2024-25 Academic Catalog

The James Worth Bagley College of Engineering

Jason M. Keith, Dean
and Earnest W. & Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr. Chair


Kari Babski-Reeves, Associate Dean

Robert A. Green, Assistant Dean
Office: 160 McCain
Telephone: (662) 325-2267

Offices: 250 McCain
Telephone: (662) 325-2270
Mailing Address: Box 9544 Mississippi State, MS 39762-9544
Bagley College of Engineering Web page: http://www.bagley.msstate.edu

General Information

The James Worth Bagley College of Engineering is a professional college whose purposes are to provide both undergraduate and graduate education, to conduct basic and applied research, and to engage in outreach and public service activities. The BCoE consists of the following academic departments:

  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering
  • Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering
  • Richard A. Rula School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering

In addition to these academic departments, the Bagley College offers opportunities for faculty and student research in the following centers:

  • Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)
  • Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS)
  • CAVS Extension
  • Center for Computer Security Research
  • Center for Cyber Innovation
  • Center of Biomedical Research Excellence
  • Geosystems Research Institute (GRI)
  • High Voltage Laboratory
  • High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPCC)
  • Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET)
  • Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing, and Biotechnology (IGBB)
  • Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies
  • Institute for Neurocognitive Science and Technology
  • Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER)
  • Mississippi Transportation Research Center
  • Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute
  • National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Institute
  • Northern Gulf Institute (NGI)
  • Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

The vision of the Bagley College of Engineering is to be known for excellence in scholarly achievement, innovative engineering solutions, and economic and educational outreach that enhances the quality of life across the globe.

It is the mission of the Bagley College of Engineering to provide a world-class research, outreach and educational environment that supports, cultivates and fosters the talents of students, faculty and staff to discover new knowledge and technology for the benefit of society. To accomplish this mission the College has established the following goals:

  1. Foster a professional environment that cultivates and enhances our faculty members’ scholarly knowledge base and supports them in building an accomplished academic reputation for themselves and the college.
  2. Provide engineering graduates who, through their excellent technical and leadership skills, cultural awareness, and social responsibility, will solve the challenges of the 21st century.
  3. Increase engineering opportunities for underrepresented groups to support and serve the diverse demographic of the state of Mississippi and the nation to ensure that the college encourages a variety of input, influences and participation in all its endeavors.
  4. Conduct cutting edge research to enhance the quality of human life and earth’s sustainability.
  5. Provide engineering expertise, engagement and outreach to create positive change and economic development in Mississippi and the region.

The Bagley College includes a study abroad program which provides students with an opportunity to take courses in another country and experience different cultures. This experience broadens the vision of those who participate and increases their awareness of the global environment in which engineers work. Engineering students also have the opportunity to apply for Congressional internships. Currently internships are in place for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C.

In addition to study abroad and Congressional internships, the Bagley College offers its own minor in Global Engineering Leadership and fully participates in the university’s Leadership Studies minor. Through these programs, engineering students are provided an opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills through both general leadership courses and courses focused on skills specific to leadership in the engineering profession. More information on each of these can be found in this catalog. Students pursuing either of these minors should should consult with their academic advisor as early as possible so that course work can be adequately planned.

The Bagley College is dedicated to producing outstanding graduates who are capable of achieving excellence. With a strong focus on engineering fundamentals and an attitude among the faculty of helping each student achieve his or her best, Bagley engineering graduates are ready to obtain positions with the leading companies or further their educations at the finest graduate and professional schools in the nation.

Basic-level professional programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree are offered in Aerospace Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Software Engineering. 

All basic-level engineering programs are designed to give the student an understanding of the fundamental principles underlying engineering science and engineering practice. Each curriculum consists of four sequences: Basic Sciences and Mathematics; a general education component; Engineering Sciences; and Engineering Analysis, Design and Systems.

Included in the Basic Sciences and Mathematics sequence are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics, through Calculus and other advanced mathematics topics.

There is also a General Education component required for graduation which is also published in this bulletin.

The sequence in Engineering Sciences consists of studies in engineering mechanics, thermodynamics, transfer and rate mechanisms, electrical theory, the nature and properties of materials, and computer science.

