ABET Accreditation

The Penn State Engineering Science undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Engineering, General Engineering, Engineering Physics, and Engineering Science Program Criteria.

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop future state, national, and international leaders of scientific and engineering endeavors, the law, medicine, business, politics, and governments who apply a solid foundation in engineering and scientific principles, to impact the well being of the global society, its environment, and future frontiers, yet to be discovered.

Program Educational Objectives

Consistent with the mission of Penn State and the College of Engineering, the bachelor of science program in engineering science aims to create world-class engineers who will contribute to social and economic development through the application of engineering.

The undergraduate program in Engineering Science at Penn State has been designed so that students can identify and pursue their personal and professional goals while obtaining a strong foundation in the principles and practice of engineering and science.

The expected accomplishments of Engineering Science graduates in the first several years following graduation are:

  • Participate in lifelong learning activities including, but not limited to, masters, doctorate, medical, and law degrees, continuing education, leadership development, management training, and global involvement/awareness
  • Engage in practice in a wide variety of fields including but not limited to electrical systems, electronics, mechanical systems, materials development, forensics, biomaterials, medicine, law, and business
  • Research, develop, design, and/or utilize new products, processes, materials, devices, systems, and/or tools
  • Communicate findings and best practices at conferences, meetings, and to the general public, through technical publications (journals, reports, memoranda), presentations, intellectual property generation, and patent filings
  • Use state-of-the-art tools for the benefit of society
  • Participate in and promote the value of diversity in society
  • Encourage and foster future generations of engineers through mentoring, service, and outreach

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes)

At the time of graduation, Engineering Science graduates are expected to attain the following:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs with realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • Ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economical, environmental, and social context
  • Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice


The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523