First Year Students

First Year Students considering the Engineering-Combined program should make their intention known to the Engineering Director.

What Courses Should I take?

In your first semester you will enroll in four courses; an FYP course, a mathematics course (see below), a science course (see below), and a general education course (see below).

Mathematics Course

You should enroll in Math 135 (Calculus I) or, if you have had AP Calculus (AB), you should enroll in Math 136 (Calculus II). If you have had AP Calculus (BC) then you should enroll in Math 205 (Calculus III).

Science Course

You should enroll in either Physics 151 (University Physics I) or Chemistry 103 (General Chemistry I).  Do not enroll in both. While there is no need to choose the branch of engineering you wish to pursue right now, if you think you might be interested in Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical engineering enrolling in Physics 151 is best. If you are thinking about Environmental, Chemical, or Biomedical engineering then enrolling in Chemistry 103 is best. 

Be aware that Physics 151 and Chemistry 103 are only ever offered in the Fall semester. Similarly Physics 152 (University Physics II) and Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II) are only ever offered in the Spring semester.  If you think you might want to major in Physics then you should take Physics 151 your first semester. If you think you might want to major in Chemistry then you should take Chemistry 103 your first semester.

Still confused? That's okay! If you are unsure just pick one of them and you can't go wrong.  If you have any questions feel free to to contact the program director.

General Education Course

The fourth course you enroll in should be a course that satisfies one of St. Lawrence University's General Education requirements; Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Diversity, Language, or Environmental Literacy.

Do not take a course that fulfills the Natural Science with a Lab or Quantitative and Logical Reasoning requirement.  You will automatically fulfill these requirements with your Physics, Chemistry, and Calculus coursework.

To satisfy the Social Science requirement it is recommended that students take Economics 100 (Introduction to Economics).