General Engineering Requirements

All undergraduate students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering must follow a program approved by their advisor.  Your advisor can be any member of the faculty committee who oversee the BA in General Engineering, or any faculty member approved by them.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in with major in General Engineering must fulfill the overall requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degrees as described in the University Catalog.  These include the University writing requirement, distribution requirement and 120-credit minimum.  Details of these requirements are also provided in the Undergraduate Academic Manual.

All undergraduate students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering are encouraged to minor in an area offered by any department in the School of Engineering or the School of Arts and Sciences.  Students wishing to pursue a minor should confer with the department through which the minor is offered to ascertain the exact requirements.


BA in General Engineering Requirements

Mathematics and statistics are at the very core of modern science and technology and a solid foundation is required to understand how contemporary engineering problems are solved.  Students are required to take five courses (a minimum of 20 credits) including:

  • 110.108 Calculus I
  • 110.109 Calculus II
  • One course in statistics
  • One course at the 200-level or above in either mathematics or statistics
  • One mathematics or statistics elective
  • Students are strongly advised to take a calculus based statistics course

The natural sciences, particularly physics and chemistry, form the foundation for most engineering disciplines.  In more recent times, biology has become an increasingly important component of modern technology.  Students must therefore be familiar with these areas and be trained in fundamental laboratory techniques.  Students are required to take four courses and two laboratory courses (a minimum of 15 credits) including:

  • 171.101 General Physics I and at least one course chosen from
    • 030.101 Introductory Chemistry,
    • 510.101 Introduction to Materials Chemistry, or
    • 020.151 General Biology,
  • two terms of laboratory course; and
  • two elective courses (area code N)

The Humanities and Social Sciences play a particularly important role in the education of an individual in the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering.  Students are strongly encouraged to include at least one course in economics and one in the history of science and technology.


Writing Requirement

Students must complete at least four (minimum of 12 credits) writing intensive courses (catalog code W).  Since competence in written communication is essential for the B.A. in General Engineering graduate, at least one of these courses must specifically develop writing skills.  Although this course must be designated as a writing intensive course, this designation is not sufficient to guarantee the desirable level of intensity in writing instruction.  Three courses that do satisfy this requirement are:

  • 661.110 Technical Communication
  • 060.113-114 Expository Writing and
  • 220.105 Introduction to Fiction and Poetry: Telling it Straight.

(The writing course for non-native writers, 060.100 Basic Expository Writing, may be used by non-native English speakers to fulfill elective requirements, but cannot be used to fulfill the designated writing intensive course requirement.)  A student wishing to use any other course to satisfy this writing requirement must have written permission from his/her advisor.


Area of Concentration

The Humanities and Social Science portion of the program is of great importance in broadening the student’s education and in stimulating the development of a critical and inquisitive mind as well as incisive analytical skills.  In order to best attain these objectives, Humanities and Social Science courses must be chosen as a coherent group in one area of concentration.  A minimum of four courses (12 credits) must be taken, of which two are at the advanced (300+) level.  Examples of areas are listed below.

  • Africana Studies
  • International Relations
  • Anthropology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Economics
  • Political Institutions
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Sociology
  • Ancient, Classical, Medieval and Renaissance studies
  • Eighteenth, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century studies


H/S Elective

Students must add three additional full courses (minimum 9 credits) in either the humanities or social sciences.  These electives are typically used to take courses in economics and the history of science and technology, depending on the courses chosen to fulfill the concentration requirements detailed above.

Because of the importance of the globalization of technology, all students completing the B.A. in General Engineering are required to demonstrate competence in being able to address technical issues within the context of another society.  This can be done in three different ways.

  1. Students are encouraged to study abroad for a minimum of one fall or one spring semester in any foreign country (except Canada).  In that country, they must take the equivalent of a minimum of 12 credits which are transferred to their Hopkins transcript.  In this case, these credits can satisfy any degree requirements (Humanities or Social Sciences, Engineering Concentration, Mathematics, Free Electives, etc.).  Additional Free Electives must be taken to ensure that the student graduates with a minimum of 120 credits.
  2. Students can complete the equivalent of two semesters of the same foreign language (students may not use language courses in their native language to satisfy this requirement) and one additional course which relates to the culture, economy, social structure or politics of a country which uses this foreign language (minimum of 9 credits).
  3. Students can demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by taking an intermediate course in a foreign language (this can include their native tongue) and two additional courses which relate to the culture, economy, social structure or politics of a country which uses this foreign language (see the list below for examples;  minimum of 9 credits).

