Director, associate dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
The Applied Science Program enables students to create interdisciplinary specialties that prepare them for careers in a world that increasingly bridges academic disciplines. Students pursue subject-area concentrations that represent academic interests they wish to integrate into a meaningful program. The core offers students the intellectual tools to identify connections between the concentrations and engage in interdisciplinary problem-solving and critical thinking.
The program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. Each student’s curriculum combines a general engineering education with a carefully customized concentration in engineering and/or science as well as another area of emphasis, which may include courses taken inside the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering & Applied Science and may also include courses taken in one or more of the other three Colleges within the University.
In order to ensure the success of this individualized approach to education, Applied Science places primary emphasis on advisement. Each student is teamed with an advisor who helps the student plan the course of study and who supervises independent study and internships. The advisor remains the student’s advisor throughout his or her undergraduate career.
Unlike students in the traditional college programs, students in the Applied Science program of individualized study do not declare a major in a particular academic department. Instead, they develop a concentration that may combine study in several areas. Students are encouraged by their advisor to develop the concentration in such a way that the student will be well prepared for further study in graduate school or for pursuing a particular career path. While the chosen concentration can be highly customized in consultation with the advisor, examples of concentrations include: Technical Communications, Digital Media, Entertainment Science, Technology/Science and Education, Technology/Science and Pre-law, Technology/Science and Pre-Medicine, Technology Management, Technology Marketing, and Engineering and Architecture. Many other combinations are possible.
The requirements for a BS in Applied Science program are a minimum of 129 credit hours including First Year Courses: ENGL 1 and 2; ENGR 1 and 5; CHM 30, PHYS 11 and 12; MATH 21 and 22. Other Natural Science: CHM 110 and 111; EES 21, 22, and 31; PHYS 21 and 22. Other Mathematics: MATH 21, 22, 23, 205, and 231. Required HSS courses: ECO 1, PHIL 128, and PSYC 1. Humanities & Social Science electives: 13 additional credits subject to college requirements. Major electives: 24 credits. Approved electives: 18 credits. For a Recommended Sequence of Courses, see http://www.lehigh.edu/engineering/academics/undergraduate/majors/appliedscience.html