The Department of Engineering Education (DEE) helps engineering students be successful in their educational programs and in their engineering careers. DEE’s mission is to assure the delivery of the highest quality teaching and learning experience to College of Engineering and Applied Science students with primary emphasis on the first and second year courses.
The department provides students with tutoring, mentoring, advising and other support services, as well as valuable research opportunities. Educators in the department teach fundamental courses in engineering, and administrators coordinate the teaching of calculus, physics and chemistry to engineering students.
Though the department serves as a resource for all students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, DEE houses two formal programs: the Freshman Engineering Program and the Engineering and Applied Science Entrance program.
The Freshman Engineering Program (FEP) houses undecided students who are interested in the engineering field. Students can directly apply to this program if they know they want to pursue engineering at an undergraduate level but do not know specifically what program they want to enter.
The Engineering and Applied Science Entrance (EASE) program houses students who have impressive high school resumes but have slightly less competitive profiles when it comes to GPA or test scores. Students are placed in this program based on their college application.
Rather than start in a specific program like mechanical or chemical engineering, FEP and EASE students have the flexibility to decide what they want to study later on in their college experience. After a semester or two at UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, FEP and EASE students apply to transition to a major of their choice, a process based on their UC GPA and the courses they have taken.
DEE is located in the Alumni Engineering Learning Center on the eight floor of Rhodes Hall. The Center provides an academic home for first-year students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, featuring wired classrooms, open study areas, mobile tables and chairs, white boards and a café area, as well as faculty offices. These facilities have an intentional focus on collaboration and learning.
DEE strives for the College of Engineering and Applied Science to be recognized as a premier college for the delivery, advancement and promotion of engineering education.