By its definition, “study of life”, the discipline of biology explores a wide range of topics. From the minute workings of living cells to genetics, ecosystems and global climate change, the work of the biologist continues to make breakthroughs that affect the world in extraordinary ways. Many of our programs are widely recognized for their excellence. Opportunities for research are supported by state and federal government funding. Undergraduate and graduate students partner with faculty on projects from biotechnology to field ecology.
The whole world (and everything in it) is made of chemicals. Students learn about the basic molecules that form the earth and that form all living creatures. Computerized instruments are used to understand what these molecules look like. Then, computers can be used to design new molecules that may be drugs to cure disease or the latest nanotechnology structure to deduce the size of microprocessors. Becoming a chemist opens an entire world of careers where graduates can use their skills in problem-solving and critical-thinking.
Civil Engineering has significant impact on our daily lives as it focuses on the infrastructure that we reply upon as the underpinning of our society. Civil Engineers help design and construct the buildings, roadways, bridges, transportation systems, and environmental facilities we use and rarely notice. Recently careers in environmental and transportational fields within civil engineering have emerged as high growth areas. To meet the needs of society to reduce water resources; and to build and maintain transportation networks for a growing population, civil engineers are in demand.
The computer engineering program at PUC is a well-rounded program that provides a strong theoretical and practical background in both hardware and software, including their applications. Computer engineering is a dynamic profession which shapes the world and impacts many areas of our lives-from the hardware & software that networks the world via the Internet to the microprocessors in mp3 players; from the software that is written to control industrial operations in manufacturing to the hardware and biomedical devices. Computer engineering is a profession that is constantly leading the development of new technology.
It’s the future and it’s here now for those ready to embrace it. The study of computer science will stimulate your creativity and imagination. The program teaches students to expand the frontiers of computer science by applying computational principles to technical and societal problems. This includes developing and creating graphical solutions to help engineers and scientists visualize the physical and biological world.
Electrical engineering is a creative profession that involves teamwork and a strong knowledge of science and mathematics when solving practical problems that are affecting society. Through research, design, and development electrical engineers develop a host of systems that control, monitor, and energize industrial equipment, household products, and transportation systems resulting in virtually every product found in home and industry today. Examples range from cell phones and medical diagnostic equipment to manufacturing control systems and hybrid vehicles. Through their involvement in alternative energy, improved energy efficiency, and electric vehicles, electrical engineers are actively engaged in finding solutions to the problems of climate change and energy independence. Our program provides excellent experiential, research and design opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students.
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering (BSIE) expands the approaches students can take in the study of engineering. Interdisciplinary engineering combines a firm base in engineering with specialization in a focused area to prepare for specific career interests. This degree option is ideal for student interested in the crossroads between engineering and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics, and many career pathways. Students work with advisors to define a plan of study with emphasis on combinations of traditional engineering disciplines with natural or physical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), mathematics, computer science, or other disciplines. Graduates of the BSIE program are uniquely trained to join the workforce in a wide range of interdisciplinary arenas. A variety of industries increasingly face interdisciplinary problems and seek individuals that have the advanced engineering skills and scientific backgrounds needed to provide solutions including engineering practices in biomedical, chemical, and management positions. Graduates of engineering programs have also been consistently one of the very highest performing groups of students on entrance exams for post-graduate work, including medical and law school
The world of problems solving is home to the mathematician, and today that world includes the sciences and business. The beauty of numbers and problem solving is an attraction to many students, but the ability to use computation to advance technology and to meet practical challengers is also common in the modern mathematical career. A strength of our curriculum is the interaction mathematics students have with their colleagues in the engineering and science disciplines.
Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline that is involved in the design and development of nearly everything you can think of as a machine, (including the machines that manufacture and assemble the machines), from aircraft to televisions. Mechanical engineers are integral to the automotive, aerospace, consumer products, computer, communication, manufacturing, metals, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, and power generation industries, to name a few. Increasingly, mechanical engineers are applying their knowledge to the biomedical, environmental and nanotechnology arena to solve problems of the 21st century. Our program provides many opportunities for funded research and design projects from government agencies and industry, for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Physics is the basis for understanding all other sciences. Physicists develop new applications, theories and ideas on everything from new man-made materials that are safer for the environment to understanding how the universe began or figuring out how enzymes work in our bodies. Research ranges from the very small (quarks) to the very big (galaxies and the universe). Physicists are developing superconductive materials for faster computers, understanding how fluids move through the earth and how global warming affects our planet.
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