Lafayette offers five engineering majors, yet many students are not sure which is right for them. Our Introduction to Engineering course is designed with this in mind. You have the opportunity to learn about the different disciplines of study, enabling you to make an informed decision about your major. If you are unsure whether or not you would like to study Engineering at Lafayette College, we encourage you to take the recommended first semester engineering courses. It is easier to switch from Engineering to another major because the courses will count towards other majors. It is more difficult to come in to Engineering without taking the foundation courses.

Visit the First Semester Registration page to learn more about selecting courses. Visit the Registrar site for AP credit information.

During the first year students typically take:

Fall semester
  • FYS: First-Year Seminar – This course is required of all students and designed to introduce them to intellectual inquiry by engaging them as thinkers, speakers, and writers. Each seminar focuses intensively on a special topic that is articulated with related co-curricular activities.
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Calculus 1, 2, 3, or differential equations (depending on placement). See Mathematics FAQ for information on math course registration.
  • General Chemistry I
Spring semester
  • Physics 131: Physics I Mechanics
  • Math/Science Elective
  • Engineering Courses
Technology information for incoming students

Much of the high level software students will use is only accessible on the workstations in the engineering building. Should students choose to have their own computer, there are no requirements; it’s a matter of preference. A lot of the engineering software is made for Windows, but Macs are easily adapted to accommodate the software and plenty of our students successfully use Macs.

For those who wish to bring their own computer, recommendations include memory of 8GB or higher and a good graphics card (does not have to be a gaming card) so the computer will not become outdated for the next four years.

For additional information, visit the Technology Help page FAQ.