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General Education Courses

Students in any engineering major must take 10 General Education courses in total. They are divided into 2 categories: Designated Courses and Undesignated Courses.

Designated Courses: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 103 (Expository, Persuasive, Analytical Writing & Reading).

Each major department also has general education course requirements which will count towards the general education elective requirements. Please see the list below.

  • Architectural Engineering

    The three-course sequence ARCH 141, ARCH 142 and ARCH 143 (Architecture, Man and Society) offered through the College of Media Arts and Design, is required/designated of all architectural engineering students and fulfills the two-course sequence plus one other general education course.
  • Chemical Engineering

    HIST 285 (Technology in Historical Perspective) and PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics) are required/designated courses.
  • Civil Engineering

    No designated courses required. See General Education Electives policy.
  • Computer and Electrical Engineering

    Incoming Class 2009

    HIST 285 (Technology in Historical Perspective) and PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics) are required/designated courses. An economics course, either ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics) or ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics), is also required.

    Incoming Class 2010 and later

    PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics) is a required/designated course.

  • Environmental Engineering

    PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics) is a required/designated course.
  • Materials Science and Engineering

    HIST 285 (Technology in Historical Perspective), PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics), ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics) and ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics) are required/designated courses.
  • Mechanical Engineering

    HIST 285 (Technology in Historical Perspective), PHIL 315 (Engineering Ethics) and CIVE 240 (Engineering Economic Analysis) are required/designated electives. May only take one economics course as a liberal studies elective.

Undesignated General Education Courses

The undesignated general education courses can be chosen from the disciplines listed below. Any course of three credits or more selected from the categories below meets this requirement, except as noted.

Accounting, Africana Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Business Law, General Business, Chinese, Communication, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Customer Operations, Dance, Economics, English (except 101, 102, 103 & 105), Entertainment & Arts Management, Education, Entrepreneurship, Film Studies, Finance, French, German, History, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management, Humanties (except 106, 107, & 108), International Area Studies, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Language, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Music, Operations Management, Operations Research, Organizational Behavior, Philosophy, Photography, Physical Education, Production Management, Production Operations Management, Political Science, Psychology (except 330, 337, 364 & 365), Russian, Screenwriting & Playwriting, Sociology (except 364 & 365), Spanish, Sports Management, Business Statistics, Taxation, Theatre, Women's Studies, Writing (Sampling: Other courses may be accepted upon advisor approval.)

General Education courses must be non-technical. All Computer, Math, Engineering & Science related courses will NOT count as General Education courses.