ENG Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Mathematics & Natural Sciences Requirements
The following four courses in college calculus are required:
CAS MA 123 | Calculus I
CAS MA 124 | Calculus II
CAS MA 225 | Multivariate Calculus
CAS MA 226 | Differential Equations
Students in their first semester of study typically enroll in CAS MA 123, Calculus I, unless they have advanced credit or transfer credit in calculus.
Students with Calculus I advanced credit or transfer credit are encouraged to use it to satisfy the CAS MA 123 requirement. Such students enroll in CAS MA 124, then CAS MA 225, followed by CAS MA 226.
Students with Calculus I & II advanced credit or transfer credit are encouraged to use it to satisfy the CAS MA 123 & CAS MA 124 requirement. These students enroll in CAS MA 225, followed by CAS MA 226.
Students who have previous experience in calculus, but do not receive advanced credit or transfer credit, are advised to first enroll in CAS MA 123. In exceptional circumstances, and with approval of their faculty advisor, such students may instead begin in CAS MA 124. These students must take a four-credit technical course to satisfy the credit deficiency they will incur by skipping MA 123.
Honors-level courses in Calculus and Differential Equations (CAS MA 230, CAS MA 231) are acceptable substitutions for CAS MA 225 and CAS MA 226, respectively.
All undergraduate engineering students are required to take a minimum of three natural science courses:
CAS CH 101 or 131 | Introductory Chemistry
CAS PY 211 | Physics I
CAS PY 212 | Physics II
Students in some majors are required to take additional natural science courses; see specific curricula for each program. Please note: students who have not declared their major but are at all considering biomedical engineering as a major should enroll in CAS CH 101 instead of CAS CH 131.
Students who wish to obtain a more in-depth foundation in chemistry may enroll in one of the following 2-course sequences in place of the CAS CH 101 & CAS CH 102 sequence:
1. CAS CH 109 & CAS CH 110
2. CAS CH 111 & CAS CH 112
Students who wish to obtain a more in-depth foundation in physics may enroll in the following 2-course sequence in place of CAS PY 211 & CAS PY 212:
1. CAS PY 251 & CAS PY 252
Students who wish to obtain a more in-depth knowledge of physics may enroll in either of the following courses in place of CAS PY 313:
1. CAS PY 351 & CAS PY 352
Engineering Core Requirements
ENG EK 103 | Computational Linear Algebra (3 cr)
ENG EK 121 | Introduction to Programming (2 cr)
ENG EK 122 | Programming for Engineers (2 cr)
(EK 125 for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2023)
ENG EK 131 | Introduction to Engineering (2 cr)
ENG EK 210 | Introduction to Engineering Design (2 cr)
ENG EK 301 | Engineering Mechanics I (4 cr)
ENG EK 307 | Electric Circuits (4 cr)
ENG EK 381 | Probability, Statistics, and Data Science for Engineers (4 cr)
BU Hub Requirements (for students who matriculated as First-Year students in Fall 2018 or later)
All College of Engineering students are required to complete a First-Year Writing seminar (4 credits) and a Writing, Research & Inquiry seminar (4 credits) or the equivalent. All BU Hub requirements in the capacities of Quantitative Reasoning, Communication and Intellectual Toolkit and in the area of Scientific Inquiry will ordinarily be satisfied through College of Engineering requirements and through required coursework in the respective majors. Please view the ENG Hub requirements mapping sheet for information on how these units map to the Engineering degree requirements.
Students will need to complete eight additional requirements in at least four Hub Electives. These requirements are:
- Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings (1)
- Aesthetic Exploration (1 unit)
- Historical Consciousness (1 unit)
- The Individual in Community (1 unit)
- Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy (2)
- Ethical Reasoning (1 unit)
- Social Inquiry (I or II, 1 unit)
To complete a four-year degree without adding any additional coursework/Hub elective classes it is important that students fit the eight additional Hub requirements into the four Hub Elective slots included in each degree program, meaning that two Hub requirements be completed with each Hub elective, and that each of the eight Hub elective requirements be met once and only once. You can search for courses by School/College, number of credits and/or specific Hub requirements here.
The sequence described above may be alternatively satisfied by participating in the CAS Core Curriculum or Kilachand Honors College; for more information about these programs, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office.
BU Hub Requirements (for transfer students who matriculated in Fall 2020 or later)
Students take BU courses that fulfill requirements in each of the Hub areas below and must earn all 10 Hub requirements in order to graduate. These HUB requirements are as follows:
- Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings OR Aesthetic Exploration OR Historical Consciousness (1)
- The Individual in Community OR Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy OR Ethical Reasoning (1)
- Scientific Inquiry I OR Scientific Inquiry II (1)
- Social Inquiry I OR Social Inquiry II (1)
- Quantitative Reasoning II (1)
- Writing, Research, and Inquiry (CAS WR 150 or equivalent) OR Writing-Intensive Course (1)
- Critical Thinking (1 unit)
- Research and Information Literacy (1)
- Teamwork/Collaboration (1)
- Creativity/Innovation (1)
- Life Skills (opportunities selected by student; no units required)
You can search for courses by School/College, number of credits and/or specific Hub requirements here.
General Education Requirements (for students who matriculated before Fall 2018 and transfer students matriculating before Fall 2020)
The College of Engineering General Education Requirement is intended to enhance effective communication, and to better understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and/or societal context.