The Engineering Analysis, Design and Systems sequence is directed toward the creative and practical phases of economic design, involving analysis, synthesis, and engineering research and development. This sequence is the most distinctive feature of the engineering curricula, since it is the element of creative and economic design which distinguishes the engineer from the pure scientist.

Engineers and Computer Scientists must develop communication skills through courses in English composition, public speaking, and upper level writing. These skills are reinforced throughout the curricula.

The curriculum in Computer Science consists of general studies, mathematics, science, computer science, and electives.

Entrance Requirements

Prospective students are encouraged to take as many courses as possible in mathematics, science, English, social studies, and foreign languages while in high school. One unit of computer-aided graphics is recommended for engineering students and at least one-half unit of keyboarding and one-half unit of computer programming are recommended.

The level of high school preparation needed to be successful in engineering or computer science degree programs as measured by ACT or SAT scores and high school academic core grade point average has been identified. The following guidelines are established to help high school students understand the level of preparation required for engineering and computer science. These guidelines are established to help MSU students at risk who want to pursue engineering or computer science.

Math Prerequisites

In order to be successful in engineering, a student must develop good math skills through courses in calculus, differential equations, and other math topics. In engineering and computer science, the first math course that applies to a degree is calculus. Taking calculus requires that a student have an adequate preparation in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

To provide students with the best possible opportunity for success in calculus, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has established the following guidelines for placing students in math courses:

  • MA 1713 Calculus I - have an ACT math sub-score of 26 or higher, or have grades of C or better in MA 1313 College Algebra and MA 1323 Trigonometry or a C or better in MA 1453 Precalculus.
  • MA 1453 Precalculus - have an ACT math sub-score of 24 or higher, or have a grade of C or better in MA 1313 College Algebra
  • MA 1313 College Algebra - have an ACT math sub-score of 19 or higher.

Students who are not prepared for Calculus I will be required to first complete Precalculus or a sequence of College Algebra and Trigonometry before taking calculus. This may delay a student from taking some engineering courses until they have developed the proper math background, but this should not discourage a student from pursuing an engineering degree. Improving math skills early in their academic career will result in a student having greater academic success.

Students who do not meet the guidelines for enrolling in Calculus I should consider completing Precalculus or a sequence of College Algebra and Trigonometry during the summer prior to attending Mississippi State. These courses may be taken either at Mississippi State, at a Mississippi Community or Junior College, or at any other accredited two-year or four-year institution. Only grades of C or better will be accepted as satisfying these pre-requisites. Courses taken during high school will not count for this credit unless they were taken as part of a dual enrollment program and appear on a separate transcript from a two-year or four-year institution of higher learning. A combination of College Algebra and Trigonometry may be substituted for Precalculus.

New Freshmen Admission

For regular admission to one of the Bagley College of Engineering’s degree-granting programs as a freshman, students must be admitted to MSU, complete the following high school academic core: 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry), 3 units of science (chemistry and either biology or physics), 3 units of social studies and/or foreign languages and 2 units of electives, and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Have a composite score greater than or equal to 23 on the ACT or 1130 on the SAT
  • Have a composite score of 20, 21, or 22 on the ACT or between 1030 and 1120 on the SAT with a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater on academic core courses listed above
  • Have any ACT or SAT score with a high school GPA of 3.5 or greater on academic core courses listed above.

These criteria are essential for the success of a student beginning an engineering or computer science curriculum at the level shown in the following pages of this Bulletin. Applicants with justifiable circumstances may petition the Dean of Engineering for special admission.

New freshmen applicants who do not meet these requirements, are otherwise admitted to MSU, and want to pursue an engineering degree should join the undeclared major. These students will be advised for the first 30 hours by the University Academic Advising Center. 

All students who are classified as Undeclared but plan to eventually move into enginering must enroll in an appropriate math course each semester they are enrolled in this major. 

Students with course work deficiencies will be required to schedule preparatory course work. This course work will be in addition to that shown in the engineering and computer science curricula and will, in general, extend the time to graduation.

Internal Transfers

Undeclared and other students at Mississippi State University may transfer into an engineering degree-granting program if they satisfy any one of the following criteria:

  • Meet engineering new freshmen requirements listed above.
  • Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.0 and passed Calculus I (MA 1713), English Composition I (EN 1103), and Chemistry I (CH 1213) with grades of C or better.

