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Majors & Minors
Duke Engineering offers five ABET-accredited BSE degree programs as well as independent interdisciplinary BSE degree options
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.
- 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
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.
- Structural engineering and mechanics
- Environmental engineering and water resources
Environmental engineers (EnvE) work to balance the needs of growing human populations and the environment, addressing challenges such as pollution, traffic congestion, energy needs, and community planning.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical and computer engineers (ECE) encompass the largest engineering workforce in the United States. Duke ECE provides more opportunities and is more flexible and less restrictive than many other ECE programs in the United States.
Students use this flexibility to expand their horizons and explore personal interests more deeply.
- AI and Machine Learning
- Computer Engineering and Digital Systems
- Signal Processing, Communications and Control Systems
- Solid-State Devices and Integrated Circuits
- Electromagnetic Fields
Mechanical engineering (ME) is a broad and interdisciplinary field integrating all of engineering. The mechanical engineer is involved in biotechnology, nanotechnology, as well as transportation, energy, and communication technologies.
- Thermal and fluids systems
- Mechanics and biomechanics
- Dynamics, including nonlinear dynamics and control
- Special attention is given to the aerospace and transportation vehicle industries
Interdisciplinary Options (IDEAS)
Interdisciplinary Engineering & Applied Science (IDEAS)
At Duke, an engineering undergraduate can select an interdisciplinary option for their major. We call it IDEAS.
An IDEAS curriculum is a combination of advanced courses focused on a topic, often one aligned with Duke Engineering's professional master's degree programs. This provides a deep exploration of a topic and focused preparation for a career.
Students choose from three approved curricula templates, detailed at the link below. Or, students can work with an independent-study advisor on a custom proposal.
- Computational Simulation
- Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology
- Risk, Data & Financial Engineering
Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The Minor in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence provides undergraduates with an understanding of the core concepts of ML and AI, as well as a rigorous and coherent exposure to both fundamental theories and applications.
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.
- Computer engineering and digital systems
- Signal processing and communications
- Solid-state devices and integrated circuits
- Control systems and robotics
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.
- Energy generation and delivery
- Energy conversion and efficiency
- Energy engineering and the environment