STU/FIU Engineering Programs

In the joint Engineering Program between St. Thomas University and Florida International University College of Engineering, students spend their first two years taking pre-engineering courses at STU and then transfer to FIU to complete a bachelor’s degree program in their final two years. By participating in the STU/FIU Engineering Education Program, students have the best of both worlds: the advantages of a smaller, more personal college with the resources available to a Research Tier I engineering college.

Students in the program may seek a bachelor’s degree in the following engineering disciplines: Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The various programs aim to produce engineering professionals equipped with the necessary mathematical and scientific principles to develop effective solutions to real-world, technical problems.

Admission Criteria
Students are eligible for admission to the Pre-engineering Program at STU after meeting the following criteria: 
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • SAT total score of at least 1100 with a minimum score of least 500 on both mathematics and verbal portions.

Continuation Criteria
To remain in the program, students must:
  • (1) earn a C or better on their first attempt at all science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and mathematics courses,
  • (2) maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all science and mathematics courses, and
  • (3) maintain an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Selection Criteria
To be eligible for admission to the FIU College of Engineering, students must:
  • Receive approval from STU
  • be in good standing at STU
  • have a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.5
  • have no less than 2.5 in mathematics and physics courses
  • have successfully completed the STU preengineering coursework.

Students may continue their education at FIU College of Engineering for both their Master's and PhD programs.

Sample Curriculum
Freshman Year 

CHE 101,101LGeneral Chemistry I + laboratory
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ENG  101 Composition
MAT 232 Calculus I
UNI 101 First Year Experience
15 credits total

CHE 102,102LGeneral Chemistry II + laboratory
ENG 102 Composition & Literature
MAT 215 Discrete Mathematics
MAT 233 Calculus II
MAT 306 Ordinary Differential Equations
17 credits total

Sophomore Year
CIS 105,280L Introduction to Programming in C/UNIX + laboratory
MAT 234 Calculus III
PHI 152 Logic
PHY 207,207LUniversity Physics I + laboratory
16 credits total

Other specific courses may apply depending on the particular engineering program in question.  

Important Note: Students must be prepared to begin with Calculus I to complete the pre-engineering program in two years. This means that at a minimum students must have successfully completed precalculus in their high school preparation, but it is highly recommended that students should have also successfully completed calculus in high school.   

For further information on this program, please contact:

Dr. Edward A. Ajhar
Phone: 305-628-6760
Fax: 305-628-6706