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Road Map to Graduation

Tracking Your Degree Progress

Advanced Composition

Composition I

Free Electives

Foreign Language

General Education Requirements

Cultural Studies

General Education Electives


Technical GPA


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Road Map to Graduation

Advisors and Deans in your department and College want to help you plan a successful, minimal stress road map to graduation!

This is where you can find all the Programs of Study. Check the specific requirements of your degree program, semester by semester.

This is where you can generate and check your Degree Audit.

Each year of school, we encourage you to do the following. Read More

Tracking Your Degree Progress

Keep track of your progress towards graduation here. The materials found here are meant to only be guidelines. Read More

Advanced Composition

The Advanced Composition requirement is fulfilled by a writing-intensive course beyond basic composition. It is required of all students, including transfer students. It is normally taken in the junior or senior years. 

The course used to fulfill this requirement varies with curriculum. Consult your advisor for current information. The campus list is a series of courses that have been approved for Advanced Composition credit. It is available here

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Composition I

Unless exempt for having credit obtained by SAT, ACT, or AP Scores, you must complete the Composition I requirement during your freshman year by enrolling in one of the following courses or course combinations:

  • Rhetoric 105
  • Communication 111 and 112
  • English as a Second Language 111 and 112
  • English as a Second Language 115

Students should see their advisor if they have questions about the appropriate placement in a Comp I class.

Free Electives

Undergraduate students in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Grainger College of Engineering need 6 or more semester hours of free electives; the exact number required depends on the major. Almost any course offered by the University, and most transfer courses, can be used for free electives. 

There are several restrictions. Read More

Foreign Language Requirements

High school language requirement: Effective for all entering freshmen in Fall 2000 or later (Fall 2002 for transfer students), the following language requirement must be completed for graduation.  This requirement may be satisfied by:

  • Successfully completing in high school the third year of a language other than English;
  • Successfully completing a third-semester college-level course in a language other than English; or
  • Demonstrating proficiency at the third semester level in a language proficiency examination approved by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the appropriate department.

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General Education Requirements

The campus General Education requirements fall into several categories.  Those in Composition I, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Quantitative Reasoning are met by courses required in engineering curricula. Beginning with the class that entered in Fall 2000, students must complete a third-level college language course. Most students satisfy this requirement by completing three years of high school instruction in a single language.

The campus General Education requirements in social and behavioral sciences and in humanities and the arts can be met while satisfying the College of Engineering's liberal education course work requirements (see below). Proper choices will assure that these courses also satisfy the campus requirements in the areas of Western and non-Western cultures. Beginning with the class that entered in Fall 2018, students must also assure that they take a course that satisfies the campus requirement in the area of U.S. Minority Culture.  Many of these courses satisfy the campus Advanced Composition requirement, which assures that students have the advanced writing skills expected of all college graduates.

Students may obtain credit from different academic sources, i.e., residential instruction, advanced placement (AP or IB) tests, and transfer credits. All course work taken to satisfy campus general education requirements must be taken for grade.

For more information about General Education course work requirements, consult the campus' General Education website.

Cultural Studies

The campus General Education requirement in Cultural Studies is as follows, which may or may not fulfill other general education requirements.

Students who matriculated Spring 2018 or prior must complete two (2) courses taken for a grade. Read More

Students who began Fall 2018 or after must complete three (3) courses taken for a grade. Read More

General Education Electives

The Grainger College of Engineering requires eighteen hours of General Education Electives. Through these courses students deepen their understanding of human culture and society, build skills in inquiry and critical thinking, and lay a foundation for civic engagement and lifelong learning.

The college requirements include the campus General Education (GenEd) requirements in humanities and social/behavioral sciences (described above). To satisfy the General Education requirements, students must complete:

  • Six hours of campus GenEd courses in Humanities & Arts. These courses must be taken for a grade.
  • Six hours of campus GenEd courses in Social & Behavioral Sciences. These courses must be taken for a grade.

*With careful course selection these requirements and the cultural studies requirements can be completed with a few as twelve hours of course work. 

Advising Tip: To quickly find courses that satisfy more than one campus GenEd requirement, go to and Search the General Education Course Lists . You can find, for instance, all of the History courses that count toward both the Humanities & Arts requirement and the Western Cultural Studies requirement.

  • Six hours may be selected from any of the following: 
    • Courses from The Grainger College of Engineering Liberal Education course list (See Below). Note that this list includes courses in business subjects, the applied arts, and foreign languages, as well as additional courses in humanities and social sciences.
    • Other courses that match the intent of the college general education requirements, and that are approved by the college. Students must petition to have these courses accepted as Liberal Education Electives and added to the list below.
    • Courses from the Humanities & the Arts campus GenEd list 
    • Courses from the Social & Behavioral Sciences campus GenEd list
    • Courses that have a Cultural Studies designation.

Liberal Education Course List

The following courses can be used to satisfy The Grainger College of Engineering General Education requirement. Students who complete their campus General Education requirements for Humanities & the Arts, and Social & Behavioral Sciences with fewer than eighteen hours of course work may select the balance of their eighteen hours from this list.  Courses taken from this list that fulfill no other degree requirements may be taken on a Credit/No-Credit basis. Please note that there are courses on the list (especially if included within the phrase "All Courses") that are approved for campus General Education requirements for Humanities & the Arts or Social & Behavioral Sciences.  Actually, all courses with such approval can be used to fulfill the College of Engineering Liberal Education requirement in addition to those in the list. Read More

Languages:  Language courses other than English are usually acceptable, except for the student's native language(s), and closely related languages.  These courses must be in excess on the high school language requirement. Approval in 206 Engineering Hall is required to count any foreign language course toward the Liberal Education requirement. Courses may be based on results of the student's Language Placement Examination with the following limitations:

  1. Students may not repeat, for degree credit, courses more than two semesters below their high school achievement level (e.g., four years of high school language credit will not allow 101 or 102, but would allow for 103 or 104);
  2. Students may earn proficiency credit for 103 or 104 or higher by examination, subject to limits of Rule 1.

Courses taken to meet the high school language requirement cannot count toward the Liberal Education requirement but could count for free electives if allowed for degree credits, subject to the limits of Rule 1.

For example, a student only took two years of a secondary language in high school, equivalent to levels 101 and 102 in college.  After taking the placement test, the student is placed at the 102 level.  If this student takes the 102 and 103 courses in college to fulfill the high school requirement, both courses may count for free elective credits.  If the same student decides to take also the following course at at the 104 level, or another course in a different language, for instance at the 101 level, credits can be applied toward the Liberal Education requirement in The Grainger College of Engineering.

Residency Requirements

The residency requirement for graduation with a first bachelor's degree are part of the Student Code, and are summarized here:

In addition to specific course and scholastic average requirements, each candidate for a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must earn at least 60 semester hours of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign credit, of which at least 21 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign credit.

Technical GPA Requirement

Technical grade point average (TGPA) requirements for graduation and advanced-level course registration apply to students enrolled in certain Grainger Engineering curricula and only classes taken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. If students do not meet the TGPA requirements, they may be placed on probation.  For a specific review of TGPA, students should Run an Unofficial Degree Audit. For additional information and advice, contact your departmentRead More


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