Academic Programs

School of Engineering

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Stanford School of Engineering has been the catalyst for many of the technologies and companies that define "The Valley," and which have in turn shaped the school. The success of this interaction is most apparent in the Bay Area, but it extends worldwide.

Many of our faculty, students and alumni are renowned for their entrepreneurship. They have evolved a model of academic/industrial collaboration and technology transfer that is emulated around the world. The interaction sustains and enhances the school, as the excellence of our research and academic programs continues to attract the world's best faculty and students.

Learn more about the school on the School of Engineering website.

Majors

Architectural Design

The Architectural Design major seeks to integrate engineering and architecture in ways that blend innovative architectural design with cutting-edge engineering technologies. Combining hands-on architectural design studios with a wide variety of courses, you can choose from a broad mix of elective courses including design, energy conservation, sustainability, building systems, structures, as well as theater and fine arts courses.

  • Degrees offered: B.S.
  • Units required: 100
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Accessing Architecture Through Drawing
  • Architectural Design: 3-D Modeling, Methodology, and Process
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Intermediate Architecture Studio

Alumni Careers

  • Designer, AEDIS Architecture & Planning
  • Designer-Draftsperson, Cody Anderson Wasney Architects
  • Junior Designer, Barton Architect
  • Graduate Student, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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Biomechanical Engineering

The BME program integrates biology and clinical medicine with engineering mechanics and design. The program focuses mostly on neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and cell and tissue mechanics. Undergraduates are encouraged to collaborate with the medical school, biology program and other engineering departments. The major provides a fundamental understanding of mechanics in the fields of biology and medicine and is well suited for those hoping to pursue graduate level work in bioengineering, medicine or related fields.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S.
  • Units required: 116
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Form and Function of Animal Skeletons
  • Skeletal Development and Evolution

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Analyst, Cornerstone Research
  • Industry Development, Singapore-Stanford Biodesign
  • Associate, Okta, Inc.

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Biomedical Computation

As biology and medical science enter the 21st century, the importance of computational methods continues to increase dramatically. These methods span the analysis of biomedical data, the development of computational models for biological systems, and the construction of computer systems that help biologists and physicians create and administer treatments to patients. The BMC major prepares students to work at the cutting edge of this interface between computer science, biology, and medicine.

  • Degrees offered: B.S.
  • Units required: 107
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Informatics
  • Simulation
  • Cellular/Molecular
  • Organs/Organ Systems

Sample Courses

  • Genomics and Medicine
  • Genomics: A Technical and Cultural Revolution

Alumni Careers

  • Associate, DiNovo Price Ellwanger & Hardy LLP
  • Software Engineer, Mozilla Corporation
  • Student Coordinator, Stanford University Biomedical Computation Program

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Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering is a discipline that relates to numerous areas of technology and trains you in rigorous analytical thinking. Do you want to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context? Would you like to be able to identify, formulate, and solve real-world engineering problems? Do you want to gain the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data? If so, then visit us online or in person to learn more about the Chemical Engineering major.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 118
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • The Chemical Engineering Profession
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use
  • Micro and Nanoscale Fabrication Engineering

Alumni Careers

  • Management Consultant, Boston Consulting Group
  • Physician, Foundation Radiology Group
  • Research Director, Brookings Institution
  • Process Engineer, Ticona
  • Managing Director, Newlin Capital Partners
  • Research Manager, Procter & Gamble
  • Associate Attorney, Townsend & Townsend, LLC
  • Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Manager, ENVIRON International Corporation

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

In our program you will learn to apply mathematics, science, and the primary areas of civil engineering to conduct experiments, design systems to solve engineering problems, and effectively communicate ideas to the scientific community. Our department is committed to finding solutions to this century's major sustainability challenges and to educating and training the leaders who will have a large impact on our profession and on society. As a Civil and Environmental Engineering major, you will be able to join us in this important endeavor.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 90-125
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Atmosphere & Energy
  • Architectural Design

Sample Courses

  • Environmental Science & Technology
  • Managing Sustainable Building Projects
  • Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to Global Change
  • Environmental Science and Technology

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Product Manager, Microsoft
  • Engineer, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer, Acorn Product Development
  • Assistant Principal, Buena Park High School
  • Intern, Stanford Utilities Water Conservation Project
  • Vice President, HydroMetrics LLC
  • Field Engineer, Schlumberger Company

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Computer Science

Stanford's Computer Science Department was founded in 1965 and has consistently enjoyed the reputation of being one of the top computer science programs in the world. Progress in computer science has been enormously rapid, and computers have had a profoundly transforming impact on society. Computer science research has provided much of the intellectual underpinning and creative energy that have fueled that transformation, and it continues to be an extremely exciting field. As an Undergraduate in Computer Science, you can contribute to this innovation through the many opportunities for research, teaching, internships and jobs.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 96
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biocomputation
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Systems
  • Theory

Sample Courses

  • Mathematical Foundations of Computing
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Programming Methodology
  • Programming Abstractions
  • Programming Abstractions (Accelerated)

Alumni Careers

  • Co-founder, Meebo
  • Venture Partner at Greylock & Former Chief Executive Officer, Mozilla Corporation
  • Vice President of Engineering, Facebook
  • Vice President of Consumer Products, Google
  • Software Engineer, Aster Data
  • Software Engineer, Google
  • Product Design Manager, Facebook
  • Algorithmic Trader, Jump Trading
  • Product Director, Palm

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Electrical Engineering

Is Electrical Engineering for you? We hope so! Did you always take apart your toys when you were a kid? Do you still do it? Do you wish you could make your own toys (and maybe make some money as a result)? Can you imagine hardware and software combinations that could be game-changers for applications ranging from entertainment to health care to energy-efficient systems? Do you want to be at the leading edge of these fields? Studying Electrical Engineering is your chance to develop a toolkit of widely-applicable skills that will help you imagine and create these cool electronics of the future. If you want to build amazing new electronic appliances (hardware and software), know how they work, follow your passion and creativity, and have a tangible impact on people's lives, then being a g-EE-k is for you!

