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Agricultural Engineering

Would you like to invent new and better ways to make things work? Are you interested in designing and testing machinery, working with nature, or managing natural resources? Our students focus on one of these areas: machine design, soil and water resources, and sensors and controls. Your degree could lead to engineering careers in such areas as testing, product design, consulting, the environment, water resources, and livestock environments.

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Architectural Engineering

UNL is one of approximately 20 architectural engineering (AE) programs in the U.S., and our graduates are highly sought after by employers. AE focuses on designing and coordinating engineering systems in buildings, taking care of primary needs such as heat and air conditioning, ventilation, acoustics, lights and electricity. These engineers bring buildings to life.

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Biological Systems Engineering

Engineers in biological systems use biology, mathematics, and engineering to significantly improve people's lives and the environment. Biological systems engineers are involved in areas such as designing medical instruments, creating new foods, and enhancing fuels for better efficiency. This degree offers a broad, flexible engineering background, which is important to employers.

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Chemical Engineering

Fighting diseases, developing nanotechnologies, creating genetically engineered medicines, and designing processes for sustainable biofuels production are some of the exciting areas in which chemical and biomolecular engineers are involved. This degree provides opportunities to work in process and equipment design, production, medicine, nanotechnology, research and teaching

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Civil Engineering

Civil engineers are creative problem solvers. They use mathematical and scientific principles to manipulate the forces and materials of nature into products or systems to improve people's lives. A civil engineer works in such areas as consulting for environmental, structural, transportation and water resources; construction; natural resources and renewable energy; governmental agencies; and national security issues. Your job as a civil engineer can take you anywhere in the world.

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Computer Engineering

Coursework in computer science and electrical engineering provides a well-rounded education for those interested in software and hardware development, especially using programming skills to control electronic and mechanical devices. From designing software or designing with microprocessors / embedded systems, programming for the internet, creating effective network solutions, or becoming involved in the gaming industry, computer engineers are in high demand and have many career options.

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Computer Engineering

Combine electrical engineering with training in software design and hardware-software integration, and you can become a computer engineer. Our majors take courses in computer engineering, computer science, electronics engineering, and mathematics. We focus on hands-on applications, especially designing and analyzing hardware systems and integration. You'll be prepared to work in computer networking, hardware design and applications, and microcomputer-based applications.

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Construction Engineering

Solve real-world construction problems. The Construction Engineering major integrates engineering, construction, and management. This program is designed for help fulfill industry's need for licensed professional engineers. It resembles the construction management program but puts more emphasis on engineering, scientific, and technical courses for licensure.

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Construction Management

Professionals in construction management make up the most diversified industry in the nation. As constructors, they provide leadership for managing, coordinating, and supervising the construction processes during the concept development, design, construction and facility management stages. There is a high demand for graduates in this area, and our students are highly sought after. Your work could take you into such areas as highway/heavy construction; construction finance, marketing, management, or design/development; or mechanical/electrical or residential construction.

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Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers enjoy dynamic and extremely varied career opportunities. They work with signals at frequencies from zero to beyond the optical range, and they use tools such as computers, advanced mathematics, and wire cutters. They design new machines and improve existing ones; work with computer-related electronics and communication systems; create navigation, robotics and guidance systems for rockets, missiles, spacecrafts and toys; design satellite and optical communications; and help discover and utilize new energy sources.

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Electronics Engineering

The Electronics Engineering major partners with area industries to meet the demands for engineers knowledgeable in electronic circuits and systems design. Our focus on telecommunications engineering provides students with a strong background and expertise. These engineers design complex electrical and electronic hardware and software and systems. You will work in such areas as telecommunications design, analog circuit design, and analysis and management of telecommunications network performance.

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are considered the "general practitioners" because their education is extremely broad and their services span many technical, social, environmental and economic problems. These engineers deal with a wide realm of motion, all forms of energy conversion and transmission; the flow of fluids and heat; the development, design and operation of machinery and equipment; material structure and properties; and transportation processes. At UNL, you'll choose among three major areas: thermal-fluid science engineering, systems and design engineering, and materials science engineering.

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Software Engineering

Software engineers impact how people use and enjoy technology. You will combine skills in computer science, engineering and math to create, design, test and evaluate complex software and computer systems in a collaborative and creative environment. You’ll work in such areas as product testing, game development, mobile apps, business and web apps, and computer systems and software design. AT UNL, you will join a cohort of students who will proceed throughout the entire program with you.