Academic Policies

UF Drop Policy
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering  Drop Policy
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering-College Petitions

Electrical Engineering procedure for dropping a course(s):

If you are planning to drop a course for the fall, spring or summer semester, please submit your request through Student Initiated Drop/ Add page.  When you submit your request on the SIDA page, be sure to check your drop page to see if you have drops available to use.  If you do not have any drops then you will be required to petition the college. Please read the general information about dropping a course and Bright Futures and Dropped courses. Once submit your SIDA request, please send me a verification email with the information below.   I will not drop your courses until I receive your verification form via email.

Electrical Engineering GPA requirements for critical tracking, major courses, and graduation requirements

Students must complete all Critical Tracking (bold) courses with a C or better within two attempts (W counts as an attempt) within 5 semesters while maintaining an overall  2.50 tracking GPA. An attempt is considered a drop, withdrawal, audit, and incomplete.  If you have AP/IB/AICE or CLEP credit for any of critical-tracking courses, the EE major will accept those advanced placement scores.  Credit will be awarded only once for the same subject, whether from credit by examination, dual enrollment, transfer credit or UF course credit.  UF course credit takes precedence over all other forms of credit for the same course.  Credit awarded for acceptable dual enrollment or transfer courses takes precedence over credit by examination. If a student decides to register for the classes that they have advance credit, then the course registered for at UF will count for the credit and not the advance credit that includes if you decide to drop the course during the semester.  All incoming engineering freshmen are required to take the online Chemistry Readiness Assessment and ALEK exam for placement into chemistry courses and mathematics courses.

Critical Tracking Courses

Catalog years 2011-2017
  • CHM2045-General Chemistry (3) orCHM2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (3)
  • General-Education Biological Sciences 2000 Level or CHM2046 (3)
  • MAC2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (4)
  • MAC2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (4)
  • MAC2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (4)
  • MAP2302 Differential Equations (3)
  • PHY2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (3)
  • PHY2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (3)
Catalog year 2018-2022
  • CHM2045-General Chemistry (3) orCHM2095 Chemistry for Engineers 1 (3)
  • MAC2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (4)
  • MAC2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (4)
  • MAC2313 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3 (4)
  • MAP2302 Differential Equations (3)
  • PHY2048 Physics with Calculus 1 (3)
  • PHY2049 Physics with Calculus 2 (3)

Electrical Engineering Major Core and Graduation GPA Requirements

A grade of C is required for all EE introductory and foundation courses (see curriculum sheet for exact courses), and in Design 1 and Design 2 (EEL3923C and EEL4924C) and IPPD 1 and 2 (EGN4951 and EGN4952). Students must have a grade of C or higher in any EEL/EEE-prefixed breadth course in order to take any course for which it is the prerequisite. EE majors must have an overall 2.00 in all ECE courses to meet degree requirements. EE majors are required to have an overall and upper-division GPA of 2.00 to graduate. Independent Study, Research Credit, Internship and, Coop can be earned for EE Technical Electives.

All courses taken at the university to satisfy engineering degree requirements, general education and the writing requirement, must be taken for a letter grade unless the course is offered only on an S-U basis. Nontechnical electives in the junior and senior year may be taken S/U.

Incomplete Grade Policy

University of Florida Incomplete Policy

I* or N* grades recorded on the student record indicate the non-punitive initial-term receipt of an I or NG. A grade of I* or N* is not considered a failing grade for the term in which it is received, and it is not computed in the grade point average. However, if the I* or N* has not been changed after 150 days, it will be counted as a failing grade and used in the computation of a student’s grade point average.

For purposes of determining grade point average after the initial receipt of an I* or N* grade, the three summer terms are considered collectively as a single term. I* and N* grades are not assigned to graduating students; they receive failing grades of I or NG.

An incomplete grade may be assigned at the discretion of the instructor as an interim grade for a course in which the student has completed a major portion of the course with a passing grade, been unable to complete course requirements before the end of the term because of extenuating circumstances, and obtained an agreement from the instructor and arranged for resolution of the incomplete grade. Instructors are not required to assign incomplete grades.

If make-up work requires classroom or laboratory attendance in a subsequent term, students must not register for the course again. Instead, they should audit the course and pay course fees.

If the make-up work does not require classroom or laboratory attendance, the student and their instructor should decide on an appropriate plan and deadline for completing the course.

