Engineering

The concentration in Engineering equips students with a solid foundation for productive careers in engineering, to advance the knowledge base for future technologies, and to merge teaching, scholarship, and practice in the pursuit of solutions to human needs. The concentration offers one standard A.B. program, and seven ABET-accredited Sc.B. degree programs: biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil through May 2016, computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering. (Note: Students interested in structural engineering entering in the class of 2017 and beyond may pursue a Structures track within the ABET-accredited Mechanical Engineering program.  The Civil track has been discontinued for all new students entering after Fall 2012.) Unaccredited ScB degree programs in Environmental engineering and Engineering Physics are also offered.

Standard program for the A.B. degree

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree with a concentration in Engineering must complete at least eight approved Engineering courses. The eight courses must include, and at least two 1000-level Engineering courses. Of these 1000-level courses, one must be a design or independent study course and the other an in-classroom experience. The set of Engineering courses must be chosen with careful attention to the pre-requisites of the 1000-level courses. Please note that not all engineering courses can be used to satisfy the engineering course requirement for the A.B. degree. For example, the following courses cannot be used to satisfy the engineering course requirement for the A.B. degree: ENGN 0020, ENGN 0090, ENGN 0900, ENGN 0930A, ENGN 0930C, ENGN 1010.  For this reason, it is essential that the set of courses must be developed through consultation with the concentration advisor.

The A.B. program also requires preparation in Mathematics equivalent to MATH 0200 and APMA 0330, as well as at least one college-level science course from the general areas of chemistry, life sciences, physics, or geological sciences. Remedial courses, such as CHEM 0100, cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. A programming course is also recommended, but not required. The entire program is subject to approval by the Engineering AB Concentration Advisor and the Engineering Concentration Chair.

Standard programs for the Sc.B. degree


Standard programs for the Sc.B. degree include seven ABET-accredited degree programs: biomedical engineering, and the follwing tracks in Engineering: chemical and biochemical, civil (through 2016), computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering. In addition, unaccredited programs in Environmental Engineering, and Engineering and Physics, are offered.  Students may also petition the concentration committee to pursue a 'special' engineering ScB degree of their own design.  Students with a special concentration will receive an ScB degree in engineering, but a specific area of specialization will not be noted on their transcript. These programs are described in detail in the booklet, Engineering Undergraduate Programs (available online at
http://brown.edu/academics/engineering/undergraduate-study/program-guide).

Students without one year of secondary school level preparation in calculus should take MATH 0090, MATH 0100 in their first year. These students need to be familiar with multivariable calculus for ENGN 0510, which is often taken during the first semester of the sophomore year. Such students are urged to acquire the necessary math background through self-study, by taking a summer course, or by deferring until additional mathematics has been taken. In addition, all students must successfully complete a minimum of four courses in the humanities and/or social sciences.

The program of each student must be approved by the Engineering Concentration Committee, which issues more detailed guidelines and program suggestions.

Chemical and Biochemical Track: ABET Accredited

1. Core Courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
APMA 0340Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems1
2. An Upper-level Sequence:
ENGN 1110Transport and Biotransport Processes1
ENGN 1120Chemical and Biochemical Reactor Design 11
ENGN 1130Phase and Chemical Equilibria 11
ENGN 1140Chemical Process Design1
ENGN 1710Heat and Mass Transfer1
CHEM 0350Organic Chemistry1
One additional elective Chemistry course with a significant laboratory component 21
3. One approved, upper-level elective course in the natural sciences, to be selected from the four specific areas of chemistry, physics, life sciences, and materials science. 31
Total Credits21
1

Note: ENGN 1120 and 1130 are only offered in alternate years.

2

 For example: CHEM 0360, CHEM 0400, CHEM 0500, CHEM 1170, etc.

3

 For suggestions of acceptable courses, see the Concentration Advisor.

Civil Engineering Track (Available to students entering Brown on or before the Fall of 2012): ABET Accredited

Important Announcement: Civil Engineering as a standalone ABET accredited program will continue through May, 2016, and will be available to all students currently enrolled at Brown, including those who arrived as Freshmen in the Fall of 2012 (the class of 2016). 

