Aerospace engineers solve problems of design, construction and operation of aircraft and spacecraft to meet the ever-increasing requirement for improved performance at lower unit cost. These challenges mean that aerospace engineers work at the continuously changing forefront of science, technology and systems management.
Agricultural and biological engineers apply engineering principles to the biological sciences to produce biofuels, food and fiber products and other agricultural commodities from renewable bio-resources. They also aim to protect the environment and conserve and replenish our natural resources.
Biomedical engineers use traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of health care. Students choose biomedical engineering to serve people, to work with living systems and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. Biomedical engineers design instruments, devices and software to bring together knowledge from many technical sources, develop new procedures, and conduct the research needed to solve clinical problems.
Although chemical engineering has existed for only 100 years, its name is no longer completely descriptive of this dynamic profession. The work of chemical engineers is not restricted to the chemical industry, chemical changes or chemistry. Instead, modern chemical engineers are concerned with all the physical, chemical and biological changes of matter that can produce an economic product or result that is useful to mankind.
Civil engineering is the oldest and most diverse branch of engineering. Broadly defined, civil engineers adapt the physical features of the earth to the needs of society. Approximately one out of four engineers is engaged in civil engineering.
Coastal and oceanographic engineering is closely tied to other marine disciplines such as marine biology, oceanography, and marine geology, Ocean engineers design and develop equipment that functions in the harsh conditions of the ocean environment to allow the collection of valuable data. As changes to the climate continue to raise sea levels, coastal engineers’ work will be increasingly valuable in the construction and energy industries.
Computer engineering is the design, construction, implementation and maintenance of computer hardware and software. Studies in computer engineering integrate fields from both computer science and electrical engineering. Specialization in computer engineering is provided via technical electives with software or hardware emphases from the Department of Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
Computer engineering degrees are offered through the Department of Computer & Information Science and Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering.
The computer science program combines a strong engineering-oriented technical basis with a flexible interdisciplinary component and an emphasis on communication skills. This versatility will be increasingly important as computers become essential tools in an ever-increasing number of disciplines.
The Digital Arts & Sciences program crosses college boundaries between engineering and fine arts, integrating engineering and design, with a core computer science curriculum that places special emphasis on human-centered computing.
From communication systems to electronic components that run computers and motor vehicles, electrical engineers design products and systems that meet the needs of today and tomorrow’s electrical and electronic systems.
The Department of Engineering Education specializes in engineering education research and the delivery of innovative and effective instructional methods in engineering undergraduate courses, as well as assessment. The EED faculty design and teach large enrollment undergraduate engineering courses that span multiple majors using methods that promote conceptual understanding and student retention. The department performs research into the effectiveness of learning methods, and continually strive to improve and adapt course content and delivery methods to serve students and faculty throughout the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
Environmental engineers apply engineering and scientific principles to protect and preserve human health and the environment. This discipline embraces broad environmental concerns, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, groundwater protection and remediation, water resources and management, environment policy, radiological health, environmental biology and chemistry, systems ecology, water and wastewater treatment and wetlands ecology.
Human-Centered Computing (HCC) draws on the disciplines of digital media, engineering psychology, assistive technologies, architecture, industrial and systems engineering, industrial design, music, and public policy to name a few. HCC research meets industrial and societal needs for education and research in humanizing computer technology through understanding how computers affect human quality of life, relationships, and culture, while also designing cutting edge technologies, and exploring the underlying issues of science, engineering, art, and design.
Industrial and systems engineers specialize in improving efficiency. They are trained to have a broad perspective and understand the big picture, taking into account human as well as material elements. Due to increased emphasis on automation and productivity in industry, there is great demand for engineering graduates with this broad interdisciplinary background.
Everything we use is composed of materials, from computer chips to flexible concrete skyscrapers, from plastic bags to artificial hips, from fiber optic cables to automobiles. Materials science and engineering makes these materials reliable and useful through design, processing and analysis of controlled compositions, microstructures and properties.
Mechanical engineers are involved in the conception, design, manufacture, testing and marketing of any device that converts energy into motion. Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline that requires a deep understanding of core engineering concepts as well as design and manufacturing.
Nuclear engineering includes the use of radiation in medicine for treatment and diagnostics; design, development and operation of nuclear power systems; numeric simulation of nuclear systems; health physics and radiation protection; biomedical engineering and radiation imaging; nondestructive examination of materials and structures using radiation techniques; nuclear energy for space power and propulsion; and using radiation in food processing, industrial processing and manufacturing control.
Bachelor of Science in Nuclear and Radiological Sciences
This degree emphasizes the nuclear sciences rather than nuclear engineering. Students pursue a pre-medical emphasis or a pre-medical physics emphasis. Any student pursuing this degree must have a selected program, including option area electives, approved in advance by an adviser.