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 courses 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 six 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 course in the humanities and one course in the social sciences. All levels of foreign language and English are accepted for the arts/humanities requirement. Courses excluded from the list are student 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 here to start planning your major!
First-year students are assigned a pre-major advisor. These advisors are faculty members from departments across the university, and they will work with you from the time you set foot on campus until you declare a major. Through regular check-ins each semester, they ease the transition into academic life at Tufts, fielding all your questions about course registration, distribution requirements, and choosing a major within the School of Engineering.
Once you decide on your major, you will be assigned a major advisor in your department or program who will guide you through the process of fulfilling course requirements and perhaps completing a senior capstone or thesis. Your major advisor may also prove invaluable to helping you find relevant internships and research opportunities. If you plan on continuing your education in graduate or professional school, your major advisor can be of great help in that effort, too.
The School of Engineering offers a unique cooperative (co-op) education opportunity for engineering students pursuing Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. This co-op program, which focuses on providing on-the-job experiences for undergraduates interested in learning more about career opportunities in related engineering fields, creates opportunities for students to network with and learn new skills from professionals. Juniors and seniors participating in the co-op work full-time at a partner organization, salaried, for six months.
Before beginning their off-campus work, co-op students will complete a preliminary course in basic employment competencies, which includes information related to professionalism, business etiquette, ethics in the workplace, basic resume and interviewing skills, and other job skills related to working in a science-based position.
Other Helpful Advising Resources
Engineering students are also supported by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising and an engineering Student Success Advisor. These advisors assist with course planning and major exploration, campus life questions, university resources, and much more. You can learn more about these resources by clicking here.
The Center for STEM Diversity provides advising, programming and resources for populations of students underrepresented in engineering fields. You can learn more about their specific programs by clicking here.