General Admission Requirements

Prospective students in the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences (CEACS) must submit an application to the University's Office of Enrollment Management and follow the general protocol applicable to all prospective undergraduates. The University promotes academic excellence through a highly selective admissions process. Students who are admitted show strong personal motivation along with backgrounds of consistent academic growth and achievement. The University encourages the submission of applications from socially and economically disadvantaged students who show promise of gaining from a Howard University education. Information for potential applicants is maintained by the Office of Enrollment Management on the University website.

All applicants must take a standardized college entrance exam (SAT or ACT). Prospective students are evaluated on the results of these exams, their secondary school academic record, leadership in school and community activities, unique talents and skills, educational objectives, and the recommendations of a teacher and counselor. Minimum requirements for admission to the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences are:

  1. a combined SAT score of 1080 or a composite score of 23 on the ACT;
  2. graduation from a secondary school with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher out of 4.0 or equivalent;
  3. rank in upper half of graduating class;
  4. completion of at least 15 units of high school coursework, including a minimum of:
    • English, 3 units
    • Algebra, 2 units
    • Geometry, 1 unit
    • Trigonometry, 1 unit
    • Social Science, 1 unit
    • Science, 2 units

A unit represents one year of study in a secondary school. International applicants must submit official transcripts of all work taken at other institutions (secondary and collegiate). Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a cumulative score of 550 or better.

Students who are accepted for admission receive either unconditional acceptance or conditional acceptance, which requires enrollment in appropriate developmental courses in English, mathematics, reading, or study skills through the Center for Academic Reinforcement.

The CEACS Office of Student Services, located in the Lewis K. Downing (Engineering) Building, Room 1114, conducts an orientation program for new students who arrive in the fall semester. During the orientation, students are introduced to the chair of their department and are guided through the advising and registration processes.

Transfer Students and Transfer Credit

The University defines a transfer student as any person who has been enrolled in a college or university other than Howard University, regardless of course load or earned credits. The University seeks transfer students who have the motivation to thrive within the unique blend of classroom, campus, and city experiences that Howard offers. A transfer applicant must submit an on-line application, an official transcript of the courses taken at all college-level institutions that he or she attended, and one letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor, in addition to meeting the following minimum requirements for admission consideration:

  • 15 transferable credit hours from a regionally-accredited, post secondary institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a passing grade of C or better in both a college-level English and college-level math course

Admissions decisions are made by the Office of Enrollment Management and are based on the prospective student's credentials. Once the transfer student is admitted, the transfer of courses from other institutions to Howard University is evaluated by each department. The Chair, in consultation with faculty, uses the official transcript and course descriptions from the source institution to conduct an equivalency assessment of each transfer request in the context of curriculum requirements. Transfer credit is only awarded for courses of similar description and equal or greater credit hours, in which the student earned a grade of C or better. Upon approval, the Department submits the Application for Advance Standing to the Office of Enrollment Management, which indicates a "T" on the student's transcript for each approved course. Actual grades are not transferred. All students have access to their academic transcript through BisonWeb and can easily verify the posting of approved transfer requests.

The only time this evaluation of transfer credits is not required is in the case of articulation agreements. The CEACS office of student affairs maintains a record of the current articulation agreements which are made available to the departments.

Students desiring to transfer from another department within the University must submit the intra-university transfer application. This form is available though the CEACS Office of Student Services. Only students in good academic standing are allowed to transfer to another department. Once a student is considering or has submitted a transfer request, he/she is assigned a faculty advisor who reviews the transcript and notifies the student of courses he/she has completed that count toward the requirements of the program. The advisor also provides guidance on course selection for the following semester.

Advanced placement for entering post high school students is determined by the faculty advisor and is based on scores that have been specified by the appropriate department at Howard. A list of these required scores is maintained by the advisors.

Advising, Monitoring of Progress and Career Counseling

New students are given a handbook (also accessible on-line) that contains the current curriculum, course descriptions, degree requirements, and course check sheet for use in tracking progress toward graduation. An outline of the contents of the handbook and the website are listed in Table 1-1. Student advising is standardized by this handbook to ensure that all students receive consistent information. All faculty members participate in student advising. Advising assignments are designated by students' last names. Each semester, students are required to meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least once to review progress in the academic program and determine the appropriate courses for the following semester. Students are required to bring a registration request form (that includes contact information and the classes for which they are seeking approval to register) and an up-to-date transcript to their advising meeting. Students may print their own transcripts from the on-line enrollment management system (BisonWeb) and faculty members have access to student transcripts through BisonWeb as well. The advisor reviews the transcript and edits registration request forms, as needed, to ensure compliance with the curriculum and pre-/co-requisites. The student and faculty advisor sign the completed registration request form to denote agreement and approval of the selection of courses.

Students register for courses through BisonWeb, following the advising meeting. The University establishes the registration dates and disseminates the information to students in the University calendar and on the University Web site. Students schedule their advising meeting so that their course selection is approved prior to the end of the registration period. To initiate on-line registration, students must use their PIN (personal identification number), which is given to them by their faculty advisor during the advising meeting. Student PINs change each semester to prevent students from registering without advisement. Copies of the complete, approved registration request forms are kept in the department files. The BisonWeb system provides an additional mechanism for ensuring that pre-/co-requisites are adhered to because students are given an error message and are not allowed to register for a course if its pre-/co-requisite is not on the students' transcript.

Students are permitted to take courses outside of the University through the Consortium of Universities in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Courses taken through the consortium require the approval of the faculty advisor and Department Chair. In addition to Howard University, consortium institutions include American University, Catholic University, Corcoran College, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Marymount University, Trinity College, University of the District of Columbia and University of Maryland-College Park. The letter grade earned appears on the transcript for students who take courses through the consortium. Students are only permitted to enroll in engineering courses through the consortium or other universities if that institution is ABET-accredited and the course description and credit hours are consistent with that at Howard.

To enroll in a consortium course, students must complete a consortium registration forms, available during the registration period each semester from the University Consortium Office in Suite 105 of the Administration Building. Students must also receive approval from the faculty advisor and Department Chair before taking a course at a non-consortium school.

The "Approval for Outside Courses" form must be submitted and approved before taking a non-consortium course. The Dean of Student Services receives grades for all courses taken outside of the consortium via official transcript and consults with the department for transferring the credits to the student's transcript.

In addition to course selection, the typical advising meeting includes discussions on academic progress, grades, deficiencies, opportunities for summer courses and internships, and balancing school and personal responsibilities. The Office of Enrollment Management provides each department with a list of enrolled students and their current grade point averages through the CEACS Office of Student Services. This list and access to the students' transcripts enables each faculty advisor to advise students appropriately, based on their overall performance.

The student's progress is followed by the advisor and shared with the student via a program curriculum checksheet, which lists all courses required for the BS e degree in chemical engineering. A sample 5-page Checksheet for a recent graduate is shown in Table 1-2. The checksheet lists the courses by category (Ch.E., Math, Chemistry, etc.), and advisor to fill in and update the information about the semester each course was taken, grade, advanced standing (if transferred), substitute course (if applicable) and any remarks. In some cases, an equivalent or higher course may be substituted, which meets or exceeds general requirements for the course. For example, some students transfer to our department at an advanced level with no course equivalent to our Intro to Engineering II course. In that case we require and substitute an additional technical elective in chemical engineering, instead of requiring a student of advanced standing to take a freshman course that does not have much learning value for the transfer student and can also be intimidating to freshmen in the class. The check sheet also provides a template for grade analysis (overall and major), number of 'D' credits (should not exceed over 1/6th or 21 credits), and other department, college and university requirements. To earn a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, students must complete the subjects in the curriculum, have minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 in all work attempted at Howard University and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 on all chemical engineering courses passed at Howard University. Thus it provides a snapshot of student's progress towards the completion of their B.S. degree in chemical engineering.