Internal transfer students should discuss the transfer with the appropriate department head or program coordinator before completing a Change of Major form. Some departments have additional admission requirements for internal transfers.

Students admitted to one engineering or computer science degree program may transfer to another engineering or computer science program at any time so long as they meet departmental transfer requirements.

External Transfers

Students may transfer from other colleges or universities into MSU engineering degree programs if they meet all requirements to transfer to MSU and satisfy any one of the following criteria:

  • Meet engineering new freshmen admission standards listed above.
  • Have completed at least 30 hours with a cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 2.0 and passed courses equivalent to Calculus I (MA 1713), English Composition I (EN 1103), and Chemistry I (CH 1213) with grades of C or better.

Applicants with justifiable circumstances may petition the Dean of Engineering for special admission.

Coursework taken elsewhere will not be applied toward a degree in the Bagley College of Engineering until it is determined that it is equivalent to required coursework or is an acceptable substitute. Also, only coursework taken elsewhere on which a grade of C or better has been earned will be considered for application toward a degree. No more than one-half of the hours of an engineering or computer science curriculum from two-year community or junior colleges may be applied towards graduation.

For admission to undergraduate programs, international students must earn a minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550 or a computer-based minimum score of 213.

Personal Computer Requirement

All engineering students are required to own a personal laptop computer. Minimum specifications for a computer are developed and posted on the Bagley College of Engineering home page by July of each year. A computer meeting these minimum specifications should suffice for the entirety of a students program of study as long as normal progress is made each semester. Transfer students are required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications in place at the time their cohorts would have been freshmen. For example, a student transferring as a junior in the Fall of 2023 is required to have a computer that meets the minimum specifications in place for freshmen who entered the Bagley College in the Fall of 2021.

Information on the computer specifications and special pricing which may be available, can be found by visiting the Web site at http://www.bagley.msstate.edu.

Computers are used by students to solve engineering problems, write papers, and develop presentations for classes. Computer technology improves communication between students and faculty and develops the computational skills demanded of engineering graduates by employers. Further, email is the official means of communication with students per university policy.

Students applying for or receiving financial aid should notify the office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships that they are entering the Bagley College of Engineering and are required to have a personal computer. The cost of the personal computer can then be added to the total cost of education and financial aid may be awarded accordingly. The full cost of the computer will not necessarily be covered by financial aid or scholarships depending on the total amount of aid received and other regulations.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are the courses and hours shown in the individual programs. Some majors require a grade of C or better in certain courses. This information is available from the department in which the student is enrolled. All students are required to study these requirements together with the course prerequisites, and to be sure that they are taking the proper courses in the curriculum in which they expect to graduate. Students should discuss their programs with their academic advisors each semester, particularly before course registration. To graduate with a baccalaureate degree from the Bagley College of Engineering, in addition to meeting the requirements as specified in the Mississippi State University Academic Operating Policy 12.11 (https://www.policies.msstate.edu/policy/1211), candidates must have earned at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all courses scheduled and rescheduled (average on all attempts) at Mississippi State University that are applied toward meeting degree requirements. Departments within the College may have requirements in addition to those specified above. It is the student’s responsibility to be sure that requirements are fulfilled in a particular program before applying for a degree.

Independent study credit up to a maximum of six semester hours will be accepted, with the prior approval of the department head and the dean. In no case will engineering courses taken by independent study be approved.

No courses taken under the pass/fail option may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Advanced-Level and Graduate Programs

Graduate Study

The Bagley College of Engineering offers graduate degrees at both the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) levels. Some undergraduate programs also offer a process by which promising undergraduate students may be directly admitted to the Ph.D. program following graduation. Students interested specifically in a graduate program should consult the Graduate Catalog or contact the department of interest directly.

The Bagley College has a Thrive in Five (accelerated) program which is designed to allow highly qualified undergraduate students to take up to 9 credit hours of applicable courses at the graduate level and use them to satisfy requirements for both their B.S. degree and their M.S. degree. This option is available for students interested in pursuing M.S. degrees in aerospace, chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, and software engineering as well as computer science and a Master of Engineering. For additional information and admissions requirements, contact Ms. Josie Guerry at josie@bagley.msstate.edu or contact the department directly. 

