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Degrees and Majors

The School of Engineering offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degrees in five engineering departments: biomedical; chemical and biological; civil and environmental; electrical and computer; and mechanical. Seven of our engineering programs lead to degrees accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (please visit http://www.abet.org for information on accreditation). For a full list of our degrees and first majors, click here.

The computer science department also offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science through the School of Engineering. This degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

A brief overview of each degree can be found below in addition to an outline of specific degree requirements. Please refer to the latest Tufts University course bulletin for additional detailed program information.

Please consult the Second Majors and Minors page for a list of available programs administered through the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering.

Click here to contact Kim Knox, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the School of Engineering. Find out more information, including answers to frequently asked questions.

Undergraduate degree offerings:

*Engineering degree programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) or the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

Of the thirty-eight course credits required for the professional degrees accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, a minimum of 9.5 course credits must be completed in college level math and basic science subjects appropriate to the discipline and a minimum of 14.5 course credits must be completed in engineering topics, consistent with ABET general and program criteria.


Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBME)
Biomedical engineering department offers a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering for engineering students that combines intensive training in research methods, techniques, and practical skills with a solid science and engineering curriculum that provides breadth and depth in the field. A key aspect of biomedical engineering is its interdisciplinary nature; introductory courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics, and foundation/concentration courses build the basis for creating the synergy among these disciplines that is required in the practice of biomedical engineering.

To apply for the BME degree program in the first semester, freshman must have fulfilled the requirements for Math 11, and taken, and completed for a grade, two of the following four courses: Chemistry 1 (with lab), Chemistry 2 (with lab), Physics 11 (with lab), Physics 12 (with lab).

Freshman must fill out the following application form and submit to the Biomedical Engineering Department no later than December 1 of the fall semester. Please see the application form for additional details.

Courses required for the:

Visit the Biomedical Engineering website for more information.

The Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (BSBME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE)
Chemical engineering builds on the sciences, especially chemistry and now biology, to design good processes and products useful for society. Chemical engineers tend to be the broadest of all engineers and thus are employed in a wide range of industries. Besides being well-trained in sciences they appreciate the central role of economics as they are often concerned with the production of products that will be sold and bought at an affordable price. Their professional skills are required wherever engineering and chemistry or biology intersect. This occurs not only in the chemical industry but also in the biological, environmental, health, legal, and medical fields. Chemical engineers are researchers, designers, producers, and managers. Petroleum, paints, plastics, paper, detergents, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, microchips, drugs, processed foods, fertilizers, conventional and nuclear fuels, insecticides, rocket propellants, synthetic fibers, and rubber are among the many products they help create.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

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Visit the Chemical and Biological Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering (BSEVE)

The practice of civil and environmental engineering is divided into a number of functional areas. The department offers instruction leading to the Bachelor of Science in civil and environmental engineering degree (BSCE) with specialty options in four of those areas: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and water resources engineering.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering (BSEVE) which allows more concentrated study of environmental engineering than the BSCE. Areas of coverage include water and wastewater engineering, solid and hazardous waste engineering, and environmental and occupational health engineering.

The BSCE and BSEVE degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

The programs qualify the student for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, which is the first step toward registration as a licensed professional engineer.

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Visit the Civil and Environmental Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Architectural Studies (BSE)
A Bachelor of Science in engineering with a program in architectural studies is available for students interested in a professional career in architecture or in the historical, aesthetic, and engineering aspects of buildings and other structures. This program, offered jointly by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Art and Art History, provides a solid foundation in both the technical aspects of structural systems and the aesthetic and functional characteristics of buildings from an architectural and art history point of view.

Visit the Civil and Environmental Engineering website for more information

Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Environmental Studies and Environmental Health (BSE)
A Bachelor of Science in engineering with a program in environmental studies is offered by the department for students who wish to pursue professional careers in environmental science, management, law, or medicine. The broad-based curriculum allows selection of course work in biology, chemistry, and environmental health to complement the foundation in engineering science and mathematics.

