Engineering applies the knowledge that the pure sciences provide. Engineers can be
found in research, product development, manufacturing, marketing, management, consulting,
Two kinds of four-year programs lead to a Bachelor’s degree related to engineering; you
should think carefully about which is more suitable to you.
- Engineering programs prepare graduates to do research and to design and develop new
technologies and devices. Their students are given a comprehensive understanding of
higher mathematics, physics, and chemistry.
- Engineering Technology programs prepare graduates for practical
application of existing technologies and sub-systems. Mathematics and the sciences
are important in these programs, but are not treated in as much depth as in engineering
Engineering programs are available at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
SIU-Edwardsville, and Missouri University of Science and Technology. A student majoring in
engineering spends the first two years in a pre-engineering program. Pre-engineering
programs are available at many community colleges. Many private colleges also offer
Engineering Technology programs leading to a Bachelor’s degree are available at various
Computer Science usually (but not exclusively) refers to software, the programming of
computers. Computer Engineering refers to the design of hardware. Nearly every four-year
institution in the state offers a degree in Computer Science, sometimes as a liberal
arts or a business degree.