the curriculum in engineering in four years, it is necessary for entering students to begin their first semester with the freshman course and students should check with the department of their intended major as soon as possible. To assure adequate preparation, students should take as many mathematics, science (chemistry, physics, computer science, and biology) and English classes in high school as possible. Beginning engineering students are expected to complete calculus during the freshman year.

Office of Outreach and Diversity

The Office of Outreach and Diversity is designed to provide ethnic minority and female students with encouragement and opportunities for continued success in the field of engineering. We provide support services, information on scholarships, internships, community events, nationwide conferences, as well as academic and networking opportunities. The Outreach and Diversity Coordinator is located in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

Living and Learning Opportunities

The College of Engineering sponsors three Living and Learning Communities. Sage Point, located in the University Residence Halls, offers residents the opportunity to live with other engineering students who share their academic and career goals. All undergraduate engineering students are welcome to apply to be a resident of this Living and Learning Community. Engineering also sponsors Housing in the Donna Garff Marriott Honors Community and the Kennecott Engineering House in Officers’ Circle housing.  More information is available in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

General Education Courses

The College of Engineering offers general education classes that may be taken by engineering or non-engineering students. These courses are listed in the Undergraduate Studies and Engineering Disciplines in the Courses section  of this catalog. In addition, Engineering LEAP and the Philosophy Department teach an ethics course for engineering students. The Philosophy course has a Humanities designation. The Engineering LEAP ethics class has a Behavioral Science designation.

Graduate Program

The general requirements for graduate degrees are listed in the Graduate Information section of this catalog. Since students enter a graduate program with a diversity of backgrounds and objectives, no rigid curriculum is enforced. Some typical programs are suggested, however, under individual engineering departments in the Courses section  of this catalog along with the graduate courses offered.

Credit Limitations

Students may not count more than eight credit hours of non-matriculated graduate work toward any graduate degree without prior approval.

Honorary Degrees

Honorary professional degrees in Engineering are granted by the University to persons whose achievements demonstrate outstanding engineering attainments. Nomination of a person for this degree must originate with a member of the faculty of the College of Engineering.


The College of Engineering is housed in several buildings on the north end of campus. The College of Engineering Dean’s Office, the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, student computer labs, classrooms and meeting space are located in the John E. and Marva M. Warnock Engineering Building (WEB)

The Merrill Engineering Building (MEB) houses the administrative and faculty offices and research laboratories of the programs in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as the administrative offices, faculty offices and research laboratories in the departments of Chemical Engineering, and the School of Computing. This building contains student study areas, teaching and research laboratories, computer labs, and several classrooms.

The Mechanical Engineering Kennecott Building (MEK) houses the administrative and faculty offices of the programs in the department of Mechanical Engineering.  Research laboratories, student study rooms and classrooms are also located in this building.  

The Energy and Minerals Research Laboratories Building, (EMRL) houses research and instructional labs of the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Several faculty and student offices are also in the building.

The HEDCO high-bay laboratory building houses research and instructional labs of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.

Faculty offices, student rooms, research labs, and administrative offices for the department of Materials Science and Engineering are located in the Civil and Materials Engineering Building (CME).

Faculty offices, student rooms, research labs, and administrative offices for the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are located in the Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil Engineering Building (MCE).

The James LeVoy Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB) houses the undergraduate administrative offices, faculty offices and research laboratories of the programs in the department of Bioengineering.  The Biomedical Polymers Research Building (BPRB), located to the south of University Hospital, houses the offices of the graduate program in Bioengineering, state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, and additional faculty offices for the Bioengineering Department.

Several research groups maintain research labs in Research Park, located to the east of the main campus of the University.

Program and Course Offerings




      EngineeringNuclear Engineering

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