Common First Year

All first-year students admitted into the College of Engineering enroll in a common set of courses during their first semester at NC State. For future semesters, see specific requirements for degrees and programs.

The College of Engineering offers academic and career advising, tutoring in most subjects and mentoring in order to facilitate success during your first year.


A typical fall semester contains 15 to 17 credit hours and includes the classes below. Information about these courses can be obtained at the Registration and Records’ Class Search.

  • CH 101 – General Chemistry I (3 credits)
  • CH 102 – General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • E 101 – Introduction to Engineering and Problem Solving (1 credit)
  • E 115 – Introduction to Computing Environments (1 credit)
  • ENG 101 – Academic Writing and Research (4 credits)
  • MA 141 – Calculus I (4 credits)*
  • EC 205 – Introduction to Economics (3 credits)
  • HESF 1xx – Health Exercise Fitness (1 credit)

Total Semester Credits = 15-18

*Students can be placed in Calculus with an SAT II-Math, Level 2C score of at least 550 or an AP Calculus score of at least 2. Students also can be placed into Calculus using the NC State Math Placement Test or transfer credit from another institution. All placement scores should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Courses taken in the first year may vary from the courses in the list above if students earned college credits in high school or received advanced placement or credits through the Advanced Placement Program or International Baccalaureate Program. Official scores and college transcripts must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for students to receive advanced placement.

The program is designed to help prepare students for the transition to college life, as well as for the intellectual, emotional, academic and social challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. For more information about new student orientation, visit the main New Student Orientation website.