Engineering & Applied Sciences


BA in Engineering Science


The Bachelor of Arts degree in engineering science (BA-ES) is a multidisciplinary program that emphasizes understanding and application of engineering, scientific and mathematical principles. The program provides a broad foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering, and provides students the opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge in an area of their choosing through technical electives. This program offers considerable flexibility, and permits students to develop an individual plan of study to meet educational goals that require working at the interface between engineering and other disciplines.

The BA-ES is designed for students who recognize the increasing importance of science and technology in today’s world, and who want to better understand the engineer’s role in service to humanity. In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, students study thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, optics, mechanics, signals, and circuits. Focus areas of study include, but aren’t limited to, biomedical, chemical, electrical and computer, mechanical engineering, optics, and computer science. Hence, engineering science students achieve both depth and breadth in engineering and science, and are able to function across disciplines, and graduate well prepared for advanced studies, as well as professional employment. Careers as patent attorney, technical writer, science advisor, technical sales, as well as science and engineering education are observed and possible outcomes.

Because no single standardized curriculum exists, the engineering science major is not ABET-accredited. Engineering science students who intend to seek licensure as a professional engineer should be aware that this non-accredited degree program will require additional education, work, and/or experience to qualify to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.


(6 courses)

Note: the sequence MTH 141, MTH 142 and 143 counts as only two courses for the degree.

Required Hajim School Courses

(Choose 3, one from each group)

Core Hajim School Courses

(Choose 1 course from any two categories below)

Hajim School Electives

(Choose 4)

Any 4 four-credit Hajim School courses except those listed above as required or core courses. These courses should be chosen in consultation with a faculty adviser, and may include upper-level writing courses. At least one of the courses should be 200-level.

Natural Science Electives

(Choose 2)

Any two courses in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, mathematics, physics, or statistics except those listed above as prerequisite courses.

Two Clusters

ES degree candidates must possess a thorough understanding of social and economic forces, and have an appreciation of cultural and humanistic traditions. Therefore, all engineering science students are required to complete minimally two clusters, one in the humanities and one in the social sciences. The possibilities of coupling the engineering science major with humanities and social science disciplines are boundless, and prepare students to address the complexities of the world in which we live.


(3 courses)

The ability to communicate clearly and effectively is extremely important in engineering. All students are advised to complete the College’s primary writing requirement (WRT 105) by the end of their first year. The engineering science upper-level writing requirement will be met by satisfactorily completing either two of the following Hajim School courses, or at least one from the list below and one that satisfies the upper-level writing requirement in a natural science department:

Should any department in the College offer a generalized technical writing course, pending review of the course description, this course would also be acceptable for this requirement.

Statement of Focus

Each student intending to major in engineering science must prepare a short statement of academic focus that identifies his or her educational objectives. This statement must accompany the declaration of major form submitted at the end of the student’s sophomore year. This statement will detail the student’s rationale for their six engineering and natural science electives that provide a coherent context for the major in engineering science, both in terms of the understanding of engineering and of the student’s educational objectives. The student’s selection of clusters as they relate to the major should also be addressed. Examples of potential educational objectives include architecture studies, education, public policy, energy policy, global development, and music/art technology.

Sample 4-Year Program
First YearSecond Year
Fall Spring Fall Spring
MTH 161 MTH 162 MTH 163/165 Core course
CHM 131 PHY 121 PHY 122 Natural science
EAS 10X CSC 160 BME 201 or ME 120 Elective
WRT 105 Cluster course Cluster course Cluster course
Third YearFourth Year
Fall Spring Fall Spring
HSEAS elective HSEAS elective-ULW HSEAS elective-ULW HSEAS elective
Core course Natural science Free elective Free elective
Free elective Free elective Free elective Free elective
Cluster course Cluster course Cluster course Free elective

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