All engineering students are enrolled in a common freshman year curriculum with the exception of a science elective taken in the second semester. The core program concentrates on Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, and Humanities, as well as an introduction to engineering concepts in analysis, modeling, design, computer programming, data collection and reduction, and report writing among other topics. The multidisciplinary projects of the freshman engineering courses provide freshmen with career guidance information about the professional opportunities and areas of specialization within each particular discipline.
The undergraduate engineering curriculum provides the foundation for careers in engineering as well as the basis for further study in engineering and other professions such as law, medicine, and business. Studies concentrate on mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering science, and engineering analysis and design within a particular engineering discipline. The curricula place special emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills and an understanding of the importance of ethics in the profession. The curricula also offer opportunities to develop an appreciation of the social sciences and humanities and the flexibility to pursue minors. In Engineering, leadership training comes from the many service learning activities in the U.S. and abroad pursued by hundreds of engineering students each year and from many professional societies, clubs, and student projects supported by the College.
All Villanova freshman engineering students participate in a program that gives them a multidisciplinary experience in engineering analysis, design, and research. View the details.
Freshman Engineering Professional Development
View the Engineering Professional Development Requirements and the list of approved activities.