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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Engineering

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College of Engineering students working on a project 


The mission of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware is to cultivate learning and the advancement of knowledge in the engineering sciences and the computer and information sciences. Our outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs teach students how to reason critically and independently, yet cooperate productively. Graduates are equipped with technical skills, cultural understanding, the ability to communicate clearly, and the foundation to develop into leaders. The College enjoys a strong tradition of applying its distinguished scholarship, research, and educational resources to serve the local, state, and national communities through collaborative efforts with individuals, industry, and government. The College of Engineering at the University of Delaware strives to create an atmosphere in which all people feel welcome to learn and participate in the free exchange of ideas.


For a full list of degrees offered, see Departments and Programs below

The College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences also offer a joint five-year program that leads to a Bachelor’s degree in one of the engineering majors as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences (see Arts and Sciences-Engineering Double Degree ).

4+1 Degrees

The College of Engineering offers several Bachelor/Master Degree programs that allow well-qualified students to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in an engineering field. Current 4+1 Degree Programs exist in:

  • Chemical Engineering/Particle Technology (no longer admitting students)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering (MSEG) department offers a special 4+1 BS/MMSE program for highly-qualified undergraduate students from the University of Delaware. This program allows the student to earn a bachelor’s degree from one of several partnering departments in the College of Engineering (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering) or the College of Arts and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and the Master’s of Materials Science and Engineering (MMSE) degree in five years of full-time study at the University of Delaware.

Additionally, the College of Engineering and the Lerner College of Business and Economics offer a joint five-year program that leads to a bachelor’s degree in an engineering major and a Master of Business Administration degree. Inquiries should be made to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Services at (302) 831-8659 during the first semester of the freshman year.

Air Force ROTC

The University’s Air Force ROTC  program is also administered through the College of Engineering.

Common Fall Semester

Incoming Freshmen majoring in an engineering field may be admitted directly into one of our nine engineering majors, or they may enter the first fall semester as Engineering Undeclared (EGU). Students who choose the EGU option begin their studies in the fall by taking a special set of courses called the Common Fall Semester. Successful completion of the Common Fall Semester coursework enables students to finish any engineering major in the normal four years, provided they are on track with the calculus sequence for the chosen major. The Introduction to Engineering (EGGG 101) course taught in the fall semester and attentive academic advising prepares students to make an informed choice of major during the latter part of the semester as they begin registration for the spring. EGGG 101 satisfies the University’s First Year Experience requirement.

Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE)

In addition to academic programs, the College of Engineering also maintains the Resources to Inspire Successful Engineers (RISE) Program.  RISE provides counseling, social support, and financial assistance to students from groups who are underrepresented in engineering, as well as others.  Interested students should contact the RISE Academic Program Manager at (302) 831-6315 or 141 DuPont Hall.


Undergraduate student advisement begins during summer New Student Orientation and continues through graduation. All College of Engineering students are assigned faculty advisors. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors before course registration periods and when adding or dropping courses. Students are also encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors at other times to learn more about undergraduate academic options, including research and internship opportunities, engineering and computer and information sciences professions, and graduate school opportunities.

The College Undergraduate Advisement Office provides advisement to students who experience academic difficulties or who require additional guidance. The Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Services, in conjunction with academic advisors in each department, coordinates a preliminary degree checkout for each College of Engineering student early in their senior year to help identify any impediments to graduation.

Curriculum Organization


The undergraduate curriculum in each engineering major consists of a core of required courses, a group of technical elective courses, and a group of breadth requirement courses. The core includes courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and engineering. The technical elective courses allow students to investigate the sciences in more depth and to develop a concentration within their engineering discipline. Most of the breadth requirement courses are taken from the humanities and social sciences to provide a well-rounded education. Additional academic requirements specified by individual engineering departments are given in the appropriate departmental sections.

Computer and Information Sciences

The undergraduate curriculum in each computer science major consists of a core of major requirements, breadth requirements, and electives. The core courses consist of computer science, math and science courses, as well as courses in business and information systems for the Information Systems major. Most of the breadth requirement and elective courses are taken from the humanities and social sciences to provide a well-rounded education.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major allows students to choose from one of several concentrations. Each of these programs provides a broad background in core computer science areas supplemented by an in-depth specialized curriculum in the chosen field. The traditional BS Computer Science (without concentration) is also an option; this program includes a 12-credit “focus area” that can be tailored to the interests of the individual student. The first two years in all of the BS Computer Science programs are very similar, allowing students to become familiar with the different areas before choosing a concentration.

University and College Breadth Requirement Information


A college education requires some breadth of knowledge across diverse fields and perspectives. Therefore, the University requires all students in each College to take a minimum of 12 credits in courses designated as University Breadth Requirements. These courses must be chosen from the University Breadth Requirement list. If a student changes his/her major to one that resides in a different college, these 12 credits are guaranteed to count toward the University Breadth Requirements in the new college.

The College of Engineering requires students to take between 9 and 25 credits of additional breadth course work depending on their major. These credits may be satisfied by taking courses on the University Breadth Requirements list or courses on the College of Engineering Breadth Requirements list as specified by major. The College of Engineering Breadth Requirement list contains foreign language courses, humanities courses, social science courses, and Professional and Career Preparation courses the College deems valuable to a broad education.

Breadth Requirement Resources:

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

The Dean’s Scholar Program exists to serve the needs of students whose clearly defined educational goals cannot effectively be achieved by pursuing the standard curricula for all existing majors, minors, and interdepartmental majors sponsored by the University. Driven by an overarching passion or curiosity that transcends typical disciplinary bounds and curricula, a Dean’s Scholar’s intellectual interests may lead to broad interdisciplinary explorations of an issue or to more intense, in-depth studies in a single field at a level akin to graduate work. The Dean’s Scholar Program exists to serve the needs of these extraordinary students by allowing them to design, in consultation with faculty advisors, imaginative and rigorous individual plans of study to meet the total credit hours required for graduation. It is expected that the course of study outlined by the Dean’s Scholar candidate will represent a program that cannot be effectively achieved using other options already available within the University  However, it is important to note that because engineering degrees are professionally accredited, it is difficult for a Dean’s Scholar to complete an engineering degree within four years.

Dean’s Scholar Program

Changing Major or Transferring into the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering curricula are very demanding. Therefore, applicants should have a record of good grades in mathematics and science courses. Students who wish to change their major or transfer into the College of Engineering should contact office of the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Services at (302) 831-8659 for advisement on the process.

All majors in the College have restricted access due to capacity. Therefore, current UD students who wish to change into a major within the College of Engineering should first read the following information about Restricted Majors  . Students who meet the change of major criteria may request a change of major by completing the “Change Major/Minor/Concentration” web form available from their UDSIS Student Center page.

Students from outside the University of Delaware who wish to transfer into a major in the College of Engineering must make a formal application through the University Admissions Office. The Admissions Office maintains a list of minimum academic criteria for students wishing to transfer.

Departments and Programs

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