The College of Engineering

The College of Engineering curriculum is designed to provide students a thorough understanding of scientific, mathematical, and engineering fundamentals, as well as the ability to apply these areas of knowledge creatively to a wide variety of engineering problems.


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

Curricular Organization

Students in the traditional engineering programs study many of the same subjects during the three terms in the first year. After the first year, curricula begin to differentiate more and more, as major-specific coursework is introduced.

The first two years are devoted to the foundation of the engineering curriculum. Their purpose is to provide an integrated view of the basic sciences and an introduction to the art of engineering, which they do through group projects that deal with open-ended problems characteristic of the practice of engineering. Students also learn to use both computer- and laboratory-based engineering tools to support data gathering, analysis, engineering design, problem-solving, and evaluation.  

Incoming engineering students take placement exams in June before their first year to determine their readiness in calculus, physics, and chemistry. Students who demonstrate the preparation and skills to succeed in our core math and science courses will immediately be placed into those courses starting in the fall term. Students that may need additional preparation are given the option to participate in online, self-paced preparatory reviews which can lead to a fall placement in the core courses. Fall schedules may also be affected by transfer and/or advance credit

Professional subjects are introduced in the second year and completed by the fourth year. The fifth 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 senior design experience in the fifth year.


Recognizing the importance of general education, all curricula require that courses be taken in this area, including some identified as Writing Intensive. These requirements are described in more detail in the General Education Requirements section.

In addition to a minimum of 30.0 General Education Credits, most programs have other types of required electives as well, including math/science, communications, technical, and free.  Technical electives are courses in engineering, science, or management that build on the required professional courses and lead to a specific technical specialization. Elective sequence options should be discussed with and approved by academic advisors. Free electives are generally any course but should also be discussed before registering.  

The Common Curriculum

While programs vary in curricular detail, the following courses are fairly common to most. See each program's plan of study for specifics.

University Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
Foundation Requirements
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
ENGR 111Introduction to Engineering Design & Data Analysis3.0
ENGR 113First-Year Engineering Design3.0
ENGR 131Introductory Programming for Engineers3.0
ENGR 210Introduction to Thermodynamics3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
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

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
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

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

General Education electives must be non-technical. Computer, math, engineering, and science courses do not count as General Education electives.

Courses in the following subject codes fulfill General Education requirements, other than those listed as exclusions. Additional courses may be accepted upon academic advisor approval.

Accounting (ACCT), Africana Studies (AFAS), ANIM (Animation), Anthropology (ANTH), Arabic (ARBC), Architecture (ARCH), Art History (ARTH), Business Law (BLAW)Chinese (CHIN), Communication (COM), Criminology & Justice Studies (CJS), Culinary Arts (CULA), Dance (DANC), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), English (ENGL, except ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 103 & ENGL 105), Entertainment & Arts Management (EAM), Entrepreneurship (ENTP), Environmental Studies & Sustainability (ENSS), Film Studies (FMST), Finance (FIN), French (FREN), General Business (BUSN), German (GER), Global Studies (GST), Hebrew (HBRW), History (HIST), HNRS (Honors), Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM), Humanities (HUM, except HUM 107 & HUM 108), Interior Design (INTR), International Business (INTB), Italian (ITAL), Japanese (JAPN), Jewish Studies (JWST), Korean (KOR), Language (LANG), LAW (Law), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Military Science (MLSC, except lab courses), Music (MUSC), Music Industry Program (MIP), Operations Management (OPM), Operations Research (OPR), Organizational Behavior (ORGB), Philosophy (PHIL), Photography (PHTO), PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), (Product Design (PROD) Project Management (PROJ), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSY), Public Health (PBHL), Real Estate (REAL), Science Technology & Society (SCTS), Screenwriting & Playwriting (SCRP), Sociology (SOC), Spanish (SPAN), Special Education (EDEX), Sports Management (SMT), STEM Teacher Education (ESTM), Taxation (TAX), Theatre (THTR), TV Studies (TVST), Visual Studies (VSST), WEST Studies (WEST), Women's and Gender Studies (WGST), and Writing (WRIT).

Non-lab ROTC courses taken at the University of Pennsylvania in Naval Science (NSCI) and at St. Joseph's University in Aerospace (AER) may be transferred to fulfill General Education requirements.

There are many elective courses with no pre-requisites, but note that they must also meet the criteria outlined on this page to count specifically as a General Education elective.

Special Programs

BS/MS Accelerated Degrees Program

The Accelerated Degrees Program of the College of Engineering provides highly talented and strongly motivated students to progress toward their educational goals more quickly. This is achieved by completing a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in the same five years it generally takes to complete the BS only. 

Students are most often ready to apply for the program late in their second year or early in their third, when they have shown readiness to tackle graduate-level coursework. 

Students admitted provisionally at the time they were accepted to the College of Engineering may still apply in their second or third year, but are not obligated to do so. Likewise, those not accepted provisionally may apply and will be accepted if they meet the entrance criteria.

A 5-year Plan of Study is key to fulfilling the requirement of completing both degrees at the same time. Interested students are encouraged to begin discussing their interest with their academic advisor after their first term at Drexel.

The division of courses toward the BS and MS degrees during the fourth and fifth years may impact some students' financial aid package. They will be directed to speak with specialists in Drexel Central as part of the application process.


Core Engineering Facilities

The College of Engineering's Innovation Studio hosts activities for all class levels, from First-Year Design at one end through Senior Design at the other. It includes 3D printers, multiple sensor suites, and the college machine shop. It supports the flow of ideas from design through complex fabrication.

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 Studio is an example of Drexel's commitment to undergraduate education by 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 their respective curricula. Most engineering department webpages describe their specialized facilities in detail.

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