Engineering Learning Communities
Engineering Learning Communities
What is an Engineering First Year Learning Community? (EFLC)?
First year students are grouped together and enrolled in the same sections of Engineering, math, science, and supplemental instruction each quarter of the first year. Engineering First Year Learning Communities are academic and social networks designed to:
- Foster the development of close academic and social relationships through community building.
- Support the academic and social transition needed to meet the challenges of a rigorous engineering cirriculum.
- Guide, promote and enhance first year engineering student's pursuit of academic excellence.
What are the benefits of being a member of an Engineering First Year Learning Community?
Clustering students encourages the development of an engineering identity and group pursuit of academic excellence.
Ready-Made Support Networks!
Even the most proactive first year students wander alone, most often aimlessly, trying to establish connections to support their academic success. Students who join the Engineering First Year Learning Community have the advantage of being part of a pre-existing ready-made network. EFLC members don’t work by themselves; from day one they are part of a team focused on achieving academic excellence.
Guaranteed To Get The Classes You Need!
Registering for classes, a daunting task for most first year students is streamlined and simplified significantly for members of an Engineering First Year Learning Community. Seats are reserved for Engineering Learning Community members to guarantee that they get the courses they want and the accompanying enrichment services.
Stronger Connection and Identification with Engineering!
The first year in Engineering is filled with foundational courses that are shared throughout the entire University. In a large lecture, you might be surrounded by students who may not spend 40 hours each week studying. In fact, the likelihood is that you may never get to know the student next to you and might miss an important connection. The Engineering First Year Learning Community encourages bonding among Engineering students and the development of an Engineering identity. From day one, you never have to guess if the student next to you understands what it’s like to be an Engineering major. Bonding opportunities with other Engineering students happens immediately.
Better Academic and Career Results!
Research reveals that on average Engineering First Year Learning Community members maintain higher GPAs, finish their degree programs in shorter periods of time, and are better equipped with adaptive and team-oriented skills required for success in rapidly evolving technology industries. Engineering First Year Learning Community students tend to get the highest grades and the best jobs!
Participating in the Engineering First Year Learning Community will be fun and socially rewarding. Members have personal invitations to both College sponsored social events for all students and special freshmen-only social events. In addition, peer mentors and Engineering student organizations offer socials, “meet and greet” sessions, receptions, banquets, potlucks, camping trips, engineering competitions, field trips to industry, conference travel, and other celebrations which are offered to all students, but especially cater to the first year students seeking friendships and information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What classes should I take next quarter if I am trying to change my major?
You should try to take courses that help meet the major change criteria for your desired major. The Suggested Course Plans list all courses required to complete each major and serves as a guide to navigating the program. Additionally, you can use the Catalog to learn about prerequisites and help plan your time here.
I'm registered for MATH 9C and I'm taking it for an S/NC grade. Is this allowed in BCOE?
No, all math, science and engineering and English composition courses must be taken for a letter grade basis. See your current college rules for petitioning for retro active changes to grading basis.
I have more than 120 units, will I be eligible to change my major to BCOE if I meet all other criteria?
No, students who have 120 or more units are not eligible for a change of major to BCOE.
I have transferred to UCR from another institution or a community college, can I change my major to a BCOE major?
Transfers are expected to earn the degree for the major to which they were accepted. Transfer students will be subject to both admissions criteria and change of major criteria. A petition would need to be filed for an evaluation.
Can I take an engineering class even though I am not an engineering major?
You can take any class for which you meet the prerequisites. If a class has a restriction that gives priority to engineering majors, you will not be able to enroll. You may need to wait until seats are released during the make-up registration periods or until the class is offered in a subsequent term.
What are maximum units?
A student must be able to complete a major within the maximum number of units allowed for the degree. The number of maximum units varies by major and are listed here. To estimate if you can complete a major within the maximum units allowed, use the suggested course plan. Begin by crossing off the courses you have completed, then sum the units of all of the courses you have remaining. Add this to the number of units you have earned. Compare your total with the maximum units allowed for the major.
Is there a deadline to declare a major?
Major changes are reviewed and processed within the first three weeks of every quarter. In general, BCOE does not allow students to major change once they have earned 120 units.
Do I need to meet with an Academic Advisor to change my major?
No. Academic Advisors are not available to meet with you. If you believe you meet major change criteria, you are welcome to submit an online major change request via the link above. You will receive notification when your major change is reviewed.
How do I know if engineering will be a good major for me? Are there courses that I can take to explore the major?
To be successful in the College of Engineering, students need to have strong math and science skills. To learn more about a particular major, you are encouraged to review the department websites, talk to students in the major and/or talk with faculty in the department. You are encouraged to visit engineering courses during the school year, talk with the instructor, let him/her know that you are considering changing your major and politely request if you can sit in on the lecture, although you will not be formerly enrolled.
How many times can I take a course needed to major change?
Generally, a student may repeat only courses in which a grade of “D,” “F” or “NC” was earned. Some lower division CS courses may be repeated if a grade of C- was earned. BCOE allows a single course to be repeated only once.
I’m working on major changing to BCOE. Can I S/NC a class?
The College of Engineering requires that courses required for the major must be taken for a letter grade. If you choose to take a required major course Satisfactory/No Credit, you will be required to revert the grading basis back to a letter grade prior to being able to major change to BCOE.
I have placed into a non-BCOE required math course. What do I do?
See your current academic advisor and ask for a math placement adjustment.
I have credit for a non-BCOE required math course. How do I enroll in the appropriate BCOE required math course?
See the CNAS Enrollment Management Center.
I'm currently enrolled in PHYS 2A (or I took PHYS 2A or I have AP credit for PHYS 2A), can I take PHYS 40B?
If you complete PHYS 2LA with a grade of at least C- you are eligible to take PHYS 40B. See the CNAS Enrollment Management Center.
I failed ARC-035 Intermediate Algebra Workshop (formerly LNCR-035), can I major change to BCOE?
Is the M.S. in Engineering program available online?
Yes, for more information on the online program visit the website.
What if I still have questions?
Send an email to email@example.com with your full name and the phrase "CHANGE OF MAJOR" in the subject line. Make sure to include your student ID number in the body of the message along with your questions.