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You may view the PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science homepage if you would like additional information. The page only covers regular engineers. IBE (Integrated Business and Engineering), IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering Arts and Sciences), CSB (Computer Science and Business), Bioengineering, and AE (Arts and Engineering) students have different college requirements so this page should not be followed. Instead, visit the separate page related to each program.

Here are some important parameters:

The standard load for a first semester engineering student is 14-15 credits, or three major courses plus ENGR 005. The maximum number of credits a student can enroll in their first semester is 17 credits. Only pick the courses listed on this page. There are two levels of physics and three levels of calculus. Only the versions listed below are acceptable for engineers.

You should enroll in ENGR 005, either a chemistry or physics course, a calculus course, and an English course.

Engineering 005

All regular engineers should take ENGR 005 (2 credits) in the fall semester. It is strongly recommended that you plan and register for this course first so that you can build your schedule around ENGR 005. ENGR 005 is not offered in the spring. This is where you learn about the different disciplines and work on two engineering design projects. There are two large sections of ENGR 005. Both meet together for a large lecture on Friday 1:35-2:50 PM. The labs meet either Monday 1:35-4:15 PM or Friday 1:35-4:15 PM (where students are broken down into groups of about 25 for the projects). 

ENGR 010 - Applied Engineering Computer Methods (2 credits) should be taken in conjunction with CHM 030. 

Chemistry or Physics

Students can choose to enroll in either CHM 030 (4 credits), CHM 040 (4 credits) or PHY 011 & 012 (5 credits). CHM 040 is intended for students considering a major in chemistry or biochemistry, or in one of the related science or engineering fields that require a strong background in chemistry (please review additional details regarding Chemistry placement). Chemistry builds the lab into their lecture course, so CHM 030 and CHM 040 include both lecture and lab. Physics offers the lecture and lab as two different courses. For regular engineers, it doesn’t matter which science course you take first. The other course will be taken in the spring. Generally speaking, chemical engineering, bioengineering, and environmental engineering take more chemistry in their degree programs. Civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering take more physics than chemistry. A student who has a preference for a given major might use this for guidance in the first course. Note: DO NOT take PHY 005 or PHY 010. They will not meet the engineering requirement for PHY 011.

If you have AP or transfer credit for either CHM 030 or PHY 011 & 012, then you should take the other science (e.g. if you have CHM 030 credit, enroll in PHY 011 & 012). If you have AP or transfer credit for both CHM 030 and PHY 011 & 12, then you will have room for another course, such as ECO 001 or an option from the list of humanities (HU) or social science (SS) courses (which are requirements for your major and will need to be taken at some point).

If you are taking CHM 030 or CHM 040, you should register for ENGR 010. If you are taking PHY 011 & 012, you will wait until spring semester to take ENGR 010.


The normal math course is MATH 021 - Calculus I (4 credits). If you have AP credit or transfer credit for MATH 021, you can register for MATH 022 - Calculus II (4 credits). Some students could be asked to register for a different math course such as MATH 000 - Preparation for Calculus (2 credits) or MATH 075 - Calculus I, Part A (2 credits). You will receive instructions regarding which MATH course to register for prior to registration in early July; you should follow them. DO NOT register for MATH 051 or MATH 081 as these will not provide credit for engineers nor allow students to later take MATH 022.

The Mathematics Department will introduce a new Calculus placement tool, ALEKS from McGraw-Hill, in the summer of 2019. Every student who intends to take a Calculus class at Lehigh in the fall of 2019 will have to use the ALEKS system for placement, approximately in July. ALEKS will administer a test that will provide a second recommendation for your Calculus course based on your results. ALEKS will also indicate the topics and area where you can improve and will provide modules to help you get ready for the fall semester. After working through these modules, you have the opportunity to test again and improve your placement recommendation. More details about ALEKS will come in due time.

Note: The recommended math course does not take AP scores into account (e.g. you may receive a placement in MATH 021, even if you have already received credit for it).


You will start with ENGL 001 (3 credits), the first English course. If you have AP, IB, or SAT Writing credit for ENGL 001, you should enroll in ENGL 011 (3 credits; an alternative to ENGL 002 for students that have AP credit). If you have transfer credit for ENGL 001, you will enroll in ENGL 002 (3 credits), the second course required for all engineers. ENGL 011 and ENGL 002 are second-semester English courses and may be deferred until the spring semester. If you are unable to register for ENGL 011 or ENGL 002, you should register for ECO 001 or an option from the list of humanities (HU) or social science (SS) courses (which are requirements for your major and will need to be taken at some point).

In summary, if you do not have Advanced Placement or transfer credit, then your fall semester courses will be: ENGL 001, MATH 021, ENGR 005 and either PHY 011 & 012 or CHM 030 & ENGR 010.

Students can add one-credit or two-credit free electives with the most common choices from Music, Theater, or Computer Science. If a student is thinking about a computer science major or minor, consider taking CSE 002. Do not take CSE 001 because you will be taking ENGR 010. Taking CSE 002 does not allow students to waive ENGR 010. The courses have overlap, but they are different.

If you have credit for both Chemistry and Physics, or have credit for both ENGL 001 and 002, you should register for ECO 001 or an option from the list of humanities (HU) or social science (SS) courses (which are requirements for your major and will need to be taken at some point).  Other options include the one-credit or two-credit electives referenced above in order to fill your schedule.

Remember, you may make changes during the first 10 days of class during the DROP/ADD period.  You may also send an email to Dean Tonkay to ask questions.