The ES degree program recognizes that technology and society are evolving at such a rapid pace, that a new discipline could become an established career field prior to it being institutionalized as a degree offering. This program also affirms the unique role of the engineering scientist in the technology path from innovation to societal impact.
Engineering Science (ES) students, in collaboration with their advisors, define a plan of study (POS), commensurate with their interests and the concept of constrained flexibility. The POS identifies the curricular track, the primary technical minor, the secondary technical minor, and Engineering Science electives which define the individualized major.
The primary minor is an approved technical minor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS); the secondary minor is selected from approved SEAS technical minors or from the natural science or mathematics minors within the College of Arts and Sciences. The courses required for specific minors are as listed in the undergraduate record by the relevant department in SEAS or CLAS. The area of concentration (AOC) is comprised of technical electives and advanced technical electives (i.e. math, science, engineering) which provide identity and add depth to the student's major field.
The advanced project courses, which may be used as a basis for the senior thesis, are designed to provide a research or engineering design experience, which unifies the components of the plan of study. In all cases, an advisor must approve the specific plan of study in order to guarantee that all degree requirements are being met.