Engineering

Standard program for the A.B. degree

Candidates for the bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree with a concentration in Engineering must complete at least eight approved Engineering courses. The eight courses must include Engineering 0030, and at least two 1000-level Engineering courses. Of these 1000-level courses, one must be a design or independent study course and the other an in-classroom experience. The set of Engineering courses must be chosen with careful attention to the pre-requisites of the 1000-level courses. Please note that not all engineering courses can be used to satisfy the engineering course requirement for the A.B. degree. For example, ENGN 0020, 0090, 0900, 0930 and 1010 cannot be used to satisfy the engineering course requirement for the A.B. degree. For this reason, it is essential that the set of courses must be developed through consultation with the concentration advisor.

The A.B. program also requires preparation in Mathematics equivalent to Mathematics 0200 and Applied Mathematics 0330, as well as at least one college-level science course from the general areas of chemistry, life sciences, physics, or geological sciences. Remedial courses, such as Chemistry 0100, cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. A programming course is also recommended, but not required. The entire program is subject to approval by the Engineering AB concentration advisor and the Engineering Concentration Chair.

Standard programs for the Sc.B. degree

Standard programs for the Sc.B. degree include seven ABET-accredited degree programs: biomedical engineering, a stand-alone interdisciplinary concentration; and six different tracks in Engineering: chemical and biochemical, civil, computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering. In addition, one interdisciplinary degree program, engineering and physics, is offered. These programs are described in detail in the booklet, Engineering Undergraduate Programs (available online at http://www.engin.brown.edu/undergrad/guide/index.html).

Students in all of the ABET-accredited degree programs, except Biomedical and Computer Engineering, are expected to successfully complete the seven (or eight) courses ENGN 0030, 0040, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, and either 0310 or 0810 (or both in the case of Civil and Mechanical Engineering). Also, they must complete successfully the six courses CHEM 0330, MATH 0190 and 0200 (or equivalent), APMA 0330 and 0340 (or equivalent), CSCI 0040 (or another computing course, subject to approval). Students choosing Chemical and Biochemical Engineering take BIOL 0200 (or higher) instead of CSCI 0040.

Students without one year of secondary school level preparation in calculus should take MATH 0090, 0100 in their first year. These students need to be familiar with multivariable calculus for ENGN 0510, which is often taken during the first semester of the sophomore year. Such students are urged to acquire the necessary math background through self-study, by taking a summer course, or by deferring ENGN 0510 until additional mathematics has been taken. In addition, all students must successfully complete a minimum of four courses in the humanities and/or social sciences. See the entry under `Biomedical Engineering' and computer engineering for course requirements for these degree programs.

The program of each student must be approved by the Engineering Concentration Committee, which issues more detailed guidelines and program suggestions.

Chemical and Biochemical Track:

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  1. 1. The common core program for the Sc.B. (excluding ENGN 0310 and CSCI 0040): ENGN 0030, 0040, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, 0810; CHEM 0330; MATH 0190 and 0200; APMA 0330 and 0340; and BIOL 0200.

  2. 2. An upper level, seven course sequence, including: ENGN 1110, 1120, 1130, 1140 and 1710; plus CHEM 0350; plus one additional elective chemistry course with a significant laboratory component beyond CHEM 0330 (e.g., CHEM 0360, 0400, 0500, 1170, etc.); and

  3. 3. One approved, upper level elective course in the natural sciences, to be selected from the four specific areas of chemistry, physics, life sciences, and materials science. For suggestions of acceptable courses, see the Concentration Advisor.

Civil Engineering Track:

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  1. 1. The common core program for the Sc.B.: ENGN 0030, 0040, 0310, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, and 0810; CHEM 0330; MATH 0190 and 0200; APMA 0330 and 0340; CSCI 0040.

  2. 2. An advanced sciences course (e.g., GEOL 1580 or 1590).

Computer Engineering Track:

The concentration shares much of the core with the other engineering programs, but is structured to include more courses in computer science, and a somewhat different emphasis in mathematics.

