As a Villanova College of Engineering freshman, you will begin your fall semester with a common course schedule that will include:

ACS 1000 - Ancients* or ACS 1001 - Moderns*
CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I
CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I**
EGR 1001 - Career Compass First Yr A
EGR 1200 - Egr. Interdisciplinary Project
MAT 1500 - Calculus I**
THL 1000 - Faith, Reason and Culture

*ACS (Augustine and Culture Seminar) is a requirement for the first year and may be taken in any sequence.

**Students who have received exam credit (i.e., AP credit) or completed these courses at the college level will be assigned a higher level requirement.

Daniel Fetsko, Civil Engineering

“The freshman project gives you a chance to see a real application of what you’ll be doing as an engineer and helps you adjust to working in teams, which is something you’ll do throughout your career.

Daniele Fetsko, Civil Engineering

Kenna Bryan, Computer Engineering

“Villanova is going to provide you with so much more than a piece of paper with a degree on it. Your classmates will quickly turn from strangers to lifelong friends, thanks to the freshman engineering program.”

Kenna Bryan, Computer Engineering

Andrew Osburn, Mechanical Engineering

“Villanova students and faculty make it an incredible place to develop into a capable student, leader and citizen. They help create the collaborative and supportive culture that is vital to an effective engineering education!”

Andrew Osburn, Mechanical Engineering

EGR 1200 - Engineering Interdisciplinary Project

The highlight of the College of Engineering’s freshman program is EGR 1200, the engineering interdisciplinary project. During the first half of the fall semester, this course will introduce you to engineering analysis, design and research using an active-learning, problem-based approach. During the second half of the fall semester, you will select one interdisciplinary engineering project on which you will be mentored by teaching and research faculty in whose fields these projects are based. Specific projects include:

Project Days Time
Biomimicry M,W 1:30-2:45pm


Biomedical Signal Analysis M,W 3:00-4:15pm
  Tu,Th 11:30am-12:45pm
SMARTBEAM Tu,Th 11:30am-12:45pm


Sustainable Systems Design (pdf) (video) M,W 1:30-2:45pm
  M,W 3:00-4:15pm
DIY Biosensor Tu,Th 11:30am-12:45pm
  Tu,Th 1:00-2:15pm
Water Energy Nexus Tu,Th 11:30am-12:45pm
  Tu,Th 1:00-2:15pm
Disaster Shelters (Honors) Th 6:10-8:50pm

Academic Advising

Each freshman is assigned an academic advisor who is a full-time faculty member in the department of your chosen major. It is incumbent upon you to get to know your academic advisor as they can help you:

  • Adjust to university life or point you in the right direction for answers
  • Select minors and concentrations
  • Consider career choices, internships, post-graduation employment and graduate school
  • Secure referrals, when appropriate

Perhaps most importantly, your academic advisor will help ensure proper course selection and your advancement in the academic program. At pre-registration time each semester, your advisor will provide you with an up-to-date summary of the courses you have taken and those you are still required to take to obtain the target degree.

Engineering Service Learning

Villanova Engineers are inspired to solve problems, think creatively, work collaboratively and innovate in every field.