Degree Bachelor of Science
Many new engineering students select the General Engineering program. This first year program is designed to help new students select a major. All baccalaureate degrees can be completed in four years.
The following engineering programs are offered at Oregon State University:
BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (graduate program only)- is the design of sustainable products and processes for new products and clean fuels, taking advantage of biological materials and mechanisms in new ways.
ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING- is the design of sustainable systems in concert and consistent with ecological principles that integrates human activities with the natural environment to the benefit of both.
Ecological Engineering is focused on incorporating ecological principles into the design of both natural and human-dominated systems. It uses ecology as its fundamental design paradigm, emphsizing resilency, adaptation and systems approaches to develop engineered solutions that are sustainable, intrinsically incorporate a broad range of biological systems as components, and emphasize mutual improvement of both human and natural environments. This focus on incorporation of ecological principles in engineering design to promote development of robust, sustainable systems sets it apart from other engineering disciplines.
WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING (graduate program only)- The water resources engineering group addresses a wide range of contemporary issues of water quality and quantity. The topic area focuses on simulation modeling and decision support; application of remote sensing and GIS to water resource management; regional hydrologic modeling; optimum irrigation management; animal waste management; non-point source pollution management; constructed wetlands water treatment; and groundwater quality. Research includes field campaigns in Africa, Canada, and across the United States, with a strong emphasis on applied research.
CIVIL ENGINEERING - Civil Engineering at Oregon State University is a diverse professional field with discipline specialties in structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, surveying, and ocean engineering. All students receive basic instruction in all disciplines, with the option for additional elective courses in desired areas.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT- The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering continues to offer our unique Construction Engineering Management program, which blends principles of basic science, engineering, and technology with a strong component of business coursework to prepare graduates for a productive career in the construction industry.
CEM graduates find employment in all phases of construction: commercial and industrial building, heavy/highway, structures, utilities, and civil projects. They are employed by general constructors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, homebuilders, consultants, and governmental agencies. They work as project engineers, project managers, field and office engineers, estimators, as well as in other positions.
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING- Chemical engineering is the study and modeling of systems where heat and fluid flow are coupled with chemical reaction. Examples of systems are the human body, ground water, the atmosphere, the ocean, and chemical reactors. Natural systems are measured and modeled in order to understand present and future behavior. Man-made systems are specifically designed to convert raw materials into more useful products.
Making useful products requires using mathematics and science to plan, develop, design, operate, and improve processes. Some processes are micro-scale, as in computer chip manufacturing, and some are large-scale, as in petroleum refining. Typical products from these processes include computer chips, solar cells, batteries, pharmaceuticals, plastics, synthetic fibers, composite materials, pulp and paper, and consumer products ranging from detergents to cosmetics.
BIOENGINEERING- is an interdisciplinary field that applies engineering principles and quantitative methods to the advancement of knowledge at the molecular and cellular levels through the ecosystem level, and to the development of new and novel biologicals, materials, devices, and processes. In practice, bioengineers address issues in the broad areas of bioenvironmental, biomedical and bioprocess technology.
Activities in bioengineering are inextricably linked to issues relevant to public health and confidence. Perhaps more than in any other engineering discipline, bioengineers must maintain an awareness of ethical issues in their field, and the patterns of thought that lead to moral judgment and decision-making. Bioengineers must be able to identify situations posing ethical conflict, select strategies for assessing ethical dilemmas and critically arriving at a solution, and deal effectively with the ambiguity inherent in ethical matters. Further, the ability to communicate effectively with people from disparate disciplines, both inside and outside of science, is essential to bioengineers.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING- Environmental engineers manage our environment for the benefit of humanity and nature. They provide engineering solutions to problems with our land, air and water resources. In both public and private practice, environmental engineers work in interdisciplinary teams to manage environmental problems through application of scientific, engineering, and social skills. These include issues of air pollution and control, water supply and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, solid and hazardous waste disposal, control of hazardous substances, pollution in surface and groundwaters, public health, and the ecological health of our environment.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING- Electrical engineers design, build, market, and support electronic products. These electronic products include everything from cell phones and CAT scanners to the power grid that delivers electricity to our homes. Some electrical engineers focus on electronics. Others focus on the math, physics, and chemistry involved with electronics.
COMPUTER ENGINEERING- Computer engineers are specialists in computer system design. They have a good background in both electrical & electronics engineering and computer science. Compared to electrical engineers, computer engineers are more focused in computer systems. Their knowledge of both software and digital hardware design and implementation distinguishes them from computer scientists.
Computer engineers help design and develop computer architectures and networks. Many tasks in industry require the combined knowledge of hardware and software. Computer engineers fill this need.
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING- Mechanical Engineers design and develop small devices, large equipment and processes for society. They play major roles in the design, testing and operation of mechanisms, machines, and systems, including processes for energy conversion and equipment used in households, businesses, transportation and manufacturing. Industrial Engineering emphasizes the involvement of people in cost-effective systems for many areas, including production of consumer goods, energy conversion, agriculture, health care, communications and transportation. Manufacturing Engineers are concerned with the design and operation of integrated systems for the production of high quality, economically competitive products utilizing computer networks, robots, machine tools, and materials handling equipment.
INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING- Industrial engineering emphasizes the involvement of people in cost-effective systems for many areas including the production of consumer goods, energy conversion, agriculture, health care, communications, and transportation.
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING- Manufacturing engineers are concerned with the design and operation of integrated systems for the production of high quality, economically competitive products utilizing computer networks, robots, machine tools, and other equipment.
NUCLEAR ENGINEERING- Nuclear engineers design, build and operate complex systems involving radiation and/or radioactive materials. Employment opportunities in the field include: nuclear utilities; reactor and nuclear fuel vendors; national laboratories; federal agencies (NASA, DOE, NRC, etc.) and private consulting.
FOREST ENGINEERING- The forest engineering undergraduate curriculum prepares students to perform a wide range of engineering tasks associated with the management of forest lands, including designing and constructing roads, bridges, and other structures; developing logging plans and adapting logging systems to achieve quality resource management. This five-year program is offered in cooperation with the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department. This program begins with basic science and mathematics and progresses on through engineering science and forest science to arrive at professional-level courses in forest engineering that include: surveying, soil and water resources, timber harvesting, operations analysis, road design, and planning. Students are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination.
For detailed information about course requirements, please contact:PCC Engineering Department –
ST 200, Sylvania Campus 971-722-4159
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2411
Students may complete the first 2 years of a 4-year engineering degree at Portland Community College. Courses include: Engineering, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and General Education Requirements.
Students must apply to the OSU College of Engineering for admission to the professional program. To be eligible to apply, students must complete 80 credits, including all required courses, by the end of summer term for fall admission and by the end of fall term for winter admission. Grades of C or better and a minimum of 2.25 cumulative GPA must be earned in required courses.
PCC's Engineering Department also maintains a website with transfer guides for students planning to transfer to OSU, PSU, OIT and University of Portland to pursue the following majors: Chemical, Construction, Environmental, Industrial & Manufacturing, Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
Updated: September 2014