In the United States, accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to undergo this review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met.

It is important to understand, however, that accreditation is not a ranking system. It is simply assurance that a program or institution meets established quality standards.

There are two types of accreditation: institutional and specialized.

  • Institutional accreditation evaluates overall institutional quality. One form of institutional accreditation is regional accreditation of colleges and universities.
  • Specialized accreditation examines specific programs of study, rather than an institution as a whole. This type of accreditation is granted to specific programs at specific levels. Architecture, nursing, law, medicine, and engineering programs are often evaluated through specialized accreditation.

ABET, Inc., is responsible for the specialized accreditation of educational programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

Oregon State University

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) provides institutional accreditation for Oregon State University.

College of Engineering

ABET, Inc. provides specialized accreditation for most, but not all programs in the College of Engineering.


The programs below are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Energy Systems Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Forest Engineering (offered through the College of Forestry)
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

The program below is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

  • Computer Science (Computer Systems Option only)


The program below is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

  • Radiation Health Physics

The American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) provides specialized accreditation for

  • Construction Engineering Management

Programs in Computer Science, Information Systems option; Computer Science, Applied Computer Science option are not accredited.

Undergraduate Majors

Graduate Programs

Architectural Engineering

 

Bioengineering

Bioengineering

 

Biological and Ecological Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Computer Science

Construction Engineering Management

 

Ecological Engineering

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Industrial Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

 

 

Materials Science

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Radiation Health Physics

Radiation Health Physics

 

Robotics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Minors

 

Aerospace Engineering

 

Humanitarian Engineering

 

Materials Science