“Blanket Hour” Credits (BEE 401, 405, 407, 410 or equivalent from other departments)

The maximum number of “blanket hour” course credits allowed to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements is six unless identified as a specific course by title or as approved by the Head Advisor. To receive blanket-hour credits (except BEE 407 Seminars) students must complete the following steps:

1. In advance of the work, consult with a faculty member and ascertain whether the faculty member will agree to supervise the student’s work and to assign a letter grade for the final report.

2. If the faculty member agrees, complete a Blanket Hour Credits Request Form in consultation with the faculty member.  For Ecological Engineering students, by default, any BEE blanket hour (i.e. BEE 401, 405, or 410) credit(s) earned will be engineering elective credit.  If you wish to have these credits count for anything other than engineering elective credits, you must submit a BEE Program Petition with the Blanket Hour Credits Request Form. 

3. Reach agreement with the faculty member on credits to be received (normally 1 – 3), commensurate with requirements in regular courses. Regular course credits are based on 30 hours of academic effort for each credit hour granted (based on 10 weeks X 3 hours/week/credit = 30 hours/credit).

4. Provide a final copy of the Blanket Hour Credits Request Form, signed by the responsible faculty member, to the Head Advisor (Dr. Frank Chaplen) for inclusion in the student’s Ecological Engineering file as part of the Department’s permanent record.

5. Register for the Blanket Hour credits.

6. Produce a substantial report for the completed work, graded by the responsible faculty member, as tangible evidence and documentation of the work performed and of its technical merit.


Students who are not Ecological Engineering students who wish to sign up for blanket hour BEE credits should work with their major department/ advisor to figure out if these credits will count towards a non-Ecological Engineering degree.