The First Year
Many courses normally scheduled for the freshman year are common to both the B.E. and B.S. programs. While the curriculum for the freshman year is generally the same for all students, there are important variations. For example, some major programs require a full year of introductory chemistry, others do not. Students should become familiar with requirements of those programs in which they have an interest. Students should confer with their adviser at the time of enrollment and throughout the freshman year to work out a program to study that will keep options open as long as possible.
Engineering Freshman Seminars
The School of Engineering provides optional seminars to give freshmen the opportunity to experience the creative process of using engineering concepts to solve real-world problems. Theses seminars offer students a unique opportunity to work closely, typically in small groups, with seasoned engineering professors.
Designed to challenge and engage freshmen intellectually, provide practice in communication skills and aid in the selection of a specific engineering major, seminars are offered on a variety of topics. Some focus on research projects in the professor's area of engineering expertise, others concentrate on the current scientific and technical problems of particular interest to the engineer, and others survey engineering practice in a variety of specialties and topics. The seminars can be invaluable components of the freshmen curriculum by helping students learn problem-solving skills that can be applied across many disciplines and throughout life.