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 courses used to fulfill the requirements for one concentration may be used to satisfy the requirements for a second or subsequent one. Students may not complete the second or subsequent concentration in the same discipline.

Among the first majors offered by the School of Engineering, the options available as a second major include the ABET accredited majors, Architectural Studies, Environmental Studies, Engineering Physics, and Engineering Psychology. Students who major in Engineering (no major) cannot have a second major. The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a special Second Major in Biomedical Engineering program that is described here.

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 pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Engineering or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science are considered to have Engineering and Engineering Science, respectively, as majors and may participate in double-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 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

Course Requirements

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 in the Concentration Block of the relevant degree sheet for that major. In most cases, this Concentration Block consists of 12 required courses; however, consult with your advisor for your second major to learn if there may be additional prerequisites needed to qualify for high-level concentration courses. Other than prerequisites for the Concentration Block, you need not complete additional Introductory, HASS, Foundation, or Free Elective requirements beyond those required for the first major.

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. 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.

Pass/Fail Restriction

All courses used toward fulfillment of a concentration requirement (primary or additional major) must be taken for letter grades.

Double Counting Credits

The restriction on double counting credits (see above) applies specifically to courses counted toward the Concentration (or Core) requirements for both the primary and additional major. 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.  There is no restriction on double counting second-major requirements toward the Introductory, Foundation, HASS or Free Elective Blocks of the first major.