Electives Enable Exploration of Other Areas of Study

Spring registration opened Oct. 29, which means students will spend the next few weeks – even months – consulting calendars, spreadsheets and course critiques to help them curate the perfect lineup of classes for next semester. 

Class Registration in 1983
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Students register for classes with paper and pen in 1983. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Tech Living History Program.

For those wanting to balance required courses with an elective or two, they can look to any of Tech’s colleges. Each one offers opportunities for students to take classes outside their major to help round out their time at Tech. Check out some options being taught next spring that are open to all majors and have no prerequisites (and, as always, be sure to discuss your schedule with your academic advisor):

Introduction to the Microelectronics and Nanotechnology Revolution (COE 3002): This course will develop the general scientific and engineering underpinnings of microelectronics and nanotechnology, and examine how this new technological revolution is influencing a broad array of interdisciplinary fields and civilization as a whole. (Taught by John D. Cressler. Non-ECE major seats open Nov. 9.) 

History of Sport in America (HTS 2813): This course will examine the American sporting experience from the colonial period through the 21st century, with a focus on how sports have shaped American culture. (Taught by John M. Smith.)

Engineering Psychology (PSYC 2270): Engineering psychology is presented as an integral component in the design and evaluation of human-machine systems. Applied problems and general methodological questions are examined. (Instructor TBD.)

Tech Law and Ethics (MGT 3608): This class will examine some of the ethical, legal, and social issues associated with computers, information systems, and public and private networks including the Internet. (Taught by Wade Morgan Chumney.)

History of Modern Industrial Design (ID 2202): This class looks at the history and development of industrial design from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present. (Taught by Joyce D. Medina.)

Sustainability and Environmental Policy (PUBP 6327): One of many sustainability courses at Tech, this course explores the theory and practice of sustainable development, surveying areas of consensus and controversy in emerging thought on sustainability. (Taught by Bryan G. Norton.)

User Interface Design (CS 3750): Human computer interface is considered in terms of user-system compatibility. Concepts in human factors and interface design are covered in relation to capabilities of both humans and computers. (Taught by James D. Foley or Edward C. Clarkson.)

Some courses will be restricted by major until a certain date, but will eventually open to all students.