EGR 156: Foundations of Engineering: Multivariable Calculus

This course will present the fundamentals of multivariable calculus from an engineering perspective, using examples from all 6 engineering departments. As a first introduction to functions of many variables, it will cover key topics important to the various engineering fields, including vectors and vector valued functions in 2 and 3 dimensions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, optimization, and the calculus of vector fields. Please see the Registrar's page for more information.

Sample Reading List

  • Thomas, George B., Weir, Maruice D., and Hass, Joel, Calculus, 12th edition, Multivariable


Branko Glisic

Reading/Writing Assignments

Weekly problem sets. Weekly reading 20 pages. 


  • Mid Term Exam - 25%
  • Final Exam - 30%
  • Quizzes - 10%
  • Class/Precept Participation - 5%
  • Problem set(s) - 30%

Other Requirements

Open to Sophomores Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions

This course is open to sophomores who participated in the Foundations of Engineering freshman sequence (if you were enrolled in EGR 153 or/and 154 you have permission to enroll into EGR 156, please contact Victoria Dorman for more info). This course can be used to satisfy BSE freshman year requirements.

EGR 156, MAT 175, EGR 192, MAT 201, MAT 203 are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.