Majors & Minors | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Aerospace Engineering

Understanding flight, exploring space and designing components, vehicles and systems are the abiding interests of the faculty and students at the Clark School's Department of Aerospace Engineering. Specializations include aeronautics, astronautics, rotorcraft and hypersonics.

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The undergraduate program in Bioengineering is founded in biology, driven by human health issues, and is forward-thinking. Our objective is to marry the principles and applications embedded in engineering with the sciences of biology, medicine, and health.

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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, which combines chemical, physical and life sciences with engineering to solve a wide variety of problems. The graduate in this major finds interesting and diverse career opportunities in such fields as petroleum, pharmaceuticals, polymers and biotechnologies.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, which is a very diverse field, concerned with such things as planning, design, construction and operation of large systems such as buildings and bridges; water purification and distribution systems; traffic and transportation systems; and water and land pollution treatment.

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Computer Engineering

Our undergraduate programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering are based on a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and basic engineering science.

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Electrical Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers one of the strongest and most highly-ranked programs in the nation. Research programs within the department cover a wide spectrum of activities in areas such as signal processing, optics and photonics, and bioelectronics and systems. 

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Fire Protection Engineering

Fire Protection Engineering provides graduates with the tools needed to safeguard lives and property from fire. Undergraduate students receive a unique education (see sidebar) that focuses on topics such as fire-related safety, suppression systems, and health and environmental issues.

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Materials Science and Engineering

Many major advances in science and technology, from computer chips to hypersonic aircraft, are attributable to advances in the underlying materials systems. Materials Science and Engineering is a multidisciplinary field focused on developing materials and materials systems for future technological advancements.

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering is a dynamic and expanding field with emphasis in such areas as energy, thermal sciences, and instrumentation. New programs in manufacturing, microelectronics, and nanotechnology prepare our graduates for the emerging technologies of the 21st century.

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While minors are not offered in every field of study, the A. James Clark School of Engineering offers the following eight approved minors:

Minors afford students the opportunity to pursue a limited but structured concentration in a coherent field of study outside their major.

The minor may be a truncated version of a major or a distinctive intellectual subset of a discipline. The structures of minors vary in detail, but, with rare exceptions, they all require no fewer than 15 and no more than 24 credits with at least 9 credits in upper division courses (300 level or above). No more than six credits (or two courses) may be applied to satisfy both the requirements of a minor and a major program. No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. All courses taken for a minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C- or better.

When a student has completed all requirements for the minor, the unit offering the minor shall notify the student's college, which verifies that the student has met all requirements and officially notifies the Registrar's Office. The completion of a minor is posted on the student's official transcript only when the student completes all requirements for the bachelor's degree.

To ensure appropriate academic advising, students who wish to pursue a minor should inform both the college responsible for their major and the unit offering the minor as early as possible, but in no case later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation. Adding a minor late will be the decision of the advisor for the minor. However if the minor is to be added in the semester of pending graduation the student must submit an exception to policy form to the college for approval.

If an engineering student no longer wishes to pursue a minor please submit a request to remove the minor to