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Bachelor of Engineering

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.

At Dartmouth, completion of the BE requires a minimum of 9 courses beyond the engineering sciences major requirements for 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 Educational 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.

Enrollment and Degrees Awarded

The graduation rate is typically between 97–99% each year.

Academic YearStudents EnrolledDegrees Awarded
2022–20239189
2021–2022107106
2020–2021108106
2019–2020120114

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.

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. 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.

BE Program Plan

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 undergraduate.engineering.advising@dartmouth.edu.

COURSE TYPE NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES COURSES

Mathematics and Basic Science

9 courses

Mathematics
MATH 3: Calculus
MATH 8: Calculus of Functions of One and Several Variables
MATH 13: Calculus of Vector-Valued Functions

Physics
PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II

Chemistry *
CHEM 5: General Chemistry
CHEM 11: General Chemistry

Applied Math (Choose one course)
ENGS 91
: Numerical Methods in Computation
ENGS 92: Fourier Transforms and Complex Variables
ENGS 93: Statistical Methods in Engineering

Math and Sciences Electives (Choose two courses, from the following)
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, 77, 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

4 or 5 courses

Choose one option:

Option 1 (4 courses):
ENGS 20: Introduction to Scientific Computing
ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering (Should be taken sophomore year.)
ENGS 22: Systems
ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields

Option 2 (5 courses):
COSC 1: Introduction to Programming and Computation
COSC 10: Problem Solving via Object-Oriented Programming
ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering (Should be taken sophomore year.)
ENGS 22: Systems
ENGS 23: Distributed Systems and Fields

Engineering Distributive Core

2 courses

Choose two courses, from the following:

ENGS 24: Science of Materials
ENGS 25: Introduction to Thermodynamics
ENGS 26: Control Theory
ENGS 27: Discrete and Probabilistic Systems
ENGS 28: Embedded Systems

Engineering Gateway**

2 courses

Choose two courses, each from a different discipline:

Electrical
ENGS 31: Digital Electronics
ENGS 32: Electronics: Introduction to Linear and Digital Circuits

Mechanical
ENGS 33: Solid Mechanics
ENGS 34: Fluid Mechanics

Chemical/Biochemical
ENGS 30: Biological Physics
ENGS 35: Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering
ENGS 36: Chemical Engineering

Environmental
ENGS 37: Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Engineering and Computer Science Electives***

6 courses

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)
ENGS or ENGG courses 110-174, 192, 199
COSC 50-84 (except COSC 30, 31, 35, 39, 40, 49, 53, 71, 72, 73, 74)
COSC 170-276 (except 174, 179, 189, 210)
Two of the three electives may be mathematics or basic science courses, as listed above.

Engineering Design Capstone

2 courses

ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation
ENGS 90: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Completion

  • Taken as a two-course design sequence.
  • May count toward both AB and BE degrees.
  • Prior to enrollment in ENGS 89, at least 6 engineering sciences courses must be completed: ENGS 21 plus 5 additional courses numbered 22 to 76 (excluding 75), and 91 and above.

* 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.

Course Transfer Credits

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.

Planning Ahead for Multiple Degrees

Students may use certain BE courses toward completing the requirements for other Dartmouth Engineering degrees.

Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Science (MS)

With advance planning, BE students interested in also pursuing the Master of Engineering (MEng) or the Master of Science (MS) may use up to six applicable graduate courses for both their BE and MEng programs. Those courses must be beyond the requirements for the AB.

Masters of Engineering Management (MEM)

BE students, including Partner School Dual Degree students, may count ENGS 93 Statistical Methods in Engineering toward the MEM degree, even if it was taken as part of the AB and/or BE requirements. Students may also count up to two additional Dartmouth graduate-level electives toward both the BE and the MEM degree. Those courses must be beyond the AB requirements.

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.

Tuition & Expenses

The following estimated expenses are for 2022–2023 academic year. Review the cost of attendance breakdown of college-related expenses.

Tuition

$20,229 per term

Tuition covers instruction and use of instructional facilities.

Fees

$8,460–$8,575 per term

Fees include health access/insurance, room, board, student activities/services, books, supplies… etc.

Total Cost

$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.

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.

Apply for financial aid

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 hourly rate of pay is $17. 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). 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.

Opportunities & Support

Research Opportunities

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.

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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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Study Abroad

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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The MShop

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.

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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.

Brainstorming session for 89/90
Students in the Engineering Design Methodology course sequence (ENGS 89/90) brainstorm in Couch Project Lab.

Virtual Info Session

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education details the many pathways for studying engineering at Dartmouth.