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About Our Department:

All of our programs engage students in rigorous, hands-on curricula through which they apply engineering principles and problem-solving to create innovative, real-world solutions.

All of our programs incorporate faculty and peer mentoring to promote and nurture student success. Our students enjoy access to facilities and research equipment comparable to large research institutions. With today's world of rapid change, new advancements are needed to make lives safer, more enjoyable, and more productive. A degree from our department will open the doors to an exciting career in engineering or computer science so that you can turn your dreams and ideas into realities.

Fall 2020 Newsletter

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Computer Science This program was launched at Tarleton in Fall 2001. We prepare students to design, build and operate computer systems, both software and hardware, that provide solutions to real-world problems. Due to the importance of computers in today's world, CS graduates work in all areas of industry, research, finance, commerce, government, healthcare, and entertainment.
  • Civil Engineering This program was launched at Tarleton in Fall 2014, but it is one of the oldest engineering disciplines in the history of mankind. Civil engineering focuses on the design, planning, construction, and evaluation of the infrastructure around you, such as roads, bridges, dams, buildings, transportation, and water supply systems.
  • Electrical Engineering This program was launched at Tarleton in Fall 2014. Electrical engineers design, develop and test a breadth of systems from navigation systems to communications systems to robotics and automation. Electrical engineers develop devices from tiny microchips to huge power stations.
  • Engineering Physics The Engineering Physics program was a broad engineering degree with two tracks. Both the Electrical and Mechanical degrees evolved from an Engineering Physics basis. However, the Engineering Physics program has been terminated effective 2017-2018.
  • Environmental Engineering Environmental engineers develop innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental systems such as recycling, waste disposal, water treatment, and air pollution control. They design processes and systems that reduce the negative effects of human activities on the environment, thus improving our health, happiness, and safety.
  • Mechanical Engineering This program was launched at Tarleton in Fall 2017. Mechanical engineers design and implement innovative technologies in a breadth of areas including automotive engines, aircraft controls, robotics and automation.

Graduate Programs:

  • Master of Science in Computer Engineering This degree is offered in both completely online and face-to-face (at the Stephenville campus) formats, starting in the Fall semester 2020. Either format allows a choice between thesis and non-thesis.
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering This degree is offered in both completely online and face-to-face (at the Stephenville campus) formats, starting in the Fall semester 2021. Either format allows a choice between thesis and non-thesis.

Program Entrance Requirements and Math Placement

The computer science and electrical engineering programs do not have separate admission standards from that of the university, however, math preparedness is a critical component to success in any computer science or electrical engineering program. Thus it is very important for potential engineering students to strive to prepare themselves mathematically prior to entering college.

  • A student who has satisfied their TSI math requirement is eligible to enroll in Precalculus (math 2412).
  • All computer science and electrical engineering degrees start at Calculus 1. The math department requires math placement if you would like to start in calculus 1 or higher. This can be accomplished in the following ways:
    • AP scores (contact the math department for requirements),
    • prior college credit for trig (math 1316) or Precalculus (math 2412), or
    • passing the CLMP placement test - If you are coming to town the evening prior to orientation and would like to take the college-level math placement test (CLMP), it is being offered at 7:30 pm. This placement test can also be taken any time prior to orientation or prior to the semester start at a variety of testing centers. You may contact the testing center 254-968-9423 or to sign up for testing or with any questions

Coursework in engineering degrees is very sequential. It is therefore also important for the student to start taking engineering coursework as early as possible in their college careers if s/he wishes to graduate in a four-year timeframe. If you choose to take general education coursework and transfer to Tarleton, please contact an engineering advisor ( for guidance on including appropriate math, science, and introductory engineering content.

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