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Engineering or Technology?

You may prefer to study engineering, which emphasizes theory and design, or technology, which emphasizes the hands-on application of theory. While all programs of undergraduate study in the college culminate in a Bachelor of Science degree, you will find other differences between engineering and technology before and after graduation.

Why engineering video

Listen to what our current students say about their major

Student Perspectives

Stories from students.

Engineering programs

  • Are calculus based
  • Stress the underlying theory of applications in business and industry
  • Provide intensive work in experimental methods and related underlying theories in the lab courses
  • Stress general design principles and tools applicable to a wide variety of problems

Technology programs

  • Are generally algebra based, although calculus is taught and it's use is required
  • Stress the application of current technical knowledge and methods in the solution of current business and industrial problems
  • Stress practical design solutions and manufacturing and evaluation techniques appropriate for industrial problems
  • Stress the application of current, well-established design procedures to problems in specialized technical areas

After Graduation

The differences exist on a continuum, but you will generally find the following to be true about the career paths engineering and technology students follow after they graduate.


Engineering graduates

  • Will be considered for entry-level positions in conceptual design, systems engineering, manufacturing, or product research and development
  • May require on-the-job training because studies emphasize fundamentals
  • Are eligible to become registered professional engineers in all states through a series of examinations and documentation of experience
  • Are eligible for graduate study in engineering and other areas

Technology graduates

  • Will be considered for entry-level positions in product design, development, testing, technical operations, or technical sales and service
  • Are prepared to begin technical assignments immediately because studies emphasize current industrial practices and design procedures
  • May become professionally certified in their specific area of expertise (and in many states may become registered professional engineers, though the process differs from that of engineering graduates)
  • Are eligible to study for advanced degrees in technical education and business, but may find entry to graduate engineering programs difficult (because of the emphasis on hands-on learning rather than theory)