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Requirements for the Major

The engineering program requires formal records of any deviation from the approved Smith courses. Any time that a student takes a course away from the college for credit, it requires approval from both engineering and the college to be accepted for the major. Additionally, course substitutions on campus require approval from the engineering program in order for these credits to be applied to the major. Students should consult their academic adviser for any guidance needed.

Liberal Arts Breadth Requirement

In addition, students must satisfy a liberal arts breadth requirement via Latin honors (20 to 24 credits of art, literature, social science, history, and foreign languages), or by completing a minor (or second major) in the humanities (Division I) or the social sciences and history (Division II) (usually 24 credits).

Engineering Core

Capstone Design

Capstone Design Project with Faculty or Industry

In her senior year, every student is required to participate in a year-long capstone design project that draws on her fundamental engineering coursework, as well as broad-based societal considerations relevant to the particular project.

Students may satisfy the capstone design requirement through a design-based project with an individual member of the faculty (EGR 421D), or through a team-based industry or nonprofit sponsored project (EGR 422D). Each project is two semesters, 6 credits, and has an honors equivalent. Regular design meetings, progress reports, interim and final reports, and presentations are required.

Regardless of which capstone design option a student elects to take, she must also complete the two-semester, 2-credit Engineering Design and Professional Practice course (below) that addresses the engineering design process and associated professional skills required for careers in engineering.

Engineering Design and Professional Practice

EGR 410D Engineering Design and Professional Practice is a two-semester course that focuses on the engineering design process and associated professional skills required for careers in engineering. Topics include the engineering design process, project definition, design requirements, project management, concept generation, concept selection, engineering economics, design for sustainability, design for safety and risk reduction, design case studies, teamwork, effective presentations, professional ethics, networking, negotiation, and intellectual property.

Engineering Electives

Five additional EGR courses* (normally at the 300 level), only one of which may be at the 200 level.

*Special studies and honors credits can only be counted toward this category by petitioning the department.

Interdepartmental Courses

Math

  • MTH 111 Calculus I
  • MTH 112 Calculus II
  • MTH 211 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 222 Differential Equations

Physics

Chemistry

Lab-based Science

  • PHY 118 Introductory Physics II
  • CHM 222 Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
  • BIO 150 (and 151) Cells, Physiology, and Development (and lab)
  • BIO 152 (and 153) Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biosciences (and lab)
  • BIO 154 (and 155) Biodiversity, Ecology and Conversation (and lab)

Computer Science

Liberal Arts Breadth

Students are required to demonstrate breadth in their curriculum by