1. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
Founded in 1952 by the famous scientist Zhou Peiyuan, the major of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics is the first of its type in mechanics in the new China's university education. The major is committed to educating students of the basic theory and basic mechanical skills, giving them a solid foundation in science and mathematics, and enabling them capabilities in science, research, and practice experience in engineering applications.
This major aims at cultivating top talents that are capable of solving problems using theoretical research, experimental analysis and numerical simulation methods. Graduates may choose to continue their studies in mechanics and related interdisciplinary fields, or undertake teaching and research work, or carry out application research, technology development, or management work in engineering-related fields.
Due to their solid foundation in mathematics, physics, mechanics and sciences, the majority of graduates choose to pursue a graduate degree, many of whom were accepted by world-class universities for a doctorate. As mechanics is the foundation of engineering and applied science, graduates in this major who choose to work also have great adaptability and potential in the modern society and have made outstanding achievements in many fields such as mechanics, physics, mathematics, aerospace, biomedical engineering, civil engineering, automation and industrial management.
2. Engineering Mechanics (Engineering Structure Analysis)
The major was established in 1996 at Peking University as "Engineering Structure Analysis", in order to meet the demand on engineering talents in structure calculation and analysis and engineering software development. It was renamed as Engineering Mechanics (Engineering Structure Analysis) in 2012 after the disciplines review of the Ministry of Education.
Originating from the finite element method and its software in the mid-1950s, Computational Mechanics is a discipline that uses a computer method for solving mechanical problems. The impact of computational science has been widely recognized in the scientific community: theory, experiments and calculations are three supporting elements of the modern science.
The digital methods of product design and manufacturing in the national economy has led to greater depth and breadth for the application of computational mechanics software in all aspects of engineering. It has turned from an auxiliary tool into an irreplaceable part of product design and manufacturing, as it plays a vital role in shortening the design and manufacturing cycle, improving product quality and reducing production costs.
Computational mechanics software is especially called for in the national defense area, such as manned space flight, fighter planes and smaller nuclear weapons. In order for a nation to self-develop high-tech in defense, carrying vehicles, power, energy, mechanics, electrical, electronic, and equipment etc., it must have all kinds of production capacity of major industrial equipment with independent intellectual property rights, as well as related software and talents in computational mechanics and other scientific fields. From this perspective, it can even be said that whoever holds the talents and software in computational mechanics will have more advantage in the global competition.
3. Energy and Environment System Engineering
• Bachelor of Engineering in Energy and Environment System Engineering—Clean Energy Science and Engineering
This program is designed for students to learn essential concepts and skills related to oil and gas recovery, effective combustion and pollution control and combustion flue gas cleaning technology, new energy including terrestrial heat, solar energy, wind energy and biomass energy. Students learn fundamental theory and technology of Clean Energy Science and Engineering.
• Bachelor of Engineering in Energy and Environment System Engineering—Efficient Utilization and Recycling of Resources
This program aims at building a solid foundation in the broad areas of physics, chemistry, mineralogy and environment. Students will learn essential engineering concepts and processes of resources utilization. The goal is to achieve efficient recycling resources and reduce energy consumption. Some key issues are about efficient use of complex paragenetic minerals and solid waste utilization.
4. Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering
The program of Aeronuatics and Astronautics Engineering started in 2008 to feed the fast growing aerospace industry of the nation with high quality professionals. As an engineering discipline at Peking University that has a long-standing and strong science background, it aims to provide the students with a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and mechanics, which no discipline of this type in other universities can compete with, as well as a broad range of knowledge in aerospace and engineering and the most recent progress information in this industry. The mission of this program is to produce talents who will lead the way of theoretical development and technology revolution in the field of aerospace.
Students in this program will enjoy:
a) State recommended courses such as Theoretical Mechanics, Theory of Elasticity and Fluid Mechanics, taught by advanced level professors who have years of teaching experiences at the College of Engineering
b) Invited lectures delivered by renowned scholars and experts from industry on the recent progress in aeronautics and astronautics, and an open forum for discussion
c) Organized visits, tours, and internship in key research institutes and large-sized manufacturers for direct experience of involvement in science and production
d) Globex design courses in which the students form groups to solve the practical problems raised by aerospace companies, for example, Boeing. The design group is typically supervised by a professor in the college and a technical manager from the company.
5. Biomedical Engineering
The program of Biomedical Engineering aims to cultivate good quality and leading talents that process a solid theoretical foundation and professional knowledge as well as innovative abilities in the field of biomedical engineering.
Students in this program will receive inter-disciplinary training in natural sciences, engineering science and in biology as well as medicine. Typically, a student will study fundamental courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences, basic skills in information technology, electronic technology and engineering design, as well as specific courses for a chosen major. Besides that, they will also have the opportunity of studying in a globalized education environment and communicating with foreign students. Before graduating, they will be able to challenge the issues in biomedical engineering by approach of theoretical analysis, experimental research and engineering design.
After four year’s studies, most graduates choose to further their studies in biomedical engineering or other related subjects, while others prefer research, technical or management work in key institutes, companies and government offices.
6. Materials Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering
The program is based on a broad intellectual foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, basic materials science, advanced materials and nanotechnology. During their program of study, students are expected to acquire knowledge so that they can be aligned with one of the four identified focus areas of the Department. Students are required to complete the curriculum in four years by obtaining the designated hours of credit and fulfilling supplemental program requirements. First year students share the same curriculum as they register for common core courses. From second year onwards, they can take elective courses of their choice. In their final year of study, they can take the capstone design class that allows them an opportunity to apply what they learn to solve real-life engineering problems by working on projects sourced from industries in a team environment with their classmates and possibly, with cohorts from other universities.
7. Robotics Engineering