All academic programs in the College of Engineering are fully accredited and offer a Bachelor of Science degree through the four-year curricula. Your freshman and sophomore years involve pre-major programs to prepare you for the professional programs in your junior and senior years. You can take preengineering and pre-computer science courses at Oregon State, other four-year schools or community colleges.

School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering
School of Civil and Construction Engineering
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Biological and Ecological Engineering

 

School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering

  • Chemical engineering

    Chemical engineers apply the sciences of chemistry and biology — along with the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer and thermodynamics — to convert raw materials into useful products such as electronics, biofuels, synthetic fibers, high-tech polymer composites, advanced ceramics, medicines, medical devices and fuels.

    What you can do:

    • Design chemical processes for manufacturing microelectronics
    • Develop renewable energy systems based on solar cells and biofuels
    • Create new biodegradable plastics, high performance composites and biocompatible materials
    • Reduce air pollution and global warming
    • Design chemical production facilities and oil refineries
  • Bioengineering

    Bioengineers apply the sciences of chemistry and biology — along with the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer and thermodynamics — to contribute to the rapidly growing bioscience-based biotechnology industries.

    What you can do:

    • Develop pharmaceuticals and drug delivery strategies
    • Design biomedical devices and diagnostics and improve biocompatibility of implants
    • Construct tissues to replace impaired or lost functions
    • Design processes to produce new food products that use enzymes and living cells
  • Environmental engineering

    Environmental engineers apply science and the engineering principles of momentum, heat and mass transfer and thermodynamics to enhance and protect the quality of our land, water and air.

    What you can do:

    • Design facilities to treat drinking water, storm water and wastewater
    • Develop innovative ways to clean up hazardous waste sites
    • Monitor air pollution and design better control devices
    • Minimize waste streams as well as material and energy use in manufacturing processes
    • Design processes that process waste using living systems or chemical treatment

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School of Civil and Construction Engineering

  • Civil engineering

    Civil engineering involves the planning, design and construction of the infrastructure we use every day — highways, bridges, buildings, water supply, wastewater treatment plants and many other facilities.

    What you can do:

    • Design bridges, highways, buildings and mass-transit systems
    • Improve tsunami detection and evacuation plans
    • Implement safe fish passage in rivers
    • Plan better neighborhood development
    • Design for earthquake preparedness
  • Construction engineering management

    Construction engineering management blends engineering and construction knowledge with sound business practices to efficiently build and manage major engineering projects.

    What you can do:

    • Transform engineering designs into roads, bridges, buildings and other facilities
    • Plan, schedule and coordinate construction activities
    • Work with engineers and architects to ensure successful projects
    • Make construction safer, faster and more economical
    • Build sustainable, green buildings

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School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Computer Science

    Computer scientists use creativity and logic to create computers to solve human problems, working with people from many other fields such as science, health care and business. Areas of specialization include software engineering, graphics and visualization, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, bioinformatics, robotics and networking

    What you can do:

    • Help save lives by writing software used in ultrasounds, MRIs and CAT scans.
    • Create the next Internet sensation like YouTube or Facebook.
    • Invent new special effects and animation for blockbuster movies and video games.
    • Design and implement software for smart grid management
  • Electrical and computer engineering

    Electrical and computer engineers design, build, market and support electronic products and computer hardware. They develop new technologies as well as refine existing systems and processes.

    What you can do:

  • Develop wind, wave and solar energy systems.
  • Build a Mars or Jupiter rover to uncover the mysteries of outer space.
  • Design cool electronic devices that are smaller, faster and more powerful.
  • Create new pacemakers for heart patients

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School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Industrial and manufacturing engineering

    Industrial and manufacturing engineers integrate the project components developed by other engineers into cohesive, user-friendly processes and systems to improve production, safety and cost-efficiency.

    What you can do:

    • Implement new hospital processes to improve health care
    • Devise fabrication methods for nanoscale devices
    • Redesign workstations and tasks to reduce repetitive stress injuries
    • Create information systems for manufacturing operations
    • Design cockpit controls to improve pilot performance
  • Energy systems engineering

    Energy engineering managers oversee complex energy conversion and distribution systems, work to improve energy storage systems, and manage energy efficiency in building, manufacturing and processing systems. They also assess the secondary effects of energy use, including environmental impact and climate change.

    What you might do:

    • Manage a wind turbine farm
    • Analyze the efficiency of hydroelectric systems
    • Oversee production of fuel-cell technologies
    • Evaluate the economic viability of new solar power installations
    • Assess the environmental impact of alternative energy system
  • Mechanical engineering

    Mechanical engineers apply the properties of energy, fluids, forces, materials and motion to create products and processes that advance society and improve people’s lives.

    What you can do:

    • Build satellites, space stations and autonomous vehicles
    • Design miniature heat pumps for use in protective clothing
    • Develop new materials for medical and dental products and sports equipment
    • Design wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and other renewable energy sources
    • Create processes and instruments to assess stream and forest health

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School of Nuclear Science and Engineering

  • Radiation health physics

    Radiation health physics integrates study of the physical aspects of radiation, their biological effects and the methods used to protect people and their environments from radiation hazards while enabling beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive material.

    What you can do:

    • Develop programs to protect people from excess radiation exposure
    • Manage radiation safety at nuclear plants and hospitals
    • Design radiation shields for industrial and medical applications
    • Design and use sophisticated radiation detection systems
    • Study the effects of radiation on biological and environmental systems
  • Nuclear engineering

    Nuclear engineers research and develop new reactor designs, advanced computational techniques, nuclear fuel recycling and management strategies and radioisotope technologies for use in medicine and industry.

    What you can do:

    • Design safer nuclear power plants for electricity production
    • Design nuclear power systems for satellites and deep space exploration
    • Design advanced nuclear reactors for hydrogen production
    • Design methods for nuclear fuel recycling
    • Use radiation to explore the structure and dynamics of materials

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Biological and Ecological Engineering

  • Ecological engineering

    Ecological engineers design sustainable systems that integrate human activities with the natural environment to benefit both. They use ecology as a fundamental design standard, emphasizing resiliency, adaptation and a systems approach to solve environmental problems.

    What you can do:

    • Restore ecosystems and river systems
    • Design closed-loop systems with reduced ecological footprints
    • Design functional ecological systems that mitigate pollutants
    • Apply ecosystems analysis and modeling to solve complex environmental problems
    • Design and manage constructed wetlands and tidal marshlands

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