Frequently Asked Questions

Is this degree accredited?
ACU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program is pursuing an additional international accreditation from ABET, Inc. (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). An additional accreditation will retroactively apply to all B.S.E. graduates from ACU.

Why is ACU offering a general engineering degree rather than a specific one (nuclear engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.)?
A general engineering degree provides students a well-rounded undergraduate education in engineering as a whole, with the flexibility to take courses in specific fields such as electrical, mechanical, chemical or nuclear engineering that will help guide the student to the graduate program or industry career that best fits their interests and skills.

What kind of research opportunities will be offered?
For years, ACU's physics program has enjoyed dynamic year-round undergraduate research opportunities with internationally renowned colleagues at some of the world’s top labs such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is common for engineers and physicists to work side-by-side on international collaborations such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), and other projects. ACU expects its engineering students to be major contributors to these and other projects throughout private industry.

Will there be on-campus research opportunities?
Yes. Current on-campus projects include those with ACU professors such as Dr. Tim Head in his Phonon Imaging Lab and with Dr. Josh Willis and his LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) research work on campus (as well as during the summer in Germany).

In which graduate engineering programs have ACU students enrolled?
Recent enrollments include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Texas A&M, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Montana State University, and Colorado School of Mines.

Can current ACU students change their major to engineering?
While the new program is designed to best serve entering freshmen in Fall 2012, current students can change their major but are strongly encouraged to first visit with their academic advisor. The change will best be utilized by physics majors who are freshmen or sophomores in Fall 2011. Changing majors may cause a delay in graduation.

Which classes should high school students take to prepare for majoring in engineering at ACU?
As many math courses as possible, including Pre-Calculus.

Which math class does an ACU student first take in the engineering program?
That is determined by a COMPASS math test all incoming freshmen take during ACU’s Passport student orientation. ACU administers COMPASS – a set of untimed computer adaptive tests created by the American College Test (ACT) Program – to measure a student’s readiness for various university courses. For example, ACU uses COMPASS scores to determine whether a prospective engineering or physics major is prepared for Calculus or Pre-calculus courses.

ACU Undergrads at National Labs
ACU's engineering and physics students help conduct nuclear physics research at national labs each summer. See their experiences at Fermilab and Brookhaven.