Students studying engineering are admitted to the Freshman Engineering Program. During the first two or three semesters on campus, you will take a set of courses that are required by all engineering departments.
You may state a preference for a major in a particular engineering field prior to completing the freshman engineering requirements, if desired. This stated preference is used in the consideration for freshman scholarships, if available, in the preferred department.
After successfully completing the freshman engineering requirements, you'll formally apply for admission to a specific engineering department. The requirements for acceptance to degree programs differ depending on the department. Many departments have a minimum GPA requirement. Some departments allow you to start taking courses in your major prior to officially being accepted to the department, provided you have successfully completed the prerequisites for any course you take — check with your advisor. After you are accepted to a degree program, you will have a new advisor from your major department.
The goal of FEP is to provide you with the resources needed to be successful during the first year on campus. As an engineering freshman at Missouri S&T, you'll work toward completion of the courses included in the common freshman year and you'll acquire information that will help you to select a major and career.
Some universities require new freshmen to select an engineering major before they arrive to campus. As you can imagine, many of these students end up changing majors. A better approach, we believe, is to provide freshmen with the information that they need to make an informed decision regarding an engineering major while they are taking courses that are common to all engineering majors. The common freshman year consists of the basic set of courses that are required by all of the engineering programs at Missouri S&T.
You'll take a seminar course during your first semester on campus (FE1100 Study & Careers in Engineering). In this 1-credit course, we provide lots of information about the different fields of engineering. You'll explore your strengths, desires and goals as you visit engineering departments, attend professional presentations and discuss potential majors with your advisor. Most students find themselves leaning toward one of the engineering degree programs by the end of the first semester. Others are able to narrow down their choices first semester, but wait until the second semester to make the final decision. The common freshman year provides you with the time that you need to make this important career decision.
Your freshman advisor's top priority is your academic success. You'll meet with your advisor in the fall and again in the spring to select courses and discuss any problems that arise. Your advisor will suggest an appropriate load (number of credit hours), help you to select humanities and social sciences courses to meet university requirements, direct you to various campus resources and help you make decisions that affect your academic progress.