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A Liberal Undergraduate Education for Engineers

Center for Studies in Higher Education and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-1462, USA
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6506; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166506
Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 7 August 2020 / Accepted: 10 August 2020 / Published: 12 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Engineering Education for a Sustainable Energy Future)
The complex dimensions of many issues faced by engineers require that they understand social and humanistic matters along with the technical, and communicate effectively and synergistically with persons having all sorts of backgrounds. This is especially true for matters of sustainability and energy supply. Engineering should therefore be built upon the foundation of a broad and liberal undergraduate education, with the professional degree being moved to the graduate level, as is the case for the other major professions. Another benefit of moving the degree level can be to delay the point of commitment to an engineering major from before college to the latter part of the undergraduate program, a move which can bring in new enrollees and increase diversity. The move of the professional engineering degree to the graduate level has already happened for a number of European countries as an outgrowth of the Bologna Process. There are incremental changes that can be made so that this transition can be undertaken by evolution as opposed to revolution. View Full-Text
Keywords: engineering education; professional degree; Bologna Process; master’s programs; delayed choice of major engineering education; professional degree; Bologna Process; master’s programs; delayed choice of major
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