Africa and the Middle East
070.301 Envisioning African Diaspora
070.334 Urban Africa
100.121 History of Africa
190.311 Middle East Politics
360.375 Parks, Products and People: Debating Environmental Change in Africa

070.339 Introduction to Indian History and Civilization
070.341 The Other Japan
100.131 History of East Asia
100.219 The Chinese Cultural revolution
140.324 Electronic Identities in Japan: Consumer Culture and Business
190.336 Chinese Foreign Policy

070.308 Recasting Europe
100.104 History of Occidental Civilization: Modern Europe

Latin and South America
070.313 Community and Governance in Latin America
100.115 History of Latin America
100.243 Brazil for Beginners

All Regions (no more than one can count toward International Dimensions)
190.209 Contemporary International Politics
190.316 An Introduction to Globalization
190.323 Introduction to International Law

The program requires a core of fundamental courses in the engineering sciences as well as a coherent group of related courses planned in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor.

Core Requirements

Introduction to Engineering (one course)
500.101 What is Engineering?
500.111 Energy and the Environment
500.141 Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures
510.102 From the Stone Age to the Age of Silicon: Materials and Their Influence on Technology
520.137 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
570.108 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
530.101 Freshman Experiences in Mechanical Engineering

Computer Language (one course)
600.107 Introduction to Programming in Java
500.200 Computing for Engineers and Scientists
(Note that 600.101 Computer Fluency does not meet this requirement.)

Fundamentals of Engineering Science (three courses)
(Student must choose no more than one course from the following four groups.)

  1. 520.213 Circuits,
  2. 530.201 Statics and Mechanics of Materials,
  3. either
  • 510.301 Introduction to Engineering Materials OR
  • 510.311 Structure of Materials, or
  1. either
  • 530.231 Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics OR
  • 540.203 Engineering Thermodynamics

Engineering Concentration Requirements

The concentration in engineering must consist of at least six courses (minimum of 20 credits) which are related thematically or departmentally to an engineering discipline; at least three (3) of which must be at the advanced level (300 or above).  While the selection of courses must be approved by the faculty advisor, students can be guided by the “E” area designator on courses in their selection of appropriate courses.
While examples of concentrations are provided below, students are encouraged to develop their own concentrations in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Sample Concentrations

510.104 Introductory lectures in biomaterials
520.214 Signals and Systems
540.431 Biochemical Eng/Biotechnology
510.431 Biocompatibility
510.316 Biomaterials I
510.407 Biomaterials II
580.441 Cell Engineering
580.442 Tissue Engineering

520.214 Signals and Systems
520.432 Medical Imaging Systems
600.226 Data Structures
600.410 Sensory Engineering
600.357 Computer Graphics
600.461 Computer Vision

Computer Technology
520.142 Digital System Fundamentals
520.214 Signals and Systems
520.349 Microprocessor Lab.
520.372 Programmable Device Lab.
600.333 Computer System Fundamentals
600.344 Computer Networks

510.201 Introduction to Engineering Materials
510.311 Structure of Materials
540.440 Chem. Eng. for Micro and Nanotech.
540.438 Interfacial Phenomena in Nanotech.
530.487 Introduction to MEMS
510.404 Micro and Nanostructured Materials

Electro-Mechanical Devices
520.142 Digital System Fundamentals
520.214 Signals and Systems
520.345 ECE Lab.
520.372 Programmable Device Lab.
530.420 Robot Actuators and Sensors
530.421 Mechatronics Robotics
520.142 Digital System Fundamentals
520.214 Signals and Systems
600.226 Data Structures
520.372 Programmable Device Lab.
530.420 Robot Actuators and Sensors
530.421 Mechatronics

Engineering Science
520.214 Signals and Systems
560.202 Dynamics
530.327 Intro. to Fluid Mechanics
510.301 Intro. to Engineering Materials
530.405 Mechanics of Solids and Structures
520.219 Fields, Matter and Waves

Structural Mechanics
560.202 Dynamics
560.206 Solid Mech. and Theory of Structures
510.301 Intro. to Eng. Materials
560.320 Steel Structures
560.435 Probability and Statistics in CE
560.445 Advanced Structural Analysis

Environmental Engineering
570.239 Current and Emerging Env. Issues
570.301 Env. Engineering I: Fundamentals
570.353 Hydrology
530.328 Fluid Mechanics II
570.432 Sediment Transport and River Mech.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in engineering requires students to take between five and nine courses in any area such that the total number of credits earned is at least 120.  Typically, students who have studied abroad will have more free electives than those who have met the International Dimensions requirement through coursework.

Students must select these courses in consultation with their advisor.  These free electives are designed to allow students to develop a curriculum of study uniquely suited to their interests.


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