General Engineering Program

Program Overview

First-year students undecided on a program of study are placed in general engineering. They will take an introductory engineering course and receive advising that covers all degree options offered in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. This helps to ensure an easy transition, in step with their peers, once a program is selected.

Hear how the general engineering program helped students chose the right major.

Benefits of this research-based learning environment include the following:

  • Engage in real-world problem solving
  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate design and analysis decisions
  • Receive targeted feedback on problem solving-skills critical for success in future engineering courses
  • Experience working in collaborative student design projects
  • Gain exposure to working with modern computer software
  • Explore a variety of technical content as a preview of different degree programs
  • Select an engineering discipline to pursue with confidence

After completing the general engineering tract, students can easily transition into the degree program of their choice in step with their peers. This participation also provides a perspective of what the various types of engineers do — a strong foundation for personal and professional development.


The general engineering academic advising program provides support, connection and resources to students in the general engineering program, assisting their selection of a degree program to accomplish their academic and career goals. General engineering advisers use developmental advising to support student persistence and academic success.

Advisers meet with students individually to create connections and determine their needs, while guiding them toward the skill development needed to be successful in engineering, finding appropriate resources and selecting a degree program. They provide information about engineering careers and programs of study in the college that can lead to those careers.

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Students receive detailed exposure to different career possibilities across the 13 degree programs offered in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering through its Engineering Orientation course, DEN 160. Students also participate in the Engineering Problem Solving course, DEN 161, which provides a research-based learning environment to help them achieve academic success.

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