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2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog for Ohio University

Russ College of Engineering and Technology


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Stocker Center

Dennis Irwin
Dean

Jerrel R. Mitchell
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Kendree J. Sampson
Assistant Dean for Academics

Marty North
Assistant Dean for Career and Outreach Programs

Mark L. Carter
Assistant Dean for Development


The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology offers degree programs through the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aviation, and Industrial Technology. Engineering curricula are focused on the engineering profession, in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences--gained by study and experience--is applied to develop ways to use economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of society and the environment. Graduates have both the theoretical and practical training to begin a professional career or continue advanced work at the graduate level. Program flexibility is provided through technical electives so you can concentrate your studies in a chosen area or use the electives in other areas.


Education and University-based research and development in engineering and technology are vital to the future. Today's students are preparing for careers in some of the most exciting, promising, and critical of all modern undertakings. During the past 18 years, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology has accelerated toward the forefront in providing the leadership required to meet such challenges. Within its framework, aggressive learners can acquire the specific knowledge for a successful career, and individual talents can be adapted to preferences among the college's eight undergraduate programs.

The Russ College of Engineering and Technology was originally founded in 1935 as the College of Applied Sciences, but its origins date back to the earliest history of Ohio University; records show that surveying was among the first courses offered. The first engineering degree was granted in 1902. In 1985 the college moved into the C. Paul and Beth K. Stocker Engineering and Technology Center, and the Francis J. Fuller Aviation Training Center and Avionics Engineering Center hangar were completed in 1989.

In 1994, the college was renamed the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology and an 18,000-square-foot addition to Stocker Center was completed, providing additional laboratory space for undergraduate and graduate study and for multidisciplinary research. In 1996 the Konneker Research Laboratory was opened for expanded research in biotechnology. Two new facilities recently opened, one for advanced pavement research and one for advanced research in corrosion.

In 1996 the Board of Trustees established the Robe Leadership Institute in the Russ College to promote and encourage effective engineering leadership among the students, faculty, and administrators. Currently, a Leadership Seminar in Engineering is available to seniors and graduate students in the College together with a Leadership Resource Center, named after Gerald Loehr, for materials and references on on leadership. The institute sponsors leadership awards for students, faculty, and staff of the college.

All engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore MD, 21202-4015--telephone: (410)347-7700. The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accerditation Commission of ABET.

The industrial technology program is accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology, and the aviation curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Admission to Engineering and Technology Programs

Upon admission to Ohio University, an entering freshman who has an objective of obtaining a degree in engineering, computer science, aviation, or industrial technology may request direct entry into the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. In addition to the general requirements for admission to Ohio University, there are special requirements for all applicants seeking admission to one of the engineering or computer science degree programs.

In general, direct entry into an engineering or computer science degree program of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology depends upon your qualifications and preparation. The criteria listed below are the minimum preparation recommended for all engineering and computer science degree programs. However, when other considerations tend to discount low academic grades or college aptitude test scores, direct entrance may be requested if there is other persuasive evidence of both the capability and motivation to successfully undertake an engineering or computer science program.

The industrial technology curriculum combines courses in general education, math and computer science, physical science, and management with hands-on manufacturing courses to prepare graduates for technical/management positions in manufacturing industries. You may request direct entry into the industrial technology program. There are no admission requirements above the general University requirements.

The aviation curriculum prepares students for a variety of positions as professionals in the increasingly complex national aviation system. You may request direct entry into the aviation program. There are no admission requirements beyond the general University requirements.

Freshman Applicants

Direct Entry into Engineering and Computer Science Programs

Recent high school graduates, or transfer students who have earned fewer than 30 quarter hours (or 20 semester hours) of credit at Ohio University or another accredited collegiate institution, seeking direct entry admission to the Russ College of Engineering and Technology should have a minimum composite score of 24 ACT or 1100 (recentered) SAT. Applicants not meeting either of these two criteria, but with a good high school academic record that includes four years of mathematics, four years of English, and one year each of physics and chemistry, may also apply for direct entry into the college. Students with a strong background in mathematics and science may be admitted with one unit of chemistry or physics, with the missing area to be completed during the first year.

