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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) program?

The BSE program is a flexible and customizable degree program in the College of Engineering for students seeking a broad, interdisciplinary education rooted in engineering but also extending to many other pursuits, including but not limited to medicine, law, business, media arts, entrepreneurial activities, humanities or environmental studies.

Why was the BSE program developed?

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 program empowers students to meet society's current and emerging complex, multi-disciplinary challenges by combining an engineering foundation with courses from other disciplines.

Is the BSE program part of the College of Engineering?

Yes. The BSE program is part of the College of Engineering.  All engineering courses will be taught by Drexel’s College of Engineering faculty.  After completing the requirements, a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering will be awarded.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the BSE program?

Dr. Timothy Kurzweg is the Director of the BSE program and Amy Ruymann is the BSE Program Coordinator. You can reach Dr. Kurzweg or Amy Ruymann by calling 215-895-2241. The BSE Program Office is in the Bossone Research Center on the 3rd floor, Room 313. Dr. Kurzweg and Amy Ruymann assist BSE students with creating individualized BSE plans of study. All current BSE students are encouraged to meet with Dr. Kurzweg and Amy Ruymann by the beginning of their sophomore year.

Will a freshmen BSE student have a College of Engineering freshmen advisor?

A BSE freshman student will have College of Engineering freshman advisor located in the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center in the University Crossings building.

Is it possible for a BSE student to complete a minor?

Yes. BSE students are able to complete up to two minors as part of the BSE program. There are approximately 90 minors available at Drexel which BSE students can pursue. Most minors require 24-26 credits. Minors that might interest BSE students include: International Economics, Languages, Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Global Engineering, Legal Studies or Video Production. Additional information about the minor requirements is available in the Drexel Course Catalog.

If I decide to switch out of the BSE program into another Engineering department, will I be able to make this switch?

Yes. BSE students can switch out of the BSE program into any other College of Engineering department. To fulfill all the degree requirements, this switch should occur by the end of the student’s sophomore year. Dr. Kurzweg or Amy Ruymann could assist you with making this switch.

What courses do I need for a BSE degree?

The BSE program requirements consist of general education and free electives, math and science requirements, engineering and technical requirements. The specific BSE degree requirements can be found in the Drexel Course Catalog.

How many credits do I need to graduate with a BSE degree?

You need to complete 180.5 credits to receive your BSE degree.

How many BSE credits are math, science or engineering credits?

The BSE program includes 121.5 credits from math, science and engineering courses. The remaining 59 credits can come from non-engineering courses. These 59 credits can be used to complete up to two minors.

What is a typical first-year schedule for a BSE student?

The BSE students follow the same College of Engineering freshman curriculum as all other engineering students.  This will include courses in physics, math, chemistry, programming, engineering design and English. More details about the Engineering freshman curriculum is available on the College of Engineering Undergraduate Advising Center webpage.