Integrated Engineering Concentrations

Develop subject matter expertise.

To complement your broad foundation, the Integrated Engineering curriculum includes a concentration area of your choice to provide you with expertise in a particular area. Integrated engineering students may currently choose from the following options:

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Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Interested in an exciting career developing medical devices or therapeutic strategies that help patients? Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field based on applying engineering principles to biological contexts to develop and enhance medical treatments. This concentration area will give you a toolkit and mindset to solve medical problems and will prepare you for a career within the medical device/biotech industry.


Embedded Software (ESW) 

Embedded software engineering focuses on software development to control or monitor devices that are typically part of a larger system. For example, ESW graduates might develop software to control autonomous vehicles, monitor power systems or control communication networks.

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The Brundtland Report describes sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This sustainability concentration will help you develop the skills needed to apply a sustainability mindset in any field you choose to work.

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Engineering and the Law

Interested in working as a patent agent or attorney? In this concentration, courses taught by engineers, lawyers, political scientists and others will prepare students for a range of careers at the intersection of engineering and law. Students will also have the opportunity to take courses at USD’s School of Law. 

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Individual Plan of Study (IPS)

Students may work with a faculty adviser to define a curriculum plan that meets their specific educational and professional goals. In addition to taking the required BS/BA in Engineering classes, students must develop a plan that includes at least 24 units of coursework including at least 18 upper division units with at least six (6) units of upper division engineering.