University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Engineering B.S.

Program Name: Engineering Science

Program Designation: B.S.

Program Contact: Professor Ronald Mattis, Program Director

Academic Division: Physical and Computational Sciences

Program Description:

From your cell phone to your bowl of cereal, almost everything you touch has an engineer behind it. Would you like to be one of those engineers? Would you like to touch the world? Our engineering major will help you get there.

In our program, you’ll learn all kinds of interesting concepts. And, you’ll get to do some pretty neat things. You’ll build a contraption around an egg – yes, an egg. Then you’ll drop it off the roof of Fisher Hall. The idea, of course, is to build the right contraption to keep the egg from breaking. 

You'll start your bachelor of science degree in engineering on our campus, successfully completing the prerequisites to the junior year, and completing the degree at the Swanson School of Engineering at the Pittsburgh campus.

As an entering freshman, you must meet one of the following requirements to be admitted directly to the engineering program at Pitt-Bradford.

1. SAT Math score of 500 or better, or
2. SAT Math score of 450 or better and high school GPA of 3.25 or better.

If you want to major in engineering but do not meet either of the above requirements, a one-year pre-engineering program is required consisting of the following:

Fall:    Spring:
FS 0102 Freshman Seminar                    ENG 0102 English Composition II
ENG 0101 English Composition I MATH 0140 Calculus I
MATH 0132 Pre-CalculusCHEM 0102 Chemistry II
CHEM 0101 Chemistry IA humanities elective
LNSK 0101 College Success                             A social sciences elective
Total: 14-15 creditsTotal: 17 credits

To progress into the engineering program, you will need to successfully completion the above coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

You must complete 60–72 credits at Pitt-Bradford with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher before you are permitted to relocate to the baccalaureate degree program at the Swanson School of Engineering in Pittsburgh. The first year of study is common to all engineering majors. Students pursuing bioengineering must relocate to the Swanson School of Engineering after completing 34 credits with a GPA of 3.50 or better. Students pursuing industrial engineering must relocate to the Swanson School of Engineering after completing 36 credits with a GPA of 2.75 or better.

Students who have a verbal SAT score  below 500 are required to complete ENG 0101, English Composition I and may be placed in ENG 0100 if their score is lower than 440.  

Our engineering graduates work at some pretty interesting places – IBM, Westinghouse, NASA, the U.S. Naval Shipyard – and you can, too. 

What you can do with a degree in Engineering .

Courses Required for the Major

Other Required Courses

  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Course (3 cr)

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Required Courses

  • CHE 0035           Introductory Chemical Engineering
  • CHE 0036           Thermodynamics
  • CHE 1008           Introduction to Staged Separations
  • ENGR 0135        Statics and Mechanics of Materials I
  • ENGR 0085        Engineering Seminar
  • CHEM 0206       Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 0207       Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 0208       Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 0209       Organic Chemistry II Lab
  • MATH 0201       Calculus III
  • MATH 0202       Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 0206       Linear Algebra
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Courses (3 cr)

Civil Engineering Required Courses

  • CE 0109              Computer Methods in Civil Engineering I
  • ENGR 0022        Material Structure and Properties
  • ENGR  0131       Statics for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENGR  0141       Mechanics of Materials for Civil and Environmental Engineers
  • ENGR  0085       Engineering Seminar
  • ECON  0102       Introductory Microeconomics
  • MATH  0201      Calculus III         
  • MATH  0202      Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 0206       Linear Algebra
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Courses (6 cr)

Electrical Engineering Required Courses

  • ECE 0031           Linear Circuits I
  • ECE 0041           Linear Circuits II
  • ECE 0132           Digital Logic
  • ECE 0142           Computer Organization
  • ECE 0257           Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
  • ENGR 0085        Engineering Seminar
  • MATH 0201       Calculus III
  • MATH 0202       Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 0206       Linear Algebra 
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Courses (9 cr)

Computer Engineering Required Courses

  • CIST 0150          Programming Fundamentals
  • ECE 0031           Linear Circuits I
  • ECE 0041           Linear Circuits II
  • ECE 0132           Digital Logic
  • ECE 0142           Computer Organization
  • ECE 0257           Analysis and Design of Electronic Circuits
  • ENGR 0085        Engineering Seminar
  • MATH 0202       Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 0206       Linear Algebra 
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Courses (9 cr)

Mechanical Engineering Required Courses

  • ME 0024 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design
  • ME 0051 Introduction to Thermofluids Engineering
  • ECE 0031 Linear Circuits I
  • ENGR 0022 Material Sturucture and Properties
  • ENGR 0135 Statics and Mechanics of Materials I
  • ENGR 0145 Statics and Mechanics of Materials II
  • ENGR 0085 Engineering Seminar
  • MATH 0202 Ordinary Differential Equations
  • MATH 0206 Linear Algebra
  • Humanities or Social Science Elective Course (3 cr)

Total Credits for the Major: 65 - 68

Additional Information:

 The second year of study initiates course work in a specific engineering major.

Swanson School of Engineering Guarantee

  • When you apply for admission, indicate Pre-Engineering as your intended field of study on your application.
  • Achieve a minimum SAT score of 1400 (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 32 ACT.
  • Be in the top 5 percent of your high school graduating class or have an equivalent GPA.
  • Complete relocation to the Pittsburgh campus Swanson School of Engineering after accruing 34 credits at a regional campus in the required pre-requisite courses with a 2.75 GPA for all graduate programs except Bioengineering, which requires a 3.5 GPA.
  • Complete an undergraduate degree in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.
  • For more information about graduate engineering programs, go to www.engr.pitt.edu.