Course Selection: Engineering
You should plan to register for 4.0 credits in your first semester, including:
- Mathematics 32 - 1.0 credit
- Physics 11 - 1.0 credit
- Introduction to Engineering (EN 1) - 1.0 credit
- First-Year Writing - 1.0 credit
These courses may vary if you have any pre-matriculation credits – be sure to discuss this with your Pre-Major Advisor, and take a look at the equivalency charts for Liberal Arts and Engineering.
Tips for Success
Exploration is key in your first semester.
No matter the rigor of your high school curriculum, you will find courses at Tufts on topics you’ve never encountered in a classroom before. If an Introduction to Engineering (EN 1) course sounds interesting to you – even if it does not relate to your intended major – think about giving it a try. This an opportunity to explore other engineering disciplines before you commit to a major.
It is okay to be unsure of your major.
Engineering students declare their major by March 1st of their first year. Keep in mind that is it okay to change your major if you change your mind after you have declared. The foundation courses that all first-year engineers take are the same across all majors, so you will not be off-track should you choose to switch. Take the time to talk to upper-class students, faculty, and your Pre-Major Advisor about potential majors. Make sure to ask questions and attend as many major exploration events as possible.
Balance is important to your academic success.
Most high school students take a similar set of courses each year: English, social science, natural science, mathematics. In your first semester at Tufts, think about balancing types of work – reading, synthesis of ideas in writing, quantitative analysis, lab-work. Workload and scheduling are also key. Think about giving yourself enough time for homework, extracurricular activities and basic self-care. Your Pre-Major Advisor and Orientation Leaders will be a great resource for building your ideal schedule.
Self-awareness will help you to approach your academics effectively.
If you know you struggle to arrive on time and well prepared for an 8:00 am class, your first semester of college may not be the best time to try and change that behavior. If you know you’re at your best when you can focus on a single topic for long stretches at a time, a course that meets once a week for three hours may be a great choice. Many introductory courses are large lecture classes with weekly small group meetings (recitations). If you do better in small classes, look for large classes with recitations.