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Ph.D.
  • Units required: 120-140
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Electronics
  • Computer Systems
  • Information Theory
  • Bioelectrical Engineering
  • Green Electrical Engineering

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Biomedical Electronics
  • Digital Systems
  • Signal Processing and Linear Systems
  • Introduction to Digital Image Processing
  • Introduction to Neuroelectrical Engineering

Alumni Careers

  • Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Co-founder, Yahoo!

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Engineering Physics

The Engineering Physics program provides you with a firm foundation in physics and mathematics along with engineering design and problem-solving skills. This background prepares you to tackle complex problems in multidisciplinary areas at the forefront of 21st Century technology, such as solid state devices, quantum optics and photonics, materials science, nanotechnology, electromechanical systems, energy systems, and any engineering field that requires a strong background in physics. Because the program emphasizes science, mathematics and engineering, students are well prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering, physics, or applied physics.

  • Degrees offered: B.S.
  • Units required: 88
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Solid State Physics
  • Photonics
  • Materials Science
  • Electromechanical System Design
  • Energy Systems
  • Renewable Energy

Sample Courses

  • Dynamics
  • Introductory Electronics
  • Programming Methodology
  • Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Statistical Mechanics

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Management Science and Engineering

In Stanford's undergraduate program in Management Science and Engineering, students learn the fundamentals of engineering systems analysis. With this knowledge, they can plan, design and implement complex economic and technical management systems. Building on foundational courses including calculus, engineering fundamentals, and physics or chemistry, as well as management science, students may select courses in computer science, information, organizational theory, mathematical modeling, optimization, probability, statistics and finance or production. To explore a particular area in greater depth, students then choose a concentration. The major prepares students for a variety of career paths?including facilities and process management, investment banking and management consulting?or for graduate school in industrial engineering, operations research, economics, public policy, medicine, law or business.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 105-117
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Financial and Decision Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Organization, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
  • Policy and Strategy
  • Production and Operations Management

Sample Courses

  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Investment Science
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Decision Analysis
  • Organizations: Theory and Management

Alumni Careers

  • Investment Analyst, MIT Investment Management Company
  • Marketing Manager, American Express
  • Director, Manifest Energy
  • Director, Chicago Public Schools
  • Manager of Strategic Partnerships, Shopping.com

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Materials Science and Engineering

Our program provides you with a strong theoretical and practical foundation in Materials Science and Engineering. The curriculum emphasizes the fundamental scientific and engineering principles underlying the structure, processing, properties, and performance of all classes of materials used in engineering systems. Our courses prepare you to work collaboratively, apply your learning analytically, and create effective, novel solutions to practical problems.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 103
  • Research opportunities are available.

Concentrations

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electronics and Photonics
  • Energy Technology
  • Materials Characterization Techniques
  • Mechanical Behavior and Design
  • Nanoscience
  • Physics

Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Chemical Principles with Application to Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • Microstructures and Mechanical Properties
  • Electronic Materials Engineering
  • Nanostructure and Characterization

Alumni Careers

  • Chemistry Teacher, Glastonbury High School
  • Technology Development Engineer, SunPower Corporation
  • Environmental Epidemiologist, Harvard University
  • Business Development Manager, Tacton Systems AB
  • Global Product Support Engineer, Applied Materials
  • Organizational Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

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Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering program exposes students to intellectual and practical experiences and provides an environment that allows for the development of new knowledge and self discovery. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, students will be ready to pursue everything from entry-level work as a mechanical engineer to graduate studies in engineering or other fields. Students leave the program with a solid grounding in the principals and practice of ME, equipped to embark upon a lifetime of learning.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. Ph.D. Coterminal M.A../M.S. Minor
  • Units required: 121-140
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation
  • Graphic Design: The Art of Product Branding
  • The Art and Science of Measuring Fluid Flows
  • Visual Thinking

Alumni Careers

  • Business Development Manager, Lam Research
  • Chief Executive Officer, Newspace Entertainment
  • President, Bearing Engineers, Inc.
  • Senior Design Engineer, Maxim Integrated Products
  • Managing Member & President, Triangle Peak Partners
  • Budget Director, U.S. House of Representatives

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Product Design

Product Design focuses on the experience of product conception for the benefit of society. It encourages creativity, craftsmanship, and personal expression while serving larger goals of common good. Students studying PD generally follow the Mechanical Engineering curriculum and focus on a process that resolves constraints arising from technical, human, aesthetic and business concerns. The course work provides the skills needed to carry projects from initial concept to completion.

  • Degrees offered: B.S. M.S.
  • Units required: 106
  • Research opportunities are available.

Sample Courses

  • Visual Thinking
  • Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability
  • Design and Business Factors
  • Advanced Product Design: Formgiving

Alumni Careers

  • Senior Associate, Jump Associates
  • Medical Device Engineer, Hantel Technologies
  • Strategic Consultant, DEGW North America, LLC
  • Athlete, Miami Dolphins
  • Engineer, Maverick Lifestyles

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