Business and Engineering

Major: Business and Engineering
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business and Engineering (BSBAE)
Calendar: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 184.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1301
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-1021

About the Program

The major in Business and Engineering combines two of Drexel's most exciting programs, linking business and engineering to provide students with expertise in both fields.

The program curriculum combines coursework in business and engineering, enabling graduates to work successfully in technically oriented business positions. Students complete a set of broad functional business core courses along with a firm foundation in science, mathematics, and engineering. Students also study quantitative decision-making within a business context, technology innovation management, and operations management. They complete a minor in business as well as a concentration in engineering. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to participate in innovative technological efforts in business.

Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Business and Engineering program provides students the opportunity to:

  • Learn important concepts in functional business areas such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, marketing, organizational behavior, operations, and statistics
  • Study in more depth the areas of operations, technology innovation management, and other functional business areas
  • Complete a course of study in an engineering discipline after completing a firm foundation in science and mathematics
  • Develop skills in technical communication and critical reasoning
  • Study ethical issues faced by managers and engineers and understand technology from a historical perspective
  • Apply acquired skills in co-op work experiences to further enhance their knowledge base
  • Study entrepreneurship from a management and finance perspective for preparation in innovative technological efforts
  • Learn to improve the functioning of technically oriented businesses through operational competencies

About the Business Minors

All Business and Engineering students are required to complete a business minor as part of the curriculum. See the list of minors that are currently offered by the LeBow College of Business. The minor in Business Administration cannot be chosen due to overlap with required courses in the Business and Engineering curriculum.

About the Engineering Concentrations

All Business and Engineering students are required to complete an engineering concentration as part of the curriculum. The following engineering concentrations are available:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Engineering

For more information on the specific courses for the concentration, please refer to the Degree Requirements page.

Additional Information

For more information about the program or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Department of Decision Sciences and MIS.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication (WI)3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Select one of the following:3.0-4.0
Technology in Historical Perspective
Business Ethics
Engineering Ethics
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
Science and Computing Requirements
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 201Introduction to Technology Innovation Management4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior (WI)4.0
STAT 205Statistical Inference I4.0
STAT 206Statistical Inference II4.0
Business and Engineering Focus
Quantitative Decision Making in Business
OPR 320Linear Models for Decision Making4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Customer Analytics
Data-Driven Digital Marketing
Advanced Decision Making and Simulation
Decision Models for the Public Sector
Six-Sigma Quality Implementation
Introduction to Data Mining for Business
Technology Innovation Management
Select one of the following:4.0
Designing Innovative Organizations
Competing in Technology Industries
Technology Management
Operations Management
Select one of the following:4.0
Information System Project Management
Service Operations Management
Operations Planning
Engineering Requirements
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
Business Minor *16.0
Engineering Concentration **15.0
Total Credits184.0-185.0
*

Students must take 4-5 LeBow courses to complete the requirements of a business minor. Students must select a minor from the following list:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • International Economics
  • Legal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Technology Innovation Management
**

 Students must select an engineering concentration and complete all five courses required for it:

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 Program. 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.

Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0CHEM 1024.5VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CHEM 1013.5ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGR 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 1313.0MATH 2004.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1224.0MGMT 2014.0 
 15 17.5 18.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1154.0ACCT 1164.0ECON 2014.0VACATION
CIVC 1011.0ENGR 2323.0ENGR 2204.0 
ENGR 2313.0PHYS 1024.0MIS 2004.0 
PHYS 1014.0STAT 2064.0OPM 2004.0 
STAT 2054.0   
 16 15 16 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ECON 2024.0INTB 2004.0BLAW 2014.0VACATION
FIN 3014.0ORGB 3004.0COM 3103.0 
MKTG 2014.0Business Minor elective4.0Engineering concentration*3.0 
OPR 3204.0Engineering concentration*3.0Business Minor elective4.0 
 16 15 14 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
PHIL 1053.0Select one of the following:4.0UNIV B2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0MGMT 4504.0 
Select one of the following:3.0-4.0 
 
 
Select one of the following:4.0 
Engineering Concentration4.0 
Engineering concentration*3.0  
Business minor*4.0  
 Engineering concentration*3.0  
 Business minor*4.0  
 14 15 12-13 
Total Credits 184-185

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0CHEM 1024.5VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CHEM 1013.5COOP 101*1.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 1313.0ENGR 1133.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
  MGMT 2014.0 
 15 17.5 19.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1154.0ACCT 1164.0ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0
CIVC 1011.0ENGR 2323.0ENGR 2204.0FIN 3014.0
ENGR 2313.0PHYS 1024.0MIS 2004.0MKTG 2014.0
PHYS 1014.0STAT 2064.0OPM 2004.0OPR 3204.0
STAT 2054.0   
 16 15 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
INTB 2004.0BLAW 2014.0COOP EXPERIENCE*COOP EXPERIENCE*
ORGB 3004.0COM 3103.0  
Business Minor elective4.0Engineering concentration**3.0  
Engineering concentration**3.0Business Minor elective4.0  
 15 14 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
PHIL 1053.0Select one of the following:4.0UNIV B2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0MGMT 4504.0 
Select one of the following:3.0-4.0 
 
 
Select one of the following:4.0 
Engineering concentration3.0 
Engineering concentration**3.0  
Business minor**4.0  
 Engineering concentration**3.0  
 Business minor**4.0  
 14 15 11-12 
Total Credits 184-185
*

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

**

See degree requirements.