Applicants Not Having Minimum Preparation for Direct Entry

If you do not meet the above minimum preparations, you may enter the pre-engineering program in University College to develop your abilities in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, and English before applying for entry into the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Following this preparation, entry into the college can be accomplished by earning a grade-point average (g.p.a.) of 2.0 or above in each of the following groups of courses and by meeting a minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  1. MATH 263A, 263B

  2. CHEM 121, 151, or PHY 152 *

  3. Freshman English requirement

  4. ET 280, CHE 101, CS 240A, ME 100, CE 201 or EE 101 *

    *See individual department degree requirements or consult with an engineering faculty advisor.

    If you are entering the pre-engineering program in the University College with an intended engineering or computer science major but do not meet minimum preparation for direct entry into Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you will be identified as a pre-engineering major in the University College and will be assigned an engineering or computer science advisor. You may require more than four academic years to complete the degree requirements.

    If your record includes mathematics and science courses beyond the above minimum required courses, you will be evaluated on the basis of your accumulative record and upon individual grades in English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering-related courses that you have completed at the time you apply for admission to the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

    Applicants From Another Country

    Admission of applicants from other countries will be based on official transcripts, pertinent documentation of all secondary and postsecondary work, and other evidence as required by the University and Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

    Evaluation of work and admission of applicants will be performed by the university examiner and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

    Applicants from foreign countries must meet the criteria given in this catalog under "International Applicant" in the Admissions section.

    Transfer Students

    Qualified transfer students are accepted within the guidelines that follow. Your application will be considered on an individual basis, and entrance into the Russ College of Engineering and Technology will be based on your qualifications. Transfer credits applicable to engineering and technology degrees are determined by the college and the program department.

    You must earn a minimum of 36 quarter hours at Ohio University, applicable toward your degree, after transferring into one of the college's degree programs.

    If you have earned fewer than 30 quarter hours of credit, you are required to meet the minimum preparation designated for entering freshmen.

    In general, transfer applicants into one of the engineering or computer science programs from other universities and colleges will be evaluated on accumulative g.p.a. on all college work attempted and on individual grades in English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering-related courses which may have been completed at the time application is made.

    Transfer applicants for the industrial technology and aviation programs will be evaluated on accumulative g.p.a. and specific courses completed. Aviation flight students must be evaluated.

    If you have left another institution for academic or disciplinary reasons, you will not be considered for admission until after two calendar years following the date from which you were dropped from another university or college.

    Transfer from Other Universities or Colleges Outside Ohio University

    Applicants from other accredited collegiate institutions are expected to have the minimum preparation set forth for entering freshmen and to meet the University's transfer policy. If you are eligible to transfer into the University but do not meet the criteria specified for entering freshmen, you may be considered for admission provided you have met the following criteria: (1) you have demonstrated abilities in mathematics and science by earning a minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all mathematics and science courses attempted at the institution from which you are transferring; and (2) your overall g.p.a. is above the acceptable minimum level.

    If your credentials are equivalent to those of freshmen who entered University College (see "Freshman Applicants") and you have demonstrated abilities in mathematics, natural science, physical science, and English, you may be admitted to an engineering program.

    If you are from a two-year institution following a recognized and accredited University Parallel program, you will be evaluated according to the conditions stated for accredited four-year institutions.

    To transfer into one of the engineering degree programs from a two-year institution following an associate's degree program in technology, you must have a minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and indicated abilities in mathematics and science. Transfer courses will be evaluated to determine their applicability toward degree requirements. In general, ABET prohibits purely technical courses being equated to engineering courses.

    Transfer students from other accredited universities or colleges may directly enter the industrial technology program providing they meet all Ohio University admission requirements, including an overall 2.5 g.p.a. After transferring into the industrial technology program, you must earn a minimum of 36 quarter hours of industrial technology credit at Ohio University with at least 24 credit hours at or above the 300 level.

    Transfer from Other Colleges Within the University

    To transfer from another college within the University, you are expected to have the same preparation as entering freshmen or to have attained the equivalency of a freshman who entered University College and completed the specified mathematics, natural science, physical science, and English courses (see "Freshman Applicants") with the specified g.p.a.

    If you do not meet the above criteria, you will be evaluated on an individual basis; however, you must have earned a 2.0 average or better on a 4.0 scale in all mathematics and science courses attempted.

    Relocating from a Regional Campus

    If you are relocating from a regional campus and have not been admitted to the Russ College of Engineering and Technology as an entering freshman, you are required to meet the same criteria as students transferring from other colleges within Ohio University.

