The Special Studies designation is used to accommodate academic programs and courses that do not typically t within the departments of the School of Engineering. Included under this section are courses designed to enable students who are not concentrating in engineering or applied science to learn about the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of modern technology. Understanding of the machines and technical systems upon which contemporary society depends is of importance to students planning careers in business or the professions, or in the public sector.
1099, 2099, 3099, 4099, 5099. Engineering Co-op Workterm. Each of these courses represents a term of industrial work activity in connection with the Engineering Cooperative Program. The courses are taken in numerical sequence and carry no credit. Students register for these courses in the same manner as other SMU courses except that no tuition is charged. Each course grade is determined by a written report by the student and from the scoring of the employer's evaluation form.
1101. Engineering and Beyond. This one-hour course is designed to assist first-year students in making an informed decision about their choice of major. Students experience each engineering department and the degrees offered through real-world examples of engineering.
3300. Technology and Public Policy. In this course, the effects of technology and public policy are studied by examining issues that involve business, engineering, social sciences, and international relations. Selected technological areas such as communications, energy, computers, and transportation are explored in detail to identify the problems that government and other institutions attempt to solve.
Air Force. Air Force ROTC courses are not offered on the SMU campus. SMU students who wish to earn appointments as commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force may participate in the Air Force general military course and professional officer course through the University of North Texas in Denton (UNT). Students who participate in the UNT Air Force ROTC program are responsible for their own travel and other physical arrangements. The Air Force ROTC program develops skills and provides education vital to the career officer. Active-duty Air Force personnel provide all instruction and program administration.
The program is open to all students. First-year students may enroll in the four-year program, and students with at least two undergraduate or graduate academic years remaining may apply for the two- or three-year program. Students who complete their program with at least a Bachelor's degree will be awarded commissions as U.S. Air Force officers.
Scholarships, available to qualified students in both four-year and two-year programs, provide full tuition, fees, textbook allowance, and a monthly tax-free $100 subsistence allowance. National competition is based on SAT or ACT results, Air Force Officer Qualifying Test results or college academic record, and extracurricular and athletic activities. Uniforms and textbooks for AFROTC courses are issued at no cost to cadets. Students with at least six months' active military service may be granted waivers on a portion of the general military course.
UNT's Air Force ROTC courses are described under "Aerospace Studies" in the Dedman College section of this catalog. Further program information and application procedures may be obtained by contacting AFROTC-Det 835, P.O. Box 305400, Denton TX 76203-5400; 940-565-2074; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Army. Army ROTC courses are not offered on the SMU campus. Students can participate in the Army ROTC program at the University of Texas at Arlington by enrolling as they enroll for other SMU courses. Students who participate in the UTA Army ROTC program are responsible for their own travel and other physical arrangements.
Army ROTC offers students the opportunity to graduate as officers and serve in the U.S. Army, the Army National Guard, or the U.S. Army Reserve. Army ROTC scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Each scholarship pays for tuition and required educational fees and provides a specified amount for textbooks, supplies, and equipment. Each scholarship also includes a subsistence allowance of up to $1,000 for every year the scholarship is in effect.
Students can participate in the Army ROTC on-campus program by enrolling as they enroll for other SMU courses. Army ROTC courses are listed under Special Studies in the Schedule of Classes.