Aerospace engineering is concerned with designing and building machines that fly within the Earth’s atmosphere (aeronautical engineering) and outside the Earth’s atmosphere (astronautical engineering). Aerospace engineers must understand physics, math, aerodynamics, and materials science.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers an on-campus, ABET-accredited, bachelor of science in aerospace engineering (BSAE), designed to prepare students to overcome the complex challenges of creating functional aircraft and spacecraft. This program is available at the Daytona Beach, FL campus as well as the Prescott, AZ campus. The Daytona Beach campus offers aeronautics, astronautics, jet propulsion, and rocket propulsion tracks. The Prescott campus offers only the aeronautics and astronautics tracks.
The 129-credit program includes coursework in aerospace flight aerodynamics; aerospace structures; control system analysis and design; solid mechanics; thermodynamics; aircraft preliminary design; aircraft detail design; and airplane stability and control, among others.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University also offers a 120-credit online bachelor of science program in aeronautics (BSA) designed specifically for those who work, have worked, or wish to work in aviation-related careers. Accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), this program includes courses such as aviation legislation; applications in aviation & aerospace law; statistics with aviation applications; aviation safety; aviation security; uncrewed aircraft systems and operations; and operational applications in aeronautics.
Although the work of architectural engineers involves working with architects, they are strictly referred to as engineers. Architecture is an engineering discipline that deals with the technological aspects and multi-disciplinary approach to planning, designing, operation, and construction of buildings, such as analysis and integrated design of environmental systems.
Academy of Art University’s School of Architecture offers an online bachelor of arts program in architectural design providing a solid undergraduate education while allowing students to gain and experience skills in art, architectural design, architectural and urban history and theory, materials, fundamentals of sustainability, structures, and building construction.
This 120-credit program includes courses such as conceptual design studio; projective drawing and perspective; digital visual media; site operations and tectonic systems; history of the built environment; materials and methods; assembly building and context; building information modeling; and site conditions and building performance.
The School of Architecture also offers an online bachelor of architecture degree program that comprises 162 credits and includes courses such as mixed-use urbanism and research; professional practices for architects; housing and integrated design; climate and energy use: sustainable strategies; structures: concrete, masonry, and tensile systems; and digital visual media.
Automotive engineering is the branch of vehicle engineering concerned with the design and manufacturing of cars, motorcycles, and trucks. Interdisciplinary in nature, automotive engineering requires professionals to understand a wide range of engineering elements including mechanical, software, electrical, and safety.
Graduates from the on-campus, ABET-accredited Indiana State University bachelor’s of science (BS) in automotive engineering technology gain skills in automotive technology and management to create knowledgeable leaders who can exercise evidence-based problem-solving.
Coursework in the 120-credit program includes engine systems and controls; service facility organization and management; automotive chassis; engine thermodynamics; advanced automotive electronics and computer management; advanced vehicle technologies; electronic fundamentals; fluid power technology; and quality analysis.
Combining the disciplines of medicine, biological science, and engineering, biomedical engineering is the engine behind advances in the equipment, systems, software, technology, and devices that enable improved diagnosis and treatment in healthcare. Biomedical engineers must understand math, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, and computer science concepts.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWM) offers an on-campus bachelor of science in biomedical engineering (BME) that emphasizes engineering design and prepares graduates for employment, medical school, and graduate studies. The 128-credit program offers students four specialization tracks in bioinstrumentation and medical devices; bio-imaging and optics; biomechanics; and biomaterials, cellular, and tissue engineering.
Students take classes on biological interactions; medical imaging systems; biomechanics of human movement; stem cell bioengineering; engineering extracellular matrices; occupational ergonomics and biomechanics; orthopedic biomechanics – design of orthopedic implants; macromolecular hydrodynamics; introduction to energy-tissue interactions; and mechatronics in control & product realization.
Applying the principles of chemistry to problem-solving, chemical engineering is a discipline that examines the design, building, and function of machines or plants that perform chemical reactions. Chemical engineers must have a high-level understanding of math, physics, chemistry, and in some circumstances, biology, and economics.
