Engineering

Description

The concentration in Engineering equips students with a solid foundation for productive careers in engineering, to advance the knowledge base for future technologies, and to merge teaching, scholarship, and practice in the pursuit of solutions to human needs. The concentration offers one standard A.B. program, and seven ABET-accredited Sc.B. degree programs: biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil through May 2016, computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering. (Note: Students interested in structural engineering entering in the class of 2017 and beyond may pursue a Structures track within the ABET-accredited Mechanical Engineering program.  The Civil track has been discontinued for all new students entering after Fall 2012.) Unaccredited ScB degree programs in Environmental engineering and Engineering Physics are also offered.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop a foundation in math, computing, chemistry, and a variety of engineering fields
  • Specialize in one subfield
  • Understand and assess the economic, environmental, political, and ethical implications of their technical work
  • Work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Complete a capstone project

Requirements

Click here for a list of the Engineering concentration requirements for the various tracks. For more information about this concentration, please visit the department's website.

Honors and Capstones

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Please see the department's website to determine which of the 7 engineering tracks provide or require capstone experiences. At the end of the first semester of the senior year, Engineering students may apply for admission to the Honors Program. To qualify, the student must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher in courses in the concentration and a thesis proposal endorsed by an Engineering faculty member. Once submitted, the thesis must be presented and defended to the Engineering Honors Committee. Admission to the Honors Program does not guarantee that a student will receive Honors upon graduation.

Tracks

  • Chemical and Biochemical - Sc.B. only
  • Civil - Sc.B. only
  • Computer - Sc.B. only
  • Electrical - Sc.B. only
  • Environmental - Sc.B. only
  • Materials - Sc.B. only
  • Mechanical - Sc.B. only

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Collaborate fully
  • Engage with your community
  • Develop a facility with symbolic languages
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Affiliated Departments

Advisors

Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
201065 65 11 
201177 77 10 
201280 80 16 
201379 79 12 

Alumni Pathways

Most engineering concentrators pursue careers as practicing design or research engineers, starting with an entry-level position in industry or a program of graduate study, and eventually reaching leadership positions in industry, academia, or national laboratories. Engineering problem-solving skills are also valued in many non-technical professions, however, and many engineering graduates
have become entrepreneurs, attorneys, marketing executives, management
consultants, or have pursued careers in the financial sector.

See more details on the CareerLAB website.

Dept. Undergraduate Group

Student Leaders:

  • Subhradip Sarker

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact focal_point@brown.edu, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.