Engineering Studies Concentration

Our engineering studies curriculum provides students with the mathematical and analytical skills that constitute the foundations of engineering, supporting a wide array of fields including mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering. In addition, the concentration offers practical, applied skills such as working with laboratory instrumentation, design software, and/or fabrication techniques. Completing this concentration in combination with a major in a natural science or math prepares students to pursue graduate work in engineering. To get started in this concentration, begin by taking science courses that fit your interests and math courses based on your math placement.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • MATH 119 or MATH 120 or MATH 126 or MATH 128
  • Science Course of your choosing (Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Studies)
  • PHYS 160: Intro to Engineering Design
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • Continue Math Sequence
  • Science Course
Additional Information

The courses listed above are simply suggestions for how to get started on the concentration. The Physics 160 course over interim is not a required course, but it counts toward the concentration and serves as a great way for first year students to determine if engineering might be something they enjoy!


Credit for previous courses is not common, but when appropriate, it is done in consultation with the Registrar and the Director of Engineering Studies.


Not applicable.

Informational Events
Engineering Studies and Physics Joint Information Session: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at 7pm Central time at this zoom link:

Assistant Professor of Physics: Alden Adolph (