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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.

  • Introduction Courses

    Based on major, here is the Introduction Course you should register for during the Fall 2020 quarter:


    Introduction Course


    BIEN 001

    Chemical Engineering

    CEE 010

    Computer Engineering

    ENGR 001G

    Computer Science

    ENGR 001I

    Computer Science w/ Business Applications

    ENGR 001M

    Data Science

     *No introduction course

    Electrical Engineering

    EE 010

    Environmental Engineering

    CEE 010

    Materials Science & Engineering

    MSE 001

    Mechanical Engineering

    *Mechanical engineering students will enroll in their introduction course, ME 002, during the Winter 2021 quarter.


  • Mathematics Courses

    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
    • 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

    MATH 009A
    MATH 009B

    Mathematics BC Exam 4, 5

    MATH 009A
    MATH 009B
    MATH 009C

    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 bcoeadvising@engr.ucr.edu with a copy of your schedule from the college/university. 
  • Science Courses

    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
    CS 010B
    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).
  • English Courses

    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)

    Advanced Placement (AP) Credit 

    This table shows the credit you will receive if you earned the AP Minimum Score for each AP English Examination:

    AP Examination

    Minimum Score


    English (Language/Composition)

    3 ENGL 001A


    English (Language/Composition)


    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. 


  • Breadth Courses

    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:

    1. Visit the Schedule of Classes (classes.ucr.edu)
    2. Select the Fall 2020 term.
    3. 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.  


  • Major Changes

    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 bcoeadvising@engr.ucr.edu 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 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
    • Bio-Applications
  • 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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