Electives for Engineering Students

How to Choose an Elective

Step 1

Determine whether you want to take a free elective or a general education elective.

A free elective is any course the university offers that a student is qualified to take and is not required as a pre-requisite to a degree requirement or lower than the starting point of your program. The following courses do not fulfill free elective requirements: CHEM 111, Math 100, Math 105, MATH 110, Math 116, Math 117, and PHYS 100.

General Education electives must be non-technical. All Computer, Math, Engineering & Science related courses will NOT count as General Education electives.  For more information about general education electives see below. 

Step 2

Once you've decided whether you want a free or general education elective you can refer to the Term Master Schedule for information about the particular course.

Be sure to read the course requirements (especially the co- and pre-requisites). You can view the course requirements and course description by clicking on the blue CRN link and reading the section comments and the restrictions; restrictions are on the bottom line of the page description. 

Step 3

Register for the class. If you have questions about whether or not a class will count as a required elective, you should consult with your academic advisor.

Please note: Advisors cannot override students into closed sections. If you do not meet the course requirements, you cannot be registered for the course (course restrictions are occasionally inaccurate; contact your advisor if unsure).

General Education Courses 

The General Education Program is designed to give engineering students an opportunity to take a set of courses that complement their technical studies and satisfy their intellectual and/or career interests. All engineering majors must take thirty (30) credits. Nine (9) of the thirty credits are designated as follows and must be completed by all majors:

  • ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research 3.0
  • ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion 3.0
  • ENGL 103 Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres 3.0

General Education courses allowed by the College of Engineering can be found in the University Catalog