Bring Imagination to Life

Engineers turn what could be into what is.


It could be the solution to an especially vexing problem. A building that’s more earthquake resilient. A dazzling display for your phone or gaming console.  An agile, two-legged robot for search and rescue missions. Engineers make such innovations possible. Engineers from Oregon State University.

You can be one of them. Get hands-on, real-world experience, work with world-renowned faculty and make real contributions to groundbreaking research.

Our graduates are in high demand. Companies are looking for people who combine technical capabilities with communication, collaboration and leadership skills — all of which are part of the curriculum at Oregon State.

Imagine all the possibilities to improve how we work, live and play. The path from possibility to reality starts here.

Get ready for what's next.

Off we go. Getting started at Oregon State.

Engineering, computer and information systems careers require people who are imaginative and creative, able to apply scientific concepts and adapt new ideas to existing methods. Oregon State graduates are ready to step into exciting careers with engineering firms, hardware and software companies, manufacturers, design and construction firms, along with a variety of government and nonprofit agencies.

For a rewarding and successful career, it also helps to have an interest in people and the larger world, as well as a drive to solve challenging and unusual problems.

To prepare for an engineering or computer and information systems curriculum, start by taking mathematics, including advanced algebra and trigonometry, along with the sciences, including physics, chemistry and biology. Because engineers must communicate effectively and work in teams, you should also take English and speech courses.

Your First Year

The broader and stronger your foundation, the higher you can build. So along with calculus, chemistry and calculus-based physics, most first year
students in engineering programs also take an orientation course that can help in choosing a major and the appropriate options. If you’re not sure which engineering major you want to pursue, there’s a general engineering program where you can get started.

You’ll also develop your critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills through courses from Oregon State’s Baccalaureate Core — the arts and humanities, writing and cultural diversity.

Students in business information systems will mostly take courses from the Baccalaureate Core and from the business core curriculum during
their first year. 

To make sure you get off to a good start and stay on course for graduation, you should meet with an advisor as you plan your first-year program —
and at regular intervals after that.

Oregon State engineering students consistently score well above the national average on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam required for the profession. Each year, the passing rate for Oregon State students is above 90 percent, compared to the national passing rate of about 75 percent.

Bring your career goals a lot closer to reality. With a focus on engineering and information systems, you could:

  • Develop processes to convert chemicals into useful products like biodiesel or artificial bones.
  • Design facilities and information systems in the manufacturing, finance or transportation industries.
  • Plan, design and build safer structures, alternative transportation systems, wastewater treatment facilities or water supply systems.
  • Develop tools, devices, machines and the software that controls them.
  • Design computer systems, software and machinery to enhance environmental quality.
  • Play an important role in the design, function and safety of nuclear operations in the energy or healthcare fields.
  • Design new ways to generate clean energy from waves, wind, biomass or the sun. 

Engineering, Computer and Information Systems

We offer 200+ degree programs.  Find where you fit.

The following colleges offer programs in this area:


College of Agricultural Sciences

Bioresource Research

  • Animal Reproduction and Development
  • Applied Genetics
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioproducts
  • Biotechnology
  • Climate and Biosystems Modeling
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food Quality
  • Genomics/Bioinformatics
  • Pest Biology and Management
  • Plant Growth and Development
  • Sustainable Ecosystems
  • Toxicology
  • Water Resources

College of Business

Business Information Systems

  • International Business

Innovation Management (Double Degree)

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Earth Sciences

  • Climate Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Ocean Science
  • Geographic Information Science

Environmental Sciences

  • Alternative Energy
  • Environmental Science Education

College of Liberal Arts

Digital Communication Arts

  • Multimedia
  • New Media Communications

College of Engineering

Bioengineering

Chemical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

  • Applied Computer Science
  • Computer Systems

Construction Engineering Management

Ecological Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Energy Systems Engineering (OSU-Cascades)

Environmental Engineering

General Engineering (freshmen)

Industrial Engineering

  • Business Engineering

Manufacturing Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Humanitarian Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Radiation Health Physics

  • Pre-Medicine

Sustainability (Double Degree)

College of Forestry

Forest Engineering

Forest Engineering–Civil Engineering

Renewable Materials

  • Management and Marketing
  • Science and Engineering
  • Art and Design

Getting a head start

Internships give your career a head start.

Learning by doing is one of the best ways to prepare for a career, and internships are increasingly important for landing a great job after college. More than 80 percent of Oregon State engineering students complete at least one internship while they’re here.

The Multiple Engineering Co-op Program (MECOP) and Civil Engineering Co-op Program (CECOP) offer two paid six-month internships during the third and fourth years of a five-year program of study. On average, you can earn $40,000 during these two internships. In addition, you’ll get real-world work
experience, professional contacts and in many cases, a job offer after graduation.

To be considered for an internship, you must be admitted to the professional program. The Oregon State Career Development Center offers assistance with applications and interviews. Industrial interview teams select students for these programs and place them with companies in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Research lets you discover, test, solve.

Like internships, research experience can give you an advantage whether you’re starting your career or applying to graduate programs. Even as an undergraduate, you’ll have opportunities to make real contributions to faculty and graduate students’ research projects. You may also develop and pursue your own research in a variety of engineering disciplines, get funding and even publish before you graduate.

Interdisciplinary programs for engineering and forestry.

For students interested in an engineering career in the forest products industry, the College of Engineering and the College of Forestry offer a joint five-year degree in civil engineering and forest engineering.

WHAT'S NEXT

Take action

Multiple scholarships are available. Be sure to apply.

Scholarships to help you pay for college are available at the university level, as well as from individual colleges and departments. Most scholarships are awarded based on information in the Oregon State scholarship application submitted with your application for admission, but others require separate applications. The deadline for applying for university scholarships is Feb. 1. Be sure to check with your college and department on the deadlines for other scholarships. The College of Engineering awards more than $2 million in scholarships each year, largely through generous support from alumni and industry.

Put yourself out there.

Oregon State offers a resource-rich environment that encourages you to combine your studies in engineering with opportunities like the Honors College and study abroad programs. You’ll find challenging, unique experiences that support your academic, professional and personal growth — and have fun, too.

Earn your degree from an accredited engineering school.

All Oregon State engineering programs are fully accredited and offer a Bachelor of Science degree through a basic four-year curriculum. In the College of Engineering, you’ll spend your freshman and sophomore years in pre-major programs that prepare you for a professional school program in your junior and senior years. Pre-engineering courses can be taken at Oregon State, other four-year schools or community colleges.