Majors & Minors

Be Blown Away by the Opportunities

If our signature undergraduate experience is a journey, your Duke Academic Plan is your personalized list of must-see attractions. Built with help from your advising team, the plan is chock-full of choices of majors and minors across a spectrum of academic opportunities.

Step by step, you’ll build a personalized path of explorations and interests to your destination—graduation as a Duke Engineer, inspired and equipped for a life of meaning and positive impact.

ABET Accreditation

Each major, apart from the independent study option IDEAS, is ABET-accredited. Even so, IDEAS students experience the common first-year engineering curriculum and receive the same rigorous Duke engineering education.

Duke’s engineering founding majors were first accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET in 1936. The first accredited undergraduate major in biomedical engineering in the United States was launched at Duke in 1972. In 2015, we began offering an accredited major in environmental engineering.

Interdisciplinary Options

In our IDEAS option, students design a custom major, or select a pre-approved template.

As you interact with a network of supportive faculty and advisors to pick a major and consider a minor or a certificate program, you’ll customize a degree that fits who you are and will take you wherever your sense of purpose drives you.

By the Numbers


of Duke students pursue more than one major


engineering majors to choose from


engineering minors to enhance your degree


One of the milestones as you build your Duke Academic Plan is the selection of a major course of study. It’s a big decision. But making it doesn’t close out options, it forms the road from which a huge number of multidisciplinary paths will branch.

Duke engineering students typically declare a major during the summer following their first year. And as you discover your interests and define your purpose, you can choose to layer on a second major, minors and certificates.

Biomedical Engineering

Take on societally critical challenges in biology and health care, including the design of medical technology.

Study Areas Include

  • Imaging and instrumentation
  • Tissue engineering
  • Double-major options with civil engineering, environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science

Civil Engineering

Become an engineer designing facilities and systems that support public health, safety and welfare.

Study Areas Include

  • Structural engineering and mechanics
  • Environmental engineering and water resources
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Integrate knowledge of modern computer systems and electronics with design skills to create new devices and software.

Study Areas Include

  • Computer engineering and digital systems
  • Solid-state devices and integrated circuits
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering

Environmental Engineering

Make a difference by designing solutions for global challenges such as pollution, traffic congestion, energy needs, and community planning.

Study Areas Include

  • Water resources engineering
  • Biotechnology and bioremediation
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Prepare for a career creating machines that improve lives, in fields as varied as health care, manufacturing, energy and transportation.

Study Areas Include

  • Mechatronics
  • Mechanical design
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering

Interdisciplinary Option – IDEAS

Take a deep exploration of category-crossing topics that are important to you. With your advising team, develop your own custom curriculum.

Review the pre-approved template for Risk, Data & Financial Engineering.

IDEAS Topics Have Included

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Materials science
  • Ocean engineering


A minor is a sequence of courses focused on a discipline. Duke offers more than 50 minors.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Enhance your engineering major with a minor in the digital technologies that are increasingly embedded in machines and devices.

Energy Engineering

Explore renewable energy technologies while you prepare for a career designing solutions to challenges in generation, transmission and storage.

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

Build a solid foundation of the theory behind—and the possible applications of—AI technologies.