Undergraduate Programs

Overview

The Department of Transportation & Urban Infrastructures Studies offers two undergraduate programs in transportation: (1) Transportation Systems Program and (2) Transportation Systems Engineering.

The Transportation Systems Program exposes students to planning, engineering, economics, management, and logistics. The Transportation Systems Program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Transportation Systems Engineering Program is a highly technical program which exposes students to engineering, intelligent transportation systems, infrastructure asset management, travel demand modeling, network planning and logistics.

For a comparison of the two programs, click here.

Admission to Program

Students enroll in the B.S. program in Transportation Systems as first-time freshmen, transfer students from other institutions, or transfer students from other academic departments at the University. The first and second groups (first-time freshmen and transfer students from other institutions) follow the usual University Admission process administered through the office of Admissions. Students are admitted in the fall or spring upon satisfying the general admission requirements of the University, which include 2.0 minimum GPA, 850 SAT (combined critical reading and math), or 17 ACT (composite score), and a guidance counselor and teacher recommendation. Once admitted into the University, students can declare transportation systems as their major. Newly admitted students are required to take the University Placement Tests on mathematics and English language. Based on their test scores, students enroll in the appropriate mathematics and English courses. All new students in the program are assigned academic advisors (usually the Chair of the Department) to provide guidance in course registration, and to mentor the students and monitor their academic progress.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid has full responsibility for the administration of all student financial aid programs such as loans, grants, scholarships and career-related student work programs. Interested students may seek information and applications at the Office of Financial Aid. The goal of the Office of Financial Aid is to assist in the efforts of students to meet their responsibilities to bear the cost of a college education. Students are encouraged to seek out other sources of aid, especially state and private scholarships, and to submit early applications for funding.

Employment Opportunities

Transportation offers employment opportunities in a wide variety of public and private organizations including transportation/engineering consulting firms, colleges/universities, public transportation agencies at all levels of government, regional and city planning commissions, regional planning agencies, airlines, and railroad and shipping companies. The demand for well trained transportation planners, managers and engineers continues to grow as the nation developes and maintains energy efficient, economical, and socially and environmentally acceptable transportation systems .