|Undergraduate Engineering Mission|
Located across the Hudson River from New York City, our mission is one that confidently addresses the challenges facing engineering now and into the future yet remains true to the vision of the founders of Stevens Institute in 1870 as one of the first engineering schools in the nation. Their vision was to provide an engineering education that would prepare leaders. The success of our alumni provides abundant testimony to the strength of a Stevens engineering education in meeting this vision. The Technogenesis environment at Stevens is an embodiment of this vision to address a more entrepreneurial orientation needed by our graduates for the years ahead.
In the Undergraduate Programs this is accomplished through a broad-based corecurriculum of applied sciences, engineering sciences, design, management and the humanities coupled to a long-standing honor system. The curriculum is intended to provide for development of competencies that go beyond the purely technical. These competencies include: ability to analyze and provide creative solutions to problems, self reliance in approaching open-ended problems and in the use of information technologies, effective teamwork and communication skills, an understanding of the societal, economic, environmental and ethical impact of engineering decisions, an openness to and knowledge of entrepreneurial concepts that will facilitate success in a rapidly changing business environment. Our undergraduates are encouraged to engage in pre-professional experiences during their program. Many choose to enroll in the Cooperative Education Program, which provides invaluable industrial experience. While this extends the time to degree it helps students financially and is often a route to that first job on graduation. Pre-professional experience can also be obtained through summer internships in industry and through the Sponsored Senior Design program.
The Core Engineering Curriculum is the sequence of required courses that ALL students take regardless of the engineering discipline in which they choose to concentrate. In addition to the core requirements, concentration requirements are met by a sequence of technical electives which are chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor from that engineering program. The Core Curriculum provides a solid and broad-based foundation in the sciences and engineering sciences, together with an eight-semester sequence of humanities courses. There is also a physical education requirement. The core includes two electives that fall outside the concentration requirements and can be used by students to broaden their education with courses outside their field including those that contribute to a minor or to obtain credit for faculty-mentored research. These credits can be used to engage in Technogenesis related activities such as learning elements on entrepreneurship etc, that are being introduced by the School of Engineering. The first is TG 401 Business and Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Scientists.
Stevens offers undergraduate programs of concentration in the following disciplines:
These programs are built upon an extensive core curriculum of science, engineering science, humanities, management and physical education courses that provide an outstanding foundation and breadth to complement the depth provided in the specific engineering field. Indeed the broad-based education provided through the Core Curriculum is a hallmark of the Stevens Education.