North Carolina schools offer engineering degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Most careers in engineering require a bachelor's degree for entry-level opportunities, although research-oriented careers normally require graduate study. Some disciplines offered include chemical, civil, industrial, electrical, mechanical, nuclear, aerospace and environmental engineering. Students typically participate in lab studies and complete projects, such as a thesis, dissertation or capstone. Online engineering programs are also available, especially at the master's degree level.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Featuring several online learning options, the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 18 majors resulting bachelor's degrees, including programs in aerospace and environmental engineering. The aerospace engineering program includes hands-on lab studies and a yearlong team project, while the environmental engineering program teaches students to build structures and facilities to manage pollution and limit harmful impacts on the planet.
Graduate degrees are available in areas such as nuclear engineering, computer science and operations research. The nuclear engineering master's program is a 15-month program offered as a non-thesis, on-campus option or a distance-learning option. The computer science master's program is available with an online track and covers algorithms, software engineering, artificial intelligence and networking. The operations research PhD program teaches students to use mathematical modeling and analysis to find solutions to human decision-making problems.
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina A & T State University, located in Greensboro, offers engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees in seven departments. Sample programs include bachelor's degree programs in geomatics and civil engineering; master's degree programs in chemical engineering and industrial engineering; and a doctoral program in mechanical engineering.
The geomatics bachelor's degree program focuses on the area of engineering that measures and maps geographic data used for mapping, civil engineering and other purposes, and it prepares students for professional licensure in land surveying. Students in the civil engineering bachelor's program learn about planning and constructing a variety of civil building projects.
The master's program in chemical engineering covers the advanced study of thermodynamics and chemical reactions. The industrial engineering master's program explores the process of developing efficient organizational systems in business and industry, and students can specialize in management systems, production systems, operations research or human-computer interface. The mechanical engineering PhD program is intended for those interested in scientific research in the field of machine and tool operation and development.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Aerospace Engineering,
BS in Environmental Engineering,
MS in Nuclear Engineering,
MS in Computer Science,
PhD in Operations Research
|$9,101 (in-state), $28,444 (out-of-state)*|
|North Carolina A & T State University||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Engineering: Geomatics,
BS in Civil Engineering,
MS in Chemical Engineering,
MS in Industrial Engineering,
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
|$6,612 (in-state), $19,822 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator