Brown University School of Engineering

Concentrations

Brown University School of Engineering offers the following concentrations:
(Skip to: Standard concentration requirements for the Sc.B. degree in engineering)

Degree Program
Sc.B. Biomedical Engineering
Sc.B. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Sc.B. Civil Engineering
Sc.B. Computer Engineering
Sc.B. Electrical Engineering 
Sc.B Environmental Engineering
Sc.B. Materials Engineering
Sc.B. Mechanical Engineering
Sc.B. Engineering Physics
A.B. Engineering
A.B. Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO)
A.B. Engineering with a focus on Environmental Studies

Students may combine their Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with the following programs:

Sc.B. and A.B. Combined Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees 
Five Year Masters Option  Undergraduates in engineering with high academic standing may enter an integrated program leading to a Master of Science degree at the end of the academic year following receipt of the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. 
Undergraduate Research Opportunities  The opportunity for undergraduates to perform research by directly working with faculty and graduate students is a cherished feature of the Brown School of Engineering.
Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP)  Engineering concentrators in this program may receive RI certification for teaching high school physics.
Honors Based on their academic performance up to the end of the first semester of the senior year, students may apply for admission to the Honors Program. 
Study Abroad The global nature of the engineering profession makes a study abroad program particularly attractive. 
Pre-Architecture Students contemplating the possibility of pursuing a degree in architecture after finishing their undergraduate program at Brown can prepare themselves by taking selected courses in Visual Arts, Engineering, and History of Art and Architecture at Brown, as well as certain courses at RISD.

Standard concentration requirements for the Sc.B. degree in engineering include the following:

Mathematics

Mathematics 0190, 0200 is the preferred sequence of courses to be taken in the freshman year. Students with weak preparation in calculus may start in MATH 0100 and take MATH 0200 in second semester. These students may enroll in ENGN 0030 in their first semester. Students without one year of calculus should take MATH 0090, MATH 0100 in their freshman year, and should begin their sequence of engineering courses with ENGN 0030 in sophomore year. The courses APMA 0330 & APMA 0340 (Methods of Applied Math I, II) can be taken in the sophomore year as well.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Current Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org) accreditation guidelines specify a requirement for “a general education component that complements the technical content of the curriculum and is consistent with the program and institution objectives.” This refers primarily to all the courses that are taken outside of the engineering requirements, particularly humanities and social sciences courses. In addition, ABET-accredited engineering programs are expected to demonstrate eleven published ABET outcomes. A number of these outcomes (e.g., (f) through (j)) are in many cases at least partially satisfied by coursework that falls under the “general education component” of the student’s program. Brown ABET-accredited Sc.B. programs must comply with these requirements in the following manner:

  1. The minimum number of courses that must be successfully completed to satisfy this requirement is four courses in the humanities and social sciences.
  2. At the time their Engineering Concentration Form is completed, each student must discuss with their concentration advisor the humanities and social science courses they have already taken and the remaining courses they plan to take, with respect to how they would contribute to the published ABET outcomes, and how they will complement the technical component of their program. Based on these discussions, each student must prepare a written record describing how their non-engineering complement of courses fulfills and contributes to the “general education component” as defined by the ABET criteria. This document can be updated as often as necessary, but at the minimum during the spring semester just prior to certification for graduation, as is normally required for their entire Engineering Concentration Form to reflect the actual complement of courses taken.

Core Courses

The accredited Sc.B. concentrations in Chemical and Biochemical, Civil (accredited through 2016 and will not seek re-accreditation), Electrical, Materials, and Mechanical Engineering are completed by passing the required engineering common core courses, an advanced science course, plus an additional coherent set of seven courses prescribed for each program. At least five of the seven upper level courses required to complete the concentration must be 1000-level engineering courses. The accredited programs in Biomedical and Computer Engineering are somewhat similar, except that selected biology and computer science courses, respectively, are substituted for some of the engineering core courses. The program of each student must first be approved by the concentration advisor, and finally by the Engineering Concentration Committee through submission of a Concentration Form (link to online form).

For more information about core courses, please look at a sample program