STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering is a multi-disciplinary engineering degree program giving students the skills desired for an increasingly multi-disciplinary engineering environment. This program combines the study of fundamental engineering principles with significant work in a complementary area. By design, the B.S. Engineering program has much more flexibility than is possible with a degree in a specific engineering discipline. This flexibility results in many elective choices which will allow the student to develop depth in a complementary area of his or her choice.
Within the B.S. Engineering degree, students are encouraged to select a minor that may be satisfied using the program elective courses. The minor may be selected from any area across the university but should be selected with the goal of preparing the student for a particular career path. Some examples of minors and the related career paths include:
- Minor in Legal Studies - for students who are planning a career in patent law
- Minor in Biology - for students who wish to pursue a career in biomedical engineering
- Minor in Professional and Technical Writing, or Communications - for a career in technical writing and communications
- Minor in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Math - to prepare for a career in STEM education
- Minor in Business Management - for students interested in management in a technical industry
- Minor in Political Science - to prepare for a career in government service dealing with technical issues
- Minor in Sustainability studies - as preparation for a career in in a public policy position to help make our infrastructure more sustainable
- Minor in Marketing, Finance, or Management - to prepare for a career as an entrepreneur, or to work in technical sales
Dual Degree Program - BS Engineering combined with a Master’s degree
The program also provides the opportunity for combining the B.S. Engineering degree with one of a select set of Master’s degrees. Students enrolling in this program can earn both the Engineering B.S. degree and a Master’s degree in a 5 year planned program. In addition to being more cost effective, the dual degree option provides students with a multi-disciplinary engineering background and an advanced degree in a specialized area. Please contact the program coordinator or contact admissions for details
The Degree Program
The B.S. Engineering degree program requires completion of 125 credits, including the 40-credit University Core Curriculum requirements. Most of the requirements for the University Core are satisfied by specifically designated courses aligned with the program’s objectives. The B.S. Engineering program also includes a core of interdisciplinary engineering courses bearing the EASC prefix. These courses provide a broad engineering background that spans the major disciplines. In addition, students develop engineering depth by choosing additional engineering courses from a variety of electives.
Students can use electives (including engineering electives) to focus on an area of interest within the engineering disciplines or to combine engineering with courses in other disciplines.
During the senior year, students must complete a capstone project. The project should include elements of engineering design, laboratory research, computer simulations or other significant independent work. The project may be completed in one semester or may span the full year, as appropriate to the topic and scope. One choice is to participate in a two-semester, industry-sponsored design project with students from other majors.
A graduate of the program is expected to have the ability to:
1. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
2. 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. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
4. 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. Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
6. Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
7. Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.