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Academic Advising Reference for Spring 2015

New Courses and Course Updates

Linear Algebra Note:

ENG EK 102 A1 and B1 and CAS MA 142 are full semester sections for sophomores (Class of 2017).

ENG EK 102 C1, D1, E1 and F1 are half-semester sections for 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.

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, 2015.
  • ENG Programs: Dresden, Germany; Grenoble, France, and Madrid, Spain; 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, 2015 or Oct 1, 2015 (Sept. 15th for Singapore)
  • ENG Programs: Auckland, Dublin, Istanbul, 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 Spring 2015:

Nanotechnology (contact: Anna Swan,

  • CAS PY 313 - Elem Modern Phy
  • ENG BE 437 - Nano in Liv Sys
  • ENG BE 745 - Nanomedicine
  • ENG EC 471 - Phy Semicond Dev
  • ENG EC 481 - Nanomat/Tech
  • ENG EC 560 - Intro Photonics
  • ENG EC 571 - Dg Vlsi Cir Des
  • ENG EC 777 - Nano-Optics
  • ENG EK 424 - Thermodynamics
  • ENG ME 526 - Simul Phys Proc

Energy Technologies (contact: Uday Pal,

  • CAS GE 304 - Sustainable Dev
  • CAS GE 309 - Envir Analysis
  • ENG EC 573 - Solar Enrgy Sys
  • ENG EC 583 - Pow Elec En Sys
  • ENG EK 335 - Environmntl ENG
  • ENG ME 543 - Sustain Pow Sys
  • ENG ME 545 - Elchem Fcel & Bat

Technology Innovation (contact: Tom Little,

  • ENG BE 428 - Dev&Diagn Desgn
  • SMG SI 480 - Bus Tech Innov
  • ENG EK 409 - ENG Economy
  • ENG ME 525 - Tech Ventures
  • SMG SI 444 - Entrepreneuer
  • SMG SI 445 - Small Bus Mgt
  • SMG SI 451 - Org Desgn Innov
  • SMG SI 453 - Envrnl Sstnblty
  • SMG SI 471 - Intl Entrprnshp
  • SMG SI 482 - Tech Comrclztn

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

  • CAS AS 414 - Solar and Space Physics
  • ENG ME 403 - Atmos Flt Mech
  • ENG ME 406 - Dynamics of Spaceflight
  • ENG ME 421 - Aerodynamics

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

  • SMG SI 480 - Bus Tech Innov
  • ENG EK 409 - ENG Economy
  • ENG ME 420 - Supply Chn ENG
  • ENG ME 507 - Proc Mod & Contrl
  • ENG ME 525 - Tech Ventures
  • ENG ME 584 - Manufact Stratg

Undergraduate Requirements

Undergraduate requirements can be found here.

Special Programs

Contact Carole Dutchka,, 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
  • Seniors apply in September of senior year & will be informed of decision before end of the semester.

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.