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Engineering Science

Engineering Science is a new Engineering degree which offers flexible curricula in several interdisciplinary areas of concentration.

All areas of concentration contain in-depth exposure to science combined with in-depth exposure to engineering.

Engineering Physics is now an area of concentration within Engineering Science.

The goal of the program is to develop the student's ability to think analytically across disciplines and tackle future technical challenges that require a thorough understanding of a discipline in the physical sciences and/or mathematics combined with engineering.

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Background Information  

Engineering Science Program Manual    

Practical Information  

Nanotechnology Chemistry/Bioengineering Required Courses  

Nanotechnology Physics/Materials Required Courses  

Senior Design Guidelines  

Sample Curriculum Schedules

Sample Curriculum for Nanotechnology - Chemistry / Bioengineering

Sample Curriculum for Nanotechnology - Physics / Materials Science  

Sample Curriculum for Nuclear Energy  

Sample Curriculum for Engineering Physics  

The new Engineering Science Program has evolved from the Engineering Physics Program.  Engineering Physics has been part of the Swanson School of Engineering for the last 20 years.  The Engineering Physics Program was built on a very challenging interdisciplinary curriculum combining in-depth study of Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Science.  This program attracted high-achieving, self-directed students interested in combining science and engineering in a unique curriculum.  A large fraction of Engineering Physics students have gone on to graduate school in a wide variety of disciplines.  Engineering Physics has always been a small program. The single, very specific curriculum of Engineering Physics has tended to limit student interest.  Our goal in developing the Engineering Science Program is to maintain the spirit and challenging nature of the Engineering Physics Program while offering new curricula combining Science, Mathematics, and Engineering in exciting new ways.


The Engineering Science Program accepted its first majors in the fall term of 2011.

We are ready to advise you on registration for classes.

We are not accepting new Engineering Physics majors - if you planned to major in Engineering Physics, the Engineering Physics curriculum is now part of Engineering Science.

If you major in Engineering Science your transcript will list Engineering Science as your 'plan' and Nanotechnology or Engineering Physics as your 'sub-plan'.

John Barnard (538A Benedum Hall) is the Program Director and the administrative home of the program is the MEMS department.

Three areas of concentration are offered (Engineering Physics, Nanotechnology and Nuclear).

The Engineering Physics curriculum remains the same. Nanotechnology has two tracks, one emphasizes Physics/Materials and the other emphasizes Chemistry/Bioengineering. Both have substantial flexibility.

The program will approve new areas of concentration based on interest (potential tracks include Computational Science, Energy Science, etc. - we are looking for your input!). 

All Engineering Science curricula require substantial additional higher-level science and mathematics courses over and above typical Engineering Major. This is a challenging major. All areas of concentration include a two-term capstone design experience.