10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Admission | Requirements | Academic Rules and Regulations | Degree Requirements | Course Enrollment
Accuracy of Students' Records | Residence Requirements | ROTC Programs | Minors


The first and second years of study at the engineering school are spent garnering a solid background in the sciences and mathematics. The student takes courses in chemistry, physics, computer programming, and mathematics; various courses in engineering science; and social science and humanities courses.

During the first year, students declare a major in one of nine programs in engineering or applied science and spend the last three years specializing in the specific area chosen, as well as taking further courses in the general field of engineering. Successful graduates can expect a wide range of career opportunities in engineering, business, law and medicine.

In the event a particular major is oversubscribed, admission may be limited. Admission to such programs is based on space availability, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities. At present, systems engineering and computer science are limited-admission programs.

All students must write a thesis in the last year.

Bachelor's/Master's Program   Outstanding students can be admitted to the combined Bachelor's/Master's Program at the end of their third year. After admission, the students take a mixture of graduate and undergraduate courses and work on a sponsored research project in the summer and academic year. The requirement of a senior thesis is waived, and the student writes a master's thesis to satisfy the requirement of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. This program encourages the best and brightest students to enter into research in the various engineering and applied science fields.

Graduate Degrees   are offered in all of the areas of undergraduate specialization of the School. In addition, graduate work is offered in nuclear engineering, materials science and engineering, biomedical engineering, applied mechanics and engineering physics. For information on graduate programs and inquiries regarding admission, contact the Office of Graduate Programs, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Thornton Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

Admission As a Special Student   In certain circumstances individuals may be permitted to enroll in a maximum of two School of Engineering and Applied Science courses through Continuing Education.

Special students who wish to become degree candidates must apply through the University Office of Admission for undergraduate admission, or through the School of Engineering and Applied Science for graduate admission.

Advisory System   Faculty members and upperclass students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science aid entering students in the transition to college life and in furthering their academic and career interests. Each first-year student consults with his or her faculty advisor about course and major selection, and other academic requirements.

Toward the end of the second semester, the student selects a major field of engineering and is then assigned an advisor in the department administering the degree program. The departmental advisor helps the student plan the curriculum and serves as a counselor for other academic matters and career interests.

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