The Catholic University of America

Undergraduate Studies


The School of Engineering offers programs leading to the bachelor's degrees in biomedical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science. The general requirements are presented below and are to be interpreted as minimum requirements. Additional details are found under each department. The undergraduate professional programs in biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (

In the first semester in residence, each student will be assigned to a faculty adviser with whom he or she will be required to consult at least once each semester. Ordinarily, at the end of the first year in residence, engineering students will be asked to designate the department in which they wish to take their degree, if they have not already chosen. The student will consult with the department chair and, when accepted, will be assigned to an adviser who will be a faculty member of the designated department. Changes in a student's program must be made in consultation with the adviser. Advanced placement is possible for high school students with the proper background and achievement.

Transfer Students

Many students from community colleges and liberal arts colleges have successfully transferred into CUA's engineering programs over the years. Students who have completed pre-engineering programs may normally begin their junior year studies in their first semester. Prospective transfer students are advised to contact the appropriate department and discuss the transition with the department chairpersons. CUA engineering has formal articulation agreements with Anne Arundel Community College, Howard Community College,  and Prince George's Community College. For more information please click here.


The school believes that all students can benefit by participating in academic year and summer internships that provide opportunities for them to learn while doing actual engineering work. The Career Services Office and the school will assist all students who desire an internship to obtain one. The construction concentration in civil engineering has an internship as an integral part of its program. The biomedical engineering program has a long history of placing students in internships with hospitals and research laboratories in the Washington, D.C., area and is expanding its industrial internship opportunities.

Dual Degree Program

A dual degree program leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Civil Engineering is available to students who want to combine the practice of architecture and engineering. Interested students should contact either the School of Architecture and Planning or the Department of Civil Engineering for specific information.

Minor in the Humanities or Social Sciences

A minor, or subconcentration, is available to students who complete the same requirement for a subconcentration as stipulated by the School of Arts and Sciences. Normally, a minor consists of six courses in one area of subconcentration. Applications for the minor are available in the Office of the Dean of the School of Engineering. Students should check with the department for specific requirements for the minor. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of the Dean of the School of Engineering.

Minor in Computer Science 

The minor in Computer Science is designed to prepare students in other majors for careers in a wide variety of fields which require computer science expertise. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of The Catholic University of America is pleased to offer a 'minor in computer science'. The minor in computer science allows you to enhance a career in engineering, business, art, music, mathematics or any other sciences...learn more >>

Minor in Neuroscience  

The minor in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program housed in the School of Arts and Sciences (Psychology), with advisors in both Psychology and Biomedical Engineering. Neuroscience minor candidates take courses in multiple fields of study, including Psychology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science...learn more >>

GPA Requirement for Graduation

Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in the course of studies required for the degree program to graduate.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

At CUA, we take a hands-on approach to engineering education. Our engineering programs emphasize development and design. This focus is reflected in the numerous laboratory and design courses required by each program.

The curricula consist of three main components: math and science, liberal arts, and technical content specific to the major. In the first two years, the curriculum of all the engineering programs is very similar, and students can therefore transfer easily between programs during this period. The coursework during the last two years is major-specific and can be tailored to meet the student's interests.

 Degree Programs

Liberal Studies Requirement

The liberal study component emphasizes the religious, economical, historical, and philosophical aspects of modern civilization. It complements the technical component and illustrates that technology is one segment of culture and learning. It consists of three religion courses, three engineering ethics course, one English composition course, and two additional liberal study courses. The requirement of the religion courses is consistent with CUA's mission and goals, while the engineering ethics course provides opportunities for students to increase their understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities. The English composition course emphasizes the need for all engineers to communicate effectively. The two additional liberal studies courses must be selected in consultation with the student's adviser from a list of approved courses. These liberal study courses provide exposure to the broad range of studies necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context and provide knowledge of contemporary issues relevant to engineering practice.Transfer students must still complete the nine liberal studies courses, but only two TRS courses are required.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities is evaluated individually and can be used to satisfy engineering and liberal studies requirements. Engineering transfer courses are evaluated by the School of Engineering. Non-engineering courses (i.e. mathematics, physics, etc.) are evaluated by the School of Arts & Sciences.

In general, to apply coursework towards the CUA degree, the course must 1) be substantially similar to a CUA course, 2) be completed with a C or better grade, and 3) not duplicate previous work.

University policy requires that at least 60 SCH must be taken at CUA to complete the bachelor's degree and that at least 30 of the last 36 SCH must be taken at CUA.