Congratulations on your admission to our College!

We are so excited for you to join our campus community this fall and to begin your Becoming Orange Journey!

Congratulations on your admission to the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). We are looking forward to personally meeting you when you arrive.

To allow you to enroll in the courses most appropriate for you, Syracuse University has developed a Qualtrics Survey called First Year Student Registration (FYRS). The first step in the course registration process is the completion of the Math and Calculus Readiness Placement Exams beginning May 13. Second, complete the Qualtrics Survey, the link to this survey will be sent to your syr.edu email address beginning the week of June 03, and must be completed by June 24, 2024.

The two Math Placement Exams and Survey are important because it will provide us with the information, we need to begin creating your Fall schedule.  There are two parts to scheduling your courses. We will be registering you for your schedule in July and you will be able to add one more course in early August. Additional detailed information and instructions will be sent to your syr.edu email account in mid-July.

Based on your major you will be automatically enrolled in in the following courses unless you expect to receive external credit.

Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil & Environmental & Mechanical Engineering Majors

ECS 101 – Introduction to Engineering & Computer Science 

CHE 106/107 – General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture & Lab

MAT XXX – Math course based on your Placement Exam & Calculus Readiness Exam

ECS 114/115 – Academic Excellence Workshop

FYS 101 – First Year Seminar

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (all majors unless you have AP/Transfer/IB credits)

Computer & Electrical Engineering

ECS 101 – Introduction to Engineering & Computer Science 

CIS 151 – Fundamentals of Computing & Programming

CHE 106/107 – General Chemistry for Engineers Lecture & Lab

MAT XXX – Math course based on your Placement Exam & Calculus Readiness Exam

ECS 114/115 – Academic Excellence Workshop

FYS 101 – First Year Seminar

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (all majors unless you have AP/Transfer/IB credits)

Computer Science

ECS 101 – Introduction to Engineering & Computer Science 

CIS 151 – Fundamentals of Computing & Programming

MAT XXX – Math course based on your Placement Exam & Calculus Readiness Exam

ECS 114/115 – Academic Excellence Workshop

FYS 101 – First Year Seminar

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (all majors unless you have AP/Transfer/IB credits)

Description of Mathematics & Technical Courses

ECS 101 – Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science (3 credits) Engineering and Computer Science gateway course. Topics include discussion of each discipline within the college, technical communication, presentation of technical results, professional behavior, ethics, computers and software packages, problem solving and modeling, data analysis. Major-specific sections.

CIS 151 – Principles and practice of programming (3 credits) Computing fundamentals: variables, types, scope, objects, classes, functions, parameter passing, input/output, conditionals, and iteration. Defensive programming techniques, including exceptions. Program testing and debugging. Includes programming laboratory. Only for Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering students.

ECS 114/115 – Academic Excellence Workshop for Calculus courses (1 credit) Designed to supplement the theory taught in Pre-calculus – calculus III courses. Problems will incorporate course work.  The computational component is designed to reinforce the understanding of concepts through a series of repetitive exercises.

CHE 106/107 – General Chemistry Lecture (with Lab) (4 credits) Fundamental principles and laws underlying chemical action, states of matter, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of solutions, chemical equilibrium, and introductory thermodynamics.  Descriptive chemistry in relation to theoretical principles.(All Engineering majors)

MAT 193 – Algebra-Infused Precalculus (4 credits) Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.  Analytical trigonometry and trigonometric functions.  Emphasis on algebra throughout the course.  A student cannot receive credit for MAT 193 after receiving a grade of C or better in any calculus course.  Credit cannot be given for both MAT 193 and MAT 194.

MAT 194 – Precalculus (4 credits) Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Analytical trigonometry and trigonometric functions.

MAT 295 – Calculus I (4 credits) Analytic geometry, limits, derivatives, maxima-minima, related rates, graphs, differentials, exponential and logarithmic functions, mean-value theorem, integration.

MAT 296 – Calculus II (4 credits) Integration: the definite integral and applications, trigonometric functions, methods of integration, improper integrals, L’Hospital’s rule, infinite series, elementary differential equations, parametric equations, polar coordinates.

Description of Non-Technical Courses

FYS 101 – First Year Seminar (1 credit) Students will explore the areas of Belonging, Interdependence, Health and Wellness, Development of Identity, Socialization, Prejudice, Discrimination, Bias, Stereotypes both within their FYS 101 section, in Syracuse University sponsored experiential activities, and in School/College level sponsored experiential activities.

WRT 105 – Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits) Study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies.  Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation.

ECN 101 – Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits) Introduction to microeconomics.