Master of Science degrees are offered in Aerospace Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computational Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Master of Science degree requires 24 semester hours of coursework and six semester hours of thesis research. The Master of Science non-thesis option is also offered and requires 30-31 semesters of coursework. For more information on these programs, interested students should contact the graduate coordinator in the department of interest.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is available in all engineering departments, either through a composite interdisciplinary program or a specific major. In addition to these, Ph.D. degrees are offered in interdisciplinary programs in Computational Engineering and Applied Physics.

The Bagley College offers many of its MS and PhD degrees in an online format. Please contact the graduate coordinator in the department of interest for more information. 

Most teaching departments are able to offer teaching assistantships to qualified graduate students. Additionally, many departments are also able to offer research assistantships. Because Mississippi State University is a member of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), students with GEM Fellowships are eligible to study in the Bagley College.

Students interested in pursuing a graduate education should consult with the graduate coordinators in each academic department, the Associate Dean and The Office of the Graduate School.

Engineering Study Abroad Programs

(See International Study Programs)


To succeed in today’s highly competitive global economy and become a leader in companies and organizations that span multiple countries, it is imperative for engineers to have special knowledge and skills. Engineering leaders need to have an understanding of other cultures, the ways of doing business in other countries, and how to effectively collaborate with others across the globe. To be effective, engineering leaders in this global economy must not only have a strong engineering background, but they must also have experience in working across cultures and skills in management and leadership.

The Bagley College of Engineering’s minor in Global Engineering Leadership is designed to provide motivated students with the skills and experiences necessary to put them on the path towards leading engineering activities around the world. Through this program students will develop a proficiency in a foreign language and culture, understanding a different culture through living and studying in a foreign country, and understand leadership and management skills needed in engineering.

The Global Engineering Leadership minor requires to complete 18 hours of coursework from the following areas:

GE 3813Challenges in Global Engineering3
Foreign Language6
Relevant Overseas Engineering Experience 13
Leadership Electives6
International Business Law
Construction Engineering and Management
Analysis and Mitigation of Conflicts, Claims and Disputes
Civil Engineering Comprehensive
Social and Ethical Issues in Computing
Managing Software Projects
Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy
Engineering Entrepreneurship Seminar
International Business
International Economic Development
International Economics
Engineering Economy I
Engineering Administration
Project Management
Engineering Law and Ethics
Cross-Cultural Leadership
Socially Responsible Leadership
Cross-Cultural Management
International Logistics
International Transportation
International Supply Chain Management

Examples include: MSU Faculty-led Study Abroad in an engineering course, International Engineering Internship, Semester-long Engineering Exchange Program, or Overseas Service Learning (e.g. Engineers Without Borders)

For more information on the Global Engineering Leadership minor, please contact:

Galyna Melnychuk
International Programs Coordinator
Bagley College of Engineering,
250 McCain Engineering Bldg.
Box 9544
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-5878

Program Endorsements

Automotive Engineering Endorsement

This endorsement will enable students enrolled in a variety of engineering degree programs to enhance their education in topical subject matter related specifically to automotive engineering.

The 15 hours of academic credit required for this endorsement may be earned by completing selected courses from a list of qualifying designated by a representative faculty committee. These courses include one from the Level I list; two courses from the Level II list; Automotive Engineering (cross-listed as CHE, ECE, IE or ME 4193/ME 6193); plus a directed individual study course related to a team experience in automotive engineering.

Additionally, at least six hours taken for the endorsement must be in addition to the courses required for the student’s graduation requirements for his or her major. Students should see an advisor for a list of approved courses. In the case of graduate students, the student’s graduate committee will determine how many of the courses taken for the endorsement fulfill course requirements for the student’s degree.

Computational Biology Endorsement

The availability of entire genomes of both simple and complex organisms has made advances in the life sciences critically dependent upon computing. The field of computational biology combines computer science and biology to address questions of how biological systems work by analyzing and synthesizing the data made available with high throughput biology. This endorsement program will allow undergraduate and graduate students in the computational and life sciences to pursue a well-defined program where they will gain fundamental skills in computing integrated with biology and will become competitive for high-end employment in emerging technical fields. Students will learn how to apply computational techniques to understand structures, functions, dynamics, and evolution of living organisms.

