The engineering exploration option is for students who would like additional time to fully explore RIT's portfolio of engineering majors before committing to a program of study. Students may choose a major anytime during the first year.
Plan of study
Students complete foundation courses required by all the engineering disciplines. Course work taken in the engineering exploration option will transfer into all engineering majors without any loss of credits hours.
During the fall semester, students take Engineering Exploration Seminar (EGEN-100), where students are introduced to the curriculum of each engineering major. Sample lab and project work is presented as well as the various career opportunities pertaining to each academic program. Additional career-oriented activities are available through this option, which include meetings with engineering faculty and students in the different majors, observing presentations of engineering design projects, exploring engineering laboratory facilities, and one-on-one consulting with an academic adviser regarding engineering course work.
Undeclared engineering, typical course sequence
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|MATH-181||Project-Based Calculus I||4|
|CHMG-131||General Chemistry for Engineering||3|
|Choose one of the following:||3|
|First Year Writing Seminar|
|EGEN-100||Engineering Exploration Seminar||1|
|LAS Perspective Courses||6-9|
|MATH-182||Project-Based Calculus II||4|
|PHYS-211||University Physics I||4|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||26-34|
Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.
‡ Students choose one or two engineering courses in consultation with their adviser.
For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.
Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations
- 4 years of math required; including pre-calculus or above
- Chemistry and physics required
- Biology required
Transfer course recommendations without associate degree
Pre-engineering courses such as calculus, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and liberal arts.
Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer
AS degree in engineering science
Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only
Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
The engineering exploration option is for students who prefer additional time in which to decide their engineering major. Students may choose a major at the end of the fall, winter, or spring quarter of their first year.
During their first year students take the foundation courses required by all the engineering disciplines. Course work taken as an engineering exploration student will transfer into all engineering programs without any loss of credits toward graduation.
During the fall quarter, engineering exploration students take a one-credit course, Introduction to Engineering (0302-210), which provides an overview of all seven programs, career opportunities in each of the engineering disciplines, and an introduction to the faculty and students of each program. Additional career-oriented activities available during the freshman year include small group discussions with faculty and other students, observing classroom presentations of senior engineering design projects, exploring engineering laboratory facilities, and consulting one-on-one with an academic adviser regarding engineering courses.
Engineering exploration, undeclared option, typical course sequence (quarters)
|Course||Qtr. Cr. Hrs.|
|Engineering class of interest||4|
|1017-311||University Physics I||4|
|Engineering class of interest||4|
|1017-312||University Physics II||4|
|Total Quarter Credit Hours||51|
* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.
† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
‡ Students are required to complete one Pathways course. Students may choose from Innovation/Creativity (1720-052), Leadership (1720-053), or Service (1720-054). These courses may be completed in the winter or spring quarter.