The College of Engineering

About the College

Drexel University’s College of Engineering has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science and technology to train students to become the leaders of the future. In little over a century, Drexel University has transformed itself into a large, comprehensive institution committed to excellence in education, research and service to the engineering society and to the broader community. Although much has changed, the original mission of the University still rings true today.
The College of Engineering offers students a diverse academic learning and research environment embodying the highest standards of knowledge and preparing them to impact society's greatest challenges. Through entrepreneurial risk-taking and exploration, students are encouraged to find innovative solutions that promote economic development and improve life

In addition to the traditional engineering curriculum, the college offers Property Management, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management.

Objectives of the traditional Undergraduate Engineering Program

The profession of engineering is concerned with turning the natural elements and energies to the service of mankind. The objectives of the undergraduate program in the College of Engineering are:

  • To offer an education that will give graduates the flexibility to adjust to future changes in technology
  • To develop a sense of professionalism and entrepreneurship
  • To provide a framework for concentrated study in a professional area

To implement those objectives the curricula of the College of Engineering are designed to provide a firm grounding in basic science and liberal arts, along with broad-based engineering sciences and professional engineering subjects.

Cooperative Education

In five-year cooperative programs, engineering majors spend a total of 12 terms in school and six terms on co-op assignment. Freshmen attend classes for three terms. During their sophomore, pre-junior, and junior years, students generally attend class for two terms and are assigned a cooperative employment position for two terms each year.
Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

About the Traditional Engineering Curriculum

Degree Requirements

The degree of Bachelor of Science in the engineering specialities is comprised of academic work and six terms of co-op or engineering experience for the five-year program. For the four-year program, only two terms of co-op are required. Transfer students must complete a minimum of two terms of co-op or engineering experience in order to earn a cooperative engineering degree accredited by ABET

Engineering student must maintain an overall grade point average of 2.0 in all required courses in their major.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program is a customizable undergraduate engineering degree program offered in the College of Engineering. The program is designed for students who are seeking an interdisciplinary education rooted in engineering. The degree is structured so students achieve a strong foundation in science, math and engineering. Upper level engineering electives can be chosen to fit the student’s individual interests and career objectives. The BS in Engineering program allows the student to create their own engineering curriculum path with the assistance of their BSE advisors. The program is also flexible enough so that students can complete up to two minors in areas which may include but are not limited to environmental studies, finance, entrepreneurship, music, legal studies or pre-med. To learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, please visit the Program Overview webpage.

Curricular Organization

Students in the traditional engineering programs study the same subjects during the three terms in the first year. During the two terms of the sophomore year, students begin taking department specific coursework.

The first five terms are devoted to those subjects that form the foundation of the engineering curriculum. Courses in the core engineering curriculum are organized and taught to provide an integrated view of the basic sciences and an introduction to the art of engineering through group projects that deal with open-ended problems characteristic of the practice of engineering. Students also learn to use the modern tools of engineering both on the computer and in the laboratory.

The college considers it essential that students entering the Drexel Engineering Curriculum be placed in courses that take advantage of their abilities and prior training. Student preparation level is determined by a review committee that evaluates the student’s high school record, standardized test scores, and placement tests administered during freshman orientation.

Students who demonstrate the preparation and skills to succeed in our integrated engineering calculus course immediately will be placed in the course starting in the fall term. Students who are not prepared for this sequence may participate in a special "pre-engineering" program before the fall term. These students may also have a modified fall schedule and may need summer school during the following summer.

In the second year, professional subjects are introduced, and all the first-level professional courses are completed by the junior year. The senior year in all curricula contains at least one elective sequence so that students can study some aspect of engineering more deeply. In addition, all curricula provide a design experience in the senior year. Recognizing the importance of general education studies in the education of an engineer, all curricula require that courses be taken in this area. These requirements are described in more detail in the General Education Requirements.

The Common Curriculum
 

University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience2.0
Foundation Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGR 100Beginning Computer Aided Drafting for Design1.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0

 In addition, engineering students complete thirty (30.0) credits of  General Education Requirements.

