There are several types of electives: Humanities/Social Sciences, Technical, Departmental, and General. Each elective type has its own focus.

Humanities/Social Science Requirements

A good undergraduate education should provide more than the development of technical skills. Humanities/Social Science (H/SS) courses are generally non-technical in nature. Properly chosen, H/SS electives can complement your technical courses by helping you to develop an understanding of the problems facing our society, a historical consciousness, a sense of values, knowledge of other cultures, an appreciation of the fine arts, and an ability to think logically and communicate effectively. Think seriously about your choices, and use them to enhance your educational experience. Engineering students are encouraged to complete a minor or even a second major in these disciplines. H/SS requirements are comprised of 6cr of required courses and 12cr of electives:  

  • 01:355:101 (Expository Writing) 
    Note Expos is NOT eligible for Pass/Nocr, effective Fall 2015.
  • 01:220:102 (Micro Economics) or 01:220:200 (Economic Principles and Problems).  220:200 is no longer be offered effective 10-2012. 
    Note: Engineering Economics 14:540:343 is a different course than [ 220:102, 220:103,220:200] and is NOT a H/SS elective.
    Note: There are some restrictions about taking Micro Economics online or in the winter. Click here for details.
    Note Micro is NOT eligible for Pass/Nocr, effective Fall 2015.
  • Four free electives chosen from a list of courses (including at least two at the 300/400 level): Click here for a list of acceptable H/SS courses.

Example 1 (Acceptable):        355:101    220:102    920:101    830:101    730:307    508:360
Example 2 (Acceptable):        355:101    220:102    220:300    220:301    220:308    220:395 (minor NOT required)
Example 3 (Not Acceptable):  355:101    220:102    920:101    920:102    920:326    220:103 (only 1 upper level taken)

Are my H/SS electives fulfilled? Fill in this check-list:

A. Courses selected from the H/SS list. (Note: If language courses are taken, please confirm selection with a B100 Dean.)
B. minimum of 6 courses and 18cr:

  1. 355:101 Expository Writing
  2. 220:102 Micro Economics 
  3. __________
  4. __________
  5. __________ 300+ upper level
  6. __________ 300+ upper level

Technical Elective

A Technical Elective is math or science related course. Each department within Engineering has a specific list of technical electives. Engineering students have to take 2-3 technical electives depending on the major. See your department for a list of acceptable courses.

Departmental Elective

A Departmental Elective is a course specific to your major. The number of required departmental electives is also specific to your major. See your department for details.

General Elective

A general elective is almost any course offered in the university with few exceptions. Most Engineering majors require only 3 credits to fulfill the general elective requirements, except for the Chemical option in Chemical Engineering (6 credits).

List of the courses that are NOT acceptable:

  • CHEMISTRY 01:160:110 THROUGH 140
  • COMPUTER SCIENCE 01:198:107, 110, 170
  • ENGLISH 01:355:096 THROUGH 099, 01:355:155, 01:355:156 
  • MATHEMATICS 01:640:011 THROUGH 115
  • Any University course with an "E" Credit Prefix