Dean - Lakshmi Reddi, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean (Academic Programs) - David Jauregui, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean (Research) - Satyajayant Misra, Ph.D.
Associate Dean (Outreach and Recruitment) - Patricia Sullivan, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean (Student Success and Experiential Learning) - Gabe Garcia, Ph.D.
College Chief of Staff - Linda Fresques
The College of Engineering comprises six departments:
Mission of the College of Engineering
The College of Engineering will uphold the land grant mission of NMSU through nationally recognized programs in education, research and professional and public service.
With respect to our undergraduate programs, we will accomplish our mission by focusing on the following goals:
- To be nationally and internationally recognized for academic and research programs in engineering and engineering technology.
- Provide world-class engineers and engineering technologists for industrial, government, and academic constituents of the College of Engineering.
- To be the University of Choice for undergraduate engineering and engineering technology education in the region.
- To serve as an engine for economic development in New Mexico through the advancement of engineering and technology.
Furthermore, graduates receiving baccalaureate degrees will demonstrate:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Undergraduate Student Advisement
Starting with the fall 2017 semester, students entering the College of Engineering will be advised by the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support (CAASS) located in Educational Services, Suite 200. Students may also change majors at the CAASS. Students uncertain about choosing a major may list themselves as undeclared in the College of Engineering and be advised by the CAASS. Undeclared students will be asked to choose a major after two semesters in the college. Students are encouraged to consult with departmental mentors on subjects related to course offerings, student organizations, internships, research opportunities, graduate education, and career options. Students must have a declared major in order to graduate.
Undergraduate General Education
With the exception of math and science, the college accepts all coursework approved for inclusion in the New Mexico General Education Common Core. Calculus I, General Chemistry I and Engineering Physics I are required to satisfy areas II and III of the common core.
The college requires most degree requirements to be taken with traditional grading. Students may take selected humanities and social science courses under the S/U option. Other exceptions are specifically noted in the program descriptions later in this catalog.
Undergraduate Math Placement
Entering freshmen are placed into an appropriate math course based upon the results of the Math Placement Exam administered regularly by the NMSU mathematics department. Students with advanced placement or transfer credit for mathematics will be placed accordingly.
Minors are available from most departments within the College of Engineering, and they are outlined in the individual program descriptions.
Undergraduate Cooperative Education
After two semesters of satisfactory academic work (2.5 GPA or higher), an engineering student may go on a work phase with one of the many companies or governmental agencies with which the university has co-op agreements. The experience obtained through alternating periods of academic and field work greatly contributes to the preparation of a student for professional life. Work phases are considered to be a vital part of the educational process, and students are counseled in the selection of co-op positions that will lead to progressive learning experiences. Earnings while on work phase provide a source of financial assistance to meet educational expenses.
A significant number of undergraduate engineering students are in the cooperative education program. Students may, with the approval of their Department Head, earn credit while participating in a co-op work phase. Co-op credits do not normally count toward the degree requirements, but are displayed on the transcript.
Undergraduate General Academic Requirements
For regular admission to the university and the College of Engineering, incoming freshman and transfer applicants must meet the university's qualifications for regular admission as stated in the undergraduate catalog in effect at the time of application. Students admitted to the College of Engineering will be classified by the college as a PRE-[major] until the standard requirements described below for admission to the program major are met.
PRE-[major] students will be admitted into their respective programs once they have earned a minimum grade of C- in all of the following courses:
Any of the above courses with earned AP credit (minimum score of 3) is exempt from the list. Transfer students may meet this criteria with determined passing credit of equivalent courses. PRE-[major] students will be advised by their EG-[major] department.
NMSU College of Engineering reserves the right to independently test any student’s English proficiency upon arrival, including those who have earned scores satisfying minimum admission criteria. If the demonstrated level of English proficiency is not sufficient for academic success as determined by university regulations, support classes may be required to improve proficiency.
Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 before enrolling in engineering courses numbered 300 or above. Students seeking to continue in engineering upper division courses with a GPA below 2.0 need to meet with the Associate Dean of Academics to create a course plan designed to increase their GPA and meet this criteria.
Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all engineering, technology, math and science courses (including associated prerequisite courses) required for the degree and also courses taken to satisfy the general education requirements for Area I-Communications, Area II-Mathematics, and Area III-Laboratory Sciences. If a grade lower than C- is earned in any of these courses, the student is required to retake the course immediately the next semester it is offered. An undergraduate student may attempt an engineering, math, or physical science course no more than three times to earn a grade of C- or better. Anytime a student earns a grade less than a C-, a meeting with the appropriate engineering academic advisor is required to develop a plan for addressing this issue. Ultimately, if the student fails to earn a minimum grade of C- after three attempts in any of these courses, then the student will not be able to continue as an engineering major and will be counseled on other degree options.
Learning a knowledge-based skill by spending a concentrated, short period of time can lead to the awarding of a competency in the form of a digital badge. Digital badges can be combined or a longer skill-based instructional path can be used to secure a micro-credential which may lead to college credit. Skills leading to digital badges and micro-credentials can be acquired in various ways including workshops, online classes, and focused courses through NMSU OnDemand or outside of NMSU.
The College of Engineering encourages students to engage in experiential and focused learning that leads to knowledge-based skills relevant in industry including specific software, project management, leadership, quality, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking. Digital badge and micro-credential earners can also benefit by having the ability to combine classroom knowledge with acquired skills, especially in design classes.
Other benefits of digital badges include: being able to choose what knowledge-based skills you want to develop; strategically combining several badges to form an overarching micro-credential; and sharing your achievements online with others including prospective employers. Badges and micro-credentials recognized by the College of Engineering are those that are validated by assessment, supported by evidence, and relevant to the practice of engineering.
