All freshman engineering students enrolled in the Watson School begin their academic experience with a common first-year curriculum of mathematics and the natural sciences. Freshmen are also introduced to the various fields of engineering in WTSN 111-112, in which they are exposed to bioengineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial and systems engineering. This cornerstone program ensures that all Watson School students have a broad perspective of engineering, core competency in the foundations of engineering and essential skills in problem solving, decision making, teamwork, writing and oral presentation.
Some students entering this freshman program have already declared their engineering major; others have yet to discover which discipline best matches their potential. No matter which category you fall into, you will get a solid start in the Engineering Design Division before moving on to the fundamentals of an individual engineering discipline presented through a sequence of core technical courses integrated with technical electives and general education courses.