Programs of Study (Majors)

Biomedical Engineers link biology, medicine, and engineering to improve human health. Biomedical engineers may work closely with medical doctors to design and evaluate prosthetic devices (e.g. heart valves, spinal and hip implants); work with computer analysis of medical images; work with new materials for implants and tissue-engineered implants; and use computers to analyze genetic structures and functions. This major is commonly used as a route to medical school. The Department of Biomedical Engineering fosters interdisciplinary activities across departments and colleges and maintains strong ties with the Carver College of Medicine.

Sample Four-Year Plan:  Biomedical (click on General Sample Four-Year Plan)

Each student prior to completing their second year will need to choose a focus area that best fits their goals for their degree.
Focus Areas

If you need to petition to have a BME seminar waived or substituted, please use this online form.

Chemical Engineers use the industrial application of chemicals to make or improve the world around us. They use microbes to produce pharmaceuticals and chemicals; develop new sources of energy; create artificial organs; and design the next generation of polymers. They construct synthetic fibers to make clothes more comfortable, develop methods to mass-produce drugs, making them more affordable, and create safer, more efficient methods of refining petroleum products, making energy more productive and cost effective.

Sample Four-Year Plan: Chemical (click on General 4-year Plan)    Biochemical Track (pdf)

Each student prior to completing their second year will need to choose a Focus Area that best fits their goals for their degree

Focus Areas

Civil & Environmental Engineers work with technology, people, and nature in designing and managing essential elements of society’s infrastructure such as highways, bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, and water-supply systems. They also devise environmentally friendly ways to manage and process society's waste, destroy toxic substances, remove pollutants from the water or the air; and ensure the sustainable well-being of the built and natural environments.

Sample Four-Year Plan: Civil (click Civil Engineering Program Curriculum Guide)

Each student prior to completing their second year will need to choose a Focus Area that best fits their goals for their degree

Focus Areas

Electrical Engineers work at the core of many technologies we take for granted including: electrical power, wireless communication, consumer electronics, digital computing, computer software, computer networks, electronic databases, automatic controls, medical imaging, remote sensing, and the miniature devices that make all of these technologies possible.

Electrical Engineers find employment in all of these areas and, more generally, anywhere smart technology is employed. They consistently rank among the most sought after, and highest paid, technology professionals. Electrical engineering is also an excellent starting point for further study in medicine, law and business.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering fosters interdisciplinary activities across many departments and colleges and maintains particularly strong ties with the Carver College of Medicine, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computer Science.

Electrical Engineers work at the core of many technologies we take for granted including: electrical power, wireless communication, consumer electronics, digital computing, computer software, computer networks, electronic databases, automatic controls, medical imaging, remote sensing, and the miniature devices that make all of these technologies possible.

Electrical Engineers find employment in all of these areas and, more generally, anywhere smart technology is employed. They consistently rank among the most sought after, and highest paid, technology professionals. Electrical engineering is also an excellent starting point for further study in medicine, law and business.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering fosters interdisciplinary activities across many departments and colleges and maintains particularly strong ties with the Carver College of Medicine, the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Computer Science.

Civil & Environmental Engineers work with technology, people, and nature in designing and managing essential elements of society’s infrastructure such as highways, bridges, buildings, tunnels, dams, and water-supply systems. They also devise environmentally friendly ways to manage and process society's waste, destroy toxic substances, remove pollutants from the water or the air; and ensure the sustainable well-being of the built and natural environments.

Sample Four-Year Plan: Environmental (click Environmental Engineering Program Curriculum Guide)

Each student prior to completing their second year will need to choose a Focus Area that best fits their goals for their degree

Focus Areas

Industrial Engineers organizes the people, information, energy, materials and machines involved in the production process, focusing on plant design and management, quality control, and the human factors of engineering, e.g. how humans can best interact with technology. Industrial engineers may use integrated design and manufacturing techniques to renovate the production systems of a Fortune 500 company; develop data-mining tools to analyze and optimize patient care in a major hospital; assess driver distraction due to cell phone use in automobiles and develop safer driver assistance systems.

Sample Four-Year Plan:  Industrial (click Curriculum and Courses)

Each student prior to completing their second year will need to choose an Elective Focus Area (EFA)  that best fits their goals for their degree

Focus Areas
Focus Area Submission Form

Mechanical Engineers use energy principles and mechanics to design machines such as engines and motors. Mechanical engineers work in the areas of automotive, robotics, manufacturing, and in the design of machines. They may develop robots for space exploration; use a computer to simulate freezing of human cells; improve devices to utilize alternative energy sources, such as fuel cells, wind turbines, and solar energy converters.

Sample Four-Year Plan: Mechanical (click New Curriculum under Curriculum and Courses)

Focus Areas
Focus Area Submission Form

Students can join the College of Engineering as Undeclared Engineering. The sample plan for Undeclared Engineering only provides suggested coursework for the first three semesters since requirements begin to vary more in the third semester and beyond. Students are encouraged to declare their major before taking coursework in the third semester on the sample plan to ensure progress toward completion of their declared degree. 

 

Minors and Certificates

Many minors or certificates can be earned using your EFA or General Education classes. While the tables below provide some suggestions, they are not meant to be a complete list. Students should check the University Catalog and the department for exact details of completing any minor or certificate, and with their faculty advisor about how their credits will count towards your degree program.

