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.
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.
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.
B.S. Engineering Science with Masters of Teaching (Curry School)
This 5 year program provides both a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Science and a Masters of Teaching with certification to teach secondary school Physics. The ES undergraduate degree requires completion of a SEAS-approved engineering minor as well as a minor (or second major) in physics. The fifth year of the program requires education courses in the Curry School. Options for certification in math and chemistry are also possible.
Structural Mechanics and Materials
Structural Mechanics combines courses in Civil Engineering and Materials Science.
The degree allows students to pursue careers in which understanding the time evolution and behavior of materials is essential.
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. With additional courses in chemistry, one version of nanomedicine includes a premedicine track.
Program advisors are Dr. Sean Agnew (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.
UVa's NanoStar Institute coordinates cutting edge research at the intersection of biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, materials science and medicine.
Enrollment information: SEAS Office of Undergraduate programs