Although there are no hybrid or online bachelor’s degrees in engineering offered in Wyoming, here are two programs offered in nearby states which admit students from the state.
Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota offers an online bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in computer science—a field closely allied with software engineering. This degree prepares students by teaching the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in many different computer fields including software engineering, senior systems administrators, and software development. Classes are often taught on campus at the same time as online, so the same professors teach on-campus and distance classes. The degree consists of 120 credits at a cost of $335 per credit for online students. Note that non-resident computer science courses cost $460.60 per credit. Courses include object-oriented design; data structures; assembly language; software engineering; language processing; and many others. Admission requirements include achieving one of the following: an ACT composite score of 18 or above, a cumulative GPA of 2.6, or a ranking in the upper 60 percent of one’s high school graduating class. For more information, call 888-DSU-9988.
The University of North Dakota located in Grand Forks, ND offers an online B.S. in electrical engineering. Students who earn this degree may be prepared to secure corporate or government engineering positions. Graduates will have a deep knowledge of electrical engineering including DC and AC electricity and power circuits, electromagnetic fields, analog and digital electronics, signals and systems, and much more. Courses include introduction to electrical engineering; digital electronics lab; introduction to linear algebra; engineering data analysis; and electric drives, among others. The program consists of 125 credits at a cost of $383 per credit plus additional fees, regardless of residence. It is almost all online except brief on campus labs during the summer. In order to require as little time on campus as possible, labs are offered in a condensed format of 5-14 days on campus. Students can work full-time while earning this degree and can take six or more years to complete. The degree is accredited by ABET. UND offers several online B.S. in engineering degrees. For more information, call 800-CALL-UND or email [email protected].
Although there are no online or hybrid master’s degrees in engineering offered in Wyoming, there are several programs in nearby states which admit residents of WY. Here are two from the University of Idaho.
The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho offers an online master of science (M.S.) in civil engineering through their engineering outreach program. The degree consists of 33 credits at a cost of $755 per credit regardless of residence. This program emphasizes transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental and sanitary engineering, hydraulics and water resources engineering, and structural engineering and structural mechanics. Courses may include steel design, advanced concrete materials and durability, fluid dynamics, properties of highway materials, engineering properties of soils and several more. The program is completely online. Admission requirements include having a B.S. in civil or environmental engineering or a related engineering degree. For more information, call 800-824-2889 or email [email protected].
The University of Idaho also offers an online master of science (M.S.) in geological engineering. The degree consists of 30 credits at a cost of $755 per credit regardless of residence. This program prepares students for the design and construction of civil and mining projects, the exploration and development of mineral and energy resources, and the evaluation of geological hazards. Courses include excavation and materials handling; seepage and slope stability; geostatistics; rock mechanics; erosion and sediment control; and several more. The program is 100 percent online. Admissions requirements include having a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The University of Idaho offers several online master’s degrees in engineering. For more information, call 800-824-2889 or email [email protected].
The University of Wyoming offers a Cadastral surveying certificate and a minor in land surveying online through the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering. Both programs consist of 30 credits. Both degrees meet the requirements of the Wyoming Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors Land Surveyor in Training certification. In states that require a B.S. degree for licensure, the minor in land surveying may be attached to the B.A.S. in organizational leadership. Courses may include civil drafting; engineering graphics; computer-aided drafting; GPS for land surveyors; survey boundary control; and several others. Tuition ranges from $1,935 per semester for residents to $7,740 per semester for nonresidents plus fees.
Central Wyoming College offers an online associate of science degree in computer science. A degree in computer science can prepare students for work in computer software design. Students learn to formulate and solve problems using the skills, tools, and knowledge necessary for computer software fields, including graphics, network analysis, artificial intelligence, and more. The A.S. in computer science consists of 58 credits. Tuition varies depending on residence. In-state full-time tuition is $2,856 per year. Students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) states pay $3,912 per year. Residents of other states pay $7,128 annually. Courses include introduction to computer science; calculus; applied differential equations; college physics; fundamentals of statistics; and several more including general education requirements. For more information, call 800-735-8418.
Central Wyoming College also offers an associate of science in engineering. This degree is a pre-engineering degree that prepares students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in any engineering field including civil, electrical, mechanical, geotechnical, chemical, and others. The degree consists of 58 credits. Courses include intro to engineering; intro to engineering problem-solving; statics; dynamics; calculus; college physics; and many others including general education courses. Tuition varies depending on residence. In-state, full-time tuition is $2,856 per year, and again, students in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) states pay $3,912 annually, while residents of other states pay $7,128. For more information, call 800-735-8418.
Please note that Laramie County Community College and Western Wyoming Community College of Rock Springs both offer 18-credit online certificates in website development—a field closely related to engineering.
When students research online engineering programs many investigate the same basic characteristics—i.e., program availability, deadlines, school reputation, and cost. However, it is just as important to consider the ins and outs of online education. Knowing this allows students to ask the right questions as they review online engineering programs in Wyoming and surrounding states. Here are some questions to ask:
Students should also consider accreditation and state authorization before committing to an online program.
Accreditation certifies that a third-party organization has evaluated a online engineering program and confirmed that it meets the quality standards set forth by that organization. Accreditation signals quality, and that’s important, as many financial aid providers, graduate schools, and employers only consider applicants from accredited engineering schools.
It’s important to note that not all accrediting agencies carry the same weight. Students are encouraged to investigate online programs or degrees accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Programs can earn national, regional and programmatic accreditation. These are the agencies most likely to accredit online engineering schools in Wyoming:
Students in Wyoming are only eligible to enroll in online engineering programs that have been authorized to operate WY. Also, some online engineering programs in other states may have differing tuition rates for resident and nonresident students, as well as not providing admission to nonresident students. All prospective online students should carefully examine state policies (e.g., University of Wyoming) before applying to any programs. Students should contact program coordinators to ensure out-of-state eligibility.
College and university admission requirements can differ depending on the school and program chosen. Students should contact the specific program of interest to find out the exact requirements and deadlines for that program.
Typical admissions requirements for online engineering programs include the following:
Dr. Michael G. Barker – University of Wyoming
Dr. Michael Barker is a professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Missouri. He specializes in steel bridges and bridge engineering. His research includes field testing a fiber reinforced polymer bridge deck, signal mast arm fatigue failure investigation, and the field testing and load rating of steel girder bridges. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Committee and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others organizations.
Dr. Michael Urynowicz – University of Wyoming
Dr. Michael Urynowicz is a professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University, an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.S. and PhD in environmental science and engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Urynowicz’s teaching and research foci include onsite and alternative wastewater treatment systems; polyacrylamide use for water seepage control; and site characterization, remedial investigation, and feasibility studies, among several others.
Dr. Jennifer Tanner – University of Wyoming
Dr. Jennifer Tanner is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming. She holds a BA in mathematics, a BS in civil engineering, and a MS and PhD in structural engineering. Her teaching areas include masonry design, reinforced concrete design, structural analysis, statics, and earthquake engineering. Dr. Tanner’s research projects include evaluating bridge decks with non-destructive testing methods, durability of repairs to concrete beams, and evaluation of the risk of alkali-silica reaction in Wyoming. She is published in journals such as ACI Materials Journal, Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, and ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation.
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