Engineering

Scripps offers the opportunity to combine a BA degree with a BS degree in engineering including agreements with Columbia University and Harvey Mudd College.

Engineering is a 3-2 program in which the student spends three years at Scripps and two years at an engineering school, completing a bachelor’s degree at Scripps and a second one at the engineering school. Both degrees are awarded at the end of five years upon completion of all requirements. An engineering major planning a 3-2 program must petition for participation in the program to the Committee on Academic Review during the fall semester of the junior year. Please refer to Combined Degree Programs section of this catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

When confronted with an unfamiliar physical system, our students should be able to:

  1. Develop a framework for understanding the system by identifying the key physical principles underlying the system.
  2. Translate the conceptual framework into an appropriate mathematical format.
  3. (a) If the equations are analytically tractable, carry out the analysis of the problem to completion.
    (b) If equations are not tractable, develop a computer code and/or use standard software to numerically simulate the model system.
  4. Analyze and assess the reasonableness of the answers obtained.
  5. Communicate their findings either verbally and/or via written expression.

In a laboratory setting, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working familiarity with standard laboratory equipment.
  2. Identify and appropriately address the sources of error in their experiment.
  3. Have proficiency with standard methods of data analysis.