That’s why we require all MSOE undergraduate students to take courses in disciplines outside their major. Our general education curriculum will hone your mathematical and scientific reasoning, communication and information literacy skills, as well as provide a foundation in culture and cultural values, ethics and integrity.

In addition to the course requirements of your major, you’ll complete a minimum of 52 general education credits that include:

Mathematics and Science - 16 Credits Minimum

If you're at MSOE, chances are pretty good that you love math and science. As a student, you’ll complete at least four credits of college-level mathematics, including topical coverage of statistics. You’ll also complete at least four credits of college-level science courses appropriate for your program curriculum, and, of course, you'll get to spend time in the laboratory. 

Freshman Studies - 12 Credits Minimum

Skills like conducting research, preparing and delivering reports, working in small groups, finding solutions and being ethical are all critical to professional success. We offer a number of courses to make sure you are prepared. You are required to complete:

  • GS 1001 Freshman Studies I (4 credits)
  • GS 1002 Freshman Studies II (4 credits)
  • GS 1003 Freshman Studies III (4 credits)

Ethics - 3 credits Minimum

  • HU 332 Bioethics (3 credits)
  • HU 432 Ethics for Professional Managers and Engineers (3 credits)
  • HU 4321 Ethics of Digital Technologies and AI (3 credits)

Humanities and Social Science - 15 Credits Minimum

Technical skills are important, but so are the softer skills of interpersonal communication. You’ll complete at least six credits of social science electives and at least six credits of humanities electives. The final three credits can be chosen from either area. The humanities and social science courses help you become more sensitive to, and fully aware of, yourself and others.

General Education Elective(s) - 3 Credits Minimum

Perhaps you love psychology or history. Maybe you'd like to learn a foreign language. Electives offer you a chance to explore courses outside of your degree program. Each academic program may identify at least three additional credits in any of the three categories (Mathematics and Science, Professional Preparedness, and Humanities and Social Science), or allow students to select an elective to fulfill this requirement.

Program Capstone Experience - 3 Credits Minimum

Senior design...senior project...capstone project. These terms all describe the same cumulative experience that all MSOE students participate in. The capstone is your opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills achieved during your MSOE education.

MSOE’s fast-paced quarter system allows you to move through your general education courses more quickly. So what’s that look like in a student schedule? Here’s the sample curriculum for a freshman mechanical engineering major:


Chemistry 1
Freshman Studies 1
Calculus for Engineers
Introduction to Engineering Design


Chemistry II
Freshman Studies II
Calculus for Engineers II
Computer Applications in Engineering I


Freshman Studies III
Calculus for Engineers III
Introduction to Mechatronics
Physics I - Mechanics