Women in Science and Engineering

women in science and engineering

Majors

There are many options within the College of Engineering and Science. Below are some short descriptions. For more information, please click on the titles and visit that department's web site.

Bioengineering
Bioengineers study several different areas including prosthetics, tissue engineering, neural engineering, biomechanics, and imaging. The driving force behind bioengineering is to understand the healthy human body in order to improve care for patients.

Biosystems Engineering
Graduates of biosystems engineering degree programs can use their expertise in many areas. They may be part of a team that pioneers a scientific breakthrough in biotechnology or work to preserve and protect the earth and its resources. The systems they design for the life support of plants and animals may include structures, machines, processes, management models, energy systems or controlled environments.

Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers design, evaluate, and oversee processes used to manufacture chemicals, fuel, food, pharmaceuticals, and many other products. The job of a chemical engineer is to make chemical processes possible on in large-scale production.

Chemistry
Chemistry, the “Central Science”, is an integral part of modern life and forms the basis for advances in nearly all areas of science and technology. Chemistry majors will engage in an in-depth, hands-on course of study that takes you from the basics all the way to organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The department also offers Creative Inquiry and undergraduate research teams. A degree in chemistry prepares you for a career in medicine, research, pharmacy, and many other industries.

Civil Engineering
Civil engineering has multiple emphasis areas: structures, transportation, geotechnical, materials, and hydrology. They design and oversee the construction of structures such as office buildings and airports. They may also work on transportation systems like highways and bridges. In addition, hydrology specialists work with environmental engineers on water treatment plants.

Computer Science/Computer Information Systems
Computer scientists can study the theory of computation, algorithms, software engineering, cyberinfrastructure, and computer systems. Their work can be found in every electronic you encounter from websites to coffee makers.

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical engineers impact every part of life. They design components in cellphones, laptops, and tablets. In addition, they design power systems to supply electricity to buildings and manufacturing sites.

Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineers are concerned with the environment and its proper management. They deal with issues like waste management, pollution control and irrigation.

Geology
Geologists gather and interpret data about the Earth to better the quality of human life. By nature, geology is a multidisciplinary study of Earth processes, materials, and history. Geologists often work in the field, quantify in the lab, travel, puzzle-solve, and have a deep appreciation and understanding of the physical world around us.

Industrial Engineering
Industrial engineers are systems oriented and process improvement specialists that integrate people with equipment in fields such as healthcare or manufacturing.


Materials Science and Engineering

Materials engineers find new ways of fabricating and using materials such as plastics, ceramics, and metals. They work closely with product designers to find materials that meet a new product needs.

Mathematical Science
Applications of mathematics are creating striking changes in the science and technology that strongly impact our lives. From city and regional planning to accurate weather forecasting, from advanced medical technology to satellite transmissions and FAX machines, mathematics touches nearly every facet of our world.

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineers design mechanical products and how to make them. As a mechanical engineer you could work with cars, the space shuttle, or even post-it notes.

Physics
Physics, the most fundamental of the natural sciences, is concerned with the very basic behavior of matter and energy. Modern physics is concerned with a wide variety topics including (but not limited to) the study of atoms and molecules, elementary particles, the beginning and evolution of the universe, optics, and astronomy. Physicists today are involved in many exciting experiments, such as smashing particles together in particle accelerators, collecting data from observatories located everywhere from Hawaii to the South Pole, and using lasers to detect gravitational waves emitted by the collision of black holes and neutron stars in the universe.