OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Dennis Irwin, Dean
Shawn Ostermann, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies, and Planning
Deb McAvoy, Associate Dean for Academics
The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology offers degree programs through the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering , Civil Engineering , Industrial and Systems Engineering , Mechanical Engineering , Aviation , and Engineering Technology and Management . Engineering curricula are focused on the engineering profession, in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences—gained by study and experience—is applied to develop ways to use economically the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of society and the environment. Graduates have both the theoretical and practical training to begin a professional career or continue advanced work at the graduate level. Program flexibility is provided through technical electives, so students can concentrate their studies in a chosen area or use the electives in other areas.
Education and University-based research and development in engineering and technology are vital to the future. Today’s students are preparing for careers in some of the most exciting, promising, and critical of all modern undertakings. During the past 20 years, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology has accelerated toward the forefront in providing the leadership required to meet such challenges. Within its framework, aggressive learners can acquire the specific knowledge for a successful career, and individual talents can be adapted to preferences among the College’s ten undergraduate programs.
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology was originally founded in 1935 as the College of Applied Sciences, but its origins date back to the earliest history of Ohio University; records show that surveying was among the first courses offered. The first engineering degree was granted in 1902. In 1985, the College moved into the C. Paul and Beth K. Stocker Engineering and Technology Center, and the Francis J. Fuller Aviation Training Center and Avionics Engineering Center hangar were completed in 1989.
In 1994, the College was renamed the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and an 18,000-square-foot addition to Stocker Center was completed, providing additional laboratory space for undergraduate and graduate study and for multidisciplinary research. In 1996, the Konneker Research Laboratory was opened for expanded research in biotechnology. Two new facilities recently opened, one for advanced pavement research and one for advanced research in corrosion.
In 1996, the Board of Trustees established the Robe Leadership Institute in the Russ College to promote and encourage effective leadership among the students, faculty, and administrators. Currently, a leadership seminar in engineering is available to seniors and graduate students in the College, together with a Leadership Resource Center, named after Gerald Loehr, for materials and references on leadership. The institute sponsors leadership awards for students, faculty, and staff of the College.
The undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD, 21202-4015—telephone: 410.347.7700. The Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Engineering Technology and Management program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, and the aviation curriculum is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Admissions and Transfer Requirements
Recent high school graduates or transfer students who have earned fewer than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for admission to Ohio University and have completed four years of college-prep math and one year each of chemistry and physics. For the Engineering Technology and Management and Aviation programs, there are no admission requirements above the general University requirements.
Transfer students who have earned more than 20 semester hours of credit at another accredited collegiate institution may be admitted directly to an engineering or computer science program, if they meet the general requirements for transfer students, including a GPA greater than 2.5.
Students who wish to transfer into an engineering or computer science program must have earned a C or better in a math course and a science course. The math course must be equivalent to MATH 1200 or higher. The science course must be equivalent to CHEM 1210 or higher, or PHYS 2051 or higher. For the Engineering Technology and Management and Aviation programs, there are no admission requirements above the general University requirements for transfer students.
Students enrolled at any Ohio University campus who wish to transfer into any program in the Russ College cannot do so if they would be on academic probation after transferring into that major. The probation rules for Russ College are stricter than those for the University as a whole. In order not to be on probation, a student must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses taken, for all courses taken in the Russ College, and for all courses taken in the intended major. Students must also have successfully completed all required courses in three attempts and have no required course they have attempted twice without success.
Advising and Program Planning
Indicate your choice of discipline on the official application for admission to the University to assure the assignment of a faculty advisor in the department of your choice. If you have not decided on a specific major within the College (major code ND0910), the associate dean for academics will serve as your advisor until you choose a major. Course requirements for the freshman year in each of the engineering departments within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology are similar. Hence, while it is desirable to indicate a specific major field of study earlier, you can defer a decision on a specific major field of study until the beginning of your sophomore year.
After completing one of the engineering degree programs in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you are qualified and encouraged to seek, by examination, registration as a professional engineer from the Board of Registration for Professional Engineers of the state where you intend to practice. It is to your advantage to take the examination during the spring semester closest to the expected time of graduation or as soon after graduation as possible.
With careful planning you can, in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree from this college, obtain a second degree or a minor from another college in the University. (See “Earning a Second Degree” in the Graduation Requirements - Universitywide section.) The Russ College also offers a certificate program in Construction Engineering Management.
