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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Engineering Science

The following areas of concentration are available for Engineering Science students:

The Engineering Science Program is designed for students who have a strong interest in science and mathematics as well as a desire to acquire the skills and perspective of engineering. The Engineering Science Program offers flexible curricula in several interdisciplinary areas of concentration. The program is built on sequences of courses from multiple science and engineering programs. All areas of concentration combine in-depth exposure to both science and engineering and include the opportunity for both a team capstone, as well as an individual project experience. The overall goal of the program is to develop each student’s ability to think analytically across disciplines and develop a knowledge base well suited to tackle future technical challenges that will require a thorough understanding of a discipline in the physical sciences and/or mathematics combined with engineering. Interested students are encouraged to pursue the Engineering Science degree jointly with the David C. Frederick Honors College (FHC) by completing the requirements for Engineering Science and satisfying the special degree requirements of the UHC. The academic requirements for the UHC joint degree and distinction pathways are waived for Engineering Science students as the department allows students to cross boundaries and work in an  inherently interdisciplinary way, which is directly reflective of the goals of the UHC. The Engineering Science program is ideal preparation for graduate school in a wide range of disciplines, for rewarding careers in industry, and is an excellent background for those who wish to pursue careers in other professions, such as management, law, education, or medicine.

NOTE: The Engineering Physics curriculum (which had been available as a separate Engineering Physics Program until 2010) is now an area of concentration within Engineering Science.

The program objectives for Engineering Science are to produce engineers who build successful, diverse careers based on: 

  • an understanding of the physical/life sciences, engineering analysis and design, and interdisciplinary problem solving;
  • a commitment to ongoing professional development as exemplified by, for example, graduate study, training, conference participation, and certification;
  • advancement and leadership in professional and/or community life.

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Engineering Science Undergraduate Curriculum

The Engineering Science Program currently offers the following areas of concentration:

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