Visit the Civil and Environmental Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
The mission of the Computer Science in Engineering (BSCS) program is to provide graduates with the durable knowledge necessary to become future leaders in the rapidly evolving discipline of Computer Science as well as in other computer-related fields. We aim to give each graduate a solid foundation in both Computer Science theory and programming practice, and to prepare each graduate for further advanced study in Computer Science and related fields. We aim to expose each graduate to the challenges and research problems involved in creating new kinds of computer software. We aim to give graduates the skills and commitment to lifelong learning necessary to prepare them to be effective employees or graduate students in computer-related fields. The faculty is dedicated to accomplishing this mission through integration of teaching and research.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

Courses required for the:

Visit the Computer Science website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCPE)

Students in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department invent and design the high tech devices, mathematical algorithms and communications networks used by our society. The department offers degree programs in electrical engineering and computer engineering for students in the School of Engineering. The electrical engineer applies concepts from physics and mathematics to create useful electrical devices and systems. Some examples of engineered electrical systems include communications systems, power generation, integrated circuits and electronics, fiber optic data transmission, medical image processing, and radar. The computer engineer designs devices and systems for the management of information in digital form, such as audio and video systems, microprocessor control systems, digital communications, and computer networks. Because software is as crucial to robust design as hardware, the computer engineer is also a knowledgeable programmer.

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCPE) degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

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Courses required for the:

Visit the Electrical and Computer Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
Mechanical engineering is a rich and versatile profession that is concerned with inventing, designing, analyzing, controlling, testing, manufacturing, and marketing components and systems. Mechanical engineering plays a crucial role in conventional industries as well as emerging technologies. Current and future achievements in aerospace, defense, and energy, as well as the promise of advanced materials, high-technology manufacturing, and health-related instrumentation and mechanisms, are driven by the creativity and talent of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers use their technical insight, physical intuition, and human experience to produce economical, efficient, and environmentally sound devices. They also study biological and other natural systems both to exploit their hidden lessons and to protect their well-being.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc. (http://www.abet.org).

Courses required for the:

Visit the Mechanical Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Psychology/Human Factors Engineering Psychology (BS)
An interdisciplinary program offered jointly by the departments of mechanical engineering and psychology. Engineering psychology, more commonly called human factors, applies knowledge of human behavior and attributes to the design of products, equipment, machines, and large-scale systems for human use. Areas of application include biomedical engineering, environmental design, safety, consumer product design, and computer interface design. Students in the School of Engineering or the College of Liberal Arts will receive the Bachelor of Science degree from their respective colleges after meeting the general requirements set by each college.

Visit the Mechanical Engineering website for more information.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (BSEP)
The School of Engineering, in cooperation with the Department of Physics, offers a combined program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics. The program combines an emphasis on the mastery of the fundamental principles of physics and basic mathematical techniques with the disciplined practicality of professional engineering. Students enrolled in this program are members of the School of Engineering but will have academic advisers in both engineering and physics. While a student may enter the engineering physics program at any time, it is expected that he or she will have taken the introductory courses in basic science and mathematics common to all Tufts engineering programs. Early participation in faculty research projects is encouraged. At present, areas of particular interest include astrophysics, biophysics, elementary particle physics, magnetism and superconductivity, polymer physics, surface physics, and optics.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science (BSES)
In general, the School of Engineering requires undergraduate students to specialize within the framework of the various departments. A student may, however, seek a more diversified program in engineering and science leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering science. This degree program allows the student who is interested in the application of science and mathematics to engineering to develop an individualized program of study. The engineering science curriculum is designed to meet the need for basic studies in engineering with a broad foundation in science. It includes the introductory courses and selected foundation courses. It differs from the professional degree programs in that the department concentration courses can be varied to provide flexible programs in science and engineering. Of the credits beyond the introductory, the foundation, the free electives, the humanities and/or arts, and social sciences requirements, approximately one-third must be taken in a single field of physical or biological science, one-third in engineering subjects, with the remaining one-third available to meet the particular professional objective of the student. Students who wish to pursue a program of this nature should consult with an individual faculty member in the School of Engineering and submit a written curriculum program for approval to the academic dean before the end of the sophomore year.

Bachelor of Science (No Major)
The program leading to the bachelor of science degree consists of thirty-six credits. A minimum of eighteen of these credits must be in engineering and in those departments that provide foundation courses in the accredited programs. This group must include Mathematics 11 and 12 and eight credits in engineering or engineering science. A minimum of six of the remaining credits must be in the humanities and/or arts, and social sciences. Students in the program choose their adviser from the faculty of the School of Engineering. Each student, through his or her adviser, must submit for approval a proposed program of study to a committee consisting of the deans and the chairs of the various engineering departments.

No major is associated with this degree.

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