The endorsement program is ideal for students working toward or possessing a BS or MS degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, statistics, biological engineering, or one of the life sciences. A Computational Biology endorsement will be issued jointly by the Bagley College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences upon a candidate’s successful completion of the requirements of the program.

Endorsement Requirements:

CSE 4623/6623Computational Biology (required of all students)3
CSE 4613/6613Bio-computing (required of students in the life sciences)3
BCH 4113/6113Essentials of Molecular Genetics (required of students in computer science, computer engineering and biological engineering.)3
3 additional relevant courses as approved by the Certificate Advisory Board – required of all students

The Jack Hatcher Engineering Entrepreneurship Program

The role of the engineering entrepreneur in the expansion of the economy is self-evident. Engineers with entrepreneurial spirit and skills are the locomotives of the technology-based startup company and, perhaps more importantly, of the evolution of established industry. Developing entrepreneurial thinking in our graduates is one of the primary learning goals of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. Through an endowment by alumnus Jack Hatcher, we have established a multi-level engineering entrepreneurship program to serve students with different degrees of interest. The primary mission of the program is to expose our students to the broader elements of running a business and the general managerial skills required to prepare them for opportunities in management. For a more limited number, our mission is to equip technologically creative students to recognize opportunities and help instill the confidence to start entrepreneurial businesses.

The basic and broadest element of the entrepreneurship program is a weekly seminar series in which successful entrepreneurs present case histories. Also business leaders discuss specific items, such as patents, hiring employees, and venture capital.

Engineering Entrepreneurship Endorsement

For students with higher levels of interest, a formal course of study leading to an Entrepreneurship Endorsement is available. The endorsement program is a joint program with the College of Business that requires a minimum of 15 semester hours. Students gain knowledge in finance, marketing, and accounting followed by a management course in entrepreneurship where the capstone project is a business plan.

All undergraduate engineering and computer science students in good standing are eligible to join the program. Each student must have a faculty mentor from both engineering and business. To join the program, a student must submit an application that has been signed by both mentors to the Associate Dean of Engineering .

The Entrepreneurship Endorsement Program is comprised of three major parts:

1. Completing 15 hours of business and engineering classes:
ACC 2013Principles of Financial Accounting3
EC 2123Principles of Microeconomics3
IE 3913Engineering Economy I3
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
MGT 3323Entrepreneurship3
2. The Seminars Series
GE 3011Engineering Entrepreneurship Seminar1
3. The “company” or project experience.

By utilizing electives, students in most engineering disciplines can complete the course requirements with a maximum of six to nine hours of additional work above the degree program. Also, much of the coursework will apply toward the prerequisites for an MBA degree at a later time should the student decide to pursue that path.

A GPA of 2.25 is required on all coursework, and no grade less than a C can be applied toward the endorsement. A maximum of two courses can be transfer courses, and correspondence courses will not be accepted. In addition, a passing grade must be obtained for three semesters of GE 3011 Engineering Entrepreneurship Seminar.

The “company” or project experience is the real-world engineering experience of developing a marketable product or service. In most cases, the endorsement candidate can get academic credit through the senior design course or a technical elective. For example, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering majors can receive credit for the senior design project requirement (ECE 4512/ECE 4522). The “company” experience may be a concept developed by students or faculty members. To complete the requirements for the project experience, the candidate submits a report to the Associate Dean, which has been approved by both mentors. This report usually takes the form of a Business Plan and is developed as part of the entrepreneurship course MGT 3323.

Upon completion of the Entrepreneurship Endorsement Program requirements, the Associate Dean will review the student’s records. If all requirements are met satisfactorily, the Associate Dean will submit the candidate to the Deans of Business and of Engineering for issuance of the certificate. The Associate Dean will notify the Registrar to have a statement placed on the candidate’s transcript. The certificate will be issued concurrently with the B.S. Degree in Engineering or Computer Science.

