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Entering Stevens as an Undergraduate Undecided Student

Program Details

Degree

Bachelor of Engineering

Available

On campus

Contact

Undergraduate Education1.201.216.5194[email protected]

Exploring your future career options has never been easier. At Stevens, undecided students have access to an array of resources to help them decide on the major that's right for them.

Exploring your future career options has never been easier. At Stevens, undecided students have access to an array of resources to help them decide on the major that's right for them.

Incoming first-year students at the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science are not required to declare a major when applying to Stevens. The broad core component of the curriculum is structured to allow you to explore various topics in engineering or science through experiences like lectures, small group sessions, online modules and visits before declaring a major–and still graduate without delays. These experiences introduce you to engineering or science professions, disciplines, college success strategies, research opportunities and other engaging activities that may help you discover and define your most satisfying career path.

Students who are undecided may elect to enter Stevens in one of the following areas:

  • Undecided Engineering

  • Undecided Science 

As undecided students, you can select your major after starting the engineering or science programs at Stevens. Both engineering and science curricula have common course work that allow the flexibility for deferring the major choice to either the second (science programs) or third (engineering programs) semester. This flexibility is appreciated by students who may not yet know enough about the majors and careers that interest them to make their decision before starting their Stevens education.


Undecided Engineering

As an Undecided Engineering student, you will have three semesters to declare your major. Undecided Engineering students must declare a major by the start of their fourth semester. You are advised to declare your major (with a change of major request) during your third semester, preferably before the class registration begins for the fourth semester.

A photo of a student engineering projectAll Undecided Engineering students will be assigned (based on your preference) a host department and a faculty advisor from the host department. You will have access to departmental staff services and academic advisor services from that department. Choose a host department with programs that are of interest to you. You may request to change your host department by petitioning to the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at any time before declaring your major.

Undecided Engineering students have the option to attend orientations and advising events of all engineering programs offered by the School of Engineering and Science and the School of Systems and Enterprises.

You can also explore major and career options in their first-semester design course.


Undecided Science

Before classes begin, you will be asked to submit two programs of interest to explore from the list of undergraduate science programs below.

a chemistry student in a labYou will have two semesters to make a decision. Students must choose their major before the start of their third semester.

You will be assigned a faculty advisor from one of your top choice program's home departments and have access to departmental staff services and academic advisors.

You have the option to attend orientations and advising events of all programs offered by the School of Engineering and Science.

Once you declare a major, you will be assigned to the department of your choice and be assigned a faculty advisor from that department. If you are thinking about studying computer science or cybersecurity, please apply directly to that program.

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