Academic Policies

To meet the requirements for graduation, a student must successfully complete the required 120 credit hours of course work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in civil and environmental engineering courses. All required courses must be taken in sequence. Students are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) in their senior year in the District of Columbia. Students must also adhere to the following curriculum policies:

(1) Department Policy Regarding Pre/Co Requisites:

Each student must abide by the prerequisite and co-requisite stipulations in the Plan of Study. A prerequisite can only be waived if the student has unsuccessfully completed the prerequisite in a previous semester at Howard University, is concurrently enrolled in the prerequisite, AND receives approval from the instructor of the course requiring the prerequisite.

(2) Department Policy Regarding Mathematics Placement Examination:

Every student taking mathematics courses at Howard University must adhere to Mathematics Placement Examination requirements to determine the appropriate mathematics course. Each student also must complete the minimum requirement of 16 mathematics credit hours, comprised of Calculus I, II, III and Differential Equations.

(3) Department Policy Regarding Free Elective, African American Elective, Humanities and Social Sciences Elective Requirements:

The Free Elective is a three-credit course that is intended for students to explore a subject outside of, but related to, civil engineering; the Free Elective course selection must be approved by the Academic Advisor. Students must also complete a three-credit course in African American studies (per University requirement), a three-credit Humanities course, and a three-credit Social Sciences course. Tables 3 and 4 list the courses from which these elective selections must be made. Any exception to the courses listed in Tables 3-4 must be requested, in writing, along with the course description, and submitted to the student’s advisor for consideration and approval prior to enrollment in the course.

(4) Department Policy Regarding Discipline and Technical Electives:

Technical electives are intended to expand students’ basic knowledge of the civil engineering disciplines. Table 2 lists the courses from which technical elective selections must be made. Students should select technical electives from the same areas of concentration as their CIEG Discipline Electives. Students also have an opportunity to take technical elective courses through the Consortium and other University departments, upon the approval of their advisor and the Department Chair. Students must complete four of the five CIEG Discipline Elective courses listed in Table 1.

(5) Department Policy Regarding Basic Science Electives:

Each student must select one (1) of the following basic science courses to fulfill the basic science elective requirement. Note: Students must register for the lecture and lab. Students also have an opportunity to take basic science courses through the Consortium, upon the approval of their advisor and the Department Chair.

COMP-001 Life Sciences Lecture & Lab (3 credits)
COMP-002 Planetary Science Lecture & Lab (3 credits)
BIOL-101 General Biology Lecture & Lab (4 credits)

(6) Department Policy Regarding Civil Engineering Laboratory Courses:

Students are required to take the laboratory course simultaneously with the lecture for Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, and Soil Mechanics. Only students who transfer credit for the lecture from another university may enroll in the laboratory course without concurrent enrollment in the lecture.

(7) Department Policy Regarding Taking Courses from Other Institutions:

All courses taken at external institutions must be pre-approved by the Department if such courses are to become part of your undergraduate degree program requirements. Approval by the assigned advisor and Chairperson are required. Engineering courses taken from other institutions, including consortium institutions, will only be approved if the institution is ABET-accredited and the course is deemed to be of equal rigor and content as the course at Howard University. A student is only allowed to take engineering courses through the Consortium when the course has been unsuccessfully completed at Howard University or if the course is not offered at Howard in the semester that the student needs to complete it.


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