Licensing as a Professional Engineer in all states can be satisfied by a combination of a licensing-board approved educational credential, professional work experience and the passing of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam. Both exams are administered by National Council of Examiners for Engineering (NCEES).  In all states, an ABET accredited degree satisfies the educational requirement.  In many states there are also alternative combinations of education and experience that satisfy the licensing requirements.

The following McKelvey Engineering undergraduate degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and thus satisfy the educational requirement for licensure as a Professional Engineer in all states:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Systems Science & Engineering

ABET has a COVID-19 update page here, where they state: “ABET understands the need for programs to temporarily modify program delivery and grading methods in order to safeguard their communities during the current health crisis caused by COVID-19. It is not necessary to report any short term (current, summer or fall semester) changes to program delivery, content or grading methods to us.”

The following McKelvey Engineering undergraduate degree programs are not accredited by ABET, and we have not determined whether they satisfy the educational requirement for licensure as a Professional Engineer in any state:

  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Chemical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Electrical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Systems Science & Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business + Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science + Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science + Math
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

There are advantages of becoming a licensed Professional Engineer, as described here

As demonstrated by the data in the table below, the majority of students earning engineering degrees choose not to become licensed, and they have successful and satisfying careers.  Deciding to complete the steps necessary to become licensed is a very personal decision, with no right or wrong answer.

Twice each year, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) sends us the number of our graduates who have taken the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) exam.  Below is a table that lists five years of combined data for each exam taken.  For informational purposes, the total number of degrees awarded during that same time period are also displayed.  Note that some of the reported FE and PE exam takers listed below would have earned their degrees before 2015, so it would be imprecise to directly associate the number of exam takers with the number of degrees awarded, but it does allow for some general comparisons.

Five Years of Combined Data for BS Degrees

BME

ChE

EE

ME

SSE

2015-2019 NCEES Reported WUSTL FE Exam Takers

2

50

12

79

9

2015-2019 NCEES Reported WUSTL PE Exam Takers

1

14

15

38

1

2015-2019 WUSTL Degrees Awarded

345

207

137

352

176