2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Engineering (BSEN)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree

Dr. Nakisa Alborz, LEED AP BD+C,  Chair
Rubenstein Hall, Room 202A
617-989-4705

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEN) degree program is an innovative curriculum that provides students the flexibility to integrate an engineering course of study with directed studies of their choice to broaden their education for their professional and personal goals. Students in the program will customize their education, both their specialized concentration area of engineering study and directed studies, with a full-time faculty mentor. The BSEN program allows students to tailor an engineering curriculum with directed study courses to expand their education beyond a single area of study. Students in the BSEN program are required to select one area of Engineering concentration from the following: Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical or Manufacturing and a minor (directed studies) at the end of their Freshman year. Recommended plans of study are indicated below for the various Engineering concentration tracks. Students are required to consult with their academic advisors for identification of their concentration track and directed studies path. Students may plan to Study Abroad for one semester, ideally during the junior year.

The BSEN curriculum includes:

  • A set of core engineering concentration courses,
  • A set of mathematics and science courses that support the engineering discipline,
  • A set of general education courses that provide the foundation to understand the role and responsibility of an engineer in society and in a global environment,
  • A set of directed study courses that provide a pathway for a student’s future goals

A set of interdisciplinary design courses that allow students to collaborate with one another on a variety of projects.

BSEN curriculum total credit hours for all concentration tracks:

  • Engineering Concentration courses (52 credits)
  • Mathematics and  Basic Science (32 credits)
  • General Education (28 credits)    
  • Directed Studies and other electives (16 credits)
  • Business / Management (6 credits)  

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the BSEN  engineering program is to prepare students to become practicing engineers who are entrepreneurs, engineering managers, system engineers, engineers having multidisciplinary skills and design professionals

Engineering Program Objectives

The educational objectives of this program, which describe the expectations of our graduates a few years after graduation, are as follows:

  • Develop creative solutions for the benefit of society while working on multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • Communicate effectively to present technical information to various audiences.
  • Pursue directed or independent study to advance professionally.

Engineering Program Outcomes

The program outcomes for this program are that upon graduation, the students should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • An ability to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Degree Details

Total credits for degree: 134

This is a four-year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

In addition to the courses specified in the recommended plans of study, the science elective must be a lab-based biology or chemistry course.

HSS ELECTIVE,  See ENGL/HSS note below *

ENGL/HSS Note:  

Day program students are required to complete at least:  

  • One course in Humanities  
  • One course in the Social Sciences  
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category 

Students with a three English course sequence may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities requirement. 

For more information about the English, Humanities, and Social Science requirements please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog