Advance Registration Guide

Major Requirements: Curriculum Deferred (CD)

Freshmen who do not initially choose a specific major when applying to Penn are designated “Curriculum Deferred (CD)”. Many first year students are CD, so you shouldn’t feel as though you are the exception.

Since you are not required to declare your Engineering major until the end of your first year, you have time to learn about each department. During New Student Orientation and throughout the fall semester, the Office of Academic Programs (APO) and the academic departments organize events to give you opportunities to explore degree options.

All Curriculum Deferred students are required to take a 100 level engineering course during their freshman year in either the Fall or the Spring semester.

Students who declare their major by the end of the Fall 2009 semester will not be required to take a 100 level engineering course.

Curriculum Deferred

Faculty Advisors for CD Students: John Keenan, David Pope
Academic Programs Office
111 Towne Building
220 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6391
Phone: 215-898-7246
Fax: 215-573-5577

Recommended First Semester Courses for CD Students

  • Any 100 Level Engineering Course (See below for complete list of 100 Level Engineering Courses)
  • MATH 104
  • PHYS 150 (with lab) or PHYS 140 (no lab)
  • CHEM 101 (Recommend section 4 or 5 for engineering students)
  • CHEM 053 Lab
  • Writing Requirement course or Social Science and Humanities elective

All Curriculum Deferred students are required to take one of the 100 level engineering courses listed below. If you are leaning towards a particular major, you are recommended to take the 100 Level course of that major and follow the recommended courses for the first semester for that major. See Recommended Courses for the First Semester for All Majors for more information.

Major Interest

Course Number

Course Title

Overview of Engineering

EAS 101

Introduction to Engineering (highly recommended of undecided students)


BE 100

Introduction to Bioengineering

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

CBE 150

Fundamentals of Biotechnology

Computer Engineering CIS 110
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering

Computer Science

CIS 110
CIS 120
CIS 160

Introduction to Programming
Programming Languages and Techniques I (if you have AP credit for CIS 110), and
Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

CIS 110

Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering

EAS 210

Introduction to Nanotechnology and Engineering (spring semester only)

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

MEAM 110/147 and


MEAM 101

EAS 105

Introduction to Mechanics/Lab (Instead of PHYS 150) and

Introduction to Mechanical Design
Introduction to Scientific Computation

Systems Engineering

CIS 110

Introduction to Electrical and Systems Engineering and Systems Engineering