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Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)

We offer majors leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree in each of our four academic departments — as well as minors in Electrical & Computer Engineering and in Energy Engineering.

Our undergraduate engineering degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Engineering Majors

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BME – BSE in Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BME) applies engineering science to problems in biology and medicine — including the design of medical instruments, artificial organs and tissues, and nanoparticles for drug delivery.

Study Areas

  • Biomechanics of blood flow, cells and hard and soft tissues
  • Molecular, cellular and biosurface engineering, including tissue engineering and drug delivery
  • Electrobiology of the heart and nervous system
  • Medical imaging systems and biomedical optics
  • Medical informatics


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CE – BSE in Civil Engineering

Civil engineers (CE) plan, design, manage, and maintain the construction and operation of systems that support our society — such as bridges, dams, buildings, airports and wastewater treatment plants.

Study Areas

  • Structural engineering and mechanics
  • Environmental engineering and water resources


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EnvE – BSE in Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers (EnvE) work to balance the needs of growing human populations and the environment, addressing the challenges such as pollution, traffic congestion, energy needs and community planning.



Holograms Like Those Seen on Credit or Bank Cards Created by a Metamaterial ConstructECE – BSE in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineers (ECE) encompass the largest engineering work force in the United States. These engineers design, develop, test and supervise the manufacture of electrical and electronic devices and systems — such as cell phones, computer networks, medical devices and robots.

Study Areas

  • Computer engineering and digital systems
  • Signal processing and communications
  • Solid-state devices and integrated circuits
  • Control systems and robotics
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Photonics


The Student Led Duke Motorsports Group Built A Car That Goes From 0 to 60 in 3.8 SecondsME – BSE in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering (ME) is a broad and interdisciplinary field integrating all of engineering. The mechanical engineer is involved biotechnology, nanotechnology, as well as transportation, energy, and communication technologies.

Study Areas

  • Thermal and fluids systems
  • Mechanics and biomechanics
  • Dynamics, including nonlinear dynamics and control
  • Special attention is given to the aerospace and transportation vehicle industries


Engineering Minors

ECE – Minor in Electrical & Computer Engineering

The minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) provides a Duke undergraduate with a broad, fundamental foundation, coupled with the opportunity to explore advanced topics tailored to their specific interests.

Study Areas

  • Computer engineering and digital systems
  • Signal processing and communications
  • Solid-state devices and integrated circuits
  • Control systems and robotics


EE – Minor in Energy Engineering

Energy poses perhaps the greatest challenges of our time – from meeting demand to minimizing environmental impact. The Minor in Energy Engineering (EE) prepares future leaders to solve these problems. Graduates are well-prepared for careers focused on engineering solutions to energy-related issues.

Study areas

  • Energy generation and delivery
  • Energy conversion and efficiency
  • Energy engineering and the environment

General BSE Requirements

Minimum Requirements: 34

Writing (1)

This requirement is met by completing a University Writing Course.

Mathematics (5)

This requirement is met by completing Mathematics 111L(31), 112 (32), 212 (103), 216 (107) and 353 (108).

Natural Science (4)

This requirement is met by completing Chemistry 101DL (21L), Physics 151L (61L) and 152L (62L), and an elective course in one of the natural science departments which presents fundamental knowledge about nature and its phenomena, preferably including quantitative expression.

Note: Each department maintains a list of allowable courses that will satisfy the Natural Science requirement. Consult those department websites and/or departmental offices.

Humanities and Social Science (5)

This requirement is met by completion of five courses selected from at least three of the following four areas of knowledge: Arts, Literatures and Performance (ALP), Civilizations (CZ), Foreign Languages (FL), and Social Sciences (SS). At least one course must be classified SS. In order to provide depth in the subject matter, at least two of the five courses must be selected from a single department and at least one of those courses must be 200 or above. Courses selected must be those that present essential subject matter and substance of the discipline.

Engineering and Applied Sciences, Digital Computation (4)

This requirement is met by completion of one course from each of four of the following seven areas: digital systems, electrical science, information and computer science, mechanics (solid and fluid), materials science, systems analysis, and thermal science and transfer processes. Students are expected to have acquired digital-computer programming capability before their sophomore year. The programming capability is generally satisfied by Engineering 103L (53L).

Engineering Department Courses (15)

The department (BME, CEE, ECE or MEMS) administering the major field of study specifies this requirement. In general, it consists of both required and elective courses planned in consultation with the student's departmental adviser. Including the 4 credits in engineering and applied sciences listed under general requirements (see above paragraph), a total of 13.0 credits in engineering work are required.