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First-Year Engineering

Beginning engineering students enroll in First-Year Engineering and complete a common first year curriculum before moving to their major (Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, etc.). The First-Year Engineering program serves about 2,500 students each year, including new students, students transferring from other universities, and students moving from another academic unit at the West Lafayette campus to engineering. First-year students take math, chemistry, physics, English, and communications courses plus the ENGR 131-132 sequence which is taught by Engineering Education (ENE) faculty. In ENGR 131-132, students cover topics such as data visualization and analysis, ethics, engineering design, application of basic programming to the solution of engineering problems, development of mathematical models to solve engineering problems, teamwork skills, and professional communications. In First-Year Engineering, students from a wide range of backgrounds develop a common knowledge base and skill set they will need as they move through their engineering degree program. ENE employs ten advisors who help the first-year students plan their course of study and provide many of the resources students need as they make the transition to college life.

Making Sense of ENGR 131/132

"I wanted to let you know how helpful ENGR 131/132 has been since I have started my career at UTC Aerospace Systems. A lot of what I have been doing so far involves team dynamics, working with new people (customers), and a lot of Microsoft Excel use. In all honesty, it was hard for me to see the point of some of the lessons being taught both as a student and a peer teacher. However, I just wanted to commend you and your team for all of your hard work in truly preparing me for life in the engineering world."

Michael Davidson, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, May 2015 Graduate