ARISE Curriculum

The ARISE Curriculum provides scholars with the foundational skills to become master Engineering Students. The first year courses focus on developing and strengthening problem solving, critical thinking, and academic strategies. The second year focuses on major and career exploration and development. Success in the initial Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics courses is a critical step in pursuing an Engineering degree therefore the ARISE supplemental courses will focus on developing strategies to be successful within these courses.

First Year Sample

Fall Semester Spring Semester
*MATH 115: Preparation for Calculus + Merit *MATH 220: Calculus I + Merit
CHEM 101: Introductory Chemistry + Merit CHEM 102/103: General Chemistry I + Lab + Merit
ENG 100: Engineering Orientation ENG 177: ARISE Projects Elective
ENG 199: ARISE Scholars part I (section AR1) ENG 199: ARISE Scholars part II (section AR2)
ENG 198: IEFX Elective (Grand Challenges, Inspiring/Interacting/Informing, Sustainability, or Strategies for Int’l Development) RHET 105: Writing and Research or Liberal Education Elective
RHET 105: Writing and Research or Liberal Education Elective ENG 101: Engineering Majors At Illinois

Second Year Sample

Fall Semester Spring Semester
*MATH 231: Calculus II + Merit *MATH 241: Calculus III + Merit
PHYS 100: Thinking about Physics PHYS 211: University Physics; Mechanics
**CHEM 104/105: General Chemistry II + Lab ENG 199: ARISE Scholars part IV (section AR4)
ENG 199: ARISE Scholars part III (section AR3) Major Exploration Course
Major Exploration Course

*Through Calculus I, ARISE students must earn a B­ or better grade to move to the next math course; otherwise, the course must be repeated the following term.

**Chemistry 104/105 is not a required course through ARISE. Unless the student’s major requires Chem 104/105, Chem 102/103 will be the last required chemistry course.​

"ARISE helped me connect with people who have similar goals as me and allowed me to make friends. Being able to see familiar faces in classes helped not feel as isolated since the campus is so big."

Christina Garcia

ARISE Class of 24'