Duration of Study, Majors and Minors
Our 15 engineering majors are four-year degrees if students are calculus-ready, possibly a semester or two more if students need extra math, add minors and majors, and pursue internship, co-op and study abroad opportunities.
All degree programs offer minors, and students are encouraged to pursue minors outside of the College. Our students study minors in subjects ranging from music, dance and language to mathematics, business and pre-med. The average three-unit class usually requires nine hours a week of work outside the classroom.
Choosing and Changing Majors
The first-year curriculum is common to all undergraduate degree programs and freshmen are admitted without choosing a major, which gives them time to decide which of our 15 majors best matches their interests and abilities.
On completing ENGR 102: An Introduction to Engineering and Calculus I with a “C” or better, students are encouraged to select a major, often by the end of their freshman year.
Changing majors during freshman and sophomore years is straightforward if students are in good academic standing. Once students begin major-specific coursework, changing majors can extend the time it takes to graduate.
Advice and Guidance for Students
Freshman advisors in the College’s academic affairs office help freshmen choose the right classes and a major, after which students are encouraged to consult advisors from their academic departments.
Advisers ensure that freshmen get into all the courses required. Sophomores and above get increasing priority on class selection, and with help from advisors are responsible for registering for classes.
Work and Play Outside the Classroom
The College has about 40 clubs and organizations which give students hands-on engineering experience, professional skills and contacts, tools to support their academic success, and engage them in philanthropic and community service.
Starting in their freshman year, students are encouraged to apply for research positions and internships. The College advises students about research and internships, and urges them to investigate these opportunities and take charge of building their professional experience.
Living On and Getting Around Campus
Campus residence halls offer great services and are an essential part of the freshman experience. The College of Engineering offers students the chance to live in a specially designed living-learning environment, the Engineering Leadership Community.
Parking on campus is available via permits issued by Parking and Transportation, but we recommend that students living on campus don’t use a vehicle. The University of Arizona is a residential campus and most major amenities are on campus or within walking distance.
You Are Part of the Campus Family, Too
The College of Engineering participates in the UA’s fall Family Weekend by hosting a dinner at which honors and freshman students and their families can meet College faculty and staff. Homecoming is another great time to visit students and get into the Wildcat spirit! When your students graduate, the College hosts departmental pre-commencements so students and families can share the graduation experience.
Parents and families can stay up to date on events and opportunities for students and families by signing up for regular emails from the associate dean of academic affairs. To subscribe, please contact Jenny Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520.621.6032.