Elective (Concentration) courses
Science, Humanities or Technology in Business and
Three Free Elective
SPECIAL ACADEMIC OPTIONS
The School of Engineering and
Applied Science offers a number of special academic
options including study abroad, dual degrees, joint
degrees, enrolling in graduate level classes,
submatriculation and research as an undergraduate.
These options supplement and enrich the basic framework
upon which engineering students build their education.
Penn Engineering is committed to
preparing its students to gain a broad awareness of an
increasingly global society and to become technological
leaders throughout the world. Toward that end, students
are strongly encouraged to participate in an
international experience—either through
traditional study abroad programs, summer abroad
experiences, or international internships.
Students may pursue opportunities for study
abroad in all parts of the world. While abroad,
students take courses in engineering, language,
humanities, and social science subjects. For more
information on this option, please refer to the Across
the University section of this Bulletin.
Penn Engineering students may
apply for a minor in any engineering major, in a major
offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, or in a
“University Minor.” Engineering
minors are usually six cu’s beyond the core
courses. College minors usually require six to eight
courses in a particular field of study and are governed
by the academic programs and departments in the
combine six to eight courses from several schools and
offer a cross-disciplinary academic experience.
These inter-school programs are
jointly governed by participating academic departments from
each school. University minors include, among others:
Actuarial Mathematics, American Public Policy, Legal
Studies & History, Organizations and Environmental
Management, and Biological Basis of Behavior and Health
A student who wishes to minor in
a special subject area should complete an
“Application for a Minor” and have the
selection of courses approved by the undergraduate
chairperson of the department offering the minor.
For more information on this option, please refer
to the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
Penn Engineering undergraduates
are encouraged to join faculty researchers in
investigating a wide spectrum of technological,
scientific, and medical problems. Faculty members are
readily accessible to discuss research interests and to
help students find a project that he or she will find
exciting and rewarding. Students can also get credit
for research activity during the academic year by
undertaking an independent study course with a faculty
All Penn Engineering students are
required to complete a senior project involving
research and design as a concrete way to investigate
real world problems. Senior design experiences are
completed under the guidance of faculty members, and
often work closely with graduate students and industry
personnel. Engineering students routinely have their
results published and recognized through campus-based
as well as national awards.
Graduate Level Courses
Qualified and motivated
undergraduates are eligible to take graduate level
engineering courses. An undergraduate student may take
a 500 level or higher course with the approval of the
course instructor. Taking such a course is a special
privilege reserved for particularly capable students.