Curriculum - General Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.)

The B.S.E. degree is intended for students who have a clear idea of their educational objectives in which a more flexible and interdisciplinary course of study would be more appropriate.

The student must complete a minimum of 55 credits in core engineering, engineering sciences (ESC) and interdisciplinary engineering (EID) courses, thereby building a strong analytical background, in addition to fulfilling all the requirements for the bachelor's degree as summarized here:

Core Courses (freshman and sophomore) 55
Humanities and Social Sciences
(over and above the core courses)
Engineering and Engineering Sciences
(over and above the core courses)
Free Electives 30
Total credits 135

Each student is assigned to a faculty advisor by the dean's office and, in consultation with that advisor, formulates an academic program to suit her or his own needs. Students may choose from all courses available at The Cooper Union and may work in such interdisciplinary areas as environmental and energy resources engineering, systems and computer engineering, bioengineering and ocean and aerospace engineering.

Students who are considering applications to other professional schools after completing the engineering degree are advised to take one year of organic chemistry and one year of biology for medicine and dentistry, additional courses in the social sciences for law, and one year of economics for business. Such students should consult their faculty advisor in order to design a minor concentration to meet professional goals and degree requirements.

The B.S.E. advisors are as follows:

Bioengineering Prof. Oliver Medvedik
Chemistry Prof. Andrea Newmark
Computer Science  
Pre-law Prof. Alan Wolf
Pre-med Prof. Anita Raja
All others Prof. Richard Stock


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.