University of Notre Dame

The College of Engineering

Completion of an engineering degree requires 128 to 133 credit hours.

Students interested in exploring an engineering program should take the set of courses recommended for first-year students intending to enter the College of Engineering, EG 10111 and EG10112. These courses will provide a realistic way to determine your interest in further engineering study. Since the mathematics and science courses required for engineering students are acceptable in the other colleges, it is easier to move out of an engineering program and into another college than vice versa. Students who do not take the engineering curriculum in the first year may experience some academic disadvantages should they choose to study engineering as sophomores. Students who do not take the engineering curriculum in the first year but decide to study engineering as rising sophomores will work with advisors in the College of Engineering to develop a transitional plan.

Each program in the College of Engineering prepares students for professional positions in engineering, technical sales or consulting, or for graduate school, law school, medical school, or MBA programs. Students who are interested in majoring in an engineering program but are also interested in pursuing medical school should contact their First Year advisor to discuss course selections that may differ from the standard engineering schedule.

Students contemplating any of these programs should have a very solid academic background, especially in mathematics.

THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING DEGREE is granted in each of the following programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology:

Aerospace Engineering
The program is designed to prepare students interested in the design and operation of aircraft and space vehicles.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
This program allows students to enter various areas of chemical engineering, such as manufacturing, process and product development, materials, or the biotechnology industry.

Civil Engineering
The degree allows the student to emphasize either environmental engineering or structural engineering with proper selection of elective course sequences.

Computer Engineering
This program focuses on understanding modern computers and the detailed architecture and organization of such systems, with opportunities to follow specialization in networking, artificial intelligence, and current e-media technologies.

Electrical Engineering
The program emphasizes fundamental principles with specializations in communications, control systems, electronic circuits, design and analysis, microelectronics and integrated circuits, fabrication, photonics, and signal processing.

Environmental Engineering
This program prepares students to look at all aspects of water and environmental problems from a range of perspectives including earth system, water movement, environmental chemistry, geochemistry, and active transport.

Mechanical Engineering
This program is designed to prepare the student for entrance into a career in mechanical engineering, including fields such as manufacturing, robotics, or biomechanics.


Computer Science
This program focuses on the application of computers to real problems through the design, development, and use of software. It also fosters an understanding of the key properties of algorithms, complexity, and compilers as applied to real-world problems.

Environmental Earth Sciences
This program provides students a quantitative preparation for professional careers or graduate work in the disciplines of the earth and environmental science, focusing on the physical sciences, with emphasis on processes that occur near or at the surface of the earth, and the impact of human activity on such processes.

The total number of credits required for the Bachelor of Science in engineering or the Bachelor of Science degrees ranges from 128 to 133. The credits beyond those of the common “core” are principally in the specialized area of the particular program.


The College of Arts and Letters, in cooperation with the College of Engineering, offers a five-year combination program, which enables a student to acquire the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree in a chosen field of engineering at the end of five years. This program is designed for the student who plans on a career in one of the College of Engineering programs but desires a richer academic experience in the arts, humanities, and social sciences than the four-year engineering program can permit. Students intending to major in this dual-degree program follow the normal engineering intent curriculum their first year.


The College of Science also collaborates with the College of Engineering to provide a deeper experience of the theoretical aspects of a scientific field in conjunction with an engineering program. Examples of combinations include computer science and mathematics, chemical engineering and chemistry, and mechanical engineering and biology. This five-year program leads to a bachelor of science degree in both engineering and the science field chosen.


The College of Engineering, in cooperation with the Mendoza College of Business, offers a five-year combination program that enables a student to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. There is a separate admission process for this program, and a student in the College of Engineering may apply for admission to this program in the third year of study. Students intending to apply for this program follow the normal engineering intent curriculum during their first year.


The College of Engineering is committed to working with students to broaden their education beyond the traditional engineering curricula. To enable maximum flexibility in adding a second major, minor, or concentration, students should consult with the appropriate college and/or department advisors in collaboration with their First Year advisor.