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Technical Electives and Graduate Courses for Undergraduate Students
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Technical Electives Accepted by Departments
What are the technical electives accepted by departments?

The following rules for technical electives are used by departments; for engineering students, the following list will assist you in your selection of courses.

  • Chemical Engineering: Students are required to register for four technical electives. Only one of the four electives can be from outside the major and only after consulting with your adviser. 
  • Civil Engineering: Students are required to register for six technical electives as follows:

o Only one course can be from outside your major (however it should be from engineering) pending the approval of the department.
o You can register for six courses each from a different sequence within civil engineering.
o You can register for only two technical courses in same sequence within civil engineering and the other four should each be from a different sequence.

  • Construction Engineering: There are no specific requirements related to technical electives.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer and Communications Engineering: Students are required to register for 18 credits of technical electives, at least 6 credits of which must be in ECE (See list a. below) and the rest from the pre-approved list of courses (see b. to v. below).


No more than 6 credits may be taken from the same department, program, and/or track.

a. Any EECE course with a number equal to, or greater than, 400
b. Any ENMG course with a number equal to, or greater than, 600
c. ACCT 210
d. BIOL 201, 202, 210, 223, 224, 225, 243, 244, 247, 260, 268, 290
e. BMEN 600, 601, 603, 605, 607, 608
f. CHEM 200, 201, 202, 206, 208, 211, 212, 215, 217, 218, 227, 228, 229
g. CHEN 490, 675
h. CIVE 460, 461, 647, 652, 656, 657, 661, 662, 663, 664, 666, 672
i. CMPS 251, 257, 272, 274, 277, 281, 283, 285, 286, 288, 350, 357, 366, 367, 368, 372, 373, 378, 387
j. DCSN 200, 210
k. ECON 214, 215, 217, 218, 222, 223/224, 226, 227, 228, 230, 232, 235, 236, 237, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243
l. ENTM 220, 225, 235
m. FINA 210, 220
n. GEOL 201, 205, 211, 212, 213, 219, 221
o. INDE 302, 303, 412 p. MATH 210, 212, 213, 214, 220, 223, 224, 227, 241, 242, 251, 261, 271, 281, 303, 304, 306, 314, 315, 341, 344
q. MECH 310, 314, 320, 340, 550, 631,633, 634, 641, 642
r. MKTG 210, 225
s. MNGT 218, 220, 229, 230
t. PHYL 246
u. PHYS 212, 217, 223, 225, 226, 235, 236, 249
v. Any STAT course with a number equal to, or greater than, 234
  • Industrial Engineering: Students are required to register for four technical electives. Two electives should be from graduate courses in Engineering Management (See list a. below), and the other two courses can be from the preapproved lists (See lists b. to i. below).
a. Industrial Engineering and Management: All graduate level (ENMG) courses except ENMG 601, 602, 603, 604, 622, 623, 632
b. Civil and Environmental Engineering: CIVE 621, 624, 625, 626, 628, 723, 724
c. Chemical and Petroleum Engineering: CHEN 490, 690, 691
d. Electrical and Computer Engineering: EECE 330, 633, 647, 664, 667, 668, 693
e. Mechanical Engineering: MECH 320, 332, 340, 521, 522, 622
f. Biology and Psychology: BIOL 243, and PSYC 224, 226, 228
g. Computer Science: CMPS 212, 256, 277, 278
h. Mathematics and Statistics: MATH 210, 212, 213, 214, 220, 223, 241, 261, 303; and STAT 234, 235, 237, 332
i. Physics: PHYS 212, 236
  • Mechanical Engineering: Students are required to register for five technical electives. Four electives are required to be from Mechanical Engineering, and one could be from outside the major. The one from outside the major could be from another engineering major, or a senior level science course that is preapproved by the department.

For Architecture and Design (ArD) students, the following applies:


  • Architecture: Students are required to register for 24 credits of approved ArD/ SFEA field electives as follows:
o 6 credit hours in Category A: Representation
o 9 credit hours in Category B: History and Theory (a minimum of three credits should be in ARCH)
o 9 credit hours in Category C: Technology and Professional Practice (a minimum of three credits should be in ARCH)

  • Graphic Design: Students are required to register for 15 credits of approved ArD/ SFEA field electives as follows:
o 3 credit hours in Category A: Representation
o 6 credit hours in Category B: History, Theory and Methodology
o 3 credit hours in Category C: Digital Media, Typography, and Professional Practice
o An additional 3 credit hours that can be chosen from A, B, or C; or a free ArD (field elective)

ArD elective course offering categories are:
  • Category A: Representation (ARCH 01X and GRDS 01X)
  • Category B: History (ARCH 02X and GRDS 02X) and Theory (ARCH 03X and GRDS 03X)
  • Category C: Technology (ARCH 04X), Engineering courses, and Professional Practice (ARCH 06X); Digital Media (GRDS 04X), Typography (GRDS 05X), and Professional Practice (GRDS 06X)

Graduate Courses
Can an undergraduate student register for graduate courses?

Undergraduate SFEA students can register for graduate courses starting in their third year as long as they have completed the course prerequisites. Students should refer to their departments to make sure the graduate course can be counted as a technical elective.
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