Degree options

  • Major in engineering sciences
  • Dual degree in engineering

Program overview

Our major in engineering sciences provides a strong foundation in engineering principles and emphasizes the best of Cornell College’s small school, liberal arts experience.

As an engineering sciences major, you will:

  • Design solutions to engineering challenges, beginning with your first engineering course: Intro to Engineering Design.
  • Gain fundamental knowledge of 3D design, model assembly, and engineering drawings that will translate to the engineering industry.
  • Learn through hands-on projects integrated into extended class periods, with access after classroom hours.
  • Regularly practice writing, teamwork, and presentation skills.
  • Study the social, historical, economic, and environmental context in which engineering solutions are developed as part of your liberal arts curriculum.

As in all Cornell courses, you will learn in small classes taught by experienced professors whose full-time focus is creating engaging courses for undergraduates. Your classes will always be small, and you will quickly develop supportive relationships with your professors and other talented students.

As a capstone project to complete the engineering sciences major, you will work on a design project in a small group to formulate an engineering solution to a real-world problem. Specific projects are chosen in an area of the student’s interest with prior consultation with the instructor.

Beyond the classroom

The One Course schedule helps facilitate connections to local industry in the form of classroom visitors, field trips, and short-term internships or job shadows. You can also dedicate entire blocks for independent projects, and you enjoy an early summer break that allows you to make the most of summer internships.

Physics and engineering sciences majors and faculty regularly engage in collaborative summer research projects. These projects allow you to develop important research skills while working both independently and alongside faculty mentors, and they often provide a stepping stone to research opportunities at larger institutions. Current research projects include:

  • Development of an acoustic phased array using remotely controlled Android phones.
  • Exploring advanced topics in astrophysics.

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