The University of North Dakota (UND) offers an ABET-accredited bachelor of science in chemical engineering, where students learn the chemical engineering fundamentals, participate in hands-on lab work, and conduct experiments. The program is offered both on-campus and online, although online students must attend an on-campus lab during the summer. UND’s 130-credit program offers three concentrations: energetics; petroleum engineering; and sustainability.
Coursework covers engineering statistics and design of experiments; an introduction to transport phenomena; professional integrity in engineering; process dynamics and control; fundamentals of electrical engineering; unit operations in chemical engineering; chemical engineering thermodynamics; and chemical product design.
Civil engineering relates to the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of physical infrastructure, including dams, bridges, roads, and energy systems. Civil engineering requires the mastery of mathematics, physical sciences, fluid dynamics, statistics, mechanisms, and systems.
The University of North Dakota (UND) offers an ABET-accredited, online, or on-campus bachelor of science in civil engineering designed to prepare students for teamwork, problem-solving, and the practice of design. Students enrolled in the online program must visit the campus for some portions of the program, including mandatory on-campus lab work over the summer.
Examples of coursework in the 128-credit program include earth dynamics; civil engineering design; reinforced concrete; soil mechanics; steel design; contracts and specifications; professional integrity in engineering; transportation engineering; hydraulic engineering; and fluid mechanics.
Computer engineering lies at the nexus of electronics engineering and computer science. Using knowledge of microprocessors, microcontrollers, supercomputers, programming, circuit analysis, and more, computer engineering is the foundation for the design of computer software and hardware.
Grantham University offers a 100 percent online bachelor of science in computer engineering technology that prepares graduates to understand how computer technology is developed, and functions, and how to create need-based modifications and improvements to existing technology.
Coursework in the 120-credit program includes microprocessor systems engineering; signals and systems theory; programming in C++; cyber-physical systems and security; engineering and ethics; fundamental properties of DC circuits; computer networks; cloud computing essentials; and operating systems.
Computer science is the study and development of algorithms for the storage, processing, manipulation, analysis, and communication of information.
Regis University offers an ABET-accredited bachelor of science in computer science that is available in on-campus, online, and accelerated formats. The 120-credit program prepares graduates to be proficient software developers through balanced training in computer science theory and practice.
Coursework in the program includes mobile and enterprise computing; principles of programming languages; ethical leadership in computer science; artificial intelligence; computer organization and architecture; distributed systems; data structures; algorithms and complexity; and machine learning.
Through strategies that involve the strengthening and defense of online and digital entities, cybersecurity is the discipline concerned with protecting interconnected systems from digital attacks.
Southern New Hampshire University offers a 100 percent online bachelor’s in cybersecurity that prepares graduates to respond, assess, and prevent cyber threats. Students in this program can either go for the general track or add one of two career-focused concentrations to their program: project management fundamentals and data analytics fundamentals.
Students complete 120 credits in computer networking; legal and human factors of cybersecurity; network defense; security assessment and auditing; security risk management; enterprise security; cyber defense; operating system security; introduction to structured database environments; emerging technologies and big data; and project contracting and procurement, among others.
Data science involves extracting meaning from large quantities of data. Data scientists analyze structured and unstructured data sets using algorithms, processes, and scientific methods.
Maryville University offers a 100 percent online bachelor of science in data science that will train graduates to work with Python, SQL, R, machine learning, and predictive modeling. Students enrolled in the program can concentrate in actuarial science or minor in business.
The 128-credit program covers applied linear algebra; foundations of data science; SAS programming; mathematical statistics; introduction to R; introduction to Python; introduction to SQL; probability; experimental design; machine learning; predictive modeling; and big data analytics.
Electrical engineering concerns studying and applying electricity in large-scale systems, small-scale systems, information processing, energy transmission, and more. Electrical engineers must have advanced physics, mathematics, electromagnetism, and electronics knowledge.
