The Fundamentals of Engineering Program provides significant academic support and a variety of educational and social opportunities for first year students to help them adjust to the new responsibilities of university life and to succeed in their chosen major.
Common Freshman Year
Students entering the Statler College are accepted on one of three Engineering Tracks, depending upon a set of entrance requirements. This provides time for students to learn more about each engineering major so they can make a more informed decision. After the completion of 6 core courses, students can then enter into their chosen engineering discipline as long as there is space available in the program. The requirements to enter an engineering discipline are:
- ENGL 101
- CHEM 115
- MATH 154 or MATH 155
- ENGR 101
- ENGR 102
- ENGR 191
- All core courses must have a grade of C or better
- Overall GPA >= 2.25
Note that because General Engineering students must take pre-requisite math and chemistry courses during their first semester, they typically take three semesters to complete the required "freshman" courses. Also, it is recommended that students complete PHYS 111 and MATH 156 during their freshman year because they serve as pre-requisites for most sophomore level courses.
Fundamentals of Engineering Courses
First year engineering courses are designed to help students build problem solving skills and technical communication skills. Working individually and in teams, students use a variety of methods and tools to solve engineering problems and to present their solutions clearly and effectively, both orally an in writing. Strong teamwork and communication skills are essential to a successful engineering career and students begin developing and honing these skills throughout the first year.
Suggested Course Schedules and Study Resources
The Fundamentals of Engineering Program believes in providing our students with high levels of academic support/study resources. The Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center is open 5 days a week and provides assistance in all freshman math and science courses. The Statler College has contacts in both the Math and Chemistry Learning Centers, and maintains a list of private tutors.
Choosing your major
The classes that are taken in the Fall of the sophomore year depend on the specific engineering major of the student. Therefore, the student will be required to declare a specific engineering discipline at the end of the Spring semester. During the advising appointment, the student will fill out a form indicating their choice. Acceptance into a major is dependent on completion of Chemistry 115, Math 154 or Math 155, Engineering 101, Engineering 102, Engineering 191, and English 101, all with an earned grade of C or better in those Freshman Core classes as well as a 2.25 or better overall GPA (note that admission into a specific engineering program is dependent upon available space ). Students who meet the requirements will be sent an acceptance letter over the summer. This letter will contain the name of their new advisor from the specific engineering department. To declare a major, please complete the Declaration of Major Form.
Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for merit-based scholarship at the time they submit their application to WVU. Engineering scholarship monies are limited so early application to WVU is strongly encouraged.
What areas of engineering are offered at West Virginia University?
The Statler College offers ABET accredited programs in the following disciplines:
- Aerospace Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Biometrics Systems (Forensic Identification) (B.S.)
- Chemical Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Civil Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.
- Computer Engineering (B.S. and Ph.D.)
- Computer Science (M.S. and Ph.D.)
- Electrical Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Industrial Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Mechanical Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Mining Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
- Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.)
The College also offers dual degrees in:
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Computer Engineering and Biometric Systems
- Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical Engineering & Biometric Systems
What kinds of things do engineers work on?
Engineering is a diverse discipline offering numerous opportunities. These include:
- aircraft & spacecraft systems
- pollution control
- new materials development
- coal and mineral mining
- transportation systems
- building construction
- computer development
- electronic systems
- oil/gas production and transportation
- communication and information systems
- noise control and acoustics
- solar energy
- and just about anything else you can think of!
Are scholarships available?
West Virginia University offers scholarships based on academic performance in high school and ACT/SAT test scores. Sixty eight percent (68%) of the 2002 freshman class received a scholarship from the university. Incoming freshmen can also apply for the West Virginia, Engineering, Science, and Technology scholarship. This scholarship is renewable every year, if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources offers scholarships to students based on their academic performance in our college. First time a student can apply for an engineering scholarship is in the sophomore year after transferring in a specific engineering major.
What if I took AP courses in high school?
WVU accepts several AP classes for college credit, as long as you make the required
passing grade on the AP test. These could count as science, math, or general elective
courses. You will be able to schedule for the next appropriate courses when your
AP credits are visible on your transcript.
AP Transfer Equivalencies
Can I get employment experience while in school?
We now offer the option to participate in a Cooperative Education and Internship Program. This experience enables you to integrate your academic study on campus with practical experience in an employment setting consistent with your major field of study. Co-op students work three semesters throughout their five-year curriculum. Internships involve an academic semester or a summer term. For more information visit the Cooperative Education program web site.
How do I become prepared for an engineering degree?
Please visit the WVU catalog for Admissions Requirements
How to get software for students?
Visit the WVU Software LICense (SLIC) page: