Which Iowa Colleges Offer Engineering Degrees?

Learn about engineering degree programs offered in Iowa colleges. Get information on program disciplines, research and internship options, course lengths, and the corresponding tuition fees. Schools offering Computer Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Pursuing a degree in engineering will involve extensive exposure to research and hands-on experience through internships in addition to core subjects. Here you can find about the engineering programs available in Iowa through the course offerings in Iowa State University and University of Iowa.

What You Need to Know

If you want to study engineering in Iowa, you'll find bachelor's and master's degree programs in the field at 4-year, public universities. You may earn a bachelor's degree in 4 years, and a master's degree program could take 2 years to complete. At the bachelor's level, concurrent bachelor's/master's programs and international internship opportunities are available. Some master's program's can be taken online. Read on to find out more about Iowa colleges that offer engineering degrees.

Bachelor's Degree Engineering Programs Offered at Iowa Colleges

Iowa State University

Iowa State University has one of the ten largest undergraduate engineering schools in the U.S., and offers 12 different disciplines of engineering. As an undergraduate engineering student, you have the opportunity for study abroad in almost 20 countries, many of which are English-speaking nations. Internships in Japan, Germany, Denmark and other countries may also be available to you. Concurrent BS/MS programs in many of the engineering disciplines are also available.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Aerospace engineering, agricultural engineering, biological systems engineering, chemical and biologic engineering, civil/environmental engineering, computer engineering, construction engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition and Fees: $7,736 for in-state residents, $20,856 for out-of-state residents (2015-2016 estimates)
  • Prerequisites: Chemistry, biology, physics, pre-calculus and two years of a foreign language
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 34,435 students (28,893 undergraduate)

University of Iowa

The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa encourages students to get involved in research as early as possible. The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates regularly updates its website with opportunities for research positions and credit-earning internship programs. The study abroad program is also open to undergraduates, and programs can be as short as the duration of a single course or as long as an entire year of study in a foreign engineering program.

  • Program Name: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Program Length: Four years
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,104 for in-state residents, $27,890 for out-of-state residents (2015-2016 estimates)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum grade of B in chemistry, physics and higher math (trigonometry or pre-calculus)
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 29,970 students (22,354 undergraduate)

Master's Degree Engineering Programs Offered in Iowa Colleges

Iowa State University

If you enter the graduate studies program at this school with a Bachelor of Science degree in a different area, you may be required to complete a series of courses that will better prepare you for the program. Each of the disciplines offered will allow or require you to choose an area of concentration within the field. For example, the civil and environmental engineering department offers specializations in transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering and structural engineering.

You'll have access to such research facilities as the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Asteroid Deflection Research Center and the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products. Some of the degree programs that are offered in an online format include computer engineering, electrical engineering, human computer interaction, industrial engineering, information assurance and mechanical engineering.

  • Program Name: Master of Science, Master of Engineering
  • Disciplines: Aerospace engineering, agricultural and biological systems engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil/environmental/construction engineering, computer and electrical engineering, industrial engineering, materials science engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Program Length: Approximately two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,172 for in-state residents, $22,096 for out-of-state residents (2015-2016 estimates)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science degree in same discipline or related area
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 34,435 students (5,542 graduate)

University of Iowa

This college also offers concentrations within the main disciplines. In the civil and environmental engineering discipline, for instance, you can choose from the four areas of structures, mechanics and materials; environmental engineering and science; hydraulics and water resources or transportation infrastructures systems. You'll have access to the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging, the Solidification Laboratory and the W.M. Keck Phytotechnologies Laboratory. As of June 2012, the University of Iowa was not offering distance education programs for advanced engineering degrees.

  • Program Name: Master of Science
  • Disciplines: Biomedical engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering
  • Program Length: Approximately two years
  • Tuition and Fees: $9,693 for in-state residents, $26,871 for out-of-state residents (2015-2016 estimates)
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in same area or related field of study
  • School Type: Four-year, public; 29,970 students (7,616 graduate)

Iowa State University and University of Iowa both offer courses in the bachelor's and master's degree level and their engineering programs extensively combine research and internships with the theoretical subjects.

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