Arizona State University offers an ABET-accredited online bachelor of science in electrical engineering designed to prepare graduates for careers in various industries through sound engineering fundamentals and real-world experiences. Students in this program develop engineering skills focused on the design of electronics, electric power systems, antennas, semiconductor devices, and signal processing algorithms. Graduates will be prepared for careers that pioneer new technologies in the energy sector, computing, robotics, and beyond.
Notably, this program is the first fully online electrical engineering degree accredited by the ABET. This 120-credit program offers courses on the fundamentals of electromagnetics; photovoltaic energy conversion; digital design fundamentals; circuits; signals and systems; computer organization and assembly language programming; and random signal analysis.
Engineering management programs bridge the gap between business school and engineering fundamentals. This is an attractive option for engineering- and business-minded students. Engineering management requires the mastery of engineering fundamentals (e.g., math, physics, design, etc.) as well as business fundamentals (e.g., accounting, finance, leadership, etc.).
The online ABET-accredited bachelor of science in engineering management at Arizona State University is designed to prepare graduates for managerial roles in engineering technology. Students with this bachelor’s degree will learn analytics, management theory, and technical engineering expertise.
The 120-credit program prepares students for future placement as managers by offering a balanced blend of engineering courses and business coursework. The curriculum covers probability and statistics for engineering problem-solving; risk management; project management; system dynamics and thinking; lean six sigma methodology; engineering administration; and introduction to systems engineering.
While a bachelor of science in engineering focuses on the theories and concepts surrounding the subject, a degree in engineering technology concentrates much more on the hands-on application of engineering. Engineering technologists typically work in product design, fabrication, and testing.
The online bachelor of science in engineering technology at Daytona State College is ABET-accredited and offered as a standalone program or with a concentration in electrical engineering technology. This degree is unique because it requires students to complete an associate of science degree before enrollment.
Students learn how to use applied mathematical concepts and natural sciences to create technological advances in engineering. Coursework in this 128-credit program focuses on analyzing, applying, implementing, and improving existing technologies through classes in engineering quality assurance; materials and processes; thermodynamics; electricity and electronics; construction estimating; construction materials and methods; structural steel design; engineering economics analysis, and more. Students complete 68 credits over two years.
Environmental engineering protects health and infrastructure from environmental dangers, such as pollution and waste, by applying engineering and scientific principles. It requires a thorough knowledge of thermodynamics, math, biology, chemistry, physical sciences, mechanics, statics, hydrology, and fluid dynamics.
Oakland University (OU) offers a 100 percent online bachelor of science in environmental health and safety that has been accredited by ABET. OU’s program prepares graduates to meet health and safety needs in the industry through exposure to a blend of concepts in environmental health, occupational safety, and industrial hygiene.
The 120-credit program includes coursework in environmental health and safety engineering and technology; industrial and environmental toxicology; environmental health and safety training methods; occupational safety and health standards; fire prevention and protection; fundamentals of occupational hygiene; applied environmental and occupational hygiene; robotic and automation system safety analysis; and environmental pollution and controls.
Geographic information systems are a type of technology that is useful for modern civil engineers. Engineers can use GIS for collecting and evaluating geographic data. Digital geographic maps can then showcase the data in layered visuals. A geographic information system or GIS engineer is a specialist that manages spatial databases to create maps and undertake urban planning projects.
The University of Arizona’s College of Social And Behavioral Sciences offers an online bachelor of science degree in geographic information systems technology providing students with the tools required for mapping their own path. Focusing on applied GIS and professional GIS, students in this program will complete applied, project-based coursework, a senior capstone project, and the professional skills they want to build for their careers.
This 120-credit program includes courses such as introduction to map science; cartographic design and production; introduction to remote sensing; geographic information systems; introduction to spatial analysis & modeling; and advanced GIS.
By applying math, science, and engineering, industrial engineering strives to make complex processes, systems, and organizations function more efficiently and effectively. In addition to engineering fundamentals, industrial engineering requires a mastery of knowledge sets specifically related to the systems, processes, or organizations being optimized.
Focused on preparing students to identify issues in the local industry, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) offers a 100 percent online, ABET-accredited bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering technology (IET). USM also offers an online BS in IET with a focus on logistics. This online degree will allow students to sharpen their knowledge to resolve the growing demands of local industry. They will be introduced to new ideas in operations, industrial quality, cost control, supply chain management, industrial automation, and more.
Coursework in the 120-credit program includes engineering economics; lean production systems; engineering project management; industrial cost control; industrial quality control; production and inventory control; plant layout and material handling; operations and logistics concepts; and motion and time study
Information technology, often referred to as IT, is the application of technology to solving business and organizational problems. This engineering field uses networks, computers, storage, and other technical infrastructure both software and hardware, for dealing with and manipulating information or data.
Arizona State University’s online ABET-accredited bachelor of science degree in information technology is a multidisciplinary program covering all technology aspects. The program’s curriculum helps students in gaining applied skills, such as managing computer networks and big data, improving the security of technology assets, and developing and designing viable information technology solutions. Students will also have an opportunity to specialize in their areas of interest. They can choose from three focus areas in their junior or senior years, including information systems; networking; or cybersecurity/security.
Made up of 120 credits, the program includes courses such as operating system architecture; introduction to internet networking; information modeling, storage, and retrieval; foundations of information and computer system security; managing configurations and active directory; network information communication technology; web programming for human-computer interface; information systems project development; and wireless fundamentals.
Materials engineering is the branch of engineering underlying the discovery, development, and optimization of engineering materials. Materials engineering requires the acquisition of knowledge in chemistry, physics, engineering, metallurgy, biomaterials, and nanotechnology.
The Illinois Institute of Technology offers an on-campus ABET-accredited bachelor of science in materials science and engineering that prepares students for employment in industries requiring materials development, optimization, processing, and selection capacity. The program aims to develop an understanding of the properties, structure, service behavior, and processing of engineering materials, including ceramic, metallic, polymeric, and composite materials. This understanding fosters the development of new materials as well as the improvement of existing materials for optimizing manufactured products.
Coursework in the 126-credit program includes aerospace materials; electrical, magnetic, and optical properties of materials; an introduction to polymer science; thermodynamics; mechanics of solids; design for innovation; computational mechanics; structure and properties of materials; and instrumentation and measurements.
Engineering mathematics is a branch of applied mathematics concerning mathematical techniques and methods typically used in engineering and industry. Applied mathematics is the application of mathematical methods by different fields such as engineering, physics, biology, medicine, business, finance, computer science, and industry. Therefore, applied mathematics is a combination of specialized knowledge and mathematical science.
Maryville University offers a bachelor of science program in mathematics that can be completed entirely online. Providing students with foundational, practical, and theoretical mathematics skills, this mathematics degree allows students to choose from a wide array of electives in topics like optimization, discrete mathematics, financial mathematics, statistical modeling, and advanced calculus. Students can also earn their minor in data science and use their analytical knowledge for breaking into new fields of mathematics.
Consisting of 128 credits, the program includes courses such as algebraic structures and proofs; number theory with applications; applied linear algebra; applied differential equations; mathematical statistics; fundamental analysis; introduction to abstract algebra; foundations of data science; machine learning; and data structure & algorithms.
Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that fuels the research, design, development, manufacture, and testing of mechanical systems. Proficient mechanical engineers are well-versed in mechanics, thermodynamics, materials, structures, electricity, math, and physics.
Indiana State University (ISU) offers an ABET-accredited hybrid bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology. Students enrolled in ISU’s online program can complete non-online coursework at ISU’s campus or through a local institution that an advisor has approved. This mechanical engineering program focuses on two integrated areas – management and design. The management area prepares graduates to manage resources, people, and systems related to mechanical engineering and manufacturing, while the design area addresses the design of mechanical machines, products, and tools.
