Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

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Case Western Reserve University students are serious about success, and every facet of their college experience is geared toward equipping them with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to become 21st-century leaders in their fields. From rigorous coursework and hands-on learning experiences to vibrant city living, a Case Western Reserve education prepares Science and Engineering students to become distinguished academics, savvy leaders, and productive global citizens.  

Academic lessons
Case Western Reserve offers 22 undergraduate academic programs in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics and 14 Engineering majors—including a Biomedical Engineering program ranked 18th in the country. Each of these programs weaves intense classroom theory with hands-on application in a host of real-world settings.

Throughout the curriculum, scientific theory is infused with practical experience. Engineering students design working prototypes that makethe hypothetical real; students in theNatural Sciences, likewise, put their textbook knowledge to work creating and testing hypotheses alongside faculty members, in groups, and on their own.

Students interested in health sciences benefit from the new Health Education Campus, a joint project between the University and Cleveland Clinic that is home to students from the dental, nursing, and medical schools. The high-tech campusis designed to encourage teamworkamong health care disciplines, whichresearch shows reg-ularly leads to enhanced patient

All undergrads benefit from CaseWestern Reserve’s common curriculum, SAGES (Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship).SAGES courses feature small, interdisciplinary seminars that connect students to faculty and world-class institutions in our University Circle neighborhood. The coursework focuses on sharpening the written andoral communication skills that ensurethe success of students’ ideas—critical lessons that will help budding scientists and engineers develop theories of their own and articulate their discoveries to the world.

Case Western Reserve’s single-door admission policy allows students the freedom to dedicate themselves to all of their intellectual pursuits, giving them maximum flexibility to build their capacities in additional areas of academic interest.

Experiential learning
A CWRU education is founded on the belief that learning is best accomplished through a blend of theoryand practice, and 98% of studentsparticipate in experiential learningduring their undergraduate careers. Among Science and Engineering majors, learning outside the classroom commonly takes place in internships, co-ops, research endeavors, and service learning.

All undergradutes benefit from working with a dedicated navigator, a professional who stays with them all four years to help them explore and access opportunities for personal and professional growth on and off campus.

On-the-job training
Internships and co-ops allow Case Western Reserve Science and Engineering students to test-drive their skills in real-world positions.

More than half of CWRU Engineering majors complete a summer internship or semester-long co-op placement during their undergraduate years, allowing them to hone their skills while tackling real-life engineering challenges. Case Western Reserve students average more than $20,000 for a seven-month co-op position.

Case Western Reserve offers plentiful opportunities to match students with on-the-job training during their college years as well as full-time employment upon graduation. Twice a year, the CWRU Career Fair brings top employers from around the country to campus, offering opportunities for internships, co-ops, practica, and full-time employment. The Career Center also maintains a database of job and internship postings available exclusively for Case Western Reserve students and alumni.

Undergraduate research
The research opportunities available to undergraduates at Case Western Reserve—in terms of both lab equipment and brainpower—are unparalleled. Undergraduates perfect prototypes using 3D printers, laser cutters, and other advanced machinery in the Sears think[box] makerspace, oneof the largest university invention centers in the nation; toil in researchcenters dedicated to biorobotics,video game design, and fuel cells; and conduct experiments on campus, at the medical school, and at neighboring facilities, including ClevelandClinic and University Hospitals. Often their hard work is rewarded when, as undergraduates, they become published scientists—their results reported in some of the country’s most prized scientific journals.

Community service
CWRU Science and Engineering students find ample opportunity to help society and better their education. Through the Humanitarian Design Corps, students design and build solutions for rural communities worldwide. They’ve recently tackled power solutions in Botswana and safe water supplies in Cameroon, Thailand, and the Dominican Republic.

Volunteer opportunities abound for Case Western Reserve students interested in the sciences, including at Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center—each within one mile of campus.

Rich educational culture
Case Western Reserve is the centerpiece of Cleveland’s University Circle—one of the most culturally robust communities in the nation. The area is home to more than 40 prominent artistic, cultural, educational, health, and human service institutions. Partnerships with these neighbors—including the Cleveland Botanical Garden,Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Art—offer students unparalleled access to invaluable educational resources.

Less than five miles away and easily accessible by public transportation, downtown Cleveland is the headquarters of KeyBank, Eaton, Sherwin-Williams, and more and is celebrated for its world-renowned health care institutions, burgeoning culinary scene, and four professional sports teams: the Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, and Monsters.

The attractions of Cleveland and University Circle are just a short walk or ride away, and students can easily access all the area’s cultural and recreational attractions via public transportation, to which undergraduatesare granted unlimited access.

Student life
Case Western Reserve students enjoy more than 200 student organizations and activities to choose from. They play out their potential with a Spartan athletic team, make their voices heard in a student government body, and soak up the spotlight in performing arts groups. There are also academic, religious, and multicultural groups as well as social fraternities and sororities.

Beyond CWRU
Case Western Reserve students graduate ready to tackle the next phase of their lives, whether that means landing a spot in a top-ranked graduate orprofessional program or securing employment in their field upon graduation. Within three months of graduation, 94% of recent graduates are accepted to graduate or professional school, employed full-time, or pursuing personal or educational interests such as community service or travel. 


CWRU Overview

Location: CWRU is the centerpiece of Cleve
land’s University Circle, a one-square-mile flashpoint of culture, entertainment, and health care. Among the attractions just steps from our students’ doors are the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum  of Natural History, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Western Reserve Historical Society, and University Hospitals.

Academic programs: Case Western Reserve’s
College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate academic programs in the following natural science disciplines:
• Applied Mathematics
• Astronomy
• Biochemistry
• Biology
• Chemical Biology
• Chemistry
• Cognitive Science
• Communication Sciences
• Environmental Geology
• Environmental Nutrition
• Environmental Studies
• Evolutionary Biology
• Geological Sciences
• History and Philosophy of Science
• Mathematics
• Mathematics and Physics
• Natural Sciences
• Nutrition
• Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
• Origins Sciences
• Physics
• Statistics
• Systems Biology

The Case School of Engineering offers the following Engineering majors:
• Aerospace Engineering
• Biomedical Engineering
• Chemical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Data Science and Analytics
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• General Engineering
• Materials Science and Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Polymer Science and Engineering
• Systems and Control Engineering

Faculty contact: CWRU’s student-faculty ratio is a super-low 11:1, giving our students unbeatable access to experts in their fields of interest.

Grads get jobs: Among the employers of recent CWRU Science and Engineering graduates are
Amazon, Cleveland Clinic, General Electric, Google, IBM Corporation, Microsoft, NASA Glenn Research Center, and Procter & Gamble. Recent graduates also enrolled in top graduate and professional schools, including Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and Yale University.

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