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New Freshmen Considering Summer Classes

Some high achieving students may consider starting their introductory engineering courses in one of the summer sessions.  Please read the information below before you decide if a summer course is your best choice.

Are ENGR 1050 and ENGR 1060 as online classes, a good introduction for incoming freshmen to attempt over the summer?

The courses are asynchronous, meaning the students can sign on at any time during the day to hear the lectures.  Students are required to log on every weekday.  There is a lecture every weekday, and there may be an assignment due every weekday.  Students are not able to move faster than scheduled through the course content, and cannot complete the class early.  The professor is available several times each day so students are able to connect in virtual office hours to ask any questions they have regarding the assignments.

The pace is fast.  For students who participated in AP/IB courses, particularly physics, chemistry, and math, the majority of the content should be review.  We expect students to devote 1 – 3 hours per day working on course materials.  Every two days in the summer session is the same as one week during the regular term.  A student is expected to attend two hours of lecture and work 2 – 6 hours outside of class on assignments during the regular term.  It is not acceptable to attempt to cram all the required coursework into a weekend or the day before an exam.

Students are given a course syllabus outlining all procedures, policies and assignments at the start of the course.  They are expected to abide by those and contact the professor directly if there is a problem or situation that requires an extension of a deadline. 

Is the course material difficult?  It depends…

Accelerated students who had several AP courses in high school often feel the material in this on-line format repeated material they covered in their high school courses.  This is not true for all of our students, as some students will begin our program without any pre-knowledge of this content. 

This course should not be attempted in the summer by students who have not taken any STEM AP/IB courses in high school!  Specifically those who have not taken calculus, chemistry and physics.

We also do not recommend students attempt this course if they are going to be away from home during this time, such as to go on a vacation or a mission trip.  Students with full-time summer jobs must manage their time wisely to function successfully in the course and on the job.

Are there prerequisites for ENGR 1050 and/or ENGR 1060?  How are those handled for incoming freshmen? 

Yes, there are. ENGR 1050 must be taken before ENGR 1060.  You may not take these courses at the same time.

To enroll in ENGR 1050, students must be eligible to enroll in MATH 1040 or 1060.  This means you will need a Clemson Math Placement Test (CMPT) score of 65 or higher.

All students must take the CMPT prior to starting ENGR 1050 even if anticipating AP/IB or college math credit!  Since AP/IB scores and college credits are not available until late summer, we use the CMPT score for course placement.  You should receive information about the CMPT in your orientation materials.  For additional information, see the CMPT webpage:   You should take the CMPT as soon as you can.  Our registration system will not allow you to enroll in ENGR 1050 (even at orientation) unless you have taken the CMPT. 

You must earn a grade of C or better in ENGR 1050 in order to continue on to ENGR 1060.  All GE courses require a grade of C or higher to move forward.  If you complete both ENGR 1050 and ENGR 1060 in the summer, you will not need to take ENGR 1020 in the fall.  ENGR 1050/1060 are equivalent to ENGR 1020. 

Do I get Clemson credit for these courses and does this affect my Clemson Grade Point Average?

Yes, both courses apply to your Clemson degree and the grades you receive become a part of your cumulative Clemson GPA.  If you are a recipient of one of the Life or Palmetto Fellows scholarships, you will want to check to see how taking summer courses affects your eligibility.

How are on-line tests and exams managed?

Students enrolled in on-line classes must arrange for their exams to be given at a secure site and monitored by a proctor.  A proctor is an individual who is appointed to supervise and monitor students as they take exams, thus ensuring an environment free of distractions and/or resources that might compromise the integrity of the exam.  If you live within driving distance of Clemson, you may arrange with your professor to take your exams on campus.  

Acceptable proctors are those who have an appropriate level of credentials to administer a college‐level exam.  Your professor will make the final decision on whether your proctor is acceptable.  Examples of preferred proctors include:

  • High school or college librarians
  • Testing center staff
  • Professors or high school teachers or administrators

You may suggest other proctors of equivalent status.  Most proctors provide their services at no cost.  If the proctor or testing center charges a fee, it is the student’s responsibility to pay.  Proctors must have a computer with Internet access, access to a printer, and access to a copier/scanner/camera capable of scanning exams to PDF or image (JPG/TIFF) files. They must also provide a business address, phone number, and e-mail address.  Public e-mail (such as Gmail or Hotmail) will not be accepted.

What do I do if I decide to take a GE course during the summer?

  1. Contact the Clemson Office of Admissions (864) 656-2287 to request your entry date be changed from fall to summer.  You will not be able to register in summer classes until this step is complete.  Make sure your entry date is changed and you register for summer classes BEFORE you attend orientation.  Otherwise, you won’t be able to register for your fall classes.
  2. Talk with one of the General Engineering advisors before you register.  Advisors will discuss how these summer courses affect your fall schedule.  You may reach an advisor by calling (864) 656-2541. 
  3. Look for General Engineering summer classes at:  Pay close attention to the start and end dates listed so that you register for the correct session.
  4. Using the same link, register for your summer courses using Clemson’s IROAR PORTAL.  You will need your Clemson username and CUXID#.
  5. Information for paying your tuition and other fees is on the same webpage. 
  6. Once registered you are listed on the instructor’s roll.  The instructor will contact you regarding textbook requirements, computer specifications, calculator needs, course syllabus and setup before the class begins.
  7. Check your Clemson email frequently.  Your instructor uses this address to let you know important information.