Electives and Other Degree Requirements

Humanities/Social Science & Economics 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 including Econ & Writing and 12cr or four H/SS courses from the H/SS elective list:

  • Econ Requirement: 14:540:343 Engineering Economics
  • Writing Requirement: 01:355:101 Expository Writing
  • Four H/SS Electives including at least two at the 200/300/400 level. Courses must be non-technical in nature. Examples of traditional, acceptable H/SS courses include philosophy, religion, history, language, literature, fine arts, sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology, economics (micro and macro), management (such as organizational behavior), communications, business administration, and law. Courses that instill cultural values are acceptable, while routine exercises of personal craft are not. Consequently, courses that involve practices, performance must be accompanied by theory or history of the subject. For example, Marching Band, Choir, Glee Club or courses such as 07:080:431, 07:700:311, 07:700:312, 01:355:425 are not acceptable. Please refer to the H/SS Electives List or check Degree Navigator for acceptable courses.

If you are interested in taking a non-technical course that is not on the H/SS Electives List, please submit a H/SS request here. Please do not submit any courses in STEM subjects including, for example, accounting, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, finance, geology, math, physics, statistics, or courses with technical topics like data, analytics, technology, drafting. Please always check Degree Navigator or consult with your advising dean if you have any doubt about whether you have completed the H/SS & Econ requirement for engineering.   

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/science electives depending on the major. See your department for the list of acceptable courses in your major.

  • Aresty Undergraduate Research 14:440:392 can count as a TE for any engineering major.
  • ROTC courses 03:692:301 & 302 together can count as one TE for any engineering major.

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 Writing 01:355:096 through 099, 01:355:155, 01:355:156 
  • Exercise Science 01:377:171 through 180
  • Mathematics 01:640:011 through 115
  • Any University course with an "E" Credit Prefix