What Top Universities Offer Engineering Bachelor's Degrees?

Bachelor's degree programs in engineering are available from hundreds of schools across the country in a wide variety of disciplines, including electrical, civil, mechanical, environmental and petroleum engineering. Read on to learn about some of the top schools offering undergraduate degrees in engineering. Schools offering Computer Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Top Schools Offering Engineering Bachelor's Degrees

Engineering bachelor's programs prepare students for careers using science and math to design machines, products and systems that improve technical processes. There are more than 10 different types of engineering disciplines, ranging from aerospace and biomedical engineering to chemical and industrial engineering. Prospective engineers who wish to work with the public are required to secure state licensure.

Licensure requirements vary slightly by state but generally require applicants to have graduated from an ABET-accredited engineering program and pass a series of exams. As of October 2014, there were 537 schools in the United States that offer ABET-accredited bachelor's degree programs in engineering. Read on to learn about some of the top U.S. schools to offer bachelor's degrees in engineering.

Important Facts About These Programs

Possible Careers Research and Development Director, Chemical Plant Manager, Drilling Engineer, Petroleum Engineer
Programs Summer internships/apprenticeships are offered
Professional Certification Offered by organizations such as the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and International Society of Automation
Prerequisites A entry-level writing requirements and a minimum GPA of 2.0

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, ranked first on the 2014 U.S. News & World Report list of best undergraduate engineering programs among schools that offer doctorate programs - a rank it has held since 1983. Eleven undergraduate programs also earned top 10 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. MIT's School of Engineering includes 20 laboratories and research centers for engineering students, including a Center for Ocean Engineering, Research Laboratory of Electronics and Industrial Performance Center.

Its School of Engineering is the largest college on campus and enrolls about 60 percent of the undergraduate student body. This school offers Bachelor of Science degrees in:

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Biological engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemical-biological engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental engineering science
  • Civil and environmental engineering
  • Electrical engineering and computer science
  • Electrical science and computer engineering
  • Computer science and engineering
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechanical and ocean engineering
  • Nuclear science and engineering

University of California - Berkeley

Among schools that offer a doctorate degree, the University of California campus in Berkeley was the highest-ranked public university on U.S. News & World Report's list of schools with the best undergraduate engineering programs; it ranked third in 2014. The school also had 11 engineering programs with individual rankings, including a #3 ranking for its civil engineering programs and was also the top ranked public school overall among all national universities in 2015.

There are more than 3,000 students enrolled in the undergraduate engineering programs at UC-B, and nearly half of these students are in the electrical engineering and computer science program. Engineering students at this school also have access to more than 50 research centers in the area, including the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center and the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute. UC-Berkeley offers 11 bachelor's degree programs in engineering. Undergraduate majors are available in:

  • Bioengineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Electrical engineering and computer science
  • Energy engineering
  • Environmental engineering science
  • Engineering math and statistics
  • Engineering physics
  • Industrial engineering and operations research
  • Materials science and engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nuclear engineering

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