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Choosing Your Engineering Major

It's common for students to enter Drexel's College of Engineering as a "Still Deciding" student or have questions about how our Engineering majors differ from one another.  Below you will find more information about each of our Engineering majors, including research and co-op opportunities, plans of study and professional clubs and societies. If you have any questions and/or are ready to declare or change your Engineering major, please contact your academic advisor.

Architectural Engineering

Program Description

Drexel’s Architectural Engineering undergraduate program prepares its graduates for professional work in the design, construction, and maintenance of commercial, institutional, and industrial building systems. The goal of the program is to develop an engineer who is familiar with all aspects of safe, economic construction and can work effectively with a team of architects, engineers and contractors. Each student studies the principles of structural, mechanical, and electrical design for buildings while developing strength in one particular discipline.

For more information on Drexel’s Architectural Engineering programs, please visit the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here to find the plan of study in Architectural Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Architectural Engineering.

Research Opportunities

The CAEE Department has an accomplished record of research.  Faculty and student researchers actively pursue innovative opportunities to advance the practices of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering.  Research is executed on a variety of engineering topics, such as the restoration and repair of society’s transportation infrastructure, indoor and outdoor air quality, building energy efficiency, water needs and quality, green design, sustainability in construction, recycled materials in geotechnics, biofuels, structural health monitoring, evaluating impacts of hydraulic fracturing, green infrastructure planning and modeling, and many more.

For a list of faculty research labs, please click here

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI)
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE)
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Program Description

Drexel's Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program is a flexible and customizable degree program for high ability students seeking a broad, interdisciplinary education rooted in engineering but also extending to medicine, law, business, media arts, entrepreneurial activities, humanities, environmental studies, and many other pursuits.  The world is becoming increasingly more technological, but at the same time, global, economic, political, social, and cultural trends will shape the future.  The BSE empowers students to meet society's current and emerging complex, multi-disciplinary challenges.  The curriculum combines a fundamental overview of engineering with other areas of emphasis, which may include studies in business, medicine, law, or even an in-depth engineering program in a cross-disciplinary field motivated by the student's interest and developed with an advisor's guidance.

For more information on Drexel's Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, please visit the Bachelor of Science in Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Engineering.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies


Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders


Chemical Engineering

Program Description

Drexel’s Chemical Engineering undergraduate program prepares its graduates to be successful in chemical engineering careers requiring strong communication, teamwork, and scientific and engineering skills. Graduates will also be able to conduct or evaluate research and development, including application of findings, and recognize their work’s global, societal and ethical impact on their surroundings. To help students reach these goals, the curriculum is structured so that they progress through sequences in the fundamental physical sciences, humanities, engineering sciences, and design.
For more information on Drexel’s Chemical and Biological Engineering programs, please visit the Chemical and Biological Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here to find the plan of study in Chemical Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Chemical Engineering.

Research Opportunities

Drexel's department of Chemical and Biological Engineering boasts a total of eleven faculty members that are currently active in departmental research. The department's research is divided into four principal areas: Polymer Science and Engineering, Multiscale Modeling and Process Systems Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Biological Engineering. Our faculty currently has active research grants from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), American Chemical Society (ACS), Pfizer, Inc., along with a host of other institutions.

Drexel's department of Chemical and Biological Engineering boasts a total of eleven faculty members that are currently active in departmental research. The department's research is divided into four principal areas: Polymer Science and Engineering, Multiscale Modeling and Process Systems Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Biological Engineering. Our faculty currently has active research grants from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Health (NIH), American Chemical Society (ACS), Pfizer, Inc., along with a host of other institutions.

For more information on research labs and opportunities, please click here.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders
American Institute of Chemical Engineers


Civil Engineering

Program Description

Drexel’s Civil Engineering undergraduate program is broad and flexible, covering the entire range of civil practice from environmental to structural design, and from project management to engineering materials. There is continuing emphasis on communications skills, teamwork and understanding how to divide a project into its components, design them and integrate them into a functioning whole. Students can specialize in any of the technical branches of civil engineering including Construction Management and Engineering, Architectural and Building Systems, Structural and Materials, Geotechnical and Geosynthetic, and Environmental and Water Resources.

