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Capstone Design Project and Honors Thesis

The capstone project in engineering science is done under the supervision of a faculty member who is often in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, but can be any faculty member at Penn State. That project involves design and, for most projects, also involves cutting-edge research.

Students decide on their project during the second semester of their third year and complete it during their fourth year. There are six credits of coursework during the third and fourth year as part of this capstone project. The project culminates with a written report and an oral presentation at the end of the fourth year.

For students who are also in the Schreyer Honors College or those graduating with honors in engineering science, this report also fulfills the requirements of the honors thesis.



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