College of Engineering


The College of Engineering has seven programs with curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology. As of Spring 2018 there are 2,360 undergraduates and 175 graduate engineering students at Tech.

The education of an engineer at Tech major objectives; the mastery of mathematical, scientific, and professional knowledge that contributes to the various fields; and the acquisition of experience in decision making through the analysis and solution of engineering problems. An engineer must also be aware of the social, ecological, and economical concerns of society, and maintain high ethical standards of work. Senior-level classes concentrate on team design, construction, or operations while some are involved in research, development, and education. Jobs may be with governmental agencies or with privates firms. Most engineers ultimately function as managers or supervisors with some becoming CEO’s.

Many students take advantage of the Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) which allows students to integrate off-campus employment in industry or a governmental agency. Typically, a student will spend the first three semesters on campus and then rotate campus classes and off-campus work during the next several years. This provides the student with valuable practical experience and extra income.

Where will I start?

Many students take the option of beginning their studies in Basic Engineering, where they gain a foundation in mathematics, the sciences and the broad principles of engineering that prepare them for their advanced studies. Some of the first-year courses include:

  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Engineering Graphics
  • MATLAB or Fortran 90 Computer Programming
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education or Military Science
  • Humanities Elective

Quick Facts

Mathematics is the language of engineering, computer science and engineering technology. It serves as the basis for students to begin their academic career at Tech.

  • All engineering programs require four calculus courses.
    • Engineering technology programs require a minimum of Pre-Calculus and Calculus I. Computer Science requires at least 14 credits of Calculus I and above.
  • Your ACT or SAT Math score determine your starting point.
    • Other factors, such as advanced placement, international baccalaureate and dual enrollment credits may also be used.
  • If you score:
    • MATH ACT 27 or higher | MATH SAT 610 or higher > start with Calculus 1 or higher.
    • MATH ACT 22-26  | MATH SAT 560-609 > start with Pre-Calculus

Academic Departments

Research Centers of Excellence

Make lifelong connections in professional student organizations. There are more than 30 specific to the College of Engineering at Tech.

  • Amateur Radio Society of Tennessee Tech (TTARS
  • American Foundry Society (AFS)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Association for Computing Machinery 
  • Association for Computing Machinery’s Committee on Women in Computing
  • Autonomous Robotics Club (ARC)
  • Baja SAE Team
  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Association
  • Chi Epsilon
  • CyberEagles Club
  • Data Science League
  • Engineering Joint Council (EJC)
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
  • Eta Kappa Nu (Honor Society)
  • iCare
  • Formula SAE Team (TN Tech Motorsports)
  • Functional Programming Club
  • Graduate Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)
  • NASA Human Exploration Rover Team
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Omega Chi Epsilon (Honor Society)
  • Pi Tau Sigma
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
  • Tau Beta Pi (Honor Society)
  • Theta Tau
  • Water Professionals

Advantages of Cooperative Education Program

  • Realistic evaluation of career choice
  • On-the-job learning experience 
  • Earn a degree and work experience
  • Better classroom understanding
  • Supplemental income
  • Practical Work Experience
  • Opportunity for permanent employment following graduation

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