Bachelor of Engineering (BE)

Dartmouth's Bachelor of Engineering (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 seeks to produce engineers who:

BE graduates achieve these objectives through:

  1. the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  3. 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;
  4. the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  5. the ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  7. the ability to communicate effectively;
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
  11. the ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degrees Awarded

Graduation Rate

Over the past 3 years, 97% of BE students completed graduation requirements within the standard time for the degree.