Required as part of Galileo and Hypatia

Many of first-year students find that what worked to make them successful high school students may not work as a college student.   The first-semester college experience is a huge life transition, and the course is designed to help make that transition as easy as possible.

Company recruiters tell us they need engineers who know their academics but also know how to work in teams, communicate effectively, deal with conflict, and sell their ideas. The course is also designed to aid in polishing those skills.

In the course, students will:

  • Polish their resume for Engineering Expo which takes place each September -  yes, it is possible for freshmen to receive internship offers
  • Learn to write cover letters and thank you notes to interviewers
  • Develop a four-year academic plan, charting classes
  • Learn methods of tracking grades in order to have a successful semester from the beginning
  • Interview professional engineers about their path
  • Participate in community events led by upper class committees
  • Complete 10 hours of community service during fall semester and one event per month during spring semester, following the motto of the university of Ut Prosim – That I May Serve









The course meets once a week. Students will meet with one of the CEED graduate students to work on material for some of the activities listed above.  There are also two large required meetings.  On the first Tuesday of the fall semester, the entire community meets to kick off the year.  The second required Tuesday meeting is with your Engineering Education academic advisors to learn about course request.

The two-credit course is required for all Galileo and Hypatia students.  While the course only meets regularly in the fall, requirements for the spring include continued participation in community events.