There are four elements to the concentration:

  1. 1. Computer Engineering basic core (11): ENGN 0030, 0040, 0510, 0520; MATH 0190, 0200 (or 0170, 0180); APMA 0330 (or 0350), APMA 1650; one of CHEM 0330, BIOL 0200, ENGN 0720, or ENGN 0410; CSCI 0150, 0160 (or 0170, 0180), (or 0040, 0190).

  2. 2. Computer Engineering advanced core (4): MATH 0520 (or CSCI 1570), CSCI 0310; ENGN 1570, and 1630.

  3. 3. Computer Engineering specialties (5): a. Computer Specialty: ENGN 1620 and ENGN1640; one of ENGN 1580, 1600, 1650, 1680, 2910A, P, W; 2911C, G, X, Y, (or other ENGN courses, subject to approval); two of CSCI 0320, 1260, 1480, 1570, 1670, 1730, 1760, 1900, or other CS courses subject to approval of the Engineering Concentration Committee. b. Multimedia Signal Processing Specialty: APMA 1170; two of ENGN 1580, 1610, 2500, 2520, 2530, 2540, 2560, 2570, 2910X; one of CSCI 0320, 1230, 1410, 1430, 1570, 1900, or other CSCI courses subject to approval of the Engineering Concentration Committee; plus one more course from the above list.

  4. 4. Capstone Course / Independent Study: ENGN 1970/1971, an independent study relevant to the specialty selected by the student. For the Computer Systems Specialty, ENGN1650 may be used as the Capstone, but then cannot be counted for the ENGN choice above in 3a. The independent study project should provide students with exposure to current research topics. In order to assure satisfactory progress in their independent study, students enrolled will meet at least bi-weekly with their advisors and give two oral reports to the group during the semester. A final written report will also be required. In addition, students will meet as a group with faculty to share ideas and help nurture an environment of collaborative research.

Electrical Engineering Track:

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  1. 1. The common core program for the Sc.B.: ENGN 0030, 0040, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, and 0310 or 0810; CHEM 0330; MATH 0190 and 0200; APMA 0330 and 0340; CSCI 0040; and PHYS 0790 or any other 1000-level Physics course.

  2. 2. Seven more courses must included:
    1. Four of these must be: ENGN 1570, 1620, 1630, and ENGN 1000 or ENGN 1970 or 1971.

    2. The student shall choose the other three courses to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area: Bioelectrical Engineering, Communications Systems, Computer Engineering, Multimedia Signal Processing, Microelectronic Systems, or Solid State Electronics and Photonics. (Students should consult the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet regarding specific details for each specialty area (available online at http://www.brown.edu/academics/engineering/content/program-guide)).

Materials Engineering Track:

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  1. 1. The common core program for the Sc.B.: ENGN 0030, 0040, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, and 0310 or 0810; CHEM 0330; MATH 0190 and 0200; APMA 0330 and 0340; CSCI 0040; and PHYS 0790.

  2. 2. The student must take the following courses: ENGN 1410, 1420, 1440 and 1000 (or, with permission, ENGN 1970 or 1971, containing an equivalent design experience relevant to Materials Engineering).

  3. 3. At least three of the following four, upper level materials courses: ENGN 1450, 1470, 1480, and 1490. These courses are taken in either the junior or senior year.
  4. Upper level courses recommended to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area, Mechanical Properties and Mechanical Processing, Electrical Properties and Applications of Materials to Solid State Electronics, Chemistry and Materials Processing and Synthesis, or Biomaterials, may be found in the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet available online at http://www.engin.brown.edu/undergrad/guide/index.html.

Mechanical Engineering Track:

The concentration is composed of the following courses:

  1. 1. The common core program for the Sc.B.: ENGN 0030, 0040, 0410, 0510, 0520, 0720, and 0310 and 0810; CHEM 0330; MATH 0190 and 0200; APMA 0330 and 0340; an approved computer science course; a minimum of four courses in the humanities and social sciences; and PHYS 0790 (recommended for all options except Biomechanics, for which it is BIOL 0800).

  2. 2. Six upper level courses to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area: Aerospace Applications, Biomechanics, Energy Conversion and Fluid and Thermal Systems, Engineering Mechanics, or Mechanical Systems: Dymanics, Materials and Design. (Students should consult the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet regarding specific details for each specialty area (available online at http://www.engin.brown.edu/undergrad/guide/index.html)).




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