Requirements for Graduation: Engineering

Introductory Course Requirements

First-Year Writing Requirement

Foundation Requirement

Concentration Requirement

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Requirement

Free Elective Requirement

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

  • Earn a minimum of 38 credits, 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 credits, depending on major:

  1. Mathematics 32, 34, 42, 51 (61 for computer science majors) - 4.0 credits
  2. Physics 11 - 1.0 credit
  3. Chemistry 1- 1.0 credit
  4. One-credit course in Introductory Engineering (EN 1) - 1.0 credit
  5. Intro to Computing in Engineering (ES 2) - 1.0 credit
  6. Physics 12 and/or Chemistry 2 - 1.0 or 2.0 credits, depending on major
  7. BIO 13, ES 11, EOS 2 or one approved natural science elective credit ("SoE-Nat Sci") (depending on major) - 1.0 credit

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 credits (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 credits. The department offering the degree determines which areas these credits can come from.

Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Requirement

Engineering students have a 6 course-credit requirement in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts. Courses must have the attribute value "SoE - HASS."

  • 1 of these credits must come from English 1 or 3.
  • At least 1 credit each must come from the areas of humanities and social sciences.
  • At least 2 course credits 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 elective credits (depending on your major) to complete the 38 credits required for an engineering degree. You may choose the courses to fulfill your free elective credits without any restriction.