Engineering Requirements

Engineering Requirements:

Students entering the University of Dallas (UD) as physics majors have the opportunity to pursue a cooperative degree in electrical engineering through the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Electrical Engineering Department.  The dual degree program is designed for the well-prepared student to be able to complete two degrees, a B.A. in physics from UD and an electrical engineering degree from UTA, in five years.  The program is rather unique in that students take classes from both institutions beginning in their freshman year.  This allows students to establish early in their undergraduate education that they desire to be an electrical engineer with a firm grasp of the Western intellectual tradition, to have extensive reading and writing abilities, and to understand the physical nature of our world, which are characteristics offered by the completion of the physics degree and core curriculum at UD.  This dual degree program also offers the liberally educated UD student the opportunity to understand the advances in technology noted on the UTA electrical engineering webpage, "more than ever, electrical engineering demands a multidisciplinary approach to address challenges of the future and problems of today," and it demands that engineers must have the ability to communicate well their ideas to others.  It is the goal of this program to educate liberally engineers and physicists who meet these challenges.  

The entrance requirements for this dual program are the same as the entrance requirements for a physics major at UD.  Students expected to do well in this program will have completed a rigorous high school program,  which included courses in upper level mathematics, advanced chemistry, and advanced physics.  Students not having such a background may still complete the program, but the completion time may be more than five years.  The suggested course sequence includes the Rome Program during the second semester of the sophomore year. 

Admissions Policy and Process:

  • Apply to UD as a dual-degree physics/electrical engineering student as a freshman and make sure Dr. Hicks is your advisor
  • Apply to UTA by December 1 of your freshman year after completing an application form available from Dr. Hicks
  • Once admitted to UTA, contact a UTA undergraduate engineering advisor (Dr. Saibun Tjuatja or Ms. Pauline Mason) to complete your registration requirements for the spring semester.  Students must see an advisor before they can register for classes at UTA and they must also complete an orientation class before enrolling in January classes.
  •  Normal UTA admissions standards will apply, but students must indicate they are a dual-degree student. Although the student will have completed less than 24 hours of college work by the beginning of the spring semester of the 1st year, the student's academic advisor will be the undergraduate advisor in EE and not the University College (UCOL) advisor (i.e., the student's major should be coded as EE_INT and not EE_UCOL).
  • The student's home institution shall remain UD for years 1-3 and UT Arlington for years 4-5. Normal standards for continuation will apply.

Program Description:

  • The student enters the curriculum designed by UD that shall include the minimal course requirements.
  • The undergraduate advisor in EE at UTA will provide the personal contact needed to navigate the enrollment and advising processes.
  • For the determination of tuition, fees, room and board costs, and financial aid, students in this program are considered full-time students at UD during years one through three and full-time students at UT Arlington during years four and five. Tuition and fees for students taking classes at UT Arlington during years one through three and at UD for years four and five will be based on the per course rates. The institution in which the student has full-time enrollment is responsible for calculating financial aid, disbursing aid, monitoring satisfactory progress and other student eligibility requirements, keeping records, and returning funds in the event of withdrawal from the program.
  • Normally at the end of the fifth year upon the completion of all of the core and major degree requirements at UD and the completion of all of the degree requirements at UT Arlington, students will be granted a BA degree in Physics from UD and a BS degree in EE from UT Arlington. Students who withdraw from this program and who have completed the undergraduate degree requirements at UD will be granted a BA degree in physics.
  • Students who do not fulfill the requirements of this dual degree program are in no way precluded from applying to the EE Program at UT Arlington through the usual process.

 


University of Dallas Contacts

 Department   Name  Phone  Email
Dean of Constantin College Dr. J. J. Sanford                  972-721-5108           jsanford@udallas.edu
Engineering Advisor Dr. S. F. Hicks  972-721-5215  hicks@udallas.edu
Registrar Ms. Kathy McGraw   972-721-5221  kmcgraw@udallas.edu 
Financial Aid Ms. Taryn Anderson  972-721-5266  taryn@udallas.edu
Bursar                                             Ms. Meg Johnson  972-721-5177  meg@udallas.edu

University of Texas at Arlington Contacts

Sr. Associate Dean of Engineering      Dr. Lynn Peterson           peterson@uta.edu    
Engineering Advisor

Dr. Saibun Tjuatja

Ms. Pauline Mason

 tjuatja@uta.edu

pmason@uta.edu

Suggested 5-year Curriculum

Students are encouraged to apply to the  John B. O'Hara Chemical Sciences Institute.  This rigorous program is offered during the summer prior to their freshman year to students who meet the entrance requirements.  The O'Hara program is not a requirement for the dual-degree program, but it does ease scheduling requirements for completing the program in five years.

