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Undergraduate degrees and programs

In the UW-Madison College of Engineering, you don’t simply sit in lecture halls and read textbooks.

Maybe you’ve known for most of your life that you would be an engineer. Maybe you are still trying to decide exactly how you can make a difference in our world.

In our college and across the UW-Madison campus, there are boundless opportunities for you to find your niche, define your goals, and create a college experience that is uniquely yours.

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Biomedical Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a biomedical engineer, you can apply engineering tools to solve problems in biology and medicine.

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Chemical Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a chemical engineer, you can take advantage of advances in chemistry and biology to create new products, design chemical processes, develop energy resources, and protect the environment.

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Civil Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a civil engineer, you can design sustainable facilities that protect the health and welfare of communities and our environment, while also ensuring society’s financial health.

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Computer Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a computer engineering major, you can learn how to design, develop, analyze, research and manufacture hardware, software and systems that process, store and convey digital information. In addition, you can explore systems that include personal computers, workstations, mainframe computers and embedded digital systems. You can even focus on the mathematics, tools, and practices associated with machine learning and data science in engineering with our new MLDS Named Degree Option.

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Electrical Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As an electrical engineering major, you can learn to design, develop, analyze, research and make systems for a wide variety of fields – from power generation and communication to healthcare and instrumentation. You’ll also learn about the devices that make up these systems, including transistors, integrated circuits, rotating machines, antennas and fusion plasma confinement devices, and the tools for analyzing and operating systems, including signal processing, controls, and machine learning. You can even focus on the mathematics, tools, and practices associated with machine learning and data science in engineering with our new MLDS Named Degree Option.

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Engineering Mechanics (+Aerospace Engineering Option), BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As an engineering mechanics major, you will design, measure and analyze complex structures of everything from networks of human cells and novel materials constructed at the nanoscale to roller coasters and spacecraft. Engineering mechanics is the home of aerospace engineering at UW-Madison.

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Engineering Physics, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As an engineering physics major, you’ll dive into research alongside professors who work at the frontier of translating emerging science into novel technologies. With a curriculum designed specifically to launch your research career and a tight-knit community of scholars, you’ll find a supportive environment to pursue a flexible math and physics-centered curriculum and publish an undergraduate thesis.

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Environmental Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As an environmental engineer, you’ll directly influence areas that include lakes and rivers, clean drinking water, environmental pollution, alternative energy, climate change and more.

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Geological Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a geological engineering major, you’ll find the best way to use the earth’s resources to solve technical problems while protecting the environment.

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Industrial Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As an industrial engineering major, you’ll focus on improving goods and services, and making them more cost-effective and of greater value to people, industries and society.

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Materials Science and Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a materials science and engineering major, you’ll learn how to process materials for manufactured products; develop and design nontraditional as well as traditional materials for an increasingly broad range of industries; and study and develop high-performance materials for use in the future.

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Mechanical Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a mechanical engineering major, you’ll learn about manufacturing processes, energy generation and use, and how to design mechanical equipment and systems.

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Nuclear Engineering, BS

Type: Bachelors of Science

As a nuclear engineering major, you can use nuclear science and technology to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges: expand clean energy, diagnose and cure diseases, travel to distant planets, and reduce the risk of nuclear weapons. The radiation sciences option provides a pathway for careers in medical applications of radiation.

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Certificate programs

In addition to our engineering majors, you also can choose from a broad range of certificate programs that are designed to enhance your education, expand your skillset, and make you a more versatile, marketable engineer. (You need to be in good standing with the College of Engineering to apply for a certificate program, and you need to complete your certificate concurrently with your engineering major.)