Bachelor of Engineering

Dartmouth's Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is a professional degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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.

Graduate-level courses taken as part of the BE program also count toward MS degree program requirements in order to earn an MS either simultaneously or one year after the BE.

The BE 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 to develop a multi-year course progression plan that will meet degree requirements and the student's personal academic goals.

Overview

Program Objectives

The BE degree program seeks to produce engineers who:

  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.

    Degrees Awarded

    • 2019–2020: 114
    • 2018–2019: 116
    • 2017–2018: 89

    Graduation Rate

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

    Student Outcomes

    BE graduates achieve these objectives through:

    1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
    2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
    3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
    4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
    5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
    6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
    7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

      Advantages

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

      Design Experience

      Capstone Design Sequence

      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).

      Engineering Design Methodology

      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.

      ENGS 89/90 Student Project
      BE candidate Max Fagin, far right, in reduced gravity. He and his Thayer design team created a dehumidification system for space flight for their ENGS 89/90: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion. The group was accepted to NASA's Microgravity University, where they tested their designs. Photo by James Blair and Bill Stafford, courtesy of Max Fagin.

      Opportunities & Support

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      Research & Entrepreneurship Opportunities

      Engineering research at Dartmouth reflects our belief that innovation happens at the intersection of disciplines. Our non-departmental structure and collaborative culture enable faculty to draw on multiple areas of expertise to address critical human needs.

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      Fellowships & Scholarships

      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.

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      Grand Challenges Scholars Program

      The Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) is an education supplement for selected undergraduate engineering programs to develop five competencies promoting global awareness and social skills with a focus on the greatest engineering challenges of the 21st century.

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      Foreign Study

      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.

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      Areas of Study

      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.

      Requirements

      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.

      Completion of the BE after the AB generally takes between one and three terms at Thayer School, 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.

      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 2 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.

      BE – Program Plan Spreadsheet

      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.

      • Electrical
        • ENGS 31: Digital Electronics
        • ENGS 32: Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits
      • Mechanical
      • Chemical/Biochemical
        • ENGS 30: Biological Physics
        • ENGS 35: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
        • ENGS 36: Chemical Engineering
      • Environmental
        • ENGS 37: Introduction to Environmental Engineering

      Mathematics and Basic Science

      9 courses

      • MATH 3: Introduction to Calculus
      • MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables
      • MATH 13: Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions
      • PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
      • PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II
      • CHEM 5: General Chemistry
      • ENGS 91: Numerical Methods in Computation, or
        ENGS 92: Fourier Transforms and Complex Variables, or
        ENGS 93: Statistical Methods in Engineering
      • Two non-introductory courses chosen from ASTR 15 and above; BIOL 12 and above (except 20 and 52); CHEM 6, 10 and above (except 63); EARS 31, 33, 35, 37, 40-52, 59, 62, 64, 66-76, 78, 79 and above; ENVS 30 and 79; MATH 17-29, 31, 32, 35, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 50 and above; PHYS 19 or 40 (formerly 24), 41 and above (except 48); COSC 30/ENGS 66, COSC 31, 35, 39, 40, 49, 71, 73, 74; PSYC 21, 40, 45, 46, 65.

      Engineering Common Core

      3.5 courses

      • ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing
        - counts as 0.5 course for BE credit
      • ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering
      • ENGS 22: Systems
      • ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields

      Engineering Distributive Core

      choose 2 courses

      Engineering Electives

      choose 6 courses

      • 3 courses must form a coherent disciplinary concentration; 1 of these having significant design content
        - With the exception of one of either ENGS 34 (prerequisites 20, 22, 23, 25) or ENGS 36 (prerequisites 20, 22, 25), courses to be included in the area of “three-course concentration” will be numbered above ENGS/ENGG 40 and will require at least one prerequisite either from the series ENGS 20–37 or from advanced courses within the sciences. With permissions, suitable advanced science courses may count within the three-course concentration. To include ENGS 86 or 88 in the three-course concentration, a proposal, which includes pre-requisite courses, a syllabus, learning objectives and what principles of engineering will be mastered, needs to be submitted in advance (before the fourth week of the term prior to which ENGS 86 or 88 will be taken) and approved by the BE Committee. The computer science courses permitted in the three-course concentration are COSC 50, 55–83 (except 56, 71, 73, 74). The excluded courses COSC 51, 56, and 84 may be used as engineering electives. Although the requirement is a three-course concentration, students are encouraged to enroll in four courses in their area of concentration.
      • 3 electives may be chosen from ENGS or ENGG courses numbered 24-88 (except 66, 75, 87), 103, 107-177, 192 and 199; COSC 50-84 (except 30, 31, 35, 39, 40, 49, 71, 73, 74) and COSC 170-276 (except 174, 179, 189, 210).
        - Two of the 3 electives may be mathematics or natural science courses as listed above.

