Advance Registration Guide

Requirements of the Curricula

The Penn Engineering Undergraduate Handbook can be found online. This site is extremely helpful and you will use it frequently.

Each Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) curriculum has six categories of requirements:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Technical Electives/Application Focus/Career Path/Concentration (please refer to the Worksheet of your intended major)
  • Social Science and Humanities/Technology in Business and Society (SSH/TBS),
  • Free Electives

Courses that satisfy the respective requirements may be found in the online Undergraduate Handbook under each category.

Please note that certain courses change from year to year.

Each BSE and BAS curriculum has a Worksheet. An online version of the Worksheet for your major is found on Penn-In-Touch. The Worksheet is a kind of “blueprint” or road map of your requirements as well as a planning tool for the next four years. During the departmental meeting and meeting with your Faculty Advisor and UG Chair, you will receive additional information about these Worksheets and information about using your Worksheet. Additionally, procedures for changing your curriculum and other information related to your curriculum requirements and the School’s rules, regulations, and procedures will be discussed during New Student Orientation.

The Engineering Writing Requirement

The Writing Requirement differs somewhat between each of the four undergraduate schools at Penn. For SEAS students, the requirement can be found in the online handbook. All of the courses listed in the “Writing Program” booklet will satisfy the Penn Engineering Writing Requirement and are also counted as Social Science or Humanities distribution requirements.

No credit list

SEAS undergraduates may not use courses on this list toward their degree:

  • Astro 1
  • CIS (CSE) 100/101
  • Education (inter-session courses)
  • Math 170, 312 (Between Spring, 1999 and Spring, 2006)
  • MCIT courses
  • Military Science
  • Naval Science (except 102, 201, 202, 401)
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Physics below 140 except PHYS 050, 051
  • Statistics (below 430 except STAT 111)
  • Wharton evening courses and Wharton 4XX courses