2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Science & Engineering Program of Study

The College of Science & Engineering supports the mission of TCU and:

  • Integrates the research and undergraduate teaching missions;
  • Prepares graduates for careers and further study in science, mathematics and engineering;
  • Assists in the preparation of highly qualified K-12 mathematics and science teachers; and
  • Provides experiences for all TCU students that will facilitate their becoming and continuing to be scientifically and mathematically literate citizens.

The college offers the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in 18 fields of study and the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in 7 fields. Minors are available in 19 fields.

The college is responsible for the Pre-Health Professions programs (pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary medicine).

College of Science & Engineering faculty are committed to teaching and are actively engaged in scholarly activity that contributes to their profession and informs their teaching on all levels. Opportunities for participation in research exist in every department and program of the college. Many faculty members involve undergraduates in their research programs. These students often work jointly with graduate students and postdoctoral associates in departments where graduate programs exist. To assist in these activities, the college houses SERC (Science and Engineering Research Center) to serve as a gateway of support for undergraduate research activities.

Multiple Majors

Students with a first major in the College of Science & Engineering may declare an additional major in lieu of or in addition to a minor on either a BA or BS degree. The additional major may be selected from the College of Science & Engineering’s list of approved majors or may be selected from majors available in other TCU schools and colleges. Students seeking an additional major in a school or college other than the College of Science & Engineering must have the approval of the dean of the college and the dean of the additional major.

Students with a first major in another TCU school or college may select additional majors from those available in the College of Science & Engineering with the approval of the dean of the first major and the dean of the College of Science & Engineering.

The degree awarded will be that appropriate to the major designated as the first major. All degree requirements for each major must be satisfied. These include TCU Core Curriculum requirements and all associated requirements.

Courses applied to the requirements of one major may only be applied to the associated requirements of another major.

Transfer Credit

Students wishing to take courses at another college or university following their admission to TCU must receive approval of such courses through the office of the dean of the College of Science & Engineering before enrolling in them.

Pass/No-Credit Option

See the Bachelor's Degree Definitions and Regulations in the Bachelor's Degree section of the University requirements. See the department of the major for any additional restrictions.

Up to (but no more than) 3 hours earned in elective courses that are offered only on a pass/no-credit basis may be applied to meet major or minor requirements within the College of Science & Engineering. Additional hours in such courses may be used as free electives or for majors or minors in other colleges (as permitted by those colleges).

College of Science & Engineering Organization

The College of Science & Engineering is organized into eight departments and one school.

Departments

Biology

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Computer Science

Engineering

Mathematics

Nutritional Sciences

Physics & Astronomy

Psychology

The School of Geology, Energy & the Environment (SGEE)

Sid W. Richardson houses the departmental offices of chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics & astronomy and the Institute for Environmental Studies. Biology and psychology are in Winton-Scott Hall. Nutritional sciences is in the Annie Richardson Bass Building. College administrative offices, departmental offices for computer science, engineering and mathematics are located in the Tucker Technology Building.

Interdepartmental Programs

Child Development (Psychology)

Neuroscience (Psychology)

Pre-Health Professions

College of Science & Engineering Degrees

The College of Science & Engineering administers programs that lead to the following baccalaureate degrees:

The Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development (Psychology)
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The Bachelor of Science degree with majors in:

  • Applied Geoscience (SGEE)
  • Astronomy & Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development (Psychology)
  • Computer Information Technology (Computer Science)
  • Computer Science
  • Dietetics (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science (SGEE)
  • Food Management (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Geology (SGEE)
  • Mathematics
  • Neuroscience (Psychology)
  • Nutrition (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Physics
  • Psychology

The Bachelor of Combined Science

    College of Science & Engineering Minors

    The College of Science & Engineering offers minors in:

    • Applied Physics
    • Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Child Development (Psychology)
    • Combined Science
    • Computer Information Technology
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science
    • Energy Technology & Management (SGEE)
    • Environmental Science (SGEE)
    • Geology (SGEE)
    • Health Care Ethics
    • Mathematics
    • Nutrition
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Psychology of Leadership
    • Sustainability (SGEE)

    Minors for students majoring in the College of Science & Engineering are also accepted from AddRan College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, Bob Schieffer College of Communication, College of Education, Neeley School of Business (General Business) and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

    Only associated requirements of the major may be applied to the requirements of a minor. Courses applied to the requirements of one minor may not be applied to the requirements of another minor.