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All students are expected to remain in good academic standing. The criteria for good standing changes somewhat as a student progresses through the four years of the engineering curriculum. At all times, the student must be making adequate progress toward a degree, but what this actually means depends on a student’s affiliation status.

Requirements for students not yet affiliated with a Major are listed below. Failure to meet the requirements will result in a review by the faculty Committee on Academic Standards, Petitions, and Credit (CASPAC), which may issue a warning, may require a student to take a leave of absence, or may even require a student to withdraw from the college.

To be in good standing at the end of each semester, unaffiliated students must have:

  • At least 12 credits (ENGRG 1050 and AEW’s count; other courses below 1100 and PE courses do not count);
  • At least two courses (>/= 3 credits each) in required common curricular mathematics, science, and engineering (project teams, research, independent study, ENGRG, and ENGRC’s not included);
  • At least one ENGRD by the end of the third semester with a grade of at least C-;
  • at least C– in the mathematics course;
  • No more than one grade below C each semester in required mathematics, science, and engineering courses;
  • Semester GPA >/= 2.0;
  • Cumulative GPA >/= 2.0;
  • no F, U, or INC grades.

Because mathematics is pivotal to the study and practice of engineering, students must earn at least C– in MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 or 2940, and a math course chosen by the Major. Students failing to meet this requirement must repeat the course immediately and receive a satisfactory grade before enrolling in the next course in the sequence. Failure to achieve at least C– the second time will result in dismissal from the college. Physics and advanced math courses often have math prerequisites, and having to repeat the prerequisite course may delay progress in the physics and math curricula. Students are expected to continue the sequence of core engineering math courses each semester until completed.

The requirements for good standing in Majors are listed below. Students who are affiliated should consult with their Major department for current requirements.

Criteria for Good Standing in Major Programs

Affiliated students must continue to meet college requirements for good standing as described earlier in this section. In addition, they must meet the following criteria to remain in good standing in their Major:

Biological Engineering

(For all Biological Engineering Majors regardless of the college they are enrolled in)

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • Semester GPA ≥2.0 in biological and environmental engineering courses and engineering distribution courses
  • Passing grade in at least 12 credits each semester
  • No failing grades
  • At most, one grade below C- in required core courses, design courses, BE Focus Area electives, and engineering distribution courses can count towards completion of undergraduate Major.

Chemical Engineering

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.2
  • GPA ≥2.2 each semester in required chemical engineering courses
  • At most one grade below C– in required chemical engineering courses during the undergraduate program
  • No failing grades

Civil Engineering

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • Semester GPA ≥2.0 in core courses, design courses, Major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses.
  • No failing grades.
  • Passing at least 12 credit hours each semester
  • Cumulatively, no more than one grade below C– in required core courses, design courses, Major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses.

Computer Science

  • Semester GPA ≥2.3
  • Semester GPA ≥2.5 in courses required for the CS Major program, with no course grade less than C–
  • No failing grades
  • A passing grade in at least 14 credits each semester
  • Successful completion of at least three of the following CS courses by the end of junior year (CS 2800, CS 3110, CS 3410/3420, CS 4410, CS 4820) and be making adequate progress toward completion of degree
  • At most, 2 grades as low as C– allowed in CS core courses and CS 4000+ electives for graduation

Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • Semester GPA ≥2.3
  • No course with a grade less than C– may be used to satisfy ECE Major requirements.
  • Students must satisfactorily complete the following requirements: (a) two of: ECE/ ENGRD 2100, ECE 2200, or ECE/ENGRD 2300; (b) all mathematics and physics courses through MATH 2940 and PHYS 2214 by the end of the first semester in the Major (typically the second semester of the second year) and make adequate progress toward the degree in subsequent semesters.
  • No failing or missing grades
  • Passing grade in at least 12 credits each semester

Engineering Physics

  • Semester GPA ≥2.3
  • At least C– in all required courses
  • No failing grades
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours per semester

Environmental Engineering

(For all EnvE Majors regardless of the college in which they are enrolled)

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • Semester GPA ≥2.0 in core courses, design courses, Major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses.
  • 12 credit hours each semester
  • No failing grades
  • At most, one grade below C– can be used to fulfill the EnvE degree requirements in the following four categories: required core courses, design courses, Major-approved electives, and engineering distribution courses.

