Majors and Courses

Management Engineering

A five-year program, offered in conjunction with other institutions, allows students to receive both a Bachelor of Arts in Management Engineering from their home institution and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from their second institution.  The first three years of study are undertaken at the students’ home campus in conjunction with the Keck Science Department.  Students then enroll at an institution with an approved engineering program to complete their final two years of study and receive both their BA and their BS. Formal programs exist with Columbia University, University of Southern California, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Boston University, among others. It is essential for students to plan courses carefully and early in the program. Details of specific course requirements, recommendations and general program expectations may be obtained from J. Higdon,


Some Management-Engineering graduates in recent years have chosen to go on to graduate school, for either their Masters or Ph.D.  But most go directly into industry, where they are welcomed.  The Management-Engineering graduate has a combination of technical skill, economic knowledge, and breadth of understand that constitute the essentials of sound decisions making.  He/she can deal with engineering problems and understand at the same time the realities of the market place.  Because industrial companies value these qualities highly, their initial salary offers to Management-Engineers have been generous.

Mathematics 30, 31, 32, 110 (preferred) or Differential Equations
Chemistry 14L
Physics 33L, 34L, 35, 101 or 106 or 107
Economics 86, 101, 102
2 Level TWO Economic courses

RECOMMENDED:  Course in computing (CS 51, 62 or Physics 108).

Chemical engineers should also take Chemistry 15L, Principles of Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry 116L-117L or Physical Chemistry 121-122.
Biomedical engineers should take Biology 43L-44L.

General Education Requirements in Social Sciences: Econ 50, Gov 20 or Hist 80, a course in Psychology

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

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.