Bachelor of Engineering (BE)
At Dartmouth, completion of the BE requires a minimum of 9 courses beyond the Bachelor of Arts (AB). At least 6 courses must have significant engineering design content. Required courses and electives include mathematics, basic science, engineering sciences, and engineering design.
The degree generally takes 1 to 3 terms of additional study, depending on the courses taken during the first 4 years. (Advanced standing on entry to Dartmouth may shorten the time required.) Most add a fifth year to earn the BE (financial aid is available), but students may also plan ahead to finish a combined AB/BE in four years.
The flexibility of the five-year BE program makes it possible for students majoring in Physics or Computer Science at Dartmouth to also obtain the BE with an additional year of study following the AB. (See Sample AB/BE Programs for Dartmouth Physics Majors and Sample AB/BE Programs for Dartmouth Computer Science Majors for details.)
Students interested in pursuing a BE degree 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.
Areas of Concentration
Program Educational Objectives
The BE degree program seeks to produce engineers who:
- Apply interdisciplinary breadth to professional activities;
- Demonstrate innovation;
- Practice effective teamwork and written and verbal communication;
- Initiate the process of lifelong learning; and
- Serve society at large.
BE graduates achieve these objectives through:
- the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
- the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
- the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- the ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The number of students in the BE program over the last few years has been:
- 2015-2016: 83 students
- 2014-2015: 82 students
- 2013-2014: 97 students
- 2012-2013: 101 students
Over the past 3 years, 98.8% of BE students completed graduation requirements within the standard time for the degree.