Independent Major

To be in good standing at the end of each semester, IM students must have:

  • At least 12 credits (courses below 1100 and PE do not count)
  • At least three courses (≥9 credits total) from the primary and secondary program of study
  • No more than one grade below C– each semester
  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • No F, U, UX or INC grades

The IM Academic Review committee will review IM students’ academic progress each semester.

Information Science, Systems, and Technology

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Semester GPA ≥2.3 in courses used toward the ISST Major and all mathematics courses required by the Engineering college.
  • At least C– in ENGRD 2110, ENGRD 2700, and all courses used toward the ISST Major. Note: For each such course, at least C– is required for the course to count toward graduation requirements. If a lower grade is received, the course must be retaken.
  • Satisfactory progress (a minimum of 14 credits per semester)
  • No failing grades

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Semester GPA >2.0
  • Cumulative GPA >2.3
  • At most one grade as low as C– in the Major required courses, materials electives, materials applications electives, and the outside technical elective

Mechanical Engineering

  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • A passing grade in at least 12 credits each semester, with the exception of the final semester
  • At least C– in all ME Major required courses except MAE 3780, ENGRD 2100, PHYS 3360, PHYS 2214, MAE 3272, MAE 4272, and MAE 4300. Consult www. mae.cornell.edu for additional academic standards information

Operations Research and Engineering

  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0 in required Operations Research and Engineering courses
  • At least C– in all Operations Research courses, and by the end of the sixth semester, a grade of at least C– in ENGRD 2110
  • Satisfactory progress (a minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • No failing grades, no incompletes

Science of Earth Systems

  • Semester GPA ≥2.0
  • Cumulative GPA ≥2.0
  • At least C– in all required courses
  • A minimum of 12 credits hours per semester.

Academic Actions

At the end of each semester, the records of all unaffiliated students are reviewed by the faculty Committee on Academic Standards, Petitions, and Credit (CASPAC). The records of students who have affiliated with a Major are reviewed by faculty committees in those departments. Students who fail to meet the conditions for good standing may receive warnings, be required to take a leave of absence, or be withdrawn from the college. (Withdrawal from the College of Engineering may also result in withdrawal from Cornell University.)

A warning should be taken seriously. A student who receives a warning and continues to perform unsatisfactorily may be withdrawn from the degree program. Poor performance also diminishes prospects for employment or graduate school. Students should determine what their underlying difficulties are and address them, perhaps with the help of their faculty advisor or the staff in Engineering Advising.

When students fail to make adequate progress in technical courses during a given semester, the review committee may require them to take time off to improve their understanding of the areas in which they are having difficulty. This is known as a required leave of absence. While it will result in a postponement of graduation, we hope it is regarded as an opportunity to address academic deficiencies or personal challenges before rejoining the engineering degree program. Students on a required leave of absence are not permitted to enroll in courses at Cornell. They may choose to go to other institutions to take courses. (See Transfer Credit)

When a student fails to earn a C- or better in the same math course twice, or when a student fails to make sufficient progress towards their degree, the review committee will require the student to withdraw from the College of Engineering. (Students in this situation may wish to investigate other colleges at Cornell, although opportunities to internally transfer may not exist. Cornell Career Services in Barnes Hall is an excellent resource, as is the Office of Internal Transfer in CCC Building. Students who want to continue their study of engineering are advised to seek admission to a different institution.)

Academic Integrity

The Cornell University Academic Integrity Handbook is distributed to new and transfer students. The code also appears (along with other campus policies) in the Policy Notebook for the Cornell Community, which is published by the Office of the Dean of Students and distributed to new students It is available on the web at cuinfo.cornell.edu/Academic/AIC. html. An explanation of all aspects of academic integrity proceedings is available at www. theuniversityfaculty.cornell.edu/AcadInteg/.

The following is taken directly from the code (refer to the documents mentioned above for the entire code): “Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic undertakings ... Academic integrity is expected not only in formal course work situations but in all university relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of university resources. A Cornell student’s submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work is the student’s own. All outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student’s academic position truthfully reported at all times. In addition, Cornell students have a right to expect academic integrity from each of their peers.”

