CpE Academic Policies

CpE Academic Policies

UF Drop Policy

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Drop Policy

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering-College Petitions

Program Requirements

Students must complete all Critical Tracking courses (listed below) 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, or incomplete. If you have AP/IB/AICE or CLEP credit for any of critical tracking courses, the CpE 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.

CpE Critical Tracking Courses

Catalog years 2014-Present
  • 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 years 2021-Present
  • 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)


A minimum grade of C is required in any computer engineering course that is a prerequisite for another computer engineering course. The prerequisite course and its subsequent course cannot be taken the same term, even if the prerequisite course is being repeated. Other courses that require at least a C include ENC 3246, and any course designated Design 2(CEN 4914, CIS 4914, EEL 4913, EEL 4924C)

CpE majors must have an overall 2.00 in all coursework to meet degree requirements. CpE majors are required to have a cumulative and upper-division GPA of at least 2.00 or greater to graduate.

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.


CpE tracks several Grade point Averages (GPA).


A minimum C or 2.0 GPA is required for all coursework attempted at UF. If a student drops below 2.0, then the student will be on Academic Probation and must sign a probation contract.

  • CPE majors must see an undergraduate advisor in Larson 230

A minimum UD-GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at UF since classified 3EG or 3LS. If a student drops below 2.0, then the student will be on Academic Probation and must sign a probation contract.

  • CPE majors must see an undergraduate advisor in Larson 230.

A minimum combined Critical Traking-GPA of 2.5 is required for all Critical Tracking courses. If a student drops below 2.5, then the student will be on Critical Tracking Probation and must fill out and sign a probation contract.

  • CPE majors must see their undergraduate advisor.

A minimum CS-GPA of 2.0 is required for all computer engineering courses attempted at UF. If a student drops below 2.0, then the student will be on Departmental Probation and must sign a probation contract.

  • CPE majors must see an undergraduate advisor


Probation and Dismissal Policies
CpE Probation Policy

Undergraduate students who are off-track or whose UF cumulative, upper-division, or department GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation and will have two semesters to attain good academic standing. The Universal Tracking GPA must meet the minimum 2.50 GPA and must be finished within the first five semesters. If your UT GPA is under 2.50 or not completed in the designated time frame you will be placed on probation. Any student who fails to meet the conditions of probation must petition the major department to be allowed to continue in the program. Approval of this petition will be at the discretion of the student’s department. Extenuating circumstances should always be discussed with your advisor.

  • Students may withdraw from the university at any time. However, withdrawal may affect the ability to remain in a specific major.
  • Students may be on academic probation for a maximum of TWO semesters while enrolled in the College of Engineering.
  • All students on probation must meet with an academic advisor at designated intervals to review progress.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to understand the College probation policies. Failure to meet any condition of probation may result in dismissal from the College of Engineering.
  • Students Finding themselves on Probation Must fill out a Probation Contract Then meet with their academic advisor. Please use this link to start the probation contract process. https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_24zDNrnDvBxlnLL
  • Critical Tracking (below a 2.5)
  • Core GPA (All upper-division Computer Engineering courses)
  • Overall, Semester, and Upper Division GPA: Computer Engineering students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.00 to remain in good standing.
Probation and Dismissal Policies


  • Courses can be dropped or added during the drop/add period without penalty. Classes that meet for the first time after the drop/add period can be dropped without academic penalty or fee liability by the end of the next business day after the first meeting. This does not apply to laboratory sections.
  • After drop/add, a course can be dropped up to the date established in the university calendar. A grade of W will appear on the transcript, and students will be held liable for course fees.
  • All drops after the drop/add period must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar by the deadline and are subject to the following restrictions:
    1. Students get two drops in their first 60 credit hours attempted at UF (hours carried plus S/U credits and repeats of satisfactory grades, not counting full-term withdrawals from all courses. AP/IB courses are not taken at UF and thus these credits are not counted towards the 60 hours).
    2. The term after 60 hours of attempted enrollment at UF, 2 additional drops are allowed. Unused drops do not carry over from the freshman/sophomore years to the junior/senior years.
    3. Students transferring to UF with an A.A. degree from a Florida public community college or with 60 or more transfer credits earned from another college or university get only two drops.
    4. Students who can document extenuating circumstances may petition their college for additional drops.
    5. After the deadline, students may petition to drop provided they can document sufficient reason, usually hardship or medical condition occurring after the deadline.
  • Failure to attend a class does not constitute a drop.
cpe procedure for Dropping a Course(s)

After you submit your request on the SIDA page, please 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. If you have questions concerning how this drop will affect your financial aid, please speak to a financial aid representative about your case. Do not rely on things you hear from friends or peers. Your courses will not be dropped until you complete all the steps above.


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.

  • e.g. EEL4948 (internship) and EEL4949 (Co-op): Combined total of 3 credits earned
  • e.g. EGN4912 Research and EEL4905 Independent Study: Combined total of 5 credits earned

EGN 4912 can only register for 3 credits maximum per semester

CpE Graduation Requirements

All CpE majors are required to complete 126 credits to earn the Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Engineering with an overall minimum GPA above 2.00 (see above for specific grade requirements).  If CpE majors do not meet the grade requirements in the foundation and core courses, it will extend your time at the University of Florida and in the program may be leading to excess hour’s surcharges.  CpE students are also required to meet all of the University of Florida and the College of Engineering requirements in addition to CpE requirements for graduation.  Please refer to the undergraduate catalog of your admission year for questions about the university policies.

Degree Application

All CpE graduating seniors are required to submit a Degree Application, usually within the first three weeks of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Graduating seniors who do not submit a Degree Application Form by the deadline are required to petition their respective college Dean’s office. Petition information can be found here.

Graduation Check

All CpE graduating seniors are required to complete a graduation check, during advance registration prior to your last year (semester). Please provide an updated Academic Success Plan so that you and your advisor can make sure you will have satisfied your graduation requirements for your intended semester of graduation.

Prior to the end of add drop week, during your last semester you are required to look over your degree audit to ensure if reflects your academic accomplishments and that all coursework is satisfying the correct requirement. An email should be sent to your advisor

Exit Survey

All CpE 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 their advisor by mid-semester.

Graduating with Honors

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Honors requirement

ECE Graduating with Honors Procedure

Computer 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.