About the Department
Hofstra University's Department of Engineering offers programs that are accredited by the EAC commission of ABET (the Accreditation Board in Engineering and Technology)1 leading to a bachelor of engineering in engineering science, a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering.
In addition, the department offers non-ABET accredited, interdisciplinary degree programs leading to a bachelor of science in industrial engineering and a bachelor of arts in engineering science. All programs are offered under the aegis of a single department, creating an organizational structure fostering collegiality among faculty and ensuring that all students are exposed to a variety of engineering disciplinary perspectives.
The advantages of studying in Hofstra's engineering programs are:
- A highly accessible faculty devoted to undergraduate education and preparation for professional careers.
- Small class sizes, typically from five to 15 students in junior- and senior-level classes.
- Excellent track record in placing students in top engineering graduate programs.
- Opportunities for undergraduate research collaboration with faculty.
- Proximity to New York City with its many employment and educational opportunities.
The knowledge base encompassed by engineering is constantly expanding, but the fundamental skills and aptitudes that a four-year, undergraduate program hopes to impart upon its graduates are timeless and without regard to degree earned. They include a solid grounding in:
- Mathematics as a language to express scientific laws.
- Applied physics as represented primarily in the engineering sciences.
- Engineering design as integrated throughout the program but as especially demonstrated through participation in capstone team projects.
- A variety of well-chosen social sciences and humanities courses.
Technological advances generated by the engineering profession have foreseen as well as unforeseen effects on human culture and civilization. The broadly educated Hofstra engineering graduate will mirror the multifaceted engineer/builder envisioned in classical times by Vitruvius – the first century Roman architect who created the original engineering handbook – and will therefore be best situated to assess the consequences of the societal changes constantly wrought by this profession.