Below you will find guidance, by major, of what classes to register for in your first semester at CU Boulder as a first-year freshman engineering student.  A number of classes are interchangeable between first and second semester, so options and alternatives are provided.

If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

Fall Semester (14 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • ASEN 1320* Computer Science 1 (can be taken fall or spring) (4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects course** (can be taken fall or spring) 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (17 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • ASEN 1022**** Materials Science for Aerospace Engineers (spring only, 3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110*****  General Physics 1 (can be taken fall or spring) (4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science electives*** (6 credits)

*Programming

ASEN 1320 requires a pre-requisite or co-requisite of Pre-Calculus, Calc. 1A, or Calculus 1 in order to enroll.

**Engineering Projects

ASEN 1400, ASEN 1403, GEEN 1400, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses

****Materials Science for Aerospace Engineers

You must have completed APPM 1350 with a C or better and have had 1 year of high school chemistry to take ASEN 1022.  If not, plan to take ASEN 1022 in the spring of your sophomore year after you complete CHEM 1021 Introductory Chemistry.

*****Physics

You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1).

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX* Math course (4 credits)

  • CHEN 1201** General Chemistry 1 for Engineers (4 credits)

  • CHEM 1114** General Chemistry for Engineers Lab (1 credit)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

  • APPM 1650**** Python for Mathematical and Statistical Applications (4 credits)

Spring Semester (14-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1110** General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • Technical Elective (consult your advisor, 3-5 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Applied Mathematics

If you have earned college credit for Calculus 1 and 2 (APPM 1350 and 1360), and if your own self-assessment of previous applied math final exams indicates you are ready for Calculus 3 (APPM 2350) or Differential Equations (APPM 2360), then we also recommend you enroll in APPM 2351 (Calculus 3 Workgroup) or APPM 2460 (Differential Equations Computer Lab).  Both of these supplemental instruction courses are 1 credit, pass/fail.  APPM 2351 provides additional support in a collaborative setting for students enrolled in APPM 2350.  APPM 2460 teaches the fundamentals of Matlab programming, which is needed for APPM 2360.

**Physics/Chemistry

You may switch the semesters in which you take PHYS 1110 and CHEN 1201/CHEM 1114.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1). As a reminder, CHEN 1211 Accelerated General Chemistry for Engineers may be an option for qualified students.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

****Computing

All Applied Math majors must take an introductory programming course, typically in their first year.  We recommend APPM 1650, which provides students with an introduction to Python, an important programming language for most incoming Applied Math majors.  If you are familiar with Python and/or are interested in taking more computer science classes as part of your degree, then CSCI 1300 may be a better choice.  CHEN 1310 will cover Visual Basic, Excel, and an introduction to MATLAB and is appropriate for students planning to double major with Chemical & Biological Engineering.  Please consult your academic advisor if you have questions.

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • AREN 1316 Introduction to Architectural Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

  • CHEN 1201* General Chemistry for Engineers 1 (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • CHEN 1114* Laboratory in General Chemistry 1 (fall or spring, 1 credit)

  • CSCI 1200*** Introduction to Computational Thinking (fall only, 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective**** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (17 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • AREN 1027 Engineering Drawing (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110* General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects course** (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective**** (3 credits) 

*Physics/Chemistry

You may switch the semesters in which you take PHYS 1110 and CHEN 1201 & CHEM 1114.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1). Architectural Engineering students can choose to take CHEM 1114 (chemistry lab) or PHYS 1140 (physics lab). Students choosing to take the physics lab will take it concurrently with PHYS 1120 General Physics 2, usually in the sophomore year. 

**Engineering Projects

ASEN 1400, GEEN 1400, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

***Computing

Architectural Engineering students are encouraged to take CSCI 1200. AREN will also accept CSCI 1300, CSCI 1320, or CHEN 1310 to fulfill this degree requirement. 

****Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)

  • BMEN 1000 Explore BME (1)

  • CHEN 1203 General Chemistry for Engineers (2 credits)

  • CHEM 1221 Engineering General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)

  • PHYS 1110 General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math Course (4-5 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective* (3 credits)

Students considering a pre-med career path follow a more restricted schedule and should consult with an academic advisor. 

*Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

Fall Semester 

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • CHEN 1201 General Chemistry 1 for Engineers (4)

  • CHEN 1300 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (1 credit) (Optional Engineering Elective)

  • CHEN 1310 Introduction to Engineering Computing (3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester 

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CHEM 1221 General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)

  • CHEN 1203 General Chemistry 2 for Engineers (2 credits)

  • CHEN 2810 Biology for Engineers (3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110 General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Students considering a pre-med career path follow a more restricted schedule and should consult with an academic advisor.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses

Fall Semester (16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • CVEN 1317 Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

  • CHEN 1201* General Chemistry for Engineers 1 (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • CHEM 1114 Labroratory in General Chemistry 1 (fall or spring, 1 credit)

  • CSCI 1200**** Introduction to Computational Thinking (fall only, 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (14 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CVEN 1027 Engineering Drawing (spring only, 3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110* General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects Course** (3 credits)

*Physics/Chemistry

You may switch the semesters in which you take PHYS 1110 and CHEN 1201 & CHEM 1114.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1).

**Engineering Projects

ASEN 1400, GEEN 1400, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

****Computing 

Civil Engineering students are encouraged to take CSCI 1200. CVEN will also accept CSCI 1300, CSCI 1320, or CHEN 1310 to fulfill this degree requirement. 

Fall Semester (15-17 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • CSCI 1000 Computer Science as a Field of Work and Study (fall only, 1 credit)

  • CSCI 1300*  Computer Science 1 (4 credits)

  • Natural Science**

    • PHYS 1110 General Physics 1 (4 credits), or

    • Natural Science Sequence (4-5 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

    • OR a Logic & Ethics Requirement Course****

Spring Semester (14-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CSCI 2270 Computer Science 2: Data Structures (4 credits)

  • Next Course in Natural Science sequence** or Natural Science elective (3-5 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

    • OR a Logic & Ethics Requirement Course****

*Computing

CSCI 1300, Computer Science 1 requires a co-requisite or pre-requisite of Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1.

**Natural Science Requirements

Natural Science requirements are found on the Computer Science website.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1). Please consult with your advisor if you have questions about the natural science requirements.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses

****Logic & Ethics Requirement

The Logic and Ethics Requirement for BS Computer Science majors can be found on the Computer Science website.

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • MATH 1300 Calculus 1 (5 credits)

  • CSCI 1300* Computer Science 1 (4 credits)

  • General Education Skills Requirement Lower Division Written Communication (3 credits)

  • GE Distribution course (3 credits) OR a Logic & Ethics Requirement Course**

Spring Semester (14-17 credits)

  • MATH 2300 Calculus 2 (5 credits)

  • CSCI 2270 Computer Science 2: Data Structures (4 credits)

  • GenEd Natural Science elective ** (3-5 credits)

  • GenEd Distribution course** (3 credits) OR a Logic & Ethics Requirement Course***

*Computing

CSCI 1300, Computer Science 1 requires a co-requisite or pre-requisite of Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1.

**General Education Distribution

Courses can be identified using the Advance Search filters in the class search under “Any A&S GenEd Attribute (Fall 2018+)” select Natural Sciences, Social Sciences or Arts & Humanities

***Logic & Ethics Requirement

The Logic and Ethics Requirement for BA Computer Science majors can be found on the Computer Science website.

Fall Semester (13-15 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • ATLS 1300 or CSCI 1300 (3 credits)

  • Approved natural science course* (3-4 credits)

  • ATLS 1100 Design Foundations (fall only, 3 credits)

Spring Semester (16-17 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CSCI 2270 (4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects course** (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • ATLS 2000 Meaning of Information Technology (3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Approved Natural Science Course

A list of approved courses is available on the website.

