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Common Courses

Entering freshmen begin their academic work in a series of foundational courses, required by the University System of Georgia, in the areas of English, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Science, Computer Science, Health, and Laboratory Science. These courses are required of all Georgia Tech students. All undergraduate students entering the College of Engineering spend the first year together in the Common First Year, learning shared skills. This year provides student with the time to get to know each other and the faculty. Common First Year courses also help students familiarize themselves with the different disciplines and professions within the College.

Common Courses in Engineering Curricula


Until a student has chosen a major, course schedules should be planned using courses that are common to all engineering majors.

Subject Course Name Course Number Hours
Mathematics Calculus I MATH 1501 4
  Calculus II MATH 1502 4
  Calculus III MATH 2401 4
  Differential Equations MATH 2403 (1) 4
Science Introductory Physics I PHYS 2211 4
  Introductory Physics II PHYS 2212 4
  General Chemistry CHEM 1310 (2) 4
Computer Science Computing for Engineers CS 1371 3
English English Composition I ENGL 1101 3
  English Composition II ENGL 1102 3
Humanities Electives See GT Catalog 6
US History / Gov't Req Several See footnote (3) 3
Economics Req Several See footnote (4) 3
Social Science Electives See GT Catalog 6
Wellness Health or Fitness Concepts HPS 1040 2

(1) IE Majors take Math 2602, Linear and Discrete Math 
(2) IE does not require Chem 1310, but will count it as a science elective
(3) Hist 2111 or 2112, Pol 1101, PubP 3000, or INTA 1200
(4) Econ 2100, 2105, or 2106