Pitt | Swanson Engineering
First Year Integrated Curriculum

All first-year engineering students pursue a common academic program consisting of mathematics, chemistry, physics, humanities/social science electives, and two specially designed first year engineering courses. These courses provide each student with an overview of the fields and methods of engineering; introduce certain skills basic to engineering; and acquaint students with the interaction of skills, techniques, logic, and creativity in engineering problem formulation and solving. Although the curriculum is common, the actual schedule for each student is based on their incoming background and their anticipated major. Upon completion of the first-year curriculum, students with a 2.00 (or higher) on a 4.00 scale choose their major from any of the nine departments or programs.

First year students also participate in an engineering seminar, conducted in part by First-Year Program Peer Advisors. These seminars provide general information on the transition to college, study skills, co-curricular opportunities, and provide an overview of the various engineering fields. 

The science and general education requirements are the same regardless if you enter the Freshman Engineering Program as a first-year student or as a transfer student. The ENGR 0011/0012 or 00711 courses are the traditional first-year sequence. For transfer students instead of ENGR0011/0012 there are off semester courses ENGR0015 and ENGR0016.  

Upon completion of the first-year curriculum, students with a 2.00 (or higher) choose their major from any of the nine departments or programs.

University Honors College 

Entering first-year students who meet eligibility requirements may opt to take honors courses. Students may take University Honors College courses that substitute for regular required course offerings. Students may enroll in all honors courses or a combination of courses, but students are encouraged to be conservative in opting into Honors college classes.

Freshman Curriculum

Fall Term

Traditional Curriculum Course UHC Courses** Credits
Analytic Geometry & Calculus 1 MATH 0220  MATH 0235*** 4
Gen. Chemistry for Engineering 1 CHEM 0960
CHEM 0960
 
CHEM 0760 3
Basic Physics for Science & Engineering 1 PHYS 0174
PHYS 0174 
PHYS475*** 4
Introduction to Engineering Analysis 1 ENGR0011  ENGR0711   3
Humanities
Social Science Elective
Std's choice!* Std's choice!* 3
Freshman Engineering Seminar ENGR 0081  ENGR 0081
0
    Total Credits: 17


Spring Term

Traditional Curriculum Course UHC Courses** Credits
Analytic Geometry & Calculus 2 MATH 0230  MATH 0240***  4
Gen. Chemistry for Engineering 2 CHEM 0970 CHEM 0770 3
Basic Physics for Science & Engineering 2 PHYS 0175 PHYS 0476*** 4
Introduction to Engineering Analysis 2 ENGR0012   ENGR 0712, ENGR 0716 
3
Humanities
Social Science Elective
Std's choice!* Std's choice!* 3
Freshman Engineering Seminar ENGR 0082 ENGR 0082 0
    Total Credits: 17

* Engineering students choose from a list of approved humanities and social science courses. Most courses are three credits; however, some of the foreign language classes are five credits. More information on these electives.

** The results of student's placement exams, performance in high school, and scores on SAT (ACT) will be considered and discussed with the student's advisor prior to registering for one or all of these courses.

*** The first-term Honors Calculus 0235 is equivalent to MATH 0220 and 0230. The two-term Honors Course sequence, PHYS 0475 and 0476, is equivalent to PHYS 0174 and 0175.