Additional Majors: Engineers
Engineering undergraduate students have some additional requirements and considerations when choosing an additional major. Please reach each item below carefully.
Undergraduate students pursuing a major within the School of Engineering may undertake a second major with the consent of the respective department in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Engineering. To do so, the student must notify the department of the second major at least one semester before graduation. No more than half the semester hours used to fulfill one major requirement may be used to satisfy the requirement for a second or subsequent major requirement in the School of Engineering or concentration requirement in the College of Liberal Arts. Note that on the School of Engineering degree sheets, the School requirements are shown in italics and fall outside second major double counting rules. The non-italicized parts of the degree sheet comprise the major requirement and are subject to double-counting rules.
Multiple Additional Majors
Given that the student can fulfill all requirements, it is permissible for a student registered in the School of Engineering to pursue more than one additional major.
Designating Your Primary Major
If one of your majors is in the School of Engineering, then this must be your primary major. You will need to complete all courses identified on the degree sheet for your primary major.
Students following the Bachelor of Science in engineering and the Bachelor of Science in engineering science are considered to have engineering and engineering science, respectively, as majors and may participate in second-major programs. Students following the Bachelor of Science with no major may not participate second-major programs.
Designating Your Additional Major
In selecting your second major, you and your academic advisor must ensure that the additional major is significantly different from your primary major. For instance, if you are pursuing an Electrical Engineering primary major, you cannot pursue a Computer Engineering additional major. Similarly, if you pursue a Chemical Engineering primary major, you cannot pursue an additional major in Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts.
To add an additional major offered by the College of Liberal Arts or School of Engineering, submit the Declare an Additional Major form, also available on the Registrar's Student Forms page.
To complete your primary major in Engineering, you must fulfill all requirements listed on the associated degree sheet.
To complete an additional major offered by the School of Engineering, you must complete the associated requirements listed on the relevant degree sheet for that major. No more than half the semester hours used to fulfill one major requirement may be used to satisfy the requirement for a second or subsequent major requirement in the School of Engineering. With regards to capstone courses, it may be possible for a student to count an interdisciplinary capstone from the first major as fulfilling the capstone course requirement for the second major, with permission from the second major advisor and ABET representative. In this case the student would sign up for the capstone course in just one department.
To complete an additional major offered by the College of Liberal Arts, you must complete the associated Concentration (or Core) requirements listed for that major in the Tufts Bulletin. No more than half the semester hours used to fulfill one major requirement may be used to satisfy a concentration requirement in the College of Liberal Arts. It is recommended that you consult with your advisor for your additional major to interpret these requirements and to confirm whether additional prerequisites may be needed to qualify for high-level concentration courses. Distribution requirements (which apply to students with a first major in the College of Liberal Arts) do not apply to Engineering students with a second major offered by the College of Liberal Arts.
All courses used toward fulfillment of a major or concentration requirement (primary or additional major) must be taken for letter grades.