Department of Engineering Fundamentals

Transition to a Major

Transition to a Major

Moving into your Engineering Discipline Major

Every engineering student takes the same courses during the first two semesters, pending math placement, advanced placement (AP) credits, and dual enrollment credits. Once you’ve chosen your engineering discipline, you should meet with the undergraduate academic advisor of your prospective department. He or she will help you understand any requirements that you must meet to move to your department of choice (some engineering departments have grade and/or course completion requirements). The academic advisor will also be able to initiate the brief paperwork for your move.

What if I am still undecided?

If you are unsure of which engineering discipline to major in, you should meet with one of the academic advisors in Engineering Fundamentals. It is possible to continue to take common classes into the sophomore year, but this may extend your time to graduation.

If you remain undecided because you are looking for a career path not offered in the discipline degree programs, you should speak to the advisors in Engineering Fundamentals about the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program, which offers the flexibility to tailor your engineering curriculum path to meet your career goals.

Engineering Majors*

Learn more about each of the ten ABET-accredited engineering majors at Michigan Tech:

Biomedical Engineering

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.

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Chemical Engineering

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.

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Civil Engineering

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.

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Computer Engineering

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.

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Electrical Engineering

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.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering

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 engineering (manufacturing process optimization); geospatial engineering (Earth observation technologies), or mining engineering.

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Environmental 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.

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Geological Engineering

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.

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Materials Engineering

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.

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Mechanical Engineering

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.

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* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,