What Should I do If I’m Interested in Engineering?

Students interested in Engineering fields should consider taking an engineering-related Introsem, Thinking Matters Course, or one of several engineering fundamental courses in their first year, in addition to appropriate courses in math and science.

At NSO in September

If you’re looking at this before New Student Orientation (NSO), you should consider attending a few Academic Planning Sessions on Friday of NSO. There are sessions that may be relevant to your interests. These sessions will provide details on course selection and other things to consider if you are interested in a major within the School of Engineering.

Courses to Consider

  1. Enroll in one of the Introductory Seminars taught by faculty in the School of Engineering. These are small classes with hands-on learning and minimal prerequisites. Check the Introductory Seminar offerings or find the list in the Undergraduate Engineering Handbook.
  2. Check out engineering courses that satisfy the WAYS – there are many.
  3. Introductory Engineering Fundamentals (prefix ENGR) courses offer a rigorous way to explore a specific engineering topic; find the current list on the UGHB website.
  4. You will typically be taking math and either Chemistry or Physics during your first year--very few majors suggest both Chemistry and Physics in the first year. There is flexibility here, depending on your background and when the appropriate courses are offered, so consult with your UAR advisor.
  5. Take one of the one-unit courses that feature an array of industry and Stanford speakers to introduce you to specific topics and issues in engineering, such as:
    • ENGR1: Want to be an Engineer?: Faculty from engineering majors and related fields will present and answer questions about their fields
    • MS&E 472: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar: Industry leaders share lessons from real-world experience
    • EE 100: Lectures/discussions on topics of importance to the electrical engineering professional
    • CHEMENG 10: an overview of careers in chemical engineering and opportunities to develop networks with working professionals
    • CS 547: presentations on human-computer interaction

General Planning

For more information, check out our introductory guide on how to get involved in the Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering.

One excellent resource is the Undergraduate Engineering Handbook, which contains sample 4-year plans, program sheets, and many other important details about engineering majors and minors.

The Engineering Roadmap to Your First Year (new for Autumn 2018) is designed to walk you through the questions that help you think about choosing classes and structuring your first year.

The School of Engineering offers a wide range of opportunities to do undergraduate research.

Students interested in engineering-related careers should check out the resources at BEAM Career Education

Students interested in computer science can find guidance about where to start here Choosing Courses in Computer Science