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Undergraduate Studies

Students can minor in a wide variety of other university programs without interrupting progress in their undergraduate program or their co-op experiences. Students may also enroll in a five year BS/MS program with co-op. Fall 2012 enrollments were 979 undergraduate students (excluding freshmen) and about 350 graduate students, with 110 PhD students. 

For undergraduate students, the College of Engineering runs a unique first year program that is designed to provide new students with the tools they need to succeed at Northeastern University. The program consists of a common curriculum in which all students, regardless of intended major, enroll in math, chemistry, physics, and basic COE courses introducing engineering and related concepts in design, problem solving and computation. Through these courses, special seminars and social activities, students are provided an opportunity to explore the different engineering majors currently offered at Northeastern University.

Beyond freshman year, the undergraduate curriculum focuses on ME and IE concepts and tools. The courses emphasize application of learned principles and challenge students to design novel solutions to engineering problems. A recent example is from ME3475 Fluid Dynamics, an upper level undergraduate course which is the first course undergraduates take in fluids. The students were challenged to design a device that would naturally travel into the wind. This video that two of the students produced (at right) details their working solution. 

Co-op is a dominant feature of the undergraduate education at Northeastern. Our cooperative education program, founded nearly a century ago in the College of Engineering, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Our co-op advisors maintain a database with over 600 engineering employers across 33 states and around the globe, and help students to secure positions along their career trajectories. Most undergraduate engineering students elect to undertake three six-month assignments in industry as part of their education.

For seniors, our capstone design program provides the opportunity to work on an open ended design problem in mechanical or industrial engineering. A review of the executive summaries of recent projects will show the tremendous diversity of projects our students tackle. Our students' Capstone projects have created innovative technology products and next generation research instrumentation that have resulted in patents and licensing agreements.

In addition to course work and co-op, there are a variety of student organizations in the college. In MIE, we have very active student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE). Our undergraduate students participate in a variety of extracurricular activities such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Open Hood and Under Chassis Initiatives as well as in the Baja SAE Competitions, and the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Competition. 

We strongly encourage prospective students to come and visit the College of Engineering. Every Wednesday is Engineering Wednesday at Northeastern. These sessions provide a great opportunity for students interested in studying engineering at Northeastern to learn about the program, meet current students and faculty and go on a tour of our facilities.

Further information is available on College of Engineering's undergraduate student web pages here.

If being in a great program at a great school isn't enough, Boston is a fabulous city.

Undergraduate Program Coordinators (IE = Melachrinoudis; ME = Gouldstone)