Explore Engineering Majors at Penn State

As an engineer you can go to the moon, invent a life-saving medical device, create animations in Hollywood, build your own computer, design software that helps people work, lead a team of people designing a new product, start your own company, and much, much more! Engineers make among the highest salaries of all people graduating from college and have broader career choices.

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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering stresses analysis required for flight vehicles, such as aerodynamics, and the design of lightweight structures.

Architectural Engineering

Architectural engineering focuses on the engineering of the design and construction of buildings and building systems. This is a five-year program leading to an ABET-accredited, professional bachelor of architectural engineering degree.

Biological Engineering

Biological engineering is the application of engineering principles to agricultural and biological systems. The major offers challenging and rewarding careers for students who wish to apply engineering to living, biological systems.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical is the application of engineering techniques and methods to the solution of problems in medicine and biology. Graduates of the major assume positions in the health care industry or pursue further studies in graduate school or medical school.

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering emphasizes the practical application of chemistry in industry in order to develop new ways to manufacture medicine or plastics, to develop control systems for chemical production, to design chemical and petroleum plants, and to discover new commercial products.

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain the physical works and facilities essential to modern life: highways, streets, bridges, dams, and water distribution and wastewater collection and treatment systems. They work with architectural engineers in the design and construction of these structures.

Computer Engineering

Computer engineering deals with the practical aspects of the design and use of computer systems for information processing. In this major, students can learn about hardware design and software systems, as well as theory and applications of computers.

Computer Science

The Computer science major deals mostly with the concepts and theories behind computer applications and processes. Programming language and data structures are the focus of the major.

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers are responsible for integrating electricity, electronic devices, and computer systems into all facets of our daily lives. The electrical engineering major is very broad, so it allows students to focus on one or more areas of specialization and to tailor their course work towards their strengths and interests.

Engineering Science

The engineering science major combines an understanding of basic engineering practices with in-depth knowledge of engineering science fundamentals. This is the honors program for the College of Engineering.

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers are involved with the design and operation of new products and the manufacturing systems that make those products. As the first industrial engineering program in the world, the Penn State program has great tradition and opportunities.

Mechanical Engineering

The common thread throughout mechanical engineering is the conversion of energy from one form to another and the design of efficient machines to perform these conversions. Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest branches of engineering, so a degree can be a stepping stone into a variety of different fields.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear engineers develop clean and safe energy systems; design and build nuclear power plants; and engineer medical imaging devices and medical diagnostic techniques and equipment. They work to expand the uses of nuclear power.