For more information on Drexel’s Civil Engineering programs, please visit the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here to find the plan of study in Civil Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Civil Engineering.

When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Research Opportunities

The CAEE Department has an accomplished record of research.  Faculty and student researchers actively pursue innovative opportunities to advance the practices of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering.  Research is executed on a variety of engineering topics, such as the restoration and repair of society’s transportation infrastructure, indoor and outdoor air quality, building energy efficiency, water needs and quality, green design, sustainability in construction, recycled materials in geotechnics, biofuels, structural health monitoring, evaluating impacts of hydraulic fracturing, green infrastructure planning and modeling, and many more.

For a list of faculty research labs, please click here

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

American Society of Civil Engineers 
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders



Computer Engineering

Program Description

The Computer Engineering major provides a broad focus on digital circuit design, computer hardware and organization, programming and computer software, algorithms, and networks. Computer engineers design smaller, faster, and more reliable computers and digital systems; embed microprocessors in larger systems (e.g. anti-lock brake systems); work in theoretical issues in computing; use object-oriented programming languages; and design large-scale software systems and computer networks. Computer engineers may work in positions that apply computers in control systems, digital signal processing, telecommunications, and power systems, and may design very large-scale integration (VLSI) integrated circuits and systems.

The computer engineering program's courses in ECE are supplemented with courses from the departments of Mathematics and Computer Science. Students gain the depth of knowledge of computer hardware and software essential for the computer engineer.

For more information on Drexel’s Computer Engineering program, please visit the Electrical and Computer Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Computer Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Computer engineers work for computer and microprocessor manufacturers; manufacturers of digital devices for telecommunications, peripherals, electronics, control, and robotics; software engineering; the computer network industry; and related fields. A degree in computer engineering can also serve as an excellent foundation to pursue graduate professional careers in medicine, law, business, and government. Graduates are also pursuing advanced studies in electrical and computer engineering, aerospace engineering, and mechanical engineering at such schools as MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland.
Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Computer Engineering.

Research Opportunities

Research in the Computer Engineering area focuses on the study of the design of computers and digital systems, use of microprocessors embedded in a larger system (e.g. anti-lock brake systems), theoretical issues in computing, object-oriented programming languages, design of large-scale software systems, and computer networks. Application areas include computers in control systems, digital signal processing, telecommunications, and power systems, and very large scale integration (VLSI) systems design.

For more information on Faculty members and research labs, please click here.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

Drexel University IEEE Student Branch
Drexel University Eta Kappa Nu Student Chapter
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders


Construction Management

Program Description

In today’s dynamic career landscape, new areas of job growth require construction professionals to develop new skill sets. Drexel's construction management programs work closely with business leaders to update and develop academic programs to train students to fill positions in this growing field.  With a focus on leadership and innovative problem solving, a degree in Construction Management will provide you will the tools you need to achieve your personal and career-related goals.  If you are looking for a way to move your construction, architecture, or engineering career forward or are considering an undergraduate or graduate degree but are unable to make the full commitment at this time, a certificate in Construction Management will provide an a valued credential.

Plan of Study

Click here to find the plan of study in Construction Management.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Construction Management.

Research Opportunities

Construction Management faculty are currently engaged in several research areas including: design and construction entrepreneurship, construction risk management, enhancing performance of infrastructure project delivery, construction ergonomics, and much more!