**Engineering Projects

ASEN 1400, GEEN 1400, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • ECEN 1100 Freshman Seminar (fall only, 1 credit)

  • ECEN 1400* Introduction to Digital & Analog Electronics (3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110** General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CSCI 1300 Computer Science 1: Starting Computing (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1120 General Physics 2 (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1 (1 credit)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Engineering Projects

ECEN 1400, GEEN 1400, and ASEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

**Physics

You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1).  APPM 1350 Calculus 1 for Engineers is a co-requisite course for PHYS 1110.  If you are not enrolled in APPM 1350 (or higher) your first semester, consider enrolling in a “General Science Elective” (see your Degree Audit or consult with your academic advisor).

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • APPM XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1115* General Physics 1 for Physics Majors OR PHYS 1110* General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • CSCI 1300** Computer Science 1 (4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (15-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1125 General Physics 2 for Physics Majors OR PHYS 1120 General Physics 2 (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1140 Experimental Physics 1 (1 credit)

  • CSCI 2270** Computer Science 2: Data Structures (4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Physics

You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1115 or PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1).  Calculus 1 (APPM 1350 or MATH 1300) is a co-requisite course for PHYS 1115 and PHYS 1110.  If you are not enrolled in Calculus 1 (or higher) your first semester, consider enrollment in CHEM 1113 & CHEM 1114 (General Chemistry 1 + Lab) to alternatively work on your chemistry requirement.

**Computing/Drafting

In the second semester, Engineering Physics students have the option to enroll in a drafting class such as AREN 1027 or MCEN 1025, or a second semester computer science course such as CSCI 2270. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 2600 as the second computer science course during their third semester.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

The recommendations below are for students with a chosen disciplinary emphasis within Engineering Plus (E+).  Students who are unsure of their emphasis may want to pursue the Flexible First-Year plan, which is shown on the OPEN OPTION (undeclared) - XXEN instructions.  Because E+ inherently involves a great deal of flexibility, many curricular paths are possible.  For the clearest explanation of these options, please see the Engineering Plus program website.

Fall Semester (13-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4-5 credits)

  • GEEN 1400 Engineering Projects (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • Science 1* (3-5 credits)

  • Writing/Humanities/Social Science elective** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (13-17 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4-5 credits)

  • Science 2* (3-5 credits)

  • Engineering Computing Course*** (consult your advisor, 3-4 credits)

  • Writing/Humanities/Social Science elective** (3 credits)

*Science

Your science sequence is flexible, but the recommended sequence for each emphasis is shown in the table below.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1).

 

 

 

Emphasis

Science 1 (Fall)

Science 2  (Spring)

Aerospace

PHYS 1110

ASEN 1022

Architectural

CHEN 1211/CHEM 1221 (Placement Exam Required

OR 

CHEN 1201

PHYS 1110 

OR 

CHEN 1203/CHEM 1221 (if completed CHEN 1201 in Fall)

Civil

CHEN 1211/CHEM 1221 (Placement Exam Required

OR 

CHEN 1201

PHYS 1110 

OR 

CHEN 1203/CHEM 1221 (if completed CHEN 1201 in Fall)

Electrical

PHYS 1110

PHYS 1120 & PHYS 1140

Environmental

CHEN 1211/CHEM 1221 (Placement Exam Required

OR 

CHEN 1201

PHYS 1110 

OR 

CHEN 1203/CHEM 1221 (if completed CHEN 1201 in Fall)

Mechanical

MCEN 1024

PHYS 1110

 

**Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

***Computing

The recommended computing course for each emphasis is shown in the table below.  You should have knowledge of calculus before enrolling in CSCI 1300 or CHEN 1310.

 

 

Emphasis

Computing Course

Aerospace

ASEN 1320

Architectural

CSCI 1200 & CVEN 2017

Civil

CSCI 1200 & CVEN 2017

Electrical

CSCI 1300

Environmental

CHEN 1310

Mechanical

CSCI 1300

Fall Semester (15 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • CHEN 1201 General Chemistry 1 for Engineers (4)

  • EVEN 1000 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

  • Engineering Projects course** (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

Spring Semester (18 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • CHEN 1310 Introduction to Engineering Computing (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • PHYS 1110 Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • CHEN 1203 & CHEM 1221 

  • Humanities/Social Science elective***(3 credits)

**Engineering Projects

ASEN 1400, GEEN 1400, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

Fall Semester (14 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math course (4 credits)

  • MCEN 1024* Chemistry for Energy & Materials Science (3 credits)

  • CSCI 1300** Computer Science 1 (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects course**** (fall or spring, 3 credits)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Next math course in sequence (4 credits)

  • PHYS 1110* General Physics 1 (4 credits)

  • MCEN 1025 Computer-Aided Design & Fabrication (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Physics/Chemistry

You may select either a Physics or a Chemistry course to be completed during your first semester, per the following recommendations:

  • PHYS 1110 is recommended for students with prior Calculus experience who will be concurrently enrolled in either APPM 1350 or APPM 1360. 

  • MCEN 1024 is the recommended chemistry course for students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering who are not considering switching to a different major or placed into Pre-Calculus.  The recommended pre-requisite is one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1021.

  • CHEN 1201 & CHEM1114 are the recommended chemistry courses for students who are unsure about their major, who are pursuing the Environmental Option, or who are Pre-Med.  The CHEN 1201 pre-requisite is one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 1021.

**Programming

This course requires a pre-requisite or a co-requisite of Pre-Calculus or Calculus 1.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

****Engineering Projects

GEEN 1400, ASEN 1400, ASEN 1403, and ECEN 1400 are all interchangeable first-year projects courses offered fall and spring semesters.

The college offers a Flexible First-Year Curriculum (detailed below) that allows students to explore various engineering majors before making an informed decision about which one to select.  The Flexible First-Year Curriculum provides assurance that all credits can be used to meet the requirements of all College of Engineering and Applied Science undergraduate degree programs.  If desired, Open Option students may be able to enroll in additional major-specific coursework with department approval.  Open Option students must declare their choice of major by the 8th week of their second semester. 

Fall Semester (15-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math Course  (4-5 credits)

  • PHYS 1110 General Physics 1* (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • Engineering Projects Course** (fall or spring, 3 credits)

  • Humanities/Social Science Elective*** (3 credits)

  • Major introduction course**** (recommended, 1 credit)

Spring Semester (14-16 credits)

  • APPM XXXX or MATH XXXX Math Course (4-5 credits)

  • Computing course***** (fall or spring, 3-4 credits)

  • CHEN 1201* General Chemistry 1 for Engineers (fall or spring, 4 credits)

  • Disciplinary Course (consult your advisor, 3 credits)

    • AND/OR: Humanities/Social Science elective*** (3 credits)

*Physics & Chemistry

You need to have a Calculus math placement in order to enroll in PHYS 1110 (calculus-based physics 1). If your math placement is lower than Calculus, talk with your academic advisor about an appropriate replacement course for the fall semester.

Some majors recommend or require chemistry in the first year or first semester of the degree plan, while others do not. Check with your academic advisor for more information about the particular program(s) you are interested in pursuing.

 

**Engineering Projects

GEEN 1400, ECEN 1400, ASEN 1400 (fall only), and ASEN 1403 (spring only),  are all interchangeable first-year projects courses.

***Humanities & Social Science Electives

View a list of approved courses.

****Major Introduction Courses

The following 1 credit introduction courses are open to all Engineering students: 

  • AREN 1316 Introduction to Architectural Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

  • CHEN 1300 Introduction to Chemical Engineering (1 credit)

  • CVEN 1317 Introduction to Civil & Environmental Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

  • CSCI 1000 Computer Science as a Field of Work and Study (fall only, 1 credit)

  • ECEN 1100 Exploring Electrical & Computer Engineering (fall only, 1 credit)

 

*****Computing

Computer Science and most other majors typically enroll in CSCI 1300, which covers programming in C++. Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical & Biological Engineering, and Environmental Engineering majors typically enroll in CHEN 1310, which covers Visual Basic, Excel, and an introduction to MATLAB. Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering majors typically enroll in CSCI 1200. Aerospace majors enroll in ASEN 1320.