Course Description




Engineering is the use of science in the design and construction of technologies, machines, and structures. It involves everything from the wheel and the car to the transistor and the computer. Engineering is the means by which other sciences build their tools and equipment; and it is the means by which we implement the lessons of science in the real world. Physicists discovered x-rays and the rocket equation, engineers built the scanners and the rockets. Engineering has a range of subdisciplines, including biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering. Each relies on applied mathematics and computer modeling but uses different tools and is concerned with different materials and different problems; each is a vital discipline in its own right.

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of engineering and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. Students will have to choose whether to pursue biochemical, biomedical, chemical, civil, or mechanical engineering. The core topics are:

Biochemical Engineering
  • Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
  • Thermodynamics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Bioprocess Analysis
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Design and Professional Practice
  • Integrated Engineering
  • Downstream Processing
  • Fermentation and Bioreactor Engineering
  • Biochemistry of Protein Production
  • Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses
  • Bioprocess Plant Design
  • Biochemical Reaction Engineering
  • Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Medical Instrumentation
  • Cardiac Engineering
  • Materials and Mechanics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Physics of the Human Body
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Biomechanics
  • Physics for Biomedical Engineering
  • Biofluids
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Medical Electronics
  • Solid Biomechanics
Chemical Engineering
  • Computational Modeling and Analysis
  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Engineering Experimentation
  • Process Design Principles
  • Process Heat Transfer
  • Separation Processes
  • Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
  • Process Dynamics and Control
Civil Engineering
  • Fluid and Soil Mechanics
  • Structures and Materials
  • Sustainability and Global Health
  • Civil Engineering Design
  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Engineering, Society and the Planet
  • Drawing, AutoCAD, and Geographical Information Systems
  • Mathematics, Modeling and Analysis
  • Civil Engineering Scenarios
  • Soil Mechanics and Geology
  • Surveying, Stream Gauging, Dam Visit
  • Materials and Fluids
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Structural Analysis and Design
  • Civil Engineering in Practice
Electrical Engineering
  • Analogue and Power Electronics
  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Digital Systems
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Introduction to Electronic Engineering
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Physics of Electronics
  • Signals and Systems
  • Analogue Electronics
  • Photonics and Communications Systems
  • Digital Design
  • Semiconductor Devices and Electromagnetic Theory
  • Programming and Control
Mechanical Engineering
  • Design and Professional Skills
  • Engineering Dynamics
  • Engineering Challenges
  • Fundamentals of Materials
  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematical Modeling and Analysis
  • Mechanical Engineering Practical Skills
  • Control and Instrumentation
  • Engineering Materials: Failure and Design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Manufacturing and Design
  • Mechanics of Solids and Structures
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Project Management


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • Applied Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Connected Systems
  • Crime and Security Engineering
  • Engineering and Public Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Management
  • Regenerative Medicines
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Nanotechnology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Programming
  • Strategic Thinking in Engineering and Technology
  • Advanced Digital Design
  • Control Systems
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Electronic Circuits
  • Electronic Devices and Nanotechnology
  • Numerical Methods
  • Photonics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power Electronics
  • Computer Music
  • Corporate Finance
  • Image Processing
  • Medical Electronics and Neural Engineering
  • Networked Systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Computer Vision
  • Cryptography
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Robotic Systems
  • Formal Verification
  • Artificial Intelligence Planning
  • Optimization Methods

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