Please click here for the Faculty Directory.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE)
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders

Electrical Engineering

Program Description

Drexel’s Electrical Engineering undergraduate program has three different tracks/concentrations that students can choose from which lead to a Bachelor of Science degree; Telecommunications and Digital Signal Processing (DSP), Electronics, and Electrical Engineering. Telecommunications and DSP are two of the fastest-growing fields of electrical engineering. The Telecommunications/DSP track prepares students for mastery of fundamental and applied knowledge in the theory and the technology of the transmission and processing of information-bearing signals such as voice, audio, data, images and video. The courses include topics in electromagnetic propagation, communication devices and media, signal processing, modulation, and coding. The Electronics track constitutes the study of electronic and optical semiconductor devices; analog and digital electronic circuits; and generation, transmission, and reception of information both in optical and microwave frequency ranges and guided or free-space conditions. The Electrical Engineering track combines topics in power engineering, controls and robotics. The electrical engineering courses include the study of electromagnetic energy conversion, smart power devices and interconnected power system technology. The controls and robotics courses cover a broad array of topics, including data acquisition, sensing, actuation, modeling of dynamic systems, planning and optimization, decision and estimation, adaptation and machine learning, motors, and microcontrollers.

For more information on Drexel’s Electrical Engineering programs, please visit the Electrical and Computer Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Electrical Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Architectural Engineering.

Electrical engineers are employed in corporations, government agencies, and other organizations. In their work, these engineers are developers of electrical equipment for digital communications (such as satellite communication, fiber-optic networks, and coding and cryptography), mobile radio, radar and surveillance, process control, robotics, speech processing, aerospace circuitry, power generation and distribution, computer hardware and software, computer networks, sensor technology, counter-crime measures, electronic compatibility, consumer electronics, and related fields. Some positions held by recent graduates include: radar system R&D engineer, Johns Hopkins University physics labs; weather radar development team member, Lockheed-Martin; universal computer interface developer, Unisys; computer system manager, General Electric; biomedical engineer, Albert Einstein Hospital; power system engineer, PECO Energy; X-Y Table control design team, Kulicke and Soffa; software specialist for air traffic control, FAA; designer of lightning- resistant motors, NASA; designer of speech-recognition modules, AT&T Bell Labs. A degree in electrical engineering can also serve as an excellent foundation to pursue graduate professional careers in medicine, law, business, and government. Graduates are also pursuing advanced studies in electrical and computer engineering, aerospace engineering, and mechanical engineering at such schools as MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Maryland.
Research Opportunities

Research in the Computer Engineering area focuses on the study of the design of computers and digital systems, use of microprocessors embedded in a larger system (e.g. anti-lock brake systems), theoretical issues in computing, object-oriented programming languages, design of large-scale software systems, and computer networks. Application areas include computers in control systems, digital signal processing, telecommunications, and power systems, and very large scale integration (VLSI) systems design.

For more information on Faculty members and research labs, please click here.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

Drexel University IEEE Student Branch
Drexel University Eta Kappa Nu Student Chapter
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders


Engineering Technology

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology (ET) will prepare you for an exciting career in a variety of design, production, automation, quality, and application-related positions in industry.  The ET program been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The program received an outstanding review, demonstrating our strong commitment to quality education, and was granted accreditation for a full six years, the maximum length of time for which ABET awards accreditation.

With four distinct concentrations leading to different career paths (Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, and Biomedical Engineering Technology), the ET program clearly distinguishes itself from traditional engineering programs.

Plan of Study

Click here to find the plan of study in Engineering Technology (varies by concentration).

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Engineering Technology.

Research Opportunities

Engineering Technology faculty are engaged in the following research areas that are supported by the National Science Foundation and US Department of Education: Sustainable manufacturing; Green energy; Robotics and automation; Microfluidics for medical diagnostics; Solar cell materials science; Nanomanufacturing; Piezoelectric devices for defense-related, commercial, and health-care applications; Nondestructive evaluation; High speed CNC machining with micromachining applications; Rapid prototyping (3-D printing).

