Curriculum

Bachelor of Engineering Curriculum

The requirements for the bachelor’s degree programs must be completed within four years of first registration, except with the explicit consent of the dean/associate dean. Requests for extension must be presented in writing to the dean’s office prior to the sixth semester of registration (or the end of the junior year). It is the responsibility of the student to maintain normal and reasonable progress toward the degree. If courses aremade up elsewhere for credit, the student is responsible for all costs incurred.Prior appropriate adviser(s) approval is required. If a student elects to take additional courses at other institutions, the studentmust do so (a) with prior academic approval if transfer credit is desired and (b) at his or her own expense.

As a general matter, many courses simply may not be taken elsewhere (e.g., Physics I).  In order to get a course pre-approved, bring as much course documentation as you can to the Chair of the appropriate department to have the course assessed.  These materials must include at least the syllabus and textbook.  The course must be judged to be equivalent to one taught at Cooper. Note that only grades “B” or better can be transferred (not B-) and the grade will not be factored into your G.P.A.

Additionally, ABET accreditation requires:

  • One year of a combination of mathematics and sciences (some with experimental experience) appropriate to the discipline,
  • One and a half years of engineering topics consisting of engineering sciences and engineering design appropriate to the student’s field of study and
  • A general educational component that complements the technical content of the curriculumand is consistentwith the program and institutional objectives.

Inorder to graduate, all students must meet the following conditions:

  • A minimumof 135 credits are required
  • Satisfaction of all programcurricula
  • Satisfaction of the residence study requirements
  • A minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.0
  • A minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.0 for the junior and senior years combined

Humanities and Social Sciences
The requirements in this area are satisfied by courses offered by The Cooper Union Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or by transfer credit for liberal arts courses taken at other institutions. The courses in this area are intended to provide both breadth and depth and should not be limited to a selection of unrelated introductory courses. The Cooper Union liberal arts courses, shown elsewhere in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences catalog section, have prefixesH, S andHTA.The basic coursesHSS1–HSS2 and HSS3–HSS4 are prerequisites for all higher level courses in the same prefix family.Hand S courses carry three credits each;HTA courses carry two credits. Engineering students should consult with the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences about choice of courses to satisfy particular interests.

Transfer credits for liberal arts courses must be approved by the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. Courses that cannot be used to satisfy the Humanities and Social Sciences requirement are:

  • Language skills courses such as introductory foreign language, public speaking, report writing
  • Craft and performance courses unless accompanied by theory or history
  • Subjects such as accounting, finance, engineering economy, industrialmanagement, personnel administration

Some programs require “free electives or non-technical electives.” For transfer credit for particular courses, the School of Art or the School of Architecture may be a more appropriate authority to sanction the transfer.Studentswho are uncertain should approach the Office of the Dean of Engineering in the first instance and be directed to the correct group of faculty.

Program Requirements
The specific programs for entering students are shown in detail in the curriculum tables. From time to time, changes are made to these programs following curricular developments authorized by the faculty. Advances in technology and new technologies are closely monitored and are reflected by adjustments in all the engineering programs.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.