Jun 19, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2022-2023 
Rensselaer Catalog 2022-2023 [Archived Catalog]

Engineering Science

Program Office:  School of Engineering, Office of Undergraduate Education

The goal of the BSES degree is to provide a program of study with a strong engineering foundation, but enough flexibility in the curriculum for students to focus on specific broader interests such as: pre-medicine, pre-law, management, energy, and the environment, where accreditation is not necessary. This program is not recommended for students interested in obtaining licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Accreditation—This program does not meet the requirement of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET for Professional Engineering Certification. It is a NYS approved degree.

Faculty—There are no faculty assigned to the Engineering Science Program. Students are assigned an adviser by the School of Engineering Office of Undergraduate Education closely related to their interests.

Degree Program Candidates—The program is suited best for those students who have clearly defined career goals better served by a more general degree in engineering and for whom professional licensure (or even practicing as an engineer) is not a goal (e.g. business administration, law, medicine, etc.). Because the degree is non-departmental, the program does not prepare the students for the conventional career opportunities available to students in departmental programs.

Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • an ability to communicate effectively.
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.