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Undergraduate Study in Engineering

The College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison serves the citizens of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world as a leader in engineering education. Because the faculty conduct research at the frontiers of technology and science, the college provides a high-quality of professional instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Its facilities, together with the unique expertise of its faculty, are resources that enhance the economy of the state. Part of the college's responsibility is to offer ambitious, capable students the opportunity to enrich their lives, to build an educational base for productive professional careers, and to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Undergraduate Educational Objectives

The college recognizes that graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals. The college encourages this diversity of paths.

Whatever path graduates choose, be it a job, postgraduate education, or volunteer service, whether in engineering or another field, the college has these objectives in mind:

  1. Graduates will exhibit strong skills in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, and communication.
  2. They will use these skills to contribute to their communities.
  3. They will make thoughtful, well-informed career choices.
  4. They will demonstrate a continuing commitment to and interest in their own and others' education.

As an integral part of undergraduate education, the college offers its students many important opportunities. It encourages student innovation and professional growth through state-of-the-art facilities and well supported extracurricular activities. Student services, including the Engineering Career Services Office, provide exceptional opportunities to learn, including the chance to obtain paid work experience as an undergraduate. Engineering students have the advantage of the excellent laboratory, computing, and library facilities that a large, well-respected institution can offer.

After building a solid foundation, the student chooses one of the degree programs of professional engineering in which to specialize. The college offers courses that lead to the bachelor of science degree in:

Biological Systems Engineering (with College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering

Options are available in several degree programs.

Civil Engineering options:
Construction Engineering and Management
Environmental Engineering
Fluid Systems Engineering

Engineering Mechanics option:
Astronautics

Nuclear Engineering options:
Power
Radiation Sciences

The college offers certificate programs in biology in engineering, international engineering, integrated studies in engineering and society, energy sustainability, risk, uncertainty and decision analysis, society and technology, technical communications, and Japanese studies. The university offers several dozen additional certificate programs that are available to engineering undergraduates.

Students who begin their studies in engineering can, if they wish, change to other professional fields at the undergraduate or graduate level. Some of the possible fields are architecture, business, law, and medicine.

Principal College of Engineering facilities include the Engineering Centers Building, Engineering Hall, Wendt Commons, Mechanical Engineering Building, Materials Science and Engineering Building, Engineering Research Building, Water Science and Engineering Laboratory, and Computer Aided Engineering.

Accreditation

The following engineering undergraduate degree programs described in this catalog are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org:

Biological Systems Engineering (with College of Agricultural and Life Sciences)
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Geological Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering