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The field of engineering involves solving real-world problems by designing and building solutions. Engineering combines science and math to define problems, identify constraints, and design solutions. Most engineering disciplines require a degree in engineering, and some require a license to practice as a Professional Engineer. Read about Engineering Dual-Degree options at Bowdoin.

Salary Info

Salary varies widely depending on role, education level, and location. Here is a sample of 2016 median salaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor:

  • Aerospace Engineer: $109,650
  • Agricultural Engineer: $73,640
  • Biomedical Engineer: $85,620
  • Chemical Engineer: $98,340
  • Civil Engineer: $83,540
  • Civil Engineering Technician: $49,980
  • Computer Hardware Engineer: $115,080
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineer: $96,270
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technician: $62,190
  • Environmental Engineer: $84,890
  • Environmental Engineering Technician: $49,170
  • Health and Safety Engineer: $86,720
  • Industrial Engineer: $84,310
  • Industrial Engineering Technician: $53,330
  • Marine Engineer: $93,350
  • Materials Engineer: $93,310
  • Mechanical Engineer: $84,190
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician: $54,480
  • Mining and Geological Engineer: $93,720
  • Nuclear Engineer: $102,220
  • Petroleum Engineer: $128,230

Engineering Dual-Degree Programs

Bowdoin students interested in engineering have options. Bowdoin has an Engineering Dual Degree option with UMaine, Columbia, Dartmouth, and CalTech. Curricular requirements for engineering dual degree options vary by program. The 3-2 program (three years at Bowdoin followed by 2 years at the engineering school) is most common. Dartmouth also has a 2-1-1-1 program, allowing students to study at Dartmouth their junior year, return to Bowdoin senior year, then apply for a fifth year at Dartmouth.

Columbia also offers a 4-2 option. Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Bowdoin can continue at Columbia for 2 years and graduate with a Master of Science degree in engineering from Columbia.

If you are considering this program, talk with your advisor early in your time at Bowdoin. The program is coordinated by Associate Dean Charles Dorn, with assistance from representatives from each natural science department and Mathematics, including Professor Dale Syphers and Gary Miers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


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