Four Years at a Glance
The First Two Years: Engineering Core Requirements
Not sure which engineering program is right for you? Not a problem. The first one and a half to two years of all the engineering programs share a common core of math, science and engineering courses — as well as a balance of liberal arts courses such as history, literature and sociology — that prepare you for study in almost any field of engineering.
This means you can explore different areas of engineering in the first two years to figure out which one is best for you — without having lost any time.
Completing the Core Requirements ensures that you have knowledge and understanding of the world and society beyond your area of technical expertise. To view the Core Requirements, select Curriculum of the program of your choice.
Dual Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (BS/BA) Degree
In addition to the common engineering core, all engineering degrees require students to take courses in economics, communications and engineering ethics. These requirements often mean that you will want to choose certain courses to fulfill options within the core.
By satisfying the core requirements, you will receive a dual Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (BS/BA) degree in engineering. Take a look at the curriculum of the program of your choice for more details.
The Second Two Years: Focus on Your Major
By your junior year, you will have already started to apply your engineering knowledge to open-ended problems in lab work, studios, garages and course projects. You will work collaboratively in teams, and even select and pitch your own engineering problems and solutions. You might even consider pitching your idea in our social innovation challenge for a chance to win thousands of dollars toward launching your own product or company.
In your final year, you will work on a senior project, which will be presented to industry mentors, your peers and faculty, and to the community at the Engineering Showcase. Some senior projects may be sponsored by an organization in the industry or government so that you can work closely with mentors to solve real-world problems. You may choose to use your senior project to explore a product you are creating, or an idea for a company you are founding, or you may use your senior project to do humanitarian work for a cause that is meaningful to you.
All USD engineering programs require approximately 150 semester hours of study. The engineering programs are designed to be completed in nine semesters (four and a half years), but you may be able to complete any engineering program in four years with a combination of prior preparation, AP credit and intersession or summer study.
Need more insight on what to expect from the engineering programs? Schedule a visit with the school or a call with a current student or faculty member.