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Undergraduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Washkewicz College of Engineering


Web-page: www.csuohio.edu/engineering


The fields of engineering and engineering technology have been fundamental forces in the advancement of humanity. The Washkewicz College of Engineering offers a variety of programs to students who wish to contribute to the world’s progress through engineering and technology. All undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, which is the recognized accrediting agency for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The undergraduate electronics engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. With regard to the accelerated 5-year Bachelor’s/Master’s programs listed below, only the Bachelor’s programs are accredited by ABET.

Students planning to enter the engineering profession may major in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science. Those who plan to become engineering technologists may major in Electronics Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology.

The college offers a certificate program for students who are working towards or already have a degree and want to add coursework that will enable them to focus on the biomedical field.

In addition, the College of Engineering offers graduate programs at both the master’s and doctoral level in conjunction with the College of Graduate Studies. For further information, consult the Cleveland State University Graduate Catalog, or call the Dean’s Office at: 216-687-2555.


The faculty of Washkewicz College of Engineering offers programs leading to the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering/Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering: 5-year accelerated program
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering/Master of Science in Chemical Engineering: 5-year accelerated program
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Electrical Engineering: 5-year accelerated program
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Civil Engineering: 5-year accelerated program
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering: 5-year accelerated program
  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Computer and Information Science: 5-year accelerated program

Summer Programs

The College of Engineering offers a number of engineering science courses during the summer semester. Departmental courses are offered on a limited basis.

General Requirements

Depending on the program of study, a minimum of 120-131 credits of academic work is required for a bachelor of engineering degree (this does not include credits earned in the Cooperative Education Program and Orientation). Consult the program specific sections of this catalog for guidelines and minimum degree requirements.

All degree candidates must satisfy the university requirements which include English and General Education coursework.

Degree candidates must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all work and at least 2.00 for all required courses - including technical electives - in the combined areas of engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, and chemistry.

Technical electives are courses in engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, or computer science at the 300 level or above. These electives must not duplicate any courses used to satisfy other credit requirements in the student’s program. Courses chosen to satisfy the technical elective requirement must have adviser approval and must be taken for a grade.

All students are assigned to an engineering faculty member who will serve as their advisor. It is the responsibility of students to keep the advisor informed of their academic progress.

Students cannot enroll in any courses for which they lack the required prerequisites. It is the responsibility of the student to see that all course prerequisites are satisfied.

The college reserves the right to alter the content of courses and curricula without previous notice and to provide suitable transition curricula which phase students into the newer courses and curricula.

Transfer Policy

Students enrolled in another college at Cleveland State, admitted as a pre-engineering major, or at another accredited university or college, who wish to be considered for transfer into the College of Engineering should complete MTH 181 , MTH 182 , CHM 261 , CHM 266 , ENG 100  or ENG 101 , ESC 102  or ENG 102 , and PHY 241  or PHY 243  for Computer Science and Computer/Electrical Engineering. The College of Engineering requires a C or better in MTH 181, ENG 100 or ENG 101, and ESC 102 or ENG 102, and an overall GPA of at least 2.2. The GPA will be calculated excluding remedial and pre-calculus courses. Those who wish to transfer to the College of Engineering but have not successfully completed the seven courses may be placed into the pre-engineering major.

University Electives for Engineering Students

In addition to Engineering College and departmental requirements, university general education courses must be completed in the following areas for a total of 18 credit hours (15 credit hours if you transfer 60 or more credits from another accredited university or college) which will complete the university General Education (GenEd) Requirements:

Arts and Humanities:

Minimum 6 credit hours. Two courses (PHL 215  and one course from a department other than Philosophy which focuses on a society other than the United States).

Social Sciences:

Minimum 6 credit hours. Two courses (ESC 282  and one course which focuses on a society other than the United States).

Social Diversity:

Minimum 6 credit hours. Two courses (each course must be a minimum 3 credit hours). Students who transfer from another accredited university or college that bring in 60 or more transfer credit hours will only need to complete one diversity course.

