Bachelor of Engineering
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:
- A minimum of 135 credits.
- Completion of the 55-credit core program described below.
- A minimum of 24 credits in the Humanities and Social Sciences (inclusive of the 12 credits in the core program).
- Satisfaction of the departmental requirements.
- Satisfaction of the residence study requirement.
- A minimum cumulative grade point rating (grade point average) of 2.0.
- 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:
- Mathematics: 17 Credits
- Physical Science: 21 Credits
- Engineering (General): 5 Credits
- Humanities and Social Sciences: 12 Credits
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
- ESC000.1 Professional Development Seminar: 0 Credits
- Ma 110 Introduction to Linear Algebra: 2 Credits
- Ma 111 Calculus I: 4 Credits
- Ch 110 General Chemistry: 3 Credits
- EID 101 Engineering Design and Problem Solving: 3 Credits
- CS 102 Introduction to Computer Science: 3 Credits
- HSS 1 Literary Forms and Expressions: 3 Credits
Total Credits Fall Semester: 18 Credits
- ESC000.2 Professional Development Seminar: 0 Credits
- Ma 113 Calculus II: 4 Credits
- Ch 111 General Chemistry Laboratory: 1.5 Credits
- Ch 160 Physical Principles of Chemistry: 3 Credits
- Ph 112 Physics I: Mechanics: 4 Credits
- HSS 2 Texts and Contexts: Old Worlds and New: 3 Credits
- ECE 150 Digital Logic Design (Electrical Engineering only): 3 Credits
Total Credits Spring Semester: 15.5 Credits
Total Credits Spring Semester (Electrical Engineers): 18.5 Credits
- ESC000.3 Professional Development Seminar: 0 Credits
- Ma 223 Vector Calculus: 2 Credits
- Ma 224 Probability: 2 Credits
- Ph 213 Physics II: Electromagnetic Phenomena: 4 Credits
- Ph 291 Introductory Physics Lab: 1.5 Credits
- HSS 3 The Making of Modern Society: 3 Credits
- Major or Electives: 6 Credits
Total Credits Fall Semester: 18.5 Credits
- ESC000.4 Professional Development Seminar: 0 Credits
- Ma 240 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations: 3 Credits
- Ph 214 Physics III: Optics and Modern Physics: 3 Credits
- HSS 4 The Modern Context: Figures and Topics: 3 Credits
- Major or Electives: 10 Credits
Total Credits Spring Semester: 19 Credits
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.
Undergraduate Tuition Starting in the Fall of 2014, all incoming students will receive a half-tuition scholarship. The value of this scholarship is approximately $20,000 per year ($10,000 per semester). Additional financial aid will be provided to the neediest students to help cover tuition, housing, food, books, supplies etc. The amount of additional aid will be based upon a student's demonstrated financial need. Students must file both a FAFSA and CSS profile form to be considered for additional financial aid. Please note that Cooper Union will also offer merit scholarships to exceptional students. Also, Cooper Union will continue to use a need-blind admissions process meaning that a student's ability to pay will not impact our admissions decisions.
The Cooper Union tuition charge for undergraduate students for 2013-2014 is $39,600 per year ($19,800 per semester). Each registered undergraduate student receives a tuition scholarship worth $39,600 per year ($19,800 per semester).
About the School
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, established in 1859, is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher learning.