When do I declare a major?

When you apply, you can select a pre-major or remain undeclared during the first year while you explore your options. Undeclared engineering students will declare their majors in the spring semester when they register for their sophomore year courses.

What classes will I take in addition to the FYE classes during my first year?

The curriculum sheets for all majors show the same UK core courses like CIS/WRD, CHE 105, PHY 231 and calculus. Some majors will also require chemistry lab CHE 111, physics lab PHY 241 or CS 215 which you can take during your first year.

Do other engineering schools have First-Year Engineering programs?

Yes. Many colleges of engineering have seen a positive correlation between First-Year programs and academic retention and instituted their own programs. Among schools in the SEC, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt all have First-Year programs.

Is every incoming engineering freshman required to be in the First-Year Engineering Program?

Yes. Participation in the FYE program is mandatory for all nine undergraduate engineering degrees.

What about scholarships that have traditionally been tied to particular majors? Are they still available?

Yes. Students will designate an interest area when applying for admission and scholarships tied to a particular interest area may be provided. However, you are not committed to declaring for that major. If you declare a different major, you may not receive that scholarship in subsequent years.

Once I choose a major, am I free to change majors later?

Yes, many of the second year courses are common across majors and some courses from one major may count as electives in another major. The advisors in the College of Engineering will help determine whether you will need to take extra courses.

Do I need a laptop computer for FYE courses?

Yes. In fact, FYE students need to bring a laptop to every class meeting. The system requirements are available here. All software used in FYE courses is provided at no additional cost through the UK Download site.

What if I am transferring from another school?

We have a specially designed course that integrates you into the College of Engineering and into your major courses quickly. If you have already selected a major, you can take the combined EGR 112/103 course your first semester. It covers the professional skills, design methods and problem solving strategies used by all types of engineers and computer scientists. If you have already taken a programming course such as CS 115, then you do not need to take EGR 102. Whichever combination of FYE courses you select can be taken concurrently.