Engineering and Applied Science

Programs in Engineering and Applied Science are offered by five different departments, with six subjects of instruction: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. There are also interdepartmental programs in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics, and Computer Science and Psychology. Currently, fifteen different undergraduate degree options are available. Freshmen interested in engineering are encouraged to attend the meeting scheduled in the fall, listed in the Calendar for the Opening Days, to learn more about the programs.

For all engineering programs, it is important to plan courses to ensure that necessary prerequisites have been completed in time for more advanced courses. In the freshman year, students usually take courses in mathematics and physics or, in the case of Chemical, Biomedical, or Environmental Engineering, chemistry. The specific choice of courses depends on preparation and the possible majors that may be contemplated.

All students considering a major in Engineering should contact one or more of the directors of undergraduate studies (DUS) before making decisions about courses in the freshman year. Contact information can be found on the School of Engineering and Applied Science Web site.

In addition to courses for majors, the School of Engineering and Applied Science regularly offers several general engineering courses that do not presume advanced preparation in mathematics or science. Such courses are intended for students who wish to study science and technology from a broad perspective. See the individual program pages for more information.