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 while setting the stage with foundational math and science courses. The second-year focuses on major exploration and development.

Success in the initial Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics courses is a critical step in pursuing an Engineering degree therefore ARISE works closely with academic support programs across Grainger Engineering. These resources have been an integral part of the success of our ARISE Scholars and the driving force behind the retention numbers of our underrepresented populations. We continue to incorporate these support classes into our curriculum.

Academic Support

The Morrill Engineering Program (MEP) supports the success of underrepresented student populations through academic and professional development as well as creating relationships among peers, faculty/staff, and alumni.

The Center for Academic Resources in Engineering (CARE) offers academic services through drop-in tutoring, Peer Led Teams, and exam review sessions to create a dynamic learning community to support engineering students.

The active participation in Merit sections supplements the learning done in lectures, homework, and discussion sections allowing students to have peer-to-peer interactions to achieve a level of understanding necessary to succeed.

Initial 4-Semester Schedule Sample

1st - FALL

2nd - SPRING

3rd - FALL

4th - SPRING

ENG 100: Engineering Orientation

ENG 101: Engineering at Illinois

Major Exploration course

Major Technical Core Course

ENG 111: MEP Mentoring

RHET 105: Writing and Research

General Education Course

General Education Course

MATH 220: Calculus I

MATH 231: Calculus II

MATH 241: Calculus III

Math Core:  MATH 257 or MATH 285

MATH 199: Calculus Merit

MATH 199: Calculus II Merit

ENG 199: Calculus III PLT

ENG 199: Math Course PLT

CHEM 101: Introductory Chemistry

CHEM 102: General Chemistry I

PHYS 211: Mechanics

PHYS 212: Electricity and Magnetism

CHEM 199: Chemistry Merit

CHEM 103: General Chemistry I Lab

ENG 199: Physics 211 PLT

ENG 199: Physics 212 PLT

PHYS100: Thinking About Physics

CHEM 199: Chemistry Merit

Major Exploration courses typically taken:

AE 140: Aerospace Computer-Aided Design CS 101: Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci CHEM 104/105: General Chemistry II + Lab
ME 170: Computer-Aided Design CS 124: Introduction to Computer Science I ABE 141: ABE Principles
SE 101: Engineering Graphics & Design ECE 110: Introduction to Electronics MCB 150: Molec & Cellular Basis of Life
PHYS 211: Mechanics ECE 120: Introduction to Computing MSE 182: Intro to MatSE