Curriculum

The Wake Forest Academic Bulletin

As stated in the Wake Forest Academic Bulletin, “A student graduates under the requirements of the bulletin of the year in which he or she enters. However, when a student declares a major or a minor, the requirements for the major or minor that are in effect at the time of declaration will apply. Such requirements might not be congruent with those stated in a given bulletin.” If you have questions regarding which edition of the Academic Bulletin applies to you, please contact the Department of Engineering.

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Contact us at engineer@nullwfu.edu if you’re interested in learning more about the degree requirements for the B.S. Engineering degree at Wake Forest University.

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B.S. Engineering Major

The program for each student majoring in engineering is developed individually through consultation with the student’s major adviser and leads to a bachelor of science in engineering. The degree is designed to meet ABET accreditation requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours of a combination of college-level mathematics and basic sciences with experimental experience,
  2. a minimum of 45 semester credit hours of engineering topics consisting of engineering sciences and engineering design and utilizing modern engineering tools §
  3. a broad education component that complements the technical content of the curriculum, and
  4. a culminating design experience within the major.

In meeting the minimum of 30 hours of basic science and mathematics, students must complete CHM 111/111L, MST 111, MST 112, MST 113, MST 205, and PHY 113 ¥. Basic sciences, according to ABET, consist of disciplines focused on knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of natural phenomena such as chemistry, physics, and the life, earth, and space sciences. An integrated science course with a laboratory component may be offered by engineering, EGR 113, that can also count as a basic science course. For the remainder of the minimum 30 credit hours of basic science and mathematics topics, students have the flexibility to select mathematics and basic science elective credits that promote the student’s progress toward the completion of a minor or other relevant interests. Students must consult with Engineering Department faculty to ensure that the elective mathematics and basic science credits of interest will count toward the basic science and mathematics requirement.

In meeting the minimum of 45 hours of engineering topics, students must complete EGR 111, EGR 112, EGR 211, EGR 212, EGR 311, EGR 312, EGR 313, EGR 314, and EGR 315, which sum to 33 credit hours. A minimum of 12 additional credit hours in engineering topics must be satisfied through engineering technical electives and courses designated as engineering topics. §

To be well positioned for junior-level EGR coursework and to complete the degree in four years, students should complete the following courses during the first two years and should earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.0: CHM 111/111L, EGR 111, EGR 112, EGR 211, EGR 212, MST 111, MST 112, MST 113, MST 205, and PHY 113 ¥. Note that EGR 111 is not a pre-requisite for EGR 112, so either EGR 111 or EGR 112 can be taken first.

A typical, yet customizable, schedule for the BS Engineering major is:

  • First Year: CHM 111/111L, PHY 113, MST 111, MST 112, EGR 111, EGR 112
  • Second Year: MST 113, MST 205, EGR 211, EGR 212
  • Third Year: EGR 311, EGR 312, EGR 313, EGR technical electives, Math and/or Basic Science course
  • Fourth Year: EGR 314, EGR 315, EGR technical electives, Math and/or Basic Science course

§ Computer science (CSC) topics may count as part of the minimum of 45 semester credit hours of engineering topics. Students interested in counting CS courses must consult with Engineering Department faculty to ensure that the CS course of interest will count toward this requirement.

¥ Students may substitute PHY 123 in place of PHY 113.

EGR 112 students engaged in a hands-on, faculty-led research project

EGR 112 students engaged in a hands-on, faculty-led research project.

Qualified Courses

Current lists covering all categories of approved courses are available in the Engineering Department and on its website. Additional courses and course updates may have been approved since the publication of this bulletin. The majority of engineering courses integrate theory and practice (e.g., labs, projects, studio) as well as personal and professional development skills.

Study Abroad

Students considering study abroad should consult with Engineering Department faculty. The second year or fall of the third year are the most flexible semesters for B.S. Engineering students to study abroad.

Honors

Qualified majors are considered for honors in engineering. Students should consult with Engineering Department faculty or the major adviser for additional details.