You don't need to know what kind of engineer you want to be, or even whether you really want to be an engineer, until your second year at Lafayette. All 5 engineering majors offered at Lafayette share a common first semester schedule, so you won't "get behind" or be out of step regardless of which path you choose. What follows is information from the First Year Class Dean's Office about class registration prior to your first semester at Lafayette.

A.B. & B.S. Engineering and Engineering/International Studies
First Semester Sample Schedule
Course Course Name Requirements
1 FYS First-Year Seminar CCS
2 ES 101 Introduction to Engineering Exploring possible major
3 MATH 161 Calculus I or more advanced math based on placement

(required placement test)

Exploring possible major and CCS
4 CHEM 121 General Chemistry

(required placement test)

Exploring possible major and CCS
Alternative Courses:  As an Engineering student, you will be placed into your primary courses, however, we ask that you select a set of alternatives just in case you decide to change your major.

MATH: All students should refer to the instruction for Selecting a Mathematics Course.” 

CHEM 121: It is extremely important that all potential engineering majors complete CHEM 121 (General Chemistry I) during the first semester. Students who have earned a 4 or 5 on the AP chemistry examination or score greater than 5 on the IB examination are eligible to earn credit for both CHEM 121 and 122 (General Chemistry II) at Lafayette.

Students who are thinking of majoring in chemical engineering and have credit for CHEM 121 (but not CHEM 122) should enroll in CHEM 122 during the first semester. If a potential chemical engineering major has credit for both CHEM 121 and 122 but limited laboratory experience, it is recommended that the student consider accepting the credit for CHEM 121 but enrolling in CHEM 122. A list of chemistry topics covered in CHEM 121 and 122 can be found at http://fyreg.lafayette.edu/2010/03/17/chemistry-placement/. Students should not enroll in CHEM 221 (Organic Chemistry I) in the first year. Instead, potential chemical engineering majors who accept credit for both CHEM 121 and 122 should enroll in a language course to satisfy the language proficiency requirement of the Common Course of Study. If that requirement is already met, students are encouraged to take another course that satisfies a Common Course of Study requirement or any free elective.

Students considering engineering majors other than chemical engineering who have credit for CHEM 121 (or CHEM 121 and 122) should instead enroll in a language course to satisfy the language proficiency requirement of the Common Course of Study. If that requirement is already met, students are encouraged to take another course that satisfies a Common Course of Study requirement or any free elective.

ES 101: During the summer you will receive a survey that will ask you to rank your topical preferences for the Introduction to Engineering modules. Please complete the survey as soon as reasonably possible when you receive the information.

Bachelor of science and bachelor of arts students should direct email questions to the Director of the Engineering Division, Dr. Scott Hummel, hummels@lafayette.edu, or call (610) 330-5403.

Considering B.S. Physics?

If you are undecided between B.S. engineering and B.S. physics, to discuss your course selections, please contact Director of the Engineering Division  Dr. Scott Hummel, (610) 330-5403, and Physics Department Head Dr. Andy Dougherty, (610) 330-5212.

Considering B.S. Computer Science?

If you are undecided between B.S. engineering and B.S. computer science, to discuss your course selections, please contact Director of the Engineering Division Dr. Scott Hummel, (610) 330-5403, and Computer Science Department Head Dr. Ge (Frank) Xia, (610) 330-5537.

Information about the Engineering B.S. and International Studies A.B. Program

Globalization of engineering and technology is increasing the number of attractive job opportunities in foreign countries for engineers with proficiency in a second language and an understanding of foreign cultures. This two-degree program helps students prepare for these careers with international corporations. For more details, see the international studies & engineering homepage. Students with questions should email Dr. Joshua Smith at smithjh@lafayette.edu.