All undergraduate engineering students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credits of general education courses: a two-course writing sequence, a three-course distribution in humanities and social sciences; and a general education elective, as follows:
Writing Requirement | 8 credits
Social Science & Humanities Distribution | 12 credits
General Education Elective | 4 credits
The General Education sequence described above may be alternatively satisfied by participating in the CAS Core Curriculum or Kilachand Honors College; for more information about these programs, contact the Undergraduate Programs Office.
Social Sciences & Humanities Distribution Requirement
All College of Engineering undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits (3 courses) in the humanities and social sciences, enrolling in at least one social science course and at least one humanities course.
Social Sciences: The Social Sciences are the study of individual relationships in and with society. Students must take at least one course in the social sciences. Courses that fulfill this requirement must be chosen from the approved list of Social Science Electives.
Humanities: The humanities are the branches of knowledge concerned with individuals and their culture. Students must take at least one course in the humanities. Courses that fulfill this requirement must be chosen from the approved list of Humanities Electives.
General Education Elective
Please note: Non-native English speakers may not use a language course in their native language to fulfill this requirement. Students who are bilingual or fluent in a language other than English may not use a conversation course in that language to fulfill this requirement If they are unable to read or write in their second language, they may use a grammar or composition course for this requirement.
Students who transfer credit from another institution to satisfy any of their General Education requirements may incur a credit deficiency if any of these transferred courses are less than 4 credits. Students are responsible for making up any credit deficiencies in their General Education courses in order to complete the 24 required credits.
Minors, Concentrations & Special Programs
Undergraduate engineering students may receive advanced credit by earning a qualifying score on the appropriate College Board AP examination. Students may also receive International Baccalaureate credit by earning a qualifying score on the appropriate subject-matter examination. In all cases, AP or IB examinations must be taken prior to matriculation at Boston University. To view a list of advanced credit courses, please review the Advanced Credit Guides.
Students who have taken the advanced credit examinations must have the official CEEB score reports submitted to the Admissions Office in order to determine eligibility for advanced credit. In the event that credit is awarded, students should confirm the posting of credit to their student record via the Student Link. Please note: if a student chooses to enroll in the same or equivalent course for which advanced credit has been awarded, the duplicate credits will not be applied to the degree. Courses taken at Boston University take precedence over AP credit. Freshmen must resolve all advanced credit issues within 6 months of initial registration at Boston University.
Students who are interested in entering the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or other health-related fields following their engineering degree should connect with the BU Pre-Professional Advising Office early in their undergraduate careers. This office can advise on all issues relating to professional goals, curriculum, professional school admission requirements, and the application process. The office also organizes meetings for interested students throughout their undergraduate years and maintains an extensive pre-medical and health careers library. BU pre-medical students may also be interested in the MMEDIC program.
Pre-medical students should be mindful that advanced credits (AP/IB/etc.) in a core science course typically will not satisfy pre-medical requirements, as medical schools prefer that science requirements are fulfilled while in college. If a students chooses to apply advanced credit for one of these courses, they are advised to take an alternate higher-level course in the same discipline.
The minimum requirements for most medical programs are:
1. 1-year of biology with laboratory
2. 1-year of general chemistry with laboratory
3. 1-year of organic chemistry with laboratory
4. 1-year of physics with laboratory
5. 1-year of English at the college-level: composition and/or literature
6. 1-year of mathematics is recommended and specifically required by some schools
Additionally, the College of Engineering social science and humanities requirements may be used to fulfill suggested curricula in psychology and sociology.
For further information, contact the BU Pre-Professional Advising Office:
100 Bay State Road, 4th floor
All students must also satisfy either the Hub or General Education requirements outlined above (as determined by the year they matriculated at BU) plus the Math, Natural Science and Residency requirements described above.
Residency requirement: In addition to satisfying all BS degree requirements, a minimum of 48 credits of coursework must be taken at Boston University in the upper-division program. The upper-division program consists of the program requirements and/or program electives required for the student’s major as listed on the program planning sheet for the junior and senior years. General education classes, Hub electives, and/or writing courses taken during the junior or senior years cannot be counted toward this requirement. The residency requirement must be completed within the five years preceding the student’s official date of graduation, with the exception of military service.
No more than 12 credits with a grade of D may be applied toward coursework in the major (all courses except CAS WR 120, CAS WR 15x, and the four Hub electives). Four additional credits with a grade of D may be applied toward CAS WR 120, CAS WR 15x and the Hub electives. (This policy complies with the University Policy on D Grades for Undergraduate Students.) If a course is repeated to meet this requirement, both courses are included in computing the cumulative GPA.
Students who have transferred courses from another college or university and have satisfied all course requirements but are deficient in the number of credits required to graduate must make up the credit deficiency
The top 30% of students from each class year are placed on the Dean’s List of academic honor each semester. Dean’s List students must achieve a semester GPI of at least 3.0 for all courses taken with at least 12 academic credit hours of graded coursework, and have no incomplete, missing, or unresolved grades.
Definition of GPI and GPA:
GPI or Grade Point Index is a single-semester indicator, calculated by dividing the grade points earned by the number of credits attempted.
GPA or Grade Point Average is a cumulative average, calculated across all enrolled semesters.
For more information please review Boston University’s policies on Academic Standing.