• The core curriculum and elective courses are illustrated by experimental work in the laboratory (particularly in chemistry and mechanics).
  • Numerical computer simulation, a vital industrial tool, is frequently used in teaching.

Scientific teaching

The core curriculum in Science

The future engineer needs a strong scientific culture to master the scientific and technical changes with which he or she will be faced along a professional career. During the senior undergraduate year and the start of the first year of the Master of Engineering programme, all students follow courses in a number of fields of science, which are the bases of engineering (solids and fluids mechanics, electronics, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry, etc.). The emphasis is placed on acquiring an open scientific mind, and expertise in modelling, resolution methodologies and the use of fundamental tools.

Scientific electives

Substantial scientific electives (84 hours of courses) are offered once in the senior undergraduate year, and once again in the first year of the Master of Engineering programme. Subjects are chosen among the current concerns of applied research laboratories and contribute to the goal of broadening the student's scientific mind. In the latter year, the elective is meant to prepare the student for the Personal Laboratory Project which takes place just afterwards.

Majors and advanced specialisation courses

Early in the first year of the Master of Engineering programme, students start to specialise by taking one of three majors:

  • Communications and Information Systems
  • Simulation and Engineering Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Options broaden considerably in the second year of the Master, which is devoted to elective teaching focusing on industrial applications and is organised into fifteen sections calling upon about forty different course modules.