Majors and Minors

Tips and Tricks for Choosing a Major or Minor

  • Look at the program requirements. Click on a major's name to view its Major Academic Plan (MAP), which includes a list of requirements and class options.
  • Find classes that look interesting to you and which majors have those classes.
  • Think of the differences between these different majors. What classes do the majors have in common? What is different? What career opportunities does each major give you?
  • Take classes that introduce you to the majors you're interested in.
  • Contact our office to learn more and get advice from a professional academic advisor.

 

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering Major Programs

The following list provides a brief description of each major offered by the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering. Looking for a major that isn't listed below, e.g. Aerospace Engineering? We may offer the same program content under a different name or as an emphasis within a different major, e.g. Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Aerospace. Want to know more? Contact us.

 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering combines physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, and economics to physically change the world. As a chemcial engineer you can find innovative chemical processes that produce goods. Chemical engineers do everything from extending the shelf life of antibiotics to creating the clothes you wear.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1
CH EN 170: Intro to Chemical Engineering
CHEM 111: Principles of Chemistry 1
 
 

Civil Engineering

Civil and environmental engineers balance the responsibility of constructing sound infrastructure like bridges, canals, and buildings wtih concerns for the environment. As a civil engineer, you can make a difference in the world by having the experience to help the environment and create incredible structures like eathquake-proof schools and sports stadiums where eveyone has a good view.
 

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1
CE EN 101: Intro to Civil Engineering
CE EN 112: Engineering Drafting with CAD Applications

Computer Engineering

If it lights up, makes noise, or uses batteries, an electrical engineer was more than likely involved in its design. From cell phones to satellites, heaters to hybrids, electrical engineers are vital to the design and functionality of any electronic device. Computer engineers also design chips, software, hardware and networking devices.
 

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1

PHSCS 121: Intro to Newtonian Mechanics
CS 142: Intro to Computer Programming

Construction and Facilities Management: Construction Management Emphasis

With training in construction, architecture, business management, finance and even real estate, construction management grads leave BYU ready to take on leadership positions and oversee projects from concept to completion. Construction managers use their technical skills and business acumen to coordinate success.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 111: Trigonometry 
CFM 105: Intro to Construction Facilities Management
 

Construction and Facilities Management: Facility Management Emphasis

Facility management students learn to maintain and manage buildings, maximize productivity, and even focus on protecting the environment. Whether they are purchasing and revamping an old building or designing and building a totally new one, FM graduates are great assets to their organizations.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 111: Trigonometry 
CFM 105: Intro to Construction Facilities Management
 
Student working on computer

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a computing-based discipline involving the creation, operation, analysis, and testing of secure computing systems. Cybersecurity professionals know how to protect websites, mobile apps, operating systems, databases, networks, and embedded computing systems from attacks and how to respond effectively when attacks occur.

Cybersecurity Flowchart

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
IT 101: Cornerstone: Information Technology & Cybersecurity
CS 142: Introduction to Computer Programming
MATH 112: Calculus 1
 
Electrical Engineering Master’s Student Receives NDSEG Fellowship Award

Electrical Engineering

If it lights up, makes noise, or uses batteries, an electrical engineer was more than likely involved in its design. From cell phones to satellites, heaters to hybrids, electrical engineers are vital to the design and functionality of any electronic device.

Electrical Engineering Flowchart

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1

PHSCS 121: Intro to Newtonian Mechanics
CS 142: Intro to Computer Programming

Industrial Design

Imagination and application define the field of industrial design. Industrial designers are responsible for the aesthetics, form, and function of everything from cars to kitchen appliances. Students learn about the evolution of ideas, from sketches to technical 3-D models, and on to production.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
INDES 130: Visual Literacy
INDES 131: Structured Creativity
INDES 132: Form and Surface Development
INDES 133: Visualization Methods
 

Information Technology

Although computer components are made by computer engineers, information technologists make these components work together. With training in hardware, software, networking, and digital communication, IT professionals are in high demand and can land jobs in almost any industry in the world.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
IT 101: Cornerstone: Information Technology & Cybersecurity
CS 142: Introduction to Computer Programming
MATH 112: Calculus 1
 

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing engineers work to make things better, cheaper, and faster as they determine the materials and processes required to make an affordable, high-quality product. You will be prepared with business, administrative, and engineering technical experience so you can optimize the manufacturing process by cutting costs, helping the environment, and optimizing the creation of products like medicine, food, and oil.

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1

PHSCS 121: Intro to Newtonian Mechanics
MFG 130: Modern Manufacturing

 

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers build and develop anything from artificial limbs to aircraft carriers. Considered the 'general practitioners' of engineering, mechanical engineers are involved in every area of technology. In this program, you learn how to apply principles of engineering, physics, and material sciences for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maitenance of mechanical systems. Students may specialize further in one specific research area, such as aerospace, bioengineering, design, robotics and dynamic systems, energy systems, fluid mechanics, materials, structural dynamics and acoustics, and thermal transport.
 

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MATH 112: Calculus 1
PHSCS 121: Intro to Newtonian Mechanics
ME EN 191: New Student Seminar

Technology & Engineering Studies: Teaching

Combining a broad engineering education with creativity, design, communications and teaching skills, this program trains the next generation of science and engineering instructors. While some accept positions as corporate or industrial trainers, most of the program’s graduates go on to teach basic engineering courses in middle and high schools. This program's graduates inspire the innovators of the future and are in high demand.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
TES 276A: Exploration of Teaching A
TES 276B: Exploration of Teaching B
TES 200: Processes and Prototyping with Wood
TES 291R: Undergraduate Seminar
 
Student working on woodturning

Technology & Engineering Studies: Technical

TES combines a broad engineering education with creativity, design, communications, and teaching skills. This program prepares you to advance technological knowledge, literacy, and passion in a variety of technical and industry settings. As a TES graduate, you will be in high demand because of your skills in problem solving, innovative thinking, and effective teaching.
 
 
Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
TES 276A: Exploration of Teaching A
TES 276B: Exploration of Teaching B
TES 200: Processes and Prototyping with Wood
TES 291R: Undergraduate Seminar
 

 

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering Minor Programs

Information Technology

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
IT 101: Cornerstone: Information Technology & Cybersecurity
 

Manufacturing

Recommended Freshman First Semester Courses:
MFG 130: Modern Manufacturing