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​First-Year Student Introductory Courses

These courses are typically taken during the first year, depending on your area of interest.

First-Year Engineering Seminar
ENGR (E60) 120

This optional weekly seminar provides an opportunity for engineering first-year students to meet other students, learn about the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and discover the many resources located throughout WUSTL. First-year students 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-level 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. (Required for Biomedical Engineering majors)

Computer Science I
CSE (E81) 131 & CSE (E81) 131R

This course provides an introduction to 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. (Required for Computer Science & Engineering majors, unless proficiency is established by the Computer Science Placement Exam or AP Scores)

Introduction to Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
EECE (E44) 101

Students will examine and discuss key technical issues of our society as an introduction to energy, environment, and chemical engineering. Emerging technologies which hold promise for the future and the relations to chemical engineering principles are outlined. (Required for Chemical Engineering majors)

Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering
ESE (E35) 105

This course will offer students a rigorous introduction to fundamental mathematical underpinnings of ESE and their relationship to a number of contemporary application areas. Major emphasis will be placed on linear algebra and associated numerical methods, including the use of MATLAB. Topics covered will include vector spaces, linear transformations, matrix manipulations and eigenvalue decomposition. Students will learn how this mathematical theory is enacted in ESE through the completion of four case studies spanning application areas: (i) Dynamical Systems and Control, (ii) Imaging, (iii) Signal Processing, and (iv) Circuits.

Introduction to Engineering Design
ESE (E35) 205
(offered only in spring)

A hands-on course where students, divided in groups of two or three, will creatively solve one problem throughout the semester using tools from electrical and systems engineering. The groups choose their own schedule and work under the supervision of an academic team consisting of faculty and higher-level students. The evaluation considers the completion of objectives set by the students with help of the academic team, as well as the originality, innovation, and impact of the project.
Prerequisite Course(s): CSE131, Phy117A or equivalent.

Introduction to Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
MEMS (E37) 101
(offered only in spring)

Mechanical engineers face new challenges in the areas of energy, materials and systems. This course introduces students to these areas through team-based, hands-on projects that emphasize engineering design, analysis, and measurement skills. The course is strongly recommended for mechanical engineering majors. Students from other disciplines are welcome and encouraged to enroll.

Computer Aided Design
MEMS (E37) 202
(offered in fall & spring)

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.
(Required for Mechanical Engineering majors. Should be taken in the fall or spring semester of first-year.)

Mechanical Engineering Design & Build
MEMS (E37) 1003
(offered in fall & spring)

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 first-year students.

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.

Engineering Student Services can address all registration questions

University College "U College" Courses

First-year students should not enroll in University College courses unless indicated by the English placement exam results.