5 year, 3 co-ops

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0CHEM 1024.5VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CHEM 1013.5COOP 101*1.0 
ENGR 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGR 1313.0ENGR 1133.0 
UNIV B1011.0MATH 1224.0MATH 2004.0 
  MGMT 2014.0 
 15 17.5 19.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1154.0ACCT 1164.0COOP EXPERIENCE*COOP EXPERIENCE*
CIVC 1011.0ENGR 2323.0  
ENGR 2313.0PHYS 1024.0  
PHYS 1014.0STAT 2064.0  
STAT 2054.0   
 16 15 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0COOP EXPERIENCE*COOP EXPERIENCE*
ENGR 2204.0FIN 3014.0  
MIS 2004.0MKTG 2014.0  
OPM 3244.0OPR 3204.0  
 16 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
INTB 2004.0BLAW 2014.0COOP EXPERIENCE*COOP EXPERIENCE*
ORGB 3004.0COM 3103.0  
Business Minor elective4.0Engineering concentration3.0  
Engineering concentration3.0Business minor elective4.0  
 15 14 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
PHIL 1053.0Select one of the following: 4.0UNIV B2011.0 
Select one of the following:4.0MGMT 4504.0 
Select one of the following:3.0-4.0 
 
 
Select one of the following:4.0 
Engineering concentration3.0 
Engingeering concentration**3.0  
Business minor**4.0  
 Engineering concentration**3.0  
 Business minor**4.0  
 14 15 11-12 
Total Credits 184-185
*

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

**

See degree requirements.

Facilities

The 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home for LeBow College of Business is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, at the intersection of Woodland Walk and Market Street, where it forms a gateway to Drexel and a backdrop to the historic statue of A. J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). The diagonal massing of the lower floors follows Woodland Walk and combines with the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (Diamond & Schmitt, 2011) to energize the University’s central quadrangle. The building’s tower will mark the LeBow College and Drexel campus from all directions while the open, glassy Market Street façade will showcase the College’s student activities to passersby.

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by classrooms, student lounges, events spaces, and offices. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium and 100-seat lecture hall one floor below and to a divisible multipurpose room and additional classrooms above. The building’s upper floors contain faculty offices interspersed with seminar rooms and group study rooms. The top floor houses the Dean’s suite and a boardroom and conference suite that opens to east- and west-facing terraces.

The building’s warm masonry and glass exterior reflects the emerging vocabulary of the next generation of Drexel buildings. Sophisticated solar shading devices allow maximum transparency between the inside and outside while supporting the building’s high environmental aspirations.

Key Building Features

  • Five-story atrium
  • Finance trading lab with Bloomberg Terminal Room
  • 300-seat auditorium
  • 160-seat event space
  • 100-seat lecture hall
  • 45-seat seminar rooms
  • 44-seat computer classrooms
  • 60-seat classrooms
  • Executive MBA classroom
  • 24-seat classrooms
  • Special areas for experiential learning simulations and business consulting
  • Videoconferencing capabilities
  • Integrated teaching technology in all classrooms
  • Recording studio to support LeBow College’s online programs
  • Extensive areas for students to gather socially and for collaborative study, including student collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student social space
  • EMBA Alumni Lounge for the exclusive use of EMBA alumni
  • Behavioral Studies Lab
  • Starbucks
  • Green Globe certifiable, meeting worldwide sustainability standards

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, and the Finance Trading Lab webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.

Co-Op/Career Opportunities

Business and Engineering Degree Salary & Career Opportunities

A degree in business and engineering will prepare you for a wide range of careers. The business and engineering program is an innovative approach to combining many aspects of ingenuity and technology, preparing you for more than just business and engineering jobs. Earning a degree in these disciplines supplies you with a set of skills that will prepare you for a variety of career types, including careers in technology-driven organizations in industries such as pharmaceuticals or aerospace engineering.

Career Growth Opportunities for Business and Engineering Majors

Companies that succeed by bringing innovations to market need employees who can understand technology and business. A degree in business and engineering provides a cross-disciplinary skill-set that bridges the gap between these two areas that often have a difficult time communicating.

What is the Average Salary for an Business and Engineering Major?

LeBow students who graduated with an undergraduate degree in business and engineering in 2020 had an average starting salary of $61,458.

What Type of Skills Will You Gain From an Business and Engineering Degree?

The business and engineering degree provides training in functional business areas such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems, law, marketing, organizational behavior, operations, and statistics. After completing a firm foundation in science and mathematics, the degree focuses on in-depth study of operations, technology innovation management, and other functional business areas.

