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The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to nine departments and offers bachelor of science, master and doctoral degrees in a variety of disciplines.

Approximately 50 percent of our undergraduate students earn a minor in fields such as applied mathematics, engineering business, and the history of science and technology; many earn a minor in non-engineering programs at the University of Virginia, such as economics and religious studies. We have nine accredited undergraduate degrees. One by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and eight by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Graduate | Undergraduate | Online & Collaborative | Minors | Program Descriptions

Graduate Degree Programs
Biomedical Engineering Electrical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Engineering Physics
Civil Engineering Materials Science and Engineering
Computer Engineering Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Computer Science Systems Engineering

Undergraduate Degree Programs
Aerospace Engineering Computer Science
Biomedical Engineering Electrical Engineering
Chemical Engineering Engineering Science
Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Computer Engineering Systems Engineering

Online and Collaborative Programs
Accelerated Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) MBA/ME Program

Applied Math (APMA) Science and Technology Policy
Engineering Business Technology and the Environment
History of Science and Technology Technology Leaders
Materials Science and Engineering

Program Descriptions

Accelerated Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering
Developed with the guidance of Virginia’s most advanced technology companies, the Accelerated Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering is designed for business executives and technical professionals headed. SIE Department | Program Website

Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace engineers develop innovations and technologies for use in aviation, defense systems and space exploration. They often use solid-modeling software, robotics, and lasers and advanced optical techniques. While many aerospace engineers are employed in the aerospace industry, their skills are increasingly valuable in other fields. For example, in the motor vehicles manufacturing industry, aerospace engineers design vehicles that have lower air resistance and, thus, increased fuel efficiency. MAE Department | Undergraduate Program

Applied Math (APMA)
The minor in applied mathematics for undergraduate students consists of five courses at the 300 level or above, selected with the approval of the director. These courses must include at least two courses from APMA 308, 310 and 314. Courses may be selected from APMA offerings as well as offerings in MATH and/or STAT in the College of Arts & Sciences that are not substantial duplicates of courses in the School of Engineering and Applied Science taken by the student. Applied Mathematics

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical engineers discover new biological knowledge, invent new medical devices and develop solutions to clinical problems. Still a young field, biomedical engineering stands at the threshold of an explosion of knowledge in the biological sciences and bioengineering. Faculty and students in the BME department work together to achieve collaborative research excellence in areas where they can make the greatest impact. BME Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers apply mathematics, chemistry and other natural sciences, such as biology, to develop economic ways of using materials and energy for the benefit of mankind. Chemical engineers are involved in developing, processing and marketing such varied products as fuels, pharmaceuticals, foods, plastics, metals, microelectronics and basic chemicals. ChE Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Civil Engineering
Civil engineers are the fabricators of our modern society and the protectors of the quality of the environment. They deal with people and their management, materials and their use, designs and their application, and the problems of beneficially interweaving these factors to serve society. Typical civil engineering projects include environmental facilities, such as systems for water quality control, toxic and hazardous waste control, and storm water networks; structures, such as high-rise buildings, bridges, off-shore platforms, shuttle launch pads and dams; and transportation facilities, such as airports, highways and rail. CEE Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program
The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a collaborative, virtual, distance learning part-time degree program offering Master of Engineering degrees in Chemical, Civil, Electrical & Computer, Materials Science, Mechanical & Aerospace, and Systems Engineering. U.Va. CGEP courses are delivered in a real-time, interactive format and are available to admitted degree seeking students as well as those not in a degree program. Visit the CGEP Website for more information.

Computer Engineering (CpE)
The computer engineering program focuses on the unique issues associated with design, operation and maintenance of computers and other digital systems, drawing content from electrical engineering and computer science in such fields as microelectronics, electrical circuits and devices, algorithms and computer architecture. Students take on some of the most challenging and important technical problems society will face. CpE Program | CS Department | ECE Department

Computer Science
With strength in experiential systems and applied research, computer science researchers are blazing new trails in areas of secure and dependable software systems, wireless sensor networks, high-performance computing, programming languages, medical record security, temperature-award electronics, embedded computing, fault analysis, computational biology, software assurance, graphics and grid computing. The department attracts over $6 million in research support annually. CS Department | Graduate Programs

