Degree Requirements

Harvey Mudd College’s engineering majors earn a bachelor of science in engineering degree. They may choose to emphasize a particular engineering specialty by appropriate choice of elective courses and Engineering Clinic projects. Specific programs tailored to individual needs are developed in consultation with an engineering faculty adviser.


Students entering the engineering major have successfully completed the Common Core, a series of courses deisgned to provide foundational learning experiences. This accounts for 37.5 credit units (cu) in math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, engineering, and humanities, social sciences and the arts. PE is also required for 3 credit units.

Engineering Core

The engineering curriculum consists of three main areas, or stems, in engineering design, engineering systems, and engineering science. Each area contributes to an interdisciplinary based approach to teaching and learning with design as the distinguishing feature, with systems providing unifying concepts and tools to build the general framework for problem solving across disciplines, and with science to provide needed fundamentals in the context of a broad-based program. This accounts for 48.5 cu*.

The engineering design courses focus on working in teams on open-ended, externally-driven design projects. Hands-on exposure to professional practice begins with students undertaking challenging design problems in the first year with an introduction to conceptual design, engineering drawings, and manufacturing techniques (E4), continues with a laboratory course in experimental engineering (E80) and a three-semester Clinic experience (E111-E113).

The sequence of systems courses (E79 and E101-E102) provides 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 engineering science courses (E82E83E84E85 and E86) establish a broad base of fundamental knowledge needed by an engineer practicing in the field. A half course in engineering mathematics (E72) is also required for the engineering major.

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

Thirty cu are required in the humanities, social sciences and the arts to complete the requirement of 128 cu for graduation from the college.

*E79 cu is counted in the Harvey Mudd Core.