Examples of coursework in the 120-credit program include fluid power technology; applications and gaging of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; an introduction to robotics and automation; manufacturing processes and materials; elements of machine design; solid modeling and design; and electronic fundamentals.
Based on the principles of nuclear physics, nuclear engineering is concerned with designing, operating, and maintaining technology related to nuclear processes and reactions. Nuclear engineering requires systems, physics, safety, applied thermodynamics, electronics, computer applications, and plant systems expertise.
Excelsior College offers a 100 percent online, ABET-accredited bachelor of science in nuclear engineering technology designed to graduate students who can adapt to industry needs and trends. In addition to the general concentration, Excelsior offers two concentrations in cybersecurity and leadership. This program provides knowledge in areas such as health physics, reactor operations, chemistry, quality assurance, and instrumentation and control related to the nuclear engineering technology field.
Coursework in the 124-credit program includes the fundamentals of reactor safety; electrical theory; health physics and radiation protection; plant systems overview; reactor core fundamentals; material science; power plant components; and introduction to heat transfer and fluid mechanics.
Operations engineering and management is an area of technical management dealing with the design and analysis of production and service processes.
Arizona State University’s online bachelor of applied science program in operations management prepares students for critical roles in the manufacturing process. This online degree is ideal for those who have already acquired their associate of applied science degree, focusing primarily on management leadership and communications.
This 120-credit program includes courses such as understanding the enterprise; innovation management; enterprise strategy and innovation; enterprise operations; leading the enterprise; statistics in science and technology studies; and enterprise planning and implementation.
Quality engineering is an engineering discipline that implements and creates strategies for quality assurance in product production and development as well as software development. A quality engineering degree equips students with leadership and technical skills and offers career advancement opportunities in several service-based and manufacturing industries. Programs in quality engineering integrate the disciplines of engineering, mathematics, technology, and leadership.
California State University’s online bachelor of science degree in quality assurance (BSQA) blends the basic sciences with the management principles, technologies, statistical tools, and quality concepts needed to prepare professionals for quality assurance and engineering careers. The program also offers a measurement science option for those more interested in the technical areas of quality.
Made up of 120 credits, the program includes courses such as value-based quality; systems failure analysis; quality improvement; fundamentals of lean manufacturing; safety and reliability; quality auditing; statistical quality control and inspection; interpretation of technical documentation; and systems failure analysis.
Software engineering is designing, developing, programming, testing, and improving computer software.
Arizona State University offers an ABET-accredited 100 percent online bachelor of science in software engineering where graduates are taught how to design various systems, such as video games, web applications, embedded systems, and distributed applications. Upon completion, graduates will be proficient in modeling, creative problem-solving, and coding. Notably, this program uses a project-focused curriculum that prioritizes learning and discovery by doing.
The 120-credit program includes coursework in computer systems fundamentals; computer organization and assembly language programming; software enterprise; design and analysis of data structures and algorithms; principles of distributed software systems; principles of database management; operating systems and system programming; engineering secure software systems; and object-oriented programming and data structures.
Systems engineering, an interdisciplinary field of engineering and engineering management, focuses on designing, integrating, and managing complex systems over their life cycles. At its core, this field of engineering utilizes systems thinking principles for organizing this body of knowledge. Systems engineers are involved in designing, creating, and implementing new systems to help businesses flourish. They can also manage, maintain, and improve existing systems based on the organization’s changing needs. Additionally, systems engineers also work as project managers responsible for overseeing a team of IT professionals.
The University of Arizona offers an on-campus ABET-accredited bachelor of science program in systems engineering. Students in this program learn about the modeling, analysis, and design of technological systems used for everything from homeland security to healthcare. Graduates will be able to conduct research and do projects in smart manufacturing, transportation, and supply chain management. They gain proficiency in how systems interact with one another and society.
The program comprises 128 to 133 credits and includes courses such as introduction to engineering probability and statistics; human factors & ergonomics in design; simulation modeling and analysis; object-oriented modeling and design; the systems engineering process; probabilistic models in operations research; and embedded computer systems.