Which major is for me?
The following is a listing of each of the programs offered in the College of Engineering & Architecture at NDSU along with a brief description of each.
Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural and biosystems engineers are engaged in the development and transfer of knowledge that results in usable, economical and sustainable technologies for environmental resources.
Agricultural Engineering design, develop, test and manufacture agricultural power and machine systems; handle, store, process and enhance the quality of agricultural commodities and processed products; design environmental control and housing systems for processing, manufacturing, distribution and quality protection of food products; manage air, land and water resources; design and manage crop irrigation systems, and develop electrical and electronic applications for agricultural problems.Biosystems engineeringdevelop innovative green products and industries; convert bio-based resources to food, fuel and other renewable products; design new generations of devices or systems for biological systems; and control biological systems for natural resource protection, waste remediation and ecosystem restoration; create new and improved processes through the innovative use of microorganisms, plant and animal cells and enzymes or they may develop sensors, control systems and computer models to monitor and control biological processes occurring in industry or the environment.
Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Architects are creative, artistic, analytical and detail-oriented problem solvers. They work to serve the people affected by the environments they create.
ArchitectureArchitects are sensitive to beauty in the design of spaces and built forms. They may design high-end residences, office buildings, churches, institutional buildings such as schools and hospitals, hotels and resorts, ultra-modern high-rise buildings or document buildings for historic preservation.Landscape ArchitectureLandscape architects provide a wide variety of professional services to individuals, organizations, corporations or government agencies. They plan and design interpretive parks, arboretums, zoos, golf courses, playgrounds, recreation areas and farmsteads.
Considered to be the oldest engineering field, civil engineering includes the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the infrastructure that surrounds us and is the underpinning of our society.
Civil engineers design transportation networks, water supply and sewage systems, as well as buildings, dams, and roads. They play a critical role in determining how our environment looks and functions.
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Construction Management & Engineering
Construction professionals participate in the process of building high-rise buildings, highways, bridges, theater complexes, resort properties, land development projects, residential projects, water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, shopping centers, industrial processing and manufacturing facilities, power plants and alternative energy production systems.
Construction Management For students interested in organization and management of the construction process. The Program combines the courses in construction systems, engineering technology and business management. Graduates work for construction firms from residential construction and commercial building construction to heavy highway construction.Construction EngineeringFor students interested in design and construction that combines courses in engineering design and construction systems. Graduates often work for companies involved in design-build projects, design firms that provide construction management services, and various state transportation agencies.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Electrical and computer engineers are innovative and creative problem solvers who specialize in solving technical problems with electronics and computer-based solutions.
Electrical Engineering Design electrical components to control devices or equipment; design systems to allow people and machines to communicate; design power generation and transmission systems.Computer Engineering Design hardware components, memory systems, and the technology necessary to make our computers work.
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Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Industrial engineers and manufacturing engineers are champions of change. They work in many industrial business settings: from manufacturing to the service sector, from healthcare to business-systems consulting.
Industrial Engineering Reduce distribution times for a package-delivery firm. Streamline procedures in an operating room. Decrease amusement park waiting lines. Improve quality in car and tractor manufacturing.Manufacturing Engineering Design processes to make high-quality, functional and economical products. Direct and coordinate the process for making things better and cheaper — from beginning to end.
Mechanical engineers apply principles of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, energy conservation and materials science to the design and analysis of mechanical thermal systems.
They may design large industrial machinery, power plants, vehicles, sophisticated aircraft, robots or precision measuring and data acquisition equipment.
The curriculum provides students flexibility in choosing courses that reflect their interests in the broad areas of mechanical engineering. These include mechanics, materials and nanotechnology, robotics, vehicle design, aerospace, biomedical engineering and alternative energy applications.
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