The concentration in Engineering equips students with a solid foundation for 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 Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) program and nine Bachelor of Science (Sc.B.) degree program tracks. Of these, seven Sc.B. programs in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil through May 2016, computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. Sc.B. degree programs in environmental engineering and engineering physics are also offered, but they are not accredited by ABET. (Note: The civil track has been discontinued for all students entering after fall 2012. Students interested in structural engineering entering in the class of 2017 and beyond may pursue a Structures track within the Mechanical Engineering program.). Other programs leading to the Sc.B. or A.B. degrees in Engineering may be designed in consultation with a faculty advisor. These programs must meet the general requirements for concentration programs in the School of Engineering. Students interested in an individualized program should consult with an Engineering faculty member willing to serve as an advisor and obtain the approval of the Engineering Concentration Committee. Engineering students with a particular interest in using their technical skills for the public benefit might also consider the Engaged Scholars Program.
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
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
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.
- Chemical and Biochemical - Sc.B. only
- Computer - Sc.B. only
- Electrical - Sc.B. only
- Environmental - Sc.B. only
- Materials - Sc.B. only
- Mechanical - Sc.B. only
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
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.