Engineering Science Undergraduate Program

With Engineering Science, students can chart their own academic path. Engineering Science has a unique program structure that allows students to keep up with the rapid pace of technology and societal change by charting a course into emerging areas.

Engineering Science allows students to select academic components and create an undergraduate degree that matches their career goals. The basic program structure has three companants: two minors and a techincal area of concentration. The minors are a combination of a SEAS-approved minor in engineering paired with either a second minor in another engineering feild OR another STEM field, such as mathematics or a natural science. The third component of Engineering Science, the area of concentration, requires students complement technical skills accrued in their two areas.

A number of our graduates have used Engineering Science to create green (or sustainable) engineering degrees by combining a minor in civil engineering with a minor in environmental science. All students who have followed this path have had jobs in place in green engineering before their graduation date.

Enrollment information: SEAS Office of Undergraduate programs

  • Interdisciplinary Engineering

    Charting your own course


    The general Engineering Science interdisciplinary engineering track allows students to select degree components to create a unique undergraduate expereince that matches their career goals.

    The general program requires two minors:

    1) SEAS-approved engineering minor, and
    2) Minor in mathematics or science, or a second SEAS minor.

    A third component is an area of concentration, where other complementary technical courses or graduate-level courses are placed.

    FORMS: curriculum by semester  |  degree worksheet

    ES General Worksheet (PDF)
  • Materials Science and Engineering Concentration


    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.

    MSE Concentration Worksheet (PDF)
  • Nanomedicine

    Nanomedicine is a named program consisting of courses meeting the requirements for a Biomedical Minor and Materials Science Minor. This is a multidisciplinary field striving to understand biological processes and material interactions on the nanoscale. 

    Program advisors are Dr. Jim Fitz-Gerald (MSE) and Dr. Will Guilford (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 U.Va's most exciting undergraduate research opportunities.

    Additional information:

    UVa's NanoStar Institute coordinates cutting edge research at the intersection of biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science and medicine.


    Nanomedicine Worksheet (PDF)
  • Nanotechnology

    Using the interdisciplinary flexibility of the engineering science major, a concentration in Nanotechnology is now offered to all engineering students. The major components of the engineering science degree program (beyond the 1st and 2nd year requirements common to all engineering majors) are three elements: a primary minor in engineering, a secondary minor in engineering, math, or science, and a third group of five technical courses that make up the “area of concentration,” adding depth and focus to the intersection of the two minors.