Bachelor of Arts (AB)

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

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

AB Program Options

Foreign Study

Honors Program and Fellowships

Combined AB/BE Program

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

Hear from a BE student helping out in the Machine Shop:

Advance Planning for the MEM Degree

A large number of AB students plan their course of study to include the BE degree and then the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree. The MEM 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 AB studies can enable you to complete the AB, BE, and MEM programs in 6 years. AB students planning to do the MEM degree should take two engineering sciences electives beyond what is required for the major. Delaying your planning until after you have entered the BE program will likely lengthen the completion time for the combined 3 degrees beyond 6 years. Applying for admission to the MEM program while in the AB 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 AB, BE, and MEM degrees in 6 years. Consult your faculty advisor or Professors Cushman-Roisin or Borsuk for further guidance.