South Carolina has a variety of 2- and 4-year schools that offer engineering and engineering technology programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Engineering studies cover the theories and methods used to design equipment and other technologies, while engineering technology programs focus on practical concepts used to implement the designs created by engineers. Engineering technology programs don't prepare students to become engineers and include less coursework focused on high-level math than what is typically found in engineering programs.
Some schools feature dual-degree options and others offer programs that are designed to transfer to higher programs. Students could be required to complete senior engineering design projects, internships or cooperative education experiences. Graduate degree program requirements include teaching assistantships, fellowships, thesis projects or dissertation research.
This school is located in Columbia and offers five engineering programs through its Department of Physics and Engineering. The physics/engineering dual-degree program is offered in conjunction with one of Benedict College's partner schools. Students in this program typically spend three years at Benedict College and another two years at the partner school and are awarded a physics degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree upon completion. The electrical, computer, environmental and transportation engineering programs can be completed in four years and include a senior design project. Although the elective and specialized coursework varies between each program, students in all of the programs can expect to take a mix of calculus, physics and programming courses.
Citadel Military College of South Carolina
This school in Charleston offers ABET-approved bachelor's degree programs in civil or electrical engineering. Students who complete the civil engineering program are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering and Fundamentals in Land Surveying exams. This civil engineering program includes courses like transportation, materials, structural analysis and concrete design. The electrical engineering program offers concentrations in electronics, power engineering, computer engineering and communications. Course options include electrical power systems, nuclear engineering and digital systems.
This Orangeburg-based institution offers a dual-degree program through a partnership with Clemson University. This five-year program results in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Claflin University. Students complete general education and pre-engineering courses during their three years at Claflin University and finish with focused engineering courses over their last two years at Clemson University. This program includes courses in calculus, physics, dynamics, programming and differential equations.
Located in Clemson in upstate South Carolina, Clemson University is a land-grant university founded in 1889. The College of Engineering and Science offers many different engineering disciplines for undergraduate and graduate students, including chemical engineering, computer engineering, environmental engineering and civil engineering. Freshman students begin in the general engineering program, which allows them to learn about the different engineering disciplines. Undergraduate programs in engineering provide opportunities for students to pursue internships and cooperative education experiences.
Graduate students may have the opportunity to participate in teaching assistantships and fellowships. Master's-level students have the option of completing a thesis project or taking additional courses instead. The PhD program requires students to complete 30 credits of graduate coursework, which includes dissertation research.
This school in Greenville offers dual-degree programs in conjunction with six different schools. Notable partner options include Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Students who opt for this program spend their first three years at Furman University and their final two or three years at the partner school. This dual-degree program awards a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Furman University and a Bachelor of Science in the chosen engineering specialty from the partner school. Students can expect to take courses in physics, mechanics, electromagnetic theory and vector calculus during their studies at Furman University.
Midlands Technical College
In Columbia, Midlands Technical College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree program that's intended for transfer to an engineering bachelor's program at the University of South Carolina. This program includes courses specific to a student's desired area of study. For example, civil and environmental engineering students may take courses in engineering statisics and engineering dynamics, and those interested in electrical engineering take introductory courses in electrical and computer engineering.
South Carolina State University
This school, located in Orangeburg, offers a bachelor's program in nuclear engineering in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from South Carolina State University. The courses from the University of Wisconsin - Madison are offered over the Internet, and students can expect to study ionizing radiation, nuclear reactors, reactor design and nuclear energy.
Tri-County Technical College
This Pendleton-based college offers a general engineering bridge program through an agreement with Clemson University. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and complete the general engineering requirements in order to transfer into an engineering program. In addition to general education requirements, students must complete courses focused on math, natural science and engineering.
Trident Technical College
Located in North Charleston, Trident Technical College's Industrial and Engineering Technology Division offers associate's degree programs that allow students to transfer to specific four-year engineering programs at other schools. Students planning on transferring to the Citadel Military College of South Carolina must complete 35 credits of math and science courses and 21 credits of general education courses. Civil engineering students must complete 16 additional credits of coursework focused in that specialty, and electrical engineering students must complete an additional 15 credits at Trident Technical College. Students interested in transferring to the University of South Carolina or Clemson University can discuss their goals with an advisor to find out more about specific course requirements.
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Located in Columbia, the University of South Carolina was founded in 1909. The College of Engineering and Computing offers programs that span numerous emerging fields, including chemical, biomedical, environmental, mechanical, electrical and nuclear engineering. Students can choose from bachelor's, master's and PhD programs. All the school's undergraduate engineering programs are approved by ABET.
Most engineering professionals need at least a bachelor's degree in engineering for entry-level positions. South Carolina has about ten colleges and universities that offer degree programs that can prepare students to pursue engineering careers. Aspiring engineers can choose between many specialties at these schools, such as chemical, mechanical, civil or industrial engineering.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Engineering Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Benedict College||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Transportation Engineering and Logistics Studies,
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Physics/Bachelor of Engineering dual-degree program
|Citadel Military College of South Carolina||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
|$11,364 in-state; $31,780 out-of-state*|
|Claflin University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics/Bachelor of Science in Engineering dual-degree program||$15,520*|
|Clemson University||Four-year; public; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in 10 specialized engineering fields and one general engineering field,
Master of Science in 11 specialized engineering fields,
PhD in 11 specialized engineering fields
| $14,272 in-state; $33,190 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$9,230 in-state; $18,406 out-of-state (graduate)*
|Furman University||Four-year; private, not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Physics/Bachelor of Science in Engineering dual-degree program||$46,012*|
|Midlands Technical College||Two-year; public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Engineering Transfer||$3,988 in-district; $4,924 in-state; $11,524 out-of-state*|
|South Carolina State University||Four-year; public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering||$10,088 in-state; $19,856 out-of-state*|
|Tri-County Technical College||Two-year; public; large suburb||General Engineering Bridge Program||$3,967 in-district; $5,167 in-state; $8,815 out-of-state*|
|Trident Technical College||Two-year; public; small city||Associate in Science in Engineering Transfer||$4,039 in-district; $4,481 in-state; $7,645 out-of-state*|
|University of South Carolina - Columbia||Four-year; public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in five specialized engineering fields,
Master of Science in seven specialized engineering fields,
Master of Engineering in five specialized engineering fields,
PhD in six specialized engineering fields
| $11,482 in-state; $30,298 out-of-state (undergraduate)*
$12,784 in-state; $26,932 (graduate)*
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics