Undergraduate Pathway Program (UPP): Engineering

In the Francis College of Engineering, undergraduate research opportunities exist in many areas, including nanomanufacturing, biomanufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, assistive technology and baseball research. Students may supplement their engineering training with minors in business administration for engineers or in robotics.

Your direct pathway to UMass Lowell



Two to three semesters

Semester start dates

Summer: May 2017

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018

Program list:

Turn new ideas into useful products for consumers and businesses! Use your knowledge of chemistry to solve manufacturing problems! Be the link between invention and mass production! You can join the thousands of successful UMass Lowell alumni who are working in industry, academia and research in the chemical engineering field. The Chemical Engineering Department boasts an accomplished faculty, a diverse range of programs and degrees and well-established ties to industrial and research institutions.
The department has many focus areas that reflect its strengths, such as biotechnology, bioprocessing, advanced engineered materials, nuclear engineering, paper engineering and process controls. Students may select a basic chemical engineering curriculum or a more specialized curriculum in biological, nanomaterials, nuclear or paper engineering, all of which stem from the basic program.

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities and systems that serve the basic needs of society. The first year of undergraduate study is devoted to developing writing skills and subjects in mathematics and science that serve as a foundation for upper level professional studies. During the second year of study, students learn the principles of engineering mechanics, strength of materials and surveying. Junior and senior year course work gives students a working knowledge of structural, environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering. In addition to education in these four basic areas of civil engineering practice, advanced elective courses are available in each area during the senior year. Engineering design, concepts and computer aided engineering are integrated throughout the program.

The first two years of the Computer Engineering program are identical to the first two years of the Electrical Engineering program. The Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering track provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of electrical and computer engineering that would allow a graduate to function effectively in industry or continue on to graduate school. Graduates will have an understanding of embedded hardware and software systems, stand-alone and distributed computing systems, and computer networks.
A computer engineer must understand the fundamentals of general engineering and hardware design as well as essential low and high level programming. A computer engineer must have a fundamental understanding of digital signal processing VLSI filters, electronics, digital/advanced digital computer logic and architecture (at the hardware level) as well as the associated software. This defines the differences between a computer engineer, an electrical engineer, and a computer scientist. An electrical engineer will study math, physical science, and some hardware, while a computer engineer will focus more on hardware and software along with physical science and math, especially discrete math. The computer scientist concentrates more on software and discrete math than the computer engineer and less time to hardware and physical science.

Electrical Engineering offers a diverse curriculum by experienced faculty that have active research programs in a number of specialization areas including nanotechnology, power distribution and more. As an electrical engineer you will study math, physical science, and some hardware. UMass Lowell is located in the heart of Massachusetts technology belt, and maintains close relationships with local industry allowing students the opportunity for part-time semester internships, full-time summer internships and industry-sponsored projects.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is based on a design-build-test methodology, where students spend time in the laboratory and workshop actually building and testing their theoretical designs. UMass Lowell's graduates are renowned for their practical skills and their ability to adapt quickly to the needs of industry. A major strength of the program is its emphasis on hands-on experience. Graduates are fully prepared to pursue work in industry, or to continue on for graduate education in engineering, business, and medicine. The curriculum is designed to graduate engineers who can apply fundamental principles of mechanical engineering with competence and sensitivity to the needs of society. To achieve this goal, students follow a sequence of courses beginning with basic mathematics and science, followed by their application to courses in engineering science and engineering design. Relevant clusters of studies in the humanities and social sciences are included within the context of engineering education. The department offers several tracks for students with different levels of preparation in mathematics and English.

Plastics are said to be the most versatile materials on Earth. UMass Lowell has the only accredited undergraduate Plastics Engineering program in the U.S. and a research-oriented graduate program. Plastics are widely used in the manufacture of products that we use in our daily lives. The companies that manufacture these products have a need for engineers that understand how plastics materials behave so that these products can be designed, tested and manufactured.
This program is designed to prepare the graduate for a professional career as a Plastics Engineer. The curriculum provides a sound basis in mathematics, chemistry and process engineering, plus a full study of plastics materials, properties, physics, engineering sciences, product design, plastics manufacturing and computer aided engineering. It includes sufficient flexibility for further specialization in areas of individual interest.
Since the Plastics Engineering program started in 1954, more than 3000 graduates have been employed by companies throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Major plastics producers and end users recruit annually on campus. Most job openings are in manufacturing, product and process development, technical service and marketing. Some graduates go into research, consulting and teaching.

UPP: Engineering sample course list

UPP program components

UPP credit hours applied to degree: 30 / Remaining credit hours to complete degree program: 90

Semester 1 Course title Credits

NAV 101

Navigating the Undergraduate Pathway



College Writing A ESL



Chemistry plus Lab



Total credits


Semester 2 Course title Credits


College Writing I



Calculus II



Introduction to Engineering



General Psychology



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits


Semester 3 Course title Credits


College Writing II



Physics plus Lab



Introduction to Sociology



Supplemental Instruction



Total credits



Total program credits


Program information

Progression requirements:

  • Overall GPA of 2.5
  • No grade below C
  • Minimum number of credits: 30
  • Students must successfully complete College Writing II ESL in order to matriculate to sophomore year with UML.

Program notes:

  • Placement in Math and College Writing courses is determined by the University's Math and English writing assessments. If students do not place into the math or writing course, an additional semester may be necessary.
  • Students in UPP: 3 Semesters with English start with a semester of Academic English and then proceed into the same course of study as students in UPP: 3 Semesters
Entry to second year of your UMass Lowell College of Management degree program

Bachelor of Science

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plastics Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

    - Biological Engineering

    - Nuclear Engineering

    - Paper

    - Nanomaterials Track

Employment and Career Options

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Development
  • Research and Design
  • Automotive Design
  • Product Development
  • Medical Devices