Bachelor of Arts (A.B.)

All engineering sciences majors earn a Dartmouth A.B. (from the Latin artium baccalaureus), and most take additional courses to also earn a professional Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree.

Students can add engineering sciences to their liberal arts studies in a variety of ways. (For full A.B. degree requirements, see Office of the Registrar.)

A.B. Program Options

Foreign Study

Honors Program and Fellowships

Combined A.B./B.E. Program

Most students complete both the A.B. and B.E. programs, usually in 5 years. Students who are interested in particular areas of engineering can use these A.B./B.E. sample programs as models for their own programs.

Hear from a B.E. student helping out in the Machine Shop:

Advance Planning for the M.E.M. Degree

A large number of A.B. students plan their course of study to include the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree and then the Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) degree. The M.E.M. program combines engineering and management courses taught by Thayer School and Tuck School faculty and includes an industry internship.

Planning your course selection with your faculty advisor early in your A.B. studies can enable you to complete the A.B., B.E., and M.E.M. programs in 6 years. A.B. students planning to do the M.E.M. degree should take two engineering sciences electives beyond what is required for the major. Delaying your planning until after you have entered the B.E. program will likely lengthen the completion time for the combined 3 degrees beyond 6 years. Applying for admission to the M.E.M. program while in the A.B. is also possible.

Students are encouraged to work closely with their assigned faculty advisor, using the AB/BE Course Organizational Tool, to develop a multi-year course progression plan that will meet degree requirements, and the student's personal academic goals.

See a typical course sequence for completing the A.B., B.E., and M.E.M. degrees in 6 years. Consult your faculty advisor or Professors Cushman-Roisin or Borsuk for further guidance.