In addition to building technical acumen, the core curriculum supports students as they develop the following four competencies:
Students in CEMS will become the innovators of tomorrow’s technology and thus should understand the potential implications of their work on the well-being of people, society and the planet. Professional Ethics courses provide students the opportunity to consider the ethical implications of their academic discipline, including the social costs and benefits, environmental justice, and historical perspectives including, but not limited to, associated social, economic, environmental, and geopolitical issues.
In these courses, students develop their ability to effectively communicate technical knowledge in written and oral forms to a wide range of audiences. Students complete at least one course covering basic principles of technical writing and effective oral communication and later apply these skills in more advanced courses in their discipline.
Teamwork and Leadership
In these courses, students develop the ability to function effectively in a team and to create a collaborative and inclusive work environment with others. Students develop leadership skills that enable them to (1) establish and work toward common goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives, (2) identify constructive and destructive group behaviors, and (3) mediate conflict.
In these courses, CEMS students gain significant experience processing and analyzing data and drawing meaningful conclusions from them. Students also develop an appreciation for the uncertainty and variability in data measurements and forecasting across applications. Data Dexterity courses provide students the opportunity to (1) explore data analysis and synthesis through a variety of statistical and optimization tools and data visualization, (2) practice proper data handling techniques, and (3) discern how these skills can be used to address real-world problems in their field of study.
The core curriculum provides students a well-rounded academic experience, including required courses in the humanities and social sciences, mathematics, and computer programming as well as intensive faculty interaction and a culminating capstone experience.