BE Degree Requirements


Completion of the BE program after the AB degree generally requires between 1 and 3 terms at Thayer School, depending on the courses taken during the first 4 years. Advanced standing on entry to Dartmouth may shorten the overall time required; some students complete both the AB and BE in 4 years.

Course of Study

BE students take required courses and electives in mathematics, basic science, engineering sciences, and engineering design.

The BE degree requires a minimum of 9 courses beyond the requirements for the AB degree. At least 6 courses must have significant engineering design content (see the BE Planning Guide (PDF) for details).

Students work on a project Mathematics and Basic Science (9 courses)

Engineering Common Core (3.5 courses)

Engineering Distributive Core (choose 2 courses)

Engineering Gateway (choose 2 courses from 2 different disciplines; students who modify the engineering sciences major with science, and dual-degree students with science majors, may take their gateway courses in the same discipline)

Engineering Electives (choose 6 courses)

Capstone Engineering Design (2 courses)

Detailed information about specific courses that satisfy accreditation and Thayer School requirements is in the BE Planning Guide (PDF), which is for planning purposes only. You will need to go to Banner Student to complete the BE program plan. If you have questions, please see the Registrar in MacLean 103.

NOTE: The only BE courses that can be taken under the Non-Recording Option are MATH 3, 8, 13; PHYS 13, and CHEM 5.