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Undergraduate Requirements

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree

Requirements by Category

1. Mathematics

MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 or 2940, and a mathematics course chosen by the Major.


2. Physics

PHYS 1112 and 2213, and, depending on the Major, either PHYS 2214 or a designated mathematics or science course.


3. Chemistry

CHEM 2090.  Majors in Chemical Engineering or those planning on a health-related career should take CHEM 2090 and then 2080.  Students in Environmental Engineering should take CHEM 2090 and CHEM 1570/3570.  Science of Earth Systems Majors should take CHEM 2090 and then 2080/1570.


4. First-year writing seminars (two courses)


5. Computing (CS 1110, 1112, 1114, or 1115)


6. Engineering Distribution

  • one introduction to engineering (ENGRI) course

  • two different category distribution courses (ENGRD), one of which may be required by the Major



7. Liberal Studies Distribution (six courses)


8. Advisor-approved electives


9. Major program

  • Major-required courses

  • Major-approved electives

  • courses outside the Major




10. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, Advisor-approved electives, or Major course.


11. Two semesters of physical education and demonstration of proficiency in swimming (university requirement).


The total number of credits required for graduation vary by Major.  Specific requirements for each Major are given later in this handbook.