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Admissions Requirements - Southern University

The University has an admissions policy whereby entering freshmen must achieve a score of 20 on the ACT (SAT - 940) or a 2.0 grade point average, or rank in the top 50% of graduation class and require no more than one remedial course.  Additionally, entering freshmen must have successfully completed the following:

  • Four (4) units of English (I, II, III, and IV)
  • Three (3) units of mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, or an approved advanced math substitute)
  • Three (3) units of social sciences, (American History, World History, Western Civilization, or World Geography)
  • Three (3) units of science (Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics, Physics II, or Physics for Technology)
  • Two (2) units of the same foreign language
  • One (1) unit of survey
  • One (1) unit of the required advanced math or science
  • One-half (½) unit of computer science


Moreover, students who complete a college preparatory curriculum from an accredited or state-approved high school with a minimum of 16 units, high school GPA of 3.0 or better, and ACT score of 23 (SAT - 1070) or above may apply for regular admission and will be eligible to apply for the Honors College.  The 16 units required include the following:

  • Four (4) units of English I, II, III, and IV (with no substitutions)
  • Three (3) units of mathematics taken from Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Advanced Mathematics, or Calculus
  • Three (3) units of natural science including Biology, Chemistry, and Earth Science or Physics
  • Three (3) units from foreign languages (in the same language)
  • Visual or performing arts, computer science or mathematics above College Algebra (depending on above choice in mathematics)

There is also the added requirements of (1) a 250-word essay on a special topic and (2) two letters of recommendation.


The Southern University and A&M College Catalog (2014-2017) provides separate and/or alternative requirements for students in the following categories:

  • Out-of-state high schools
  • Home school programs
  • Student athletes
  • Adult students between 21 and 24 years of age
  • Adult students age 25 and over
  • Students with a GED
  • Unapproved schools
  • International students



Admissions Requirements - Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

The civil engineering program is designed to give students a comprehensive educational experience in the humanities, social sciences, English, economics, and basic sciences. The educational program includes focused training in applying fundamental principles of mathematics, science, engineering and technology in the analysis, design, construction, operations, management, maintenance, and retirement of engineering systems.  Furthermore, our civil engineering curriculum is designed to inspire continuous learning and exceptional achievement throughout the professional lives of our graduates. The civil engineering curriculum consists of 128 hours, including two mechanical engineering courses - Dynamics (MEEN 225) and Mechanics of Materials (MEEN 227) as CORE courses in civil engineering.

To be admitted to the civil engineering program, a student must have completed a minimum of 22 credit hours and earned a "C" or better in each of the following courses:

  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry Lab
  • CHEM 132 - General Chemistry Lecture
  • ENGL 110 - Freshman Composition I
  • ENGL 111 - Freshman Composition II
  • ENGR 120 - Freshman Engineering I
  • ENGR 130 - Freshman Engineering II
  • MATH 264 - Calculus I
  • PHYS 221 - General Physics I Lecture
  • PHYS 223 - General Physics I Lab
  • MATH 264 - Calculus I

Applicants who satisfy the above requirements, but have not adequately passed all courses, will be "Conditionally Admitted." This action is contingent upon Applicants enrolling at the next opportunity in each missing course cited and earning a "C" or better within one year.


Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in the civil and environmental engineering program must successfully complete an approved program of study of 128 credit hours.  All general engineering (ENGR) courses, civil engineering courses (CIEN), Dynamics (MEEN 225), and Mechanics of Materials (MEEN 227) are CORE courses for Civil Engineering students and must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.


Degree Requirements Record Form

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Degree Requirements Record Form is the official course checklist for graduation.  Upon verification at the Department and College levels, this form is sent to the Registrar for final review and approval.

LINK TO Degree Requirements Record Form


Curriculum Worksheet

These required courses are spaced over four (4) years and eight (8) semesters.  There are no time limits to graduation; therefore, each student will advance through the curriculum at her/his own pace.  The most critical aspect of any curriculum is that students have taken the necessary prerequisite courses before enrolling in advanced (sequential) courses.

The curriculum worksheet also helps to ensure the following additional requirements are fulfilled

  • University Service Learning (3 hours)
  • University African American Experience (3 hours)
  • University Writing Proficiency Examination (0 hours)
  • Department Comprehensive Examination (0 hours)

LINK TO Curriculum Worksheet


Course Pre- and Co-Requisites

Advanced courses may require some associated course be taken prior to enrollment in a particular class - or two classes may be required to be taken during the same semester.  Taking and passing the appropriate pre- and co-requisites are essential for placing the student in the best possible environment for success.

Because the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is an intimate and relatively small academic unit, many Junior- and Senior-level courses may only be offered once per year.  Therefore, it is critical that students consider not only their upcoming schedule, but the Fall-only and Spring-only courses as well.

LINK TO CIEN Pre- and Co-Requisites

LINK TO CIEN Fall Courses

LINK TO CIEN Spring Courses


Oftentimes, students will not have the necessary background or courses to complete the curriculum as prescribed.  It is recommended that all students, but especially students that find it difficult to identify alternative courses that can still lead toward timely graduation, engage with a department faculty advisor to understand the full range of options and implications for future course selection as well as graduation.

This graphic, Curriculum and Critical Pathway Flow Chart, shows the civil engineering curriculum by pre- or co-requisites.  A list of all courses that may be taken during the "first" semester are listed.  A list of all courses that could be taken in a hypothetical "second" semester - given the appropriate prerequisite - are then listed.  The process continues resulting in a potential graduation after only seven (7) hypothetical semesters if taking the appropriate courses in sequence.

LINK TO CIEN Curriculum and Critical Pathway Flow Chart







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