Engineering Science Undergraduate Program
With the interdisciplinary Engineering Science program, students can chart their own academic path. The core of the program consists of minors in two different departments, allowing students breadth and flexibility. Engineering Science has a unique structure that allows students to keep up with the rapid pace of technology and societal change by charting a course into emerging areas.
Are you having difficulty deciding between two disciplines? Are you interested in subjects that lie between two traditional fields of study? Consider Engineering Science.
Students who major in Engineering Science (ES) like the freedom to chart their own course. ES is the only interdisciplinary degree program at UVA Engineering. Students can create an undergraduate program that matches their interests or career goals by combining a minor in one engineering discipline with a second minor in mathematics, science or another engineering discipline. In addition, students complete three courses in an “area of concentration” which each student defines for themselves and ties together their academic program and professional interests. The flexibility of this program allows for students with multiple interests to explore them in new ways, such as creating green (or sustainable) engineering degrees by combining a minor in civil engineering with a minor in environmental science.
Some Engineering Science students opt to take the more defined, named programs in Nanotechnology or Materials Science and Engineering combining the flexibility of the ES degree with a focus in an emergent field that does not currently offer a major.
Our Engineering Science major has the advantage of moving students to the interface between disciplines, where solutions to the complex challenges society faces are likely to be found. Both graduate schools and employers find this interdisciplinary perspective compelling and our graduates can be found in both academics and industry.