Penn State College of Engineering Penn State Mark College of Engineering


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Engineering Science

The engineering science program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Engineering science is a multidisciplinary honors program that emphasizes enhanced understanding and integrated application of engineering, scientific, and mathematical principles. The program is unique in providing a broad foundation in the sciences and associated mathematics that underlie engineering and provides students the opportunity to obtain a depth of knowledge in an area of their choosing through technical electives and an honors thesis. The curriculum is designed for students who seek to link the engineering disciplines with science. In addition to taking core courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology, students study thermodynamics, heat transfer, electromagnetics, solid and fluid mechanics, electrical devices, materials science, and failure analysis.

During the senior year, all students select a focus area of study, complete a capstone research and design project and write a thesis that integrates the scientific principles of research, design, and analysis and applies them to engineering. Focus areas of study include, but are not limited to, electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical engineering, and materials and are typically interdisciplinary. Hence, engineering science students achieve both depth and breadth in engineering and science, are able to function across disciplines, and graduate well prepared for advanced studies, as well as professional employment.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for engineering science graduates are limited only by one’s imagination. Many graduates continue their education at the top institutions in the nation in graduate programs such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, materials, and physics, while others attend medical, business, or law schools. Approximately half of our students enter the workforce directly, accepting a variety of entry-level positions at organizations such as AT&T, Bechtel Bettis, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Ford, GE, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Lucent Technologies, the Naval Research Lab, and the U.S. Patent Office.

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