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Engineering Programs

Many new college students are undecided on the particular branch of engineering in which they wish to enroll and want to explore different areas. The purpose of the engineering studies program is to give new students the opportunity to become better acquainted with the engineering profession and its various disciplines, and to prepare them academically for entry into a specific engineering curriculum.

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The Program

After deciding on a major, students may transfer to whatever discipline in engineering they choose. The transfer should be made within the first year of course-work at North Dakota State University. In order to transfer to a specific major, a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required, except for computer engineering and electrical engineering, which require a 2.3 GPA. Construction engineering requires a 2.5 GPA and mechanical engineering requires a 2.8 GPA. The engineering programs available at NDSU are listed below. Specific fact sheets describing these engineering majors are available from the Office of Admission.

Engineers are employed in every major industry in every state, in small and large cities, and in rural areas. Engineers work in manufacturing, infrastructure engineering for buildings and public facilities, and in scientific research and development services. Many engineers work in the construction, transportation, telecommunications and utilities industries. Federal, state and local governments are major employers of engineers. For example, federal engineering employers include the U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, Interior, and Energy as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Most engineers in state and local government agencies work in highway and public works departments. Many engineers are self-employed as consultants.

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - The agricultural and biosystems engineering program prepares men and women for careers requiring application of physical, biological and engineering sciences to problems that involve living systems. Agricultural and biosystems engineers solve problems related to the production, handling and processing of biological materials for food, feed, fiber and fuel; the preservation of natural resources and environmental quality; and the design and production of machine systems. Agricultural and biosystems engineering integrates engineering topics, engineering design and biological sciences in a single program with two concentrations: agricultural engineering and biosystems engineering. A major in agricultural and biosystems engineering can serve a broad range of career interests.

Civil & Environmental Engineering - Civil engineers plan and design the infrastructure that supports modern living. This includes planning and design for airports, canals, harbors, roads, bridges, railroads, water and wastewater treatment facilities, water supply and solid waste disposal facilities. Civil engineers are often involved with architectural projects by providing structural system and foundation designs for buildings. In addition to consulting engineering firms, civil engineers are commonly employed with cities, state departments of transportation and federal agencies such as the Corps of Engineers.

Computer Engineering - Computer engineering deals with both hardware and software aspects of computer systems. Students take essential electrical engineering classes along with specialized classes in computer engineering and computer science. Demand for computer engineers is strong due to the growing use of computers in all sorts of products and the need for engineers competent with computers in both hardware and software.

Areas of specialization for computer engineering:

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

Construction Engineering - Construction engineering deals with the planning, design and management of construction projects, such as buildings, highways, bridges, airports, railroads, dams and reservoirs. Construction engineers are involved in the design of permanent and temporary structures, cost estimating, project scheduling and control, materials procurement and selection of equipment. Construction engineers must be well versed in engineering design and management principles, business practices, financing and economics, and human behavior.

Electrical Engineering - Electrical engineers create products and services for society out of materials that exist in nature using principles of science and common sense. The profession is broad, encompassing products valued by society in many technical specialties from electric power and energy utilization to our current Information Age.

Areas of specialization for electrical engineering:

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

Industrial Engineering and Management - Industrial engineers design, create, and implement better and more productive systems and processes in manufacturing as well as other industries such as service, health, banking, and entertainment. Industrial engineers are responsible for developing and maintaining integrated engineering systems that include people, machines, material, information, and energy, which are necessary for accomplishing the desired function. Industrial engineers often are responsible for managing several functions such as supply-chain management, project management, facilities design, quality and reliability improvement, healthcare management, process involvement using lean and six sigma concepts, system integration, and managing operations of organizations. Whether it’s streamlining an operating room, managing a world-wide supply chain, manufacturing and designing automobiles, or solving quality and reliability problems, industrial engineers play critical roles in these functions. The industrial engineers are hired in every industry type such as manufacturing, health care, hotel, banking and finance, food processing, chemical and oil industry, distribution and logistics, and more.

Manufacturing Engineering - Manufacturing engineers design, direct and coordinate the processes and systems for making virtually every kind of product—from beginning to end. Manufacturing engineers apply scientific principles to the production of goods to make products better and at a lower cost. They are key team members in the production of a wide range of products: automobiles, airplanes, tractors, electronics, surgical instruments, toys, building products, foodstuffs, and sports and recreational equipment. In all cases, manufacturing engineers design the processes and systems to make products with the required functionality, to high quality standards, in ways that are environmentally friendly, and available when and where customers prefer at the best possible price.

Mechanical Engineering - Mechanical engineers research, develop and design machinery, and test tools, engines, machines and systems that function safely and reliably. From huge turbines and internal combustion engines to miniature robots, mechanical engineers are involved in their design and manufacture. Mechanical engineers also design technology for heating, ventilating and refrigeration systems, as well as material handling systems, elevators and escalators needed in modern buildings. Mechanical engineers also design the tools that other fields of engineering need to perform their work. Mechanical engineers often work for consulting firms, manufacturing firms and various government agencies.


The industrial and manufacturing engineering department provides advisement to students interested in the general field of engineering, but who have not yet declared a specific discipline. Students who want to begin in engineering studies are placed in pre-industrial engineering and management (IEM). This designation of pre-IEM does not mean students are admitted to industrial engineering and management as a major field of study. Rather, it is intended for initial placement into the College of Engineering.

Engineering students are encouraged to enroll in the Introduction to Engineering course (ENGR 111) to learn about the different engineering programs offered at NDSU.  Students must meet with their advisors and instructors regularly to discuss career interests and ask questions pertaining to field of study options.  Engineering students are encouraged to attend the meetings of student-run engineering clubs and organizations where they will interact with their classmates, alumni and professionals from various engineering disciplines.  Many of these clubs and organizations participate in yearly competitions with students from other engineering programs from across the country.

Every September, the NDSU Career Center hosts the Engineering & Tech Expo.  This event draws engineering companies from around the country to NDSU with the purpose of recruiting students for internships and full-time positions.  By attending the event, engineering students engage with potential future employers and are provided the opportunity to gain further information on career possibilities in the engineering field.

Sample Curriculum





First Year



CHEM 121, 121L - General Chemistry I and Lab



CHEM 122, 122L - General Chemistry II and Lab



ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II



*ENGR 111 - Introduction to Engineering



**MATH 165, 166 - Calculus I, II



ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I



Humanities and Fine Arts or



Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective



Wellness Elective




*Each department has an introduction course that is typically taken during the freshman year.

**Students who are not prepared for MATH 165 - Calculus I or MATH 166 - Calculus II may need to take MATH 103 - College Algebra and/or MATH 105 - Trigonometry, depending on their ACT math sub score, math placement exam results or transfer course work.

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Transferring Credits
View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

Engineering Center
Room 203

Engineering Center is located near the center of campus, on east end of Centennial Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

College of Engineering
Student Support Center
North Dakota State University
Dept #2450, PO Box 6050
Engineering Administration
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9676 / Fax: (701) 231-8957

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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