Consumer demand, theory of production, markets and prices, social welfare, and related topics. ECN 101 or ECN 102 is required for Mechanical Engineering students only!

ECN 102 – Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits) Introduction to concepts and methods of economic analysis. Emphasis on such macroeconomic topics as gross domestic product, unemployment, money, and theory of national income.  ECN 101 or ECN 102  is required for Mechanical Engineering students only!

To complete your schedule and based on your major, you will enroll yourself in one of the following courses beginning August 5-9 unless you expect to receive external credit.

Additional detailed information and instructions will be sent to your syr.edu email account in mid-July You will have access in MySlice beginning August 5-9, to add the remaining courses like:

Social Science or Humanities 100-200 level for (all majors except Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering)

Optional courses like Marching Band and ROTC

Description of Optional Courses

You may also register for one of the following optional courses. Read through the descriptions for the Marching Band Option and Army/Air Force ROTC and determine if you wish to register for one.

ENI 510 -Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB) Option “The Pride of The Orange”

If you are interested in participating in “The Pride of the Orange,” Syracuse University Marching Band, please contact the band office at 315-443-2194 or e-mail Fran Moore at fmmoore@syr.edu. All members are required to attend band camp the week before classes begin. Rehearsals averaging six hours per week (three evenings, two hours each) occur during the fall semester with additional rehearsals during game week. You are required to register for Marching Band (ENI 510) for one credit.  If you are at a maximum credit load, your college will contact the band office for consent.

Please be sure to indicate this on your Qualtrics survey.

MST 101 or ASC 101 –  Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

If you are interested in enrolling in the Army or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), you should have received information in a separate mailing. If you have not received information, please call or e-mail to find out more about the program that interests you.  The Army course meets once a week for academics, two leadership lab hours and three physical fitness hours each week, and the Air Force  meets for three academic and three physical fitness hours each week. Courses taken through the ROTC program are counted as additional courses—they are in addition to the normal course load.

AFROTC courses can be taken for credit or noncredit. Army ROTC offers merit based scholarships that pay for full tuition and fees at Syracuse, as well as monthly stipends. Air Force ROTC also offers merit- based scholarships that pay for full or partial tuition and fees, and gives each recipient a monthly stipend. In addition, all Army and Air Force ROTC scholarship winners receive a full Room & Board Leadership Award from the University that can be applied to their room and board fees.

Please be sure to indicate this on your Qualtrics survey.

Air Force contact information: Phone number 315-443-2461 afdet535@syr.edu, Airforce ROTC website.

Army contact information: Phone number 315-443-3759 armyrotc@syr.edu, Army ROTC website.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have AP credit in Calculus. Do I still need to take the Mathematics Placement

Exam and the Calculus Readiness Exam?

Yes. All newly admitted College of Engineering and Computer Science students are required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam to assure placement in the proper mathematics/calculus course.

How do I register for the remainder of my courses?

Instructions will be emailed to your syr.edu email account in mid-July on how to add courses beginning August 5-9.

Where can I find the list of Social Science / Humanity electives available?

Visit this link to the Social Sciences or Humanities electives courses.

What if I have AP credit for any required courses?

You can register for another Social Science or Humanity course. Some majors require at least 18 credits of social science or humanities during your 4 years at SU.

Do I need to meet with an advisor during Syracuse Welcome?

Yes. Although the ECS Student Records office will register you for your required courses, you will have chance to enroll yourself in some courses.  It is important for you to attend the advising session during Syracuse Welcome to go over your fall schedule and make necessary adjustments.

When will I be assigned an advisor?

Success Advisor assignments are made by June 17, and you can start contacting them at that time. Your faculty/major advisor will be assigned in mid-August, and you can contact them by the first week of fall classes.

When can I get my email/computer account?

You will receive in the mail instructions to set up your Syracuse University NetID.

When can I purchase my textbooks?

During the summer, the SU Bookstore will send you information about purchasing books according to your schedule. The books will be packed and ready for pick up during Syracuse Welcome.  Alternately, you may opt to purchase your textbooks when you arrive on campus. The SU Bookstore has extended hours at the start of each semester to accommodate your shopping needs.

Should I bring or buy my own computer?

Bringing your own personal computer is a personal choice. Many students find it convenient to own a personal computer. If you do not wish to purchase or bring your own computer, there are many computer labs located throughout campus and residence halls for your use.  If you wish to purchase your own computer here are suggestions.

The University Bookstore offers University-recommended computers, computer software, and many accessories. Syracuse University students, faculty and staff can receive significant savings on educationally priced software. For more information on computing services, go to Information Technology & Services website.