Major

What we’re doing with undergraduate engineering education is completely different and completely new.
Paul Nealey, the Dougan Professor in Molecular Engineering

The major program in Molecular Engineering offers students in the College a cutting-edge engineering curriculum built on a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, as well as other elements of the Core curriculum.

Courses in the major will develop quantitative reasoning and problem-solving skills, introduce engineering analysis of physical, chemical and biological systems, and address open-ended technological questions across a spectrum of disciplines.

“What we’re doing with undergraduate engineering education is completely different and completely new,” said Paul Nealey, the Dougan Professor in Molecular Engineering and the Institute’s director of undergraduate studies. “One of the primary reasons we’ve attracted the faculty that we now have was this opportunity to conceive of and implement a forward-looking curriculum to educate engineers for the next century.”

While the program will prepare undergraduates for a wide variety of careers in technology-focused industries, it also will position them for further post-graduate study in fields such as science, engineering, medicine, business or law. The aim is to introduce invention and design, along with inquiry and discovery, as fruitful and complementary intellectual activities.

For further details on prerequisites and requirements for pursuing the major in Molecular Engineering, please review the College Catalog. Questions about the major can be directed to ime_undergrads@uchicago.edu.

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