The authority to determine whether a specific action shall be treated as a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity lies with the Academic Integrity Hearing Board. Those who violate the Code of Academic Integrity will be subject to penalties under this code and may also be subject to penalties under state and federal laws.

Students and staff members discovering an apparent violation should report the matter to the faculty member in charge of the course or to the chair of the appropriate Hearing Board. Procedures for dealing with alleged academic integrity violations are outlined in the code.

Dean’s List

Dean’s List citations are presented each semester to engineering students with exemplary academic records. The criteria for this honor are determined by the dean of the college.

For 2015–2016, the requirement is a semester GPA ≥3.50 (without rounding); no failing, unsatisfactory, missing, or incomplete grades (even in physical education); and at least 12 letter-grade credits (not S/U). Students may earn Dean’s List status retroactively if they meet these criteria after making up incompletes. Students who make the Dean’s List will have the honor noted on their transcript.

Graduating with Distinction

Meritorious students graduating with a B.S. degree from the College of Engineering may also receive degrees designated as cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.

Cum laude
is awarded to all engineering students with an overall GPA ≥3.50. Cum laude is also awarded to all engineering students who received a semester GPA ≥3.50 in each of the last four semesters of attendance at Cornell; in each of these semesters, at least 12 letter-grade credits must be taken with no failing, unsatisfactory, missing, or incomplete grades. If the student is an Engineering Co-op student, then the Engineering Co-op summer term will count as one of the last four. Students who were approved for prorated tuition in their final semester will be awarded cum laude if they received a semester GPA ≥3.50 in their last semester and meet the conditions above in the prior four semesters.

Magna cum laude is awarded to all engineering students with a GPA ≥3.75 (based on all credits taken at Cornell).

Summa cum laude is awarded to all engineering students with a GPA ≥4.0 (based on all credits taken at Cornell).

Note: All GPA calculations are minimums and are not rounded.

Major Honors Programs

To enter a Major honors program, a student must be on track to graduate with distinction. A student must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation. If the student’s Major has an approved honors program and the requirements for (1) distinction, (2) Bachelor of Science degree, and (3) Major honors program are fulfilled, the faculty of the Major may recommend that the student graduate with the notation of “With Honors” on their diploma and transcript.

Biological Engineering (BE) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above, and must have at least 9 credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in BE plus a presentation in a public scholarly research forum. These 9 credits shall be drawn from one or more of the following, with at least 6 credit hours in the first category:

  • A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a BEE faculty member using BEE 4990 (Undergrad Research), and BEE 4993 (Honors Thesis), to be completed in their fourth year. A written senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. A minimum grade of A– in both courses is required for successful completion of the honors requirement. It is expected that the two research courses will be taken in consecutive semesters.
  • A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a BEE faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the department under BEE 4980: Undergraduate Teaching.
  • Advanced or graduate courses. These additional courses must be technical in nature and related to the student's research area (i.e., in engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics at the 4000 and graduate level).
  • Research Forum. The student must present a poster or oral presentation in a public research forum such as a national or regional professional society meeting, Bio Expo, or another university or regional event by the end of the student’s project.

Timing

All interested students must complete a written application (available in 207 Riley-Robb Hall) no later than the end of the third week of the senior year, but are encouraged to make arrangements with a faculty member during the second semester of their junior year. A student must be in the program for at least two consecutive semesters before graduation.

Procedures

Each applicant to the BE Honors Program must have a BEE faculty advisor to supervise their honors program. A written approval of the faculty member who will direct the research is required.

Civil Engineering (CE) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above. The program consists of at least 9 credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in CE. These 9 credits shall be drawn from one or more of the following components (with at least 2 credits in any selected component):

  • A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of a CEE faculty member using CEE 4000: Senior Honors Thesis (1–6 credits per semester). A significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grade only.
  • A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member or as part of a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering (i.e. CEE 4010 Undergraduate Engineering Teaching in CEE [1–3 credits per semester]).
  • Advanced or graduate courses at the 5000 level or above.
  • No research, independent study, or teaching for which the student is paid may be counted toward the honors program.

