About the Program
The Freshman Engineering Program at The University of Alabama is the designated engineering program for incoming freshman students as well as new transfer students to The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering. This comprehensive program enhances the sense of community and belonging by the students and improves the instruction of and the introduction to the disciplines of engineering and computer science.
Through the FEP, we offer a small school atmosphere supported by all the resources of a large university. Also associated with the FEP are courses in calculus, chemistry, English and physics. The overarching goal is for students to be excited about a career in engineering or computer science and be prepared with the core knowledge in math, science, English and engineering to be successful in their later years on campus.
All engineering and computer science majors take a common first-year program that:
- Introduces students to the fields of engineering and computer science
- Ensures that all students have the skill sets necessary to successfully complete their second-year engineering courses
- Illustrates the relevance of mathematics and science to the field of engineering
The FEP’s focal point is the General Engineering Studies courses, which students in classes of approximately 50 each learn about engineering and computer science. These students utilize special computer-based classrooms where they interact in teams of four, learning engineering design and teamwork. They apply engineering knowledge by doing design projects to experience engineering, understand fundamentals, apply teamwork skills, and utilize effective communication.