Freshman Engineering Experience

Drexel College of Engineering takes great pride in being ranked one of the top engineering institutions in the country. We understand that becoming a new student can be a bit overwhelming at times. This page will help freshman engineering students understand engineering curriculum during their first year.

Some of the differences between Drexel and other universities are:

  • Immediate, hands-on engineering design in your freshman year
  • Exposure to industry standard engineering software packages
  • Increasingly open-ended, independent decision making within projects
  • Paid, real-world learning opportunities that expand your experience, marketability, and professional network

Freshman Year Objectives

One freshman year objective is to educate students about the engineering departments and facilities at Drexel. In addition, students will begin learning key computation tools like the Python programming language, while also being introduced to fundamental engineering concepts, such as:

  • Data collection, interpretation, and analysis
  • Approximation
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Closed-loop systems

Of course, students will have math, science, and English courses during their freshman year, but they also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering design beginning in their first term.

During freshman year, students will receive an introduction to all engineering programs offered at Drexel and will have until the end of their sophomore year to decide on a major. The Undergraduate Advising Center has a guide to choosing your engineering major.

Typical First Year Courses

Starting 2018-19 academic year.

Quarter 1 - Fall  Quarter 2 - Winter Quarter 3 - Spring
MATH 121 Calculus I MATH 122 Calculus II MATH 200 Multi Variable
CHEM 101 Chemistry I CHEM 102 Chemistry II Departmental Elective
UNIV 101 Drexel Exp PHYS 101 Physics I PHYS 102 Physics II
ENGL 101 Expository CIVC 101 ENGL 102
ENGR 111 Engr Data & Design ENGR 131/2 Applied Program. 3 ENGR 113 Engr Design Lab