Curriculum / Two Degrees

The Fisher Program in Management and Technology is an innovative dual degree program through which students pursue degrees from both the Wharton School and Penn Engineering concurrently. As a highly individualized program, the M&T curriculum is tailored to fit each individual's interests. Special "linking" courses (such as Freshman Seminar: OIDD 399, Management 237: Management of Technology and Management 235: Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship, OIDD 236: Scaling Ventures as well as Integration Lab in the senior year) are offered to M&T students as a way to integrate and bridge the two disciplines.

M&T students are required to take a minimum of 46 credit units in order to graduate.

The Bachelor of Science in Economics is based on a strong integrated curriculum providing students with both fundamental business knowledge and specialized skills. M&T students choose from over 21 concentrations as their major, in areas ranging from Finance to Accounting to Marketing to Operations, Information, and Decisions. Wharton's world-renowned faculty members emphasize experiential learning, offering students an unmatched educational experience.

Wharton Courses

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics (BSE), M&T students must complete the Wharton Undergraduate Curriculum, as outlined below. Please note the requirements for M&T students are slightly different from single degree Wharton students.

Quantitative/Computational Skills Requirements

MATH 104 (Calculus I)*

MATH 114 (Calculus II)*

ESE 301 (Engineering Probability) / STAT 430 (Probability)*

ESE 302 (Engineering Application of Statistics) / STAT 431 (Statistical Inference)*

*These courses fulfill Penn Engineering requirements for some engineering majors.

Wharton Requirements

ECON 010*:  Introduction to Economics for Business and the "Business Fundamentals" provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for making business decisions:

ACCT 101 (Principles of Accounting I)

ACCT 102 (Principles of Accounting II)

BEPP 250 (Managerial Economics)*

FNCE 100 (Corporate Finance)

FNCE 101 (Monetary Economics & the Global Economy)*

LGST 101:  Law and Social Values or LGST 100:  Ethics and Corporate Responsibility or EAS 203:  Engineering Ethics**

MGMT 101 (Introduction to Management)

MKTG 101 (Introduction to Marketing)

*These courses fulfill Penn Engineering Social Science and Humanities requirements. 

**EAS 203:  Engineering Ethics will fulfill a Wharton requirement as well as the Penn Engineering Ethics requirement.

Leadership Journey

The Leadership Journey is a set of four modules that prepares students for leadership roles by providing experiential learning as well as evidence-based content on leadership, communication, teamwork, and diversity.  Students take one module per year for a total of 2.0 CU.

Environment of Business

Students must take a course in each of the following categories:

Global Economy, Business, and Society (1 CU)*

Technology Innovation, and Analytics (1 CU)***

*Some courses while meeting the Global Economy, Business, and Society requirement may also fulfill one of the Social Science and Humanities requirements for Penn Engineering.

***MGMT 237, Management of Technology will fulfil the Technology, Innovation, and Analytics requirement.

Business Depth & Breadth

The introductory business courses set the stage for the business concentration, for which students take four courses in the area of business study that interests them most. These are upper-level courses that deepen the knowledge students have gained from their “Business Fundamentals.” Students also expand their business education by completing two “Business Breadth” courses: two classes from two different business departments. No courses from the same department as a student’s business concentration may count toward the Business Breadth requirement.

Communication Requirements         

All students are required to take a Writing Seminar. Critical Writing Seminars are available in a variety of disciplines, such as English, philosophy, and history. Students may consult The Critical Writing Program website for a list of Critical Writing Seminars. The Writing Seminar will fulfill the writing requirement for Penn Engineering and the Wharton School. 

Students must complete the 2nd semester or equivalent of a language other than English.   Students may satisfy the foreign language requirement in any of the following ways: by receiving a required score on one of the AP or IB Exams (click here to review the AP, IB and Pre-College Credit policies), by receiving a required score on one of the approved SAT II foreign language tests, by completing the appropriate Cambridge A-Level Examination at a grade deemed satisfactory by the language group, successful completion of a test given by a language department or by the Penn Language Center, or by completion of the second course in the Penn foreign language sequence. 

Liberal Arts Courses

The Wharton undergraduate curriculum is structured to combine the study of business with the study of the arts and sciences. M&T students only need to focus on the arts requirements since they will fulfill the science requirement through their Penn Engineering requirements. A total of two credit units are necessary to fulfill the General Education Distribution requirement. M&T students can fulfill the General Education Distribution requirement through courses in the Social Science and Humanities categories. Social Science courses focus on the relationship between individuals and institutions, methods of social observation and analysis, tools for historical analysis and inquiry, and issues of civic life and public policy. Courses within the category of Humanities focus on the works of creativity. These courses may include, but are not limited to, those which analyze art, cinema, literature, music, and theater. These courses also include those focused on language acquisition and analysis. 

*These courses fulfill Penn Engineering Social Science and Humanities requirements.

Cross-Cultural Perspective

Given today’s global business environment, an international perspective is an essential part of a student’s undergraduate education. To that end, M&T students are required to take two credit units that have substantial cross-cultural content. Courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement include: courses that discuss international issues, including courses focusing on particular regions of the world, courses about non-American cultures, including courses in art, history, literature, music, and religious studies; U.S. cultural diversity courses; and language courses beyond the second semester level.  These courses may not double count for any other Wharton requirements, and only one U.S. cultural diversity course may be used to satisfy the requirement.

*These courses fulfill Penn Engineering Social Science and Humanities requirements.

Penn Engineering offers two separate degree options to students: Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) and Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). The BSE is a traditional engineering degree and usually the best option for students who wish to be professional engineers, computer scientists, or pursue a graduate engineering degree. The BAS is designed for students with a deep interest in technology, but who do not wish to be professional engineers. This degree offers a wider range of course options with breadth in the engineering disciplines, but also in the liberal arts. Penn Engineering provides students with exceptional programs, research opportunities, and design experiences.

Engineering Majors

M&T students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences in Engineering can select from the following majors:

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Digital Media Design
Electrical Engineering
Materials Science Engineering
Networked & Social Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Systems Science Engineering

M&T students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science can select from the following majors:

Biomedical Science
Computational Biology
Computer Science

The majority of M&T students start their first semester as curriculum deferred within Penn Engineering. All students are required to declare their Penn Engineering major by the end of their freshmen year. Admitted M&T students unsure of their engineering major will be given guidance from the M&T Office on course selection for their first semester.

Although each engineering major requires specific courses to be taken to complete the major, there are some requirements all engineering majors must meet. All Penn Engineering graduates will need to complete math, natural science, social science and humanities courses, and the writing seminar to earn their Penn Engineering degrees. For more information on the BSE and BAS majors offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, please click on the majors listed below.

Biomedical Science*
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Computer and Cognitive Science
Computational Biology*
Computer Engineering
Computer Science**
Digital Media Design
Electrical Engineering
Materials Science Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Networked & Social Systems Engineering
Systems Science Engineering

*Majors offered through the Bachelor of Applied Science

**Majors offered through the Bachelor of Applied Science & Bachelor of Science in Engineering

***An additional option is the BAS “Individualized” major. Students considering this option should discuss this with their academic advisor.