      Significant Design Content

      at least 3 courses

      • At least three courses in your program, excluding ENGS 21 and 89/90, must have significant design content.
        - Courses with significant design content include: ENGS/ENGG 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 44, 51, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 69, 71, 73, 75, 76, 111, 124, 125, 126, 128, 129, 130, 135, 145, 146, 147, 150, 154, 156, 157, 158, 163, 164, 165, 166, 169, 171, 173, 174, 240, and COSC 50.
        - ENGS 86 or 88 may be approved for design credit by the BE program committee, based on evaluation of the work done.

      Capstone Engineering Design

      2 courses

      • ENGS 89/90: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation/Completion
        - Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least 6 engineering sciences courses must be completed. These include ENGS 21 plus 5 additional courses numbered 22 to 76 (excluding 75) and 91 and above.

      Important Notes

      1. The only BE courses that can be taken under the Non-Recording Option are MATH 3, 8, 13; PHYS 13, and CHEM 5.
      2. If you have questions, please see the Registrar in MacLean 103.

      Tuition & Expenses

      The following estimated costs are for the 2020–2021 academic calendar. Need-based financial aid is available.

      Tuition

      $19,265 per term

      Tuition covers instruction, use of instructional facilities, and healthcare service through the College infirmary.

      Insurance

      $3,891 per year

      Students without their own hospital coverage must purchase a Dartmouth College hospital insurance policy for the cost estimated above.

      Total Cost

      $70,000-$74,00 per academic year

      The estimated total cost of a year in the Dartmouth Engineering BE program, including tuition, books, room, board, and incidentals.

      Financial Aid

      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.

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      The Mazilu Engineering Research Fellowship

      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.

      Partial Tuition Scholarships

      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.

      Hourly Teaching Assistantships and Other Employment

      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 2019–2020 hourly rate of pay is $15. Hourly employment may not exceed a total of 40 hours per week from any and all College sources.

      Loans

      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). This form may be completed at fafsa.ed.gov. 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.

      Housing

      BE candidates are responsible for arranging their own housing off-campus. Information on local renting is available from the Dartmouth College Real Estate Office.

      Admissions

      Admission to the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) program is through Dartmouth Engineering admissions office.

      Admission Requirements

      Dartmouth students finishing an AB degree with a major or modified major in engineering sciences are automatically admitted to the BE program.

      Post-Baccalaureate Math/Science Majors

      Qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree that is substantially equivalent to the Dartmouth AB in engineering sciences plus two upper-level electives in engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences are eligible for admission. Students with minor deficiencies may be admitted but will be required to complete additional undergraduate course work.

      Students who need no more than the equivalent of one term to satisfy prerequisites will be considered for admission as regular degree candidates. Students who need more than one full term (three courses) are required to enroll initially as a "special student."

      A typical student with an AB or BS in mathematics or science may earn the BE in approximately five academic terms—two as a special student without financial aid and, pending satisfactory progress, three more terms as an aid-eligible BE student.

      Special Student
      A student who does not meet requirements for admission to the BE program may initially be admitted as a special student.

      Part-Time Student
      A local resident who has a BS in engineering or an appropriate math/science program and can meet basic academic requirements may pursue coursework on a part-time basis.

      Special and part-time students are ineligible for Thayer School financial aid.

      Application Deadline

      Two terms prior to the beginning term of the BE program. The BE program plan is submitted to the BE Program Committee at the time of application.

      Application Procedure

      Current Dartmouth students and dual-degree students can apply electronically or by mail. All other students should contact the Admissions Office at the address at the top of the page.

      Electronic Applications

      1. Download instructions
      2. Download the electronic application form
      3. Download the BE Program Plan Spreadsheet
      4. Send the completed application form with supporting documents to the address at the top of this page

      Paper Applications

      • E-mail a request for paper application and instructions to engineering.admissions@dartmouth.edu, including in your message that you are interested in the BE program. Be sure to include your name and complete address (including zip code). Mention the degree you are currently working on, your date of expected graduation, and your school.
      • Call +1 (603) 646-2606

      Admission Office Contact

      Undergraduate Programs Administrator
      Jenna Wheeler
      jenna.d.wheeler@dartmouth.edu
      +1 (603) 646-3677

      Admission Office Address

      BE Admissions
      Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
      14 Engineering Drive
      Hanover, NH 03755

      engineering.admissions@dartmouth.edu
      +1 (603) 646-2606