Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, Dean
The College of Engineering and Computer Science is composed of the Department of Chemical, Civil, and Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science . Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degree are listed on the appropriate departmental pages, along with specific departmental requirements.
The engineering and computer science programs at McNeese State University are designed to give students the theoretical and practical background needed to apply scientific knowledge and meet society’s material and physical needs. The programs offer professional training in engineering and computer science that includes a cultural awareness along with a sound technical education.
The engineering program at McNeese State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the computer science program at McNeese State University is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Statement of Purpose
- To maintain ABET accreditation for the Bachelor of Science in engineering and the Bachelor of Science in computer science programs.
- To meet the educational needs of the students.
- To serve the local community, including industry, and society at large by providing cultural and educational leadership.
- To stimulate students toward maximum intellectual and professional growth while at the same time providing an atmosphere conducive to their development.
- To provide the facilities and the opportunities necessary to search for truth and the expansion of knowledge through research, design, and other forms of creative expression.
First-time freshmen who have declared a major offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science are advised by professional advisors in the Department of General and Basic Studies until a minimum of 12 hours and a cumulative 2.5 GPA is earned. Regardless of major, students with less than a 2.5 GPA are advised in General and Basic Studies until 24 hours are earned; then students are advised in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students who have not completed developmental courses may be retained in General and Basic Studies until 30 hours are earned.
Transfer students from community and junior colleges wishing to enter the College of Engineering and Computer Science may be subjected to proficiency examinations to determine placement within the program of their choice. Credit for courses taken at other universities with a grade of C or lower cannot be applied toward an engineering degree.
Co-op and Intern Programs with Industry
Engineering and computer science students who meet industry-established criteria are eligible to apply for work-study positions. Co-op and intern students are selected by industry based on grades, experience, and interviews. A co-op or intern position cannot be guaranteed to any applicant. During their sophomore and junior years, successful applicants alternate semesters as full-time students at McNeese and full-time employees in industry. Successful intern applicants work summers only following their freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Engineering students must be registered full-time and earn at least 12 credit hours-or six credit hours in the summer session-toward the engineering degree the semester or session before the industry work term begins.
Computer science students must be registered in either CSCI 398 or CSCI 399 during the terms they work in industry (including the summer term). Engineering students must be registered in either ENGR 350 or ENGR 450 during the terms they work in industry (including the summer term).
Students enrolled in ENGR 350 or ENGR 450 are considered full-time students in the fall and spring semesters to prevent student loans from entering repayment status, for insurance purposes, and for citizenship and immigration services reporting.
Registration as a professional engineer continues to become increasingly important in the future of engineering, and seniors are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (formerly the Engineer-in-Training examination) prior to graduation.