Content covered in the first year is intended to develop your understanding and intuition of the basics of the fields. These basics are necessary for studying majors. The first-year STEM courses are a set of fascinating explorations about what makes the world work. Most importantly, the courses will be explored through projects embedded in the real world and not just from a space of theory.
We also recognize that in a class of students from varying backgrounds, several topics will be more familiar to some than others. Our classroom pedagogies are set up so that you will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge on a topic beyond what the rest of the class might be learning. You will also find support if the subject matter is new to you and you require bridging material.
Foundation in Math
Developing an intuition for and understanding the languages of geometry, polynomials, and calculus, working a great deal through visualization and exploration.
Foundation in Science
Mechanics, energy, electromagnetism, atomic theory, redox reactions, cellular biology, evolution, and the biology of human behavior.
Algorithms and Programming
The course provides you hands-on experience in using computation to solve simple problems. Reinforce concepts from Mathematics and Physics through interactive visualizations. It helps you appreciate the limits and risks of technology.
Our hands and bodies are amazing complex tools, capable of both great force and of delicate movements. However, without learning skills involving them, and the practice of doing them, we don’t explore our full potential. This would vary from things like basics of typing, stitching to how to safely handle a fire, or work in a mechanical workshop.
Have a sense of what is involved in the majors
Through the course of the first year, you will experience five immersive, 3 week projects, one for each major. This will enable you to choose your learning paths and then your specializations in the second year.
- Interactive Technologies
- Energy Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Digital Transformation