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Fundamentals of Engineering – Standard (FE)

The Fundamentals of Engineering course sequence is a prerequisite for declaring most engineering majors at OSU. The standard FE sequence teaches basic but invaluable engineering skills that are required for future coursework and careers. Incoming freshmen take a two-semester course series, which broadly introduces the topics of:

  • Technical graphics (i.e. 3D visualization and sketching)
  • Computer-aided design
  • Programming in MATLAB
  • Engineering design and analysis
  • Project management
  • Teamwork
  • Oral and written technical communication

The topics and laboratories presented in these courses provide students with a broad overview of engineering's various disciplines. Many "undecided" first-year students use these courses to help them narrow down and declare a major of interest in the College of Engineering.

FE – Standard Course Sequence

Engineering 1181.01  Fundamentals of Engineering I

An important part of this course in the FE sequence is to introduce MATLAB programming. MATLAB is a powerful computer program that is widely used in advanced engineering analysis and design. Starting from the fundamentals of developing logical, stepwise algorithms for solving a computational problem, students learn programming skills that help analyze real-life situations and compute solutions.

Prerequisite or Concurrent: Math 1150 or above.

Not open to students with credit for ENGR 183.01 or 183.02

Engineering 1182.01  Fundamentals of Engineering II

Technical graphics are the universal language of engineers from every discipline. The in-class portion of this first course in the Fundamentals of Engineering sequence is devoted to building a solid background in design and diagramming. Students become proficient in this fundamental skill through use of both traditional hand-sketching as well as computer-aided methods. Exercises in dimensioning and calculation of tolerances help students produce fully functional engineering drawings. Advanced solid modeling of assemblies demonstrates how components fit together to produce functional products.

The course also features a semester-long design-build project. Other technical and non-technical skills are developed throughout the course of the project. 

Prerequisite: ENGR 1181.01, 1181.02, 1281.01H, 1281.02H, or 1281.03H. Concurrent: Math 1151 or above.
Not open to students with credit for ENGR 181.01 or 181.02.