First-Year Engineering

Engineering Fundamentals

Undecided about which area of engineering to pursue?

No problem. You will have a chance to explore them all. Every engineering student at Michigan Tech takes the same core courses, and many choose a major after two semesters on campus. You will get exposure to all the engineering fields before you need to choose a career path. While you are at it, you will gain the fundamental skills for success using the Engineering Fundamentals Learning Center, working with classmates in team activities, and benefiting from discovery-based classes.

Discovery-based Learning

At Michigan Tech, first-year engineering classes are not lecture-based. They are discovery-based. Your professor will spend 15–20 minutes talking to the class. You will spend the rest of the time working on in-class activities with your team. Meanwhile, your professor will go from team to team, offering feedback right on the spot. Engineering talent develops naturally as a result—along with important teamwork and communication skills.

Dedicated Department

The College of Engineering has an entire department dedicated to the first-year experience and discovery of engineering program possibilities.

Department of Engineering Fundamentals