The Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering is a liberal arts degree that is designed to provide students with both a focus in some area of humanities or social sciences and the fundamental engineering principles needed to understand modern technology, innovations, and engineering practices. It is intended for undergraduate students who desire a background in engineering and technology yet have neither the desire nor the intention to become licensed, professional engineers. These students may, for example, plan to pursue graduate or professional study in architecture, business, law (e.g., intellectual property, patent law), or medicine. They may wish to work in areas which relate to engineering and technology or to thrive in the global industrial economy. The Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering is a true liberal arts degree with an emphasis in engineering.
This degree is not an engineering degree, and is not suitable for employment as a licensed, professional engineer. This program is not accredited by ABET. Students desiring careers as licensed, professional engineers should complete a B.S. degree in one of the engineering disciplines offered by the Whiting School.
The distinctive features of the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering include:
- Breadth. Course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering encourage breadth, including mathematics, natural sciences, humanities and/or social sciences, international studies (language or other courses and experience in a foreign country), and in engineering. The curriculum also allows for many free electives.
- Flexibility. This program is designed to allow students, in consultation with their advisor, the flexibility to choose a program of study that matches their interests. The engineering focus area and the humanities and social science requirements may be departmentally based or may follow a theme designed by the student and his/her advisor. Students are encouraged to minor in any area of their choosing.
- Interdisciplinary Study. The distribution requirements are ideal for students who seek to understand areas at the interface between technical fields (such as robotics, nanotechnology, and biomaterials) or the connections between a technical area and a discipline in the humanities or social sciences (for example environment issues and international trade or ethics and biotechnology).
- International Dimensions of Engineering. Students are required to develop knowledge of the international dimensions of engineering. They may do this by studying abroad or by taking a combination of language and other classes that develop an understanding of the culture, technology, or society in a foreign country.
All undergraduate students majoring in the Bachelor of Arts in General Engineering must follow a program approved by their advisor. Candidates must fulfill the overall requirements for the bachelor's degree described in this catalog. These include the university writing requirement, distribution requirement and 120 credit minimum. Sample curricula and details on focus areas can be found in the Advising Manual for general engineering (https://engineering.jhu.edu/academics/general-engineering/).
|Humanities and Social Sciences||24|
|International Dimensions of Engineering||9|
|Engineering Focus Area||20|
|Electives (to ensure a minimum of 120 credits total)||14-20|
Mathematics is at the core of modern science and technology and a solid foundation is required to understand how contemporary engineering problems are solved. Students are required to take five courses including:
|AS.110.108||Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering)||4|
|or AS.110.106||Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences)|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)|
|Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science)|
|Honors Single Variable Calculus|
|One course in statistics||4|
|One course at the 200-level or above in either statistics or mathematics||4|
|One mathematics or statistics elective||4|
Students are required to take four courses and two laboratory courses including:
|Select one of the following: 1||3-4|
|General Physics: Physical Science Major I|
|General Physics I for Biological Science Majors|
|Classical Mechanics I|
|General Physics for Physical Sciences Majors (AL)|
|Introduction to Mechanics I|
|AS.030.101||Introductory Chemistry I||3|
|or AS.020.151||General Biology I|
|Two terms of laboratory course 2||2|
|Two elective courses (area code N)||6|
Integrated lab from AS.030.107 Chemical Principles w/lab: An Integrated Studio Course may count as 1 lab.
Humanities and Social Sciences
- Writing Requirement. Students must complete at least four (minimum of 12 credits) writing intensive courses (catalog code W) and one of these courses must specifically develop writing skills, such as EN.661.110 Professional Writing and Communication or AS.060.113 Expository Writing.
- Humanities or Social Science Focus. A minimum of four courses (12 credits) must be taken as a coherent group in either the humanities or social sciences, of which two are at the advanced (300+) level.
- Humanities or Social Science Elective. Three additional courses (9 credits) in either the humanities or social sciences are required. These electives are typically used to take courses in economics and the history of science and technology, depending on the courses chosen to fulfill the concentration requirements detailed above.
International Dimensions of Engineering
Because of the importance of the globalization of technology, all students completing the B.A. in general engineering are required to demonstrate competence in being able to address technical issues within the context of another society. This can be done in one of three different ways.
- Students may study abroad for a minimum of one fall or one spring semester in any foreign country (except Canada). In that country, they must take the equivalent of a minimum of 12 credits which are transferred to their Hopkins transcript. In this case, these credits can satisfy any degree requirements (Humanities or Social Sciences, Engineering Concentration, Mathematics, Free Electives, etc.).
- Students may complete the equivalent of two semesters of the same foreign language (students may not use language courses in their native language to satisfy this requirement) and one additional course which relates to the culture, economy, social structure, or politics of a country to which uses this foreign language (9 credits).
- Students may demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by taking an intermediate course in a foreign language (this can include their native tongue) and two additional courses which relate to the culture, economy, social structure, or politics of a country which uses this foreign language (9 credits).
One course that is an introduction to an engineering discipline. Examples include:
|EN.500.101||What Is Engineering?||3|
|EN.510.106||Foundations of Materials Science & Engineering||3|
|EN.520.137||Introduction To Electrical & Computer Engineering||3|
|MechE Undergraduate Seminar I|
and MechE Undergraduate Seminar II
and Intro to MechE Design and CAD
|EN.540.101||Chemical Engineering Today||1|
|EN.560.141||Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures||3|
|EN.570.108||Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Design||3|
One course (at least 3 credits) in a computer language. Examples include:
|EN.500.112||Gateway Computing: JAVA||3|
|EN.500.113||Gateway Computing: Python||3|
|EN.500.114||Gateway Computing: Matlab||3|
Three courses in the fundamentals of engineering science (at least one course from three of the following four areas):
Area 1: Circuits/Electronics
and Mastering Electronics Laboratory
Area 2: Statics
|EN.560.201||Statics & Mechanics of Materials||3|
Area 3: Materials Science
|EN.510.311||Structure Of Materials||3|
|or EN.530.352||Materials Selection|
Area 4: Thermodynamics
|or EN.530.231||Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics|
|or EN.540.203||Engineering Thermodynamics|
Engineering Focus Area
The engineering focus area must consist of at least six courses (minimum of 20 credits) that are related thematically or departmentally; at least three (3) courses of which must be at the advanced level (300 or above). While examples of focus areas are provided in the Advising Manual, students are encouraged to develop their own focus areas in consultation with their faculty advisor.
Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits in total. The number of courses required will depend on how the International Dimensions requirement is satisfied and on the courses chosen in other areas. Students must select these courses in consultation with their advisor. These free electives are designed to allow students to develop a curriculum of study uniquely suited to their interests.
Students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Further, a maximum of 12 “D” credits may be counted toward degree requirements. No more than 12 credits completed prior to matriculation or in summer sessions at other accredited colleges or universities may be accepted.
Transfer students are not subject to 12 credits of transfer credit restriction; they must obtain credit for courses they wish to transfer during their first year at Hopkins. University regulations require a minimum of four consecutive full-time semesters and 60 credits earned at JHU for a Hopkins degree.