Choosing A Major
The College of Engineering at Boise State is home to seven departments and two programs with 10 different undergraduate degree options with various minors, certifications, and more. Explore the degree programs below to discover your passion in engineering, computer science, or construction management.
Civil engineering is the discipline that connects the natural, built, and human experiences. We are involved in the planning, design, construction, operation, conservation, and preservation of engineered and natural systems. Civil graduates work in both the public and private sectors. With a civil engineering degree, you can be employed as a civil engineer or follow many different career paths within broad disciplines like environmental, geotechnical, transportation, water resources, and more.
Computing is fundamental in today’s digital world and is being used to solve problems in all walks of life such as business, engineering, medicine, science, finance, agriculture, art, music, industrial control, and many others. A famous quote expresses it succinctly: “software is eating the world,” and computer science is what you need to create professional software.
Construction is one of the largest industries in the world today. Annually over a trillion dollars is spent on construction in the United States alone. Construction workers represent nearly 5% of the entire US workforce. There is a high demand in the industry for educated construction managers with the skills necessary to keep projects on time and on budget. Construction managers use engineering, project management, and business management principles to lead teams in the construction process, turning plans into reality.
Electrical engineers help save lives by designing medical technologies like monitoring devices, surgical robots, and lasers. We help preserve the environment by developing hybrid electric vehicles, solar energy, and wind power. We also improve human safety by designing anti-skid braking systems, nuclear power plant controls, and better medical instrumentation. Pursue an exciting career and make a difference by helping people worldwide with a degree in electrical engineering from Boise State University.
Computer systems engineering is about designing secure small systems. Small systems are those “things” that interface with the physical world through touch, buttons, touchless sensing, and actuators. As a computer systems engineer, you design these systems to interact with the physical world, compute a response, and accomplish a task. Computer systems engineers work at the boundary of hardware and software. In Boise State’s Computer Systems Engineering program, you get to design hardware, write the embedded software, design a secure and smart system on a chip or an embedded system, and securely connect to the internet to increase accessibility.
Everything is made of something –Materials scientists and engineers take this fundamental concept to improve the world. Materials scientists and engineers study the processing, structure, and properties of materials. They improve current materials and push the boundaries to create new ones – and to create more sustainable options. As a MSE major, you’ll learn about the relationship between a material and its internal structure to better understand biomedical devices, computer chips, clothing, mechanical parts, and more.
Perhaps the most diverse of engineering fields, mechanical engineering is concerned with the responsible development of products, processes, and power, whether at the molecular scale or at the scale of large, complex systems. Mechanical engineering principles and skills are needed at some stage during the conception, design, development, and manufacture of every human-made object with moving parts. Many innovations crucial to our future will have their roots in the world of mass, motion, forces, and energy -the world of mechanical engineers.
Engineering Plus is a flexible degree program that prepares students to put their engineering degree to work in a wide variety of engineering roles in business, industry, government, and education. Our graduates are prepared through customized pathways adding disciplines of interest to a solid foundation of mathematics, science, and engineering coursework. Their academic work is complemented by high impact on research teams, community based learning, internships, and through study abroad. Engineering design courses in each year of the curriculum provide rich team-based learning experiences to build professional skills including communication, leadership, and empathy.
Cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest-growing job markets. The Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) program at Boise State University is designed around the realities of today’s broad cyber landscape: that breaches will occur in any system over time and building resilience into systems to detect, respond, and return in a timely and orderly fashion is needed.