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First Year at a Glance

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First year is an exciting time. In the classroom, you will gain invaluable foundational knowledge and skills. On campus and in the community, you will meet new people and discover perspectives that will shape your worldview. There’s so much to explore in first year. We invite you to make the most of it.

Monika Mitic

“Design-build projects are incredible for first-year students. I gained so much from mine: knowledge, mentors, and connections with my fellow students.”

Monika Mitic
Architectural Science ‘20

Courses

In first year, your academic path is set for you. You’ll take the following foundational courses common to all first-year students, as well as courses specific to your chosen program, if applicable. Visit our Programs page to view all undergraduate programs in the Faculty.

1st Semester

Required:

ACS 104 - Ideas that Shape the World
ASC 101* - Communications Studio
ASC 102 - The Built World
ASC 103 - The Built Context
PCS 107 - The Natural Context

Liberal Studies:
One course from the following:

ENG 101 - Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
ENG 104 - The Short Story
ENG 112 - Zap, Pow, Bang: Pop Lit
ENG 201 - Myth and Literature
ENG 203 - The Literature of Native Peoples
ENG 212 - Cultures in Crisis

* ASC 101 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.

2nd Semester

Required:

ASC 200 - Sustainable Practices
ASC 201* - Design Studio I
ASC 202 - The Building Project
ASC 203 - Structures I
ASC 205† - Collaborative Exercise I
ASC 206 - Ideas, Tech and Precedents I

* ASC 201 has a GPA Weight of 3.00.
ASC 205 is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1st Semester

Common to aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering programs:

Required:

CEN 100 - Introduction to Engineering
CEN 199* - Writing Skills
CHY 102 - General Chemistry
MTH 140 - Calculus I
MTH 141 - Linear Algebra
PCS 211 - Physics: Mechanics

Liberal Studies:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

* Graded on a pass-fail basis.

2nd Semester

Required:

ECN 801 - Principles of Engineering Economics
MTH 240 - Calculus II
PCS 125 - Physics: Waves and Fields

Plus, you'll take the following courses depending on your program:

  • CPS 125 - Digital Computation and Programming
  • AER 222 - Engineering Design and Graphical Communication
  • MTL 200 - Materials Science Fundamentals
  • CPS 188 - Computer Programming Fundamentals
  • BME 100* - Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • ELE 202 - Electric Circuit Analysis
  • CPS 125 - Digital Computation and Programming
  • CHE 200 - Chemical Engineering Fundamentals
  • CHY 211 - General Chemistry Laboratory
  • CPS 125 - Digital Computation and Programming
  • CVL 207 - Graphics
  • MTL 200 - Materials Science Fundamentals 
  • CPS 188 - Computer Programming Fundamentals
  • ELE 202 - Electric Circuit Analysis
  • CPS 188 - Computer Programming Fundamentals
  • ELE 202 - Electric Circuit Analysis
  • CPS 188 - Computer Programming Fundamentals
  • MEC 222 - Engineering Graphical Communication
  • MTL 200 - Materials Science Fundamentals
  • CPS 188 - Computer Programming Fundamentals
  • MEC 222 - Engineering Graphical Communication
  • MTL 200 - Materials Science Fundamentals

Student Experience

Your university years are a time for growth and discovery. Find out how students are developing, connecting, and enjoying their FEAS experience—and how you can, too.

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