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Academic Advising Reference for Fall 2014

New Courses and Course Updates

Linear Algebra Note:

ENG EK 102 A1 and B1 and CAS MA 142 are full semester sections for next year’s sophomores (current freshmen; Class of 2017).

ENG EK 102 C1, D1, E1 and F1 are half-semester sections for incoming freshmen (Class of 2018), who will be required to complete ENG EK 210 in the sophomore year.

ENG EK 210 – Introduction to Engineering Design

A two credit introductory course to the principles of engineering design, intended to give second- year undergraduates a basic understanding of the process of converting a product from concept through design and deployment. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams with time and budget constraints on externally sponsored design projects. Web-based lectures will cover topics concurrent with specific phases of the projects. The course will culminate in a “Design Competition.” Each week, approximately one hour of original lecture materials and related resources will be made available to students over the internet. There will be a single two hour lab session each week in the EPIC Design Studio.

ENG BE 568 – Systems Biology of Human Disease

An introductory course that will train students to apply or develop new computational network and machine learning concepts to probe into the systems biology of disease. The course covers computational frameworks such as biological networks (including metabolic, regulatory and signal transduction networks), microarray analysis, proteomic analysis, next. generation sequencing, imaging, machine learning, genetics, pathway analysis and other technologies to medical diseases initially focusing on clinical problems such as cancer, diabetes, inflammation and aging.

The aim of this course is to cover general concepts in biological computing that provide the foundation of thinking computationally about anomalous behavior in biological systems that cause disease. The course also aims to teach students to work in teams and develop the skills to plan and coordinate a scientific project. The course features guest lectures from scientists working in local biotechnologies or hospitals. The course is aimed at seniors and graduate students in biomedical engineering or bioinformatics, however, students from other disciplines ranging from medicine to physics or computer science can attend the class with some prerequisites.

Academic Status

Contact Undergraduate Programs Office,, 617-353-6447

  • Good Standing requires a 2.00 semester and cumulative GPA with a minimum of 12 credits completed. For more information on Academic Standing, please refer to the Bulletin.
  • Students struggling should seek support from the Undergraduate Programs Office, ERB 107
  • ENG Tutoring is offered Mondays – Thursdays 5pm – 11pm and Sundays 7pm – 10pm. FREE

Study Abroad

Contact Ruthie Jean,, 617-353-6447

Second semester sophomore year; seamless integration w/ ENG programs (50+ participate each year):

  • Applications: deadline Oct 1, 2014.
  • ENG Programs: Dresden, Germany; Grenoble, France, Madrid, Spain and Tel Aviv, Israel; Students take MA226, EK307 and either BE209 or PY313; all taught in English. Also language of host country (gen ed elective), and course about host country required.
    *All programs subject to sufficient enrollment numbers.

Junior year, semester varies by program; direct enroll in courses at host site:

  • Applications: deadlines March 15, 2014 or Oct 1, 2014 (Sept. 15th for Singapore)
  • ENG Programs: Auckland, Dublin, Singapore, Sydney; student must create program & identify courses (advanced approval required); more difficult to arrange than sophomore programs; requires significant student initiative.

Career Development

The Career Development Office assists students in finding co-op/internships and permanent employment. Offers resume critiques, cover letter help, mock interviews, and career fairs and workshops.

  • Freshman – get familiar with services; draft resumes; attend career fairs;
  • Sophomore – revise resumes, plan for a summer research or internship. Attend career fairs.
  • Junior – Continue to refine resume; explore graduate school and/or full-time employment options. Identify faculty to provide recommendations, prepare for GREs. Attend career fairs and search for industry-related summer internships. Work on writing cover letters.
  • Senior – Apply to graduate school and/or begin full-time employment job search. Visit the CDO for mock interviews. Practice technically-based interview questions with professor/mentors.

Minors and Concentrations

Minors (requires a minimum of 3 additional courses):

Contact Jocelyn Shepard,, 617-353-6447

Minors require 5 courses; only 2 can be double counted toward major. A minor will AUTOMATICALLY ADD at least 12 CREDITS to degree requirements.

  • ENG Minors: Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials Science & Engineering, Systems Engineering
  • Non-ENG Minors: available in CAS, CFA, COM, SMG (SMG minor Bus. Admin. = 7 courses) Details of these minors available through ENG Records Office, ERB 107

Concentrations (usually do not require additional courses):

Concentrations require 4 courses which can usually be used to satisfy elective requirements for the major; additionally require an experiential component (lab research, directed study, senior design project OR Co-Op/Internship):

  • Aerospace (Mechanical majors & minors)
  • Energy Technologies (all majors)
  • Nanotechnology (all majors)
  • Technology Innovation (all majors)
  • Mechanical Engineering: Manufacturing

Concentration Courses to be offered Fall 2014:

Nanotechnology (contact: Anna Swan,

  • CAS PY 313 – Elem Modern Phy
  • ENG BE 505 – Molclr Bioeng 1
  • ENG EC 481 – Nanomat/Tech
  • ENG EC 560 – Intro Photonics
  • ENG EC 574 – Phy Smcndct Mat
  • ENG EC 577 – E/O/M Prop Mat
  • ENG EC 578 – Fabric Tech Ic
  • ENG EK 424 – Thermodynamics
  • ENG ME 555 – MEMS: Fab & Mat
  • ENG ME 579 – Nano/Microelec Device Tech

