One of the core aspects of the Rodman Scholars program is it's academic experience. These learning opportunities help Rodmans gain a broader perspective in their courses and explore academic opportunities (through Rodman Seminars). The curriculum for the Rodman program undergoes occasional modifications, so refer to the Student Information System for the most current information.


The Rodman Scholars curriculum is the same as that for other engineers with the exception of the following courses, listed below

Synthesis Design I
ENGR 1410
Offered exclusively to first-year Rodman Scholars during their first semester, this class replaces the standard ENGR 1620 introduction to engineering class. Instead of focusing on a specific application or area of engineering, Synthesis Design I looks at the engineering design process more generally and applies it to a variety of projects throughout the semester which are designed to emulate real-world engineering. ENGR 1410 is required for Rodman Scholars, but not mid-year applicants.
Synthesis Design II
ENGR 1420
Synthesis Design II is offered exclusively to first-year Rodman Scholars during their second semester and continues the concepts developed in Synthesis Design I. Unlike Synthesis Design I, this second course involves a single group project that lasts the entire semester. Synthesis Design II is required for all Rodman Scholars.
Rodman Seminars are 1-credit pass-fail courses that cover various topics chosen by the scholars. There are typically 4-5 seminars offered each semester and are a fun way for Rodmans to explore topics that interest them without a large commitment of time or credits. Please visit the Rodman Seminars page for more information about the classes offered now and in the past. 4 Rodman Seminars (3 for mid-year applicants) are required for graduation.
Rodman STS
  • Class of 2013 and 2014: The standard introductory STS class (STS 1500) is not required for Rodman Scholars graduating in 2014 or earlier. Rodmans in these years with AP credit for STS 1500 do not have to take anything to replace the course; those without AP credit must take an HSS elective instead of STS 1500. In addition, a Rodman discussion section for STS 2500 replaces the normal course requirement.
  • Class of 2015 and 2016: Science, Technology and Contemporary Issues (STS 1500) is required for Rodmans in the class of 2015 and later. Rodmans take the same lecture as the rest of the engineering students in their class. However, Rodmans are placed into discussion sections made up mostly of other Rodman scholars. All other STS requirements are the same as those for non-Rodmans.
Rodman Physics
  • Class of 2013: Rodmans in the class of 2013 take special sections of physics taught only for Rodman Scholars (PHYS 1427 and PHYS 2417). These replace the standard PHYS 1425 and PHYS 2415 physics classes for engineers.
  • Everyone else: Rodman Scholars have the option of taking the standard physics for engineers sequence of PHYS 1425 and PHYS 2415 with laboratory or a three course sequence designed for physics majors (PHYS 1610, PHYS 1620, and PHYS 2610)