Summer Prior to Freshman Year - O'Hara Program

                                          Semester                                              Course    Credits
                   Summer I                        CHE 1303/1103 Gen Chem I and Lab                            4
Summer II    CHE 1304/1104 Gen Chem II and Lab       4
     Total Credits       8
1st  Year 
             Semester           Course

 Credits

                                               Fall                                                   ENG 1301 - Literary Traditions I
PHY 2311/2111 - General Physics I and Lab
MAT 1404 - Calculus I
LANG 2311 - Intermediate Foreign Language I       
THE 1310 - Understanding the Bible
Total Credits

      3

      4
      4
      3
      3

     17

                                              Spring      PHY 2312/2112 0 General Physics II and Lab
MAT 1411 - Calculus II
LANG 2312 Intermediate Foreign Language II
CSE 1311 - Intro Prog for Eng & Sci
EE 1201 - Intro to Electrical Engineering
EE 1106 - Electrical Engineering Practicum


Total Credits

      4 
      4 
      3 
      3 
      2 
      1 

     17

                                                                                                                                    Courses in bold font must be taken at UTA.

2nd  Year
                                                Fall                                                  ENG 1302 - Literary Traditions II  
PHI 1301 - Philosophy and the Ethical Life         
PHY 3320/3120 - Quantum Physics and Lab          
MAT 2412 - Calculus III
EE 2441 - Dig Logic and Micro

Total Credits

       3      
       4 
       4
       3 
       4 

 

      18 

 Spring  
(Rome)
ENG 2311 - Literary Traditions III
HIS 2301 - Western Civilization
PHI 2323 - Philosophy of Man
THE 2311 - Western Theological Traditions
ART 2311 - Art & Architecture of Rome

Total Credits

       3 
       3 
       3 
       3 
       3 

      15 

                                                                                                                                     Courses in bold font must be taken at UTA.

3rd  Year
                                                  Fall                                                MAT 3324 - Differential Equations
PHY 4423 - Theoretical Mechanics
PHI 3311 - Philosophy of Being
PHY 3363 - Computational Physics
ECO 1311 - Fundamentals of Economics                  

Total Credits

        3         
        4 
        3 
        3 
        3 
 

       16 

                                                Spring    PHY 4424 - Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3333/3133 - Electronics and Lab
HIS 2302 - Western Civilization II
EE 2415 - Circuit Analysis I
EE 2347 Math Foundations of EE


Total Credits

        4  
        4 
        3  
        4  
        3  

       18 

                                                                                                                                    Courses in bold font must be taken at UTA.

4th  Year
                                                 Fall                                                 PHY 3326 - Statistical Physics   
PHY 4327 - Electromagnetic Theory
POL 1311 - Principles of American Politics            
EE 3446 - Circuits II
EE 3417 - Continuous Sigs and Sys

Total Credits

            3        
            4 
            3 
            3 
            4 

           17   

                                               Spring   PHY 4328 - Electrodynamics   
Biology Core
PHY 4153 - Physics Seminar  
EE 3330 - Prob. and Random Signals
EE 3318 - Discrete Sigs and Sys
EE Core Elective

Total Credits

            3 
            3 
            1 
            3 
            3 
            3 
 

           16 

                                                                                                                                   Courses in bold font must be taken at UTA.

5th  Year
                                                      Fall                                            

HIS 1311 - American Civilization I      

EE 4340 - Concepts & Exer for Eng Practice          

ENGR Elective

EE Core Elective
EE Elective


Total Credits
          3 
          3 
          3
          3
          3 

         15 
                                                  Spring     HIS 1312 - American Civilization II     
POLS 2312 - State and Local Government
EE 4349 - Engineering Design
EE Elective
COMS 2302 - Prof and Tech Communication

Total Credits
          3 
          3 
          3 
          3 
          3 

         15

                                                                                                                                    Courses in bold font must be taken at UTA.

