SLU Engineering Major Requirements

In the Spring of their second year engineering students must choose a major at St. Lawrence. The most common options are Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science. Economics and Biology are also options. In general a student completes three years of the major as defined by the major's department and will receive their St. Lawrence degree after they complete their engineering degree.

At the time they declare their major engineering students will also choose a second adviser from their major department.

While it is possible to major in a field other than Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, or Economics it requires careful planning. Practically though it can be very difficult to manage and is not advisable.

Biology

The requirements for the 3+2 major in Biology are:

  • Biology 101 and 102 (General Biology)
  • Chemistry 103 and 104 (General Chemistry).
  • Six additional units of Biology. (Two of these units must be at the 300 or 400 level).

Chemistry

The requirements for the 3+2 major in Chemistry are:

  • Chemistry 103 and 104 (General Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 221 and 222 (Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 205 (Quantitative Analysis)
  • Chemistry 341 (Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy)
  • Chemistry 342 (Biophysical Chemistry)
  • Any two of the following 1/2 unit courses.
    • Chemistry 351 (Advanced Organic Lab)
    • Chemistry 352 (Inorganic Chemistry Lab)
    • Chemistry 353 (Physical Chemistry Lab)
    • Chemistry 452 (Instrumental Analysis)

Mathematics

The requirements for the 3+2 Major in Mathematics are:

  • Math 135, 136, and 205 (Calculus I, II, and III)
  • Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics)
  • Computer Science 140 (Introduction to Computer Programming)
  • Math 230 (Differential Equations)
  • Any one of the four courses below (it is recommended that engineering students choose Math 306, Complex Analysis):
    • Math 305 (Real Analysis)
    • Math 306 (Complex Analysis)
    • Math 315 (Group Theory)
    • Math 316 (Ring Theory)
  • One additional 300-level Mathematics course (it is recommended that engineering students choose Math/Physics 333, Mathematical Methods of Physics).
  • Recommended, but not required, is Math 217, Linear Algebra.
  • Recommended, but not required, is Computer Science 219, Techniques of Computer Science

Physics

The requirements for the 3+2 Major in Physics are:

  • Physics 151, 152 (University Physics)
  • Physics 221, 222 (Modern Physics)
  • Physics 307 (Classical Mechanics)
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics 317 (Instrumentation Lab) - 0.5 unit
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)  - 0.5 unit
  • Physics/Math 333 (Mathematical Methods of Physics)

Computer Science 

  • Computer Science 140 (Introduction to Programming)
  • Computer Science 219 (Techniques of Computer Science)
  • Computer Science 220 (Computer Organization)
  • Computer Science 256 (Data Structures)
  • Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics)
  • Computer Science 362 (Algorithms)
  • Any two of the following:
    • Computer Science 364 (Programming Languages)
    • Computer Science 380 (Theory of Computation)
    • 300-level Computer Science Elective

Economics

  • Economics 100 - Introduction to Economics
  • Economics 251 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 252 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Four Economics electives three of which must be at the 300 level or above.