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: Class of 2022+ students are required to take Engineering Economics, 14:540:343 instead of Microeconomics, 01:220:102
    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 200/300/400 level*). Check in Degree Navigator for eligible courses from subjects like
    • African Lang, Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Catalan, Chinese, Classics, Communication, Comparative Lit, Criminal Justice, Dance, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Environ Planning, Environ & Busn Econ, European Studies, French, Geography, German, Greek, Health Administration, Hindi, History, Human Resourcs Mgt, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism and Media Studies, Korean, Labor Studies, Latin, Latin Amer Studies, Latino & Hispanic Carribean, Leadership Skills, Linguistics, Management, Marketing, Medieval Studies, Middle East Studies, Music, Philosophy, Planning & Public Policy, Polish, Political Science, Portuguese, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Russian, Science, Technology, Society, Sociology, Spanish, Supply Chain Mgt, Theatre Arts, Women’s Studies

  • 6cr (2 courses) out of the 18cr must be from the same subject, including at least 3cr (or 1 course) 200+ level course. This is effective for Class 2021 and on. 
  • *Effective Septemer 2017, 200 level courses will be counted as upper level. Degree Navigator will be updated accordingly by January 2018. 
  • ** Effective January 2018, certain courses that focus on perfecting a technique will no longer be an acceptable h/ss elective. Courses to be removed from the h/ss list include: 07:080:431, 07:700:311, 07:700:312, 01:355:425, Marching Band, Choir, Glee Club, etc. If you have taken or are registered for one of these in Fall 2017 or prior, the course will count. Starting Spring 2018, these courses will not count. Degree Navigator will be updated accordingly by January 2018.
  • ** Effective Fall 2017, Class 2021 1st yr students: 080:431 is NOT acceptable as a h/ss elective for you. Only continuing students are being grandfathered in and can take 080:431 as a h/ss elective in Fall 2017 or earlier. 

Example 1 (Acceptable):        355:101    220:102    920:101    830:101    730:207    508:360
Example 2 (Not Acceptable):  355:101    220:102    920:101    830:101     382:202    533:301 (doesn't have 2 in same subject)
Example 3 (Not Acceptable):  355:101    220:102    920:101    920:102    920:226    220:103 (only 1 upper level taken)
Example 4 (Acceptable:          355:101    220:102    700:211    382:202   382:302     533:301


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 (OR 540:343 for Class of 2022+)
  3. __________ 3cr (any level)
  4. __________ 3cr (any level)
  5. __________ 3cr (200+ level)
  6. __________ 3cr (200+ level, must be in same subject as one of #1-5)

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