BSE Degree Requirements

*For Students Matriculating Fall 2008 or Fall 2009*

Below are the requirements for the BSE degree for students who matriculated in Fall 2008 or Fall 2009. This reflects a total of 40 course units. Courses with additional information or recommendations delineated with arrows (▼) and can be accessed by clicking on the course number/name.

Note: Any student considering submatriculation should register for 500-level cross-lists as 400-level courses will not count towards a graduate degree. SEAS will not approve retroactive changes in course designation.

Mathematics (5 CUs)
MATH 104-107 Calculus I (1 CU)
  • If you take MATH 104 in the fall, Section 007 taught by Prof. Ghrist is recommended - it is a special section for engineers.
  • If you have AP credit, you can place out of this class.  See the Math Department's website for more details.
MATH 114-002 Calculus II (1 CU) ▼
  • If you take MATH 114 in the spring, Section 002 taught by Prof. Ghrist is recommended - it is a special section for engineers.
  • MATH 116 Honors Calculus also fulfills this requirement.  If you take MATH 116, you must take MATH 260 instead of MATH 240.
MATH 240 Calculus III (1 CU) ▼
  • MATH 260 Honors Calculus, Part II fulfills this requirement. 
MATH 241 Calculus IV or ENM 251 Analytical Methods for Engineering (1 CU) ▼
  • ENM 251 is recommended since it was created especially for engineers.
  • Note: ENM 251 may count towards the Math minor. If you would like to pursue the Math minor and take ENM 251, we suggest applying for the math minor prior to taking ENM 251, so that you can get written approval of your intended math minor courses.
Additional Math Course (1 CU) ▼
  • EAS 205 Applications of Scientific Computations (Fall) is recommended.
  • ENM 427 Introduction to Finite Elements and Applications or any of the courses on this list also qualify as Mathematics within SEAS.
Natural Science (5 CUs)
MEAM 110 Introduction to Mechanics (1 CU) ▼
  • PHYS 093 (which indicates AP Credit for the "C" Mechanics exam or the foreign equivalent) fulfills this requirement.  See the Physics Department's website for details.
  • PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I fulfills this requirement (and fulfills the MEAM 147 requirement as well).
  • PHYS 170 Honors Physics I fulfills this requirement (and fulfills the MEAM 147 requirement as well).
  • PHYS 140 Principles of Physics I without laboratory fulfills this requirement (not recommended).
MEAM 147 Introduction to Mechanics Lab (.5 CU) ▼
  • PHYS 050 Physics Laboratory I fulfills this requirement.
  • PHYS 150 Principles of Physics I fulfills this requirement (and fulfills the MEAM 110 requirement as well).
  • PHYS 170 Honors Physics I fulfills this requirement (and fulfills the MEAM 110 requirement as well).
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics II (1.5 CU) ▼
  • PHYS 171 Honors Physics II fulfills this requirement.
  • PHYS 094 (which indicates AP Credit for the "C" Electromagnetism exam or the foreign equivalent) fulfills the lecture portion of this requirement (worth 1 credit unit).
  • PHYS 141 Principles of Physics II without laboratory fulfills the lecture portion of this requirement (worth 1 credit unit).
  • PHYS 051 Physics Laboratory II fulfills the lab portion of requirement (worth 0.5 credit units).
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I (1 CU) ▼
  • CHEM 091 (which indicates AP Credit or the foreign equivalent) fulfills this requirement.  See the Chemistry Department's website for details.
  • Lecture sections -004 and -005 are recommended for engineers.
CHEM 053 General Chemistry Laboratory I (.5 CU) ▼
Additional Natural Science Course (.5 or 1 CU) ▼
  • The following courses are recommended to fulfill this requirement:
    • MSE 221 Quantum Physics of Materials - Fall/Spring
    • BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology - Fall
    • BIOL 121 Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life - Fall/Spring
    • PHYS 280 Physical Models of Biological Systems - Fall
  • These courses also qualify as Natural Science courses.
Core MEAM  (10 CUs)
MEAM 203 Thermodynamics (1 CU) - Spring
MEAM 210 Statics and Strength of Materials (1 CU) - Fall
MEAM 211 Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics (1 CU) - Spring
MEAM 247 MEAM Lab I (.5 CU) - Fall
MEAM 247 MEAM Lab I (.5 CU)- Spring
MEAM 302 Fluid Mechanics (1 CU) - Fall
MEAM 321 Vibrations of Mechanical Systems (1 CU) - Fall
MEAM 333 Heat and Mass Transfer (1 CU) - Spring
MEAM 347 Mechanical Engineering Design Lab (1 CU) - Fall
MEAM 348 Mechanical Engineering Design Lab (1 CU) - Spring
MEAM 354 Mechanics of Solids (1 CU) - Spring
Professional Electives (10 CUs)
  • Maximum of three 100-level courses in this section (including programming course)
ENGR 105 (formerly EAS 105) Intro to Scientific Computing (1 CU) ▼
  • The following courses will also fulfill this requirement:
    • CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Programming (with Java, for beginners)
    • CIS 120 Programming Languages and Techniques I
    • ESE 112 Intro to ESE - Devices
MEAM 445 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects (1 CU) - Fall
MEAM 446 Mechanical Engineering Design Projects (1 CU) - Spring
MEAM Upper-Level Electives (3 CUs)

As of 10/25/12, the following courses will fulfill 1 credit unit of this requirement:

  • MEAM 405, 410, 454, 455, ENM 427 and all MEAM 500-level courses
  • [Note: Non-MEAM courses do not generally qualify as MEAM Upper-Level Electives]
General Professional Electives (4 CUs)
  • A general professional elective is defined as any course that SEAS considers a Math, Natural Science or Engineering course.
  • Dual degree students may petition to fulfill two general professional electives with advanced dual degree courses (200-level or above).
GENERAL ELECTIVES (7 Cus)
  • Depth requirement - Two general electives (below) must be taken in the same department (i.e. two Music courses).
  • Writing requirement - One general elective (below) must fulfill the Writing Requirement.  Click here to find out which Writing courses are a Social Science, Humanities or Free elective.
Social Science electives (2 CUs)
Humanities electives (2 CUs)
Social Science or Humanities elective (1 CU)
Social Science, Humanities or Technology, Business and Societies electives (2 CUs)
FREE ELECTIVES (3 CUs)
Free electives - Every course at Penn is considered a Free Elective except those on this list. (3 CUs)