Qualified students may be
permitted to begin a graduate program while still
completing their undergraduate program. With the
permission of the responsible undergraduate and
graduate faculty, a student admitted to a graduate
program may take up to three graduate courses to count
for both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Only
BSE degree students may apply for submatriculation into
Penn Engineering master’s programs.
Application for admission as a submatriculant
must be completed before the end of the student’s
junior year. For more information on this
option, please refer to the Across the University
section of this Bulletin.
The School of Engineering and
Applied Science and the University as a whole offer a
large number of awards and prizes to undergraduate
engineering students every year. Descriptions of the
specific awards and prizes are also available online at
each departmental homepage.
Ben Franklin Scholars
Highly qualified entering
freshmen from each of the undergraduate schools are
honored with the designation of Benjamin Franklin
Scholars. Additional students may apply after one
semester and up to the end of their sophomore year. For
more information on this option, please refer to the
Across the University section of this Bulletin.
University Scholars Program
Penn Engineering students who are
research-oriented and who desire to combine
undergraduate and graduate study as a total educational
experience starting at the freshman or sophomore level
are urged to consider the University Scholars program.
For more information on this option, please refer
to the Across the University section of this Bulletin.
All Penn Engineering
undergraduates are assigned faculty advisors with whom
they are required to meet at least twice a year.
Faculty advisors are an invaluable resource for helping
students to plan their academic careers, and they
assist students in the course planning and selection
process each semester. No student is permitted to
register for classes in any semester without first
meeting with their
assigned faculty advisor.
Additionally, advisors in the School’s Office of
Academic Programs provide professional advisement to
undergraduates in a wide range of areas including academic
options and personal issues.
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major can be a
daunting task but it does not need to be. There is a
general approach that can be useful. The first step is
to define a list of options: those majors of possible
interest. This can also be achieved by eliminating
those majors in which he or she has absolutely no
interest. Once the list of possibilities has been
winnowed, a student then needs to plan a program that
keeps all of his or her academic options open for as
long as possible. This is easy to do for the first
year, but gets increasingly difficult over time.
Students should be sure to meet with the undergraduate
chair for each of any possible majors. Each year at
pre-registration time, the school offers seminars on
choosing a major as well as choosing a career.
Course Planning Guides
The Course Planning Guide is an
online electronic worksheet and a planning document. It
is designed for keeping track of courses and
requirements. It also provides a convenient way to plan
an academic program. The specific course
requirements for the BSE and BAS majors are shown on
the Course Planning Guides. In designing a curriculum,
the student completes a Course Planning Guide,
available online through Penn-in-Touch, in consultation
with his or her advisor. The completed Course Planning
Guide shows the courses that have been elected and
indicates how the required and elective courses will be
taken semester by semester. In this process, the
student should keep in mind that each course unit
requires a total effort of around eight to twelve hours
per week for class, laboratory, research and study. The
first Course Planning Guide is prepared during the
first semester of the freshman year and modified and
updated throughout the student’s career.
Academic Rules and Regulations
The School of Engineering and
Applied Science provides an online Undergraduate
Student Handbook of all the rules and regulations
engineering undergraduates are expected to follow. This
information is available at http://www.seas.upenn.edu/ugrad/.