Academic Policies

This information has been prepared as a convenience for undergraduate Mechanical Engineering students and their faculty advisors. It is not intended to replace official university publications such as the Howard University Student Reference Manual published by the Office of Enrollment Management, nor the Howard University Student Handbook (H-Book), which serves as a general resource for all Howard University students, and is published by the Office of Student Affairs. Students and their faculty advisors are encouraged to become familiar with information contained in these documents and other university publications that may become available in print form or on the Howard University website.

Faculty Advisors

Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their first semester in residence. Students should consult on a regular basis with their faculty advisor on all academic matters and career objectives. Continuing students must report to their faculty advisor to plan their program of study prior to the general registration period. After the student and advisor plan a program of study, the advisor will issue a Personal Information Number (PIN) that allows the student to register via Bison Web. A new PIN will be issued each semester.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Students entering college for the first time may receive credit for work completed in high school through the advanced placement program administered by the College Board. Upon submission of AP test results, the Department will review and grant credit if the score meets the requirements set by the appropriate Howard University department offering a similar course.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is awarded to students who are admitted as transfer students from an accredited institution after review of official transcripts from all of the student's previous institutions by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Courses for which transfer credit is given must be equivalent to Howard University courses in content, prerequisites, co-requisites, and credit hours. No credit will be transferred for courses that do not meet the prerequisites of courses in the mechanical engineering curriculum at Howard University. Only courses in which a grade of "C" or better was obtained at an accredited institution are transferable. Credits for some courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are transferable from international institutions if those courses have been evaluated by the University and are considered equivalent to courses offered at Howard University. To apply for transfer credit, the student must provide official course descriptions and other supporting documentation, i.e. a current University Catalog from all institutions in which transfer credit is requested. Applications for transfer credit may be obtained from the office of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Consortium Courses

Howard University offers its qualified undergraduate and graduate degree students the opportunity to enroll in courses in the Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium of Universities (WMACU). Courses to be pursued through the Consortium must be courses not available at Howard University during the given semester or year. Detailed eligibility requirements for enrolling in consortium courses are contained in the Howard University Student Reference Manual published each semester.

Attendance Regulations

All students are expected to attend classes regularly and promptly. Students who are absent from classes or laboratory periods are responsible for the entire work of the course. Members of the faculty will hold students responsible for regular and prompt class attendance.

Faculty members are responsible for reporting to the Department Chair the names of students whose repeated absences or tardiness are in their opinion, impairing the student's work. In such cases, the Chair will take appropriate action, which may include withdrawing the student from the course.

Academic Suspension and Readmission

The Department of Mechanical Engineering adheres to the policy published by the university. Details concerning academic probation, suspension and readmission after suspension are published in the Howard University H-Book and in the Student Reference Manual.


Students must be recommended for graduation by the faculty of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Formal applications for graduation are required. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of the Assistant Dean, L.K. Downing Hall, Room 1114. Application should be made approximately seven months in advance of the anticipated date of graduation. A copy of this application must be submitted to the office of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for filing. If a student does not graduate when expected, the student must reapply.

All students should consult with the office of the Department of Mechanical Engineering prior to the published deadline to add courses for the fall semester of the academic year in which they plan to graduate to assure that their proposed program of study will allow them to meet all academic requirements for graduation in that academic year.

Degree Requirements

To become a candidate for a bachelor's degree, the student must satisfy all entrance requirements; satisfactorily complete the course requirements of the department for the degree; have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 for all work in which enrolled and at least a 2.0 GPA in the mechanical engineering major (all courses listed in the undergraduate mechanical engineering program curriculum with an MEEG prefix in the course number); achieve a grade of C or higher in at least five-sixths of the credits offered for graduation; complete in residence the last 30 credits of mechanical engineering courses in the curriculum which leads to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; and be recommended for graduation by the faculty of the College of Engineering and Architecture.


Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. Named Morgan State Engineering Dean

Mon, August 3, 2020

Mechanical Engineering Alumnus Oscar Barton, Jr. (MSME ‘87, Ph.D. ‘93), the first African American to receive the Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University, was recently named dean of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering at Morgan State University. Dr. Barton’s leadership will assist with the efforts of engineering deans at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to diversify the engineering fields and promote the position of HBCUs as leading research institutions in science and engineering.Read More >>

ME Chair Nadir Yilmaz Honored with SAE International Leadership Citation

Tue, July 7, 2020

Department of Mechanical Engineering Chair and Professor Nadir Yilmaz, Ph.D., P.E., recently received the prestigious SAE International Leadership Citation from SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers. The SAE International Leadership Citation provides public recognition to one individual annually who is internationally acknowledged for continuous professional involvement and participation in SAE programs and events worldwide. Read More >>


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