Offering rigorous analysis of theoretical principles and intensive hands-on experience, the engineering curriculum is divided into three branches—engineering science, systems, and design and professional practice.
The sequence of systems courses (E79 and E101-102) provide analysis and design tools to model and interpret the behavior of general engineering systems. These courses are multidisciplinary in approach, enabling students to gain a unified view of the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines.
The design and professional practice courses focus on working in teams on open-ended, externally-driven design projects. Hands-on exposure to professional practice begins with students working in small teams on open-ended design problems posed by not-for-profit clients in the first year (E4), continues with a laboratory course in which students gain skills in designing and running experiments to solve design problems and characterize engineered systems (E80) and culminates with three semesters of Engineering Clinic (E111–113).
To keep the option open for majoring in engineering, a student should have taken E4 and E79 before the fourth semester. Any proposed variation from this program must be discussed in advance with an engineering adviser.