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  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Engineering and Engineering Technology B.S. Contract Major


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Requirements


A student may formulate a proposal for a major program of study, appropriate to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, which differs substantially from existing major programs but utilizes existing courses. The student must select a faculty sponsor from the college’s faculty and formulate the proposal in consultation with this sponsor. The program must be logically structured around a meaningful and interesting theme or topic, for example, noise control technology. Students desiring to build programs of this kind using a core of courses offered by other colleges should consult with those colleges. An example of such a program would be a contract major in scientific illustration, based in the School of Art’s B.F.A. emphasis in illustration and coupled with a considerable amount of course work from the Department of Biological Sciences. Students desiring programs involving a substantial amount of course work in colleges other than the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology will be required to secure a cosponsor from the discipline housing such course work. Program proposals must be submitted to the associate dean of the college and must be approved by the college’s Contract Major Committee.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/Outcomes/general.pdf.

The student who wishes to propose a contract major must

  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.
  • justify the new curriculum and define the goal to be achieved.
  • design a multidisciplinary program that may be accommodated within existing university resources and facilities. (The program may include internships, independent study, or special projects on or off campus, but no more than 12 semester hours of course work for these kinds of activities will be permitted in the contract.)
  • include in the program at least 50 semester hours of credit in courses basic to the area of study. These 50 semester hours
    • may not be used to fulfill general education requirements.
    • must include at least 15 semester hours of course work offered by the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
    • must include at least 30 semester hours of course work at the 300-400 level.
    • must not include more than 24 semester hours from the offerings of a single department.

A student who completes an approved contract major and all other graduation requirements will receive the Bachelor of Science degree with a contract major in _______ (the theme specified in the contract).

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