Stevens has partnered with New York University (NYU) to provide a compelling five-year academic program in both science and engineering: 3 years at NYU's College of Arts and Sciences, followed by 2 years at Stevens. While an outstanding educational institution with a broad array of programs, NYU does not offer an engineering degree. The Dual-Degree program fills this need; Graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from NYU and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens. This demanding dual-degree program provides students with an incomparable preparation for a multitude of career paths, as demonstrated by the experiences of its graduates. It also exposes them to the contrasting cultures of a large and diverse university in one of the major urban centers of the world and a small private technological university in a cosmopolitan yet small urban town environment away from the city, yet within easy reach of the latter.
A Career in Engineering through the Five-Year B.S./B.E. Dual-Degree Program
The dual-degree program prepares one to enter any engineering field with expertise, experience, and confidence. Now in its 14th year, the B.S./B.E. Program in Science and Engineering has grown to become the seventh largest department at New York University's College of Arts and Science. The program is also a substantial component of Stevens School of Engineering. The program fulfills students' academic interests from a liberal arts standpoint and provides them with the technical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing society.
|The Dual-Degree Academic Program|
For the first three years, classes are at NYU's College of Arts and Science, resulting in a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics and fulfilling the requirements of the Morse Academic Plan (MAP), the core curriculum at the College. The MAP gives an interdisciplinary perspective and teaches one to organize information and to communicate effectively. The science course work trains for critical thinking and provides a sound preparation for engineering studies. The science and engineering curriculum at NYU emphasizes hands-on learning experience through design laboratories beginning in a student's first semester. Introductory engineering courses are taught by Stevens professors at NYU's Washington Square campus. Because Stevens is only a 30-minute commute from NYU, students visit the campus sometimes for lectures and workshops. By the time of students move their studies to Stevens in the fourth year of the program, the Stevens campus and some of the Stevens professors are familiar to them.
At Stevens, what has been learned in liberal arts and science courses at the College is applied directly in a practical, engineering environment. In accordance with the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology's (ABET) 2000 Mandate, the curriculum at Stevens includes a design component each semester. One might study the electronic structure of matter in chemistry class and then discover how to synthesize high-temperature conducting thin films. Differential equations from calculus class may be used to help design a more efficient engine. Laser theory from physics class may be used to observe firsthand how lasers are used to measure heartbeat or to communicate under water. Organic chemistry may show how to analyze DNA using electrophoresis and HPLC to decipher genetic messages. The science major pursued at NYU is not just a foundation for engineering course work; it enables dual-degree students to tackle engineering problems from a variety of perspectives and ultimately provides a competitive edge. At the conclusion of their fifth years, students in the program receive two degrees: a Bachelor of Science from NYU and a Bachelor of Engineering from Stevens.
From the freshman year onward, students in the dual-degree program can use all the resources of both New York University, a large urban research university in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village, and Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, a first-class engineering and science university on a park-like campus overlooking the Hudson River, just 30 minutes from NYU.
- Common Features. At present, the program offers thirteen combinations of science and engineering majors. Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics at NYUare combined in specified ways with the majors inCivil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering at Stevens. The distribution of courses in the program does not fit the 3/2 pattern precisely. All combinations call for a number of fundamental engineering courses in the first three years, taught at NYU. Moreover, some students have in practice, if not in theory, needed to return to NYU in their final two years to complete one or more required courses.
In most combinations, the regular requirements for majors at both schools are slightly reduced for students in the program in that some courses may satisfy an NYU as well as a Stevens requirement. The general education requirement is reduced to the extent that students do not have to demonstrate or attain proficiency in a foreign language. Still, even with these adjustments, the program leaves students few free electives, unless they bring with them Advanced Placement or other credit that satisfies some requirements. Completion of the program therefore requires determination and perseverance as well as intelligence.
- Specific Requirements. Sample curricula in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering, Computer Science/Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering show typical details. All courses with the prefix V37 are Stevens courses given at NYU by instructors from Stevens funded by NYU
Dr. Khondokar Billah
Distinguished Service Professor