We all know it is about that time of year where all first year engineering students begin to try to decide which engineering major to pick. Here is a cheat sheet of all the engineering majors that will hopefully help you decide.
This major deals with the disciplines of aerospace systems, aerodynamics, astrodynamics and space applications. You will learn specifically about propulsion, structures, materials, controls and dynamics. The major targets aircrafts, space vehicles and missiles.
Agricultural engineering deals with ways to design and analyze how to deal with natural resources in the most efficient ways. Biological engineering specifically relates to the development, design and operation of biologically based products and manufacturing of food. Both majors deal with making products environmentally renewable and friendly.
Biomedical engineering focuses on mixing engineering with biology and medicine. This plan of study contains life science courses, chemistry, physics, mechanics and biomaterials. Different types of projects include tissue and cell research and designs for medical therapies.
Chemical engineering focuses on mixing the physical sciences of physics and chemistry with applied mathematics. Chemical engineers study so they can go into biological materials, pharmaceuticals, energy, health products and many other fields. Chemical engineers especially focus on research in the field through their four years at Purdue.
Civil engineering focuses on using design skills and problem solving to work to create new landmarks, stadiums, communities and environments. Civil engineers work to learn how to create systems that develop sustainable infrastructures and improve our society. Civil engineers will study hydraulics, geomatics, structural behavior and materials.
This major is perfect for any engineering looking to work in the construction industry. Construction engineers will be able to work for a construction firm and be in senior management positions. The curriculum is a great mix of engineering courses and management courses. The program is great since it requires internships and specifically sets up internships for each person.
Electrical and Computer engineering are at the center of where technology meets engineering. Both majors deal with electrical and electronic systems and components and focus on design, development and research. The various sub-disciplines are biomedical imaging and sensing, automatic control, communications, networking, signal and image processing, computer engineering, microelectronics and nanotechnology, fields and optics, power and energy systems and circuit design.
The interdisciplinary engineering program is perfect for engineers who want an engineering degree, but do not plan to pursue pure engineering as a career. Multidisciplinary engineering is perfect for the engineers that want to create their own engineering majors, since what they want to study does not fit into the traditional majors.
EEE is the perfect major for the engineers that want to mix engineering with biology and chemistry. This is the perfect major for those engineers who want to protect both the environment and humans. The major focuses on ecology, industrial ecology and sustainability. The major also focuses on environmental and ecological issues dealing with water and other natural resources.
Industrial engineering is typically considered the business engineering degree. This major deals with controlling and designing systems and procedures for production. Industrial engineers focus on efficiency with people, information, equipment and materials. Industrial engineers can go into any possible industry field.
Materials Engineering focuses on artificial materials. Artificial materials are glasses, metals, polymers, ceramics and semiconductors. Materials engineers work on properties, structure, processing and performance of materials.
Mechanical engineering involves the analysis, design, and manufacturing of thermal, mechanical and electronic systems. Mechanical engineering focuses on a hands-on approach to learn the concepts through projects, labs, designing and building.
Nuclear engineering focuses on understanding and applying physics and nuclear chemistry. This involves power generation, industrial processes, medicine, space technologies, national defense and engineering plasmas. Nuclear engineers especially deal with fission and fusion, as well as materials processing and imaging.
Hopefully this rundown of all the majors helped and know that any major here at Purdue will be a useful one! Good luck with choosing your major!