Engineering Science (ES) - Interdisciplinary
Charting your own course - the interdisciplinary major
The BS in Engineering Science allows students to create a unique undergraduate experience that matches their interests and career goals.
The program consists of two minors: the first is a SEAS-approved engineering minor, and the second is a minor in mathematics or science, or a second SEAS minor.
A third component of the program is an “area of concentration,” in which students take three additional complementary technical courses that comprise a self-defined area of study that links the student’s minors, interests and career goals.
Finally, all fourth-year students participate in an Advanced Research Project which consists of either a 6-credit engineering design sequence or 6-credits of an independent research project.
The ES degree is ideal for students whose interests span more than one traditional discipline and are seeking ways to find complex and interdisciplinary solutions to challenges presented in our modern society.
ES with Materials Science and Engineering Concentration
Some ES students opt to specialize their ES program with a Concentration in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). Currently, MSE does not offer a major, but the ES Concentration in MSE allows students to pursue their interest in and delve deeply into Materials Science and Engineering.
MSE is a field that couples basic and applied studies in physics, chemistry and mechanics on the atomistic and nanometer scales with macroscopic materials' properties.
Materials Science is frequently an important enabler for many other scientific and engineering disciplines. For instance, advances in communication were brought about through the utilization of ceramic fibers in fiber optic cables which minimize attenuation of light signals and transmit much more information than is possible with electrically conducting wires. Thus, advances in materials science and engineering enable the development of new technologies across engineering most disciplines.
ES with Nanomedicine Concentration
Some ES students select to specialize their ES degree with a Concentration in Nanomedicine. This named program consists of courses combining Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering into a multidisciplinary field striving to understand biological processes and material interactions on the nanoscale. This program meets the requirements for a Biomedical Engineering Minor and Materials Science and Engineering Minor and can be combined with fulfilling the pre-med requirements.
Program advisors are Dr. Jim Fitz-Gerald (MSE) and Dr. Brian Helmke (BME). Nanomeds are fully integrated into two undergraduate communities, BME & MSE. Students in the program will be uniquely positioned to take part in some of UVA's most exciting undergraduate research opportunities.
In addition, UVA's NANOSTAR Institute coordinates cutting edge research at the intersection of biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science and medicine. ES Nanomedicine students are often able to participate in research and other opportunities offered through NanoStar.
ES with Nanotechnology Concentration
Some ES students choose to specialize their program with the Nanotechnology Concentration. This concentration allows students to prepare for careers in the emerging field of nanotechnology – technology on the length scale of 1-100 nanometers.
This concentration offers a special five-course area of concentration combining the disciplines of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, giving students both breadth in the engineering disciplines and depth in the field of nanotechnology.