  1. One course must be African-American.
  2. One course must be U.S. diversity.

Closed Course Sections

In courses for which a waiting-list is maintained, students may be admitted above the authorized size specified by the college, up to the room capacity, at the discretion of the instructor, and taking into account the availability of other sections.

For a course section that is closed and for which a student waiting-list is maintained, a student already enrolled in the section but unable to attend the first class period must notify the course instructor. After one class period, the college reserves the right to reassign the seat of a student not in attendance to someone from the course waiting-list.

Course Withdrawal Policy

The College of Engineering enforces a strict policy concerning student withdrawal from a course after the course has begun. A student may withdraw from a course until the university’s published date for withdrawal. Engineering students are not allowed to withdraw from a course after that date. However, if extreme circumstances arise which may necessitate a student’s withdrawal from a course, the student may submit a petition to the Engineering College Petitions Committee. The petition must state the specific reasons for withdrawal. These reasons must be fully documented. The petition must be signed by the student’s advisor. The Petitions Committee will determine if the reason is compelling enough to require withdrawal from a course. The particular course or courses to be dropped must be determined in consultation between the student and the advisor. Poor academic performance in a course is not considered a valid reason for late withdrawal. Students should not stop attending a course unless approval of the petition is granted, since very few petitions are approved.

Enrollment in Engineering Courses by Non-Engineering Students

Enrollment in 200-level or above engineering courses is only open to students in the College of Engineering. If a non-engineering student wishes to take an engineering course as an elective, the student must first obtain the permission of the faculty advisor, who will determine the appropriateness of the course to the student’s overall plan of study.

The student then must obtain approval by the Dean of Engineering. If the student receives approval, written authorization will be given, which must be submitted when registering for the course. Students in the Biotechnology Certificate program can take the relevant engineering courses only after approval from the department offering the specific course is obtained.

Engineering Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education (Co-op) program at Cleveland State University’s Washkewicz College of Engineering is an experiential education opportunity that provides the link between the classroom and the workplace. It is an opportunity for the student to learn about his/her area of academic interest through practical experience. Participation is strongly encouraged.

In order for students of the Washkewicz College of Engineering to participate in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program, they must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete ESC 130  
  2. Be in good academic standing (not on probation) with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.20 or better
  3. Complete all courses through freshman or sophomore year, depending on major
  4. Transfer students must complete at least 8 credit hours of course work at Cleveland State University in the engineering program, plus meet requirements 1, 2, and 3 above
  5. Approval of the engineering cooperative education coordinator
  6. Approval of the dean of Engineering

To remain in the engineering co-op program a student must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.20 or better and not be on probation
  2. Register for ESC 300 before each work assignment
  3. Complete all required paperwork and reports on time
  4. Not deviate from the co-op schedule unless approved by the engineering cooperative education coordinator and the Dean of Engineering
  5. Meet formally at least once per semester with his /her faculty member

Students who have been accepted into the Engineering Cooperative Education Program are expected to remain in the program and to complete the schedule approved. A student can withdraw from the program only after giving adequate notice to the cooperative education office and getting approval from that office.

A student who withdraws from the program is not eligible to reapply. A minimum of three semesters of co-op experience is required to qualify as a graduate of the Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Credits earned in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program are in addition to the credits required for an engineering degree.

Students who wish to enter the Engineering Cooperative Education Program should go to the Cooperative Education Office in the Engineering Dean’s Office and request permission to enter the program. The cooperative plan of education consists of alternating periods of employment and full-time study. Special permission is required to take a course while on a co-op assignment. Table J below shows the typical schedules of the program.

Table J: Engineering Co-op Schedule

  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1 1st study 2nd study vacation
Year 2 3rd study 4th study co-op or school
Year 3 5th study co-op class
Year 4 co-op 6th study co-op
Year 5 7th study 8th study  

Engineering Minor

The Computer Science minor is available through the College of Engineering.

Late Registration and Late Adding a Course

No registration or adds will be permitted after the end of the first week of class. Students must complete the registration process by the end of the first week of class in the semester in which enrollment is sought. Also, students can add courses to their registration only through the first week of class in the semester in question.

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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5 year Accelerated

Engineering Technology

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Mechanical Engineering

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