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A Bachelor of Engineering (BE, BEng or BAI) or a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSc (Eng) or BSE) is an academic undergraduate degree awarded to a student after three to five years of studying engineering at an accredited college or university.

In the UK, a Bachelor of Engineering degree will be accredited by one of the Engineering Council's professional engineering institutions as suitable for registration as an incorporated engineer or chartered engineer with further study to masters level. In Canada, a degree from a Canadian university can be accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Alternatively, it might be accredited directly by another professional engineering institution, such as the US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Bachelor of Engineering contributes to the route to chartered engineer (UK), registered engineer or licensed professional engineer and has been approved by representatives of the profession. Similarly Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in India is accredited by All India Council for Technical Education.

Most universities in the United States and Europe award bachelor's degrees in engineering through various names.

A less common and possibly the oldest variety of the degree in the English-speaking world, is Baccalaureus in Arte Ingeniaria (B.A.I.), a Latin name meaning Bachelor in the Art of Engineering.[1] Here Baccalaureus in Arte Ingeniaria implies excellence in carrying out the 'art' or 'function' of an engineer. Some South African universities refer to their engineering degrees as B.Ing. (Baccalaureus Ingenieurswese, in Afrikaans).

Engineering fields

A Bachelor of Engineering degree will usually be undertaken in one field of engineering, which is sometimes noted in the degree postnominals, as in BE (Aero) or BEng (Elec). Common fields for the Bachelor of Engineering degree include the following fields:

International variations


In Australia, the Bachelor of Engineering (BE or BEng - depending on the institution) is a four-year undergraduate degree course and a professional qualification.

The title of “engineer” is not protected in Australia, therefore anyone can claim to be an engineer and practice without the necessary competencies, understanding of standards or in compliance with a code of ethics.[9] The industry has attempted to overcome the lack of title protection through chartership (CPEng), national registration (NER) and various state registration (RPEQ) programs which are usually obtained after a few years of professional practice.


In Canada, degrees awarded for undergraduate engineering studies include the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng. or B.E., depending on the institution); the Baccalauréat en génie (B.Ing., the French equivalent of a B.Eng.; sometimes referred to as a Baccalauréat en ingénierie); the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.); and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc.Eng.).

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), a division of the Engineers Canada, sets out and maintains the standards of accreditation among Canadian undergraduate engineering programs. Graduates of those programs are deemed by the profession to have the required academic qualifications to be licensed as professional engineers in Canada.[10] This practice is intended to maintain standards of education and allow mobility of engineers in different provinces of Canada.[11]

A CEAB-accredited degree is the minimum academic requirement for registration as a professional engineer anywhere in the country and the standard against which all other engineering academic qualifications are measured.[12] Graduation from an accredited program, which normally involves four years of study, is a required first step to becoming a professional engineer. Regulation and accreditation are accomplished through a self-governing body (the name of which varies from province to province), which is given the power by statute to register and discipline engineers, as well as regulate the field of engineering in the individual provinces.

Graduates of non-CEAB-accredited programs must demonstrate that their education is at least equivalent to that of a graduate of a CEAB-accredited program.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "School of Engineering - Trinity College Dublin".
  2. ^ "Geological Engineering—BS".
  3. ^ "canadian masters degree".
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mining engineering
  6. ^ "Undergraduate Degrees - WVU Statler College". Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  7. ^ List of systems sciences organizations
  8. ^ List of systems engineering universities
  9. ^ "Registration of Engineers | Engineers Australia".
  10. ^ "About accreditation - Engineers Canada". 8 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Accreditation Board - Engineers Canada". 8 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board". Archived from the original on 2014-02-02.