Mechanical Engineering majors typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Math 121) or other calculus-sequence course, depending on calculus placement exam
  2. Introduction to Engineering Design and Professionalism (ENGR 102)
  3. Introduction to Computer Programming with MATLAB (CSC 113)

Engineers solve natural and technological problems through creative design. Mechanical engineers in particular protect the environment, increase the quality of life, and contribute to economic growth. There has never been greater demand for engineers, and over the next four years, we will teach you how to use your problem-solving skills to repair and enhance the world around you.

At CUA, engineers also take courses in the liberal arts. Studying theology, philosophy, and the humanities will help you develop problem solving skills in new domains and become a more flexible thinker. And they will help you appreciate the ethical and spiritual dimensions of the problems human beings face and and the goods we seek by solving them.

1 st Semester Courses

You have already been registered for your Learning Community courses. All mechanical engineering freshmen take calculus, an engineering lab, and a computer programming course. These four courses along with your Learning Community classes will help you sharpen and broaden your thinking while giving you some of the technical tools you will need to attack more sophisticated problems.

Register for Introduction to Engineering Design and Professionalism (ENGR 102), a general introduction to the design process for all the engineering disciplines.

Take the calculus placement exam and register for the course into which you place. To help you place as high as possible, before taking the exam you should review:

  • algebra: expanding and collecting terms; simplifying expressions; solving for a variable; solving simultaneous linear equations
  • functions and graphs of functions
  • elementary plane geometry analytic geometry including equational descriptions of lines, conic sections, circles, and spheres
  • trigonometric functions (defined as circular functions in terms of radians; also as they relate to right triangles); exponential and logarithmic functions
  • recognizing algebraic relationships expressed in ordinary prose and translating those relationships into their symbolic equivalents

And finally, take Computer Programming (CSC 113).

Know which courses you want? Get registered.