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:
- Engineering ethics
- Engineering in the business world
- Renewable energy
- Sustainable environmental engineering
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. See the Where Have Our Alumni Gone PDF for information about what past ES students are doing. Students can also talk to an engineering science peer advisor to learn more about the program from current students.
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.