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The First Year
Welcome to your first year as a Duke Engineer!
Duke Engineering's signature educational experience prepares you to be an engineer who is inspired & equipped to solve complex societal problems—making you a confident creator ready to reshape the world.
This experience starts during your very first year at Duke.
The First-Year Curriculum
Our Duke Engineering undergraduate first-year curriculum offers:
- Hands-on design—in EGR 101L Engineering Design & Communications
- Introduction to computing—in EGR 103L Computational Methods or CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms
- First-year writing course
- Your first engineering technical course
Assuming no AP or IPC credit See Note 1:
- Mathematics 111L
- Chemistry 101DL See Note 2
- Engineering 101L See Note 3
- Writing 101 or EGR 103L See Note 4
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Students with credit for:
- AP Math should consult the AP table and Department of Mathematics placement guidelines to determine appropriate math course placement
- AP Computer Science should take CS 201 Data Structures and Algorithms to satisfy the engineering Digital Computation requirement.
Students without AP Computer science credit should take EGR 103L Computational Methods.
Email email@example.com for assistance interpreting such credit as it pertains to course selection.
- Students without AP Chemistry credit should enroll in CHEM 101DL
- Students who plan to major in Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Environmental Engineering (EnvE) or Mechanical Engineering (ME) have satisfied the chemistry requirement with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam
- Students who plan to major in Biomedical Engineering (BME), and received an AP Chemistry exam:
- Score of 5—Should enroll in CHEM 201DL
- Score of 4—Should enroll in CHEM 101DL or CHEM 110DL
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance on appropriate chemistry placement.
All engineering students must take:
- EGR 101L Engineering Design and Communication in the fall semester
- A Digital Computation course. See Note 1 for information about which course to select to satisfy this requirement
- Students assigned to Fall Writing 101 should enroll in a writing section
- Students not assigned to Fall Writing 101 should enroll in EGR 103L. See Note 3 for more
The technical course in your first spring semester should be selected according to your intended major, if known:
- Undecided—Biology 201L or one of the classes listed below
- Biomedical Engineering—Biology 201L
- Civil Engineering—CEE 132L
- Electrical and Computer Engineering—ECE 110L
- Environmental Engineering—CEE 132L
- Mechanical Engineering—EGR 121L