Roll up your sleeves on day one. At Dartmouth you'll build things right from the start and work on real-world challenges — medical technologies, biofuels, hybrid cars, solar-powered robots — from our signature Introduction to Engineering class to your final capstone project. That's because the best way to learn engineering is to do engineering.
Our bachelor's degrees
- All engineering sciences majors earn a Bachelor of Arts (AB)
- Most majors stay on to earn a professional Bachelor of Engineering (BE)
- Students from other schools can earn a Dartmouth BE through the Dual-Degree Program
Why choose Dartmouth
- One department. Work alongside experts in a range of fields. The world's problems aren't divided into separate disciplines, so why should engineering education be?
- Breadth and depth. No pressure to choose. Master broad engineering principles and explore a variety of disciplines before deciding your area of focus.
- Engineering and liberal arts. Study engineering, but not just engineering. Choose from the entire range of liberal arts courses at Dartmouth. You'll better understand the world and how to help it.
- Flexibility. Pursue your unique interests. Modify your major with any other subject — the sciences, math, economics, public policy, studio art, etc.
- Project-centered. Learn by doing. Never built anything before? No worries. We'll teach you everything you need to know.
- Multiple skills. Be prepared for any career. Lay your foundation in design, analysis, fabrication, research, writing, presentation, entrepreneurship, and more.
- Collaborative. Play well with others. Work in teams and network with students and faculty throughout Dartmouth including from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Tuck School of Business, ranked among the top in the nation.
- Foreign study. Go global. Explore a wider world through engineering exchange programs in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Germany, plus additional opportunities through Dartmouth's Off-Campus Programs Office.
- You matter. Get taught by professors, not graduate students — just one reason why Dartmouth is ranked in the top 10 for undergraduate teaching.
An engineer and ...
... an athlete, a poet, a musician, an artist, a doctor, a politician, a business owner. You name it, we've seen it. Our students, faculty, and staff combine their passion for engineering with a huge range of other interests. And that's the way we like it.
"I am an engineering major but I am interested in French, music, and the outdoors as well. Where else besides Dartmouth can I get an engineering degree and have time to take a term abroad in France as well as pursuing all of my other interests? The sheer number of opportunities available to Dartmouth students still amazes me. Doing all of the things I love as well as some things I never knew I liked is what the Dartmouth experience means to me." —Andrew Smist '13
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We'll help you get your hands dirty
Even if you've never picked up a hammer or a drill, our faculty and staff are committed to helping all students get comfortable with the creation process, beginning to end. Our state-of-the-art Machine Shop is an important part of that goal and is open to all:
Engineering for everyone
Engineering isn't just for engineers. Thayer School offers a number of courses for non-majors to better understand the interactions of science, technology and society. You'll discover engineering's power to improve the world. You'll gain problem-solving skills useful in all areas of education and life. You may even decide to become an engineer.
Oh, and yes, the Machine Shop is open to you too.