West Virginia University | Institute of Technology

Introduction

A campus within the West Virginia University system, WVU Tech offers more than 40 different academic programs and 81 percent of our 1200+ enrolled students receive some form of financial aid. When they’re not busy studying fields such as engineering, criminal justice, nursing, computer science or forensic investigation, Golden Bears enjoy an active student life.

WVU Tech is a smart investment in you – we’re ranked #1 in the state for students’ return on investment.

Tradition

Founded in 1895 as the Montgomery Preparatory School, WVU Tech has a rich history of academic excellence.

Academics

WVU Tech consists of two academic colleges: the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences. WVU Tech offers more than 40 academic programs, including 8 ABET-accredited engineering programs. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 and an average class size of 17 students, our classes provide students with personalized attention in a supportive environment.

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Accreditation

As a division of West Virginia University, WVU Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Several academic programs, including engineering, engineering technology and nursing, hold specialized accreditation.

Location

WVU Tech is located in Montgomery, West Virginia, among the picturesque mountains of Appalachia. The University is centrally located between two of West Virginia’s largest cities, the state capital Charleston and Beckley.

Athletics

The Golden Bears compete in 15 varsity sports.

Campus Life

With more than 30 student organizations, including academic honor societies, Greek life, and intramurals, WVU Tech offers a vibrant campus life. On-campus residents live in one of two co-ed residence halls: Ratliff Hall and Maclin Hall.

Governance

WVU Tech is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

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Bachelor in Civil Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Beckley + 1 more

Design is incorporated across the WVU Tech civil engineering curriculum, and the design experience begins early with some exposure in surveying and mechanics of materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having design components for a total of 20 hours of design. [+]

Why study civil engineering at WVU Tech? Designed to meet the demands of the industry, WVU Tech offers a practice-oriented program with small classes. The program has an emphasis in students’ preparation for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE Exam), a necessary step towards professional registration. Students that enjoy building, constructing and designing, and are interested in addressing environmental issues tend to enjoy this program. What opportunities are available for graduates? Civil engineering graduates pursue careers that engage them in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of bridges, buildings, foundations, dams, sanitary and solid waste disposal systems, highways, airport facilities, transportation systems, waterways, hydroelectric installations, pipelines, coal preparation and loading facilities, among others. Many of our graduates also go on to pursue graduate degrees. What do students say they enjoy most about the program? Many of our students participate in the WVU Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) which allows students to develop personal relationships with students and professionals that last beyond graduation. During the annual spring Virginias’ Conference, the ASCE Student Chapter competes with students from other engineering schools in several activities that include a concrete canoe race, steel bridge building contest, surveying competition, problem-solving contest, environmental design contest and the Hardy Cross presentation Design is incorporated across the WVU Tech civil engineering curriculum, and the design experience begins early with some exposure in surveying and mechanics of materials courses. Design exposure continues in the junior and senior years with 11 courses having design... [-]

Bachelor in Computer Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Beckley + 1 more

The course of study leading to the Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering is a practice-oriented curriculum. We have outstanding state-of-the-art undergraduate lab facilities open for instruction and hands-on applications. Students will gain a solid foundation in the underlying principles reinforced through practical experience so that graduates are effective workers immediately after graduation. [+]

Why study computer engineering at WVU Tech? Our ABET-accredited program features a practice-oriented curriculum and offers small classes with hands-on learning opportunities. The department features state-of-the-art lab facilities with nearly $500,000 worth of modern equipment that is easily accessible to students. Students have many experiential learning opportunities, including co-op, internships and undergraduate research projects. Graduates have a solid foundation in the underlying principles, reinforced through practical experience, that make them effective workers immediately after graduation. Students that enjoy mathematics, science, computers, robotics or programming tend to enjoy this program. Students entering this program should take as many mathematics and science courses as possible in high school. In addition, students would benefit from extracurricular experiences such as robotics, design competitions, science clubs and scouting activities. What does a degree in computer engineering at WVU Tech offer? Our program covers the fundamentals of computer engineering, including the design of digital systems with modern devices such as microprocessors, VLSI circuits and field-programmable gate arrays to fulfill the needs of larger systems used in communications, controls and power systems. We offer rigorous instruction that provides a solid foundation for graduate school, including knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and basic engineering principles. What opportunities are available for graduates? Graduates are able to pursue careers with nationally competitive starting salaries in industry and with government agencies. Many of these jobs involve design, fieldwork, maintenance or new project development in hardware and/or software. Companies that have hired our graduates include the FBI, National Security Agency,... [-]

Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 USA Beckley + 1 more

©Our ABET accredited program is structured to develop these skills by offering foundation courses in mechanical engineering such as thermodynamics, machine design, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, control systems and materials science. [+]

Why study mechanical engineering at WVU Tech? Our program offers an excellent balance of analytical and applied coursework with an emphasis on practice-oriented lab experience. Design and laboratory experience are integrated throughout the program of study. Labs are equipped with traditional and modern computer-linked test equipment that prepare our graduates to effectively face the challenges of contemporary industry. Students that do well in math and physics tend to enjoy this program. How is our program different from similar programs at other universities? The program requires 134 semester hours of rigorous academic work for graduation. Students take a series of sequential courses in several areas and develop skills necessary to be successful mechanical engineers. The department also provides a path for a 2+2 aerospace engineering degree from WVU that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Under this arrangement, a student interested in a BSAE degree from WVU, can start as a freshman at WVU Tech in mechanical engineering and complete the appropriate courses in four semesters before moving on to WVU. What co-op opportunities or internships are available? Hands-on experience comes in the form of the co-op program, internships and on-campus work study jobs. Students may start in their sophomore year to work and attend school alternating semesters for a maximum of five semesters of co-op or three semesters of internship under the guidance of a full-time program coordinator. The program also includes a mandatory, senior level, two-semester long design project (ME Systems Design I & II) in... [-]

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Beckley, West Virginia, 25801 US


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Beckley, West Virginia, 25801 US