The Tufts University School of Engineering focuses on three interdisciplinary strengths in teaching and research: engineering for human health, sustainability, and the human/technology interface. Like our majors and departments, these areas overlap academically and professionally. We encourage students to cross boundaries and adjust to various situations, similar to how engineers are required to adapt in the real world. By emphasizing the inherent interdisciplinary nature of our field, we combine technical design and creativity to promote accessible, sustained change.
Engineering for human health is as varied and multifaceted as life itself. Tufts engineers think on every scale to monitor and safeguard individual and community health, from tracing the neurological effects of nano-sized pollutants to mapping disease transmission worldwide. At the intersection of environmental engineering and public health, we are designing highly effective and easily implementable water treatment products in developing countries and areas of emergency. Taking into account sociocultural context and the psychological effects of trauma, Tufts civil and environmental engineers understand that the most successful sustainable water treatment occurs when science is not separated from society.
Engineering for sustainability requires us to not only develop new technologies but find implementable solutions. We seek to understand, rehabilitate, and sustain systems specifically in the areas of energy, water & environment, and infrastructure. To better understand the political depth of environmental problems, our chemical and biological engineers collaborate with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy to create a first-year course. This class, Clean Energy Technologies and Policy Issues, evaluates global impacts of present policies while examining current alternative fuel costs and technology readiness in electricity production, transportation, and building energy conservation.
Engineering the human/technology interface takes inspiration from cognition and the human mind. We integrate knowledge of thought, sight, and touch into interfaces as intuitive as they are high-tech. Our computer scientists and biomedical engineers have coupled with Tufts’ drama department to create a wearable technology that measures your brain’s current ability to process, retain, and memorize information. The goal is allow instant communication between technology and thought, a passive system that adapts to your mental state, making tasks easier while blocking distractions.
To earn the Bachelor of Science degree, 38 courses in a combination of distribution and elective courses are required. Requirements vary slightly by major, but the curriculum layout is typically as follows:
|Introductory Course Requirements|
|1 Physics with lab|
|1 Chemistry with lab|
|1 Physics or Chemistry|
|1 Additional Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or Geology|
|2 Engineering computing courses|
|1 Elective course in introductory engineering|
|(five to nine total; as determined by the department; may be selected from the following)|
|(Two of the eight credits may be in either mathematics, applied mathematics or approved sciences)|
|(eleven to twelve total; as determined by the department)|
|Courses that complete the concentration requirements are determined by individual Engineering departments and vary according to your major. Please check with the specific departments for more detailed information.|
|Humanities/Social Science Requirements|
|Students in the School of Engineering will meet with their faculty advisor to plan out their five humanities/social science requirements, as the courses must be taken in the form of an "intellectual cluster" that promotes both breadth and depth of intellectual development. The courses selected include a minimum of one credit in the humanities and one credit in the social sciences. All levels of foreign language and English are accepted for the arts/humanities requirement. Courses excluded from the list are studio art, applied music, drama and dance.|
|Free Elective Requirements|
|(one or two total, depending on major)|
|These two courses can be chosen without restriction.|
Engineers are issued a "degree sheet" based on their major. This document serves as a guide for picking classes during all four years. Click on a program, below, to start planning your major.