Prospective Students

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Welcome prospective engineering students! On this page you will find ways to explore engineering topics as an enrolled student at Stanford, as well as find links to the School of Engineering departments and summer programs open to high school or other non-matriculated students.


Science & Engineering Quad Tour

Go to the SEQ Tour site to learn more and reserve space in this tour that covers the Main Quad, the Science & Engineering Quad, and other campus areas.

Exploring Engineering

Introductory Seminars with an Engineering Focus

Stanford School of Engineering Introductory Seminars offer a popular and hands-on way to experience engineering ideas and projects during your frosh and/or soph year. These IntroSems are designed to explore a topic that often isn't otherwise part of the curriculum for a particular major, and do it with a faculty instructor in a small-class setting. To get a further hint of the emphasis of the class, check the offering department in column two. Here is a list of the 2012-13 offerings:

Preference to Freshman

CEE 31Q Accessing Architecture Through Drawing                                       
CEE 32Q Place: Making Space Now (ARTHIST 232Q)                                     
CHEMENG 60Q Environmental Regulation and Policy                                               
CHEMENG 70Q Masters of Disaster                                                                        
CHEMENG 80Q Art, Chemistry, and Madness: The Science of Art Materials               
MATSCI 159Q Japanese Companies and Japanese Society                                     
ME 18Q Teamology: Creative Teams and Individual Development                       
ME 23Q The Worldly Engineer                                                                      
MS&E 22Q The Flaw of Averages                                                                       
MS&E 92Q International Environmental Policy                                                      

Electric Automobiles and Aircraft                                                        AA 116N
Organizing Global Projects                                                                 CEE 48N
Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World                                          CHEMENG 35N
Can Machines Know? Can Machines Feel?                                          CS 21N
Computers and the Open Society                                                        CS 47N
The Business of the Internet                                                                CS 73N
Cell Phones, Sensors and You                                                             CS 75N
Elections and Technology                                                                    CS 76N
The Art and Science of Engineering Design                                           EE 15N
Engineering the Micro and Nano Worlds: From Chips to Genes               EE 17N
What is Nanotechnology?                                                                    EE 21N
Imaging: From the Atom to the Universe                                                EE 23N
Electronics Rocks                                                                               EE 27N
Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology         EE 60N
The Jet Engine                                                                                    ME 12N
How Stuff is Made                                                                                ME 14N
Energy Sustainability and Climate Change                                             ME 25N
Think Like a Designer                                                                           ME 26N

Engineering Fundamentals 

Engineering Fundamentals are technically rigorous introductory courses from a range of engineering disciplines. Almost every UG student in engineering must complete three of these courses, two of which are often specified by the major chosen. The Fundamentals options are listed below by topic.

BioE and/or ChemE:

ENGR 20. (S, 3 units) Overview of chemical engineering through discussion and engineering analysis of physical and chemical processes.
ENGR 25B. Biotechnology (S, 3 Units) Biology and chemistry fundamentals

ENGR 50M. Intro to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis (W, 4 units) relationship between atomic structure and macroscopic properties of man-made and natural materials; mechanical and thermodynamic behavior of surgical implants
ENGR 80. Intro to Bioengineering (S, 4 units) Overview of bioengineering focused on engineering analysis and design of biological systems

ENGR 90. Environmental Science and Technology (A, 3 units) Introduction to environmental quality and technology of understanding environmental issues

ENGR 60. Engineering Economy (A, Sum 2012 is last offering; 3 Units) Fundamentals of economic analysis
ENGR 62. Intro to Optimization (A, S, 4 Units) Formulation and analysis of linear optimization problems

ENGR 40. Introductory Electonics (A, S; 5 units) Overview of electronic circuits & applications.
ENGR 40N. Engineering Wireless Networks (S, 5 units) A hands-on introduction to the design and implementation of modern wireless networks.
ENGR 40P. Physics of Electrical Engineering (W, 5 units) How everything from electrostatics to quantum mechanics is used in common high-technology products

ENGR 25E. Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use (W, 3 units) An introduction and overview to the challenges and opportunities of energy supply and consumption.
ENGR 50E. Introduction to Materials Science - Energy Emphasis (A, 4 units)
Materials structure, bonding and atomic arrangements leading to their properties and applications


ENGR 50. Intro to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis (S, 4 units) The structure, bonding, & atomic arrangements in materials leading to their properties & applications.

ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics (A, W, S; 4 units) Introduction to engineering analysis using the principles of engineering solid mechanics.
ENGR 15. Dynamics (A, S; 3 units) The application of Newton's Laws to solve static and dynamic problems, particle and rigid body dynamics, freebody diagrams, and writing equations of motion.
ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics (a, W, Sum; 3 units) The basic principles of thermodynamics

ENGR 70A (same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Introduction to the engineering of computer applications
ENGR 70B (same as CS 106B). Programming Abstractions (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Abstraction and its relation to programming. Uses the programming language C++
ENGR 70X (same as CS 106X). Programming Abstractions Accelerated (A, 5 units) Intensive version of 106B

General Engineering:

ENGR 10. Intro to Engineering Analysis (A, Sum; 4 units) Integrated approach to the fundamental scientific principles that are the cornerstones of engineering analysis

School of Engineering Undergraduate Majors

Stanford offers 16 defined undergraduate majors, plus the option to design your own (the Individually Designed Major in Engineering)

   o Aeronautics and Astronautics
   o Architectural Design
   o Atmosphere and Energy
   o Bioengineering
   o Biomechanical Engineering
   o Biomedical Computation
   o Engineering Physics
   o Product Design

Undergraduate Minors

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Undergraduate Honors

The School of Engineering Honors programs are explained in detail in the 2011-12 Undergraduate Handbook, pp. 319-330.

  • Architectural Design
  • Atmosphere and Energy
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Computation
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Science, Technology, and Society (degree program within H&S)

Summer Programs at Stanford

Summer at Stanford: Find summer courses/program for high school students, students from other colleges who would like to take summer classes here, and other offerings.

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