Program Electives

The School of Engineering maintains lists of approved electives in the Humanities, Arts, Social Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Natural Sciences. These lists are updated periodically as the Tufts course catalog evolves. Current versions of the allowed elective lists are maintained on the student information system (SIS). To find these lists:

  1. Navigate to SIS
  2. On the login page, select Browse Course Catalog
  3. Set Course Career to AS&E Undergrad
  4. Set Course Attribute to Engineering Requirements
  5. Set Attribute Value to one of the following options:
    • SoE-Engineering
    • SoE-HASS-Arts
    • SoE-HASS-Humanities
    • SoE-HASS-Social Sciences
    • SoE-Mathematics
    • SoE-Natural Sciences

Humanities, Arts and Social Science Electives

A total of 18 credits in humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS), including English 1 or 3. Acceptable HASS electives have attributes of SoE-HASS-Humanities, SoE-HASS-Arts, or SoE-HASS-Social Sciences. Courses selected must include a minimum of one course in each area of Humanities (H) and Social Sciences (SS). In addition, at least two HASS courses must be taken in the same department.

Natural Science Electives

Given the increasing importance of biomedical applications in mechanical engineering practice and research, students are encouraged to include a biological science component to their elective program. In particular, the department recommends strongly that students consider taking ES11–Fundamentals of Biological Systems as their Natural Science Elective. Alternatively, students interested in one of the health science professions (MD, DMD, DVM) should consider taking a more traditional Biology course (e.g. BIO13) as a Science Elective.

Free Electives

Free Electives are an integral and complementary part of the curriculum and students are urged to consult with their academic advisors in choosing these electives. For example, students may wish to take additional humanities and social science courses preparing them for professional activities and graduate studies in areas such as law, economics, organization and social aspects of engineering, management, and technology and policy. Students may use the free electives to satisfy the requirements of an additional major or minor.

  • ENP 99 - Internship in Mechanical Engineering
    Effective 07/01/2012 A Mechanical Engineering Internship (ENP99) can be taken for course credit, and the student may also receive payment from the internship employer. However, ENP99 may only count as a free elective towards the BSHFE degree.

    The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

    1. The student has junior or senior standing and has declared a major in Mechanical Engineering.
    2. The student must submit a written internship proposal, which must be approved by the academic advisor, the faculty mentor, and Department Chair prior to the semester in which the internship will be performed. Form is available here.
    3. The faculty mentor must have technical control of any work that receives credit in the Department.
    4. A written report must be submitted, to be evaluated by the faculty mentor and the outside institutional supervisor. Work of a proprietary nature cannot be used as a basis for the granting of course credit.