Las Vegas Engineering Programs
Students hoping to pursue engineering studies in the Las Vegas area have limited options, but the two schools offering programs are within 15 minutes of the city's center. This article covers the engineering specialties and required coursework at the colleges. It also contains a table of statistics offering additional information on each school.
- The College of Southern Nevada doesn't actually have an engineering school, but it does offer an engineering technology degree program at the associate's level. The campus is located in downtown Las Vegas.
- Located just six miles from downtown, the University of Nevada - Las Vegas has a College of Engineering that offers many programs in the field. Students can choose from five bachelor's degrees in areas like computer, civil or mechanical engineering.
Comparison of Schools
Get a side-by-side comparison of the two profiled schools by reviewing this table. Its facts on tuition rates, financial aid, acceptance rates and more could make all the difference in your education decision.
|College of Southern Nevada||University of Nevada - Las Vegas|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||33,914*||30,471*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,285 in-state; $10,063 out-of-state*||$7,665 in-state; $21,853 out-of-state*|
|Percent of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||74%*||93%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||Open admissions*||81%*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)||N/A*||74% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (For Students Who Began in Fall 2011)||9%*||42%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
College of Southern Nevada
If a student needs to improve his or her math and science skills or is looking for a cheaper option that still offers preparation for a bachelor's program in engineering, the associate's degree program at the College of Southern Nevada can suit those needs. The required coursework transfers toward engineering programs at schools like the University of Nevada - Las Vegas.
Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology
This program allows students to choose a study plan that includes emphases in electronics, industrial, operations, power utility, slot repair and self-service device technology, telecommunications or theatre technology. Each emphasis is designed to give students operational experience while preparing them for entry-level positions in their chosen field. Programs require around 60 or more credits and include common general education requirements, along with core subjects such as electronics, microprocessors and computer programming.
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Students have access to 9 research facilities at the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, including the Center for Energy Research and the Nevada Nanotechnology Center. In addition to its undergraduate offerings, the school features Master of Science programs in aerospace, biomedical, civil, electrical, materials and nuclear, and mechanical engineering and Ph.D. programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.
Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Engineering and Design
This program combines engineering and fine arts in a program that's designed to prepare students for careers working with entertainment equipment. The curriculum is for engineers who are interested in designing and installing production equipment and entertainment devices as well as those interested in designing machines and systems commonly used in the entertainment industry. Students must complete an internship and senior design project.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering
The civil engineering program focuses on 4 technical areas, including environmental and water resource engineering, geotechnical engineering, transportation engineering and structural engineering. The civil engineering department offers a course intended to prepare students for the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam. In addition to offering training in math and science, this program is designed to give students basic skills in business management, public policy and leadership. The program is ABET-approved.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Engineering
This ABET-accredited program integrates computer science and electrical engineering to prepare students for careers designing and analyzing computer operating systems, hardware and software. Lectures and labs cover topics such as computer logic and embedded systems design. Students also choose classes from 2 of 4 core areas of study, including computer networks, computer system design, digital electronic design and security systems. The program culminates in a senior design project.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering
Students in this ABET-accredited program must take at least 1 course in 6 of 8 core fields, including communications, computers, controls, digital signal processing, electronics, electromagnetism, power and solid state. They also must complete at least 5 labs in areas such as control systems, digital electronics and embedded systems design. Professional and math/science electives round out the curriculum.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
Before students begin their major coursework, they must complete a series of pre-major courses, such as calculus, physics and 3-D modeling. This ABET-accredited program requires the completion of an engineering project along with advanced courses covering fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and mechanical vibrations. Students must earn at least a 'C' in all engineering courses to remain in the program. To graduate, students must pass the FE Discipline Specific Mechanical Engineering Examination; they are allowed a second attempt if they don't pass the first time.