Undergraduate Study
Special Programs

Undergraduate (Departmental) Honors

The accelerated, intensive study through McCormick’s Honors Programs isn’t for everyone. However, if you’re up to the challenge, we encourage you to apply for honors in your area of study during your junior or pre-senior year, at least three full quarters before completing your degree requirements.

Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP)

The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to a career as a physician. Northwestern University students are accepted during their third undergraduate year for matriculation into the Feinberg School after their fourth or senior year.

Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Our mentoring program for undergraduate students connects current students with NU BME alumni.  Students will get the opportunity to learn about various careers, gain insight about undergraduate pathways, build their resources and network, and create meaningful connections.

Alumni and students can participate in one or both of these mentorship programs: 

  • Individual mentorship program – Alumni mentors are assigned a mentee who they will meet with during the academic year to help prepare students for their life after Northwestern, connect students to the large network of BME alumni around the world, and give students perspectives beyond the department. 
  • Group informational interviews – 50-minute career information sessions via zoom with 1 alumnus and up to 5 students.  These sessions are scheduled frequently throughout the academic year to enable students to get a variety of career perspectives from alumni.

Click here to participate as an alumnus

Click here to participate as a student

Participating in the mentoring program is a rewarding, meaningful experience for both alumni mentors and current students. 

Certificates & Minors

The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science offers several certificate programs and minors. These academic options broaden the scope of your knowledge and provide you with the type of interdisciplinary study that makes a McCormick degree valuable.
The Global Health Minor is a Weinberg minor that is popular among BME students.

Cooperative Engineering Education Program

Students interested in the Walter P. Murphy Cooperative Engineering Education Program should visit Engineering Career Development on the second floor of the Ford Building.

Study Abroad

Northwestern encourages students in all of its undergraduate schools to study abroad. Study abroad is a crucial part of a well-rounded undergraduate education. Study Abroad Office staff and advisers will work closely with you to help you connect your academic and personal goals to an international credit-bearing experience.

Engineering students who are interested in study abroad need to plan ahead for this pathway, as some courses need to be taken earlier than usual to accommodate for the quarter away.  If you are considering study abroad, make sure to become familiar with the Study Abroad Advice for BME Students.

Combined Degrees

Northwestern engineering students can take advantage of several combined degree programs offered by McCormick, including the opportunity to earn two BS degrees simultaneously, the BS/MS program, and the Combined Music and Engineering Program