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Aerospace Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs (BSAE)

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 engineers). 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), which is designed to prepare students to overcome the complex challenges related to creating functional aircraft and supercraft.

The 129-credit program offers three tracks: aeronautics, astronautics, and propulsion. Examples of coursework include aerospace flight vehicles, experimental aerodynamics, jet propulsion, and aerospace structures and instrumentation. Tuition is $413 per credit for civilians and $250 per credit for active military personnel.

Automotive Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 with the goal of creating knowledgeable leaders who can exercise evidence-based problem-solving.

Coursework in the 118-credit program includes engine systems and controls, service facility organization and management, cooperative industrial practice, and engine thermodynamics. Tuition for residents is $10,334 per year and $23,216 per year for non-residents.

Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 concepts in math, physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, and computer science.

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 embedded microprocessor design, medical imaging systems, biomechanics of human movement, and stem cell bioengineering. Tuition at UWM is $5,977.72 per semester for Wisconsin residents, $7170.04 for Minnesota residents, and $19,102.60 for non-residents.

Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 bachelors 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, and process dynamics and control. The cost-per-credit for the online program is $610, and for the on-campus program, it is $405 for North Dakota residents, $447 for Minnesota residents, and $577 for residents of all other U.S. states.

Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 134-credit program include earth dynamics, civil engineering, sustainable design, reinforced concrete, and soil mechanics. For the on-campus program, the cost-per-credit is $405 for residents of North Dakota, $447 for Minnesota residents, and $577 for residents of all other U.S. states. The online program costs $610 per credit.

Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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, 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++, and cyber-physical systems and security. Tuition is $265 per credit for civilians and $250 per credit for qualifying active military, veterans, first responders, and civil servants.

Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Computer science is the study and development of algorithms for 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 128- to 133-credit program prepares graduates to be proficient software developers through a 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, and neural networks. Full-time tuition is $18,230 per semester and part-time tuition is $1,139 per credit.

Cybersecurity Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 for the response, assessment, and prevention of cyber threats. Students complete 120 credits in computer networking, legal and human factors of cybersecurity, network defense, and security assessment and auditing, among others. Tuition is $320 per credit for civilians and $225 per credit hour for active U.S. service members and their spouses.

Data Science Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 bachelors 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 have the option to concentrate in actuarial science, or minor in business. The 128-credit program covers applied linear algebra, foundations of data science, SAS programming, and mathematical statistics. Tuition is $500 per credit.

Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Electrical engineering concerns the study and application of electricity in large scale systems, small scale systems, information processing, energy transmission, and more. Electrical engineers must have advanced knowledge of physics, mathematics, electromagnetism, and electronics.

Arizona State University offers an ABET-accredited online bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering designed to prepare graduates for careers in a wide range of industries through sound engineering fundamentals and real-world experiences.

The 120-credit program offers courses on the fundamentals of electromagnetics, signal processing for digital culture, optoelectronics, and photovoltaic energy conversion. Annual tuition for residents is $12,902 and $15,278 for non-residents.

Engineering Management Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Engineering management programs bridge the gap between business school and engineering fundamentals. This is an attractive option for students who are both engineering- and business-minded. 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 bachelors of science in engineering management at Arizona State University is designed to prepare graduates for managerial roles in engineering technology.

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, and system dynamics and thinking. Full-time tuition for residents for one academic year is $12,902, and comes in at $15,278 for non-residents.

Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 in that it requires students to have completed 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 focuses on analyzing, applying, implementing, and improving existing technologies through classes in engineering quality assurance, materials and processes, thermodynamics, electricity and electronics, construction, and more. Students complete 68 credits over two years. Tuition is $3,072 per year for in-state students and $11,960 per year for out-of-state students.

Environmental Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Environmental engineering protects health and infrastructure from environmental dangers, such as pollution and waste, through the application of 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’s 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 125-credit program includes coursework in health in personal and occupational environments, advanced quantitative methods for environmental health and safety, environmental health and safety engineering and technology, and industrial and environmental toxicology. Lower division courses are $440.50 per credit, and upper division courses are $518.75 per credit.

Industrial Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Through the application of 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, process, 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 in logistics. Coursework in the 137- to 152-credit program includes engineering economics, lean production systems, engineering project management, and industrial cost control. Full-time tuition per year is $4,312, and part-time tuition per credit is $359.59.

Materials Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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 that require capacity for materials development, optimization, processing, and selection.

Coursework in the 126-credit program includes aerospace materials, electric, magnetic, and optical properties of materials, an introduction to polymer science, and thermodynamics. Yearly tuition at Illinois Tech is $47.480.

Mechanical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Mechanical engineering is the branch of engineering that fuels 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 has been approved by an advisor.

Examples of coursework in the 118-credit program include fluid power technology, applications of gaging of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, an introduction to robotics and automation, and manufacturing processes and materials. Tuition is $10,334 per year for residents, and $23,216 per year for non-residents.

Nuclear Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Based on the principles of nuclear physics, nuclear engineering is concerned with the design, operation, and maintenance of technology related to nuclear processes and reactions. Nuclear engineering requires expertise in systems, physics, safety, applied thermodynamics, electronics, computer applications, and plant systems.

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. Coursework in the 124-credit program includes the fundamentals of reactor safety, electrical theory, health physics and radiation protection, and plant systems overview. Courses at Excelsior cost $510 per credit.

Software Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Software engineering is the design, development, programming, testing, and improvement of computer software.

Arizona State University offers an ABET-accredited 100 percent online bachelors of science in software engineering where graduates are taught how to design a variety of systems, such as video games, web applications, embedded systems, and distributed applications.

The 120-credit program includes coursework in computer systems fundamentals, computer organization and assembly language programming, software enterprise, and design and analysis of data structures and algorithms. Tuition per year for residents is $12,902 and $15,278 for non-residents.