When the course is completed, the instructor will initiate the change of grade. These procedures cannot be used to repeat a course for a different grade. An I grade should not be assigned to a student who never attended class; instead, instructors should assign a failing grade.

ECE Department Incomplete Grade Policy

An Incomplete, or “I,” grades should be assigned only after the instructor and the student have explicitly arranged, before the final exam for the course, to have the student complete exams or other required course work for the course after the semester is over. The “I” arrangement should be used only when the student is doing passing work in the course at the time of the arrangement and the student has not already dropped the class.*

The “I” arrangement should stipulate all conditions for completing the course and earning a letter grade, including a specific expiration date for the arrangement and designation of the grade to be assigned if all the work is not completed by that expiration date. All the requested information is specified on the Incomplete Grade Contract for your convenience. If students are in the process of completing the incomplete; they should not re-register for the course. If the student re-register for the course in a future term without rectifying the first incomplete. The faculty must complete grade change with a grade of E (see below paragraph).

Further, the instructor should make sure that he or she changes the “I” grade to the appropriate grade after the arrangement has been fulfilled or has expired. “I” arrangements should be recorded on the standard form, kept in a file in the department’s central office, and monitored by the staff so that the appropriate grade changes will be made in a timely fashion. This practice will be particularly useful if the instructor is on leave or has left UF permanently.

The only time a letter grade should be changed to an “I” is when the instructor has made an error in recording the grade—for example, when he or she has an “I” arrangement on file for the student but has forgotten and has recorded an “E” instead. In this example, the College would approve such grade changes only when a clear instructor error had occurred and when the grade change was submitted with a copy of the “I” contract dated prior to the final exam period for the course.

*The deadline for making an “I” arrangement may be extended, at the instructor’s discretion, only if there is a valid, documented reason why it was not possible for the student to meet the initial deadline. An “I” arrangement must still be completed as soon as possible after the deadline. Poor performance on the final exam is not, in itself, a valid reason for an “I” arrangement.

Graduation Requirements

All EE majors are required to complete 131 credits (CY 2011-17) and 128 (CY 2018-22) to earn the Bachelor of Sciences in Electrical Engineering with an overall minimum GPA above 2.00 (Cummalitive, College, Major/Core, & Upper Division).  If EE majors must meet the grade requirements in the EE foundation and major core courses.  EE students are also required to meet all of the University of Florida and the College of Engineering requirements in addition to ECE Department requirements for graduation.  Please refer to the undergraduate catalog of your admission year if you have questions about the university policies that you are being held to.

All EE graduating seniors are expected to complete the Exit Survey and Employment Questionnaire prior to the final exams of the term in which the degree will be awarded. The electronic questionnaire will be emailed to graduating students by the ECE advisor by mid-semester.

All EE graduating seniors are required to complete a graduation check, during advance registration prior to your last semester. Prior to your meeting with the academic advisor, you are required to send an email with the following information:  1) Name and UFID 2) must use Gatorlink email address 3) semester schedule for your last semester(s) 4) Research topic if graduating with high or highest honors.

Graduating with Honors

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Honors requirement


Electrical Engineering majors pursuing the Magna or Summa cum laude status should adhere to the prescribed timeline to complete the Honors Thesis/Research Project. To graduate with Magna or Summa cum laude status, the student must maintain an upper-division of 3.50 or 3.80 respectively. If a student does not complete a thesis, the honors standing will be reverted to Cum Laude status.

Probation and Dismissal Policies

UF Academic Progress Policies
HWCOE Probation Policy
ECE Probation Policy
  • Must meet with the Academic Advisor
  • Must complete ECE Probation Contract
  • Must meet requirements of the probation contract
Types of Probation
  • Critical Tracking
  • Core GPA (Electrical Engineering courses)
  • Overall, Semester, College, and Upper Division GPA:  Electrical Engineering students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 to remain in good standing.

Credit for Special Work

  • With department approval, a student can receive practical industry work experience under supervision. With a previously approved outline, a student can receive up to three college credits by submitting a satisfactory report and by passing an examination.
  • Students can receive credit for research work by registering for EGN 4912. See your academic advisor for details.
  • A student cannot apply more than eight credits of individual study, including high honors projects, co-op work experience, practical work experience and special problems or special topics, for credit toward a degree program.