Electives

In addition to the electives in the General Education electives there are two types of elective sequences in the engineering curricula: technical electives and free electives. Technical electives are courses in engineering, science, or management that build on the required professional courses and lead to a specific technical specialization. Possible elective sequences should be discussed with and approved by advisors before the end of the junior year. Free electives are any courses for which students are eligible and that are not remedial in nature for engineering students.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

General Education Requirements

The General Education Program is designed to give engineering students an opportunity to take a set of courses that complement their technical studies and satisfy their intellectual and/or career interests. All engineering majors must take thirty (30.0) credits. Nine (9.0) of the thirty credits are designated as follows and must be completed by all majors:

ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0


General Education requirements for specific majors can be found in the degree requirements for each major. The remaining credits can be chosen from the disciplines listed below.

Course Subjects

This following list is a sampling of  subject codes for courses that can be taken to fulfill General Education requirements; other courses may be accepted upon advisor approval.

Accounting (ACCT), Africana Studies (AFAS), Anthropology (ANTH), Arabic (ARBC), Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Business Law (BLAW)Chinese (CHIN), Communication (COM), Criminology & Justice Studies (CJS), Culinary Arts (CULA), Customer Operations (CUST), Dance (DANC), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), English (ENGL, except 101, 102, 103 & 105), Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM), Entrepreneurship (ENTP), Film Studies (FMST), Finance (FIN), French (FREN), General Business (BUSN), German (GER), Greek, (GREC), Hebrew (HBRW), History (HIST), Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM), Humanities (HUM, except 106, 107, & 108), Interior Design (INTR), International Area Studies (IAS), International Business (INTB), Italian (ITAL), Japanese (JAPN), Judaic Studies (JUDA), Korean (KOR), Language (LANG), Leadership (LEAD), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Military Science (MLSC), Music (MUSC), Music Industry Program (MIP), Operations Management (OPM), Operations Research (OPR), Organizational Behavior (ORGB), Philosophy (PHIL), Photography (PHTO), Production Operations Management (POM), Portuguese (PORT), Product Design (PROD) Project Management (PROJ), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY, except 330 & 337),  Public Health (PBHL), Real Estate (REAL), Russian (RUSS), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP), Sociology (SOC, except 364 & 365), Spanish (SPAN), Sports Management (SMT), Taxation (TAX), Theatre (THTR), WEST Studies (WEST), Women's and Gender Studies (WGST), and Writing (WRIT).


General Education electives must be non-technical. All Computer, Math, Engineering & Science related courses will NOT count as General Education electives.

Special Programs

Accelerated Programs/ Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program

The Accelerated Program of the College of Engineering provides opportunities for highly talented and strongly motivated students to progress toward their educational goals essentially at their own pace. Primarily through advanced placement, credit by examination, flexibility of scheduling, and independent study, the program makes it possible to complete the undergraduate curriculum and initiate graduate study in less than the five years required by the standard curriculum. Students enrolled in this program may take advantage of the five-year Bachelor’s/Master’s Dual Degree Program described on the College of Engineering's Accelerated Programs web page.

Lincoln University/Drexel 3-3 Plan

Drexel participates in a program with Lincoln University under which a student may attend Lincoln University for three years, taking liberal arts subjects and pre-engineering courses in mathematics, science, and related areas; transfer to Drexel; and receive a degree in engineering after three additional years at Drexel. This is similar to the conventional 3-2 program in which other colleges and universities participate; the extra year is necessitated by Drexel’s co-operative education plan.

Facilities

Core Engineering Facilities

The Freshman Engineering Design Laboratories are located in the newly-created Innovation Studio. The Studio hosts activities for all class levels from Freshman Design at one end through Senior Design at the other. It includes 3D printers, multiple sensor suites and the college machine shop representing the flow of freshman initial ideas through complex fabrication.

Freshman Design courses taken by all new freshmen are held exclusively in the Innovation Studio which was completed in the fall of 2015. A team of Drexel faculty and staff designed the studio to allow activities of many scales as well as to promote open communication within and across groups of students.  The lab tables accommodate work in small and larger groups.

The Innovation Studios are an example of Drexel's commitment to undergraduate education, but providing up-to-date, high-quality technology to facilitate the kind of experiential learning that keeps Drexel at the cutting edge.

Department Facilities


Departments within the College of Engineering have laboratory equipment appropriate for required lab coursework within curriculum. Most engineering department webpages describe their specialized facilities in detail.

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