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 Nanomedicine, 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.

  • Engineering Science (ES)

    Charting your own course


    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.


    Engineering Science Curriculum by Semester.pdf

    Engineering Science Worksheet by Requirement.pdf

    ES Worksheet by Requirement.xlsx

  • 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 - MSE Curriculum by Semester.pdf

    ES - MSE Worksheet by Requirement.pdf

    ES - MSE Worksheet by Requirement.xls

  • 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- Nanomedicine Curriculum by Semester.pdf

    ES- Nanomedicine Worksheet by Requirement.pdf

    ES- Nanomedicine Worksheet by Requirement.xlsx

  • 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.


    ES-Nanotechnology Curriculum by Semester.pdf

    ES-Nanotechnology Worksheet by Requirement.pdf

    ES-Nanotechnology Worksheet by Requirement.xls