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Design Engineering

Design Engineering (DE) is a bachelor of science (Sc.B.) program in the School of Engineering that teaches students to understand not just the how and what, but the why and why not behind the creation of technologically enabled products, services, and systems. Methodologies, frameworks, and analytical tools to evaluate strategic and systemic implications and consequences of these products, services, and systems are considered. DE prepares students to (a) effectively apply engineering principles and quantitative analysis to make design decisions, (b) utilize complementary and conflicting principles from domains other than engineering in design decisions, (c) adeptly apply systemic principles to show interactions within and between systems, and (d) achieve fluency in human-centered and systems design processes and principles to analyze and synthesize responses to complex real-world problems. 

The DE program has 19 required courses.  Course requirements include three courses in mathematics, an introductory engineering design course, and engineering gateway course, one natural science course, one computer science course, two engineering design courses (ENGN 0610 and ENGN 0620), three cognitive, psychological, or social science courses (either from a list provided or per concentration advisor approval), and six upper-level courses curated by a student's chosen pathway focus from which four must be engineering courses.  The program culminates with a capstone, design, or independent study experience.  Brown's DE degree is non-ABET accredited. 

Program Requirements

Introduction to Engineering:
ENGN 0032Introduction to Engineering: Design1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
Engineering Gateway
ENGN 0040Dynamics and Vibrations1
or ENGN 0150 Principles of Chemical and Atomistic Engineering
or ENGN 0410 Materials Science
or ENGN 0490 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
or ENGN 0500 Digital Computing Systems
or ENGN 1490 Biomaterials
Basic Physical/Life Science:1
The Foundation of Living Systems
Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience
Computer Science:1
Computing Foundations: Data
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Computer Science
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction
Accelerated Introduction to Computer Science
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Calculus, Methods of Applied Mathematics and Statistics:3
Choose two from the following:
Single Variable Calculus, Part II
Multivariable Calculus
Single Variable Calculus, Part II (Physics/Engineering)
Multivariable Calculus (Physics/Engineering)
Choose One of the Following:
Applied Ordinary Differential Equations
Applied Partial Differential Equations I
Statistical Inference I
Honors Statistical Inference I
Advanced Introduction to Probability for Computing and Data Science
ENGN 0610Systems Thinking1
ENGN 0620Design Brief1
Social Science Research, Decision Making and Societal Context
One course that covers Social Science Research Methods:1
Ethnographic Research Methods
Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
Context Research for Innovation
Foundations of Political Analysis
Or an equivalent course approved by the Concentration Advisor
One course on Decision Making and Design:1
Making Decisions
Mind, Brain and Behavior: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Social Psychology
Human Factors
Psychology in Business and Economics
Introduction to Human Development and Education
Decision Theory: Foundations and Applications
Or an equivalent course approved by the Concentration Advisor
One course on Societal Context for Design:1
US Popular Culture
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Urban Life: Anthropology in and of the City
Engineering and Technology in the Ancient World
Principles of Economics
Inequality of Income, Wealth, and Health in the United States
Energy and Power: An Environmental History of North America
Structural and Architectural Analysis
Cities, Landscapes, and Design in the Age of Pandemics
Ethics of Digital Technology
Ethics and Politics of Data
Moral Theories
Persuasive Communication
Downtown Development
Or an equivalent course approved by the Concentration Advisor
Advanced Courses - Pathways (seven courses required)
Six engineering and/or engineering -related courses, at least four of which are ENGN courses, including at least two ENGN courses above the 1000-level. These must be approved by the Concentration Advisor, and constitute a coherent body of work. 16
Energy and Environment:
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Energy and the Environment
The Chemistry of Environmental Pollution
Clearing the Air: Environmental Studies of Pollution
Environmental Economics and Policy
Energy Policy and Politics
Energy and Electricity:
Materials Science
Electricity and Magnetism
Electrical Circuits and Signals
Semiconductor Devices
Photonics Devices and Sensors
Photovoltaics Engineering
Sustainable Design:
Materials Science
Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Water Supply and Treatment Systems - Technology and Sustainability
Energy and the Environment
Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
Industrial Design:
Materials Science
Digital Computing Systems
Computer Aided Visualization and Design
Industrial Design
Design of Mechanical Assemblies
One additional course in Industrial Design
One Capstone, Design or Independent Study:1
Projects in Engineering Design I
Projects in Engineering Design II
Chemical Process Design
Environmental Engineering Design
Instrumentation Design
Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
Design of Computing Systems
Embedded Microprocessor Design
Computer Aided Visualization and Design
Design of Space Systems
Biomedical Engineering Design and Innovation
Industrial Design
Design of Mechanical Assemblies
Biomedical Engineering Design and Innovation II
Independent Study in Engineering Design
Independent Study in Engineering Design
Total Credits19