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"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that never has been."  Theodore von Karman

Cornell engineers do amazing things. They trample the traditional boundaries between disciplines and they question the rules of conventional wisdom.  In short, they break the rules in order to make great things happen. The independent spirit of our students, professors, and alumni has been clear since Ezra Cornell started the university 150 years ago as "an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

The study of engineering at Cornell is rigorous and comprehensive. In the first two years, students in the College of Engineering take courses designed to provide a firm foundation for later specialization. All student engineers complete the College of Engineering’s Common or Core Curriculum before selecting a major. Engineering students experience the depth and breadth of Cornell Engineering through our 14 majors, 20 minors, and more than 60 concentrations. For more information on undergraduate majors and minors, see the Undergraduate Education website, or click on a specific major or minor below.