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The Major: B. S. in Engineering

The minimum requirement to earn a Smith degree is 128 credits. Of those 128 credits, engineering majors are required to take:

52 engineering core and elective credits
35 math and basic science credits
4 computer science credits
20-24 credits in the humanities, the social sciences and history divisions (see breadth requirements below)
13 elective credits in any discipline

Majors will be required to demonstrate:

Breadth in the liberal arts by either double majoring or minoring in the humanities or social sciences or by completing Latin Honors (a course from each of the 7 major fields of knowledge: literature, historical studies, social science, the arts, foreign language, natural science, and mathematics/analytical philosophy)
Technical depth through a series of three thematically-related engineering courses (two of which must be at the 300 level or higher) selected in consultation with the student's adviser and with a short proposal outlining the rationale.

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The Major: B. A. in Engineering Arts

The Picker Engineering Program offers a second degree, a B.A. in Engineering Arts (not accredited by any Commission of ABET).

The Purpose of the BA in Engineering Arts
The B.A. in Engineering Arts is offered for those students who recognize the increasing importance of science and technology in today's world and want to better understand the engineer's role in service to humanity. Note that the B.S. in Engineering Science is the only ABET accredited degree; the B.A. in Engineering Arts is offered for those students who do NOT intend to pursue professional practice as engineers, and is NOT accredited by an Commission of ABET.

The Importance of the Liberal Arts
The possibilities of coupling the B.A. in engineering arts with other disciplines are boundless. The B.A. in engineering coupled with a focused set of studies in the liberal arts is a particularly well suited course of study for preparing students to address the complexities of the world in which we live.

A Statement of Focus

East student intending to major in Engineering Arts must prepare a short statement of academic focus that identifies the student's educational objectives. This statement must accompany the declaration of the major at the end of the student's sophomore year. It will detail the student's choices of approximately six (6) courses outside of engineering that provide a coherent context for the major in engineering arts, both in terms of the understanding of engineering and of the student's educational objectives.

Examples of potential focus areas outside of engineering include architecture or landscape studies, education, pulic policy, economics, energy policy, ethics, or global development. With respect to engineering and edcatuion, students pursuing the B.A. in engineering arts could work toward a teaching certificate. Smith College has a licensure program for technology and engineering for grades 5-12 through the education department that is transferable to other states.

Requirements of the Major - B.A., Engineering Arts

Science Sequence: PHY 117 and one other
science course *
Math: MTH 111 and 112 or 114 (or equivalent) and
PHY 210 **
Engineering Core: EGR 100, 110, 220, 270, and 290
Engineering Electives: Two 300 level or higher engineering courses. Course substitutions require apporval of the student's adviser and the Director of Engineering.
Statement of focus is required for the major. Advisers will assist the student in selecting a coherent course sequence.

*Physics 117 is a prerequisite for EGR270. The other science course is to be chosen by the student upon consultation with her major adviser.

**These mathematics courses are prerequisites for the required B.A. engineering core.

The major requires a total of 12 courses (or the equivalent).

The Minor

Some students may choose to minor in engineering to complement their major or supplement their education. The requirements for the minor in engineering comprise a total of five (5) courses. These courses must include:

Engineering for Everyone (EGR 100)
Advanced General Physics (PHY 117)
One course from PHY 210, MTH 211, MTH 212, MTH 222, MTH 241, MTH 245, EGR 110, 220, 270, 290
One course from EGR 110, 220, 270, 290, 320, 326, 363, 374, 375 (not the same as above)
One course from EGR 312, 315, 320, 325, 326, 330, 333, 340, 346, 363, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 388, 389, 390, 410D, and other 300-level EGR courses as they are added (not the same as above)


Note: MTH 111 and MTH 112 or MTH 114 are prerequisites to certain courses listed above.

No more than one course designed primarily for non-majors may be included.

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