Interdisciplinary Programs | College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

The unique advantages of an interdisciplinary educational experience provide students with a broad base of knowledge and skills that, when combined with our abundant undergraduate research opportunities, prepares students for exciting new careers in diverse fields with high demand.

Learn more about our popular interdisciplinary programs by selecting the tabs on the left that correspond with your area of interest. 

Interdisciplinary Programs

Certificate of Graduate Study in Complex Systems

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If you're looking to get your data science M.S. but don't have years to invest in a degree program, this certificate program is for you. We provide students with broad training in computation and theoretical techniques for describing and understanding complex natural and sociotechnical systems and enabling them to (as possible) predict, control, manage, and create such systems.

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B.S. Data Science

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The curriculum of this degree combines courses from the disciplines of Statistics, Mathematics, and Computer Science and prepares students for careers in Big Data Science and Analytics, a rapidly growing field with huge unmet demand. The unique interdisciplinary educational experience allows students the opportunity to acquire the broad base of knowledge and skills that employers are seeking.

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Masters in Complex Systems and Data Science

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Our Masters in Complex Systems and Data Science (CSDS) trains emerging data scientists to find, model, understand, and tell the stories of the patterns they uncover. The coursework comprises a balanced core of Complex Systems and Data Science and includes choose-your-own-adventure options.

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Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Data Science

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Our Ph.D. in Complex Systems and Data Science (CSDS) enables students to build a deep portfolio of research on important, complicated, data-rich problems that matter.

Students will receive broad and rich training in empirical, computational, and theoretical methods for describing and understanding complex systems.

Depending on their chosen area of focus, students will work within and across research groups, and be strongly connected with other students through co-location and regular student-led meetings and events.

The program’s scope is science-wide, encompassing natural, artificial, and sociotechnical systems.

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B.S. Engineering Management

CEMS Interdisciplinary Programs

The ability to design, produce, sell and service quality products in today's marketplace requires managers who understand engineering principles as well as possess the skills to manage technical projects and professionals.

The Engineering Management program is designed to give undergraduates a solid engineering base coupled with a business preparation that will enable them to fill dynamic managerial roles in technical industries.

Jointly sponsored by the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) and the Grossman School of Business, the Engineering Management program draws on a broad range of faculty expertise and study opportunities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Engineering Management program find rewarding opportunities in a wide variety of positions, including consulting, systems design, production supervision, project management, process engineering, quality assurance, technical sales, production planning and control, systems analysis, and inventory management.

Companies hiring UVM graduates in recent years include IBM, General Dynamics, United Parcel, Champlain Cable, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Energizer, Boston Scientific, Kellogg Co., SolarWorks, Pizzagalli Construction, Utility Risk Management, GeneSic, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon.

Our Program

Throughout the curriculum, students learn to apply engineering and business principles to immediate and evolving 21st century problems in manufacturing and service organizations. They develop a foundation to successfully manage people, systems and projects. They also develop an area of emphasis by choosing Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical Engineering in which to concentrate. 

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Hands-on Learning

In the senior year of the program, each student is required to complete a senior design project design in which they work with a company to design a solution to an engineering management problem. Past project titles include: Research and Evaluation of the Optimal Disposition Numbers Regarding the Article Group Steinothan 120 for the German Company Steinbacher Dämmstoffe GmbH; Ways of Increasing and Maintaining On-Time Delivery Performance at Champlain Cable Corporation; Study Into Internal Production of Ice Cream Base at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Company; Operations Consolidation at Lake Champlain Chocolates; and Quality Assurance Program Compliance Review at the Federal Highway Administration.


B.S. Engineering

CEMS Interdisciplinary Engineering Program

The Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree in Engineering is a non-departmental degree designed for students who want a strong engineering science base in preparation for an interdisciplinary engineering specialty. Engineering graduates need a vast amount of knowledge to deal with the world's environmental concerns as well as our technological and information revolution; the B.S. in Engineering gives students the opportunity to obtain a very broad foundational knowledge of engineering.


Degree candidates need to fulfill courses required in the core program, with 122 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 7 courses in Technical Electives must be chosen from courses at the 100 level or above. A minimum of 18 credits of Technical Electives must be engineering courses.

How to Register

Students who wish to register for this degree should meet with their advisor to plan an integrated series of courses directed towards possible engineering concentrations such as: aeronautical engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, power engineering, traffic engineering, geological engineering, and so on.

Minor in Sustainable Energy Engineering

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The procurement of sustainable energy is one of the major challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. The Sustainable Energy Engineering minor is therefore designed for undergraduate, engineering students who are interested in applying their knowledge of engineering fundamentals, analysis, and sustainable design principles to clean energy generation and efficient utilization. Students will gain a foundational understanding of energy technologies and the energy industry, including technological, policy, and economic considerations related to sustainable energy. This minor crosses multiple engineering disciplines and will give our students pursuing accredited disciplinary engineering degrees an added interdisciplinary credential toward pursuing careers in sustainable energy fields. 


Completion of the minor requires 14 credit hours of core requirements plus 6 credit hours of electives. The minor takes advantage of current required and elective coursework contributing to the engineering majors. Therefore, most engineering students should be able to complete the minor by adding 3-7 credits beyond their major requirements.