Tau Beta Pi - Texas Epsilon
The University of Houston | 4800 Calhoun Road | Houston, Texas 77004

Eligibility Requirements - (Updated Fall 2015)

At the beginning of every semester, we will send out an invitation to undergraduate junior and senior students who have qualified through their GPA and class rankings to join Tau Beta Pi.

If you are a graduate student interested in joining, please email us at tbp@egr.uh.edu stating that you are interested in joining before the 5th week of classes. We will send you further information on how to join and when our initiates meeting is.

We currently accept students of the following engineering disciplines.

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Please see below for the requirements to join Tau Beta Pi.


Undergraduate Requirements:

We seek engineering students who have academically excelled in the program to be a part of our organization. In order to receive an invitation to join TBP, a student must rank (based on cumulative GPA) in the top 1/8 of their junior class or the top 1/5 of their senior class. In addition, a student must have passed the required freshman and sophomore courses with at least a C- or better. Students who have not completed or are currently enrolled in these courses are not eligible for membership.

The required courses based on major are listed under Undergraduate Course Requirements.


Graduate Requirements:

Engineering graduate students who have completed over half of their graduate coursework (including research) and whose high-quality work is attested to by a faculty member may be elected to membership.

Engineering alumni of a chapter's institution or of another recognized institution whose scholastic record placed them in the top fifth of their class may be elected to membership. Such candidates are usually recommended to the chapter by a member who knows them.

In all cases the requisite scholastic attainment makes candidates eligible for membership consideration. They are further considered on the basis of the Association's exemplary character requirement.

Eminent Engineer Requirements:

Persons who have achieved eminence in engineering may be elected to membership without regard to collegiate records. If they graduated from a recognized engineering college, they must have been engaged in engineering for at least 10 years; if not, they must have practiced engineering for at least 15 years. Such candidates are usually recommended by members who know them. The required degree of eminent achievement is left to the chapters' discretion; and candidates are further considered on the basis of exemplary character.



Undergraduate Course Requirements - (Updated Fall 2015)


Completion of the following required courses for your major is mandatory to be considered eligible for Tau Beta Pi. Please highlight these courses in your Unofficial Transcript when applying.

  • Biomedical Engineering

    • MECE 3400 - Intro to Mechanics
    • ECE 2300/2100 - Circuits
    • CHEE 2331 - Chemical Processes
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math
  • Chemical Engineering

    • CHEM 3332/3221 - Organic II + Lab
    • CHEE 2332 - Thermo I
    • CHEE 3321 - Analytical Methods
  • Civil Engineering

    • CIVE 2331 - Dynamics
    • CIVE 2332 - Mech of Deformable Solids
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math
  • Electrical/Computer Engineering

    • ECE 2300/2100 - Circuits
    • ECE 3337 - Signal and Systems Analysis
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math
  • Industrial Engineering

    • INDE 2333 - Engineering Statistics I
    • INDE 2331 - Computer Applications of Industrial Engineering
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math
  • Mechanical Engineering

    • MECE 3336 - Mechanics II
    • MECE 2334 - Thermo I
    • MECE 2361 - Mechanical Design I
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math
  • Petroleum Engineering

    • ENGI 2334 - Thermo I
    • PETR 2311 - Reservoir Petrophysics
    • MATH 3321 - Engineering Math

Note: If your degree plan does not require one or more courses as shown in the list, submit a printout of your degree plan with all freshman and sophomore classes highlighted.