Sc.B. in Design Engineering
Design engineering is a practice-based field at the intersection of many existing engineering fields and related disciplines (Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction, User experience and User Interface Design (UX/UI), Product Design, Graphic Design, Organizational Psychology, and Data Science).
The curriculum in Design Engineering is intended to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary foundation; encourage working across differences to both understand and develop innovative approaches to a full range of societal issues - as well as the underlying causes, structures and systems. Design Engineering will teach students to understand not just the How and What, but the Why and Why Not, of what is being created, the strategic implications and consequences, as well as the suitability of proposed solutions. Students in this concentration will learn how to discover a design problem (as opposed to being given a specific problem) from the various angles that affect the creation and adoption of a solution. They will also be able to understand and translate between engineering and design language. Design Engineering is a new field of educational and professional opportunities that results from the growing interdependence of design and technology. The program offers a wide range of specialized tracks within design engineering, allowing students to design a program tailored to their individual goals.
The design engineering concentration has 19 required courses.
There are 12 core requirements, including 3 social science courses:
- An introductory engineering design course
- 3 courses in mathematics
- 1 engineering gateway course
- 1 natural science course
- 1 computer science course
- 2 engineering design courses (ENGN 610: Systems Thinking and ENGN 620: Design Brief)
- 3 cognitive, psychological, or social science courses (either from a list provided or per concentration advisor approval)
Building on the core, every Design Engineering concentrator pursues an upper-level pathway consisting of 6 additional courses plus 1 capstone design project. The upper-level pathway consists of a coherent set of:
- 6 upper-level courses curated by a student's chosen pathway focus from which 4 must be engineering courses
- 1 capstone, design, or independent study experience
Examples of possible pathways include:
- Energy and Environment
- Energy and Electricity
- Sustainable Design
- Industrial Design
These are just examples of possible pathways, and other options are possible. For the full requirements please consult the University Bulletin.