Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

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At USD, it’s engineering… and so much more

Challenging. Student-centered. Hands-on. Broad-based. These are words that describe the integrated, nine-semester program of study at USD leading to dual Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts degrees in Engineering. In fact, USD is the only school in the U.S. where all engineering students automatically earn both a BS and a BA.

The USD general engineering core, taken by all engineering majors, emphasizes math and sciences, along with fundamental engineering topics. These courses are complemented by a comprehensive set of core classes taken by all USD students, providing the broad range of career-building skills and knowledge needed in today’s fast-paced world of rapid social and technological change:


Science and engineering foundation:

The Engineering Program at USD provides students with a solid foundation in calculus, physics, chemistry, and engineering principles applicable to any field.

Practical skills:

Students learn to apply specialized knowledge from their chosen field to design innovative solutions to technical can organizational problems.

Critical communication skills:

Our programs produce engineering graduates who effectively communicate technical and non-technical ideas to a variety of audiences.


By working together on projects, USD students learn to take responsibility for assignments and coordinate work with colleagues. This means that graduates are able to participate on engineering teams the first day on the job.

Liberal Arts:

In keeping with increasing demands for well-rounded engineers, students complete a core liberal arts curriculum that stresses human relations, values, and ethics.