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Bachelor Degrees in Engineering
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What is Engineering?

Engineering is a subset of technology and science that focuses on the design of engines, machines, structures, and electrical systems. From studying the latest advancements in 3D printing technology to exploring the aerodynamic design behind today’s fastest jets, you can explore many types of engineering fields in various engineering degree programs at US universities. With an engineering degree, you will have fast-growing career opportunities for the future.

Principal areas of study in engineering include chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, and industrial engineering.

projected new jobs by 2026
1.6 million
engineers in the USA
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Bachelor of Engineering Degree FAQs

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    Where can I study engineering in the US?

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    What undergraduate engineering courses do colleges offer international students?

    Fundamental courses international students will likely take during a bachelor of engineering in the USA degree program include:

    • Engineering Orientation

    • Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

    • Introduction to Computing for Engineers and Scientists

    • Introduction to Engineering

    Once students have mastered the fundamentals of engineering during their first year, they will move on to more specialized courses. For example, a student pursuing a bachelor of civil engineering in the USA degree will take Civil Engineering Analysis and Construction Management courses, among others.

    To learn more, please visit academic support for international students.

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    What requirements are needed to study undergraduate engineering in the US?

    Typically, entry requirements for a BS engineering USA degree program include a high school diploma or equivalent with a sufficient minimum GPA, SAT or ACT scores, and English language proficiency. (Some universities may have additional requirements.)

    If you want to study for a master’s degree in engineering, students are required to have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study, and have received a suitable GRE score. These requirements may vary depending on the university you attend. When applying for an engineering degree program, Shorelight enrollment counselors will help you with dedicated application assistance, a streamlined application process, English test score submissions, and more. Please visit international college application support for more information.

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    How many years does it take to earn a bachelor of engineering degree in the US?

    Typically, a bachelor of engineering USA program may take four years to complete and a master’s degree in engineering usually requires one or two years. However, the duration may vary depending on the BS engineering in USA degree program and the university you attend. Scroll up to see internationally friendly US universities offering engineering bachelor’s programs; or visit our graduate engineering programs to see master’s programs.

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    What can you do with a bachelor of engineering degree?

    Bachelor of engineering USA graduates qualify for diverse career options, including jobs across multiple industries such as finance and IT. In-demand engineering careers include:

    • Aerospace engineer

    • Automation and robotics engineer

    • Alternative energy engineer

    • Biomedical engineer

    • Chemical engineer

    • Civil engineer

    • Electrical engineer

    • Mining engineer

    • Petroleum engineer

    • Project engineer

    Please refer to international student advisory services for more information.

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    Which undergraduate degree is best for engineering?

    To find the right engineering degree program, first consider the type of engineering work you want to pursue in your career. If you want to work on the infrastructure of bridges, canals, and highways, a bachelor of civil engineering in USA covers advanced concepts in hydraulics, structural engineering, and quantity surveying. Similarly, an aerospace engineering degree can provide transferable skills to those who wish to work in aviation. Depending on the field of engineering you are passionate about, career goals, salary objectives, and skills, a Shorelight advisor can support you to build career development plans that guide you toward which bachelor of engineering USA degree is the best one for you and your career goals.

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    Which engineering degree leads to the highest paying careers?

    Engineering degrees provide comprehensive knowledge and a versatile set of skills that open doors to high-paying job opportunities. Here are some careers you can pursue with a BS in engineering in the USA and potential earnings in the US.

    • Aeronautical engineer: $92,835

    • Architectural engineer: $84,821

    • Biomedical engineer: $77,172

    • Civil engineer: $95,913

    • Electrical engineer: $120,547

    • Mechanical engineer: $76,495

    Source: SalaryExpert, 2022

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    How much does it cost to get a bachelor of engineering degree?

    Tuition costs for an engineering degree can cost between $16,835 to $49,612, depending on the bachelor of engineering program and school you are considering. Certain engineering programs may offer on-campus training facilities, opportunities to work on projects with industry experts, and real-world internship experiences, which can make tuition fees vary. Reach out to a Shorelight education counselor or visit the research and resources page to learn more about scholarship programs, tuition costs, and financial aid for a bachelor of engineering in the USA.