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Undergraduate Engineering Studies at Dartmouth

At Dartmouth, you’ll design and build things from the start while you learn to think like a problem-solver. You’ll work in teams and have access to faculty, workshops, and labs with staff and resources to help along the way. You'll get your hands dirty and learn how to make a difference in any path you choose.

Problems don't fall neatly within engineering disciplines. That's why we take a systems-based approach and teach principles you can apply to all areas of engineering. Problems also don't happen in a vacuum. That's why you'll learn engineering as part of a full liberal arts education so you can deepen your understanding of the world.

After exploring both the sciences and the humanities, you can stay and finish the professional accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in less than a year. Or you can choose to complete both the AB and BE in four years. Either way, need-based financial aid is available.

Engineering Bachelor's Degrees

AB


Bachelor of Arts

Dartmouth students declaring an engineering major receive the Bachelor of Arts (AB) degree.

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BE


Bachelor of Engineering

In addition to the AB, most engineering majors complete the professional BE degree.

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Dual


Dual-Degree Program

For students at partner institutions who want to study engineering at Dartmouth.

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Human-Centered Engineering

The most impactful engineers invent and discover at the intersection of the human-made world and the human experience. Embedded in our curriculum and culture is the importance of a human-centered approach to engineering and design and the belief that our work should strive to make the world better for everyone. A Dartmouth engineer has the expertise and problem-solving skills, along with the drive and compassion for humanity, to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

Your first engineering class.

Your very first class, Introduction to Engineering—a.k.a. ENGS 21—will challenge you to build a novel solution to a real-life problem. You’ll team up with classmates to define the problem and solve it by designing a device or system. You’ll research patents to make sure your idea has never been done before. You’ll create a business plan just as if you were taking your product to market. You’ll build and test a prototype and present your project to a professional review board.

Design Thinking

Engineering products, services, structures, tools, and electronics that people love to use takes more than math and science. It takes an understanding of human nature, needs, habits, desires, abilities, and cultures. At Dartmouth, we give students the skills to assess those human factors and incorporate them into a technological design.

“Students who become really good at design become experts at a process that they can apply to anything, from designing medical devices to improving the lives of infants in their car seats. The same process can be applied, no matter what the problem is.” —Professor Peter Robbie

We'll help you get your hands dirty.

Even if you've never picked up a hammer or a screwdriver, our faculty and staff are committed to helping all students get comfortable with the creation process, beginning to end. Our state-of-the-art Machine Shop is an important part of that goal and is open to all.

An engineer and...

…an athlete, a musician, an artist, an entrepreneur, a humanitarian. You name it, we've seen it. Our students combine their passion for engineering with a wide range of other interests. And that's the way we like it.

See our full "I'm an engineer and…" playlist.

Engineering for everyone.

Engineering isn't just for engineers. We offer several courses for non-majors to better understand science, technology, and society. You'll experience engineering's power to improve the world and gain problem-solving skills useful in all areas of work and life. You may even decide to become an engineer.

Why Choose Dartmouth?

Engineering and liberal arts.

Study engineering, but not just engineering. Choose from the entire range of liberal arts courses at Dartmouth. You'll better understand the world and how to help it.

Breadth and depth.

No pressure to choose. Master systems-based engineering principles and explore a variety of disciplines before deciding your area of focus.

Project-centered.

Learn by doing. Never built anything before? No worries. We'll teach you everything you need to know.

Collaborative.

Play well with others. Work in teams and network with students and faculty throughout Dartmouth including from Geisel School of Medicine and Tuck School of Business.

Flexibility.

Pursue your unique interests. Modify your major with any other subject—the sciences, math, economics, public policy, studio art, etc.

Multiple skills.

Be prepared for any career. Lay your foundation in design, analysis, fabrication, research, writing, presentation, entrepreneurship, and more.

One department.

Work alongside experts in a range of fields. The world's problems aren't divided into separate disciplines, so why should engineering education be?

You matter!

Get taught by professors, not graduate students—just one reason why Dartmouth is ranked in the top 10 for undergraduate teaching.

Discover Dartmouth Engineering

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Student Life

Studying engineering will take time, but not ALL your time, and our students enjoy the benefits of other interests along the way.

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Research Opportunities

There are many ways undergraduates can participate in research including applying to the First Year Research in Engineering program.

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Foreign Study

Engineering students may pursue a variety of study abroad programs through Dartmouth's Guarini Institute for International Education. In addition, we offer four exchange programs designed especially for engineering majors.

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Life After Dartmouth

Question: What can you do with a Dartmouth engineering degree? Answer: Anything you want.

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