"We were so comfortable through technology that it helped with all my
team projects; even after I left the first-year classroom"
"N enjoyed the integration of subjects because I enjoy seeing the big
picture. I really need to see the big picture to understand things"
"I liked learning about and working on technical problems that are occurring
right now in industry and that are exciting to students."
—First-year Engineering student
The First year engineering program at Texas A&M consists of clusters
of 100 students who take courses (including chemistry, engineering, math
and physics) together, and study together. Students select a cluster on
their math placement nad other background. All courses (linked or not)
use a common synchronized syllabus(modified on an annual basis by faculty
from each of the courses teaching first-year engineering students). Synchronization
allows engineering faculty to build on topics covered in other courses
when they are being covered. Coperative faculty in math and science often
enhance this integration of material.
This new curriculum was based on a four-year pilot program. The pilot
program was more tightly integrated and included English as well as the
courses in the currrent program. Synchronization and clustering was chosen(over
integration) in order to offer all students a program that included most
of the benefits of the pilot program. In addition, an annual review is
made of the courses to improve the coordination and integration of the