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Bioengineering is a relatively new engineering discipline when compared to the long-standing traditions of other fields of engineering. A bioengineer uses traditional engineering skills and tools to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine. The difference between bioengineering and biomedical engineering is that bioengineering is a more global term which encompasses biomedical engineering and is applied to all life sciences and medicine while biomedical focuses primarily on medicine and healthcare. However, few universities, research institutes, and corporations adhere strictly to those definitions and, in fact, the terms are often used interchangeably.

Computer Engineering and Computer Science

Why Major in Computer Engineering & Computer Science? The explosive impact of computers on our everyday lives has generated a need to design and develop new computer hardware and software systems and to incorporate new technologies in a rapidly growing range of applications. The tasks performed by computer engineers evolve quickly, reflecting new areas of specialization or changes in technology, as well as the preferences and practices of employers. Computer engineers are at the forefront of exciting technological change!

Chemical Engineering

The Mission of the Chemical Engineering Department is to develop graduates, who are academically prepared for the broad profession of Chemical Engineering, which is increasingly complex, diverse and changing. This is to be accomplished through educational programs and the pursuit of scholarship, research and professional service activities. The department is committed to fulfilling its role in the urban mission of the University of Louisville.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The mission of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is to provide the highest quality instruction, research, and service in support of the mission of the University of Louisville. Regarding instruction, the intent is to educate CEE students in a professional engineering school context and prepare students for a productive life-long career in the engineering profession. Secondly, the intent is to conduct research relevant to the infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth and the country. Lastly, the intent of service is to be useful to the university, the community, the Commonwealth, and the profession.

Department of Engineering Fundamentals

The Engineering Fundamentals Department is comprised of faculty and staff who teach introductory engineering courses. The department focuses on a positive and supportive environment in which students are helped to succeed in their studies and to select a major discipline.  Departmental faculty strive to achieve excellence in teaching courses that introduce students to the engineering profession and provide them with fundamental engineering skills through a common set of core courses that begin in their freshman year.  Departmental staff seek to provide courteous, timely, and effective academic advising and to promote awareness of the importance of the engineering profession and the satisfying challenges of an engineering career.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The mission of the Electrical Engineering Program is to provide students with a foundation in electrical engineering and the underlying mathematics and science, giving them the opportunity to pursue undergraduate (Bachelor of Science), professional (Master of Engineering) and graduate degrees (Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy) in an environment that combines engineering practice and research. Graduates of the programs will have a mastery of engineering science, engineering design and research skills, as appropriate for their degree and career objectives, which will enable them to pursue successful careers in the electrical engineering profession.

Industrial Engineering

Our mission is to provide outstanding Industrial Engineering educational opportunities for regional, national and international students, while maintaining our societal commitment to the development of new knowledge through the integration of research, scholarship and practice.

Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department is to supply quality academic instruction, conduct fundamental and applied research, and provide professional service in support of the institutional objectives of the University of Louisville, all in the context of a five-year, accredited, Master of Engineering (M.Eng) degree program that includes cooperative education and a major design experience.

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