Brown University School of Engineering

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Engineering

Engineers make decisions, by collecting and analyzing data; using scientific principles to formulate analytical models of a process; and predicting the outcome of candidate solutions to a problem. They use their creativity to identify innovative solutions to challenging problems. These skills are valuable not only in technical careers, but also in fields such as public service, enviromnemtal policy, architecture, teaching, technology management, finance; entrepreneurship, or patent law. A foundation in engineering will help prepare you for the future, no matter what your aspirations may be.

The Engineering A.B. degree is offered by the School of Engineering to enable students to combine a rigorous and interdisciplinary foundation in engineering with the diverse opportunities offered by Brown's liberal arts curriculum. With only ten required courses, it has the greatest flexibility of all the School's degree programs.

The program has the following structure:

  • Six engineering courses at any level (courses in management and entrepreneruship may not be used to meet the engineering requirement, but can be a valuable complement to the program)
  • Two 1000 level engineering courses
  • Mathematics up to the level of multi-variable calculus and differential equations
  • At least one course in the natural, physical or life sciences.
  • A course in computer programming is recommended, but not required.

B.A. in Engineering with focus on Environmental Studies

In collaboration with the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, the School also offers a program with a focus on Environmental Studies. The program requires the same engineering and mathematics courses as the standard Engineering A.B. degree listed above. In addition, the following courses are required:

  • ENVS 0110 'Environmental Issues.' We recommend taking this course in freshman year, since it is a requirement for the other Environmental Studies courses
  • At least three courses selected from Environmental Studies; Biology and Medicine 0420, Geological Sciences 0220, and Applied Mathematics 1650, 1660. The Environmental Studies component of the program should be designed in collaboration with a faculty advisor from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society

Additional information

Sample course plan (for requirements see the University Bulletin)

SEM. COURSE DESCRIPTION
I ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
MATH 0190 AP Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
ENVS 0110 / CH0330 † Environmental Studies;
Chemistry
Elective  
II ENGN 0040 Dynamics and Vibrations
MATH 0200 Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
Elective  
Elective  
III ENGN 0510 or 0410 Electricity and Magnetism
Materials Engineering
APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I
Elective
Elective  
IV ENGN 0720 or 0520 Thermodynamics
Circuits and Signals
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
V ENGN 0310 or 0810 Solid Mechanics
Fluid Mechanics
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
VI ENGN 0720 or 0520 Thermodynamics
Circuits and Signals
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
VII ENGN 1XXX Approved 1000 level ENGN course
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
VIII ENGN 1XXX Approved 1000 level ENGN course
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
† At least one college-level science course from the general areas of chemistry, life sciences, physics, or geological sciences is required. Remedial courses, such as CHEM 0100, cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
§ The program should be designed carefully to meet pre-requisites for any 1000 level courses