Students entering in the class of 2017 with interest in Structural Engineering will be able to concentrate in this discipline through a Structures track within the ABET-accredited Mechanical Engineering program. 

Students interested in Environmental Problems and Planning are directed to the ABET-accredited program in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. 

1. Core courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0310Mechanics of Solids and Structures1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
APMA 0340Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
CSCI 0040Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving1
2. An advanced sciences course GEOL 1580 Quantitative Elements of Physical Hydrology 1
3. Seven additional courses (six credits), depending on the area of interest:6
3 a. For students interested in Structures, the following courses are required:
Structural Analysis
Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Soil Mechanics and Principles of Foundation Engineering
Design of Civil Engineering Structures
Large Scale Engineering Design Project
Plus one additional course from the following:
Advanced Engineering Mechanics
Computer Aided Visualization and Design
Advanced Mechanics of Solids
Advanced Fluid Mechanics
3 b. For students interested in Environmental Problems and Planning, the following courses are required: 1
Phase and Chemical Equilibria
Structural Analysis
ENGN 1310 - Planning and Design of Systems
Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment
Soil Mechanics and Principles of Foundation Engineering
Large Scale Engineering Design Project
Total Credits21
1

 Attention is called to the following courses as particularly relevant technical electives: ENGN 1110ENGN 1380 ENGN 1710, ENGN 1740, and ENGN 1860.

Computer Engineering Track: ABET Accredited

The concentration shares much of the core with the other engineering programs, but is structured to include more courses in computer science, and a somewhat different emphasis in mathematics. 

1. Core Courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
Select one of the following Series:2
Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
   and Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
Advanced Placement Calculus
   and Intermediate Calculus
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
or APMA 0350 Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
APMA 1650Statistical Inference I1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
or BIOL 0200 The Foundation of Living Systems
or ENGN 0720 Thermodynamics
or ENGN 0410 Materials Science
Select one of the following series:2
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
   and Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
   and Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving
   and Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science
2. Advanced Core:
MATH 0520Linear Algebra1
or CSCI 1570 Design and Analysis of Algorithms
CSCI 0310Introduction to Computer Systems1
ENGN 1570Linear System Analysis1
ENGN 1630Digital Electronics Systems Design1
3. Specialty Courses: 5
3 a. For the Computer Specialty:
Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
Design of Computing Systems
Select one of the following:
Communication Systems
Design and Implementation of Very Large-Scale Integrated Systems
Embedded Microprocessor Design
Design and Fabrication of Semiconductor Devices
Digital Signal Processing
Advanced Computer Architecture
Nano-system Design
Synthesis of VLSI Systems
Digital Integrated Circuit Testing and Hardware Security
Physical Design of Digital Integrated Circuits
Reconfigurable Computing: Accelerate Your Algorithms
Verification, Test, Synthesis
Other ENGN courses subject to approval
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Software Engineering
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Database Management Systems
Distributed Computer Systems
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Building Intelligent Robots
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Operating Systems
Computer Networks
Introduction to Programming Languages
Introduction to Multiprocessor Synchronization
Software System Design
Other Computer Science courses subject to approval of the Engineering Concentration Committee.
3 b. For the Multimedia Signal Processing Specialty:
Introduction to Computational Linear Algebra
Select two of the following:
Communication Systems
Image Understanding
Medical Image Analysis
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
Digital Signal Processing
Speech Processing
Computer Vision
Applied Stochastic Processes
Video Processing
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Software Engineering
Introduction to Computer Graphics
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Computational Linguistics
Design and Analysis of Algorithms
Software System Design
other CSCI courses subject to the approval of the Engineering Concentraiton Committee
One additional course from the APMA, ENGN, and CSCI courses listed above.
4. Capstone Course/Independent Study. 11
Total Credits21
1

Capstone Course/Independent Study: ENGN 1970/ENGN 1971, an independent study relevant to the specialty selected by the student. For the Computer Systems Specialty, may be used as the Capstone, but then cannot be counted for the ENGN choice above in 3a. The independent study project should provide students with exposure to current research topics. In order to assure satisfactory progress in their independent study, students enrolled will meet at least bi-weekly with their advisors and give two oral reports to the group during the semester. A final written report will also be required. In addition, students will meet as a group with faculty to share ideas and help nurture an environment of collaborative research.

