Penn State developed the general engineering degree with the multidisciplinary engineering design option in response to the evolving needs of companies in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond. The curriculum offers a firm grounding in engineering fundamentals, embraces multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education, and integrates component solutions into a systems perspective.
The major incorporates advanced coursework in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering design to produce innovative engineers specializing in systems design and integration.
In developing the bachelor of general engineering degree with the multidisciplinary engineering design (MDE) option, Penn State has drawn upon its strengths as one of the premier institutions in engineering education and research.
The first two years focus on foundational engineering coursework, which can be completed at Penn State Abington or Penn State Brandywine. The next two years of advanced engineering coursework are completed at the new engineering facilities at Penn State Great Valley, where students will study engineering design with an emphasis on robotics applications.
The general engineering program is designed to prepare graduates for:
The MDE program develops technical and problem-solving skills, written and oral communication skills, teamwork and leadership skills, all of which culminate in a two-semester senior design engineering project and a compulsory internship in the engineering industry.
In addition to rigorous engineering, mathematics and physics coursework, engineering students are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate research projects in engineering and robotics, engineering club activities, local industry internships, and engineering opportunities abroad.
The following minors complement the curriculum of the general engineering degree:
The Multidisciplinary Engineering Design (MDE) option provides graduates with a very broad background in math, science, engineering, and engineering design, with an emphasis on team design that includes several engineering disciplines. These skills are often associated with the design of large systems such as ships, aircraft, automobiles, spacecraft, robots, and other complex systems that require the knowledge of several engineering disciplines to complete a successful design.
Career opportunities include: