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ENGR 0081 & ENGR 0181
The First Year Engineering Seminar

ENGR 0081 & ENGR 0181

What is the Purpose of Freshman Engineering Seminar?

The Freshman Seminar is a required course for all entering First year Engineering Students. Freshman Seminar is designed with the needs of first-year Engineering students in mind. The main objectives are to:

  • Help ease the transition from high school to college by helping you discover new information, plan for future goals, and act upon those plans to achieve success in your first year and beyond.
  • Educate you about the different fields of Engineering study and help you select your major if you're not sure which field is right for you.

How is Freshman Engineering Seminar Structured?

There are two components of Freshman Engineering Seminar:

  • Large Group Meetings
    All first-year Engineering students attend the large group meetings together. This component of the course meets once a week in a large lecture setting. These meetings are designed to help you gain a better understanding of the various fields of Engineering. No matter what major you choose (and if you don't know yet, that's okay!) you will likely someday work with engineers of various disciplines, so having a good understanding of each field is vitally important. The large group meetings will also provide resources to help you with certain ENGR 0011 (or ENGR 0711) assignments.
  • Small Group Recitation Meetings
    The small group Peer Advisor-led recitation sections are comprised of approximately 15 students per section, and are grouped according to an interest that the students in the class share. They are led by upper class Engineering students called Peer Advisors. The recitation sections will help connect you to others in the freshman class with interests similar to yours, and also put you in touch with a successful upperclassman who has completed the Freshman Engineering Program. The recitation section will focus on acquainting you with local and campus resources, provide you with tips and tools for academic success, and will run parallel with your ENGR 0011 (or ENGR 0711) class in the Fall. 

No matter what you're going through, there are people out there that have gone through the same thing. People are willing to help, you just have to be willing to let them.-Greg Wunderley, BSE '06, Computer Engineering