Requirements for Graduation: Engineering

Introductory Course Requirements

First-Year Writing Requirement

Foundation Requirement

Concentration Requirement

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement

Free Elective Requirement

To earn a Bachelor’s degree (ABET-accredited program) in the School of Engineering, you must:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 Semester-hour units (SHUs), meeting the appropriate degree requirements listed below.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement of eight full-time semesters, according to the stipulations outlined in The Bulletin.

Introductory Course Requirement

The introductory course requirement for engineering degrees consists of 10 or 11 courses, depending on major:

  1. Mathematics 32, 34, 42, 51 (61 for computer science majors)
  2. Physics 11
  3. Chemistry 1
  4. One course in Introductory Engineering (EN 1)
  5. Intro to Computing in Engineering (ES 2)
  6. Physics 12 and/or Chemistry 2
  7. BIO 13, ES 11, EOS 2 or one approved natural science elective credit ("SoE-Nat Sci") (depending on major)

First-Year Writing Requirement

One semester of college writing is required for graduation in the School of Engineering. Writing-intensive courses provide Engineers with the concrete skills they need to publish research, apply for grants, and share their work with broader audiences. 

Foundation Requirement

Your department of concentration will require 8 courses (9 for Chemical Engineering, 5 for CS majors), which you can select from the following areas:

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering Topics
  • General Education Topics

Check the notes section of your degree sheet for guidelines about allowable courses and attributes. Please note that mathematics courses must have the SoE-Mathematics attribute and natural science courses must have the SoE-Natural Sciences attribute to count towards your foundation requirement.  

Concentration Requirement

Once you select a particular degree, that concentration will require 11 or 12 courses. The department offering the degree determines which areas these credits can come from.

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Requirement

Engineering students have an 18 Semester-hour unit (SHU) requirement in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. Courses must have the attribute value "SoE - HASS."

  • 1 course must be English 1 or 3.
  • 1 course each must come from the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • At least 2 courses must be taken in the same department.
  • It may be possible to count Experimental College courses as a HASS elective if they have been approved for distribution credit by the College of Liberal Arts and also approved via a Petition for Course Substitution.

You can search for classes that meet each requirement by using Tufts’ Student Information System (SIS) class search.

Free Elective Requirement

There are 1 or 2 free electives (depending on your major) to complete the requirements for an engineering degree. You may choose the courses to fulfill your free elective credits without any restriction.
 

*Any course substitutions must be petitioned. See Academic Policies Specific to Engineering Students.