1) What are the primary differences between ES and other engineering majors?
The ES program is an interdisciplinary degree consisting of two minors which create the Engineering Science major. This gives students greater latitude in the technical content of their curriculum and allows students to craft a program of study that suits their interest and career goals. ES does NOT give students greater latitude in the non-technical content than other majors in the Engineering School.
2) What are the approved School of Engineering Technical Minors (for the first minor or first and second minors)?
- Applied Mathematics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Systems Engineering
3) What are examples of Math and Science minors are offered by the college (an option for the second minor)?
- Environmental Science
4) What about other Minors, like Science & Technology Policy or Engineering Business?
Like all other students in the Engineering School, all ES major students CAN pursue non-technical minors, or other non-technical minors in College, by allocating their HSS and/or Unrestricted Electives to fulfill the requirements of their additional chosen minor. However, the two minors which create the ES major must come from either SEAS technical minors or a SEAS technical minor and a math or science minor from the College.
5) Are there any pre-planned curricula within the Engineering Science Major? Or, what are the "named concentrations"?
Yes, we offer the following two named concentrations. ES students are not required to follow one of these concentrations but they are options for interested students.
MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING CONCENTRATION - In the MSE Concentration, students will have their first minor in MSE and take additional MSE courses beyond the scope of the minor. The second minor must be chosen from School of Engineering technical minors, mathematics, or a natural science. For official requirements of the MSE Concentrations, please see the current year's UNDERGRADUTE RECORD.
NANOTECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATION - Nanotechnology is technology on the length scale of 1-100 nanometers and work in this field has many applications in today's society. An understanding of material properties is key to nanotechnology and so the minor in MSE is a necessary component of this concentration. The second minor may be either another SEAS-approved technical minor or come from another approved science or mathematics field. In addition, a group of five technical courses make up an "Area of Concentration," adding depth and focus to the intersection of the two minors and providing students with a foundation in nanoscale systems, material properties, and applications. For official requirements of the Nanomedicine Concentration, please see the current year's UNDERGRADUATE RECORD.
6) Do all ES students select their program from one of two named concentrations?
No. ES students are free to create their own program of two approved minors plus an area of concentration that they define. ES students may choose to follow one of the pre-planned curricula, or named concentrations, if they wish.
7) What is Interdisciplinary Engineering?
This is a general name for an ES plans of study that involves two School of Engineering technical minors.
8) What is an Area of Concentration?
An Area of Concentration (AOC) consists of three technical electives chosen by the student and approved by the advisor that provide identity and definition to a student’s ES degree. These courses must be at the 2000-level or above.
9) What are the Advanced Technical Electives?
Advanced Technical Electives are two additional technical courses at the 3000-level or above selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
10) What is the Advanced Project?
The Advanced Project (or capstone) is a 6-credit experience usually completed in a student's final two semesters. ES students may choose from any department's capstone course, the interdisciplinary capstone course or an independent study to complete this requirement. Please contact the undergraduate coordinator for further information on Advanced Project options.
11) What is the connection between ES and the MSE Department? Do all ES students minor in MSE?
The MSE Department administers the Engineering Science program. ES students are free to choose from any approved technical minors and are not required to do a minor in MSE.
12) What are some examples of ES students’ programs?
- Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
- Computer Science and Systems Engineering
- Applied Mathematics and Physics
- Civil Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
- And more!
13) Can I combine an ES major with a pre-med or pre-health track?
Yes! Many of our minors include courses that overlap with pre-health requirements. To learn more about pre-health options, contact the PRE-HEALTH ADVISING CENTER.
14) Where can I find the list of SEAS approved HSS courses? Where can I find the list of SEAS approved Math and Science Electives?
The list of approved HSS courses and the list courses that fulfill the Math and Science Elective can be found HERE or in A-122 Thornton Hall.
15) I want to transfer to UVA Engineering - where can I find more information?
Information about internal and external transfers to UVA SEAS can be found HERE.
16) If I still have questions or want to learn more about ES, whom should I contact?
Email our UNDERGRADUATE COODINATOR - we look forward to hearing from you!
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. THE UNDERGRADUATE RECORD AND GRADUATE RECORD of the current academic year represents the official repository for academic program requirements.