Timing

Students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their fourth year but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their third year.

Procedures

All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation. Students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.5. Each applicant to the CEE Honors Program must have a faculty advisor or faculty member to supervise the student’s individual program. (This need not be the student’s faculty advisor.) Applications can be obtained from Hollister 221. Each program must be approved by the CEE Curriculum Committee, although the committee may delegate approval authority to the associate director for all but unusual proposals.

Computer Science (CS) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above and complete at least (9) credits above the minimum required for completing the major. These nine credits must include:

  • At least one CS course (3-credit minimum) at or above the 5000-level with at least A– (no seminars or 2-credit project courses).
  • At least two 3-credit semesters of CS 4999: Independent Reading and Research with a CS faculty member with at least an A– each semester.

Content

Honors courses may not be used to satisfy the CS electives, the CS project course, the technical electives, courses in the External Specialization, Major-approved elective, Advisor-approved electives, or a student’s first vector. In essence, honors course work represents a depth of work that is well beyond the minimum requirements needed to fulfill the Major.

Timing

Candidates are required to send email to ugrad@cs.cornell.edu with the subject line “Honors Candidate”. The deadline for receipt of messages requesting honors is October 15 for May and August candidates and March 15 for January candidates, during or prior to senior year.

Preparation

Arrangements for CS 4999 projects should be made directly with faculty members in the department. Students are encouraged to discuss potential contacts with their advisors and to browse the department’s web page at www.cs.cornell.edu/ for specific leads on research opportunities.

Computer Science reserves the right to make changes in this program at any time.

Engineering Physics (EP) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above.

  • Courses counting towards honors cannot be applied to the B.S. degree. The student must complete the following two requirements, which must result in at least 9 credits of work beyond the minimum required for graduation in EP:
    1. Enroll in Independent Study in Engineering Physics, AEP 4910, or an equivalent course, which must be taken for a minimum of 6 credits, over two semesters, for the purpose of completing an independent research project or senior thesis under the supervision of a Cornell engineering or science faculty member. The minimum enrollment is two credits in the first semester and four credits in the second. The level of work required for a successful completion of this project or thesis is to be consistent with the amount of academic credit granted.
    2. The student must enroll in an additional technical course at the 4000 level or above, for at least 3 credits.

Timing

Complete a written application no later than the end of the third week of the first semester of the fourth year, but it is better to make arrangements with a faculty member during the second semester of the third year.

Procedures

Before enrolling in AEP 4900, or the equivalent, submit to the associate director for undergraduate studies a brief proposal outlining the topic and scope of the proposed project or thesis and a faculty supervisor’s written concurrence. This proposal will be reviewed and either approved or returned to the candidate to correct deficiencies. The proposed research project or senior thesis is to consist of a research, development, or design project and must go beyond a literature search. A written report is required in the form of a technical paper with, for example, an abstract, introduction, methods section, results section, conclusions section, references, and figures. This report will be evaluated by the faculty supervisor and the chair of the EP Honors Committee. Following completion of the written report, an oral report is presented to an audience consisting of the faculty supervisor, the chair of the Honors Committee, and at least one other departmental faculty member, along with the other honors candidates. At least a grade of A– is required for successful completion of the honors requirement.

Environmental Engineering (EnvE) Honors Program

The environmental engineering honors program consists of at least 9 credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in the environmental engineeirng major. These nine credits must be drawn from one or more of the following categories with at least 3 credit hours in the first category:

  1. A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of an Environmental Engineering faculty member using BEE 4990 (Undergraduate Research, 3 credits) and BEE 4993 (Honors Thesis, 3 credits) or CEE 4000 Senior Honors Thesis (1 to 6 credits per semester). A significant written report or senior honors thesis must be submitted as part of this component. Letter grade only.
  2. A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member using a regularly recognized course in the College of Engineering (i.e., Under graduate Engineering Teaching, BEE 4980 or CEE 4010 [1 to 4 credits per semester]).
  3. Advanced or graduate courses at the 4000 level or above.

No research, independent study, or teaching for which the student is paid may be counted toward the honors program.