Electrical Engineering Track: ABET Accredited

1. Core Courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0310Mechanics of Solids and Structures1
or ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
APMA 0340Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
CSCI 0040Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving1
PHYS 0790Physics of Matter 11
2. Four courses from the following:4
Linear System Analysis
Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
Digital Electronics Systems Design
Projects in Engineering Design
Embedded Microprocessor Design
Independent Studies in Engineering
Independent Study in Engineering
3. The student shall choose the other three courses to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area: Bioelectrical Engineering, Communications Systems, Computer Engineering, Multimedia Signal Processing, Microelectronic Systems, or Solid State Electronics and Photonics. 23
Total Credits21
1

 Or any other 1000-level Physics course

2

 Students should consult the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet regarding specific details for each specialty area (available online at http://www.brown.edu/academics/engineering/content/program-guide).

Environmental Engineering Track

1. Core Courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
ENVS 0490Environmental Science in a Changing World1
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
2. Approved required course on Statistical methods 11
3. Approved required Earth Science course 11
4. Approved required Biology course related to environmental sciences 11
5. Approved Engineering capstone design course (e.g. ENGN 1000 or equivalent) 11
6. Five upper level courses (at least four must be ENGN) 1,25
Total Credits21
1

At least five courses from numbers 2-6 must be at the 1000 level or above.


2

 Consult the School of Engineering Undergraduate Program booklet regarding specific details of specific focuses in the Environmental Engineering track: http://www.brown.edu/academics/engineering/sites/brown.edu.academics.engineering/files/uploads/EUP%20Year12_13FINAL.pdf

Materials Engineering Track: ABET Accredited

1. Core Courses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0310Mechanics of Solids and Structures1
or ENGN 0810 Fluid Mechanics
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
APMA 0340Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
CSCI 0040Introduction to Scientific Computing and Problem Solving1
PHYS 0790Physics of Matter1
2. The student must take the following:
ENGN 1410Physical Chemistry of Solids1
ENGN 1420Kinetics Processes in Materials Science and Engineering1
ENGN 1440Mechanical Properties of Materials1
ENGN 1000Projects in Engineering Design 11
3. Three of the following upper level materials courses: 23
Properties and Processing of Electronic Materials
Structure and Properties of Nonmetallic Materials
Metallic Materials
Biomaterials
4. Upper level courses recommended to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area, Mechanical Properties and Mechanical Processing, Electrical Properties and Applications of Materials to Solid State Electronics, Chemistry and Materials Processing and Synthesis, or Biomaterials, may be found in the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet available online at http://www.engin.brown.edu/undergrad/guide/index.html.
Total Credits21
1

Or, with permission, ENGN 1970 or ENGN 1971, containing an equivalent design experience relevant to Materials Engineering.

2

These courses are taken in either the junior or senior year.

Mechanical Engineering Track: ABET Accredited

Core Coureses:
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
ENGN 0410Materials Science1
ENGN 0510Electricity and Magnetism1
ENGN 0520Electrical Circuits and Signals1
ENGN 0720Thermodynamics1
ENGN 0310Mechanics of Solids and Structures1
ENGN 0810Fluid Mechanics1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure1
MATH 0190Advanced Placement Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
APMA 0330Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
APMA 0340Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II1
An approved computer science course1
PHYS 0790Physics of Matter (recommended for all options except Biomechanics, for which it is BIOL 0800)1
Six upper level courses to satisfy requirements of a selected specialty area: Aerospace Applications, Biomechanics, Energy Conversion and Fluid and Thermal Systems, Engineering Mechanics, or Mechanical Systems: Dynamics, Materials and Design. 16
Total Credits21
1

Students should consult the Engineering Undergraduate Programs booklet regarding specific details for each specialty area (available online at http://www.engin.brown.edu/undergrad/guide/index.html).