Which major is for me?

With 9 degrees and 26 concentrations you can find a program that's a perfect fit for you.

Agricultural and 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 Engineering: Develop 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. 

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

Civil Engineering: The curriculum is designed to give students a strong mathematical, scientific and engineering background in all of the areas of the field. At the same time it provides students with an opportunity to place further emphasis on his/her chosen areas through technical electives.

Concentrations include:

  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural
  • Transportation
  • Water resources

Visit the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Construction Management and 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 Engineering: For 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.

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.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineers are innovative and creative problem solvers who specialize in solving technical problems with electronics and computer-based solutions.

Computer Engineering: The Computer Engineering program provides a background in three broad areas: computer hardware, software, and hardware-software integration. Fundamental topics included in the program are embedded systems, computer architecture, digital systems, software engineering, computer networks, and operating systems. Technical areas include the following:

  • Computer Architecture/Digital VLSI 
  • Cyber Physical Systems 
  • Embedded Systems 
  • Computer Systems

Electrical Engineering: The Electrical Engineering program is designed to reflect the broad nature of the field. Electrical engineers do everything from designing electrical components to control devices or equipment to designing power generation and transmission systems.  Technical areas include the following: 

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communication and Signal Processing
  • Control Engineering
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronics and Microelectronics
  • Optical Engineering
  • Power Systems
  • Nanotechnology

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Industrial and 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 and Management:This major provides good employment and growth opportunities for people with the aptitude and interest for careers that blend technology and human resource. In addition to scientific principles and technological systems, IE&M students study social systems, cost analysis, facilities and other elements of the business enterprise to understand the impact of these elements on business organization. IE&M graduates are in high demand across a wide spectrum of industries. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Production and operations management
  • Reliability engineering
  • Quality engineering and management
  • Healthcare engineering and management
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Supply-chain and logistics management
  • Lean manufacturing

Manufacturing Engineering: This career field is focused on design and production of any type of goods—from automobiles and tractors and airplanes…to electronic products, recreational products, sports equipment, books and toys…to foodstuffs. Manufacturing engineers are employed in every industry that designs and produces goods/services. Students majoring in Manufacturing Engineering may prepare for specific career choices by careful use of the technical electives and the engineering science electives included in the Manufacturing Engineering major. 

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Mechanical Engineering

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.

Mechanical Engineering: The curriculum is designed to produce baccalaureate-level graduates who are well prepared to accept engineering positions in industry and government or to pursue advanced degree studies. Strong program emphasis is placed on engineering science, laboratory and design. The use of modern computer tools and techniques in engineering practice also is incorporated throughout the curriculum. Students also have the flexibility to choose courses that reflect their interests in the broad areas of mechanical engineering. Areas of concentration include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Controls and Instrumentation
  • Conventional and Alternative Energy Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Mechanical Systems

Visit the Department of Mechanical Engineering.