Aerospace engineers at Penn State will learn cutting-edge technology, aerodynamics, propulsion, control systems, structures, and information technology and will apply it to designing and building spacecraft and aircraft systems. Penn State aerospace engineers are constantly raising the bar and improving the state of the aerospace industry. The sky is quite literally the limit!

Agricultural and Biological:

Agricultural and Biological engineers at Penn State learn the production, processing, and utilization of biological products and natural resources. These engineers work to make the food you love more easily accessible, less expensive, and easier to produce.


Architectural engineers from Penn State will be prepared to design, engineer, and construct any kind of building project. They work closely with architects to calculate and decide what "impossible" feats of architecture are actually possible. Because of their hard work, many spectacular buildings and structures are constructed every year.


Bioengineering is the partnership of biology and engineering. Bioengineers from Penn State will be able to engineer solutions to fundamental biology, medical device design, and disease diagnosis. Many bioengineers go on to medical school or graduate school.


Penn State's Chemical Engineering department is one of the best in the country, and produces the most chemical engineering graduates of any university. Chemical engineers from Penn State will be proficient in converting raw materials and chemicals into more useful forms. Sub-disciplines of chemical engineering include nanotechnology, fuel cells, computational engineering, and biomedical engineering.


Civil engineers at Penn State will graduate with a spectacular knowledge of structures, construction, transportation, water resources, and environmental engineering. Civil engineers are responsible for most of the infrastructure of the world, and they continue to build upon and improve it.

Computer Science:

Computer science majors from Penn State learn all about software, networks, programming, computer security, and more. The graduates will go on to work for large and well-known software companies, improving and advancing their product, and ushering the world into a new technological age.

Computer Engineering:

Computer engineers at Penn State work closely with computer science majors to improve existing technology and to develop new gadgets for the future. They learn how to make computers, cell phones, and handheld devices safer, friendlier to the environment, less expensive, and with a longer battery life. Many large companies have vested interest in Penn State's computer engineering department and that definitely ensures many job opportunities after graduation.


Electrical engineers at Penn State are part of one of the oldest electrical engineering programs in the country. They will graduate with extensive knowledge in communications, networking, control systems, electromagnetism, electronic devices, nanotechnology, and more. Electrical engineers consistently improve not only our country's electricity grid, but also the electronic products that everyone uses at their home.

Engineering Science:

Engineering Science is honors in engineering at Penn State. This major is designed to produce leaders of scientific and engineering projects, since students in the major learn a foundation in each kind of engineering taught at Penn State. Many of these majors will go on to graduate school or medical school, and even further, the graduates are set to become project leaders right after graduation. This major is not included in any of the specific industries on our website, since they could conceivably work at any job mentioned here.


Industrial engineering is where business meets engineering. Industrial engineers from Penn State will graduate with extensive knowledge of how to make processes more efficient. Our program is the oldest in the world, and since it was founded, it has graduated many successful industrial and manufacturing engineers.


Mechanical engineering is Penn State's largest engineering program, and the students in the program graduate with extensive knowledge of thermodynamics, structures, vehicle dynamics, vibrations, mechanical design, and more. A mechanical engineer can get a job in many different fields, because the major is so broad. Most of these jobs, however, will involve designing some kind of machine that can run efficiently, appropriately for the task at hand, and for an extended period of time.


Nuclear engineers study the process of nuclear fission in order to produce energy, and also study radioactive materials and radiation and their effects on the environment and the human body. Nuclear engineers at Penn State are lucky to study at one of the only nuclear reactors on a college campus. Nuclear engineers are always in high demand for their work in many fields.