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Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science - 2016

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College Description

Engineering College Description and Special Characteristics

An engineering education at Yale prepares a student for pursuing a career in engineering, for successful graduate study resulting in a Ph.D., for management of high tech enterprises, and for civic leadership.

Yale's demanding engineering education is significantly enhanced by courses in the humanities, social sciences, the arts, and foreign languages, which engineering majors take alongside humanities majors. The resulting broad education enables an impressive number of Yale Engineering graduates to be successful in their careers and to assume positions of leadership in many segments of society.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers majors in Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. Each major provides many options. Engineering students may also pursue engineering-related majors in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics. A number of students choose to graduate with a double major, for example, Engineering and Music/Economics/Psychology.

At Yale, it is faculty, not graduate students, who teach undergraduates. The faculty-to-senior ratio is approximately one to one, and students enjoy much individual guidance. Faculty not only supervise student projects but also involve them in their own research. Faculty acknowledge their student researchers in published research papers, which means that some students graduate with their name on scientific publications.

Engineering has a 160-year history at Yale (1852-2012). The first Engineering Ph.D. in the U.S. was awarded at Yale, in 1863. The recipient was J. Willard Gibbs, who went on to become a leading scientist of the nineteenth century.