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Aerospace Engineering

Chemical Engineering

If it moves through the air or in space, aerospace engineers develop the technology to make it happen. That means the Boeing 787, Mars rovers, space station and uninhabited airborne systems to support the farm of the future all have aerospace engineers involved. You will learn from people who have been in space and experts in every field of aerospace technology, and you’ll get a chance to develop ways to fly more efficiently and support the new and exciting area of commercial spaceflight.

Chemical reactions happen all around you. Chemical engineers use these reactions to develop processes and products in a range of fields, including food, pharmaceutical, biomedical, advanced materials, fluid dynamics, microelectronics, renewable energy and commodity chemicals. You’ll use your expertise to tackle pressing issues, such as creating materials to repair damage to severed nerves or developing value-added chemicals from biorenewable sources. The discoveries you make as a chemical engineer will create a better world.

Agricultural Engineering Producing and processing agricultural products into feed, fuel, food and fiber is becoming increasingly complex. That’s why agricultural engineers are advancing new technologies everyday. You could invent a next-generation off-road vehicle that drives around crops as it detects and destroys weeds, develop systems to precisely place fertilizer and seed for maximum efficiency, and even help find improved ways of reducing soil erosion and water pollution. As an agricultural engineer, you’ll be improving productivity of the agricultural industry while conserving natural resources.

Biological Systems Engineering Combining biology and a desire to improve life through technology is what biological systems engineering is all about. You’ll be creating systems that safeguard our air, soil and water while helping meet human needs for food and other renewable resources. You’ll work on the sustainable production, storage and conversion of biobased materials into useful products. Addressing all of these critical needs as a biological systems engineer means you’ll make a big difference in people’s lives.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Leave your mark on society by designing systems and structures that save and protect lives. Civil engineers design highways, malls, bridges, manufacturing facilities and many other components of modern infrastructure. Your creative ideas as an environmental engineer will make water safer, protect people from the elements and conserve the environment. Your work is all about service and makes a global impact.

Computer Engineering How many devices do you own that connect to the Internet? Your computer, your smartphone, even your TV; all of these things need to be protected from cyber attacks. As a computer engineer, you’ll work to make the Internet safer and more accessible to everyone in the world. You’ll build human-like robots, design blazing-fast computer chips, develop real-time systems that make GPS navigation possible, and more. Be a creative thinker who makes devices smarter, faster, smaller and cheaper.



Construction Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Creating and turning projects into reality takes detail-oriented people who solve problems and answer questions. Construction engineers have these skills and more, keeping them in high demand. You’ll focus on how to tackle big-vision projects like skyscrapers, transportation systems, educational facilities and industrial plants. As a construction engineer, you build the environments where people live, work and play.

Researching, designing and manufacturing products that improve people’s lives—that’s what it means to be a mechanical engineer. By applying the properties of forces, materials, energy and motion, mechanical engineers are involved in nearly every product, like sensors used in air bags, prosthetic devices for the disabled and planetary exploration spacecraft. Virtually anywhere your imagination leads you, mechanical engineering can take you there.

Electrical Engineering Every electronic device has an electrical engineer at its foundation. You’ll create a smart electric grid, help the world go green with new solar and wind energy technology, improve biomedical imaging technology to treat diseases, or make cell phone signals more reliable. Work in industries from power and wireless communication to health care and avionics, and the technologies you’ll work on will connect the world.

Industrial Engineering Designing and implementing systems that make a difference is central to industrial engineering. You’ll improve processes to help people by making surgeries safer, manufacturing workspaces more productive, product quality higher, shipments timely, energy less expensive and entertainment lines shorter. Your problem solving and organizing talents ensure that complex systems operate efficiently. Whatever people do, you’ll help them do it better.

Materials Engineering Think of all the materials in biomedical devices, computer chips, sensors, automobile parts and yes, even the kitchen sink. These are just a few products that depend on the creative solutions from materials engineers. You’ll study the relationship between a material and its atomic structure. As a materials engineer, you’ll apply that knowledge to create new or improve existing materials that perform better and are more environmentally friendly.

Software Engineering Going beyond your personal computer, software engineers develop hit video games and smartphone apps, along with creating control systems for airplanes, cars and medical equipment. You’ll manage projects through the entire development process to ensure your programs work seamlessly with technology and hardware developed by other engineers. Build software at Iowa State, and you can change the lives of others along the way.

Engineering minors and other programs In addition to our 12 undergraduate degree programs, we offer five engineering minors in biomedical engineering, engineering sales, energy systems, nondestructive evaluation and nuclear engineering; a certificate program in engineering leadership; and concurrent dual degree programs for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, including an MBA.

Still deciding? No problem! You know you want to be an engineer, but you need more information and hands-on experiences to make a decision. We offer great resources to help you decide on a specific field of engineering. This unique option includes the Engineering 101 class, engineering student services and learning communities—all designed to help you discover your passion! The undeclared option will not delay your academic progress since all freshmen engineering majors take a common core of general education and introductory engineering classes.

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If you’re not sure what type of engineer you’d like to be, you’re not alone. About one-third of our first-year students enter as engineering undeclared.

Enjoy your adventure. More opportunities. More possibilities. More potential. At Iowa State you’ll find all of these things and more. Immerse yourself in a university where top-notch academics and a vibrant student life form the ultimate college adventure. Open your mind. Broaden your horizons. Make memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy your engineering adventure.

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Undeclared Engineering Major at Iowa State University  

Overview of undeclared undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University

Undeclared Engineering Major at Iowa State University  

Overview of undeclared undergraduate program in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University