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 The Engineering Science Program offers flexible curricula in five interdisciplinary areas of concentration which combine sequences of courses in both the basic sciences and the engineering disciples.  It is in this way students gain understanding of an area of engineering and also a more in depth knowledge in the area of basic science.   The areas of concentration include, Engineering Physics, Nanotechnology-Physics/Materials, Nanotechology-Chemistry/Bioengineering, and Engineering Mechanics.

 The goal of this program is to develop each student’s ability to think analytically across disciplines and develop a knowledge base well-suited to tackle future technical challenges that will require a thorough understanding of a discipline in the physical sciences combined with engineering.

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

 The Engineering Science program is ideal preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, for rewarding careers in industry, and is an excellent background for those who wish to pursue careers in other professions, such as management, law, education, medicine, or public service.

 The Engineering Science program had its initial accreditation review by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) during the 2013 – 2014 academic year.  ABET is the accreditation organization for engineering and technology programs in the United States.

 The Engineering Science has Program Educational Objectives. The Engineering Science Program seeks to produce engineers who build successful, diverse careers based on: 

  • an understanding  and application of the physical/life sciences to engineering analysis and design, leading to the solution of problems  often of an interdisciplinary nature;
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development as exemplified by, for example, graduate study, training, conference participation, and certification;
  • advancement and leadership in professional and/or community life.

The Program Educational Objectives support the ABET accreditation student outcomes which are:

(1) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics 

(2) an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 

(3) an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences 

(4) an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts 

(5) an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives 

(6) an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions 

(7) an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies. 


More detailed information about the program, the areas of concentration and course requirements can be found in the Engineering Science Program Manual