Why Choose to Study Engineering at Stevens?

In a world increasingly influenced by scientific and technological innovation, engineers provide important leadership to society by creating, applying, and managing complex technologies. The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens offers a design-intensive program that leads to the Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree. Well-rounded engineers with a B.E. can better tackle problems because their skill set is more comprehensive than engineers who have a Bachelor of Science in engineering.

The majority of senior design projects are sponsored, mentored, or developed in collaboration with a partner in industry.

The distinction of a Stevens degree doesn't stop there: the design-intensive programs you will encounter here include engineering design courses in each semester of your study. From the Design Spine to the capstone Senior Design Project, where knowledge from the classroom is applied to a major design project, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

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The Design Spine

At the heart of Stevens Engineering curriculum is a series of eight core design courses that we refer to as the Design Spine. The first five core design courses are taken by all students and are taught by adjunct engineers who bring the benefit of their industry-based design experience into the classroom. The last three courses are taken within their discipline - a junior course followed by a 2-semester capstone senior project.

The Design Spine courses are the major vehicle for developing a set of competencies to meet our educational goals in areas such as creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, economics of engineering, project management, communication skills, ethics, and environmental awareness. They are in most cases also linked to the engineering science courses taken concurrently each semester. This is done so that experiments and design projects provide a tangible context for the engineering science lecture materials and thus are an aid to learning.


  • Biomedical Engineering - Design instruments, devices and software to enhance health care with a knowledge of biology, chemistry, and engineering principles.
  • Chemical Engineering - Chemical Engineers solve vital problems: study petrochemicals, biochemical engineering, and electronic, semi-conductor, and electrochemical processing.
  • Civil Engineering - Plan, design and supervise the construction of transportation systems, waterways, and other structures and foundations that surround us.
  • Computer Engineering - Study the design, development, and applications of computers for the solution of modern engineering problems, from software development and design of digital systems to data structures and computer graphics.
  • Electrical Engineering - Create emerging technologies in telecommunications, digital systems and computer design, fiber optics, or solid-state devices.
  • Engineering Management - More than 50 percent of engineers are promoted to technical management positions. Succeed as both an engineer and a manager.
  • Environmental Engineering - Tackle growing challenges in our society, including the treatment of industrial and hazardous wastes, and creating solutions for pollutants in the environment.
  • Mechanical Engineering - Study current trends in energy conversion, design and manufacturing, solid mechanics, automatic controls, fluid mechanics, machine design, heat transfer, turbomachinery, combustions, robotics, and noise control.
  • Naval Engineering - Design, build, operate, and maintain ships and other waterborne vehicles and ocean structures. Explore ship and hull design, propulsion systems, and the effects of ocean properties on ship transport.
  • Software Engineering - Design, engineer and build software components for 21st century complex systems. Become a successful technical and managerial leader with a robust understanding of software capabilities for managing systems that function with intelligence, efficiency and resilience.

Students who are undecided may elect to enter as undecided engineering and choose a major listed above midway through their sophomore year.

An Entrepreneurial Focus

Whatever your area of interest, Stevens has a major that will challenge and inspire you, and prepare you to become a leader in your field of choice. The Princeton Review and Forbes ranked Stevens among the Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Campuses. Stevens has developed an Entrepreneurship minor that encourages students to take a technology and transition it to a commercial product. If, at the end of the sequence, you have a viable product, you will make a pitch to venture capitalists for funding. In an environment that promotes the entrepreneurial spirit, an engineer can design entire systems and processes that make an impact in our society and the marketplace.

A Community of Scholars

As a member of our student body, you will join a community of motivated thinkers who push the boundaries of science and technology. From their freshman design class to their senior design projects, with faculty research projects in between, they discover, design, and build the next generation of new ideas to meet society's challenges. Whether pursuing advances in biomedical engineering that will change heart surgery for the better, developing wireless communications systems, or completing craft scale model boats for performance testing, Stevens students thrive on the values of discovery and achievement.

Faculty & Research

Stevens strongly encourages undergraduate students to participate in faculty-mentored research or design, allowing you to experience the thrill of creating new scientific or technical knowledge. At Stevens, you will have access to top-level research facilities and decorated faculty who are respected throughout the world for their research. Recipients of National Science Foundation grants, pioneers in nanotechnology, innovators in microchemical systems, leaders in wireless network security, and trailblazers in homeland security—they are among the faculty who will work with you to push the envelope of discovery and innovation. Read more about our research centers and labs.

Average Starting Salary

Class of 2012

Biomedical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil/Environmental Engineering

Computer Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Engineering Management

Mechanical Engineering

"As faculty and leaders here at Stevens, we consistently provide a solution to the question: What can students work on that has meaning for them and therefore relates directly to business and where they are going when they leave here?"

- Dr. Keith Sheppard, Associate Dean/Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, School of Engineering & Science

Professional Organizations

Student Organizations

  • ABET
  • ASME
  • ASEA
  • ENB
  • Bio Eng Soc
  • IEEE
  • SHPE
  • NSBE
  • Pi Tan Sigma
  • Tau Beta Nu
  • Formula SAE
  • Stevens Hobby and Robotics Group