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General Education & Liberal Arts Requirement

Non-technical parameters both influence and shape the working environment of the practicing engineer and computer scientist. More and more ethical, social, international and economic issues play a major role in determining the final technical solution for a given problem and has caused the basic skill set of engineers and computer scientists to be extended beyond, mathematics and physical science. Courses in the humanities and the social sciences produce an awareness and knowledge of these influences on the engineering and computer science profession. To meet the objectives of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program outcomes all School of Engineering (SOE) undergraduate programs have a general education component that satisfies both programmatic and institutional objectives.

Eligible courses that can be used to fulfill the general education requirement must be either equivalent to or selected from only those courses listed as meeting the objectives of the following four clusters:

i. Professional and Ethical Responsibilities Cluster (Outcome f),
ii. Communication Cluster (Outcome g),
iii. Global and Societal Context Cluster (Outcome h),
iv. Contemporary Issues Cluster (Outcome j).

For a list of approved courses for the clusters click here (PDF file). For questions about the SOE approved list of general education courses please contact the Office of Undergraduate Affairs (T-209) at (212) 650-8020 or the Office of Student Programs (T-2M) at (212) 650-8040. The list is subject to periodic review and updates.

SOE General Education Requirement:
In order to fulfill the SOE general education requirement engineering and computer science students must:

1. Pass six approved courses for a total of 18 credits of which at least 6 credits must be at the 20000 level or higher,

2. Satisfy the objectives of at least three of the four approved clusters. It is possible that an approved course may satisfy the objectives of one or more clusters.

Note, that each program may have additional requirements beyond those stated above. It is highly recommended that a SOE advisor be consulted.

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