Students in Lehigh's applied science program create interdisciplinary specialties that prepare them for careers in a world that increasingly bridges academic disciplines. Graduates of the program go on to work in a variety of fields and industries that are tailored to their specific interests and strengths.
Lehigh's applied science program allows students to 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.
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 and Applied Science and may also include courses taken in one or more of the other three colleges at Lehigh.
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 in this capacity throughout the student's undergraduate career.
Unlike students in the traditional college programs, students in the applied science program 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 to develop the concentration to prepare themselves for further study in graduate school or to pursue 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.