Students found to have academic difficulties, as indicated by a GPA of less than 2.0, incur academic probation. They are notified of their probationary status by the Office of Enrollment Management. Upon notification, students must establish and maintain contact with their faculty advisor academic advising, counseling, assistance, and referral to support services. A reduced course load of 13 credit hours is required and students work with their faculty advisor to determine a plan for repeating necessary courses, including summer school options. Probationary status is removed when the student has achieved a cumulative average of at least 2.0. Probationary status must be removed within one semester, exclusive of summer sessions, or the student will incur suspension. A one-semester extension of the probationary period may be requested by appealing in writing to the Dean of Student Services. If the appeal is granted, the student is given course and grade stipulations for the extension period by his/her faculty advisor. If the appeal is denied, the student is not eligible for readmission for at least one semester.

Faculty advisors are available to all students for general advising and career guidance weekly during designated office hours. Advising hours are made known to students by posting on each faculty member's office door and in the department office. The Dean of Student Services and Department Chairs are also available to advise students who are experiencing extenuating circumstances, conflicts, or serious academic difficulties. There is wealth of information available to students in H-Book and Bulletin for Career guidance, which are updated regularly. They are provided as supplemental material with the Self Study Questionnaire.

Advanced Placement

The College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences does not award academic credit for work in lieu of courses. Entering students may receive credit for work completed in secondary school under the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Board. Students who receive a score of 3 or higher (except Biology which requires a score of 4 and English which requires a score of 5) in any of the ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board may be eligible, in the area of each examination, for advanced placement and credits toward graduation as determined by the appropriate department.

Graduation Requirements

Prospective graduates are required to complete a formal application for graduation. This application is available from the CEACS Office of Student Services on their website. The application indicates the required submission deadlines for the graduation application, which are:

  • December Graduate/October 15
  • May Graduate/November 15
  • August Graduate/May 15

If a student does not graduate when expected, the student must reapply. The application for graduation establishes a student's intent to graduate and the list of prospective graduates is provided to each department by the CEACS Office of Student Services for academic clearance and recommendation.

Academic clearance is the process of ensuring that all degree requirements in the major department have been satisfied. The Department of Chemical Engineering awards the undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. In order to ensure that all degree requirements are met, each prospective graduate meets with his/her faculty advisor prior to registration in fall semester of the graduating year to review the check sheet and approve the final courses needed to complete the academic program. The check sheet lists each course in the plan of study, the semester and year in which the course was successfully completed, and the grade earned (or credit earned in the case of transfer credits). All students are made aware of degree requirements in the B.S. Ch.E. handbook for the department. Outstanding courses are identified and added to the Registration Request Form for the following semester. The faculty advisor also ensures that the student has not exceeded the allowable "D" credits. A student is only allowed to earn a grade of "D" in one-sixth of their total required credit hours. The faculty advisor approves the check sheet and forwards it to the Department Chair. Using official transcripts, the Chair certifies that the student's course of study meets the requirements of the curriculum.

Academic clearance is officially issued upon the vote of the department faculty, in the final semester, after all grades have been recorded and verified and the student's check sheet reflects that the student has satisfied all requirements of the curriculum. The complete procedure for academic clearance is as follows:

  1. Faculty prepares the check sheet and ensures that all degree requirements have been satisfied.
  2. Faculty and the Chair verify the check sheet against the official transcript and the chair compiles a list of students who have met degree requirements.
  3. List of prospective graduates and associated check sheets are presented to the department faculty, which votes to recommend each prospective candidate for graduation.
  4. Chair presents the list of prospective candidates recommended by the department to the School of Engineering and Computer Science faculty, and the CEACS faculty for approval at the meetings of faculty called for this purpose. The list includes name, ID number, major GPA, overall GPA, total number of credit hours completed, and total number of "D" credit hours. See Table 1-3 for the 2011-2012 listing of the prospective graduates.
  5. Upon vote of approval from the School and College faculty, the student is academically cleared and recommended for graduation.

The final list of prospective graduates is compiled by the Assistant Dean for Student Services and submitted to the University, which then certifies that students have obtained the necessary financial clearances. This information is provided for students on the University website.


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