For more information contact:
Mr. Eric Hill
Program Coordinator
Box 5282, Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-3521
email: ehill@oett.msstate.edu

Information Assurance Endorsement

MSU is certified by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance (IA) education. The IA endorsement program is designed for but not limited to, students of the following backgrounds:

  • Students participating in the Department of Defense IA Scholarship Program at MSU
  • Students participating in the National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service at MSU
  • Government employees interested in IA who desire to take advantage of education support available from their employer
  • Government students on campus as part of the National Defense University educational partnership with MSU who are studying IA topics
  • MSU students with a desire to focus on IA topics and wish to demonstrate to perspective employers a competency in this area.


Admission to the program is managed by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. All candidates must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-or part-time student at MSU
  • Demonstrate mastery of computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering or management information systems fundamentals
  • Exhibit knowledge of discrete mathematics, algorithms and data structures at the level of an undergraduate course
  • Demonstrate a practical knowledge of computer organization

A minimum of 15 hours must be completed for the Information Assurance endorsement.

Required courses
CSE 4243/6243Information and Computer Security3
CSE 4273/6273Introduction to Computer Forensics3
CSE 4383/6383Network Security3
Choose two of the following:6
Microcomputers and Networks
Business Information Systems Security Management
Data Communications and Computer Networks
Operating Systems I
Database Management Systems
MIS students may substitute:
Business Database Systems
Advanced Database Design Administration
Any advanced (4000-level or above) IA course approved by the program administrator.
Total Hours15

Materials Endorsement 

The Materials Science and Engineering Endorsement, administered through the Bagley College of Engineering, is available to qualified students who complete an organized plan of study in the interdisciplinary field of Materials Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University.

The University’s various departments offer a range of materials-related courses in both the science and engineering fields, such as biomaterials, electronic and semiconductor materials, metals, composites, polymers, ceramics, and construction materials. We also have a wide range of supporting courses in the areas of materials modeling, mechanics, processing, and characterization, along with special topics in tribology, fatigue, fracture, and corrosion. Faculty participating in these course offerings are organized as the Materials Working Group (MWG).

As part of an organized plan of study, including Directed Individual Study courses under the direction of a MWG member, materials-based courses allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary education and training program tailored to individual interests.

The Materials Science and Engineering Endorsement is available to both traditional and non-traditional students. This allows industry to offer employees further training in materials, as well as provide current university students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary materials specialty.

To apply for this program, the candidate must submit the initial application for the endorsement to a MWG Faculty in their home department. The MWG Faculty will validate the proposed courses and forward the package to the MWG Chair. Upon successful completion of the required courses, the MWG will recommend award of the endorsement by the Dean of Engineering.

Admission to the Endorsement Program:

Students pursuing a materials endorsement typically fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Persons possessing at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science; or
  2. Persons working towards either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering or science

Minimum admission requirements:

To be admitted to the program a student must have satisfactorily completed

CH 1213
CH 1211
Chemistry I
and Investigations in Chemistry I
CH 1223
CH 1221
Chemistry II
and Investigations in Chemistry II
MA 1713Calculus I3
MA 1723Calculus II3
PH 2213Physics I3
PH 2223Physics II3

In addition, the student is responsible for meeting all prerequisites for each course taken towards the materials certificate.

Candidates in categories (1) and (2) automatically will meet the program requirements, either upon entrance to the program or in parallel. For those lacking the prerequisites, additional course work must be completed successfully.

In all cases, it is the responsibility of the student to provide an official transcript of all courses taken prior to admission into the program. An application form including a proposed course of study must be completed by the student and an official transcript must be provided for admission to the program. A member of Materials Engineering Working Group will review the application and agree to the program of study.

Endorsement Requirements:

To receive a materials endorsement, students must complete at least one course from Level I, at least two courses from Level II, at least one course from level III, and a three-hour Directed Individual Study that incorporates a materials-related research project and is under the direction of a MWG faculty member. Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each class taken.

