College of Engineering
126 Marston Hall
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in six majors
Contact: Kathleen Rubin
Dean: Theodore Djaferis. Associate Dean: David McLaughlin. Assistant Dean: Kathleen Rubin.
Modern society is faced with highly complex technological problems to which engineers are asked to provide solutions. These challenges make engineering a fascinating field of study and give prospective engineering students a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in society. To be successful, engineering students must become skilled in basic engineering principles and practices, be trained to think analytically, learn how to communicate effectively, and work in multidisciplinary teams.
Earning an engineering degree will open the door to many opportunities. Massachusetts is known for its high-technology industries, creating job options in traditional engineering fields as well as exciting new fields such as biotechnology and computer software.
The mission of the College of Engineering is to support the teaching, research, and academic outreach needs of the Commonwealth and the nation. The objective of undergraduate education in the college is to prepare its students to become leaders in the practice of engineering. Curricula provide students with the academic foundation to enter the profession of engineering upon graduation, or to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school.
The curriculum is designed in both structure and content to build a strong foundation in engineering and students may choose to follow one of six undergraduate programs. The first year of study includes introductory engineering courses, mathematics, science, writing, and social world courses. This is then followed by core courses in each of the disciplines. Students enter college with different perspectives about their education. Some are quite sure of the specific discipline they want to follow and would like to take full advantage of the programs offered. Others come to campus knowing they want to study engineering but have not made up their minds about which specific program to follow. The first year curriculum serves both groups of students and also offers possibilities for students who are not engineering majors but have interest in the field.
Introductory Engineering Courses
Civil and Environmental Engineering:
Electrical and Computer Engineering:
Typical second-semester curriculums include discipline-specific introductory courses, as well as follow-up required courses in mathematics, physics, and chemistry as appropriate to each discipline.
The engineering curriculums for the remaining years of study provide foundational material in each of the disciplines. Many students complete their B.S. in engineering in four years, but some take five years to finish. Some students elect to take a double major, have extended internships or co-op experiences in industry, or study abroad. Each engineering discipline offers upper-level electives for students and almost all majors require the completion of a senior design project, an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom. The most talented students take advantage of a challenging Honors Program (Commonwealth College). If students are interested, there are also many opportunities in undergraduate research and independent study. The research efforts of the faculty and their students are a very important part of the College of Engineering.
College of Engineering Requirements
Physics and Freshman Mathematics
Freshman Engineering Courses
Writing Courses (University requirements)
Admission to the Majors
Engineering students are encouraged to consider study abroad experiences. These can be semester- or year-long experiences taking General Education courses, engineering courses, and other technical electives to fulfill engineering degree requirements. Prior departmental approval is required for engineering and technical elective courses. For more information contact the International Programs Office, tel. (413) 545-2710 or the Office of Student Affairs, tel. (413) 545-2035.
University Honors (Commonwealth Honors College) and Departmental Honors programs provide engineering students with the opportunity to participate in an “honors experience” on campus. This includes Honors courses, seminars, and undergraduate research projects. Students interested in participating in Departmental Honors and Commonwealth Honors College should contact the Honors coordinator in their respective College of Engineering department, or the College Honors coordinator, Kathleen Rubin, tel. (413) 545-2035.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs, 126 Marston Hall, assists students with questions, concerns, and information needed for students’ successful academic careers. This includes advice on course selection, assistance with information on study abroad and internship opportunities, scholarships, tutoring needs, and related matters.
The College of Engineering enrolls about 350 first-year students. It is recommended that applicants have the high school equivalency of four years in both mathematics and science. Chemistry, Physics with labs and Mathematics through the precalculus level are required. Transfer applicants are encouraged to complete courses in general chemistry, physics, and calculus before applying for admission. Some engineering applicants are admitted to the university with the possibility of transfer into the engineering program after the completion of the first-year engineering requirements. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Student Affairs, tel. (413) 545-2035.
Internship and Career Services
The Engineering Career and Student Development Center helps students with career and professional opportunities and provides a place where engineering students, faculty, and employers can meet and develop a mutual and beneficial relationship. For information on Engineering internship, co-op and full-time employment opportunities, visit the Engineering Career and Student Development Center, 116 Marston Hall, tel. (413) 545-4558.