2540 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7727
Fax: (808) 956-2291
Dean: Wai-Fah Chen
Assistant Dean: Sheryl E. Nojima
An engineering degree provides an excellent background for seeking solutions to many of the problems in the development and management of technology related to urban demands, the enhancement of our living environment, and the effective utilization of our non-renewable resources. Engineering curricula include both general and theoretical course work designed to enable graduates to meet the challenges of a technology-oriented society. Particular emphasis is placed on problems related to energy and the preservation and enhancement of the environment.
Engineering has been a major program of study at this institution since its founding in 1907. The University has granted more than 6,500 engineering degrees, and many of the professional engineers practicing in industries, consulting firms, and governmental agencies throughout the state are graduates of the University of Hawai'i.
The undergraduate curricula in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Degrees and Certificates
Bachelor's Degrees: BS in civil engineering, BS in electrical engineering, BS in mechanical engineering
Master's Degrees: MS in civil engineering, MS in electrical engineering, MS in mechanical engineering
Doctoral Degrees: PhD in civil engineering, PhD in electrical engineering, PhD in mechanical engineering
Certificate Programs: Construction Engineering and Management Graduate Certificate, Renewable Energy Engineering Graduate Certificate
For information on programs in biosystems engineering, please refer to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.
2540 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8404
All students in the College of Engineering must receive approval of their program of courses from their advisers prior to registration each semester.
Updated curriculum check sheets summarizing all of the requirements for each undergraduate curriculum are available in the college's Student Academic Services Office.
Undergraduate engineering students who are unusually well-qualified academically are encouraged to participate in the UH Manoa Honors Programs (see the "Special Programs" section within the Colleges of Arts and Sciences).
An orientation session for new students is held each semester before classes begin. Incoming students receive approval of their program of courses at that time. In addition, incoming students with waived course work (e.g., advanced placement examination) must still fulfill credit hour requirements and should contact the college's Student Services Office for more information.
Each of the curricula offered by the College of Engineering provides a fundamental science-oriented university education with coverage of communications, the humanities, and social sciences, as well as the basic physical sciences of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The curricula also encompass engineering sciences common to all engineering disciplines and elective engineering courses that introduce the engineering method of design.
Entering engineering freshmen may choose to attend any of the University of Hawai'i system campuses to complete lower division curriculum requirements in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, physics, lower division (100- and 200-level) engineering, history, humanities, and social sciences. As an engineering student on any system campus, students are entitled to benefits such as computer accounts, membership in engineering student clubs, invitations to student events, and scholarship eligibility. Students electing to defer enrollment are required to reenter the Manoa campus within three years of initial acceptance. Tuition and fees are based on the campus attended.
Any academic actions (e.g., probation, suspension, etc.) will be administered by the appropriate student services office of the attending campus. In addition, re-entering students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average for all transfer-level courses (numbered 100 and above) based on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa grading standard. Students are required to submit a common application form to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Office of Admissions and Records for the sole purpose of updating student records prior to reentry no later than May 1 for fall semester reentry or November 1 for spring semester reentry.
Requirements for admission to the University are described in the front of the Catalog. High school students applying to the College of Engineering should have completed trigonometry, physics, and chemistry. The college also uses aptitude tests and high school records in its screening procedure.
Transfer students must have completed ENG 100, MATH 241 and 242/242L, PHYS 170/170L, and CHEM 161/161L and 162 or their equivalents and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Course work in each curriculum consists of a set of required courses common to all engineering majors and additional courses to satisfy departmental requirements. The courses required of all engineering students, which also satisfies the General Education Core requirements of the University, consist of the following:
ENG 100 Expository Writing (3)
SP 251 Principles of Effective Public Speaking (3)
Two electives (3/3)
ECON 120 Introduction to Economics or ECON 130 Principles of Economics (3)
Two electives (3/3)
HIST 151 World Civilizations I (3)
HIST 152 World Civilizations II (3)
Quantitative and Logical Reasoning
MATH 241 Calculus I (4)
MATH 242 Calculus II (3)
MATH 242L Calculus Computer Lab (1)
MATH 243 Calculus III (3) or MATH 243 (3)
MATH 244 Calculus IV (2) or MATH 232 (3)
CHEM 161/161L, and 162 General Chemistry/Lab (3/1/3)
PHYS 170/170L General Physics I/Lab (4/1)
PHYS 272/272L General Physics II/Lab (3/1)