Engineering Majors for College Students

The School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science have agreed to make their majors available to undergraduate students in each other’s school. College students are now able to complete a major in one of several Engineering departments. Engineering students are able to complete any of the majors offered in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • College students must complete at least two semesters of coursework at Penn before they may declare an engineering major. In addition, College students must declare an engineering major no later than the fifth semester at Penn.
  • Each of the engineering majors available to College students has specific prerequisites that must be completed before the major can be declared.
  • College students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to declare an engineering major. In addition, College students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. in prerequisite and related/required courses for the intended engineering major.
  • Course requirements and contacts for SEAS majors available to College students are found here.
  • College students pursuing an engineering major DO NOT earn a dual degree. They earn a single degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Because College students who pursue an engineering major do not earn the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree, they do not receive professional certification and are not thereby qualified to sit for any certification exam in Engineering.
  • The engineering major does not fulfill the College’s Major Requirement for graduation and must be declared as a second (or third) major. College students pursuing a major in engineering must have a major in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • For College students pursuing an engineering major, the graduation requirement of at least 16 courses in the College of Arts and Sciences outside of the College major still applies.
  • Policies governing academic actions (Mandatory Leave of Absence and drops), academic standing (probation), and petitions are those of the College of Arts and Sciences.

SEAS majors for college students

  • College students must complete at least two semesters of coursework at Penn before they may declare an engineering major. In addition, College students must declare an engineering major no later than the fifth semester at Penn.
  • Each of the engineering majors available to College students has specific prerequisites that must be completed before the major can be declared.
  • College students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to declare an engineering major. In addition, College students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative g.p.a. in prerequisite and related/required courses for the intended engineering major.
  • Course requirements and contacts for SEAS majors available to College students are found here.

Students in the College must recognize that pursuing a second major, whether in the School of Arts and Sciences or in the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), with little or no course overlap with the primary major represents a significant time demand. Accordingly, the decision to do so must be considered in light of not only the student’s academic preparation and background but also the extracurricular commitments the student has.

College students who qualify academically and are interested in pursuing an engineering major are welcome to consult with an Assistant Dean in the College Office to determine the feasibility of successfully completing the engineering major.

Steps for College students interested in pursuing an engineering major:

Meet with an Assistant Dean in the College Office to assess the candidacy for the double major and create a sample worksheet for the proposed engineering major if there is not one already.

  1. Download and complete Application for a Second Major for non-SEAS Students form. Take this form to the Undergraduate Chair in the relevant Engineering department to declare major.
  2. SEAS will assign an advisor and monitor and certify College students in their second major.

Note that College students must declare an engineering major no later than the start of the fifth semester at Penn.

College students receive official recognition on their transcripts for completing the requirements of minors offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

To inquire about or apply for these minors, please contact the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in SEAS, 109 Towne Building, 215.898.7246.