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Fall 2020 Schedule
Your suggested Fall 2020 schedule may include the following courses:
- Introduction Course
- Math Course
- Science Course
- Engineering Course
- English Course
- Breadth Course
The following sections include information that was considered for your suggested Fall 2020 schedule.
Based on major, here is the Introduction Course you should register for during the Fall 2020 quarter:
Computer Science w/ Business Applications
*No introduction course
Materials Science & Engineering
*Mechanical engineering students will enroll in their introduction course, ME 002, during the Winter 2021 quarter.
Based on your exam results or college credit, you will be placed in one of the following courses:
- ARC 035
- MATH 006A
- MATH 005
- MATH 009A
- MATH 009B
- MATH 009C
- MATH 010A
- MATH 046
The mathematics course on your suggested Fall 2020 schedule is based on one of the following:
- Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE) Score
- To take or retake the MAE, please visit https://arc.ucr.edu/mae
- Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus credit
- If your AP Calculus credit is not included in your suggested Fall 2020 schedule, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email with a pdf of your College Board Score Report.
- Please visit collegeboard.org to access and download your Score Report.
Here’s the credit you will received based on the exam you completed and the exam score:
AP Exam Exam Score Credit Mathematics AB Exam 2 MATH 005 placement Mathematics AB Exam 3, 4, 5 MATH 009A Mathematics BC Exam 3
Mathematics BC Exam 4, 5
Mathematics AB Subscore 3, 4, 5 MATH 009A
Note: If your AP Score is not reflected in your suggested Fall 2020 schedule, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email with your College Board Score Report from https://www.collegeboard.org/.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Examination
- If your IB Mathematics credit is not included in your suggested Fall 2020 schedule, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email with your IB Mathematics score.
- Please visit ibo.org to access your IB Mathematics score.
IB Exam Exam Score Credit Mathematics 5, 6, 7 MATH 009A
- Transferable College Credit
- If you completed a college mathematics course at another college/university and that credit is not included in your suggested Fall 2020 schedule, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email with an unofficial transcript from the college/university.
- If you plan to complete a Mathematics course at a college/university this summer, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email from email@example.com with a copy of your schedule from the college/university.
Depending on your placement information and major, you may see a science course on your suggested Fall 2020 schedule.
The following table shows the prerequisite(s) for common lower-division science courses:
Course Prerequisite CHEM 001A/01LA MATH 009A minimum credit CS 010A MATH 005 placement CS 010B CS 010A with a grade of C- or better; CS 010A AP credit PHYS 040A MATH 009A credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Here’s the credit you will received based on the exam you completed and your exam score:
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Exam Score Credit Computer Science A Exam 4, 5 CS 010A Computer Science AB Exam 3, 4 CS 010A Computer Science AB Exam 5 CS 010A
Physics Exam C: Mechanics 4, 5 PHYS 002A
- If you earned credit from the Physics C: Mechanics exam, please reply to your Highlander Orientation email and let us know so we can help you with PHYS 02LA registration. You will be required to complete PHYS 02LA to satisfy the PHYS 040A requirement and move on to PHYS 040B. IMPORTANT: You will need to waitlist PHYS 02LA because all of the labs are full.
- If you have a question about adding an additional science course that is not included in your suggested Fall 2020 schedule, please contact your academic advisors to discuss if adding a science course is the best plan for you (https://student.engr.ucr.edu/emailing-your-academic-advisor).
Based on your exam score or college credit, you will be placed into one of the following courses:
- BWST 001/002
- BWST 003/003L/004
- ENGL 004/004L
- ENGL 01PA/005L
- ENGL 001A
- ENGL 001B
- ENGL 001C
Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)
- The Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) is used to satisfy the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) and to place first year students into an appropriate English composition course.
- Please visit this website for exam details: https://uwp.ucr.edu/elwr#awpe
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
This table shows the credit you will receive if you earned the AP Minimum Score for each AP English Examination:
3 ENGL 001A
ENGL 001A and ENGL 001B
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Courses
WAC courses provide students with an opportunity not only to receive course credit in the discipline of the class, but also - if they earn a grade of C or higher - to satisfy the ENGL 001C requirement.
WAC Course – Fall 2020
- POSC 005W
For more information on WAC courses, please visit the follow website:
You can also contact your academic advisor with additional questions.
