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The Academic Program

Our Vision

Innovative and adaptable, our graduates are changing the face of engineering. They integrate a deep understanding of technical principles with knowledge from across the liberal arts to address society’s challenges.


Engineering student in class

The Major in Engineering Science

The Picker Engineering Program’s bachelor of science in engineering science (S.B.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, The bachelor of science is offered for those who intend to practice professionally as engineers.

The Minor in Engineering Science

The minor in engineering is for the student who desires meaningful engagement with engineering to complement academic studies in other areas of the liberal arts. Comprising two introductory plus three other engineering courses, the minor has the flexibility to allow multiple pathways through engineering with different areas of focus, such as robotics, energy, water or health.


About the Program

Upon entering Smith, every student who has indicated a potential interest in engineering is assigned an engineering faculty member as a liberal arts adviser. Advisers for all engineering students are members of the engineering faculty.

Change Adviser

Students who decide to major in engineering need to submit two forms:

  1. The declaration of the major is submitted to the Class Deans Office.

  2. The departmental advising form, located on the Forms page, is submitted to the engineering administrative office in order to assign the student an adviser.

Advising Expectations

Students are expected to meet with their adviser at least once a semester to discuss academic interests and to seek help in planning courses and registering for classes.

Students who wish to apply prematriculation credit toward their degree are required to follow the college guidelines found on the registrar’s website. These guidelines include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • only 16 prematriculation credits may be applied toward a Smith degree; and
  • no more than 32 credits of combined summer, interterm, Advanced Placement or other prematriculation credits may be used.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure through the registrar’s office that all approved credits appear on their transcript.

Prematriculation Credit

Advanced Placement Exam (Score of 4 or 5) EGR Requirement Satisfied
Calculus AB MTH 111
Calculus BC MTH 111 & 112
Chemistry CHM 111
Physics B None
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 117
Physics C: E&M PHY 118
Statistics None
International Baccalaureate Higher Level Exam (Score of 5, 6 or 7) EGR Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHM 111
Mathematics MTH 111 & 112
Physics PHY 117 & 118
International Cambridge A Level Exam (Score of A or B) EGR Requirement Satisfied
Chemistry CHM 111
Mathematics MTH 111 & 112
Physics PHY 117 & 118

Transfer Credits

Students who take courses at other institutions for summer school, junior year away or Five College study must obtain written approval from the engineering program prior to taking them. Engineering students should consult their academic adviser and the Study Away Guide for additional guidance. Students should seek approval using one of the departmental forms found below.

Core Courses

To obtain approval for a core course complete the Departmental Supplement for Petition to Transfer Credit (PDF).

Technical Electives

To obtain approval for a technical elective complete the Departmental Supplement for Non-Standard Technical Elective (PDF).

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading Option

Within the 128 credits required by Smith College, a maximum of 16 credits (Smith College or other Five College) may be taken S/U. A student is permitted to take engineering major requirements S/U but should only do so after careful consultation with her academic adviser.

Students who decide to major in engineering need to submit two forms:

  1. The departmental advising form (see Forms) is submitted to the engineering administrative office in order to assign the student an engineering academic adviser.
  2. The declaration of the major, signed by the student’s liberal arts adviser, the student and the new engineering adviser, is submitted to the registrar’s office.

When to Declare

Students considering an engineering major are asked to declare their major by spring recess of their first year. It is essential that students considering engineering have completed PHY 117 and MTH 112 before the start of the fall semester of their sophomore year.

Registration to engineering classes will automatically be blocked if all prerequisites or core requirements have not been satisfied at the time of registration.

To lift that block, you must petition both the engineering program (see the Forms page) and the registrar (see Waiver of Restrictions).

Study abroad is an exciting opportunity, and many engineering majors find programs abroad offering engineering core courses and technical electives.

Because of the required course load for the engineering major, and the time required to become proficient in a second language, most engineering students select to study either in an English-speaking country, or a country for which they already speak the local language.

For more information about the study abroad application process, see the Forms page.

Credit Approval

Core Courses

To receive credit for core courses, seek approval using the Departmental Supplement for Petition to Transfer Credit form, located on the Forms page.

Technical Electives

To receive credit for core courses and for electives, seek additional approval using the Departmental Supplement for Technical Elective form, located on the Forms page.

More Information

Study Abroad Lunch Meeting for Sophomores

Early each fall semester, a lunch meeting is held for all sophomores interested in applying for a semester or year abroad. Representatives from the Office of International Study and the engineering department will be there to answer your questions.

