Majors & Minors

Be Blown Away by the Opportunities

If our signature undergraduate experience is a journey, your Duke Academic Plan is a personalized map of must-see attractions.

Duke is chock-full of choices —including 6 options for an engineering major and 3 engineering minors. Learn about tissue engineering, deploy AI, explore mechatronics and more. And that’s just the beginning.

You also can explore all of Duke, which offers dozens of degree-enhancing and horizon-expanding options.

Lots of Options and Flexibility


Picking a major is a big decision.

But making it doesn’t close out options, it widens the horizon. Selecting a major is picking a road from which a huge number of multidisciplinary paths branch off.

During the summer after First Year, you’ll declare your major. As you move down that road, you’ll encounter options to layer on minors and certificates, and perhaps even a second major.

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, environmental, electrical and computer, mechanical, and computer science
the lab of Shyni Varghese, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, and Orthopaedic Surgery PhD student Vardhman Kumar

Civil Engineering

Lead the Fifth Industrial Revolution—designing solutions aimed at broadly-shared well-being, for people and the planet.

Study Areas Include

  • Structural engineering and mechanics
  • Environmental engineering and water resources
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering
Descriptive and quantitative hydrology, hydraulics of pressure conduits and measurement of flow, compound pipe systems, analysis of flow in pressure distribution systems, open channel flow, reservoirs and distribution system storage. Groundwater hydrology and well-hydraulics. Probability and statistics in water resources.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Integrate computing and electronic knowledge with design skill 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
Mark Kuzyk an Electrical and Computer Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brown Lab works on a quantum computer setup.

Environmental Engineering

Develop systems and structures that restore and protect the planet’s air, water and soil.

Study Areas Include

  • Water resources engineering
  • Biotechnology and bioremediation
  • Double-major option with biomedical engineering
professor and two students in a environmental science laboratory at Duke University

Mechanical Engineering

Invent 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
Shyni Varghese, professor of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science and orthopaedics (right), in her Duke University lab. She is taking a microscope slide from a colleague.

Interdisciplinary Option – IDEAS

Take a deep exploration of category-crossing topics that are important to you. Through IDEAS, you start with a curricular template and then design your own customized major.

Or, you can select a pre-approved template, such as our IDEAS major in Risk, Data & Financial Engineering.

IDEAS Topics Have Included

  • Materials science
  • Biochemical engineering
  • Ocean engineering
university students study at tables in a library
Logo of the Engineering Accrediting Commission of ABET

ABET Accreditation

Each of the five departmental engineering majors at Duke is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Custom interdisciplinary IDEAS curricula are not specifically accredited, but do satisfy the national general engineering accreditation criteria.


A minor is a sequence of courses focused on a discipline. There are three engineering minors and 50 more across Duke.

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.

artificial intelligence stock image with brain and computer circuits

Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

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

Duke’s Curricula for the Curious

There’s no wrong way to navigate the Duke academic experience.