Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The requirements for the bachelor's degree programs must be completed within four years of first registration, except with the explicit consent of the dean. Requests for extension must be presented in writing to the dean prior to the sixth semester of registration (or the end of the third year). Departmental chair's approval is also required. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain normal and reasonable progress toward the degree. If courses are made up elsewhere for credit, the student is responsible for all costs incurred. Prior appropriate departmental approval is required.

The minimum degree requirements for all bachelor's programs in the School of Engineering are:

  1. A minimum of 135 credits.
  2. Completion of the 55-credit core program described below.
  3. A minimum of 24 credits in the Humanities and Social Sciences (inclusive of the 12 credits in the core program).
  4. Satisfaction of the departmental requirements.
  5. Satisfaction of the residence study requirement.
  6. A minimum cumulative grade point rating (grade point average) of 2.0.
  7. A minimum 2.0 academic rating for the junior and senior years combined.

The 55-credit core program consists of 19 courses in the following subject areas:

Physical Science21
Engineering (General)5
Humanities and Social Sciences12


These courses are scheduled in the first and second years in accordance with the table shown below. All first-year students in the School of Engineering follow the same program, subject only to personal variations as a result of advanced placement and transfer credit. Course CS 102, Computer Programming for Engineers, is sometimes offered in the summer and may be taken prior to the start of the first year.

Core Curriculum of the School of Engineering

First YearCredits
Fall Semester: 
ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Ma 111 Calculus I4
Ch 110 General Chemistry3
EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving3
CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science3
HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions3
Total Credits Fall Semester18
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 113 Calculus II4
Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory1.5
Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry3
Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics4
HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New3
ECE 150 Digital Logic Design
(Electrical Engineering only)
Total Credits Spring Semester15.5
Total Credits Spring Semester
(Electrical Engineers)
Second Year 
Fall Semester: 
ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 223 Vector Calculus2
Ma 224 Probability2
Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena4
Ph 291 Introductory Physics Lab1.5
HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society3
Major or Electives6
Total Credits Fall Semester18.5
Spring Semester: 
ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar0
Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations3
Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics3
HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics3
Major or Electives10
Total Credits Spring Semester19


Cooper Union also offers a Master of Engineering program that integrates work at the undergraduate and graduate levels and prepares graduates for entry into the engineering profession at an advanced level or for further graduate study.

  • 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.