Electrical Engineering
Graduate students in the electrical and computer engineering department have countless opportunities to engage in innovative research that benefits society in areas that include logic design, communication theory, device physics, control theory, dependable computing, electromagnetics, nanoelectronics, MEMS and intelligent systems, signal processing, computer architecture, nanoelectronic architectures, photovoltaics, sensor and communications networks, bio-imaging and bio–electronics, and superconducting electronics. ECE Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Engineering Business
The engineering business minor provides students with the opportunity to learn how modern business organizations function and to acquire the concepts and language they will need to be effective in the corporate world. The minor involves coursework in economics, business, and new-product development, and students take classes in both the Engineering School and the McIntire School of Commerce. Engineering Business Minor

Engineering Physics
Current research areas in engineering physics include rarefied gas dynamics, ion interactions with applications to planetary science and electronics, atomic collisions, surface modifications and interactions, plasma physics, precise physical measurements, medical physics, gravitational and magnetic physics, computational fluid mechanics, space plasma physics, nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos, accelerator design and reactor science. MSE Department | Engineering Physics Graduate Program

Engineers PRODUCED in Virginia
Engineers PRODUCED (Providing Undergraduate Connections to Engineering Education) in Virginia is an academic outreach initiative of the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. Through this program U.Va. Engineering is reaching out to bring undergraduate engineering education to communities throughout Virginia. PRODUCED Website

Engineering Science (Engr Sci)
The engineering science program offers imaginative students the opportunity to design a program of studies that appeals to their special academic interests and prepares them for graduate school. Students typically select engineering science to prepare for a career in materials science, engineering physics, biomedical engineering, medical research, or medicine. On the other hand, some seek to obtain a broad engineering/science background as preparation for work in non-engineering fields such as teaching. Engineering Science Undergraduate Program

History of Science and Technology
The Department of Science, Technology, and Society offers, in conjunction with the history department, a minor in the history of technology and science. Open to all university undergraduates, this minor provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with humanistic perspectives of technology and science. For the engineering student, the minor offers an occasion for placing his or her professional education in a larger social and intellectual context; likewise, it provides the liberal arts student with a better understanding of science and technology as key components in human culture. STS Department | History of Science and Technology Minor

Materials Science and Engineering
Graduate students in the materials science and engineering department have backgrounds ranging from metallurgy, polymer science, chemistry, physics, ceramics and mathematics to all branches of engineering. These students also have equally varied interests, which allows students and faculty alike to solve research problems with the aid of many unique and innovative perspectives. The department has state-of-the-art facilities. MSE Department | Graduate Programs

MBA/ME Program
Offered by the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the Engineering School, the MBA/ME joint-degree program creates an opportunity for graduate students to acquire breadth of understanding and added flexibility needed to operate effectively at the interface between the commercial and technical units of modern industry and society. Program Website

Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest and oldest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers use the principles of energy, materials and mechanics to design, analyze, optimize and manufacture machines and devices of all types. Many of the department’s research facilities are among the only laboratories of their kind in the world. These include the Center for Applied Biomechanics and the Aerospace Research Laboratory. MAE Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Science and Technology Policy
Science, technology, engineering and government are intertwined. Federal, state, local and foreign governments shape science and technology in a variety of ways, including through grants, contracts, regulations and foreign policy. Science and engineering reshape governments in turn by supplying tools and expertise and, indirectly, by transforming social and economic structures. This minor equips students with the basic skills to understand these interactions. Along with taking core courses in politics and economics, all students take a course in science and technology policy designed for this minor. Three electives — from fields such as history, philosophy and planning, as well as politics and economics — deepen and broaden students’ education. E&S Department | Science and Technology Policy Minor

Systems Engineering
The undergraduate program is designed for students interested in bringing people and technologies together to dramatically improve an organization’s productivity and effectiveness. Graduate students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum that entails fundamental and advanced courses, independent research, participation in systems engineering colloquia and involvement in the intellectual life of the University of Virginia. Intersecting department research groups include computational statistics and simulation, human factors, optimization and control, risk analysis and systems integration. SIE Department | Undergraduate Programs | Graduate Programs

Technology and the Environment
A cornerstone of the Technology and the Environment (TE) minor is basic knowledge of technologies that directly impact environmental systems. This foundation allows students to build a more sophisticated understanding of how technology and the environment are interrelated. According to the interests of the student, courses from the areas of environmental planning and policy, history of the environment and technology, and management may be selected to complete the TE minor. Thus, students from across the university may participate in the TE minor. Technology and the Environment Minor

Technology Leaders
The Technology Leaders Program (TLP) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program focused on developing engineering leaders who can bring both a top-down systems perspective and bottom-up component perspective to the problems they face — problems that are increasingly complex and require solutions agile enough to respond to changing needs. Technology Leaders Program