Engineering Engineering Leadership Minor

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College: Engineering
Degree Offered: Minor only
Hours Required: 18
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Carmen Zafft
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Engineering Leadership Minor

COLLEGE: Engineering

MAJOR: Engineering Leadership Minor





ADVISOR: Carmen Zafft


Chair and Advisor:


Overview and Purpose

The engineering leadership minor provides students an opportunity to focus on building leadership, management, and interpersonal skills needed to solve many of our societal challenges. Students complete a series of leadership, project management and interpersonal skills courses using experiential learning strategies and combine subject area knowledge gained in courses from their majors with strategies and skills to effectively lead in the engineering profession.

Courses included in the minor are leadership courses developed for the minor and focus on leadership, management and interpersonal skill needs of engineering students as well as courses lead by the faculty in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication.

This minor is intended to serve students in the College of Engineering. The minor contributes to the National Academy of Engineers call to expose engineering students to formal studies of leadership development (NAE, 2004) and the College of Engineering's mission to graduate the "Complete Engineer."


Open to student in the College of Engineering only.


The engineering leadership minor is an interdisciplinary program; providing course offerings through the College of Engineering (COE) and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC). To successfully complete the minor, students are required to complete 18 credit hours in leadership and professional development; 9 of which come from engineering leadership and management courses.


ENGR Leadership & Management Courses9

ENGR 100 Interpersonal Skills for Engineering Leaders (ACE 2)3

ENGR 200 Professionalism & Global Perspective (ACE 6 & 9)3

ENGR 320 Leadership, Management & Ethics (ACE 6 & 8)3

Leadership Courses6-12

Select one or two theory-based courses from the following:3-6

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

*ALEC 433 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams (3 cr)

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 cr)

Select one or two application courses from the following:3-6

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 cr)

*ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (3 cr)

*ALEC 422 Facilitation & Project Planning (3 cr)

*ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities (3 cr)

Experiential Learning in Leadership0-3

Select zero to one course from the following:

**ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (3 cr)


* Note that junior standing is required for these courses.

** Credit received for being an undergraduate teaching assistant at the selection of the instructor.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

All courses must be completed with a Pass, or grade of C or higher.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Up to 6 credit hours may be taken as Pass/No Pass.


College Admission

College Admission

College Entrance Requirements

Students must have high school credit for (one unit is equal to one high school year):

1. 4 units of mathematics: 2 of algebra, 1 of geometry, 1 of precalculus and trigonometry.

2. 4 units of English.

3. 3 units of natural science that must include 1 unit of physics and 1 unit of chemistry (chemistry requirement waived for students in construction management).

4. 2 units of a single foreign language.

5. 3 units of social studies.

6. Students having a composite ACT score of 28 or greater (or equivalent SAT score) will be admitted to the College of Engineering even if they lack any one of the following: trigonometry, chemistry, or physics.

7. Students having an ACT score of 19 or less in English (or equivalent SAT score) must take ENGL 150 or ENGL 151.

A total of 16 units is required for admission.

Students must have an ACT (enhanced) score of 24 or greater (or equivalent SAT). Students who lack entrance requirements may be admitted based on ACT scores, high school rank and credits, or may be admitted to pre-engineering status in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center. Pre-engineering students are advised within the College of Engineering.

Students for whom English is not their language of nurture must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements of the University.

Students who lack entrance units may complete precollege training by Independent Study through the UNL Office of On-line and Distance Education, in summer courses, or as a part of their first or second semester course loads while in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center or other Colleges at UNL.

Students should consult their advisor, their department chair, or the Office of the Dean if they have questions on current policies.

Other Admission Requirements

Students who transfer to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln from other accredited colleges or universities and wish to be admitted to the College of Engineering (COE) must meet COE freshman entrance requirements and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for Nebraska residents or 3.0 for non-residents. Students not meeting either of these requirements must enroll in the Explore Center or another UNL college until they meet COE admission requirements.

The COE accepts courses for transfer for which a C or better grade was received. Although UNL accepts D grades from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and at Omaha, not all majors in the COE accept such low grades. Students must conform to the requirements of their intended major and, in any case, are strongly encouraged to repeat courses with a grade of C- or less.

All transfer students must adopt the curricular requirements of the undergraduate bulletin current at the time of transfer to the COE—not that in use when they entered UNL. Upon admission to UNL, students wishing to pursue degree programs in the COE will be classified and subject to the policies defined in the subsequent section.

College Degree Requirements

Grade Rules

Grade Appeals

In the event of a dispute involving any college policies or grades, the student should appeal to his/her instructor, and appropriate department chair or school director (in that order). If a satisfactory solution is not achieved, the student may appeal his/her case through the College Academic Appeals Committee on his/her campus.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Engineering. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.


This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.