17 Engineering Majors to Start You on Your Path
Earn a bachelor of science in engineering, and get ready to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. Roll up your sleeves and work alongside some of the University of Arizona’s brightest students, most recognized researchers and expert industry partners all with the same goal: Help people live better lives.
Solve problems in flight and space exploration
Design and construct efficient buildings
Improve medical diagnostics, treatment and therapy
Manage energy, soil and water resources
Change raw materials into valuable products that can be manufactured sustainably
Build sustainable, resilient cities and infrastructures
Computer Science & Engineering
Create future computing technologies and shape tomorrow’s interconnected world
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advance power systems, cybersecurity, self-driving cars, wireless technology and biomedical devices
Prepare to run a business or launch your own high-tech firm
Help ensure the purity of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat
Make products and services better, safer, easier to use, less expensive and more efficient
Materials Science and Engineering
Create devices for solar energy, information technology and medicine
Design automobile parts, biomedical systems, robots and machine tools
Gain expertise in mine operations, geomechanics, sustainable resource development and mineral processing
Optical Sciences and Engineering
Design lenses, microscopes, telescopes, lasers and fiber optics
Develop the technological infrastructure for our increasingly connected world
Manage complex space, transportation, telecommunications, healthcare and environmental systems over their life cycles
There's plenty of time to decide which major is right for you. Most engineering students spend their first year at the University of Arizona with no major selected – immersed in interdisciplinary design classes and taking required courses.
Visit the department websites to learn more about engineering disciplines.
“Before I came to the University I had never considered mining. My first mining class was all about rocks. We learned everything there is to know about them. I have been hooked ever since.”Damian Watson, 2014 mining engineering senior
“My main goal is to work for an energy company and monitor pipelines to make sure they are functioning properly and not releasing contaminants into the environment.”Ty’Dria Wright White, 2014 chemical engineering junior
“There are so many opportunities to learn from faculty and professionals. The industry-standard software we have in the College isn’t even available for students at many of the top private schools.”Austin Smith, 2015 aerospace engineering senior
“Genetic counseling is my goal, but I see that there are so many different paths my life could take. As long as I am working with and helping people, I will consider myself successful.”Justine Bacchus, 2014 biomedical engineering junior
Engage in Engineering!
Experience the challenges professionals face every day turning ideas into reality and bringing positive change to the world.
- Start out with hands-on courses.
- Choose from among 50 student clubs and organizations.
- Do interdisciplinary research with renowned faculty.
- Expand your options in entrepreneurship programs.
- Study abroad for a global perspective.
- Enjoy residence life and leadership community perks.
- Get an edge in the job market with internships.
- Be an Engineering Ambassador, and inspire future engineers.
- Join a community of scholars at the W.A. Franke Honors College
- Do community and industry projects in the Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program.
We are 100-percent committed to your academic success.
Good Return on Investment
Requirements for admission to the UA College of Engineering vary depending on whether you are an incoming first-year students, international student, transfer student or current UA student.
An education at the University of Arizona is ranked by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as the best return on investment in the state.
Estimated tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $11,400 for Arizona residents and $32,600 for out-of state students. Financial aid is available, and the University and College of Engineering offer a number of scholarships to help offset tuition and fees.
We Are There for You, Every Step of the Way
Engineering is not an easy major. Yet, the UA College of Engineering has a 90-percent first-year retention rate, far higher than the national average. We pair some of our best instructors with first-year students; provide hands-on, interactive learning; and offer a number of advising, tutoring and mentoring services.
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