Your First Year

The first year of study in the Pratt School of Engineering is largely common to all engineers, with seven of the eight first year courses being completely transferable between the five engineering majors. The first year curriculum offers:

  • a general education in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and chemistry, on which the science and practice of engineering are based;
  • instruction in modern engineering problem solving skills, including the use of digital technology for both computational and laboratory applications;
  • an exposure to the range of career opportunities in engineering; and
  • the opportunity to explore intellectual opportunities in Trinity College, through satisfaction of the University writing requirement and selection of a humanities and social sciences elective.

Students predisposed toward a particular Pratt major use the eighth course to begin fulfilling degree requirements for that major as indicated below, while undecided students are encouraged to use this eighth course to aid in their subsequent selection of a major. EGR 90 (Introduction to Engineering), a seminar course in which students will be exposed to all engineering departments and learn about the opportunities in each major. EGR 90 is only recommended for first year students who are undecided and need more information to explore their engineering options. EGR 90 is a fall semester only course.

Curriculum General Layout

First Semester Second Semester
Mathematics 111L Mathematics 112L
Chemistry 101DL Physics 151L
Writing 101 or Humanities/Soc. Sci. Elective Writing 101 or Humanities/Soc. Sci. Elective
Engineering 103L* Technical Course (see below)
Engineering 90**  

The above assumes no advanced placement credit. In the event that such credit is granted for one or more of the above courses, substitutions of upper level technical requirements can be made or other curricular interests may be pursued (e.g. freshman Focus programs). You may email pratt-advising@duke.edu if you need assistance interpreting your AP credit as it pertains to your course selection. The first year technical course should be selected according to the student's intended major, if known:

  • Undecided: Biology 201L or one of the classes listed below
  • Biomedical Engineering: Biology 201L
  • Civil Engineering: EGR 120
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: ECE 110L
  • Environmental Engineering: Natural Science Course (this must be a Biology course)
  • Mechanical Engineering: EGR 121L

*Note: All engineering students must take EGR 103L, Computational Methods in Engineering, preferably in the fall semester. Only under special circumstances should students plan to take this course in the spring semester.

**Half credit course that is optional and recommended only for students who are unsure of which area of engineering they would like to pursue.

Handbooks

Link to a PDF of the

2017 Blue Book

 2017 Blue Book

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Before You Ask Our Academic Deans...

Connie Simmons and Lupita Temiquel-McMillian are Pratt's Academic Deans for Undergraduates. They are an excellent resource for all Pratt undergrads and you should not hesitate to sign up for an appointment. But before you do that, see if we've covered your question already in the policies and procedures section of our website.