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 Tandon School of Engineering, 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 computer science and design, combined with humanities and the social sciences, strengthens students’ qualifications for other professions such as medicine, law, and finance.

Why Begin Your Engineering Education at Brooklyn College?

The Brooklyn College Coordinated Engineering and Engineer Honors programs are close to home and offers courses of study that are the equivalent of the first two years at any engineering school. The programs are small and provide supportive environments for students.

The different fields of engineering offered at Brooklyn College are:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

Coordinated Engineering students who maintain the required academic standards can transfer to one of three coordinating schools—NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly, NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering), 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. Each institution has admission requirements that must also be met.

Coordinated Engineering students have also transferred to Stony Brook University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of MichiganCooper Union, and the University of Buffalo.

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.

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

Program Requirements

Coordinated Engineering students are required to take 64 credits in engineering and the liberal arts. The Coordinated Engineering curriculum matches 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. Courses are also transferable to many other engineering programs. The course requirements include engineering mechanics, and electrical circuit analysis and laboratory (seldom taught outside of engineering schools) as well as computer science courses such as advanced programming techniques, data structure, and object-oriented programming. Chemistry, mathematics, calculus-based physics, modern physics, and biology give Coordinated Engineering students a firm foundation for the advanced engineering courses given at Brooklyn College and the engineering school of transfer.

For students who enter the Coordinated Engineering Program but decide later not to pursue engineering, the program allows a smooth transition to any of the more than 80 undergraduate programs available at Brooklyn College. Those in Engineering Honors can transition to the Scholars Program or another Honors Academy program.

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 enrolled 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.

Students interested in applying should complete the Brooklyn College Honors Engineering application. Additionally, students must complete the CUNY freshman admissions application, indicating Brooklyn College as their first choice.

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.

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


The Coordinated Engineering Program provides a superior education at a manageable cost. Annual tuition is substantially lower than at most private engineering schools, where annual tuition may be as high as $40,000 to $50,000.

The tuition rates for full-time students at Brooklyn College are described by the Office of the Bursar on the college website.

Brooklyn College students who have completed the program and who transfer to NYU­ Tandon will receive financial aid in terms of government grants, scholarships, 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 Coordinated Engineering Program and Engineering Honors, contact:

Mim Lal Nakarmi
Professor of Physics

Brooklyn. All in.