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About the School of Engineering and Sciences

The Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, FCFM in Spanish, manages its study programs into two schools: the Postgraduate School and the School of Engineering and Sciences.

The Engineering and Sciences School is responsible of undergraduate studies, the central management of every undergraduate study plan and the coordination of teaching provided by the Academic Departments of the FCFM at the Universidad de Chile. The School is also in charge of the comprehensive education in areas such as languages, sports, humanities and introductory engineering. It is also responsible for the areas of student’s welfare and quality of life on campus.

The undergraduate studies are developed in three levels: Common Plan, Bachelor and Specialization. The FCFM’s Common Plan Program, of four initial semesters, gives an important training in basic sciences that makes the difference in undergraduate training of future engineers and scientists. When Common Plan is finished, students are able to start their specialization by choosing a variety of bachelors and professional careers.

The bachelor degree is obtained at the end of the fourth year of study and comprises Common Plan plus two more years of engineering sciences or science courses. The FCFM’s academic offering includes nine specialties of Engineering, Geology and Bachelors in Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics.

5,500 students are involved in undergraduate programs that lead to a Bachelor degree and/or a professional title in the following fields:

  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Physics
  • Biotechnology Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mathematical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

The FCFM has around 235 full-time professors, more than 94% of them with a Ph.D. from the most prestigious universities of the world. It also has a modern infrastructure for teaching development that includes 90 laboratories for research and teaching of different disciplines, 85 classrooms equipped with learning support technologies, and a vast number of sports facilities of the highest level that includes an indoor heated swimming pool, volleyball and basketball gym, indoor soccer (futsal) field, among others.

Every graduate share a strong scientific background in their university’s early years, which gives them a number of tools to tackle the scientific and technological challenges that today’s society demands.