Content covered in the first year is intended to develop your understanding and intuition of the basics of various fields. This content helps build a vital foundation for pursuing majors. The first-year STEM courses are a set of fascinating explorations about what makes the world work. Most importantly, the courses will incorporate projects embedded in the real world, allowing a realistic exploration of topics and not limited to a theoretical approach.
We also recognize that in a class of students from varying backgrounds, several topics will be more familiar to some than others. Our classroom pedagogies are set up so that if you have prior expertise in a particular topic, you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge on a topic beyond what the rest of the class might be learning. On the other hand, if the subject matter is new to you, we will support you with additional bridging material.
Foundations in Math
This will enable you to develop an intuition for and understanding the languages of geometry, measurement, basic algebra, and calculus.You will use visualization and exploration to achieve this.
Foundation in Science
Mechanics, energy, electromagnetism, atomic theory, redox reactions, cellular biology, evolution, and the biology of human behavior will be taught.
Algorithms and Programming
Hands-on experience in using computation to solve simple problems. Reinforcing concepts from Mathematics and Physics through interactive visualizations.
You will learn to utilize your hands and bodies for skills that demonstrate the great force and delicate movements they are capable of. In doing so, you will explore your full potential.
Gain a sense of what is involved in the majors
Through the course of the first year, you will experience five immersive, 3 week projects, one for each major. This will enable you to choose your learning paths and your specializations in the second year. You will work on projects in:
- Interactive Technologies
- Energy Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Digital Transformation