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Free Electives

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Free elective courses in the BS in Software Engineering program provide a number of opportunities for a student to explore subjects of interest beyond the areas covered by required courses in the program. The exploration of other subjects is a main intent for selection of courses.

Free Electives are typically completed as a combination of 3-credit courses. Students may also combine credits from 1-, 2- or 4-credit courses to reach the total credits required for their curriculum:

  • ‘Old Curriculum’ (enrolled prior to Fall 2016): Complete 6 credits Free Elective
  • New Curriculum’ (enrolled Fall 2016 and later): Complete 9 credits Free Elective

The following restrictions ensure that the free elective courses that a student chooses will provide that intended educational benefit. Free elective credits will not be awarded for:

  • Remedial/bridge coursework taken subsequent to related core coursework (e.g., Pre-calculus after taking Calculus).
  • A course that covers similar material, or material at a lower level, to another required or elective course (e.g., College Physics and University Physics, introductory programming class and Computer Science I).

It is the student's responsibility to verify that a course is valid as a free elective. If you have any questions about a particular course, check with your advisor.