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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Engineering majors must complete requirements from two categories: (1) 12 engineering credits and (2) 8 credits in math and science, at least 3 in math and 3 in science. No courses taken at Swarthmore and intended to satisfy these departmental requirements, except those taken fall semester in the first year, may be taken credit/no credit. The requirements are detailed below, with math and science discussed separately.

Math and Science requirement. To fulfill the math and science requirement for the engineering major, students must receive at least eight credits in math and science (for this purpose science is defined as biological, chemical, and physical sciences). All of the courses used to fulfill the requirement must be acceptable for the minimal major in the offering department. The science courses must include two credits of college level physics, and one credit of either biology or chemistry. All but one of the science courses must include a substantial laboratory component. Students must have either placement or credit for: Elementary Single Variable Calculus (MATH 015); Further Topics in Single Variable Calculus or Advanced Topics in Single Variable Calculus (MATH 025 [025S] or MATH 026); Several-Variable Calculus (MATH 033, 034, or 035); and Differential Equations (MATH 043 or 044). The minimal requirement is three credits in Mathematics. Students are recommended to take Linear Algebra (MATH 027 or 028), which can count as a fifth math credit of the eight required math and science credits.

Students majoring in engineering are required to take seven credits from the engineering core courses; Mechanics (ENGR 006), Electric Circuit Analysis I & Electric Circuit Analysis II (ENGR 011A) & ENGR 011B), Linear Physical Systems Analysis (ENGR 012) Experimentation for Engineering Design (ENGR 014), Digital Systems and Computer Engineering Fundamentals & Design of Digital and Embedded Systems (ENGR 015A & ENGR 015B) or Numerical Methods for Engineering Applications (ENGR 019), Thermofluid Mechanics (ENGR 041) and Engineering Design (ENGR 090). In their first semester students typically will take either 0.5 or 1.0 credits of engineering, choosing between ENGR 011A , ENGR 011B (prerequisite ENGR 011A), ENGR 015A and ENGR 015B in accordance with their interests and high school preparation. A student with a very full schedule in the first semester can also opt to take no engineering courses until the spring without falling behind in degree requirements. Mechanics (ENGR 006) is usually taken in the spring of the first year. In the fall of the sophomore year students typically will finish the ENGR 011A , ENGR 011B , ENGR 015A and ENGR 015B sequence. Linear Physical Systems Analysis (ENGR 012) and Experimentation for Engineering Design (ENGR 014) are usually taken in the spring of the sophomore year. Numerical Methods for Engineering Applications (ENGR 019) can be taken in the spring of the sophomore, junior or senior year. Thermofluid Mechanics (ENGR 041) can be taken in the fall of the junior or senior year. Engineering Design (ENGR 090) is the culminating experience for engineering majors and must be taken by all majors in spring of senior year. Submission and oral presentation of the final project report in Engineering Design constitutes the comprehensive examination for engineering majors.

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