Electives

There are several types of electives: Humanities/Social Sciences, Technical, Departmental, and General. Each elective type has its own focus.

Humanities/Social Science Requirements

A good undergraduate education should provide more than the development of technical skills. Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) courses are generally non-technical in nature. Properly chosen, H/SS electives can complement your technical courses by helping you to develop an understanding of the problems facing our society, a historical consciousness, a sense of values, knowledge of other cultures, an appreciation of the fine arts, and an ability to think logically and communicate effectively. Think seriously about your choices, and use them to enhance your educational experience. Engineering students are encouraged to complete a minor or even a second major in these disciplines. H/SS requirements are comprised of 6cr of required courses and 12cr of electives:  

  • 01:355:101 (Expository Writing) 
    Note Expos is NOT eligible for Pass/Nocr, effective Fall 2015.
  • 01:220:102 (Micro Economics) or 01:220:200 (Economic Principles and Problems).  220:200 is no longer be offered effective 10-2012. 
    Note: Engineering Economics 14:540:343 is a different course than [ 220:102, 220:103,220:200] and is NOT a H/SS elective.
    Note: There are some restrictions about taking Micro Economics online or in the winter. Click here for details.
    Note Micro is NOT eligible for Pass/Nocr, effective Fall 2015.
  • Four free electives chosen from a list of courses (including at least two at the 200/300/400 level*): Click here for a list of acceptable H/SS courses.
  • 6cr (2 courses) out of the 18cr must be from the same subject, including at least 3cr (or 1 course) 200+ level course. This is effective for Class 2021 and on. 
  • *Effective Septemer 2017, 200 level courses will be counted as upper level. Degree Navigator will be updated accordingly by January 2018.

Example 1 (Acceptable):        355:101    220:102    920:101    830:101    730:207    508:360
Example 2 (Not Acceptable):  355:101    220:102    920:101    830:101     382:202    533:301 (doesn't have 2 in same subject)
Example 3 (Not Acceptable):  355:101    220:102    920:101    920:102    920:226    220:103 (only 1 upper level taken)
Example 4 (Acceptable:          355:101    220:102    700:211    382:202   382:302     533:301

 

Are my H/SS electives fulfilled? Fill in this check-list:

A. Courses selected from the H/SS list. (Note: If language courses are taken, please confirm selection with a B100 Dean.)
B. minimum of 6 courses and 18cr:

  1. 355:101 Expository Writing
  2. 220:102 Micro Economics 
     
  3. __________
     
  4. __________
     
  5. __________ 200+ upper level 
     
  6. __________ 200+ upper level (must be in same subject as one of #1-5)
     

Technical Elective

A Technical Elective is math or science related course. Each department within Engineering has a specific list of technical electives. Engineering students have to take 2-3 technical electives depending on the major. See your department for a list of acceptable courses.

Departmental Elective

A Departmental Elective is a course specific to your major. The number of required departmental electives is also specific to your major. See your department for details.

General Elective

A general elective is almost any course offered in the university with few exceptions. Most Engineering majors require only 3 credits to fulfill the general elective requirements, except for the Chemical option in Chemical Engineering (6 credits).

List of the courses that are NOT acceptable:

  • CHEMISTRY 01:160:110 THROUGH 140
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE 01:198:107, 110, 170
  • ENGLISH 01:355:096 THROUGH 099, 01:355:155, 01:355:156 
  • EXERCISE SCIENCE 01:377:171 THROUGH 180
  • MATHEMATICS 01:640:011 THROUGH 115
  • Any University course with an "E" Credit Prefix