    Academic Requirements

    Advising and Program Planning

    Indicate your choice of discipline on the official application for admission to the University to assure the assignment of a faculty advisor in the department of your choice. If you have not decided upon a specific major within the college (major code ND0910), the associate dean for academics or the appropriate designate will serve as your advisor until you choose a major. If you are in an engineering or computer science program and have demonstrated abilities in the mathematics and science courses needed for the program you can, with approval of the dean's office, change your major within the college and are eligible to take courses in all colleges of the University.

    If you do not request direct entry into the Russ College of Engineering and Technology or do not possess the minimum preparation indicated above, you will be enrolled in the pre-engineering major (major code ND1105) in University College (see the University College section for details). Students enrolled in the pre-engineering major will be advised by a selected number of engineering faculty designated by the associate dean for academics. For further information, contact the various department chairs or the associate dean for academics.

    Course requirements for the freshman year in each of the engineering departments within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology are similar. Hence, while it is desirable to indicate a specific major field of study earlier, you can defer a decision on a specific major field of study until the beginning of your sophomore year.

    After completing one of the engineering degree programs in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you are qualified and encouraged to seek, by examination, registration as a professional engineer from the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers of the state where you intend to practice. It is to your advantage to take the examination during the spring quarter closest to the expected time of graduation or as soon after graduation as possible.

    With careful planning you may, in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree from this college, obtain a second degree or a minor from another college in the University. (See "A Second Bachelor's Degree" in the University-Wide Graduation Requirements section.)

    Marietta College and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University have agreed to participate in an alliance that will provide opportunities for students studying at either school to pursue engineering degrees not currently offered at their respective schools. This will be accomplished through a binary program that offers students the opportunity to earn a degree from each institution in disciplines to be formally decided upon by each respective school. See the associate dean for academics for details.

    Graduate programs leading to the M.S. degree are available in all of the engineering programs and in computer science. In addition, graduate work leading to the Ph.D. degree is available in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and an inter-disciplinary program in integrated engineering. These programs are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.

    Degree Requirements

    As a candidate for a degree in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you must satisfy all of the curriculum requirements that are applicable toward a degree in your particular field as specified on the following pages. You must earn a minimum of 36 quarter hours applicable toward your degree after entering one of the degree programs. In addition, you must:

    1 Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted which are applicable toward a degree.

    2 Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology that are applicable toward a degree.

    3 Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted in the major area of study that are applicable toward a degree.

    4 Successfully complete a course by the end of the third enrollment in that course. "Enrollment" includes classes in which WP or WF grades were earned.

    Averages will be computed on final hours and points in repeated courses, if any.

    Requirements for Continuing in the College

    Once you are enrolled in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you will continue in your program unless there is demonstrated weakness in the mathematics, science, and engineering-related subjects that indicates your inability to meet the academic requirements of the program. The associate dean for academics and department chair will make decisions concerning cases of this nature, and you will be notified accordingly.

    In addition to the above overall performance, you must meet the specific requirements listed under "Deficiency Points" and "Retaking Courses."

    Deficiency Points

    Once you are enrolled in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology you will continue in your program in a normal manner, provided:

    1 You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted at Ohio University that are applicable toward a degree.

    2 You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology that are required for graduation (including technical electives). There are several computer science courses that are not included in the g.p.a. computation.

    3 You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or above in all courses attempted in your major area of concentration that are applicable toward the degree. There are several computer science courses that are not included in the g.p.a. computation.

    Averages in any of these categories below 2.0 (C) result in deficiency points and probation. If you are on probation or acquire deficiency points in any quarter, your academic record is reviewed by the associate dean for academics to determine if you may continue in the program. If you are placed on University probation at the end of any quarter, you must earn a minimum of nine quarter hours of credit with a 2.0 (C) or better average in your next quarter of attendance or be dropped from the University. These credits must be in courses directly applicable to the degree requirements.

    In the subsequent quarter, if your academic progress is such that you are not eligible to be removed from probation, your academic record will be reviewed to determine if you should be continued. The number of times a continuance may be granted is limited to three; thus, there is an absolute limit of four consecutive quarters on probation. Although the maximum number of times you may be continued on probation is four, if you are on probation you may be dropped at the end of any quarter for poor academic performance.

