Engineers turn ideas into reality. Engineers design products, build machinery, design and build factories to produce products, discover new materials, use new materials in product development, and connect the world via highways, bridges, tunnels, and the internet. Engineers also test and improve products, processes, and systems. They work closely with scientists in applying new discoveries to improve products, processes, and systems to benefit humankind.
In addition to being one of the top universities in the nation, the University of Oklahoma offers robust engineering programs, including 37 different undergraduate degree options. The Gallogly College of Engineering also offers students a well-rounded experience with student organizations and events to bring students together, forming connections to last a lifetime. Our diversity and inclusion program is award-winning and connects students to a variety of resources. Students have access to study abroad programs, labs and other hands-on experiences. Read on to learn more about our schools!
Aerospace engineers design and build the planes that make international travel possible and the spacecraft that allow astronauts to explore the universe. Led by our award-winning faculty with a philosophy of experiential learning, students gain an understanding of aerodynamics, aerospace structures, propulsion systems, and flight controls. In their final semester, students work in small groups to solve real-world design challenges.
Biomedical Engineering professors and students work collaboratively with physicians and scientists at the OU Health Sciences Center on important problems that can save lives and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Oklahoma and the nation. Among other things, they are advancing X-ray and MRI imaging, designing implants for the middle ear to help the hearing impaired, investigating the conditions favorable for cell differentiation and proliferation in three-dimensional tissue engineering constructs, and producing agents to treat cancer, heart attack and stroke.
Chemical engineers study how to convert low-value raw materials into high-value products by making highly specific chemical changes. Chemical engineers must have a good knowledge of the chemical nature of materials, and they must be able to predict how chemical changes to the molecular structure of a material will alter the ultimate physical properties of a material. Chemical engineers make excellent technical managers because of the wide variety of technical concepts incorporated into undergraduate education. Chemical engineers are among the best equipped to attack and solve problems such as energy supplies, food and water supplies, environmental contamination, global warming, and health-related issues. The University of Oklahoma is among the best institutions in the nation to prepare you for a career in chemical engineering.
The School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES) includes architectural engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental science. Civil engineering is the oldest of the modern engineering disciplines, with historical roots dating back to the 1700s. Civil engineers are responsible for designing, building, planning, managing, and operating society’s infrastructure, such as buildings, highways, bridges, mass-transit systems, dams and locks, and municipal water and sewage treatment systems. Environmental scientists have a variety of job responsibilities, including collecting and analyzing air, water, and soil samples; monitoring compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and addressing public meetings on local environmental challenges.
Computer science is an exciting and dynamic technical discipline. From its inception just 50 years ago, computer science has become the basis for much of the growth in today’s global economy. New computing technologies are being introduced in the marketplace at an astonishing rate, making the curriculum for computer science education fresh, dynamic and evolving.
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers courses using the most up-to-date technology to ensure students are ready to start a career after graduation. Computers are vital to our everyday lives, and computer engineers work to develop computer programs and hardware. From personal laptops to high-tech defense programs, computer engineers create, test and upgrade much of the hardware and software used daily. Electrical engineers design and test a variety of electrical and electronic systems for a diverse set of applications, including electric power delivery, avionics, consumer electronics, communications, radar, navigation, and lasers. The OU Electrical Engineering program is one of the broadest disciplines within the Gallogly College of Engineering. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to prepare for entering the job field upon graduation.
Industrial and systems engineers design, enhance and manage complex, large-scale processes and systems to inform decision making. ISEs work on a broad range of complex systems problems involving both people and technology. Companies seek ISEs for their expertise in understanding, evaluating, and improving the performance of entire technical and business systems.
The Engineering Physics program prepares students for careers in areas of technology where the disciplines of physics and engineering intersect. The program provides an interdisciplinary environment where pure and applied science merge. The curriculum is designed to develop sufficient depth in both engineering skills and physics knowledge to produce engineers who excel in relating fundamental physical principles to practical problems in engineering. About 40% of graduating Engineering Physics majors immediately begin graduate school. The recent alumni who directly entered the work force are employed in a variety of sectors, including the microelectronics industry, energy industry, and aerospace industry.