Parameters for image-map-2:{}
University of New Haven logo

General Engineering

There are those who will look at a piece of cutting-edge technology or a stunning new innovation and not be content to just appreciate it and use it.  They want to understand how it works —the design process, the components, the glitches, and the solutions to said glitches. They would also like to go through life using that kind of knowledge in one way or another.  If that describes you, a degree in general engineering from UNH will give you the essential components you need for a career that involves engineering — but is not limited to it.  

Take the flexible route.

The study of engineering needn’t lead to a career as a practicing engineer in a specific discipline.  You can use your engineering knowledge in one of many dynamic career paths.  Our program keeps things flexible — simply requiring that you select a minor from another recognized program at UNH.  Popular minors include:

  • Legal studies — to prepare for law school or a career in patent law
  • Biology — to prepare for medical school or a career in medicine or bioengineering
  • Management — for those interested in technical management. 
  • Math or science, followed by an M.S. in Education — for those interested in teaching
  • Different engineering disciplines

What if I want to be an engineer, but I’m undecided about which branch to choose, you ask?  Then our general engineering program is still right for you.  During your first year, you’ll take the same foundation courses as students in specific engineering majors while you make your decision.   Then, in your sophomore year, you can make a seamless transition to a specific discipline such as chemical, civil, computer, electrical, or mechanical engineering.

Learn the skills that will bring you success. 

You’ll get a comprehensive education that gives you the tools you’ll need for engineering-related careers.  We emphasize:

  • Analysis and problem solving, with exposure to open-ended problems and design methods
  • Acquiring the ability to design and conduct experiments as well as interpret data
  • Acquiring the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
  • Teamwork — especially on multidisciplinary teams
  • Communication skills
  • Ethics and environmental awareness
  • The development of character, self-reliance, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills through a high degree of choice, involvement, and responsibility

Your engineering instructors come from our ABET-accredited programs in chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering.   Accessible, engaged, and actively interested in your academic and personal welfare, they will give you guidance and support as you come to a decision on further studies.  Once you choose a minor, you will have the advice of faculty in that field as well.

Get the hands-on experience that leads to career opportunities.  

As a student at UNH, you’ll be in demand by local companies for part-time and summer jobs as well as internships and co-op positions. Many engineering firms — like Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney — are within easy commuting distance, as are numerous large corporations and small businesses in a wide spectrum of industries. 

After their temporary stints at these companies, many of our students return as permanent, full-time hires after graduation.