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Degree Requirements, Engineering
The BSE degree is awarded to students each May, September and December. Students who graduate in September or December receive their diplomas by mail, but they are welcome to take part in commencement exercises the following May. In the fall, the Dean's Office asks each senior to complete a form indicating the expected date of graduation. It is the student's responsibility to request that his or her name be included on the graduation list. A copy of each student's final grade report is sent for review to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the major department immediately before final graduation lists are prepared. Certification for graduation is made by the Associate Dean and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the department of the student's first major. In order to graduate a student must have passed 34 semester courses (within a period of 10 academic semesters of enrollment), and must have obtained grades of P, C-, or better in 32 semester courses. In addition, all the curriculum requirements of the Engineering School and the major department, as set forth in the University Bulletin, must be met.
Math 111L(31L), 112L(32L) or 122L(41L), 212 (103), 216 (107), and 353 (108) are required for engineers. If you have skipped one of those math courses (for example, if you had the equivalent of Math 212 (103) in high school, but were not able to transfer the credit to Duke as college credit) then you will be required to take an upper level math course. Stat 130 (113) can be used in place of a skipped math course, unless you are a BME major who was required to take Stat 130(113) to fulfill your graduation requirements. In that case, you should consult the BME Handbook for the list of acceptable math classes.
An alternative set of Math courses for engineering students who are double—majoring in math (or who started down that path): Math 111L(31L), 112L (32L), 221 (104), 222 (105), and 356 (131). Note that for these students, once the Math major path is taken, students must complete this math sequence and are not able to return to the engineering math sequence.
Natural Science (4)
This requirement is met by completing Chemistry 101DL (31L), 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.
To satisify the Physics Requirement, students must take PHYSICS 151L(61L) & 152L(62L), and at least one physics course must be taken post-matriculation.
If you have AP credit for PHY 25 (61) and 26 (62), you should take PHY 153L (63L). If you are not comfortable taking PHY 153L (63L), you have the option of taking PHY 152L (62L), PHY 264 (143), 361 (181), or 362 (182) as your Physics course post-matriculation.
You do not have the option of taking PHY 151 (61) and then using AP for PHY 26 (62)--unless the only Physics AP credit you have is for PHY 26 (62).
NOTE: If a student enrolls in a course that uses PHY AP as a prereq, the student therefore is unable to take the AP equivalent course as his/her one Physics post-matriculation. For example, if a student enrolls in a course that uses PHY 26 AP as a prereq, the student can no longer take PHY 152 as their one physics post-matriculation after that particular semester.
Each department maintains a list of allowed courses that will satisfy the Natural Science requirement. Consult those department websites and/or departmental offices.
Students in the Pratt School of Engineering are required to have a minimum of 5 courses in the social sciences and humanities (including foreign languages). At most, 2 of these 5 course credits can be met by using Advanced Placement (AP) credit. To satisfy the social science/humanities (SS/H) requirement in the Pratt School, a student must have at least one course with an SS Area of Knowledge code, and two courses that are in two of the other Areas of Knowledge that includes ALP, CZ, or FL. In addition, a student must show depth in one subject area by taking two courses with the same department subject code--and one course must be at the 200-level, or above.
Non-social science and non-humanities departments (including some engineering courses) assign SS, CZ, or ALP codes for some of their courses. Effective Fall 2013, the Pratt school requires that SS/H courses must be taken from or cross-listed* with one of the following departments or programs:
- African & African American Studies
- Art, Art History, and Visual Media Studies (includes ARTHIST, HCVIS, ARTVIS, VMS)
- Arts of the Moving Image
- Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Sanskrit, Tibetan)
- Canadian Studies
- Classical Studies (Greek, Latin)
- Cultural Anthropology
- Documentary Studies
- East Asian Studies
- Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
- Germanic Languages and Literature
- Global Cultural Studies
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- International Comparative Studies
- Islamic Studies
- Jewish Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Markets and Management Studies
- Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Political Science
- Public and Policy Studies
- Religious Studies
- Romance Studies
- Science and Society
- Slavic and Eurasian Studies
- Theater Studies
- Visual & Media Studies
- Women's Studies
*EGR 305 and ECON 212 are EXCLUDED from satisfying the SS/H requirement even though the course is cross-listed. In addition, Writing courses that carry course codes do not satisfy the SS/H requirement.
AP credits do not carry course codes, however, in the Pratt School of Engineering we attribute the following Areas of Knowledge to these AP exams**:
- History (CZ)
- Psychology (SS)
- Political Science (SS)
- Language Courses (FL)
- English (ALP)
- Economics (SS)
**AP exams which have the Duke equivalent as a 200-level course will NOT count as the Pratt depth requirement.
Consult an academic dean for any question on how AP credits count toward the SS/H requirement.
Engineering and Sciences (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).
Departmental Requirements (15)
The department administering the major field of study will specify this requirement. In general, it will consist of both required courses and electives to be planned in consultation with the departmental adviser. Including the 4 credits in engineering and applied sciences listed under general requirements, a total of 13.0 credits in engineering work are required.
Total Minimum Requirements: 34
Last updated: March 23, 2018