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Within this diverse spectrum of activity, the Electrical Engineering curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals, while providing substantial flexibility to the student to design a curriculum tailored to individual interests and needs. The individual program of study will be shaped by the student’s goal to specialize in some area in Electrical Engineering as a prelude to working in industry in that area, and to design a curriculum with an eye to preparing for further study at the graduate level. A degree in Electrical Engineering can be used as a stepping stone to a career in business, finance, law, medicine, or government, as many recent Electrical Engineering graduates have done.  Students are also prepared to succeed in graduate school at the master’s and Ph.D. levels in electrical engineering.
Program Educational Objectives:  Graduates of the Electrical Engineering program will:
 • Successfully integrate the fundamentals of electrical engineering and design/realization practices to develop innovative solutions to complex technological problems;
 • Possess effective communication skills, excel in
multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, and have an appreciation for non-technical disciplines;
 • Be prepared to launch their careers or pursue graduate studies in electrical engineering or their chosen field; and engage in life-long learning; and
 • Be recognized in their chosen fields for their leadership, integrity and sensitivity to global societal issues.
The minimum requirements for the BSE degree in Electrical Engineering are:
 • Five Mathematics courses
 • Five and one half Natural Science courses
 • Fifteen and one half Engineering courses
 • Four Technical Elective courses
 • Seven Social Science, Humanities or Technology in Business and Society courses
 • Three Free Elective courses
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) involves the study of the relationships between the synthesis, processing, structure, properties, and performance of materials that enable an engineering function. The properties of interest can be mechanical, electrical, magnetic or optical; the engineering function can impact industries involved in electronics, communications, medicine, transportation, manufacturing, recreation, energy, and the environment.
While the field has evolved from materials formed from metals, ceramics, polymers and their various composites, in
recent years there has been increasing focus on creating novel nanostructured materials using, for example, routes inspired by nature. The new fields of nanotechnology and biomaterials are providing the materials scientist with an entirely new palette of molecular, organic, biological and inorganic building blocks to design and assemble nano-engineered materials with unique functionalities. The research and academic programs in MSE at Penn reflect these exciting new developments and our goal is to provide students enrolling in our programs with the tools to be part of this materials revolution.
Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Program in Materials Science and Engineering will:
 • Excel in careers in materials science and engineering practice and research in materials-relevant industries, such as biomedical, electronics, energy, telecommunications, and transportation;
 • Make use of the rigor and creativity of our materials science and engineering program to excel in diverse career paths;
 • Excel in top ranked engineering graduate programs and professional schools;
 • Be quantitative, critical, creative and independent thinkers who direct their technical expertise towards addressing the needs of society; and
 • Be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
The MSE undergraduate program has recently undergone extensive revision to reflect the explosive growth of interest in the nano and bio sectors of engineering science and technology.  Building upon an introductory knowledge of physics, mathematics and chemistry, the sequence starts with an ‘Introduction to Nanotechnology’ followed by the courses ‘Introduction to Nanoscale Functional Materials’ and ‘Structural and Materials’. Each of these courses incorporates the fundamentals of materials science with illustrations focusing on applications in nano and biotechnology. The parallel courses ‘Nano-scale Materials Laboratory’ and the ‘Energetic of Macro/Nanoscale Materials’ round out the sophomore year. At the next level, the MSE program involves a study of the structure, bonding, and phase transformations in materials systems and on the selection of materials for specific technological applications. Armed with a basic understanding of materials of all types, students are able to select upper level courses that concentrate on specific areas of interest such as polymers, biomaterials, soft materials, nanostructured systems, mechanical properties, and electronic materials.
The MSE program emphasizes hands-on-experience and supports state-of-the-art undergraduate laboratories for teaching, research, independent study and work-study programs. In addition, students have the opportunity to utilize the outstanding research facilities of the Laboratory