Thinking about engineering or computer science?

Why pursue engineering or computer science?

  • Worldwide demand
  • High-paying jobs
  • Opportunities to work in teams on complex problems
  • Skills appreciated even outside engineering discipline
  • Work that entails problem solving and creativity
  • Impact on the world

The UNM Engineering advantage

  • Leading engineering school in New Mexico with accredited programs and a good educational value
  •  Innovative programs, opportunities for student research, and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Domestic and international internship opportunities
  • Strong ties with the national laboratories, local high-tech companies, and engineering firms
  • Collaborations with other disciplines at UNM and with universities worldwide
  • Emphasis on student success

How to Prepare if You’re Currently in High School

Placement in courses for your first semester will depend on how you perform on the ACT or SAT exam. If you do not perform as well as you would have liked, please do consider taking the test again. However, remember that your most recent scores, not the highest scores, will be used for placement.

The engineering degree plans pre-suppose that you will begin the math sequence for engineering at Calculus. This chart shows placement in math courses; find your SAT/ACT score and read across to find which math course is appropriate.

ACT Score

SAT Score

Math Course



IS-M 100 - Algebraic Problem Solving



Math 120 - Intermediate Algerba



Math 121 - College Algerba



Math 123 - Trigonometry



Math 150 - Precalculus



Math 162 - Calculus I

* if your score is 28-31, you must take and pass the COMPASS Trig test.

Take a math course every year, including your senior year; it will keep you in practice!
Most engineering students will be required to take the following math sequence:
Math 162 - Calculus I 
Math 163 - Calculus II 
Math 264 - Calculus III 
Math 316 - Applied Ordinary Differential Equations

So you can see it is important to keep your math skills sharp!

Making the Most Of Your Education

Plan Your Life
Take time to determine your personal needs and desires. Build dreams for the future by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What do you see yourself doing five, ten or twenty years from now?
  • What are your values and beliefs?
  • What type of lifestyle do you want to live?

Reach for the Stars

  • Learn to adapt and alter your habits to new situations
  • Don't shrink away from challenging or difficult classes
  • Build upon your strengths
  • Turn failure into process on the learning curve to success

Draw on Other Resources
Experiences outside of your major can be tools for defining your skills and interests: 

  • Part-time jobs
  • Work-study programs
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Cooperative Education

Do Some Research
Do more than read the pages in the college handbook: 

  • Talk to faculty in different departments
  • Talk to students in different programs
  • Talk to students who have graduated and are working in your field
  • Look up department home pages on the Net
  • Join a professional society and get involved
  • Get to know the faculty and their research interests
  • Volunteer to work in a department laboratory