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Dartmouth's Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is a professional degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Students interested in pursuing the BE must be admitted first as a Dartmouth undergraduate or as a dual-degree student from one of our partner institutions.
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.
The BE degree program seeks to produce engineers who:
The graduation rate fluctuates between 96 and 97%.
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BE graduates achieve these objectives through:
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.
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.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
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.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.
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 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.
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.
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Mathematics and Basic Science
Applied Math (Choose one course)
Math and Sciences Electives (Choose two courses, from the following)
Engineering Common Core
4 or 5 courses
Choose one option:
Option 1 (4 courses):
Option 2 (5 courses):
Engineering Distributive Core
Choose two courses, from the following:
ENGS 24: Science of Materials
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
ENGS 89: Engineering Design Methodology and Project Initiation
* 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 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.
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.
BE candidates are responsible for arranging their own housing off-campus. Information on local renting is available from the Dartmouth College Real Estate Office.
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 $15. 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.
Students interested in pursuing the BE must be admitted first as a Dartmouth undergraduate or as a Dual-Degree student from our partner institutions.
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 coursework.
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.
A student who does not meet the requirements for admission to the BE program may initially be admitted as a special 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 financial aid from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth.
February 15 for Fall term admission or two terms prior to the term you would like to begin.
Please complete the BE Program Plan Submission form, uploading your completed and approved BE Program Plan. Complete the BE Program Plan by opening it in a spreadsheet app, and discuss it with your faculty advisor. Your advisor then must email their approval of your plan to email@example.com.
Current Dartmouth undergraduate students and Dual-Degree Program participants apply through Thayer’s BE application. All other undergraduate applicants must apply through Dartmouth Admissions.
Undergraduate Programs Administrator
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Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
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