The IDEA Center provides many opportunities and resources to enhance, augment, and provide support for the engineering curriculum at UC San Diego. We offer engaging academic, professional, and technical development and support opportunities to help strengthen students’ abilities inside and outside of the classroom.

Engineering Learning Communities

Engineering Learning Communities provide small, cooperative learning environments for students in pre-requisite math, science, and engineering classes. Students reinforce their skills through problem solving sessions and office hours with experienced peer educators and collaboration with fellow students to practice and apply their knowledge.

ENG 10 - Fundamentals of Engineering Applications

This course is designed to increase motivation and student success in engineering through an application-orientated, hands-on introduction to engineering mathematics and design processes.

ENG 15 - Engineer Your Success

ENG 15 “Engineer Your Success” is a 2-unit course designed to enhance your success as an engineering student (and later as an engineer) by developing key academic and personal skills. This course focuses on academic and personal planning, time management, study skills, and paths to personal growth. Activities include individual and collaborative exercises, personal reflections, and a final project.

ENG 20 - Introduction to Engineering Research

This course sets the foundation for a year-long research experience through the Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research (GEAR) program. ENG 20 introduces GEAR participants to research in engineering, with a focus on defining a research problem, reading technical papers, and communicating technical content.

GEAR - Guided Engineering Apprenticeship in Research

GEAR is a year-long research experience for students getting involved in research for the very first time. Through GEAR, students will take the ENG 20 “Introduction to Engineering Research” course, hold a year-long lab placement, receive mentorship and guidance on their research, and present a research poster at the end of the year.

Workshops and Info Sessions for Engineers

WISE is a series of academic, professional, and technical skill-building workshops and info sessions offered throughout the quarter. These free events cover topics such as programming languages, graduate school preparation, professional development as an engineer, and much more!