Students in the College of Engineering have been earning digital badges and micro-credentials independently or through sponsored projects. Starting with this catalog, the College of Engineering degree programs are providing recommendations to students on what skills can enhance their learning and when in the curricular path would digital badges and overarching micro-credential be most beneficial. Specific information on digital badges and micro-credentials can be found on the degree program pages of the catalog.
Engineering Transfer Policy
NMSU Administrative Rules and Procedures, Section 4.61, Transfer Credit states the following: PART 3A, Student. "It is the student's responsibility to provide the necessary materials for consideration by Departmental Faculty of their requests for transfer credit" and PART 3B, Departmental Faculty. "Departmental Faculty review and decide requests for transfer credit". Policy for engineering majors enrolling in courses at other institutions to meet College of Engineering Departmental Core Requirements1 includes:
- NMSU main campus engineering majors may take core classes at other institutions of higher education to meet NMSU College of Engineering Departmental Core in the following situations: (1) if the NMSU core course cannot accommodate any more eligible students and (2) the course is not offered during a given semester of the academic year.
- The following conditions and restrictions apply to any course not taken on the NMSU main campus.
- The department must approve the course prior to enrollment (student shall provide a corresponding course syllabus and any other documentation required to Department Head).
- The course must be a class in a program that is accredited by an accreditation commission of ABET, Inc. and cannot be graded in the S/U grade mode.
- The course must be substantially the same as the equivalent NMSU class and the student must have satisfied all NMSU prerequisite requirements.
- The student shall provide a corresponding course syllabus and any other documentation required.
- If NMSU prerequisite requirements are not satisfied, credit will be denied regardless of a passing grade for the course at the other institution.
In addition to 2 above, the following conditions apply to any on-line course not taken from the NMSU main campus.
- Scheduled exams, if any, shall be proctored2.
- If NMSU prerequisite requirements are not satisfied, credit will be denied regardless of a passing grade for the course at the other institution.
For more information about transferring to New Mexico State University from another accredited institution, visit the NMSU Transfer Center.
Requirements for Graduation
The minimum requirements for undergraduate degrees are:
- Satisfaction of the university requirements as previously outlined in the Regulations section of this catalog.
- Satisfaction of the college requirements as outlined under General Academic Requirements, above.
- Satisfaction of the departmental rules and course requirements as outlined in the individual program descriptions.
NOTE: In order to maintain quality, remain current, and satisfy changes in accreditation criteria, requirements which have been published may be changed. Any such changes will be announced and will not be retroactive. Always consult an academic advisor from your department before registering for classes.
Master’s Accelerated Program
Students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible for the Masters Accelerated Program (MAP) in engineering. The MAP allows a student to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.
A master’s degree is increasingly becoming the professional degree of choice for engineering practice. Many employers encourage, or even require, their employees to seek the degree during their early career, and master’s holders often experience increased upward mobility and earn substantially greater salaries as a result.
- It takes 30 to 32 credit hours to complete a master’s degree.
- Up to 12 credits of your undergraduate coursework 450 and above may be counted toward the master’s degree.
- It’s possible to complete the master’s degree in 2-3 semesters after graduation with a bachelor’s degree.
Visit the Master's Accelerated Program (MAP) page for more information.
Graduate study is available in
A multi-disciplinary graduate degree with concentration in Advanced Manufacturing is also available. See individual program descriptions for graduate degree requirements.
The College of Engineering offers three types of Master’s curriculum: thesis, project or coursework-only. Students interested in research and a career in R&D may prefer the M.S. thesis option, while students who select the M.E. or M-IT degrees may be more interested in acquiring knowledge and applying it in their professional workplace.
- The Master of Science (M.S.) degree is completed either with a thesis or a project.
- The Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree is completed without the preparation of a formal research thesis or project and is based only on coursework.
- The Master of Information Technology (M-IT) degree is completed without the preparation of a formal research thesis or project and is based only on coursework.
Advanced Manufacturing - Concentration
The graduate concentration in advanced manufacturing educates students and creates a skilled workforce for the growing needs of new technologies and advanced products in the 21st century. The program provides hands-on experience on designing, adapting, and building parts using advanced materials by including new processes, changing the supply chain, and adapting business models. It also includes the design optimization, materials selection and characterization, process parameter mapping, data analytics, software development, and final part inspection among other concepts. This concentration is maintained by the College of Engineering but is open to any Master's level major/degree.
|I E 575
|Advanced Manufacturing Processes
|I E 571
|Advanced Quality Control
|C E 510
|Introduction to Nondestructive Testing
|Polymer Science & Engineering
|CHME 491/AGRO 450
|Undergraduate Special Topics (AGRO 450 CHME 491 Development of Agricultural Technologies)
Selection of Advisor
Newly admitted graduate students will be assigned a temporary advisor for the first semester, but they must select a degree option and permanent advisor before registering for the second semester.
In considering a decision about option and advisor, the student should arrange to meet with several members of the graduate faculty during the first six weeks of study to discuss specific educational objectives. The student can use these meetings to become familiar with faculty interests and research projects currently in progress. The faculty member must agree (in writing) to serve as the student's advisor.
Although there is no oral exam, students will be required to complete an exit-interview with one of Advanced Manufacturing concentration and one graduate faculty member from the master of engineering they select to study.
The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
The following programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
- Engineering Technology – Civil
- Engineering Technology – Electronics and Computer
- Engineering Technology – Information
- Engineering Technology – Mechanical
The following program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/.
The college is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
Other programs under the College of Engineering, such as Information and Communications Technology, are accredited under the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) institutional accreditation.
New Mexico State University has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1926. The HLC may be contacted at:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 North LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
Phone: (800) 621-7440