Level I: Fundamental materials course. This course may be part of the student’s home curriculum. Student must take at least ONE course.3
Biophysical Properties of Materials
Construction Materials
Engineering Materials
Materials for Mechanical Engineering Design
Level II: Intermediate material courses. These courses extend and enrich the basic materials topics introduced in the Level I courses. Students must take at least TWO courses.6
Concrete Structures
Advanced Polymeric and Multicomponent.
Introduction to Physical Electronics
Introduction to Solid State Electronics
Mechanics of Composite Materials
Modern Physics
Mechanical Metallurgy
ElectiveSpecial topics: Courses under development related to basic materials properties such as: Ceramics, Crystallography, Polymers, Composites and Electronic Materials.
Note: Only one of the two courses in Level II maybe a special topic.
Level III: Advanced or Applied materials courses. Students must take at least ONE course.3
Biomedical Materials
Experimental Methods in Materials Research
Fundamentals of Industrial Corrosion
Introduction to Particle and Crystallization Technology
Nanotechnology in Chemical Applications
Microelectronics Device Design
Transmission Electro Microscopy
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Casting and Joining
Failure of Engineering Materials
Introduction to Solid State Physics

For further details about the program and a current listing of allowed courses, please contact the Office of the Dean of Engineering at (662) 325-2270 or visit www.bagley.msstate.edu.

Energy Endorsement

The Energy Endorsement is designed to permit students in an MSU engineering discipline to designate a five-course sequence leading to a well-defined program in energy. The Energy Endorsement utilizes courses in most MSU engineering programs plus a required course in alternate energy sources. Students who successfully complete the Energy Endorsement will have acquired significant energy engineering expertise in their and related engineering disciplines, as well as an interdisciplinary overview of energy and sustainable energy concepts.

The Energy Endorsement is open to undergraduate students in good standing at MSU. Each student who wishes to participate in the program must provide a letter of intent outlining the proposed course of study to the Chair of the BCoE Energy Working Group.

In order to meet the requirements of the Energy Endorsement, a student must complete with a grade of "C" or better at least 15 hours of courses as designated in the Level I, Level II, and Level III categories. Additionally, two of the Level I, II, or III courses must be above the degree requirements of the student.

The list of courses for the Energy Endorsement is given below:

Level I
CHE 3113Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I3
or ME 3513 Thermodynamics I
or ASE 3333 Aerothermodynamics
ABE 3413Bioinstrumentation I3
or ECE 3183 Electrical Engineering Systems
or ECE 3413 Introduction to Electronic Circuits
Level II
ME 4353Alternate Energy Sources3
Level III
Two senior-level energy courses. See advisor for approved list.

Athlete Engineering Certificate

Through the development of wearable technology, human performance data has become readily available and can be used to monitor and improve the performance of athletes in a variety of fields both inside and outside of sports. Athlete Engineering employs various technologies such as human factors concepts, wearable sensors, and human performance technologies combining them with engineering analysis to enhance the performance and safety of traditional athletes as well as other human athletes such as war fighters, emergency responders, those working in industry, and elsewhere. Athlete Engineering is an interdisciplinary field which interfaces with other disciplines such as kinesiology, fashion design, and others. 

For more information on the Athlete Engineering Certificate, please visit https://www.cavs.msstate.edu/research/athlete_engineering.php or contact AThEng@cavs.msstate.edu.


GE 1001 First Year Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. First-year seminars explore a diverse arrary of topics that provide students with an opportunity to learn about a specific discipline from skilled faculty members

GE 1011 Introduction to Engineering for Pre-engineers: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Introduction to engineering disciples. Overview of techniques for success in engineering including time management, study skills, technical communication, and career planning. Required for pre-engineering majors

GE 1021 Engineering Success: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. This course is designed to facilitate: professional, academic, and personal development. Also, it provides an orientation to Mississippi State University

GE 1501 Engineering Design Competition: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). One hour practicum. May be repeated for credit. Credit received will not be counted towards degree. Students participate in student design competition team, contributing to design and fabrication tasks, writing weekly progress reports, and presenting data

GE 1711 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Intro to Engineering Design (IED): 1 hour.

Credit for Project Lead The Way Introduction to Engineering Design (IED). Requires a high school grade of B or higher in the class and score of 70% or higher on a nationally-normed End of Course Assessment. (Offered only at designated PLTW High Schools.)

GE 1721 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering (PoE): 1 hour.

Credit for Project Lead The Way Principles of Engineering (PoE). Requires a high school grade of B or higher in the class and score of 70% or higher on a nationally-normed End of Course Assessment. (Offered only at designated PLTW High Schools.)

