Harvard's DEAS

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By International86 (International86) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 01:39 am: Edit

How good is the DEAS at Harvard ?
They offer B.S. degrees in some engineering fields but I don't know just how "good" they are.

By Jab93 (Jab93) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 11:14 am: Edit

DEAS is incredibly strong. They specialize in
interdisciplinary research in applied physics, engineering physics, fluid and solid dynamics,
materials science, environmental science... it is an excellent place if you want to do academic research...

Harvard is not known for its engineering, per se... but it is well respected for academic research... its not the place to go if you want to be a practicing engineer right out of undergrad... most of the engineering students go on to business, medicine, or law school, or they go to graduate school to get a PhD... they have an excellent acceptance rate at MIT, CalTech, Stanford, Berkeley, etc...

Regarding the B.S. degree... actually, most students get the B.A. in Engineering... mainly because it's difficult to fit in all the Core requirements and Engineering requirements... The B.A. requires a few less courses... but don't worry, it doesn't really affect your chances of getting into grad school...

Think of DEAS as a place to do applied physics, applied chemistry, applied math, applied geophysics, applied biophysics... not to become a run-of-the-mill engineer (nothing wrong with that, of course, but this isn't the place for you then).

By Sprite (Sprite) on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 01:24 pm: Edit

Actually, I'm doing the BS track in Engineering Sciences (Elec. Eng. and C.S.). Come now, this is Harvard you're talking about here. The programs are pretty darn good.

For the BS degree, you need to take a MINIMUM of 20 half courses in Engineering out of the regular 32 required to graduate (regular meaning 4 half courses per semester; 2 semesters per year). There are 7 core curriculum courses, and a freshman writing class. So there's 28 right there. There are some extra courses depending on your focus area (like EECS, or MechE, or whatnot). So, it's doable. Just don't expect to take many courses in other areas.

The BA track requires less courses (either 12-14 or 14-16, I don't recall). If you want more info regarding Engineering, ask Sandra Godfrey at Harvard (godfrey@deas.harvard.edu).

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