Geophysics is the study of Earth through the use of physics. Applied geophysics is the application of such studies to the betterment of mankind and the environment. Understand past climates and continental positions, identify oil and gas reserves or water supplies, and evaluate and mitigate natural hazards.
Apply engineering approaches to understand living systems. Design new medical devices for diagnosis and therapy. Establish methods to replace damaged or diseased organs, image the internal structures of the body, and discover many ways to make our lives healthier and safer.
Combine chemistry and engineering to produce chemicals and discover new ways to use them. Take on environmental challenges, such as desalination of seawater and refining petroleum more efficiently. Develop ways to mass-produce lifesaving drugs and vaccines.
Plan, build, and manage the facilities essential to our civilization—bridges, dams, highways, transit systems, airports, tunnels, irrigation systems, and commercial buildings. Meet the challenges of deteriorating infrastructure, traffic congestion, energy needs, and natural disasters.
Learn how hardware and software interact and how to combine these technologies into complete, innovative systems. Master a continuum that spans both sides of traditional hardware/software, and analog/digital boundaries.
Improve traditional uses of electricity and design its role in new, sustainable technologies, such as solar and wind power, the circuitry for a pacemaker or sophisticated telecommunications equipment.
Pursue your own unique path. Customize a BSE degree to fit your career goals, or select from several defined BSE paths in emerging fields, including industrial and service systems engineering (manufacturing process optimization and service sector efficiency); geospatial engineering (Earth observation technologies), or mining engineering.
Create systems that provide safe drinking water, maintain or improve air quality, control pollution in rivers and lakes, clean up contaminated land and water resources, and help industry minimize pollution in many ways.
Understand, explore, and safely manage the Earth and its resources for the future. Uncover and restore groundwater supplies; stabilize rock and soil slopes for dams, highways, and property development; and minimize the danger from landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes.
Study the Earth, Earth materials, and Earth systems. Geology is a physical and natural science. Explore and extract minerals, search for energy resources, dispose of nuclear and chemical waste, choose the best sites for structures, and study volcanoes and earthquakes.
Use high-tech equipment to examine materials at the atomic level, considering their properties, processes, applications, and performance. Invent new materials leading to major technological breakthroughs in industries ranging from aerospace to biotechnology.
Design or work with everything from cell phones, power systems, and factory production lines to vehicles for sea, land, air, and space. Employ the latest technologies to help solve today’s problems in energy, transportation, world hunger, space travel, and global warming.