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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the EED's undergraduate offerings?

EED undergraduate offerings include the popular First-Year Engineering and Capstone Programs, alongside engineering graphics courses, and even programs for those outside engineering who are interested in becoming more technically literate. For a more detailed overview, please visit our About page. For more information about the EED's undergraduate features and programs, click on the following links:

I'm a first-year engineering student. What computer should I buy for my engineering courses?

EED courses will introduce students to software that they will most likely use throughout their engineering studies. The College of Engineering website lists the minimum computer specifications that support software requirements. This software is designed for a Windows environment, and mobile devices are extremely helpful to students thanks to OSU's campus-wide wireless Internet access. Students can also use the EED's various computer facilities, which are listed in the Facilities section. 

The Instructional Technology tab contains additional information about the software that is available to students as well as a list of suggested computer features. Please take a moment to view this informational guide for parents who are interested in the technology needs of their engineering students.

What software is used in undergraduate EED classes? How do I obtain copies of software?

Each EED course uses a different program in order to enrich the educational experience and prepare students for the work world upon graduation. Some of the software currently used includes:

  • First-Year Engineering Program ― MATLAB, SolidWorks
  • Engineering Graphics  AutoCAD, MATLAB, SolidWorks
  • Multidisciplinary Capstone  Minitab and targeted use of other software as necessary for specific projects

For specific information on software packages and how to acquire student copies, please see the Instructional Technology tab.

What facilities are used for EED courses and what do they contribute to my education?

EED courses are known for their small class sizes and interactive learning opportunities. The EED's facilities are designed to foster a more productive learning environment for undergraduate engineers.

The First-Year Engineering and Engineering Graphics Programs use computing facilities located in Hitchcock Hall. Each student uses a computer that holds the engineering software they will use to solve real-world engineering problems. The programs available at each workstation include:

  • Engineering ApplicationsSolidWorks
  • ProgrammingMATLAB and C/C++​
  • Textual ProcessingMicrosoft Office

Additionally, First-Year Engineering Program participants have access to tools and equipment needed for the wide range of labs conducted throughout the program as well as the culminating project assignments.

The Multidisciplinary Capstone Projects use a variety of facilities, but most have software that is similar to those used by the First-Year Engineering students. Capstone students also have access to the Scott Laboratory's student machine shop.

For more information as well as pictures of the laboratories and facilities, please see the Facilities section.

Can I get involved with EED without being an engineering major?

Yes! There are several courses and two minors open to non-engineering students who are looking to gain a technical background. Students can a take writing course with an engineering basis to fulfill GE requirements. The minor, Engineering Sciences, covers material that is helpful to students who would like to gain a technical background or work alongside engineers in their professional careers.

For more information about these opportunities, please visit the Courses & Services and EngSciences Minor pages.

Do I have to be in the Honors or Scholars Program in order to take First-Year Engineering courses?

No! The First-Year Engineering Program has components for Honors students, Scholars students, and those interested in the standard course sequence. The Honors, Scholars, and standard sequences are each two-course versions of the program with similar labs and their own design projects. There is also a course sequence specifically for transfer students that brings these students to the same level as their peers. All four sequences offer students hands-on learning with group design projects and labs that are relevant to work-world situations.

For more information, please visit the First-Year tab.

Do you still have unanswered questions?

We welcome your questions and feedback in order to add information to our website and FAQ section. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Department of Engineering Education's front desk:

Phone: (614) 2927923