    If you are placed on college or departmental probation at the end of any quarter, you must receive a 2.0 (C) average or better in subsequent quarters in your engineering and technology and/or major courses or you will be dropped from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. In addition, you normally must remove deficiency points in the engineering and major subjects within two quarters. You should discuss your probation with your academic advisor, departmental chair, and/or the associate dean for academics. If you are dropped from the University or the college, you may appeal by contacting the associate dean for academics.

    Normally, a petition for reinstatement will not be considered until 12 months after you are dropped.

    Retaking Courses

    As a student in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you must succeed in a required program course by the third time you enroll in the course. ("Enroll" means being on the class roster after the fourteenth-day drop date.) If you do not meet this requirement, you will be dropped from your program. Success is a passing grade or, in those courses in which a grade of C or C- is required to continue a sequence, a minimum grade of C or C-.

    When you retake a course, only the grade received in the most recent attempt is used to determine your accumulative g.p.a. You may not retake a course after an advanced course in the same field has been passed if the course that you desire to retake was a prerequisite for the advanced course.

    Course Credit by Examination or correspondence may not be used to earn credit in a course required for graduation which you have previously failed.

    Tier II Requirements for Aviation
    (major codes 7258 and 7261)
    Chemical Engineering (7251),
    Civil Engineering (7252), Computer
    Science (7260), Electrical
    Engineering (7253 and 7254),
    Industrial and Manufacturing
    Systems Engineering (7255),
    and Industrial Technology (7256)

    Students in these programs must meet the Tier II requirements as specified in Graduation Requirements-University Wide section of this catalog. Students should consult with the individual program curricula and with their faculty advisor to ensure these requirements are met.

    Social Science and Humanities
    Requirements for Mechanical
    Engineering (7257)

    Students in mechanical engineering have humanities and social science requirements that differ from the General Tier requirements. Satisfying the requirements below will automatically satisfy Tier requirements.

    Only formal courses are acceptable unless prior approval is given from the dean's office. Courses in selected topics, independent study, etc., are not acceptable without this prior approval. Courses in education, business, or other professional areas, or courses that are remedial or skills oriented, are not acceptable. Without prior approval from the dean's office, courses not on this list will not apply towards the humanities and social sciences requirements for the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.

    You must have at least 24 hours total in humanities/social sciences with a minimum of 8 in each category and a sequence or basic/advanced pair in both categories. (A sequence is a pair of courses in the same department in which one is a prerequisite for the other. A basic/advanced pair is a 300- or 400-level course along with a companion course in the same department. The companion need not be a prerequisite for the 300- or 400-level course.)

    Humanities/Social Science Electives for Engineering Degree Students

    Humanities

    a  Art (ART 110, 393A))
    
    b  African American Studies (AAS 106, 110, 150, 210,
       211, 250, 310, 315, 316, 317, 350, 352, 355, 356)
    
    c  Art History (AH except  350)
    
    d  Classical Archaeology (CLAR 201, 203, 352)
    
    e  Comparative Arts (CA except 360J)
    
    f  Dance (DANC 170, 351, 352, 353, 370, 471, 472,473) 
    
    g  English (ENG 200 level or above, except 280, 305J,
       307J, 308J, 350, 353, 361, 362, 363, 393, 394, 395, 451, 452)
    
    h  Film (201, 202, 203)
    
    i  Foreign Language: 200 level or above, may not be
       your primary language
    
    j  Foreign Literatures in English (CLAS except 227; FL;
       ML except 250A-C)
    
    k  Great Books (HUM 107, 108, 109, 117, or 307, 308,
       309)
    
    l  History (HIST 121, 122, 123, 314A-F, 328, 329A-C,
       330, 351, 352, 353A-B, 354, 356A-C, 357, 370, 389)
    
    m  History of Theater (THAR 270, 271, 272)
    
    n  Music History and Literature (MUS 120, 124, 125, 321,322, 323, 421A-G, 427, 428)    
    
    o  Philosophy (PHIL except 120, 320, 360J, 417, 425,426, 427)
    
    p  Women's Studies (WS 100, 200, 250A)
    