Energy Technologies (contact: Uday Pal,

  • CAS GE 250 –Fate of Nations
  • CAS GE 304 – Sustainable Dev
  • CAS GE 420 – Envir Pol Method
  • ENG EC 417 – Elec Energy Systems
  • ENG EK 408 – Int Clean Energy
  • ENG EK 546 – Assmnt Sustainable Energy Tech

Technology Innovation (contact: Tom Little,

  • SMG SI 480 – Bus Tech Innov
  • SMG SI 482 – Tech and Comrclztn
  • GSM SI 871 – Strat Brg Tech Mkt
  • ENG EK 280 – Tech,Soc&Policy
  • ENG EK 409 – ENG Economy
  • ENG BE 428 – Dev&Diagn Desgn
  • ENG ME 502 – Invention
  • ENG ME 517 – Product Development
  • ENG ME 583 – Product Mngmnt
  • SMG SI 444 – Art of the Start
  • SMG SI 445 – Small Business Mngmnt

Aerospace Engineering (Mechanical majors & minors; contact: Ray Nagem,

  • ENG ME 408 – Aircft Perf/Des
  • ENG ME 425 – Cmprs Flow P

Manufacturing Engineering (Mechanical majors only; contact: Gerald Fine,

  • SMG SI 480 – Bus Tech Innov
  • ENG EK 409 – ENG Economy
  • ENG ME 345 – Automation Mfg
  • ENG ME 502 – Invention
  • ENG ME 510 – Prod Sys Analys
  • ENG ME 517 – Product Development
  • ENG ME 579 – Microelect Device Mfg
  • ENG ME 583 – Product Mngmnt

Special Programs

Contact Stella Lee,, 617-353-6647

Boston University Dual Degree Program (ENG and non-ENG Degrees)

  • 3.00 GPA required; sophomore standing or first semester junior; minimum 144 credits required; student must work out details with both degree programs prior to acceptance
  • Must complete course requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded

Double Major within the College of Engineering (2 ENG degrees, different departments)

  • 3.00 GPA required; sophomore standing (32 credits); minimum 168 credits required
  • Must complete course requirements for both degrees before either degree will be awarded

Early Consideration for the Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Science (MS) Degree Programs (contact: Kirstie Miller,, ERB 114)

  • Opportunity for qualified students to apply for early admission to these graduate programs
  • Both degrees can be completed in 5 years or less
  • Apply by October 31 of their senior year and will receive a decision by November 15th.

Modular/Medical Integrated Curriculum (MMEDIC)

  • Second semester sophomore standing, BME only; 8 year program: 4yrs B.S., 4 yrs. MD BUSM
  • Continuation into BUSM contingent upon successful completion of all program requirements
  • Introduces some pre-clinical subjects into the undergraduate program
  • Competitive; non-admitted students can still pursue traditional Medical School application

Pre-Med / Pre-Law (CAS Pre-Professional Advising, 100 Bay State Road, 4th Floor, 3-4866,

  • Usually requires additional coursework

Faculty Advisor

The faculty advisor plays a central role in guiding the student’s academic program, assisting in course selection, and providing guidance and counseling in all academic matters. Upon entering the College of Engineering each student is assigned a faculty advisor. In order to register each semester, students are required to meet with their faculty adviser, discuss their academic progress and course selection, and obtain the faculty advisor’s signature on the registration form. A list of each faculty member’s research interests and areas of expertise is available on the department website.

Intra University Transfer into the College of Engineering

Students who are interested in transferring from another undergraduate school or college at BU to the College of Engineering to pursue an engineering degree are encouraged to read through the following before requesting a review of their transcript:

  1. Gain familiarity with the different degree options available to students for degrees, concentrations and minors. A major must be selected before taking junior year courses.
  2. The details of each degree program are outlined on our Program Planning Sheets. These visual representations of each degree provide valuable information on course selection. Please note:
    1. Not all courses in the ENG program are offered on the “off-semester”. If a course is listed for Freshman 1, it is expected to be taken in the fall and may not be offered in the spring. For example, CAS CH 131 is offered in the fall only.
    2. If you are “off sequence” with your courses, you may need to extend past your original graduation date to complete a degree in engineering.
    3. Students are expected to take 16-18 credits each semester. Any semester taken with fewer credits than outlined on the Program Planning Sheet will result in additional time required (i.e. summer courses, or additional semesters).
    4. Please note: Advanced Placement credit in math or science toward a College of Engineering degree is awarded for a score of 4 or 5.
    5. The Calculus requirement for ENG is CAS MA 123, CAS MA 124, CAS MA 225 and CAS MA 226. ENG does not accept courses numbered lower than CAS MA 123.
  3. There is no single gateway course required to transfer into the College of Engineering. Students are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with the expectations that one or two required math (i.e. MA 123, MA 124, MA 225, etc.) and/or science courses (i.e. CAS CH 101 or CAS CH 101, PY 211, etc.) have been successfully completed indicating a likelihood of success in more advanced engineering coursework. Additionally, to be admitted to the College of Engineering, students must be in good standing (have a semester Grade Point Average and cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00 or higher, with a minimum of 12 credits completed in the semester prior to transfer, without Incompletes or Missing Grades).
  4. Students who have read through the above guidelines and would like to pursue a transfer into Engineering, should contact the Office of Undergraduate Programs to meet with an Academic Counselor (617-353-6447 or Further instructions will be provided during that discussion.

To learn more about each degree program offered, visit the department websites:
Biomedical Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Program Planning Sheets

Program planning sheets can be found here.