College of Engineering and Computer Science
Civil engineering involves the use of complex technology and a strong scientific, mathematical, and engineering knowledge base to creatively solve society’s problems. Civil engineers then go beyond the science, math, engineering, technology, and problem solving to make the world a better place by serving in communities and by participating in the public policy process.
Today, civil engineers are designing complex systems for highway exchanges, major bridges, modern hospitals, water purification, theme parks, airports, and launch pads. In the future, civil engineers will be designing special rail beds for magnetic levitation trains and will be making Mars a hospitable habitat for humans. Civil engineering is also about community service, development, and improvement. It involves the conception, planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities essential to modern life, ranging from transit systems to offshore structures to space satellites. Civil engineers are problem solvers, meeting the challenges of pollution, traffic congestion, drinking water, energy needs, urban redevelopment, and community planning.
The Department of Civil Engineering offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the Master of Science in Civil Engineering.
The Department of Computer Science offers the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and supports secondary teacher certifications in computer science.
The degree programs prepare students for work in a wide variety of computing environments. Both the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems curricula incorporate exposure to specific computer science content, computer programming, development of logical reasoning, utilization of problem-solving, and encouragement of the creative process via design projects and independent research.
A degree in Construction Management prepares graduates to oversee the entire range of construction operations on a project, from start to finish. Their education will allow them to be involved in commercial and residential construction. Most construction managers are not involved in the actual building; they supervise and direct the construction project.
Construction management majors learn about structural design, mechanical and electrical systems, materials and methods, planning, cost estimating, procuring contracts, labor relations, and more. All majors learn to read and create architectural blueprints so they can coordinate all facets of the construction project.
Electrical engineers work in design, development, research, testing, manufacturing, and sales. With experience, many electrical engineers also serve as managers of large engineering projects, executives in major corporations, or as owners of their own companies. Whether developing and designing computers; space vehicle guidance, navigation, and control systems; satellite, optical and wireless communication systems; advanced medical diagnostic equipment and precision surgical tools; or large electric power systems, an electrical engineer has varied and growing opportunities for a challenging and rewarding career in today’s high tech world.
Electrical Engineering prepares individuals to use science, math, computers, and modern technology together with well developed critical thinking and problem-solving skills to analyze, design, construct, and maintain products and services related to electrical and electronic devices and systems. Some areas in which an electrical engineer may specialize are computers, communication systems, control systems, signal processing, microelectronics, and electrical power systems.
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, and mechanical engineers find themselves engaged in a wide variety of industrial and business operations. Computer-aided design and analysis, thermal and fluid systems, manufacturing processes and control, bioengineering, aerospace systems, and instrumentation are several of the many areas that require mechanical engineering skills.
Graduates with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering work in all types of organizations, from large corporations to government offices to small consulting firms. Entry-level positions include engineering design, testing, manufacturing, maintenance, and sales. With experience, mechanical engineers may become managers of large engineering projects, plant managers, owners of their own firms, or executives in large corporations. The bachelor’s degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study.