Graduate programs leading to the M.S. degree are available in all of the engineering programs and in computer science. In addition, graduate work leading to the Ph.D. degree is available in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, and an interdisciplinary program in integrated engineering. These programs are described in detail in the Graduate Catalog.
As a candidate for a degree in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you must satisfy all of the curriculum requirements that are applicable toward a degree in your particular field, as specified in the program information. You must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours applicable toward your degree after entering one of the degree programs. You must also complete 50 percent of the coursework applicable to your degree while in residence at Ohio University. In addition, you must:
- Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted at Ohio University.
- Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
- Have a 2.0 (C) average on all courses attempted in the major area of study.
- Successfully complete a course by the end of the third enrollment in that course. “Enrollment” includes classes in which FS, or WF grades are earned. In some courses, a grade at C or C- is needed.
Requirements for Continuing in the College
Once you are enrolled in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you will continue in your program unless there is demonstrated weakness in the mathematics-, science-, and engineering-related subjects that indicates your inability to meet the academic requirements of the program. The associate dean for academics and department chair will make decisions concerning cases of this nature, and you will be notified accordingly.
Once you are enrolled in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology you will continue in your program in a normal manner, provided:
- You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted at Ohio University.
- You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or better in all hours attempted in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
- You maintain an average of 2.0 (C) or above in all courses attempted in your major.
- You successfully complete a course by the end of the third enrollment in that course. “Enrollment” includes classes in which FS or WF grades are earned. In some courses, a grade of at least C or C- is needed.
Averages in any of these categories below 2.0 (C) result in probation. If you are on probation in any semester, your academic record is reviewed by the associate dean for academics to determine if you may continue in the program.
In the subsequent semester, if your academic progress is such that you are not eligible to be removed from probation, your academic record will be reviewed to determine if you should be continued.
If you are dropped from the University, college, and/or major, you may appeal by contacting the associate dean for academics.
Normally, a petition for reinstatement will not be considered until 12 months after you are dropped.
Students who are placed on academic probation during their first year are required to complete an Academic Success Workshop. The 90-minute workshop aims to help students improve their academic performance and return to good academic standing. Information about the workshop is sent to students’ local addresses and University email accounts.
As a student in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, you must succeed in a required program course by the third time you enroll in the course. (“Enrolling” in a course is defined as being on the class roster after the fifteenth day drop date.) If you do not meet this requirement, you will be dropped from your program. Success is a passing grade or, in those courses in which a grade of C or C- is required to continue a sequence, a minimum grade of C or C-.
When you retake a course, only the grade received in the most recent attempt is used to determine your accumulative GPA. You may not retake a course after an advanced course in the same field has been passed if the course that you desire to retake was a prerequisite for the advanced course.
Course Credit by Examination or correspondence may not be used to earn credit in a course required for graduation if you have previously failed that course.
Tier II Requirement
Many courses required for majors in the Russ College also satisfy components of the Universitywide Tier II requirement. Students should consult with their faculty advisors before choosing additional courses for the purpose of satisfying the Tier II requirement.
In addition to the curricular requirements as stated in the program information for departments in Engineering and Technology, you must also satisfy the University Tier I curricular requirements in English.
Cooperative education opportunities and internships are available in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Technology and Management. Students participating in cooperative education alternate periods of on-campus study with periods of work site experience. Students may also work back-to-back semesters.
Participation in cooperative education provides valuable career experiences. The alternating work/study periods allow you to integrate classroom theory with practical applications and provide you with opportunities to earn money to assist in financing your education. You can also participate in summer internships.
If you are interested in these programs, contact the Director of Professional Experiences, Dean Pidcock, in Stocker 183.
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology is committed to providing its students with the most modern computing tools available. To achieve this goal, all students enrolled in the Russ College are charged a technology fee. This fee is used to upgrade continually the hardware and software available to all students in the College’s computer labs. Full-time students (12-20 credit hours) are billed $97 per semester. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 hours are billed at a rate of $9 per credit hour.
In addition to the financial aid program sponsored by the University, the Russ College of Engineering and Technology and its departments have separately funded scholarships. All admitted students are automatically considered for both University and College scholarships. The College also has established a student loan fund for upperclass students needing assistance. Information is available in the dean’s office, Stocker Center.