GE 1731 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development (EDD): 1 hour.

Credit for Project Lead The Way Engineering Design and Development (EDD). Requires a high school grade of B or higher in the class and score of 70% or higher on a nationally-normed End of Course Assessment. (Offered only at designated PLTW High Schools.)

GE 1741 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Elective: 1 hour.

Credit for Project Lead The Way elective courses. Requires a high school grade of B or higher in the class and score of 70% or higher on a nationally-normed End of Course Assessment. (Offered only at designated PLTW High Schools.)

GE 1911 Introduction to Engineering: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Engineering freshman, transfer, or dual-enrollment high school). One hour lecture. Introduction to the various engineering disciplines and careers. Discussion of qualities necessary to be a successful engineering student including learning styles, importance of ethics and the honor code, and the evolution of the engineering profession

GE 2011 Engineering Recruitment Leadership Seminar: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). One hour lecture. A course to develop recruiting, communication, and leadership skills. Prepares students to be conversant on the breadth of programs offered in the Bagley College. Restricted to students selected to be Engineering Recruitment Leaders of the Bagley College of Engineering

GE 2713 Introduction to Engineering and Public Policy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EN 1113 or EN 1173, or equivalent). Three hours lecture. A multidisciplinary analysis of public policy issues involving engineering and technology and the use of policy science to explore complex policy issues. (Same as PS 2713)

GE 2990 Special Topics in General Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

GE 3011 Engineering Entrepreneurship Seminar: 1 hour.

Two hours seminar. Current topics in engineering entrepreneurship to enable students to better understand the role of the entrepreneur in creating start-up companies and leading young existing companies

GE 3513 Technical Writing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Completion of English Composition require- ments; junior standing). Three hours lecture. Instruction and practice in technical writing for scientific and engineering fields, emphasizing analysis and development of correspondence, progress and research reports, instruction, and proposals

GE 3813 Challenges in Global Engineering: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Junior standing in an engineering major or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Issues of globalization in the engineering profession are examined. Critical concepts of international engineering projects and their complex interactions are discussed

GE 4000 Directed Individual Study in General Engineering: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

GE 4800 Undergraduate Research: 1-13 hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide a student with the opportunity to participate in research and/or creative project beyond the traditional undergraduate experience, while allowing the university to track undergraduate participation in these activities. Hours, credits and deliverables to be arranged

GE 4990 Special Topics in General Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

GE 6513 Engineering Writing and Presenting: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate standing in an engineering discipline). Three hours lecture. Instruction in writing and presenting for engineering graduate students. Writing/presenting principles and strategies as applied to manuscripts, thesis/dissertation chapters, presentation delivery/slides, and posters

GE 6990 Special Topics in General Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

GE 7000 Directed Individual Study in General Engineering: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

GE 8003 Master of Engineering Capstone Course: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An individualized professional project course open only to candidates for the Master of Engineering. Formal written paper and presentation are required

GE 8303 Introduction to Military Engineering: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. An introduction course on the history and development of military engineering. A background on the development of the missions associated with military engineering and how risks associated with military operations adapts or changes common engineering practices

GE 8311 MIL MENG Disaster Relief: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. An interdisciplinary perspective on the field of disaster management and humanitarian assistance while providing a broad-based understanding of the complexities of the disaster management cycle with a specific focus on risk reduction and resiliency. The course emphasizes skills and knowledge relevant to engineering focused students

GE 8313 Intro to Military Hydrology: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. Applying principles from the hydrologic sciences to problems relevant for force protection and force projection. Course will identify tools and datasets that are available for making hydrologic predictions in data sparse regions and apply these tools and datasets to inform tactical and strategic decision-making

GE 8321 MIL MENG Bridge Assessment for Military Operations: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. Introduction of the many unique challenges associated with bridge engineering and assessment in support of military operations, which are significantly different to the civilian sector

GE 8331 MIL MENG Intermodal Transportation Systems: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. This course will utilize engineering concepts and logistics to address mobility concerns in military engineering, analyze the connectivity of these systems and discuss the ability of the military to push through lines of communication

GE 8990 Special Topics in General Engineering: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

GE 9000 Research in General Engineering: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged