Registration for Incoming ENG Freshmen
Registering for your first semester at Boston University!
Most Engineering freshmen will take EK 125 Introduction to Programming for Engineers, A calculus course, a natural science course, a writing course, and the EK 100 Freshman Seminar in the fall semester. If you have questions or problems, please contact the Freshman Academic Counselors Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Trisha (email@example.com).
Please note that schedules will not be finalized until faculty advising takes place at Orientation.
The program plan for each major is found here. Undecided students should follow the Computer, Electrical, or Mechanical track if they have no interest in Biomedical Engineering. If you think you might be interested in Biomedical Engineering, please follow the Biomedical Engineering track.
Select Your Courses
CAS MA 123 Calculus I – Students who do not have Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or transfer credits in Calculus will take this course.
CAS MA 124 Calculus II – Students who have Advanced Placement credit, International Baccalaureate credit or approved college credit for Calculus I may register for this course. Advisor approval will be required at Orientation. Please be advised that you do not have to utilize external credit if you do not feel comfortable doing so.
CAS MA 225 Multivariate Calculus – 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.
If you plan on using external credit for calculus please make sure to review the Calculus Topics List found here.
You will want to confirm your knowledge of every topic covered in the course(s) for which you wish to utilize credit. If you have any questions about credit, please do not hesitate to contact the freshman advisors.
Boston University does not utilize a placement test for Calculus. You will have the option to register for an advanced level of calculus only if you have the required external credits (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or transfer credits).
II. Natural Sciences
Students with Advanced Placement credit, International Baccalaureate credit, or college credit for chemistry may begin with a physics course, all other students should begin with chemistry. The freshman advisors are happy to discuss any questions regarding advanced credit.
CAS CH 101 General Chemistry* – Biomedical engineering majors or Undeclared students thinking about Biomedical engineering 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. This course is only offered in the fall.
CAS PY 211 General Physics I – Non-Biomedical engineering majors who have already completed the equivalent of CH 131 or CH 101 via advanced credit or transfer credit AND are taking MA 124 or MA 225 may take this course. Successful completion of college-level Calculus I (or AP Calculus) is required to register for this course.
*Pre-Med students are required to take CH 101 and CH 102 at the college level. Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit will not satisfy the Medical School requirement.
III. Engineering Required Courses
1. ENG EK 100 – Freshman Advising Seminar
Required of all freshmen in the fall. You will register for EK 100 A1 and be assigned an EK 100 discussion later in the summer. You will meet with your Faculty Advisor and Student Advisor during this course and learn valuable tools to help you succeed in engineering.
2. ENG EK 125 – Introduction to Programming for Engineers
Required of all freshmen and provides an introduction to the use of computing tools for solving engineering problems.
*If you received a grade of 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science A exam, please contact Daniel Tyburski (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss options regarding this AP course.
IV. Writing Requirement
All native English speakers will register for CAS WR 120 their first semester. All non-native speakers will register for writing after taking the Writing Placement Exam online during June. You will receive instructions if you need to take the exam. There is no Advanced Placement credit or International Baccalaureate credit that fulfills the writing requirement. CAS WR 120 is topic-based. Please see the list of topics at http://www.bu.edu/writingprogram/writing-program-curriculum/catalog/.
More Information on Writing for Non-Native English Speakers
All Engineering students are required to satisfy the writing requirement by completing CAS WR 120 and CAS WR 15X.
The Writing Program is committed to ensuring that all students receive appropriate instruction and support. Students whose primary language is English will register for WR 120.
WR 111* Academic Writing for ESL Students 1 (non-native English speakers only)
WR 112* Academic Writing for ESL Students 2 (non-native English speakers only)
WR 120 First-Year Writing Seminar
WR 15X Writing, Research, and Inquiry
*Students who were required to submit TOEFL scores or other proof of English language proficiency as part of their application for admission will be placed into WR 111, WR 112, or WR 120 based on their performance on the Writing Placement Exam, taken during Orientation.
Students who take WR 111 in their first semester are required to complete WR 112 before advancing to the WR 120/15X sequence.
EDE: Engineering Diagnostic Exam
EDE score < 24
Students who score above 9, but below 24, on the EDE, will have intensive online and small group tutoring in algebra and trigonometry. You do not need to register in advance for the tutoring.
Plan Your Schedule
You will register for your courses through the Boston University Student Link. You will first utilize the Planner – an online tool that allows you to create and modify your schedule before registering for the courses.
Please note that EK 100 (Freshman Advising Seminar) takes place on Friday afternoon. This course is required of all freshmen and you will need to keep 2:30pm – 4:25pm free on Fridays. This class will be added at Orientation.
- Go to www.bu.edu/studentlink
- Select the ACADEMICS tab and then select REGISTRATION.
- Enter your BU Login in the “User Name” box and your Kerberos password in the “Password” box. (Don’t know/remember this? Contact IT Help Center at email@example.com or 617-353-4357)
- Click Login. (Problems? Contact IT Help Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-4357)
- Click REG OPTIONS under Fall 2018. (Problems? Have you selected the correct semester? You must select Fall 2018.)
- Select PLAN to make your course schedule.
- Select ADD for the classes you would like to add. Continue for all classes.
- You may need to click “Continue Search From” at the bottom of the page as some courses will have sections listed on additional pages.
- Important things to know:
- Pay attention to see what the course requires (lecture, discussion, lab, pre-lab). Make sure you have all the components.
- You may schedule classes back-to-back.
- R indicates Thursday on the Boston University schedules. A class that meets on TR meets Tuesday and Thursday.
- A class included in your planner does not mean that you have a spot reserved for official registration.
- Be flexible and remember that you have plenty of support with your Freshman Counselors. Contact Dan at email@example.com or Trisha firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
STOP: Review your course plan. Do you have a math, science, and engineering course? If not, please read the degree requirements.
Register for Courses
- Select REG OPTIONS on the top right-hand corner of your browser.
- Select REGISTER FOR CLASS.
- To the right of “Search by planner”, click GO.
- Click the box to the left of each class you need to add.
- Click ADD CLASSES TO SCHEDULE.
- Green check-marks indicate that the courses have successfully been added to your schedule. A red “X” means a section was not added and you need to select an alternate section.
- Review your schedule and make any necessary changes.
- Click on GRAPH to view your schedule.
- Your last step required to complete early fall registration is to sign the Academic Code of Conduct found here.
- Congratulations! You are now registered with the College of Engineering! Please remember that your schedule will not be finalized until Orientation.