Please review the document in the link below that outlines the College’s breadth requirements: BCOE Breadth Requirements
Here is how you can see which breadth courses will be offered during the Fall 2020 quarter:
- Visit the Schedule of Classes (classes.ucr.edu)
- Select the Fall 2020 term.
- In the ‘General Education Requirements’ field:
BCOE Breadth Requirement General Education Requirement HUM-A EN-Hum - World History HUM-B EN-Hum - FA/Lit/Phil/Rel HUM-C EN-Hum - Addl. Humanities SS-A EN-Soc Sci - Economics/Pol Sci SS-B EN-Soc Sci - Anth/Psyc/Soc SS-C EN-Soc Sci - Addl. Social Sci Ethnicity EN-Ethnicity Upper Division Breadth Courses EN-ABET Depth
Recommended Breath Courses - Fall 2020
- ANTH 006 - Introduction to World Music
- AHS 017A - History of Western Art: Prehistoric to Byzantine
- AHS 028 - Art and Architecture of Latin America
- CRWT 056 - Introduction to Creative Writing
- ENGL 017 - Shakespeare
- MCS 066 - Screenwriting: How Movies Work
- MUS 006 - Introduction to World Music
- PHIL 009 - Biomedical Ethics
- PHIL 030E - Introduction to the History of Philosophy
- PHIL 009 - Biomedical Ethics
- POSC 015 - Comparative Politics
- ANTH 002 - Biological Anthropology
- ANTH 005 - Introduction to Archaeology
- ANTH 006 - Introduction to World Music
- MUS 006 - Introduction to World Music
- PSYC 001 - Introductory Psychology
- PSYC 002 - Introductory Psychology
- PSYC 013 - Skepticism and Pseudoscience in Psychology
- SOC 002S - Social Problems
Please contact your academic advisor if you have any questions about the college’s breadth requirements (https://student.engr.ucr.edu/emailing-your-academic-advisor).
Fall 2020 Registration
Steps to Register
Registering in R'Web
You will register for your Fall 2020 courses in R’Web during your registration period. Your registration period is listed in your Highlander Orientation email that you received from our office.
This webpage shows you how to register for your Fall 2020 courses: https://registrar.ucr.edu/registering
Engineering First-Year Learning Communities (EFLC)
- First year students are grouped together in at least one course with other incoming students in the College.
- Clustering students encourages the development of an engineering identity and group pursuit of academic excellence.
All first year Engineering students are automatically enrolled in an EFLC. To opt out your learning community course, please contact your academic advisor (https://student.engr.ucr.edu/emailing-your-academic-advisor).
Accepting Your Learning Community Block
When you login to R’Web and click on the ‘Registration’ icon, you will see the learning community block you have been assigned. Your learning community block includes the courses you will be taking with other students with the same major and placement results.
Please accept your block by clicking the ‘Submit’ button.
After you accept your block, you can add additional courses to complete your Fall 2020 schedule.
- You cannot register for non BCOE courses until you accept your block.
- To opt out the learning community, please email your academic advisor (https://student.engr.ucr.edu/emailing-your-academic-advisor).
Please visit this website for more information on the major change process: https://student.engr.ucr.edu/policies/major-changes
- Major changes into or within BCOE are not allowed during Highlander Orientation for Freshmen.
- If your current major is in another academic college, please work with your current academic advisor on the major change process.
- If you have additional questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and the phrase "CHANGE OF MAJOR" in the subject line. Make sure to include your student ID number in the body of the message along with your questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is unique about the BCOE experience?
The opportunity to be a big fish in a smaller pond. The opportunity to build a unique engineering experience consistent with your interests, and unparalleled support to access deeper meaning, knowledge, and success.
Is there help with job placement after graduation?
The Career Center newsletter offers support with job placement, as a student and afterwards. But if you do well in engineering and graduate with a GPA that is 2.8 or higher, it’s almost guaranteed that you will have job offers.
How hard is it to obtain undergraduate research opportunities or internships?
Obtaining an undergraduate research or internship opportunity is as easy as completing an application, sending an email, or shaking a hand. Find notices about opportunities in your email, through the Career Center, interactions with faculty, student professional organizations meetings and conferences. Consider reviewing the research areas for various departments and contacting the faculty person for volunteer opportunities in labs or research centers that interest you.
How soon can I begin undergraduate research or internships?
All opportunities are open the moment you join UCR. However, we strongly encourage incoming students to assure a solid GPA and transition to the pace of the quarter system before taking extra load such as research, clubs and internships. This usually takes at least one academic year.