Eligibility: Students must enter with and maintain a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than 3.50.

Application: Students must apply no later than the beginning of the first semester of their senior year, but are encouraged to apply as early as the first semester of their junior year. All honors program students must be in the program for at least two semesters before graduation.

Independent Major (IM) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated on page 135 and:

  • Complete at least 9 credits above the minimum required for graduation, from courses selected at the advanced or graduate level (excluding credits awarded for research) and approved by the primary area advisor.
  • Have a written proposal of the honors project accepted by the primary area advisor and the Independent Major Committee by the beginning of the seventh semester.
  • Complete an honors thesis involving research of breadth, depth, and quality and demonstrating professional communication skills.

Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated on page 135 and:

  • Three credit hours of ISST graded course work at least at the 5000 level (no S/U courses; no seminars or 2-credit project courses.)
  • Six credit hours of INFO 4900: Independent Reading and Research with an ISST faculty member, spread over two semesters, with at least A– in each semester

or

  • Three credit hours of INFO 4900 with an ISST faculty member and 3 credit hours of INFO 4910: Teaching in Information Science, Systems, and Technology, both with at least a grade of A–. It is expected that the INFO 4900 research will result in either a programming project and/or a written report. Courses at the 5000 or 6000 level taken to fulfill the honors requirement may be counted toward fulfillment of the primary or associated option requirements.

The 9 credits work required for honors are in addition to the minimum requirements for the major.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above and:

  • Complete at least 9 credits above the minimum required for graduation in Materials Science and Engineering, so that the minimum number of credits for an honors degree is 140. The additional courses must be technical in nature, i.e. in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and physics, at the 4000 and graduate levels, with selected courses at the 3000 level, which must be approved by the Major advisor.
  • Enroll in senior thesis (8 credits) and receive at least a grade of A- for both semesters.

Timing

Candidates are required to send email to mmc2@cornell.edu with the subject line “Honors Candidate”. The deadline for receipt of messages requesting honors is October 15 for May and August candidates and March 15 for January candidates, during or prior to senior year.

Procedures

A faculty advisor must supervise each student’s senior thesis project. Written approval by the faculty member who will direct this research is required.

Operations Research and Engineering (ORE) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above. An honors program shall consist of at least 9 credits beyond the minimum required for graduation in ORE, so that no part of the honors program can also be used to satisfy graduation requirements. The 9 credits shall be from one or more of the following with at least 4 credits from the first category:

  • Advanced courses in ORIE at the 5000 level or above.
  • A significant research experience or honors project under the direct supervision of an ORIE faculty member using ORIE 4999: ORIE Project. A significant written report must be submitted as part of this component.
  • A significant teaching experience under the direct supervision of a faculty member in ORIE using ORIE 4990: Teaching in ORIE.

Timing

Complete a written application no later than the end of the third week of the first semester of the fourth year, though the actual planning for the Honors Program should begin during the first semester of the third year.

Procedures

A faculty advisor must supervise the honors program of each applicant. The honors advisor need not be the student’s faculty advisor. The application to the program shall be a letter from the student describing the specific proposed honors program and include the explicit approval of the honors advisor. Each program (as well as any subsequent changes to the program) must be approved by the associate director of undergraduate studies.

Science of Earth Systems (SES) Honors Program

To participate in this Honors Program, students must meet the Major Honors Programs criteria as delineated above and:

  • Complete at least 9 credits above the minimum required for graduation. These credits must be approved by their faculty advisor;
  • Have a written proposal of the honors project accepted by their faculty advisor and the director of undergraduate studies, and filed with the Program coordinator;
  • Enroll in EAS 4910, EAS 4920, or EAS 4990 (at least 2 credits) for the seventh and eighth semesters of study;
  • Complete an honors thesis involving research of breadth, depth, and quality;
  • Present the thesis in an oral presentation.
  • Obtain final approval by research advisor.

Timing

A written proposal of the honors project must have been accepted by the student’s faculty advisor and the director of undergraduate studies by the third week of the seventh semester.

Procedures

A faculty advisor supervises each honors program. Written approval of the proposal or the thesis by the faculty member who will direct the research is required.