Students receive an outstanding technical education and have opportunities to pursue innovative collaborations with faculty and students from all disciplines at Lafayette. The programs are grounded in Lafayette’s traditional strength in discipline-specific engineering and complemented by the College’s excellence in the liberal arts. Engineering minors encourage the exploration of emerging technologies.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and biomolecular engineers discover new products and implement new production processes that are useful and economical. The profession has evolved from petroleum refining at the beginning of the last century to today’s biotechnology, biomedical developments, and nanotechnology.
Civil engineering emphasizes a broad understanding of engineering principles for solving problems. Civil engineers design and construct bridges, buildings, dams, highways, airports, mass transit, harbors, water plants, pipelines, and waste treatment centers. They look for ways to manage hazardous materials, remediate contaminated areas, and protect natural waterways.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical and computer engineers have contributed to some of the most remarkable technological advances of the last 60 years including the personal computer, the Internet, digital audio and video, and wireless communications. New technologies such as biotechnology and nanotechnology are promising to provide equally impressive contributions to technology and society.
This program presents a distinctive opportunity to obtain a strong technical education within the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum, resulting in a bachelor of arts degree in engineering studies (not ABET-accredited). Engineering courses are combined with courses in the social sciences and humanities. Students have great flexibility to double major in a variety of fields.
Mechanical engineers design, develop, and manufacture artificial limbs, engines, sports equipment, power plants, automobiles, biomedical devices, and a wide variety of consumer items. They work in manufacturing, marketing, management, research, education, and system design and development. They also play a major role in the mechanical design and manufacture of products.
International studies is a program allows students to earn a B.S. degree in chemical, civil, electrical and computer, or mechanical engineering and an A.B. degree in international studies that combines foreign language, literature, government, law, economics, and history.
Scott R. Hummel
Professor and William Jeffers Director of the Engineering Division