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The First Year
Welcome to your first year as a Duke Engineer!
This will be an exciting year—
In the classroom and lab, you will be immersed in real-world, hands-on design and you'll begin your training in computing and data science, chemistry, mathematics and physics. You will grow critical-thinking skills and develop important communication skills.
The First-Year Experience Competition
Just as important, we'll start a sustained conversation about your sense of purpose. We've also designed experiences and provided support that will help build your motivation to become an engineer who will make a difference in the world.
- All about Duke's First-Year Design Experience
- More about your First Year at Duke
- Explore the First Year curriculum
- Meet the Academic Deans
- Watch the "Meet the Deans" webinar
- Our signature First-Year Curriculum
- The First-Year Design Experience
- 360 Advising
- Coaching Fellows and Peer Advisors
- Opportunities to explore and engage topics important to you
- Mathematics 111L
- Chemistry 101DL Note 2
- Engineering 101L Note 3
- Writing 101 or First-Year Design Note 4
This table assumes no AP or IPC credit Note 1
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 (First-Year Design) in the fall or spring semester
- A Digital Computation course. See Note 1 for information about which course to select to satisfy this requirement
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
For the Class of 2025, deans are assigned alphabetically by student's last name
Dean Ben Cooke
Dean Carmen Rawls