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The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers seven Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. Our programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Use these links and resources to explore the fields of engineering and select the area of study that best matches your interests and career goals.

 

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering looks at healthcare delivery, technologies, and devices allowing for the exploration of biotechnology, biomechanics, and biosensors. Biomedical engineers apply the concepts of design, optimization, and programming to complex biological systems in order to detect, repair, and treat disease as well as to create diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Within our curriculum we have three tracks to choose from: biomechanics; biomaterials; and sensors and instrumentation.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Immunology; Medical Microbiology; Orthopedic Biomechanics; Bioroboics; and Bioinstrumentation.

Video: What is Biomedical Engineering? by Major Prep
Resource: Navigate the Circuit by American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers develop techniques to transform raw materials into useful products and innovations. It is a broad field of study which offers a biochemical concentration and explores biotechnology, energy, the environment, and materials. There is also a certificate in materials engineering for innovators looking to design and fabricate revolutionary new materials and products.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Tissue Engineering; Nanostructured Biomaterials; Physical & Chemical Processing of Materials; Advanced Materials Engineering.

Video: Innovation in Chemical Engineering
by American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Video: What is Chemical Engineering? by Major Prep
Video: Shelly Peyton is fighting cancer on every front by UMass Amherst
Resource: What do Chemical Engineering Do? by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers

 

Civil Engineering

Civil engineers design, construct and manage transportation systems; water and wastewater treatment systems; solid waste landfills; and city infrastructures, including bridges, tunnels and buildings. They perform reliability and economic feasibility studies to ensure safe and economically efficient outcomes. Within the major you can take elective courses in specialized areas such as environmental, structural, geotechnical, and transportation engineering.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Environmental & Water Resources Engineering; Highway Location and Geometric Design; Foundation Engineering; Design of Steel Structures; Water Supply and Wastewater Collection.

Video: What do Civil Engineers Do? by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Video: Meet Alyssa Ryan’18 by UMass Amherst
Video: What is Civil Engineering? by Major Prep
Resource: American Society of Civil Engineers by Pre-College Outreach
Video: Civil vs. Mechanical Engineering by Major Prep

 

Computer Engineering

Computer engineers are experts in hardware and software and design and build the electronic platforms on which every computer program is executed. Advances in data analytics, AI, and machine learning require faster computers that can handle increasing amounts of data, and computer engineers are at the forefront in developing the accelerated computing architectures to keep pace. The advent of cloud computing and ubiquitous embedded processors has led to the Internet of Things (IoT) that couples the cyber and physical worlds. Computer engineers are uniquely qualified to handle the challenges at these interfaces including our society’s most pressing needs in privacy and security. 

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: System Software Design, Embedded Systems, Security Engineering, Computer Architecture, VLSI Design.

Video: What is Computer Engineering? by Major Prep
Video: Electrical vs. Computer Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Computer Science vs. Computer Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Meet Dr. Aura Ganz by UMass Amherst

 

Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers use principles of physics, mathematics, and computation to design and build electronic devices and systems that form the building blocks for today’s sophisticated technologies found in computer, communication, energy, health-care, smart-city and transportation systems. Examples include smartphones, autonomous vehicles, wearable electronics and networks ranging from the electric grid to the Internet. EE’s are thinkers, hackers, innovators, and will have a significant hand in engineering the next computing platform, whatever “it” may be, and in helping to put the first woman on Mars.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Digital Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Microelectronic Fabrication, Microwave Engineering, Analog Integrated Circuit Design.

Video: What is Electrical Engineering? by Major Prep
Video: Electrical vs. Computer Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Mechanical vs. Electrical Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Meet Dr. Aura Ganz by UMass Amherst

 

Industrial Engineering

Industrial engineers use data science and analytics to transform data into knowledge, combine this with simulation and optimization to manage risk and improve processes, and consider human factors, to design technologies and systems that make society safer, greener, more productive, and happier. Industrial engineers combine math, engineering, economics, social science, and business to contribute to a wide range of industries including aerospace, healthcare, and energy. This background allows them to quickly rise to high-impact positions.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Healthcare Operations Research; Facility Layout and Design; Network Optimization; Game Theory; Data Analytics; Data Visualization.

Video: Industrial Engineers Make a Difference by Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Video: Women in Science: Shannon Roberts by UMass Amherst
Video: Intro to Industrial Engineering by UMass IE Professor Hari Balasubramanian

 

Mechanical Engineering

Biomechanics, machine design, robotics, green buildings, energy generation, electronics cooling, advanced materials and manufacturing – we design the mechanical solutions to meet societal needs. Starting with the laws of physics and some mathematics, we develop better prosthetic limbs, improved cell-phone batteries, cleaner cars, quieter aircraft engines, and advanced wind turbines. And we figure out how to manufacture these things out of new materials at lower cost with less waste and less energy.

Exciting electives to fine-tune your degree include: Robotics and Mechatronics; Molecular, Cellular & Tissues Biomechanics; Solar and Windpower Systems; Additive Manufacturing

Video: What is Mechanical Engineering? by Major Prep
Video: Day in the Life: Mechanical Engineer by ConnectedEd
Video: Civil vs. Mechanical Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Mechanical vs. Electrical Engineering by Major Prep
Video: Jessika Oktasys ’16 by UMass Amherst
Video: Alessandro Bomprezzi ’16 by UMass Amherst