Feb 29, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
    
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Systems Engineering, Energy Systems Concentration, B.S.S.E.


All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements


First-Year Students

First-Year admission is competitive. Based upon an overall evaluation of high school record with particular emphasis on advanced courses in math and science and SAT or ACT scores, First-Year students may be admitted directly to an engineering major or as engineering undecided. 

  • See University Admission Requirements  ​
  • Minimum GPA:  n/a
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  First-Year students MUST present a pre-calculus equivalent course, a math course during the high school senior year (grade 12/13) or math intensive science course such as physics or chemistry if no math courses are available, with no grades below C in any math courses.  Students with AP test scores of at least 3 on AP Calculus AB or BC or early college high school students who present transfer credit for calculus equivalent to MATH 1241  or higher are exempted from having a math course in the senior year.
  • Minimum SAT-Math score of 570 or ACT-Math subscore of 23
  • Declaration of Major:  Students may declare the major at time of admission or at any time if in good standing with the College and University.

Transfers

All transfer students will be admitted to the lower division of a department, and evaluation of transfer credits follows the North Carolina articulation agreements.  Transfers from an ABET-accredited engineering program who do not meet the GPA requirement may be admitted upon the recommendation of the chair of the major department.

  • See University Admission Requirements ​ 
  • Minimum GPA:  2.50 (3.00 for Mechanical Engineering)
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Calculus I course (with grade of C or above) equivalent to MATH 1241  
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  24

Currently Enrolled Students


In order to remain in the concentration, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained.

Changes of Major Into a Program in the College of Engineering

First-time college students who seek eligibility for a change of major from a non-engineering major into an engineering program are required to:

  • Complete the First-Year curriculum of the program of interest.
  • Have no more than two attempts per course, including withdrawing from a course with a grade of W.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.50 (3.00 for Mechanical Engineering).

Students Seeking Eligibility for a Change of Major

  • Should continue to be advised by their current advisor.
  • Should focus on successfully completing courses that count towards the program of interest and not rely on grades in unrelated courses to elevate the GPA.
  • Are not permitted to enroll in Sophomore engineering courses.
  • May request authorization to enroll in ENGR 1201 , ETGR 1201  or ETGR 1101  via a UCOL advisor or via a request to the College of Engineering Advising department, if not in UCOL.
  • May request authorization to enroll in ENGR 1202  via a UCOL advisor or via a request to an advisor in the program of interest, if not in UCOL.

Transfers Seeking Eligibility for a Change of Major

Students who transfer to Charlotte into a non-engineering major and have not met the Transfer Requirements for a given engineering program are not guaranteed to be considered for a change of major. Representatives of the program of interest make decisions on a student’s eligibility to pursue a change of major based on a holistic review of a student’s entire academic record, including grades earned at other institutions. A record of unsuccessful attempts in courses will weigh negatively on such decisions. If transfer students are allowed to pursue eligibility for a change of major to a given program, they will be required to:

  • Complete the First-Year curriculum of the program of interest.
  • Have no more than two attempts per course including withdrawing from a course with a grade of W.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.50 (3.00 for Mechanical Engineering).
  • Complete at least 12 credits of courses at Charlotte, including at least four courses in math, science and/or engineering.

Current UNC Charlotte Students Seeking Eligibility for a Change of Major

Current UNC Charlotte students who are interested in changing majors to Engineering Technology or Construction Management (ETCM) must meet major-specific requirements in order to declare a major. Please visit the ETCM department webpage for more information on the change of major process. Upon satisfying all of the major-specific requirements, students may request admission to an ETCM program by scheduling an appointment with a departmental advisor of the given program.

Degree Requirements


A Major in Systems Engineering with Concentration in Energy Systems leading to the BSSE degree consists of 120 credit hours.  BSSE students can select this optional concentration by the end of their Sophomore year.

General Education Courses (18-19 credit hours)


For details on required General Education courses, refer to the General Education Program .

Restricted Elective Courses (12 credit hours)


Physical Science Elective Course (3 credit hours)


Students must select one of the following physical science courses to fulfill the requirements for the freshman engineering curriculum.  It must complement the student’s overall educational plan.  Other courses with significant physical science content that are not listed may fulfill the requirement, but require the approval of the Undergraduate Program Director.

Technical Elective Courses (9 credit hours)


BSSE students must complete 9 credit hours of technical elective courses approved by their advisor to fulfill the requirements for their BSSE degree.  The technical electives are meant to both broaden the student’s technical capabilities and complement the student’s core BSSE course requirements.  At least 6 credit hours must be taken from courses within the College of Engineering.  Technical elective courses cannot be used to fulfill both the Technical Elective requirements and the Additional Technical Elective requirements (i.e., no double counting of course credit hours toward the BSSE degree).  In addition to SEGR courses, the courses below from outside the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering are approved as technical elective courses.  Please note that many of these courses may also have prerequisites.

Concentration Courses (12 credit hours)


Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Progression Requirements


First-Year Requirements

All new First-Year students, early college students, and transfer students with only one semester at another institution are initially advised by a central office within the College of Engineering. Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to progress in the curriculum and matriculate to their major department.

  • Follow the advice and recommendations of their faculty advisors.
  • Follow all prerequisite, corequisite, and progression requirements of their program.
  • Earn at least a 2.00 GPA in the first semester.
  • Complete all core courses in the First-Year curriculum with grades of C or above. Core courses include MATH 1241  and MATH 1242 , PHYS 2101 ; CHEM 1251  or MEGR 1100  (MEGR majors); MATH 2164  and ECGR 2103  (CPGR/EEGR Majors); MATH 2164  (SEGR Majors).
  • Pass all courses within two attempts, including withdrawing from a course with a grade of W.
  • Complete the First-Year curriculum within four regular semesters.
  • Earn a 2.50 cumulative GPA upon completion of the First-Year curriculum.

Sophomore Through Senior Year Requirements

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 in the University.
  • Maintain a major cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all courses in the departmental curriculum.  Failure to meet this requirement for two consecutive semesters will result in not being permitted to enroll in College of Engineering courses.
  • Pass all courses in the curriculum within two attempts, including withdrawing from a course with a grade of W.

An undergraduate student who fails to satisfy one or more of the progression requirements stated above, but who nonetheless meets the conditions for continued enrollment in the University, will be ineligible to re-enroll in the College of Engineering unless an appeal is accepted by the College of Engineering.  If an appeal is accepted, requirements for continued enrollment appropriate to the individual situation are specified in a “Continuation Agreement” that is mutually agreed upon and signed by the student and their appropriate advisor.

A student who has been suspended by the University must follow University guidelines for appeal. Re-admission to the College of Engineering after a University suspension is not automatic.  An application for re-admission must be made by the student and approved by the College/department.  Students who are re-admitted by the College of Engineering after suspension by the University must meet requirements for continued enrollment appropriate to their individual situation. These requirements are specified in a “Continuation Agreement” that is mutually agreed upon and signed by the student and their appropriate advisor.  The consequences of failure to meet the requirements of the agreement may be articulated in the agreement itself.  However, if these consequences are not included in the agreement, failure to meet the requirements will automatically result in the student not being permitted to continue to enroll in College of Engineering courses.