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Dartmouth's Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is a professional degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, under the commission General Criteria with no applicable program criteria.
The BE degree program seeks to produce engineers who:
The graduation rate is typically between 97–99% each year.
BE graduates achieve these objectives through:
The BE degree program requires a minimum of nine courses beyond the requirements for the AB degree. At least six courses must have significant engineering design content. Additional required courses and electives include those in mathematics, basic science, and engineering sciences. See also: grading for AB and BE candidates.
Completion of the BE after the AB generally takes between one and three terms at Thayer, depending on the courses taken during the first four years. Advanced standing on entry to Dartmouth may shorten the overall time required; some students complete both the AB and BE in four years.
The BE program plan is the official document notating courses used to satisfy the ABET-accredited BE degree requirements. Students must file their BE program plan with the Academic and Student Affairs Office in Winter term of their senior year. BE program plans must be approved by the student's faculty advisor before final approval is granted by the department. Students completing the BE in 5 years must complete the BE application after submitting their BE program plan. For questions on requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES
Mathematics and Basic Science
Math and Sciences Electives (Choose two courses, from the following)
Engineering Common Core
4 or 5 courses
Choose one option:
Option 2 (5 courses):
Engineering Distributive Core
Choose two courses, each from a different discipline:
Engineering and Computer Science Electives***
Three to four of the six courses must form a coherent disciplinary concentration with one of these having significant design content. The remaining courses may be chosen from:
ENGS or ENGG courses numbered 24-88 (except ENGS 66, 75, 80, 87)
Engineering Design Capstone
* Students who elected and passed CHEM 10 or CHEM 11 will receive 1 credit for CHEM 5, and an additional credit for CHEM 10/11 to be counted toward the math and science electives.
** Students who modify the engineering sciences major with science and partner school dual-degree students with science majors may take their gateway courses in the same discipline.
*** Understanding that the BE is a degree that prepares one for the engineering profession, students must choose at least three, but preferably four (or more) courses in which they increase their depth of studies in an engineering field. At least one of these courses must have significant design content. This depth of studies must be intellectually coherent as defined together by the student and their faculty advisor. While some course plans might be self-evident as classically defined (e.g. “mechanical engineering” or “electrical engineering”), others might be more tailored to a student’s chosen professional pathway. Students are therefore asked to provide a brief rationale for why they chose a certain group of courses. The courses need not build on one another but they must build on foundational courses in the engineering curriculum. These concentration courses allow the student to identify with a particular field of engineering on their resume, while still earning their degree in engineering sciences.
With approval of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dartmouth students admitted to the BE may transfer up to four courses--two toward AB requirements and two toward BE requirements. Course credit transfers approved by the Dartmouth Registrar in partial satisfaction of AB requirements, with approval of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, may be included in partial fulfillment of BE requirements.
Courses transferred for course equivalency, or for engineering credit with no course equivalency, must be suitable for inclusion in a technical and applied science program and should be evaluated according to the process outlined by the Thayer Registrar for course transfers.
Courses transferred in fulfillment of the math and natural science requirements for the BE will be assessed by the BE program committee, or appropriate math/science instructor at Dartmouth. Prior to approval for transfer, additional supporting material may be required, including course catalog descriptions, textbook information, syllabi, etc.
Detailed information, for enrolled students, about specific courses that satisfy accreditation and BE degree requirements can be found and planned using the BE–Program Plan spreadsheet.
Students interested in focusing their AB+BE studies in a specific engineering discipline may review the following list of AB+BE example programs to help guide you in designing an academic plan with a faculty advisor.
The following estimated expenses are for 2022–2023 academic year. Review the cost of attendance breakdown of college-related expenses.
$20,229 per term
Tuition covers instruction and use of instructional facilities.
$8,460–$8,575 per term
Fees include health access/insurance, room, board, student activities/services, books, supplies… etc.
$86,000–$86,450 per academic year
The estimated total cost of a year—including tuition, books, room, board, and incidentals—not including meal plan options.
Full-time students in the BE program are eligible for aid in the form of partial-tuition scholarships, hourly employment as teaching assistants or in other capacities, fellowships, and loans. Special and part-time students are not eligible for financial aid. BE students who accept partial-tuition scholarship awards will be required to serve as a paid hourly teaching assistant if called upon.
The assessment of need is based on the CSS Profile application. Awards are made annually on an academic-year basis.
The Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship is a competitive fellowship in support of a research experience for engineering sciences students under the direction of a faculty mentor.
Grants applicable to tuition charges are awarded on the basis of need, as demonstrated by the PROFILE application. Scholarships are renewed each academic year contingent upon continued satisfactory academic progress. BE students who accept financial aid awards from Thayer School are required to serve as teaching assistants if called upon.
Teaching assistant positions may be available to well qualified students. A teaching assistant is paid hourly to assist with grading, problem sessions, and/or lab work. Assignments are made on a term-by-term basis. BE students who accept financial aid awards from Thayer School are required to serve as teaching assistants if called upon. Other limited hourly employment is also available to qualified students.
Normally work is limited to no more than 12 hours per week during academic terms and 40 hours per week between terms and during off-terms. The hourly rate of pay is $17. Hourly employment may not exceed a total of 40 hours per week from any and all College sources.
US BE students are eligible to apply for Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and, in limited cases, DELC Loans through the Dartmouth Financial Aid Office.
Educational loan applicants must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Dartmouth's school code is 002573.
Thayer has a loan program available to non-US-citizen BE candidates with high financial need. Contact Candace Potter for more information.
BE candidates are responsible for arranging their own housing off-campus. Information on local renting is available from the Dartmouth College Real Estate Office.
Dartmouth faculty hire undergraduate assistants in their labs to work alongside and support graduate and post-doctoral researchers with active research. Students have had opportunities to contribute to ongoing research on sustainable energy solutions in the arctic, biofuels, or wearable medical technologies.Learn More
Endowed named scholarships and fellowships, established through the generosity of alumni, friends, foundations, and corporations, are awarded to engineering students with financial need who have demonstrated academic ability and show promise of contributing to the engineering profession.Learn More
Engineering students may pursue a variety of study abroad programs through Dartmouth's Guarini Institute for International Education as well as four additional exchange programs designed especially for engineering majors.
The MShop is a unique instructional workshop where problem-solving and teamwork skills are fostered with the tools, techniques, and training needed to enable engineering creativity in a safe and collaborative environment.Learn More
Design is an essential element of engineering. Project management is what makes a good design become a prototype and ultimately a tool that works. Toward the end of their degree, BE students enroll in a two-term capstone design sequence. These projects focus on engineering design, project management, and project completion. Working in teams of 3 or 4, they choose projects that industries have submitted to Thayer School's Cook Engineering Design Center (CEDC).
In the design sequence (ENGS 89/90), students select a problem and collaborate with their industry sponsor to solve it. The entire process, which covers two 10-week terms, involves all the elements of the design process from problem definition to the industry application and includes feasibility studies, decision making, economic analysis, prototyping, and often final implementation.
Lectures by experts on entrepreneurship, ethics, and legal issues are part of each course. At several points in each term, students practice their presentation skills before a review board of engineering professionals.
The final product—a hardware prototype or a software program or a manufacturing process—is delivered to the industry partner at the end of the second term.