What is the average size of a class? What is the student to instructor ratio?
It depends on the class. As you move from one class level to another, class size tends to decrease. While UCR has more than 20,000 students, there are many opportunities for one-on-one attention inside and outside the classroom.
How long does it take to earn a BCOE degree? What is BCOE’s graduation rate?
Every BCOE major has a four-year course plan. Nationally, 40% of students who start as Engineering majors actually earn a degree in Engineering. BCOE students meet and exceed that average.
What is unique about the BCOE freshman experience?
It all starts day one with automatic enrollment in learning communities each term of first year and an opportunity to live in engineering themed housing. The purpose is to help you build academic and social bonds with other engineering students, and develop skills supporting academic excellence. Engineering students share common classes during the first-year, with priority enrollment guaranteeing you get the courses you NEED.
Will I be able to graduate in 4 years?
Most students who enter their first year taking the calculus series will be on a 4-year plan to graduation. We provide 4-year course plans highlighting courses to be taken each year to graduate in four years. We schedule courses to support these plans. Of course there are alternative paths to graduating in four years. The plans offer a baseline.
Are there undergraduate research opportunities for my major?
There are research opportunities for everyone regardless of major. You can work with a professor in any department where you have an interest.
What kind of jobs can I get with my major? What companies hire my major? What companies hire BCOE graduates?
An engineering degree opens the doors to too many careers to list—including preparation for graduate, professional, and/or medical school. Nearly every company you can imagine needs Engineers. The website, whatcanidowiththismajor.com is an outstanding resource for specific information.
Can I change my major? Can I double major? How do I change my major or declare a double major or a minor?
Yes, as long as you meet requirements in a timely manner. See your current advisor for first steps.
What will help me do well in the major?
Make sure you have a strong foundation in MATH/CS/PHYS courses. If you do well in these lower division classes, you are positioning yourself to be successful in the major.
What do chemical engineers do?
Chemical engineers use science and mathematics, especially chemistry, biochemistry, applied mathematics and engineering principles, to take laboratory or conceptual ideas and turn them into value added products in a cost effective and safe (including environmental) manner.
What do environmental engineers do?
Environmental engineers protect the environment from further damage and correct existing problems by designing systems to provide safe drinking water, treating and properly disposing of wastes, maintaining air quality, controlling water pollution, and cleaning up sites contaminated due to spills or improper disposal of hazardous substances.
I’m interested in becoming a medical doctor. Does bioengineering offer preparation for medical school?
The major has room for students who want to pursue a medical field outside of engineering. The Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC) provides guidance for these types of students supporting them in preparations to be competitive applicants.
I’m interested in medical school. Can I get a chemical engineering degree and go to medical school?
Yes. A chemical engineering degree program includes many of the prerequisites you need for medical school. We encourage students to work with our Health Professions Advising Center (https://se.ucr.edu/hpac/overview)
What is the difference between Computer Engineering and Computer Science?
Computer engineering is a discipline that embodies the science and technology of design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of software and hardware components of modern computing systems and computer-controlled equipment. Computer engineering has traditionally been viewed as a combination of both computer science (CS) and electrical engineering (EE).
What is the difference between CS and CSBA majors?
CS majors focus on the general application of programming in any environment. CSBA majors focus on the application of programming in a specific environment.
Are CS classes impacted?
No. Most CS classes are offered every term and the major is very flexible. Meaning, there are many paths to graduating on time.
Can I get a minor in Computer Science? When is the best time to start the process?
Yes, you should wait and see how you do your first year in your CS courses. If you are doing well (e.g. - have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the classes), make a course plan and include the CS courses in your plan. If you transferred to UCR, it depends on your performance your first two quarters along with the number of classes you need to complete the minor.
What are the areas of research conducted in the Mechanical Engineering Department?
- Energy Processing
- Air Quality & Fire Engineering
- Nano & Micro Scale Engineering
- Computation, Controls, Design and Robotics
- Material Properties & Processing
- Multiphase Flow & Combustion
What is Material Science and Engineering and what can I do with this degree?
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. Today, engineering innovations are increasingly dependent on breakthroughs in materials at the micro- and nanometer scale. Students in MSE acquire a solid background in the basic sciences and in the engineering of materials, with hands-on laboratory experience in nano-scale materials characterization and processing. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.
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