Smith College and Boston University’s College of Engineering are pioneering a collaboration that enables Smith College students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science to gain early admission to the Master of Science programs in engineering at Boston University and access enriching research experiences at Boston University as undergraduates. The partnership with Boston University provides early admission and reduced tuition and fees for graduate school.

Smith College has partnered with Princeton University to establish an exchange program for junior year students that will expose students from both schools to vastly different learning environments and better prepare women to enter and succeed in the field of engineering.

Smith Students

At Princeton, Smith students will be exposed to an engineering community that includes about 750 undergraduates (of about 4,600 total), 500 graduate students and 130 faculty members across six engineering departments: chemical engineering; civil and environmental engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; mechanical and aerospace engineering; and operations research and financial engineering. The course offerings and research facilities and opportunities are extensive.

Princeton Students

At Smith, Princeton students will have an opportunity to live and study in a community where small classes afford extensive opportunities for close contact and collaboration with faculty and peers in a curriculum that stresses integration with the liberal arts, and where 100 percent of the engineering students and over 60 percent of the faculty are women. The Picker Engineering Program has special strengths in biomedical engineering and engineering for sustainability.

Program of Study

Students will exchange in the spring semester of their junior year. The typical load is four courses at both institutions, though a course load of up to five can be accommodated. Students can choose from any of the courses offered at both institutions. Typically, a program of study would comprise two or three technical courses, junior independent work or a junior project course, and no more than one course in the humanities. Students are encouraged to carry out an independent research project during the term. Programs of study will be approved by advisers at Princeton and Smith.

Independent Research Project

A visiting Smith student will be a member of the department that matches best with their primary interests. Smith students who choose to do an independent research project and who earn a semester average of a B+ or better will be invited to continue their independent research project into the summer between their junior and senior years in order to complete a substantial piece of research. The summer component of the visiting student’s research program would be supported by a stipend from the faculty member with whom the research is conducted. All visiting Princeton students will be a part of the Picker Engineering Program and are welcome to contact a faculty member directly if they are interested in pursuing an independent research project. Students may be directed to faculty members at Princeton or Smith to further explore research opportunities.


Prior to applying for admission to the program, students must discuss course and research opportunities with their academic adviser or department representative, the Picker Engineering program assistant at Smith, or Princeton’s associate dean for undergraduate affairs of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. See the Forms page for more information and the application.


Application Deadline

Applications from Smith students must be submitted by February 1 of the year before the intended exchange. If accepted, the Smith student must submit a leave of absence form to the junior class dean by December 1.

Visiting the Campus

A visit to the other campus in the fall term of the junior year will help facilitate exploring potential independent research projects and courses to be taken.

Tuition & Fees

Smith College students accepted for the Smith-Princeton Exchange Program are charged their normal home college tuition and fees. These costs are paid to Smith College. Students on financial aid normally receive their regular assistance while on the exchange program.

Housing and Student Life

Housing is in Princeton University dormitories for juniors and seniors. Room and board charges will be paid directly to Princeton University.


Several dining options exist, including purchase of a Princeton University dining contract, independent self-catering, and a possible membership in an eating club.


Students provide their own transportation to and from Princeton.

Campus Exchange

Members of undergraduate engineering societies and departmental organizations play an active role in welcoming visiting students and involving them in the engineering community and undergraduate life at the exchange college or university.

Princeton Life

With the exception of varsity intercollegiate athletics, which are bound by strict NCAA rules, visiting Smith students are welcome to explore participation in all types of extracurricular activities that interest them.

Smith Life

 Northampton is a lively town of 30,000. Residential life at Smith is considered an important part of a student‘s education. Smith is committed to a co-curricular environment that enhances and enriches the academic program: residential living is an integral part of that education.

More Information

Smith Contact

Contact Assistant Director Martin Green, 413-585-7516.

Princeton Contact

Contact Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs Peter Bogucki, 609-258-4554.

The relationship between Smith and Dartmouth’s engineering program goes back decades. A partnership between Dartmouth Engineering and the Picker Engineering Program streamlines the application process and provides scholarship support to Smith engineering graduates interested in pursuing a Master of Engineering Management at Dartmouth.  

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Tufts School of Engineering offers undergraduate STEM majors from Smith College an accelerated path to a master’s degree in one of 15 programs of study. The partnership with Tufts University provides a streamlined application process and lower tuition cost.