Coordinated Engineering and Engineering Honors

The Department of Physics proudly hosts the Coordinated Engineering Program and the Engineering Honors Program.

The Coordinated Engineering Program offers two years of engineering study at Brooklyn College and transfer to NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU-Poly), the Grove School of Engineering at City College, or the College of Staten Island Engineering Science Program.

Why Study Engineering?

Engineering is one of America's fastest-growing professions because technology affects our day-to-day lives in countless ways. Any invention must be engineered before it can be used. Engineers have designed every building we enter, every high-tech medical device, every tool we use, every car we drive, and everything big and little in the kitchen, office and garage.

Engineers solve practical problems, from getting an astronaut home from outer space to designing a car seat safe enough for an infant.

Engineers work in a broad range of fields, including environmental protection, biotechnology, biomimetics, computer design, communications, robotics, aerospace, industrial chemistry and materials science, among others. They build and maintain systems through which technology and nature interact, such as solar and wind energy, emissions technology for cars and industry, and sensors to measure oxygen levels in the sea and in lakes.

Engineering is one of the most rewarding professions. A strong background in the humanities and social sciences helps engineers understand human needs. This convergence of engineering and liberal arts has practical implications in the marketplace. Engineers commonly rise to well-paid managerial positions in business, industry and government because they know how to apply quantitative analysis and the scientific method to issues in social and civic life.

Engineering provides a sound preparation for other professional careers. An engineering background in mathematics, science and design, combined with humanities and the social sciences, strengthens students' qualifications for such professions as medicine, law and accountancy.

Why Begin Your Engineering Education at Brooklyn College?

The Brooklyn College Coordinated Engineering Program is close to home and offers a course of study that is the equivalent of the first two years at any engineering school. Annual tuition is about $5,000 — substantially lower than at most private engineering schools, where annual tuition may be as high as $40,000 to $50,000.

Coordinated Engineering students who maintain the required academic level can transfer to one of three coordinating schools — NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (NYU-Poly), the Grove School of Engineering at City College, or the College of Staten Island Engineering Science Program — to complete their bachelor's degree in engineering. (Coordinated Engineering students have also transferred to SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Buffalo, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan and Cooper Union.)

The Coordinated Engineering Program keeps students informed of rapid changes in the profession through the Engineering Club. The club invites working engineers to talk about their specialties and arranges visits to such facilities as Brookhaven National Laboratory, where cutting-edge research is being done.

Through Brooklyn College's Magner Career Center, the college can help Coordinated Engineering students fund participation in summer and between-terms internships and other programs.

With native speakers of 100 languages on campus, Brooklyn College is a welcoming institution whose student body reflects the diversity of Brooklyn and the wider New York area. The college has an active Women's Center and numerous student clubs and activities.

Program Requirements

Coordinated Engineering students take about 64 credits in engineering and the liberal arts, which include English composition and courses in Brooklyn College's nationally recognized Core Curriculum program. The Coordinated Engineering curriculum matches that in the first two years of study at most engineering schools throughout the country, and courses are transferable to the three schools that participate in the Coordinated Engineering Program. Each institution has admission requirements that must also be met. Courses are also transferable to many other engineering programs. Course requirements include engineering mechanics and electrical circuit analysis and laboratory (seldom taught outside of engineering schools) as well as data structures and computer organization. Chemistry, mathematics, calculus-based physics, modern physics and biology give Coordinated Engineering students a secure foundation for the advanced engineering courses given at Brooklyn College.

First-year science and mathematics classes usually have 25 to 30 students. Second-year classes in science, engineering and mathematics usually have 12 or fewer students.

For students who enter the Coordinated Engineering Program but decide later not to pursue engineering, the program's Core Curriculum requirements allow a smooth transition to the Scholars Program or another Honors Academy program and to any of the 70 undergraduate majors available at Brooklyn College.

Admission to the Coordinated Engineering Program

Students interested in the Coordinated Engineering Program must meet the eligibility criteria for admission to Brooklyn College and submit an application for admission as a freshman to the City University of New York, indicating Brooklyn College as their first choice.

Qualified students already matriculated at Brooklyn College may apply to join the Coordinated Engineering Program at any time.

Brooklyn College/CUNY application forms may be obtained online.

Engineering Honors

Students with strong high school academic records and high aptitude for mathematics may apply for acceptance to Engineering Honors, the honors component of the Coordinated Engineering Program.

Engineering Honors is federated with the Brooklyn College Honors Academy, an intellectual community offering study facilities, faculty consultation, computer access and academic opportunities appropriate to honors students' abilities and needs. In the Honors Academy Commons Room, members make new friends among other ambitious, academically talented students like themselves.

Students interested in applying should complete the Brooklyn College Online Application for Honors, Scholarships and Special Programs.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements for Engineering Honors may still be accepted to the Brooklyn College Coordinated Engineering Program and may be eligible for the Engineering Honors Program after two semesters. Students already matriculated at Brooklyn College may apply to join the Coordinated Engineering Program and Engineering Honors at any time.

Engineering Honors requires that students maintain a minimum 3.50 overall grade point average and a minimum 3.20 average in science and engineering subjects. Successful completion of the Engineering Honors requirements is indicated on the student's transcript. Engineering Honors students receive Presidential Scholarships of $2,000 per semester for their two years in the Engineering Honors Program.


The Brooklyn College Coordinated Engineering Program provides a superior education at a manageable cost.

Brooklyn College students who have completed the program and who transfer to NYU­Poly will receive financial aid in terms of government grants and loans for their final two years of study. Those who transfer to the Grove School of Engineering at City College or the College of Staten Island Engineering Science Program continue to pay tuition as set by the City University of New York.

More Information

To learn more about the Brooklyn College Coordinated Engineering Program and Engineering Honors, please contact:

Viraht Sahni
Broeklundian Professor of Physics and Director, Coordinated Engineering Program
P: 718.951.5000, ext. 2866