FAQs Answered by Faculty
1) When do I need to declare my major?
If you are not sure which particular engineering major is best for you, you can enter Union with an "engineering undeclared" major. The "Exploring Engineering" course that you will take in the fall will help you discover which type of engineering you enjoy most. You must declare your major in the spring term of the first year before you pre-register for fall courses.
2) What are the differences between computer science and computer engineering?
There is a lot of overlap between computer science and computer engineering, and the majors have 7 required courses in common. Computer engineering focuses more on computer hardware and interfacing, and the curriculum includes several courses in electrical engineering.
3) What is the average class size?
The average class size of engineering courses is 15, and the average lab section size is 10.
4) Can I study abroad as an engineering student?
All engineering students are encouraged to study abroad, and over 70% of them do! The most common time for students to study abroad is the fall term of the junior year, but other schedules are possible.
5) Can I double major as an engineering student?
Many Union engineering students complete a second major. It requires careful planning with your faculty advisor.
6) How much do I need to study as an engineering student?
As a Union engineering student you will take 3-4 courses each term. Faculty will expect you to spend several hours per week on outside work for each course. The specific number of hours required will vary by faculty member, the week of the term, and the efficiency of your work habits, but you will discover that learning is a full time job!
7) Are professors available outside the class?
Yes! Faculty will provide you with a schedule of their office hours, but most faculty also have an open door policy, so you can stop by to get help at other times as well.
8) How many courses do I need to take in order to have a B.S. in Engineering?
You will take 40 courses for your BS in Engineering.
9) Do I need to have a computer?
It is not necessary to have your own computer as an engineering student, since there are several computer labs available for your use. However, most students do have their own computers.
10) When can I become involved in an engineering club?
All engineering clubs welcome first year students, so you can get involved right away!