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  Jan 17, 2018
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

First-Year Student Engineering Program


Requirements


All engineering first year students pursue a common academic program, selecting a major upon completion. The first-year student curriculum includes two specially designed engineering-oriented courses (ENGR 0011 Introduction to Engineering Analysis  and Engineering 0012 Introduction to Engineering Computing ). These courses provide freshman students with an overview of the various areas of engineering, introduce certain engineering skills and tools, and acquaint students with the engineering problem solving process. First year students also participate in an engineering seminar, conducted in part by the First Year Student Leadership Team’s Peer Advisors. These seminars provide general information on the transition to college and the improvement of study skills and provide an overview of the various engineering fields so that first year students can make an informed choice of majors at the end of the first year. Students are also given several opportunities to visit the various programs in order to talk to the faculty and learn about the specific academic requirements. All engineering first year students participate in the First Year Student Engineering Conference during the Spring Term. Outstanding first year students may also participate in the Fessenden Honors in Engineering Program (See Special Academic Opportunities/Programs for details). For more information on the First Year Student Engineering Program, visit http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/freshman/

The first year student curriculum is detailed below:


Credits: 17


Credits: 17


Note:


* Students choose electives from an extensive list of acceptable Arts and Sciences humanities and social science courses, including a large number of languages that students are encouraged to study. Students may not take self-paced, hybrid, or online courses to satisfy the humanities/social science requirement.

Honors Courses for Engineering First Year Students


Outstanding first year engineering students are eligible to participate in the University Honors College (UHC). Entering first year students who are in the top 5 percent of their graduating class and have a minimum SAT I score of 1450 are eligible for honors courses. Students participating in the University Honors College may take honors courses that substitute for regular required course offerings in their first two terms. For more information on the UHC, visit www.honorscollege.pitt.edu

Honors courses offered include:


Credits: 17


*Students who receive a C or higher in MATH 0235  will be awarded advanced placement credit for MATH 0220 .

Credits: 18


*Students who earn a C or higher in MATH 0235  for the first term may take UHC MATH 0240  the second term and will be awarded advanced placement credit for MATH 0220 .

Students who opt to take Engr 0711 (Honors Engineering Analysis and Engineering Computing)  in the fall term of their first year year have the opportunity to take a unique service learning course in the second term. This course, ENGR 0716 Art of Hands-On System Design and Engineering , is only open to students who successfully complete ENGR 0711  with a grade of C or better. In this course, students will explore tools and techniques for inventing, designing and prototyping systems. Students will gain an introduction to ‘smart systems’; i.e.,automated systems that can sense the world and automatically respond in useful ways.