Physics and Engineering Requirements 

UD Physics Courses - Need 32 for a B.A.
Fall 1st Year  PHY 2311/2111 - General Physics I & Lab 4 hours
Spring 1st Year       PHY 2312/2112 - General Physics II & Lab 4 hours
Fall 2nd Year PHY 3320/3120 - Quantum Physics & Lab                4 hours
Spring 2nd Year in Rome  
Fall 3rd Year PHY 4423 - Theoretical Mechanics
(CE 2312 - Statics & Dynamics)2
4 hours
  PHY 3363 - Computational Physics 3 hours
Spring 3rd Year PHY 4424 - Quantum Mechanics 4 hours
  PHY 3333/3133 - Electronics & Lab
(EE 2403 - Electronics I)2
4 hours
Fall 4th Year PHY 3326 - Statistical Physics
(MAE 3309 - Thermodynamics)2
3 hours
  PHY 4327 - Electromagnetic Theory
(EE 3407 - Electromagnetics)2
3 hours
Spring 4th Year PHY 4328 - Electrodynamics
(EE Elective)
3 hours
  PHY 4153 - Physics Seminar    1 hour
Total   37 hours1
1 This is three more hours than required for the BA in Physics degree from UD.
2 UTA Course equivalent

 

Courses Taken at UTA
Spring 1st Year EE 1104 - Intro to Engineering 1 hour
  EE 1205 - Intro to Electrical Engineering 2 hours
  CSE 1311 - Intro. Programming for Eng. & Sci. 3 hours
Fall 2nd Year EE 2415 - Circuit Analysis I 4 hours
Spring 3rd Year   EE 2441 - Digital Logic and Microprocessors 4 hours
  EE 2347 - Math Foundations of EE 3 hours
Fall 4th Year EE 3417 - Continuous Signals & Systems 4 hours
  EE 3446 - Circuit Analysis II 4 hours
Spring 4th Year EE 3330 - Probability and Random Signals 3 hours
  EE 3318 - Discrete Signals and Systems 3 hours
  EE Core Elective 3 hours
Fall 5Year EE 4340 - Concepts and Exercises in Engineering Practice 3 hours
  EE Core Elective 3 hours
  EE Elective 3 hours
  ENGR Elective 3 hours
Spring 5 POLS 2312 - State and Local Government 3 hours
  EE4349 - Engineering Design Project 3 hours
  EE Elective 3 hours
  COMS 2302 - Professional and Technical Communication 3 hours
Total   58 hours


Additional Comments:

  • Students will qualify for a Bachelor's of Science degree in physics from the University of Dallas by completing a research thesis and by giving a talk at a professional meeting; they must also satisfy the UD core curriculum.
  • Students must complete the physics comprehensive examination from the University of Dallas.
  • The 5th year could be completed entirely at the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • The above curriculum assumes students enter the O'Hara Summer Chemistry Institute and that they place at the Intermediate language level when entering UD.  Additional semesters or summer work will be needed if these are not true.
  • AP or IB credit will be assessed according to the UD code.  Students may place out of some of the above classes with appropriate scores on AP and IB examinations.
  • Total number of Hours = 172 semester hours.
  • The distance between UD and UTA is 19.4 miles and is a 28 minute drive under normal driving conditions.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation to UTA.  It may also be possible to take some UTA courses online.
  • EE requirements are subject to change by the Electrical Engineering Department at UTA, as are graduation requirements for the B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  

Responsibilities of Student Participating in UTA/UD Dual Degree Program:

  • Apply and obtain admission to both programs (UD for Fall of Y1 and UTA for Spring of Y1; UTA applications are due Dec. 1 of your freshman year.)
  • Provide UD with copy of admission to UTA Electrical Engineering program
  • Submit a FAFSA and any other requested financial documentation if applying for need based aid. 
  • Register for the appropriate classes at each institution
  • Meet with advisor each semester at both institutions
  • Follow all applicable rules and regulations of both campuses while enrolled
  • Follow withdrawal protocol of each school if intention to withdraw occur
  • Notify both schools if complete withdrawal is required
  • Notify both schools of change of address or demographic information
  • Pay semester/term balance in full at each institution (or arrange payment plan if available) by required deadline
  • Student is responsible for transportation/ transportation costs between campuses
  • Student is responsible for obtaining and meeting Merit Scholarship requirements. Merit Scholarship funds will be applied to tuition charges only
  • Sign the Information Release Authorization available the UD Registrar.

Things we have learned that are not written in the original agreement:

  • Once you apply to and are accepted by UTA, you will receive email notification with things that you must address.  Make sure you do so.
  • If you are not listed in the special UTA/UD Dual-Degree Program, please let the UTA admissions director or engineering advisor know.
  • You will need to go through UTA's orientation before you can take classes in the spring and meet with the UTA Engineering advisor Dr. Saibun Tjuatia.
  • Once you are enrolled in classes, please give the UD registrar and engineering advisor  a copy of your classes.
  • ARAMARK runs food services at both institutions, please talk to Sean Doran about our shared arrangement.
  • Please meet with the UD Director of Financial Aid to make sure you qualify for as much financial aid as possible. 
  • The calendars of the two institutions do not always completely align, please talk to the Director of Student Affairs to work out living arrangements for non-overlapping periods.

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