Below you will find suggestions for:

 

Most minors allow only up to 3 s.h. (if any) of transfer credit and require a minimum 2.0 GPA in all minor classes.

Course pre-requisites are not always applicable to a minor. Always check with the department for full requirements of earning a minor.

Engineering-related minors

Always see the University Catalog for full details of minor

To see if you can earn a minor while completing your EFA, please speak with your faculty advisor.

Total S.H. required for minor

Math

15

Computer Science

17

Informatics

16

Environmental Sciences

15

Physics

15

Chemistry

15

Biology

15

Statistics

15

Human Physiology

15

Business Administration

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Engineering-related certificates

Always see the University Catalog for full details of certificate

To see if you can earn a certificate while completing your EFA, please speak with your faculty advisor

Total S.H. required for Certificate

Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate

18

Naval Science and Technology Certificate

18

Sustainability

24

Wind Energy

18

Large Data Analysis

21

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General Education-related Minors

Classes for minor can be applied to the following General Education requirements:

Always see the University Catalog for full details of minor

 

Engineering Be Creative

(3 s.h. Required)

Diversity and Inclusion

(3 s.h. Required)

Additional approved course subjects

(9 s.h. Required)

Minimum S.H. required for minor

African American Studies

(AFAM)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Aging Studies

(ASP)

No

No

Yes

15

American Indian Native Studies

(AINS)

No

Yes

 (when topic is Indigenous feminisms; consult instructor)

Yes

15

American Sign Language

(ASL)

No

No

Yes

17

American Studies

(AMST)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Anthropology

(ANTH)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Arabic

(ARAB)

No

No

Yes

15

Art

(ARTS)

Yes

Yes

Yes

18

Art History

(ARTH)

No

No

Yes

15

Asian Languages and Literatures

(Chinese/Sanskrit Emphasis)

(CHIN/ SOAS)

No

No

Yes

15

Asian Languages and Literatures

(Japanese Emphasis)

(JPNS)

No

No

Yes

17

Cinema

(CINE)

Yes

Yes

Yes

15

Classics: Ancient Civilizations

(CLSA)

No

No

Yes

15

Communication Sciences and Disorders

(CSD)

No

No

Yes

15

Communication Studies

(COMM)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Dance

(DANC)

Yes

Yes

Yes

15 (min 3.0 GPA)

Audition required

English

(ENGL)

Yes

No

Yes

15

French

(FREN)

No

No

Yes

15

Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

(GWSS)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Geography

(GEOG)

No

No

Yes

15

German

(GRMN)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Global Health Studies

(GHS)

No

Yes

Yes

15

(max 6sh towards other req)

Greek

(CLSG)

No

No

Yes

15

(max 6sh towards other req)

History

(HIST)

No

Yes

Yes

15

International Studies

(IS)

No

Yes

Yes

16

(max 6sh towards other req)

Italian

(ITAL)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Latin

(CLSL)

No

No

Yes

15

Latin American Studies

(LAS)

Yes

No

Yes

15

(max 6sh towards other req)

Linguistics

(LING)

No

No

Yes

15

Media Management

(JMC)

No

No

Yes

15

Music

(MUS)

Yes

No

Yes

15

News and Media Literacy

(JMC)

No

Yes

Yes

Philosophy

(PHIL)

No

No

Yes

15

Political Science

(POLI)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Portuguese

(PORT)

No

No

Yes

15

Psychology

(PSY)

No

No

Yes

15

Religious Studies

(RELS)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Russian

(SLAV)

No

No

Yes

15

Social Work

(SSW)

No

No

Yes

15

Sociology

(SOC)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Spanish

(SPAN)

No

Yes

Yes

18

Sport and Recreation Management

(SRM)

No

No

Yes

15

Sport Studies

(SPST)

No

Yes

Yes

15

Theatre Arts

(THTR)

Yes

Yes

Yes

15

Tippie College of Business

Economics

(ECON)

No

No

Yes

15

(max 6sh towards other req)

University College

Aerospace Studies

(AERO)

No

No

Yes

16

(min 2.5GPA)

Military Science

(MILS)

No

No

Yes

20

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General Education-related Certificates

Classes for certificate can be applied to the following 

General Education requirements:

Always see the University Catalog for full details of certificate

 

Engineering Be Creative

(3 s.h. required)

Diversity and Inclusion

3 s.h. required

Approved Course Subjects

(9 s.h. required)

Total S.H. required for Certificate

Aging Studies

(ASP) 

No

No

Yes

18

Critical Cultural Competency

(CCCC) 

No

Yes

Yes

18

Disability Studies

(DST) (certificate)

No

Yes

Yes

19

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy

(NLP)

No

No

Yes

21

Medieval Studies

(MDVL) 

No

No

Yes

18

Museum Studies

(MUSM)

No

No

Yes

18

Writing

(WRIT)

Yes

Yes

Yes

22

Entrepreneurial Management

(ENTR)

No

No

Yes

18

Leadership Studies

(LS)

No

Yes

Yes

20

Human Rights

(HRTS)

No

No

Yes

18

International Business

No

Yes

No

29

Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy

No

No

Yes

21

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