BSc in Engineering

General

Program Description

Designed for the future

Northern Arizona University is committed to creating knowledge. Being at the epicenter of discovery demands that we partner with faculty who are passionate about research and equally passionate when it comes to sharing their expertise with the next generation. NAU’s College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences is designed for those who want an active role in where tomorrow takes us.

More than a college, this is a mandate

The world demands more experts in technological fields. And we answered. We attracted the best faculty in STEM. We dedicated even more resources for research and facilities. In order to guarantee that the next generation could solve the problems they’ll face, we created greater opportunities for our students to apply what they learn in the classroom as well as the chance to stand at the forefront of knowledge generation. We met all of these needs, reorganizing our programs, and centering these disciplines into a college that is building the future. Learn more about CEIAS.

Amazing experiences await

If you’re looking to be part of a community of curiosity-driven scholars, then we have your way forward to a career in STEM.

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Civil Engineering

This program provides a strong foundation in engineering and design, with an emphasis on structural, geotechnical, water resources, and transportation engineering. Students graduating from this program can design solutions to complex problems with society’s infrastructure systems and are prepared to become registered professional engineers specializing in civil engineering in their future careers.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering?

Society’s demand for essentials such as clean water and sustainable infrastructure pose large-scale, practical problems. Civil engineers design and operate facilities such as bridges, highway systems, waterworks, dams/levees, and foundations. Learn to be part of the solution to some of society’s greatest challenges when you study civil engineering at N.A.U. Taught by faculty who are also registered professional engineers, you will have multiple opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experience, including coursework in our four-year Design4Practice program. This program leads to exciting careers in the public or private sectors where you can make a difference.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • City or county planning agency
  • Construction firm
  • Consulting engineering firm
  • Federal or state agency

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Civil engineer
  • Researcher
  • Civil engineering management
  • University professor

Electrical Engineering

Available Emphasis Areas

  • Computer Engineering - Emphasis
  • Electrical Engineering - Emphasis

This degree is the first step towards immediate employment or further study in electrical engineering. It opens the door to technical exploration in design, production, renewable energy, and future problem-solving.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering?

Can you imagine what your world would be like without electric lights, your iPod and IPad, your smartphone, your refrigerator, air conditioning, cars, planes, computers, pacemakers, CAT scanners, and other medical equipment? Have you taken apart a radio or computer, just for fun? Are you fascinated by the micro-miniature world of the electronic chips that we find in almost every piece of technology we use every day? Do you want to help solve some of the grand challenges of our society? Then you could be wired for a high-powered career in electrical or computer engineering.

We will challenge your inquisitive mind and prepare you to succeed through an emphasis on innovation, real-world applications, and evolving technologies. Learn the technical and people skills employers are looking for in our innovative and award-winning Design4Practice Program. Develop your tech-savvy by using industry caliber design, simulation, and analysis tools. Build your teamwork, communication, and thinking skills by collaborating on student design projects.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Consumer products
  • Communication and entertainment technologies
  • Medical products
  • Power industry

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Sustainable designer
  • Research and development
  • Electrical engineering management
  • Inventor and innovator

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Environmental Engineering

This program provides a strong foundation in engineering and design principles and applies biological, chemical, and physical content to technical problems in water and wastewater engineering, air quality and pollution control, waste management, and public health. Students graduating from this program can design solutions to complex environmental problems and are prepared to become registered professional engineers specializing in environmental engineering in their future careers.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Environmental Engineering?

Society’s demand for essentials such as clean air, food and water, sustainable land use, and consumer products pose large-scale, practical problems. Environmental engineers use engineering, biological and chemical principles to design and operate pollution control and impact mitigation systems. Learn to be part of the solution to some of society’s greatest challenges when you study environmental engineering at N.A.U. Taught by faculty who are also registered professional engineers, you will have multiple opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experience, including coursework in our four-year Design4Practice program. This program leads to exciting careers in the public or private sectors where you can make a difference.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • City or county planning agency
  • Construction firm
  • Consulting engineering firm
  • Federal or state agency

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Environmental engineer
  • Researcher
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • University professor

Mechanical Engineering

This degree produces thinkers and designers who are concerned with controlling the principles of motion, energy, and force through mechanical solutions. The program emphasizes solid mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid sciences, and energy systems. A solid core of another engineering, math, and computer science coursework ensures well-rounded graduates.

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering?

Want to design the next generation of passenger jets? Bring wind power to a remote Southwestern village? Help land a space vehicle on Mars? If so, Northern Arizona University's Mechanical Engineering degree could help you take the first steps toward your dream. You will join a broad engineering field that's vital to countless industries. You'll learn to apply mathematics and physics to design and build mechanical components and systems like automobiles, power plants, robots, and spacecraft. In our innovative and award-winning Design4Practice Program, you'll gain a broad set of technical, managerial, and professional skills. As a Mechanical Engineering major, you will have opportunities for extensive faculty-student interaction, undergraduate research, and hands-on experience through student projects like the Mini-Baja race car, unmanned aerial vehicle, human-powered vehicle, and urban concept car. In your last semester, you’ll have an opportunity to present the results of your senior capstone project in a professional conference setting on campus at our annual Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Consulting
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Mechanical engineering management
  • Industrial designer
  • University professor
  • Researcher
Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Northern Arizona University is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value. As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experi ... Read More

Northern Arizona University is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees of high quality and societal value. As a student, you are at the center of the NAU experience, which is guided by a dedicated and distinguished faculty committed to teaching, individual engagement, and research excellence. Read less