First-year engineering experience

Engineering curriculum begins with challenging foundational math and science classes.   Basic Engineering (BE) 1200 Engineering Design 1 eases you into engineering by exercising your problem solving skills with a fun hands-on group project.  This three-credit course is a degree requirement, and is taught each Fall/Winter/SS term.  In general, there are three broad BE 1200 topics which are taught in multiple sections:  CAD/3D printing; Arduino Micro Controllers; and Bio/Chem CAD/3D printing.   At the end of the term, teams exhibit projects in the First Year Spotlight on Design showcase.  Please discuss which BE 1200 option is best for your degree requirements with your undergraduate advisor.

BE 1060 Building a Foundation for College Success is a 1 credit course taught by College of Engineering undergraduate advisors and meets the WSU 'Wayne Experience' bachelor degree requirement.  This course is designed to get students familiar with WSU – introducing students to resources, WSU processes, and WSU in general.  Since our advisors teach sections of this course (Fall & Winter terms only), the course approaches WSU from the engineering and computer science perspective. 

The College of Engineering has eight departments and dedicated undergraduate advisors for each bachelor degree program.  All first year engineering and computer science students should meet with their undergraduate advisor to ensure one is registered for the appropriate courses & course sections.

Sign-up for Orientation sessions prior to your first term. During the orientation sessions, you will register for classes and will learn from your advisor which courses are appropriate for your future academic program. High school curriculum and AP/IB achievements will also be included in the course planning process.

Get to know other new students through joining a student organization!  WSU (through the Dean of Student Office – DOSO) has a listing of student organizations; the college also has engineering/computer science focused student organizations.   Our student organizations offer social, professional, and academic opportunities throughout the year. 

Remember to read your Wayne State University email!  Start off on the right foot – read email to stay updated on current opportunities, scholarships, deadlines, social activities, and other announcements.  As an undergraduate student, you are included in college and department listservs – so yes, at times you might feel overwhelmed with the amount of emails you receive.  But – we have a lot of great information to share!