Majors & Programs


Engineering Minors

As an engineering school, we aspire to discover the unknown, educate students, and serve society. Our strategy focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, and security. Through innovative partnerships with academic and industry partners—across disciplines and across the world—we will contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

Minors Offered

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Systems Science & Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

Whether you are intent on a career in aviation, or simply enthusiastic about space and flight, a minor in aerospace engineering can satisfy your scientific curiosity, prepare you for a job, or uncover opportunities for technical contributions. The Minor in Aerospace Engineering is available to all engineering undergraduates but is most attractive to those pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.


Bioinformatics is a joint program of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, and the Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences. Mindful of the emerging opportunities at the interface of biology and computer science, the departments of Biology and of Computer Science and Engineering are sponsoring a Bioinformatics Minor that will serve students from both departments, as well as other students from the natural sciences and engineering with an interest in this field.

Computer Science

As computing drives innovation in nearly all industries, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a minor in computer science to provide a basic foundation in software and computer science.

Electrical Engineering

Students take basic courses in the conceptual foundations of electrical engineering, fundamental tools of modern practice, and advanced laboratories, and complete a significant design experience to earn a minor in electrical engineering. Students prepare for lifelong learning through courses in project team activities and opportunities to participate in departmental research activities.

Energy Engineering

This minor will provide students with course work that will enhance their background, knowledge, and skills in the topical area of Energy Engineering. Students will learn about other energy related research underway at Washington University. Students will also gain knowledge about the Clean Energy sector.

Environmental Engineering Science

This Environmental Engineering minor prepares students to seek an entry-level position as an environmental engineer, scientist, or analyst. The minor also provides a solid foundation for undertaking graduate study in environmental engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering complements studies in a field related to mechanical engineering, such as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, or architecture. The Minor is intended to provide students with a credential that could enhance their opportunities for employment or graduate study.


Advancements in power electronics, electronic sensors, computer hardware, and software have led to an expanding role for "smart" systems, which combine electronic and mechanical components. The minor in Mechatronics is created to encourage our students to study this important subject.

Nanoscale Science and Engineering

Nanotechnology deals with materials, structures, or devices one of whose dimensions are in the 1 to 100 nm length scale. These entities have properties (physical, chemical, or biological) that are very different from their bulk counterparts, and can be tuned to obtained novel and desired functionalities. The goal of this Minor is to enhance the background, knowledge, and skills in the topical area of nanotechnology.


Robotic systems have wide application in modern technology and manufacturing. Robots can vary in complexity and use, from microrobots for surgical procedures to moderate-size robots common in manufacturing and undersea exploration to macrorobots used for disposal of nuclear wastes and as arms on space-station modules. The program designed for a minor in robotics provides a fundamental understanding of robotic operation and preliminary training in design and use of robots.

Systems Science and Engineering

This minor consists of fundamental courses in control systems and operations research. In the area of control systems, students will get introduced to design techniques for controlling engineering and socio-economic systems such as airplanes, automobiles, nuclear reactors, ecological systems, communication networks, nation’s economy, and biological systems. In the area of operations research, students are introduced to techniques for optimally managing business resources and controlling business networks such as supply chains.

Choosing a Minor or Second Major

A majority of undergraduate engineering students pursue a minor or second major in engineering or other disciplines, such as economics, music, jazz studies, visual communications, political science, history, entrepreneurship, foreign language, dance, drama, psychology, or more than 100 other options.

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