These courses are typically taken during the first year, depending on your area of interest.
Freshman Engineering Seminar
This weekly seminar provides an opportunity for engineering freshmen to meet other students, learn about the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and discover the many resources located throughout WUSTL. Freshman focus on effective methods of collaboration and communication while completing design and build-oriented projects in small groups, which will help them work more effectively with faculty and peers. It also spotlights key skills, behaviors and attitudes helpful for student success. The seminar is facilitated by upper-class engineering students with faculty and staff guidance.
Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
BME (E62) 140
This course offers a historical perspective of biomedical engineering including elements of human anatomy and physiology; key vocabulary and definitions; major organ systems of the body and some of the defects remediable through biomedical engineering. Students will be required to apply the basic principles of physics, chemistry and engineering science to the quantitative analysis of physiological systems.
Computer Science I
CSE (E81) 131 & CSE (E81) 131R
This course provides an introduction to software concepts and implementation, software concepts and implementation, emphasizing problem solving through abstraction and decomposition. Concepts and skills are mastered through programming projects, many of which employ graphics to enhance conceptual understanding. Java, an object-oriented programming language, is the vehicle of exploration.
Introduction to Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
ChE (E63) 146A
Students will examine and discuss key technical issues of our society as an introduction to energy, environment, and chemical engineering. Some emerging technologies which hold promise for the future and the relations to chemical engineering principles are outlined.
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
A hands-on introduction to electrical engineering to put the FUN into the electrical engineering FUNdamentals. Experiments are designed to be easy to conduct and understand. Students will examine some of the technologies used in a variety of applications including the iPod, Ultrasound Imaging, Radar and Credit Card Readers. Students will also hear presentations from the EE faculty about their research.
Introduction to Systems Science & Engineering
offered only in spring 2013
Introduction to the methodology of systems engineering: mathematical modeling, deterministic and stochastic systems, optimization, utilization of scientific literature. Applications in engineering, environmental studies, sports, medicine, business, etc. Guest lecturers from various disciplines. Students are required to do mini research projects (in groups) and present their results.
Please note: This class is taken after Calculus 2 and Physics 117A.
Introduction to Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
MEMS (E37) 101
(offered only in spring 2013)
This course is an introduction to engineering design in the context of mechanical and structural engineering. Students complete a series of experiments that introduce physical phenomena (loading, stress, strain, vibration, energy, power, hydrostatics, etc.) related to mechanical and structural engineering. The course includes a design contest in which students design and build machines and structures from a kit of prescribed materials. The course is divided into two sections, with one emphasizing structural engineering topics and the other mechanical engineering topics.
Computer Aided Design
MEMS (E37) 202
(offered in fall 2012 & spring 2013)
An introduction to computer aided engineering design in the context of mechanical and structural engineering. Students learn the fundamentals of spatial reasoning and graphical representation.
Please note: MEMS (E37) 202, Computer Aided Design, is required for the major and should be taken in the fall or spring semester of freshman year.
Mechanical Engineering Design & Build
MEMS (E37) 1003
(offered in fall 2012 & spring 2013)
The course provides an introduction to design and fabrication. Students formulate designs, build prototypes and compete in engineering exploration-based creative design projects. Emphasis is placed on producing working hardware and prototypes in response to design needs. Specialized learning modules focus on the knowledge required to complete projects, such as introductory topics in shop skills, machine elements, electronics, design, visualization and communication. Enrollment limited to engineering freshmen.
Note: Students unable to enroll in MEMS (E37) 202 in the fall semester may place themselves on the waitlist for this elective course in the fall semester. MEMS 1003 is not required for this major.