• Twelve Engineering courses
 • Nine Technical Elective (Concentration) courses
 • Seven Social Science, Humanities or Technology in Business and Society courses
 • Three Free Elective courses
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.
Study Abroad
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 College.
“University Minors” 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 Care Systems.
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 member.
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.