Undergraduate Studies

Students may choose a concentration from among 34 departments in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. They graduate with a degree of either A.B. or B.S.E. Interdisciplinary certificate programs offer students a wealth of opportunities for focused study that supplements the primary work of the concentration.


A.B. Program

In their first two years, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts explore areas of academic interest while fulfilling general education requirements and completing prerequisites for possible areas of concentration. In the spring of the sophomore year, students select a concentration from among 29 academic departments.

In addition to satisfying departmental requirements, students may earn certificates of proficiency in one or more of 47 certificate programs such as applied and computational mathematics, creative writing, American studies and teacher preparation.

Complete information about the A.B. program can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement.


B.S.E. Program

The School of Engineering and Applied Science, which grants the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, offers unusual curricular versatility and breadth. The goal of the school is to educate leaders who can solve world problems.

Engineering students take courses in computing, mathematics, and the physical sciences, and fulfill general education requirements in the humanities and social sciences. In the spring of the freshman year, students select a concentration in one of six departments. During their junior and senior years, B.S.E. students take advanced courses in their field of concentration and carry out independent research projects.

B.S.E. students are encouraged to pursue multidisciplinary study, and many choose to undertake interdepartmental work.

Complete information about the B.S.E. program can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement.

Aksay lab

Students in a freshman seminar taught by Professor Ilhan Aksay explore the evolution of synthetic materials, from ancient discoveries to the latest electronic components.