Please click here for the Faculty Research Guide.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies

American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) 
Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE)
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Engineers without Borders




Environmental Engineering

Program Description

Drexel’s Environmental Engineering undergraduate program builds on information from many of the sciences such as chemistry, physics, hydrology, geology, atmospheric science and several specializations of biology (ecology, microbiology, and biochemistry). This field is closely associated with other branches of engineering, especially civil and chemical engineering. The program emphasizes the skills necessary to solve problems of the urban environment. Students learn to evaluate problems and develop solutions using a multidisciplinary approach. The breadth of the environmental engineering program prepares students to follow many career paths.

For more information on Drexel’s Environmental Engineering programs, please visit the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Environmental Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Environmental Engineering.

Research Opportunities
The CAEE Department has an accomplished record of research.  Faculty and student researchers actively pursue innovative opportunities to advance the practices of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering.  Research is executed on a variety of engineering topics, such as the restoration and repair of society’s transportation infrastructure, indoor and outdoor air quality, building energy efficiency, water needs and quality, green design, sustainability in construction, recycled materials in geotechnics, biofuels, structural health monitoring, evaluating impacts of hydraulic fracturing, green infrastructure planning and modeling, and many more.

For a list of faculty research labs, please click here. 

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders

Materials Science and Engineering

Program Description

Drexel's Materials Engineering undergraduate program covers the basic sciences and engineering of all materials including the selection, production, properties, characterization, and use of ceramics, composites, electronic materials, metals, and polymers. Students are introduced to the cutting-edge fields of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy applications. A number of custom tracks allow upper level students to concentrate their technical electives in areas of specialization, including nanomaterials/nanotechnology, biomaterials, electronic and photonic materials, soft materials, and polymers.

For more information on Drexel’s Materials Science and Engineering programs, please visit the Materials Science and Engineering website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Materials Science and Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Materials Engineering.


Research Opportunities
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is home to a world-class faculty engaged in cutting-edge research in the synthesis, development, and application of advanced materials in an exciting urban environment. A core-enabling technology for all engineering disciplines, the area of materials science and engineering has a promising future.

Each tenure-track faculty member maintains his or her own research group focusing on their particular area of expertise. There are four overarching research themes prevelant in the department: Materials for Energy, Materials for Health, Extreme Environments, and Electronic Materials with focus areas in biomaterials, ceramics, composites, computation and theory, electronic materials, energy, materials processing, metals, nanomaterials, polymers, structural materials, and sustainability.

For more information on faculty research and labs, please click here.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies
Alpha Sigma Mu
Material Advantage
The Materials Research Society
MAGNET. 
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Society for Women in Engineering (SWE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders

Mechanical Engineering

Program Description 

Drexel Mechanical Engineers cultivate essential problem-solving skills and become proficient in the art and science of the design and synthesis of mechanical components and systems. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) provides an innovative and flexible curriculum, offering undergraduate students the unique opportunity to specialize in the areas of manufacturing, aerospace, robotics, automotives, high-performance materials, alternative energy and green technology, with interdisciplinary applications such as working in nanotechnology or creating artificial organs that are in demand in both academia and industry. Our graduates move onto to promising engineering careers and many move on to become CEOs, professors, doctors, lawyers and more.

For more information on Drexel’s Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics programs, please visit the undergraduate section of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics website.

Plan of Study

Click here for the plan of study in Mechanical Engineering.

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Please click here for the SCDC Career Guide in Mechanical Engineering.


Research Opportunities
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics is actively engaged in vibrant research initiatives to advance the science and practice of mechanical engineering. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University is at the forefront in areas such as MEMs (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), plasma science, nanotechnology and manufacturing, micro/nanofluidics, bio-mechanics, bio-fluids, bio-inspired design, smart materials, combustion, fuel cells, alternative energy system, composite materials, robotics, computer integrated manufacturing, and satellite engineering.

For more information on research opportunities, labs and the Faculty Research Guide, please click here.

Drexel Clubs & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pi Tau Sigma- Xi Chapter
Society of Women Engineers
Formula SAE
Drexel University Tau Beta Pi: Engineering Honor Society
Drexel University Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 
Drexel University Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)  
Engineers without Borders