2011-12 Chapter Three
From Undergraduate Engineering Handbook
Nearly all engineering majors share similar requirements in Mathematics, Science, Technology in Society, and Engineering Fundamentals. The Undergraduate Council of the School of Engineering is responsible for establishing lists of courses certified as satisfying these requirements, which appear in the tables included in this section. Other appropriate courses—such as more advanced courses—may be used to satisfy these requirements, but their use must be approved by Petition to Deviate. Petition forms can be found on the Petitions page of this site. All petitions in these four catagories should be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs, 135 Huang. A student must obtain petition approval prior to enrolling in any course she or he wishes to use in satisfying one of these requirements. Further information is available on the Petitions page or in the Office of Student Affairs.
 The Mathematics Requirement
The mathematics requirements for departmental and School of Engineering majors are delineated by major in the detailed “Program Requirements” section in this Handbook. In general, each program requires a number of specific and elective courses from the list of approved courses shown in Figure 3-1 on the next page. See page 5 of this handbook for a detailed discussion about the MATH 50 and CME 100 series: Courses from one of these series are required by most of the engineering programs. All engineering students should check the “Program Requirements” pages in Chapter 5 for their major to see which mathematics and statistics courses are recommended or required.
2011-12 Courses approved for the Mathematics
 The Science Requirement
The science requirements for departmental and School of Engineering majorsare delineated in the detailed “Program Requirements”section in Chapter 5. In general, each program requires a number of specific and elective courses from the list of approved courses shown in Figure 3-2. Individually Designed Majors must include at least 17 units from the list. All engineering students should check the “Program Requirements” pages for their major to see which science courses are recommended or required.
2011-12 Courses approved for the Science Requirement Chart
 The Technology in Society Requirement
It is important for the student to obtain a broad understanding of engineering as a social activity. To foster this aspect of intellectual and professional development, all engineering majors must take one course devoted to exploring issues arising from the interplay of engineering, technology, and society. Individual courses approved for the Technology in Society Requirement are listed in Figure 3-3. Note that some of the approved courses are limited-enrollment offerings, which means that you need to take this into account when creating your course schedule. Petitions to use other courses to fulfill the Technology in Society Requirement will be considered strictly on their merits and will not be approved simply because the student has left the fulfillment of this requirement until her or his last quarter at Stanford.
2011-12 Courses approved for the Technology in Society Requirement Chart
Note: CE, EnvE, ME, and MS&E majors must choose from among the courses marked “X” in the appropriate columns. Students in other engineering majors may choose from any of the following courses, although only BMC majors may use HUMBIO 174 and only CS/CSE majors may take CS 181W.
 The Engineering Fundamentals Requirement
The Engineering Fundamentals requirement is satisfied by a set of technically rigorous introductory courses chosen from the various engineering disciplines, as shown in Figure 3-4. These courses serve several purposes. First, they provide a breadth of knowledge about some of the major fields within engineering. Second, they furnish students with an opportunity to explore a number of engineering topics before embarking on a specific engineering major. Third, the individual classes each offer a reasonably deep insight into a contemporary technological subject for the interested non-engineer. Engineering majors, except BMC and BIOE majors, must complete a minimum of three Engineering Fundamentals courses, at least one of which is left up to the student to choose.
2011-12 Courses Approved for the Engineering Fundamentals Requirement Chart
 The Engineering Science and Design Requirement
In order to satisfy ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) requirements, a student majoring in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, or Mechanical Engineering must complete one and a half years of Engineering Science and Engineering Design, also called engineering topics, in order to graduate. This requires a minimum of 68 units of Engineering Science and Design appropriate to the student’s field of study. In most cases, students meet this requirement by completing the major program core and elective requirements in Fundamentals and Depth. However, student may need to take additional courses in Depth in order to fulfill the minimum requirement.