What are the types of engineering majors?
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.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Is engineering a major? Yes! Pursue your own unique path. Customize a BSE degree to fit your career goals or select the systems engineering path.
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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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 computing hardware and software interact and how to combine these technologies into complete, innovative systems. Develop design skills in computer networks, computer architecture, embedded systems, robotics, and autonomous vehicles, and how to make these systems secure.
A degree in construction management prepares you to take charge of building projects, from industrial buildings and roads to homes and hospitals. Learn the basics of surveying, utility systems, construction, and materials.
Harness the combined power of applied physics and applied mathematics to design products and systems ranging from sustainable power grids, to medical devices, to communications, signal processing, photonics, and robotics. Learn the skills to build the Internet of Things, the central nervous system for the modern connected world.
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.
Geospatial engineers measure the physical features of the Earth with great precision. They verify and establish land boundaries and are key players in the design and layout of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and cell phone towers.
Materials Science and Engineering
Explore how properties develop in the materials that are used for all engineering applications, from aerospace and automotive to biotechnology to consumer product to electronics. Learn (and see) how processing establishes material structure at the atomic and microscopic level, and use this to unlock the secrets of material performance.
Design or work with everything from prosthetic devices, power systems, and factory production lines to vehicles for land, sea, 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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Mechanical Engineering Technology
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students for design or production engineering careers solving problems in mechanical components and systems. MET graduates are problem solvers, and they can adapt product designs to the manufacturing process, saving their companies time and money.
Mining engineers not only plan, design and supervise the exploitation of both the surface and underground mining operations for safe and profitable extraction, but also to bring innovative decisions for making the mining operation sustainable in challenging environmental and difficult market conditions.
Robotics engineering provides students the knowledge and skills needed to research and develop the robust autonomous systems that define Industry 4.0. RE is at the intersection of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and applied computing.
Undecided about which area of engineering to pursue? No problem. You’ll have a chance to explore them all. Every engineering student at Michigan Tech takes the same core courses, and chooses a major after two or three semesters. You will get exposure to all the engineering fields before choosing a career path.
Learn more about general/undecided engineering in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals, including how to transition to a major.