Undergraduate Program in Applied Sciences: Overview
Beginning fall 2024: New UNC major in Applied Sciences
Do the big and small problems that you encounter in the world stir your curiosity? If so, take a closer look at UNC-Chapel Hill’s new major in applied sciences, with tracks in materials engineering and environmental engineering.
As a Carolina engineering student, you’ll build the fundamentals to become a modern problem solver. It’s your chance to explore and work with the latest future-focused solutions, materials and technologies of today—while building the fundamentals you’ll need to one day design possibilities not yet imagined. And because you’ll earn this degree while immersed in the University’s wider liberal arts environment, you gain more than excellent technical skills. You’ll also hone the creative, critical thinking and analytical skills you need to address complicated challenges that are both pressing and practical.
This program is unique collaboration between the Department of Applied Physical Sciences (APS) in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. APS is the home department for the major and all students will take their foundational engineering classes in APS. For the upper level engineering tracks, students in the materials engineering track will take classes in APS, and students in the Environmental Engineering track will take classes in ESE.