Types of Engineering
Engineering is an extremely large field which necessitates specialization even at
the undergraduate level. Although many incoming engineering students are still undecided
which engineering major to pursue, four-year engineering schools normally require
the engineering major to be declared during the application process.
One of the beautiful aspects of Covenant's dual degree program is the opportunity to sample and consider the options for several years before selecting a specific major when applying as a transfer student to Georgia Tech, UTC, or another approved institution. Experiences that help in this exploration include the Introduction to Engineering course taken by our students during the first semester, exploring the subjects introduced in physics and chemistry, and internships with technical companies during the summers.
Which Type of Engineering is Right for Me?
Listed below are the different engineering degrees offered at Georgia Tech with descriptions of each. Also included are the links to each of the individual department homepage.
Keep in mind that Georgia Tech focuses on engineering. Other engineering institutions
will have many, but not all, of these majors. Many engineering schools are known
for particular areas of engineering, and also for providing engineers to leading industries
in their region. The years at Covenant allow students time to explore their transfer
Aerospace Engineering (AE)
The people who find themselves in this field are typically interested in working with aircraft or spacecraft. AE can be thought of as mechanical engineering specifically geared towards those objectives. This field emphasizes the flow of fluids, propulsion systems, and controls.
Biomedical Engineering (BME)
If you are more interested in the life sciences like biology than the more mathematically rigorous sciences like physics, then biomedical engineering may be a fit for you. This field takes the principles of the other branches of engineering and applies them to the medical industry to create products such as patient monitoring equipment, medical imagers, prosthetics, surgical tools, and artificial organs.
Chemical Engineering (ChemE)
If you love chemistry and also want to go into engineering, then this is the type of engineering for you. ChemE is the synthesis of chemistry and engineering, and some of the typical industrial products designed by chemical engineers include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, paints, and fuels.
Civil Engineering (CE)
This is the type of engineering that many non-engineers think of when they hear the term "engineering." As the name suggests, civil engineers design to fulfill public needs. This can range from building bridges to laying out roadways to timing traffic lights, water and sewage treatment, or the construction of buildings and park facilities.
Computer Engineering (CmpE)
Computer engineering is very similar to electrical engineering. The major difference is that it focuses on designing the electronics for computers. This field also involves computer programming.
Electrical Engineering (EE)
If you found yourself taking apart and then putting back together radios or other electronic devices when you were a kid, then electrical engineering may be the one for you. EE is a very broad field which deals with topics like designing electronics, working on telecommunications problems, dealing with electrical power issues and electromagnetics, or processing signals that can be either audio or visual. This is a mathematically oriented branch of engineering.
Industrial Engineering (IE)
Industrial engineers work to solve problems that ultimately involve the analysis and improvement of performance in how things are done - with regard to essentially any system or environment where relevant performance can be measured. Modern ISyE’s concentrate, in large measure, on designing processes and strategies. ISyE's are employed in a variety of settings including large utility companies, financial institutions, consulting groups, manufacturing enterprises, the government, hospitals, and even the courts.
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
This is the field that develops and characterizes the materials needed for engineered systems and devices. MSE’s are often employed to test and fabricate new materials for a specific purpose, which can open the door to innovative approaches to meeting engineering needs.
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
This field is the most popular with our students and is often the largest major at engineering schools. This means lots of opportunities in a broad range of subjects, applications, and industries. Subjects of interest here are mechanics of materials, machine design, thermal-fluids, and system control. ME’s are often involved in the design, manufacture, and testing of the devices that assist us, transport us, and provide power for us. Many get to do “hands-on” projects.
Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs
- Arts Administration
- Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
- Journalism and Society
- Medical Ethics Consultation
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Art, 2-D Concentration
- Art, 3-D Concentration
- Art, Art History Concentration
- Art, Graphic Design Concentration
- Art, Photography Concentration
- Art minor
- Art History minor
- Biblical & Theological Studies
- Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration
- Biblical & Theological Studies minor
- Biblical Languages minor
- History of Christianity minor
- Missions minor
- Youth Ministry minor
- Biology, Biomedical Concentration
- Biology, Environmental Concentration
- Biology, General
- Biology, Health Professions Concentration
- Biology minor
- Business, Accounting Concentration
- Business, Finance Concentration
- Business, Marketing Concentration
- Sport Management
- Business minor
- Sport Management minor
- Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration
- Chemistry, General
- Biochemistry minor
- Chemistry minor
- Computer Science
- Computer Science minor
- Community Development
- Community Development minor
- Economics minor
- Education Studies
- Elementary Education (P-5)
- Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program
- Education minor
- Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration
- English, Writing Concentration
- English minor
- Writing minor
- Coaching minor
- History, Art History Concentration
- Political Science
- International Studies
- History minor
- Political Science minor
- Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations
- Mathematics minor
- Music, Church Music Concentration
- Music, Creative Studies Concentration
- Music, General Music Concentration
- Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration
- Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration
- Music, Organ Performance Concentration
- Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration
- Music, Piano Performance Concentration
- Music, Vocal Performance Concentration
- Music minor
- Philosophy minor
- Physics minor
- Pre-Law Studies
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- Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
- Psychology minor
- Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration
- Sociology minor
- Theatre minor
- French minor
- Spanish minor