Ahmedabad University - A Liberal Education

Undergraduate Majors

Ahmedabad University doesn’t have departments within its Schools and Centres, instead we have different programmes offering a whole host of Majors for the students to choose from. A Major is an area of specialisation within a degree programme (for example, History or Chemical Engineering or Economics or Accounting). The student chooses a Major at the time of entering the University but has the flexibility to change the Major as per the prescribed policy. We also allow our students to come into the University with an undeclared Major. Each Major requires 60 or more credits and the total requirements for the degree will 120 credits or higher depending upon the number of credits a particular Major requires.  Usually, a Major has the following structure – a School Core, a Discipline Core, Discipline Electives, School Electives and Internships. Being an Honours degree a Thesis or Capstone project with a writing component is also there for Arts, Sciences, Management and Commerce programmes. For Engineering students, it is a project. 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Honours programmes and the Majors in the liberal Arts and Sciences that constitute them are an entry point for careers in broad and diverse areas. They are 21st-century programmes: rigorous, contemporary and contextual. They are interdisciplinary, and encourage experiential ‘self-learning’ in order to establish how best to ask the right questions and conduct research, and what methodology to use in a particular circumstance. In line with the other programmes at Ahmedabad University, this represents a rethinking of higher education and what it can achieve. As the world changes and artificial intelligence and big data make complex moral and political demands on our understanding; as digital technology remakes music and the possibilities of art; as questions about the future of the global environment spring up at the interstices of applied science, social sciences and philosophy, these programmes will seek to act as a bridge not only between the liberal arts and sciences, but between academic and public intellectual life.

  • Chemical Engineering

    Chemical Engineering deals with the design and development of processes to transform raw materials, micro-organisms and energy into economically useful products. Traditionally, chemical engineers have been employed in industries such as petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, bulk inorganic chemicals, polymers and textiles. In recent times, with increased emphasis on life sciences, the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals also offer good opportunities for young chemical engineers. Many of the life-improving breakthroughs of the last century in areas such as health, agriculture, energy and the environment have been heavily dependent on advances in Chemical Engineering. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. At Ahmedabad University, the unique curriculum of the BTech programme with a major in Chemical Engineering exposes students to a range of General Education Requirement courses along with the Engineering Foundation courses. Apart from these, the students undergo the signature Foundation Programme of the university  which provides a broad perspective and equips students with basic skills such as effective communication, programming, data analysis as well as the ability to think critically. Learning by doing is encouraged alongside a strong emphasis on student projects and research. Students have the opportunity to engage early on in research with faculty or with individuals in industry to gain an in-depth understanding and acquire skills in specific areas. Not only are our programmes in line with current technologies, several of our elective courses focus on skill sets and know-how that are currently in high demand. On completion of this major, the student will be able to: Solve complex chemical engineering problems using knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering basics Identify critical issues in petroleum refining, petrochemicals, fertilisers, dyes and intermediates, bulk and fine chemicals, bio-products and pharmaceuticals Design equipment and plants for chemical and allied processes and perform feasibility analyses for starting new process plants Apply modelling, simulation and optimization tools for process development Identify measures for energy, environment, health, safety and society following ethical principles Understand organisational behaviour and project and financial management Work and lead teams in multidisciplinary areas with professional responsibility Communicate effectively in written, graphic and oral forms The Chemical Engineering undergraduate programme equips students for successful careers in diverse areas that make up the chemical engineering profession. It also prepares students for advanced study in chemical engineering, as well as for the pursuit of other fields, such as science, law, medicine, business and public policy.  read more >>

    Offered at: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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  • Computer Science and Engineering

    The curriculum design of the major in Computer Science and Engineering is in keeping with the multidisciplinary emphasis of the BTech programme as a whole. It combines a rigorous grounding in the field of computer science with added emphasis on the physical and architectural design of modern computer systems. Based on the breadth of the education provided, graduates will be able to design, develop and deploy computing systems across the hardware–software spectrum.  The core courses in Computer Science and Engineering introduce students to themes such as digital electronics, data structures, database management system, computer organisation, computer architecture, algorithm design, operating systems, computer networks, embedded system design, and theory of computing. These courses will enable students to develop expertise as well as widen their competence through exposure to deep research in the areas of data science, cyber physical systems, intelligent systems, and theoretical computer science.  Electives will allow students to develop their own area of specialization within the major. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad  engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. On the completion of the major, students will: Have a sound knowledge of the fundamentals of Computer Science and Engineering including hardware and software  Be able to undertake rigorous analysis, design, development, deployment, and testing skills to formulate appropriate computing solutions in. order to solve business and societal needs Be able to use various programming languages, tools and technology supporting modern software frameworks for solving problems involving a large volume of data in various domains The Computer Science and Engineering programme of Ahmedabad University prepares students to be versatile and choose from diverse career paths. Our education equips students to pursue research, higher education and employment alike in software engineering, hardware design, IoT, data analytics, and other areas.  read more >>

    Offered at: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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  • Mechanical Engineering

    The major in Mechanical Engineering is structured around in-depth courses in the mechanics of machines, mechanical design, thermo-fluids, materials, manufacturing, and manufacturing systems. The use of simulation and design, and extensive hands-on courses on experimentation and design-to-manufacturing provide a rich understanding of innovation in these fields. The overall approach is to integrate the different subfields and bring out the cross-disciplinary nature of engineering in general, and Mechanical Engineering in particular. The curriculum is designed to address two aspects, viz., breadth in engineering via the Engineering Foundation coursework, and depth in the discipline via the major core courses. The focus is on strong and rigorous fundamentals, applications to engineered equipment and systems, and hands-on learning of products and equipment in a multi-subject setting. The pedagogy emphasises questioning, experimenting and developing learning skills to face a career where change is the norm. Students are exposed to the engineering of products and design in a laboratory setting using contemporary tools of analysis and design, including software packages widely used in engineering industries. Teamwork is emphasised alongside strong engineering skills. One of the unique aspects of an Ahmedabad  engineering education is its Engineering Foundation. The Engineering Foundation is a core that is common to all engineering majors. It comprises courses that cover the foundational knowledge of most engineering disciplines It encompass topics in electrical, computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, amongst other fields. Besides imparting breadth, these courses will enable students and graduates to work in interdisciplinary teams and provide a robust foundation to becoming a contemporary engineer. On completion of the major, the student will be able to: Build strong understanding of Mechanical engineering fundamentals and learn to apply them to real world applications through product-based learning. Become industry-ready by understanding requirements from industry and learn to apply engineering knowledge to solve problems from Industry. Develop skills for imagination and creative thinking through innovations on multidisciplinary domains such as Mechatronics, Machine Learning, Healthcare, Electric Vehicles and Industry 4.0. Use computational softwares such as CAD/CAM, FEA/CFD and automation tools required for the analysis and design in practice. Be a good team player and learn to effectively communicate while working with cross-disciplinary teams and industry professionals with the use of latest tools such online meetings, presentations and documentation. Understand the societal issues such as water and air pollution, climatic changes, energy generation and agricultural productivity and learn to develop innovative solutions. Graduates in mechanical engineering are equipped for a variety of tasks spanning a range of industries, services, and other fields. Career paths include working in engineering fims, entrepreneurship, and undertaking further studies globaly. The cross-disciplinary focus of the curriculum equips graduates with the ability to learn and grow in new fields, which is essential to pursuing a successful career in moost engineering and technology settings.  read more >>

    Offered at: School of Engineering and Applied Science

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