Now in its second century, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering is the largest and highest-ranked engineering college in the state. With our small class sizes and wide-ranging opportunities for student involvement and leadership, we want to help you build your future in engineering.
Biosystems engineering provides an essential link between the biological sciences and the engineering profession. This linkage is necessary for the development of production and processing systems involving biological materials that preserve our natural resource base. Students have the latitude to develop an area of specialization relating to environmental engineering, biotechnology, food processing, machine systems or controlled environment engineering. The curriculum is also ideal preparation for those students wanting to pursue a graduate or professional degree in biomedical engineering or veterinary medicine through the pre-biomedical, pre-medical and pre-veterinary medicine options.
The study of chemical engineering requires a foundation in mathematics, chemistry and physics. Fundamental principles related to the transformations of matter and energy are developed in areas such as thermodynamics, mass transfer, reactor design and chemical process design. Undergraduate elective options are available in polymers and environmental protection. A program is also available to fulfill pre-medical and pre-dental requirements simultaneously with requirements for the B.S. in chemical engineering.
Each civil engineering student will experience a broad field of study, providing a strong foundation for entry into the profession or graduate school. Focus areas include construction engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, materials engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering and water resources engineering.
Computer engineering involves modeling, design, implementation, testing, evaluation and integration of computer hardware and software to create computing systems. Computer engineers use both hardware concepts from electrical engineering and system software concepts from computer science. Graduates will be well prepared to work in areas such as digital logic design, computer organization/architecture and design, algorithm design and analysis, embedded systems, compilers and operating systems. Elective options in the curriculum offer preparation in software engineering, databases, dependable systems, networking and communications, VLSI, graphics, image processing, visualization, artificial intelligence and control systems. The program is offered through a partnership between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.
The computer science program prepares students to identify computational problems in all areas of modern life; to design, implement and analyze algorithmic solutions; and to build software for a variety of applications. Required elective and special topics courses expose students to the foundations and current practices of computing and algorithms, software engineering, programming languages, operating systems, graphics and multimedia, scientific computing and numerical analysis, databases, artificial intelligence and networks. The program seeks to equip graduates to succeed in their chosen career path.
The undergraduate electrical engineering degree program seeks to produce graduates who are trained in the theory and practice of electrical and computer engineering and are well prepared to handle the professional and leadership challenges of their careers. The program allows students to specialize in high performance and embedded computing, microelectronics and nanotechnology, power and energy, signal processing and communications and high-frequency circuits and fields and control systems, among others.
The materials engineer is responsible for the preparation, fabrication, selection, use and reuse of existing materials and for the development of new and improved materials. A professional in this field is often called upon to consider metals, ceramics and polymers. The materials engineer considers chemical, electronic, magnetic, optical and mechanical properties of materials.
The mechanical engineering student receives the broadest training among the fields of engineering. The mechanical engineer uses the techniques of mathematics combined with specialized knowledge of the thermal and energy sciences, solid and fluid mechanics and the properties of materials. This information is supplemented by an understanding of manufacturing processes, the design and control of systems and the economics of the technological community.
Mining engineering requires a broad knowledge of sciences and other fields of engineering in its practice after graduation. Mining engineering students are equipped to enter prominent industries with significant earning potential. In addition to coal mining, students learn how to mine minerals like silver, gold, zinc, antimony, lead, phosphates and silica, which are key materials used in everyday electronics, fertilizers, steel products and more!
The College of Engineering has two minor options:
This minor is intended for undergraduate engineering students seeking to supplement their education by applying skills learned in their respective disciplines to the field of biomedical engineering (BME). The emphasis on upper-level BME courses builds upon the foundation taught in core undergraduate engineering courses. Beyond the one required course, students will choose at least five elective courses in consultation with a biomedical engineering faculty advisor. Students and their advisor may select courses providing a concentration in a particular subfield, or they may select courses providing breadth across the field of biomedical engineering. Students will receive examples of both types of curricula.
No matter which engineering major you choose, a minor in computer science will strengthen you as an engineer and enhance your marketability. Start with introductory computer programming, work your way into software engineering and algorithm design, and explore other areas that interest you. A computer science minor is a great complement to any engineering program!
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