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​Recommended Courses by Major

This page provides a summary of recommended courses to take for the first semester. Your selection of courses depends on which engineering degree you will pursue.

If you are undecided about your major, you should take a math and a physics course, as well as an introductory course that sounds interesting to you.

Biomedical EngineeringChemical EngineeringComputer EngineeringComputer ScienceElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringSystems ScienceUndecided

Biomedical Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering Courses
    BME (E62) 140: Intro to Biomedical Engineering (3 units)
  • Chemistry Courses
    Chem (L07) 111A: General Chemistry I (3 units)
    -and-
    Chem (L07) 151: General Chemistry Lab I (2 units)
    Special note for Biomedical Engineering students: To avoid schedule conflicts, BME students who plan to enroll in Chemistry 151 should register for Section 1.
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses

Chemical Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering Course
    EECE (E44) 101: Intro to Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (3 units)
  • Chemistry Courses
    Chem (L07) 111A: General Chemistry I (3 units)
    -and-
    Chem (L07) 151: General Chemistry Lab I (2 units)
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses

Computer Engineering

Additional Elective Course(s)

Computer Science

  • Computer Science Course
    CSE (E81) 131: Computer Science I (3 units)
    CSE (E81) 131R: Computer Science I Seminar (I unit)
  • Mathematics Courses
  • A natural science course (chemistry, biology, earth and planetary science, or physics course). Consult your four year advisor in Engineering Student Services for clarification if needed.

Additional Elective Course(s)

Electrical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering Course
    ESE (E35) 103: Introduction to Electrical Engineering (1 unit), course is not required but strongly encouraged for students interested in learning more about Electrical Engineering.
    CSE (E81) 131: Computer Science I (3 units)
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses

Additional Elective Course(s)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Courses
    MEMS (E37) 202: Computer Aided Design (3 units)
    Students should place themselves on the wait list for MEMS 202. First year students will be given priority when the wait lists are cleared. MEMS 202 can also be taken in Spring 2017.
    MEMS (E37) 1001 Shop Practicum (1 unit) or MEMS (E37) 1003 Mechanical Engineering Design & Build (1 unit)
    These elective courses are designed to introduce students to topics in shop skills, machine elements, electronics, design, visualization and communication.
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses
  • Chemistry Courses
    Chemistry 111A and Chemistry 151 are optional in the first semester for Mechanical Engineering students. Before enrolling, students should consult with their advisor.

Additional/Elective Courses

Systems Science

  • Systems Science & Engineering Courses
    CSE (E81) 131: Computer Science I (3 units)
    ESE (E35) 151: Introduction to Systems Science (2 units), course is not required but strongly encouraged for students interested in learning more about Systems Engineering
  • Mathematics Courses
  • Physics Courses

Additional Elective Course(s)

Undecided

Additional/Elective Courses

Students in all majors should consider taking the First-Year Engineering Seminar. The seminar provides an opportunity for first-year students to meet other students, learn about the School of Engineering & Applied Science and discover resources across campus.

University College "U College" Courses

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