    Social Science

    a  African American Studies (AAS 101, 135, 202, 220, 225, 235, 254, 340, 341, 
       345, 360, 364, 368, 370,380, 430, 432, 440, 460, 482)
    
    b  Anthropology (ANTH except 201, 356J, 378, 492, 494B, 494D, 496)
    
    c  Economics (ECON except 300, 381, 385, 482)
    
    d  Engineering and Technology (ET 320, 350)
    
    e  Geography (GEOG 121, 131, 132, 201, 220, 232, 233, 234, 321, 322, 325, 326, 
       330, 331, 332, 335, 338, 427, 455)    
    
    f  History (HIST except 301J, 396J, 496, and those listed in k. under humanities)
    
    g  International Studies (INST 103, 113, 118, 121, 350)
    
    h  Linguistics (LING except 410, 445, 451, 452, 453, 460, 480, 481, 482, 483)
    
    i  Political Science (POLS except 305J, 482, 483)
    
    j  Psychology (PSY except 120, 121, 221, 226, 275, 312, 314, 315, 321, 327, 341, 351)
    
    k  Social Work (SW except 190, 380, 381, 383, 385, 490A-C)
    
    l  Sociology (SOC except 351, 352, 356J, 450)
    
    m  Women's Studies 400
    

    English Requirement

    In addition to the curricular requirements as stated on the following pages for departments in engineering and technology, you must also satisfy the University curricular requirements in English.

    Pass/Fail Option

    You may elect to take courses on a pass/fail basis within eligibility requirements stated in the Academic Policies and Procedures section.

    Cooperative Education

    Cooperative education opportunities and internships are available in the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as in Industrial Technology. Students participating in cooperative education alternate periods of on-campus study with roughly equal periods of worksite experience according to established schedules. Students may also work back-to-back quarters. If you participate in this plan, you will require more than the normal four years to complete degree requirements. ABET does not allow cooperative education experiences to replace coursework.

    Participation in cooperative education provides valuable career experiences. The alternating work/study periods allow you to integrate classroom theory with practical applications and provide you with opportunities to earn money to assist in financing your education. You can also participate in summer internships.

    If you are interested in these programs, contact the assistant dean for career and outreach programs, Stocker 169.

    Technology Fee

    The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is committed to providing its students with the most modern computing tools available. To achieve this goal, all students enrolled in the Russ College are charged a quarterly technology fee. This fee is used to continuously upgrade the hardware and software available to all students in the college's computer labs. Full-time students (11-20 credit hours) are billed $100 per quarter. Students enrolled for fewer than 11 hours are billed at a rate of $9 per credit hour.

    Financial Aid

    In addition to the financial aid program sponsored by the University, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and its departments have separately funded scholarships. If you are applying for scholarships through University channels, you are considered for both University and college scholarships. The college also has established a student loan fund for upperclass students needing assistance. Information is available in the dean's office, Stocker Center.

    Global Learning Community

    For information about the Global Learning Community, refer to "Global Learning Community Certificate Program" in the "University-Wide Academic Opportunities" section.

    Exploratory (Undecided)
    Engineering Students
    Major code ND0910

    Each year a substantial number of new students entering the Russ College of Engineering and Technology do so without a firm commitment to any one of the engineering programs offered by the college. The schedule below is suggested for these students and will meet most of the first-term requirements of all engineering departments. Students should also consult individual program requirements before scheduling to ensure that a course satisfies degree requirements.

    Freshman

    Fall

    CHEM 151           General Chem.2                       5
    
    ET 280             Engr. and Tech.--
                       An Overview1                         4
    
    MATH 263A          Analytic Geom. and Calc.2            4
    
    Eng 151            Freshman English 3                   5 
     
    Winter 
    
    CHEM 152           General Chemistry                    5
    
    COMS 103           Fund. of Public Speaking             4 
    or IT 101          Engr. Graphics Fund.1             or 3          
    
    MATH 263B          Analytic Geom. and Calc.             4
    
    TIER II            Elective4
    
    Spring 
    
    CHEM 123           General Chemistry 1                4-5
    or 153
    
    ET 181             Comp. Methods in Engr. 1             4
    
    MATH 263C          Analytic Geom. and Calc.             4
    
    Tier II            Elective 4                    
    

    1. See individual program requirements or consult with your faculty advisor for alternatives.

    2. Math and Chemistry course will depend upon freshman orientation placement exam results.

    3. Students will take Freshman English in quarter assigned at freshman orientation.

    4.See Graduation Requirements-University Wide in this catalog for list of courses.


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