Please read through all of the information on this website prior to attending University Orientation. This information will help prepare you for Orientation, and your fall semester. During University Orientation, you will register for your fall 2013 courses. If you cannot attend University Orientation, you will be registered during the summer by the Undergraduate Programs Office staff based upon the information provided in your application. In this situation, you are required to attend the last orientation session on August 29, 2013.
If you have additional credits that should be considered in your fall registration, please contact us at 617-353-6447.
After your schedule for the fall has been created, you'll have the opportunity to make changes to your courses during the Fall Welcome program, which will take place over Labor Day weekend.
The Engineering Diagnostic Examination (EDE) is required of all Engineering freshmen, and is a test of algebra and trigonometry. The EDE is an online exam. Sample questions are available here. The EDE must be taken prior to June 15, 2013.
Advanced Placement Examinations
The Advanced Placement Examination/Credit Guide will help you estimate what AP credit you will receive. We will tentatively register you based upon your academic background. Changes to your registration may be made during Fall Welcome, after your official scores are received. All AP credits must be resolved within six months of matriculation at the College of Engineering.
If you have taken, or are currently taking, courses at another university or college, please:
- Send a letter to Stella Lee at Boston University, College of Engineering, 44 Cummington Mall, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, stating that you are an entering freshmen seeking college credit for those courses.
- Please include a course syllabus for each course you are seeking credit for.
- Contact the Office of the Registrar at each college or university that you have attended and request that they send an official transcript to us at the above address. No credit will be given for courses until all of the above material has been reviewed by the Boston University College of Engineering and the courses have been evaluated for equivalency to Boston University courses. A grade of "C" or better is required for credits to transfer.
All transfer credits must be resolved within six months of matriculation at the College of Engineering.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit / International Credit
Students who have completed the IB or other International exams should request that official certificates be sent to the Office of International Admissions at Boston University. The Office of International Admissions will only review official certificates and will notify the College of Engineering of any credit that should be granted to a student. Questions regarding international credits should be directed to the Office of International Admissions Office at 617-353-4492, or via email at email@example.com.
All freshmen are required to take at least one mathematics course in their first semester. The course you register for will be determined by your mathematics background and the results of the Engineering Diagnostic Exam (EDE).
EDE score < 10
Students who score below 10 must take CAS MA 118 - College Algebra and Trigonometry - in the fall, or demonstrate proficiency by retaking the EDE in September. It is strongly suggested that students take College Algebra and Trigonometry, or an equivalent, over the summer.
CAS MA 118 - College Algebra and Trigonometry (4.0 credits, full semester)
EDE score > 9, < 24
Students who score above 9, but below 24, on the EDE, will be place in a Calculus course with intensive online and small group tutoring in algebra and trigonometry.
EDE score > 23
Students who score above 23 will be placed in a Calculus course. AP credits, IB credits, or transfer credits will influence the placement.
CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4.0 credits, full semester) - Students who do not have AP, IB or transfer credits in Calculus will take this course.
CAS MA 124 Calculus II (4.0 credits, full semester) - Students who have Advanced Placement or college credit for Calculus I may register for this course. Advisor approval is required.
CAS MA 127 Calculus Review (4.0 credits, full semester) - Due to the fast-paced nature of this condensed review course, it is recommended only for students who have Advanced Placement or college credit for Calculus I and Calculus II, and wish to review the content of these courses. Advisor approval is required. (Please note: students can not receive credit for both MA 124 and MA 127.
CAS MA 225 Multivariate Calculus (4.0 credits, full semester) - This is a sophomore-level course. It is only for students who have demonstrated their proficiency in Calculus I and Calculus II through Advanced Placement or college credit for Calculus I and Calculus II. Advisor approval is required.
II. Natural Sciences
All freshmen are required to take one natural science course in their first semester. Students with Advanced Placement or college credit in the natural sciences should discuss their course selection with the freshman advisors during University Orientation.
CAS CH 101 General Chemistry - Biomedical engineering majors should take this course in their first semester.
CAS CH 131 Principles of General Chemistry - Non-Biomedical engineering majors in Calculus I should take this course.
CAS PY 211 General Physics I - Non-biomedical engineering majors who are taking MA 124, MA 127, or MA 225 may take this course. Successful completion of college-level Calculus I (or AP Calculus) is required to register for this course.
III. Engineering Required Courses
All Engineering freshmen will take both of these courses during their freshman year. You will take one course each semester.
ENG EK 127 Introduction to Programming or ENG EK 128 Engineering Computation ++ - Required of all freshmen and provides an introduction to the use of computing tools for solving engineering problems. Some freshmen will take EK 127/EK 128 in their first semester; others will take it in their second semester.
ENG EK 130 or ENG EK 131 and ENG EK 132 Introduction to Engineering - Required of all freshmen and provides an introduction to engineering analysis and/or design. EK 130 is a full semester module. EK 131 is a 1/2 semester module offered in the first 6 weeks of the semester; EK 132 is a 1/2 semester module offered in the second 6 weeks of the semester. You will choose a module according to your particular interests. Some freshmen will take this course in their first semester; others will take it in their second semester. Click here for course modules.
IV. Writing Requirement
All Engineering students are required to satisfy the writing requirement by completing CAS WR 100 and CAS WR 150.
The Writing Program is committed to ensuring that all students receive appropriate instruction and support. Students whose primary language is English will be placed into WR 100. Some of these students may also be required to take WR 096 or to attend individual tutoring sessions through the Writing Program's Writing Center.
WR 096 Writing Tutorial may be required in addition to one of the following:
WR 097* English Grammar and Composition (non-native English speakers only)
WR 098* Introduction to College Reading and Writing (non-native English speakers only)
WR 100 Writing Seminar
WR 150 Writing and Research Seminar
* Students who were required to submit TOEFL scores or other proof of English language proficiency as part of their applications for admission will be placed into WR 097, WR 098, or WR 100 based on their performance on the English Placement Exam, taken during Orientation.
Students who take WR 097 in their first semester are required to complete WR 098 before advancing to the WR 100/150 sequence. Some students in WR 097 and WR 098 may additionally be required to enroll in CAS WR 095 Writing Tutorial.
Any student who is not required to take this placement test but whose primary language is not English may request a placement assessment from the Writing Program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
V. Social Sciences and Humanities
All College of Engineering undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits in the humanities and social sciences. Students with Advanced Placement or college credit in the social sciences or humanities should discuss their course selection with the freshman advisors during Academic Orientation.
The following subject areas are considered Social Sciences (full list posted here):
Anthropology (AN 101, 220, 240, 243, 250, 260, 280, 285, 290, 305-326, 337, 340-397)
Archaeology (AR 101, 205)
Economics (EC 101, 102, 111, 112, 171)
Geography (GG 100, 103, 150, 201, 250, 304)
History (HI 101, 102, 151, 152, 176, 215, 291)
International Relations (IR 230, 242, 347, 374)
Political Science (PO 211, 241, 251, 271, 291)
Psychology (PS 101, 222, 231, 234, 241, 251, 261)
Sociology (SO 100, 205, 207, 225, 242, 244, ENG EK 280)
Women’s Studies (WS 101, 102, 113)
The following subject areas are considered Humanities (full list posted here):
Archaeology (AR 100, 230, 232)
Art History (any 100-, 200- or 300-level CAS AH course)
Classical Studies (any CG or CL course EXCEPT Directed studies and CL 111, 112, 161, 162, 211, 212, 261, 262,, CH 111, 112, 211, 212)
English Literature (EN 121, 125, 127, 128, 130, 141, 142, 142, 163, 164, 175)
History of Art and Architecture (All 100-, 200- and 300-level CAS AH lecture courses offered in the History of Art & Architecture Department)
Modern Languages (See list here)
Music (MU 111, 112, 117, 118, 229, 242)
Religion (all 100- and 200-level CAS RN courses and 301, 307, 323, 340, 341, 384, 396, 429)
Romance Studies (See list here)
Women’s Studies (WS 101/102, 114)
Look in the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin at the specific courses listed above in subject areas that interest you. Be sure to choose courses that do not require pre-requisites, preferably at the 100 level. These courses can be found under the College of Arts and Sciences in the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin, pp. 51 - 238.
VI. General Education Requirement
Students who complete the College of Engineering writing requirement and the social science/humanities and depth requirement in 5 courses must take an additional 4-credit (or two 2-credit) general education elective(s) to satisfy the College of Engineering general education requirement. The additional coursework can be chosen from any English, social science, humanities, or modern foreign language course(s) taken in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students can also choose from a list of acceptable general education electives to meet this requirement.
Students who need 12 credits to satisfy the Writing requirement can apply 4 credits (e.g. CAS WR 098 or CAS WR 099) to satisfy the general education elective.
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