An example of the skills that the business and engineering provides includes:

  • Producing clear, robust, and efficient code
  • Conceptualizing and designing computational algorithms
  • Customer analytics
  • Identifying, building and commercializing technological innovations
  • Budgeting, product costing, and analysis of financial statements
  • Developing models of dynamic systems
  • Using MATLAB for solution of contemporary engineering problems

What Can You Do with a Degree in Business and Engineering?

There are a multitude of jobs available to someone with a business and engineering degree. The skills this degree focuses on prepares you for a wide range of jobs in many different career fields.

Common Titles for Undergraduate Business and Engineering Graduates

  • Business Analyst
  • Consulting Analyst
  • Engineer
  • Management Consultant
  • Manager
  • Project Manager

Innovative Industries in Business and Engineering

  • Corporations
  • Consulting
  • Engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology

Top Job Landings for Recent Drexel Business and Engineering Graduates

Recent Drexel LeBow Business and Engineering majors have landed jobs at the following companies:

  • Accenture
  • Aimco
  • The Boeing Company
  • Goldman Sachs
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Pfizer
  • Rockefeller & Co.
  • SpaceX
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • West-Ward Pharmaceuticals

Professional Organizations for Business and Engineering Graduates and Current Students

Continuing Education Opportunities for Business and Engineering Degree Graduates

Many students also choose to continue their studies in graduate schools, pursuing such degrees as:

Recent Drexel LeBow Business and Engineering alumni have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the following programs:

  • Harvard University Business School (MBA)
  • New York University (MS in Individualized and Interdisciplinary Study)

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities. To learn more about career opportunities and resources, see the Career Guides provided by the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Decision Sciences & MIS Faculty

Murugan Anandarajan, PhD (Drexel University) Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Professor. Cyber crime, strategic management of information technology, unstructured data mining, individual internet usage behavior (specifically abuse and addiction), application of artificial intelligence techniques in forensic accounting and ophthalmology.
Orakwue B. Arinze, PhD (London School of Economics). Professor. Client/Server computing; Enterprise Application Software (EAS)/Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP); knowledge-based and decision support applications in operations management.
Edward Arnheiter, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) Department of Decision Sciences. Clinical Professor. Quality implementation and management, supply chain, statistical quality control, six sigma.
Avijit Banerjee, PhD (The Ohio State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Interface with Marketing, Pricing Revenue Management, Inventory Control, Operations Planning and Scheduling, Production Planning and Control, Supply Chain Management
Hande Benson, PhD (Princeton University). Professor. Interior-point methods, Large Scale Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Nonlinear Optimization, Operations and Supply Chain Optimization, Optimization Software, Portfolio Optimization
Muge Capan, PhD (North Carolina State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Data science, industrial engineering, predictive analytics in health care systems.
Qizhi Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Business Value of Information Technology, eCommerce, Economics of Information Technology, Information System Management.
Anna Devlin, PhD (University of Maryland, College Park). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Behavioral operations management, revenue management, sustainable operations management.
Christopher Gaffney, PhD (Rutgers University, New Brunswick). Assistant Clinical Professor. Applied Probability, Decision Theory, Risk Analysis
David Gefen, PhD (Georgia State University) Provost Distinguished Research Professor. Professor. Strategic IT management; IT development and implementation management; research methodology; managing the adoption of large IT systems, such as MRP II, ERP, and expert systems; research methodology, eCommerce; Online Auctions; Outsourcing; SAS; Technology Adoption.
Chelsey Hill, PhD (Georgia State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Structural topic modeling, data quilting, knowledge diffusion.
Seung-Lae Kim, PhD (Penn State University) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Inventory control, Production Planning and Control, Quality Management, Six-Sigma, Supply Chain Management
Jinwook Lee, PhD (Rutgers University, New Brunswick). Assistant Professor. Decision Models, Mathematical Programming, Risk Assessment Stochastic Optimization, Stochastic Processes.
Jeongsik Lee, PhD (University of California Los Angeles). Associate Professor. Economics of Innovation; Social networks; Technology management
Benjamin Lev, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Trustee Professor. Inventory Control, Mathematical Programming, Operations Planning and Scheduling.
Fariborz Y. Partovi, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) Department of Decision Sciences. Professor. Manufacturing Technology Development, Quality Implementation, Quality Management, Service Management, Six-Sigma
Arjan Raven, PhD (University of Southern California). Associate Clinical Professor. Department of Decision Sciences & MIS. Neuro-Information-Systems, task-technology fit, web-based
Matthew Reindorp, PhD (University of Maryland College Park) Interim Department Head, Decision Sciences & MIS. Associate Clinical Professor. Real Options, Simulation, Stochastic Processes, Supply Chain Finance, Supply Chain Management
Samir Shah, DPS (Pace University). Clinical Professor. Drexel University's Provost Fellow India Partnerships
Wenjing Shen, PhD (University of Michigan) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Professor. The interface of operations management and marketing; inventory management; supply chain management.
Min Wang, PhD (Columbia University) Department of Decision Sciences. Associate Clinical Professor. Healthcare Operations Management, Inventory Control, Production Planning and Control, Service Management, Supply Chain Management
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