Majors & Degree Programs

Which engineering program is right for you?  SEAS offers seven bachelor of science and two bachelor of arts programs in engineering and computer science.  The descriptions below provide an introduction to these fields and may help you decide the field and challenges to which you want to devote your talents and energy.

Applied Science and Technology (bachelor of arts)
The Applied Science and Technology program is designed to help students pursue their goals in a world that relies more and more upon science and technology.  It is a broad-based engineering-oriented degree program, with a breadth of liberal arts, for students who intend to make their careers in fields allied to science, engineering and technology and/or continue their education toward professional careers in law, medicine, business, teaching, or the media.


Biomedical Engineering (bachelor of science)
Biomedical engineering is the application of engineering practices to human health issues. Biomedical engineering   combines the mechanical and mathematical expertise of engineering with the medical expertise of physicians   to help improve the lives of people every minute of every day.  It covers fields such as:  bioinformatics, medical imaging, image processing, physiological signal processing, biomechanics, biomaterials and bioengineering. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Civil Engineering (bachelor of science)
Civil engineering deals with the design, construction, and maintenance of the physical and naturally built environment, roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET.


Computer Engineering (bachelor of science)
Computer engineering combines electronic design, computer architecture, programming of computing systems, computer networks, and applied mathematics.  Computer engineers are involved in many hardware and software aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers, and supercomputers, to circuit design. This field of engineering not only focuses on how computer systems themselves work, but also how they integrate into the larger picture. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET.

Computer Science (bachelor of science)(bachelor of arts)
Computer science deals with the theoretical foundations of information and computation, together with practical techniques for the implementation and application of these foundations.  The Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of  ABET .


Electrical Engineering (bachelor of science)
Electrical engineering provides the technological foundation for the modern information society. Almost every technological advance made today can be traced to the work of electrical engineers. Electrical engineers design the micro integrated circuits (IC's) that are fueling the explosion in electronic devices and telecommunication networks.  This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET .


Mechanical Engineering (bachelor of science)
Mechanical engineering plays a critical role in enhancing safety, economic vitality, and overall quality of life throughout the world. It is the broadest engineering discipline, ranging from nanotechnology to large scale manufacturing. Mechanical engineers are concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion, and they work on the design and manufacture of mechanical systems and thermal devices and processes. A few examples of products and processes developed by mechanical engineers include engines and control systems for automobiles and aircraft, robots, and lifesaving medical devices.  This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET .

Systems Engineering (bachelor of science)
Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary field of engineering focusing on how complex engineering projects should be designed and managed over their life cycles.  Systems engineering deals with work-processes, optimization methods and tools to manage risks in such projects, and it overlaps with both technical and human-centered disciplines such as control engineering, industrial engineering, organizational studies, and project management.



SEAS offers six minors. Students who are interested in a minor should consult the SEAS minor requirements.

Special Academic Programs

GW and SEAS offer a variety of special academic programs for students who would like opportunities beyond our regular academic programs. Find out more about these special programs, as well as our combined bachelor's/masters's programs.


GW Bulletin

The GW Bulletin offers a comprehensive listing of all degree programs offered at SEAS along with detailed course descriptions.

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