Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

Dartmouth's BE is a professional degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Admission to the program is through Thayer School.

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.

Students describe the advantages of taking a fifth year to earn the BE.

Areas of Concentration

Students interested in focusing their AB/BE studies in a specific engineering discipline may review sample programs to help guide you in designing an academic plan with a factulty advisor.

Program Educational Objectives

The BE degree program at Thayer School seeks to produce engineers who, during the first few years after graduation:

  1. Apply interdisciplinary breadth to professional activities;
  2. Demonstrate innovation in professional activities;
  3. Practice effective teamwork and written and verbal communication;
  4. Initiate the process of lifelong learning; and
  5. Serve society at large.

To achieve these objectives, the outcomes upon graduation from the program are that all of its students will have the ability to:

  1. Apply mathematics, science, engineering science and methods to the analysis of problems;
  2. Synthesize solutions to engineering problems through creative design;
  3. Function effectively in a multidisciplinary professional environment; and
  4. Apply technology as responsible citizens.


The number of students in the BE program over the last few years has been:


Over the past 3 years, 98.5% of BE students completed graduation requirements within the standard time for the degree.