General Engineering

Duquesne University's General Engineering program offers a dynamic educational experience characterized by a strong track record of success and a commitment to ethical decision-making. With a focus on building a solid foundation in engineering, the program provides students with valuable guidance and hands-on experience.

As a nationally ranked research institution, Duquesne offers a wide range of opportunities in the sciences and engineering. The focused class sizes ensure that you have easier access to faculty and resources, making it easier for you to pursue challenging opportunities that may be harder to find in larger programs.

Early on, you will have access to project design spaces and labs, allowing you to develop practical skills and produce high-quality work. The dedicated faculty, with decades of experience, are here to offer you support and accessibility to help you make meaningful progress in your academic journey.

Duquesne University strikes a perfect balance between providing you with diverse opportunities and maintaining a close-knit community. This means you can access world-class faculty and facilities while forming lasting friendships. This combination of resources equips you to delve deep into your studies and graduate well-prepared for various career paths.

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Program Information

Our General Engineering program offers a comprehensive education, blending theory and hands-on experience to prepare students for a wide range of engineering disciplines.

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Maddy Gormley

Enrollment Coordinator

Science and Engineering

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Research Opportunities

Within the School of Science and Engineering, you'll work alongside faculty members, immersing yourself not only in the fundamentals of scientific research and engineering design but also in the pursuit of larger scientific goals. This engagement often leads to co-authoring publications in preeminent scientific journals such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Scientific Reports, Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) and more.

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Student Organizations

You can explore your interests through approximately 14 student organizations, which are open to science and engineering majors. These options include joining the American Chemical Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Multicultural STEM Group, among others, to connect with like-minded peers and pursue your passions.


This is the curriculum for the General Engineering program, encompassing 131 credits.

Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • Intro to Engineering (3 credits)
  • Gen Chem 1 (5 credits)
  • Calculus 1 (4 credits)
  • Gen. Anal. Phys. 1 (4 credits)

Spring Semester
(17 credits)
  • Programming for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Gen Chem 2 (5 credits)
  • Calculus 2 (4 credits)
  • Gen. Anal. Phys. 2 (4 credits)
  • Research & Info Skills (1 credit)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • Calculus 3 (4 credits)
  • Electronics (3 credits)
  • Statics (3 credits)
  • Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • Writing & Analysis (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)
  • Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • Mechanics of Materials (4 credits)
  • Differential Equations (3 credits)
  • Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Writing & Literature (3 credits)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • Data Analysis for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Fluid Mechanics (3 credits)
  • Mechatronics Engineering (3 credits)
  • Machines and Mechanisms (4 credits)
  • Essential Questions (3 credits)

Spring Semester (17 credits)

  • Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Heat Transfer (4 credits)
  • Mechanical Design (3 credits)
  • Manufacturing Engineering (3 credits)
  • Intro to Environmental Engineering (4 credits)
Fall Semester (15 credits)
  • Capstone Design 1 (3 credits)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (3 credits)
  • Nuclear Engineering (3 credits)
  • Social & Historical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • Ethical Reasoning & Moral Responsibility (3 credits)
  • Engineering Elective (3 credits)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • Communication & Creative Expression (3 credits)
  • Cultural Fluency & Responsivity (3 credits)
  • Energy Elective 2 (3 credits)
  • Thermal System Design (3 credits)
  • Capstone Design 2 (3 credits)
Choose Two
  • Robotics Engineering (3 credits)
  • Mechanical Control Systems (3 credits)
  • Mechanical Vibrations (3 credits)
  • Renewable Energy (3 credits)
  • Water Resources Engineering (3 credits)
  • Air Resources Engineering (3 credits)