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Engineering, Math, Technology, and Science

ASE's Bachelor's of Science in Aerospace Engineering primarily focuses on the analysis, design, testing, and prediction of performance of aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft which operate in the atmosphere, outer space, or in a fluid medium. The objectives of the curriculum are to provide the student with a fundamental engineering education based on a strong foundation in mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences, and to apply engineering fundamentals specifically to the field of aerospace engineering. 

  • Aeronautics
  • Astronautics

Our Agricultural Engineering Technology and Business (AETB) program prepares students for technical careers in agriculture, business, and land surveying. Our curriculum is characterized by a strong technical course base with business and finance-related courses added so that the graduate is uniquely qualified to work in industry/agriculture as a technical or business person. The program provides an educational opportunity for students interested in applying technical, business and management skills to problems in agricultural production, commodity-related and natural resource management. 

  • Enterprise Management
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Management 
  • Precision Agriculture 
  • Surveying | Geomatics 

The Agricultural Science degree prepares individuals for a variety of agriculturally related careers. Many agricultural businesses and organizations seek graduates who have a diversified knowledge of agriculture and life sciences, which includes production agriculture, business, leadership, and management. Many graduates become involved in agriculture business and industry, production agriculture operations, agricultural research, international agriculture development, or pursue advanced graduate study in one of their specialization areas. Graduates will have knowledge of the diversified field of agriculture, basic agricultural sciences, leadership principles, the basic principles of production, and the application of basic science principles to production agriculture and agricultural business management. Graduates will be able to plan and conduct basic agricultural research, manage an agricultural enterprise (business or production), provide leadership in a variety of employment settings, and effectively communicate orally and in writing. 

In the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology, we offer an array of concentrations or degree specialization within the department, from forensic sciences to pre-professional programs such as medicine, dental, veterinary, business and pharmacy to bioinformatics concentrations. Our core curriculum is well-grounded in the life sciences and is designed to offer you a comprehensive education toward a degree that can be leveraged into a variety of careers in medicine, biotechnology, agriculture and research. 

  • Bioinformatics 
  • Entomology 
  • Forensic Sciences 
  • Plant Pathology 
  • Science 
  • Pre-Dental 
  • Pre-Medicine 
  • Pre-Optometry 
  • Pre-Pharmacy 
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine 

Our Biological Engineering (BE) program helps students prepare for careers in which they apply engineering principles to biological systems. We have a solid base of traditional engineering courses mixed with exposure in chemistry/biochemistry and the biological sciences. The electives in the BE program allow the student to focus an emphasis in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, precision agriculture, or premedical studies. Many of our BE students choose to pursue further education in professional and graduate schools after finishing at Mississippi State. Students graduating over the past ten years have gone on to: Medical School, 25%; Graduate School in Engineering (biomedical or environmental), 35%; Employment in Enviro, Bio-med, Ag, and other Engineering jobs, 30%; and other grad schools (MBA, dental, vet, law, etc), 10%. 

In today's job market, most Professional Biologists need advanced degrees or specific training. The B.S. in Biological Sciences should be viewed as a pre-professional degree that prepares the student for either advanced study in the biological sciences or specific training in a profession (such as in medicine, therapy, law, education, engineering, or business). 

  • Botany 
  • Zoology 
  • Pre-Dental 
  • Pre-Health Administration 
  • Pre-Medicine 
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy 
  • Pre-Optometry 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy 
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine 

Biomedical Engineering is a growing interdisciplinary field of engineering that integrates engineering and life sciences to solve problems associated with the human body and human health. The curriculum is built on a core of fundamental math/physics/engineering courses which is similar across all engineering disciplines. It is distinguished by a wide range of life science courses and specialized biomedical engineering courses such as computational modeling, biomechanics, biomaterials, and bioinstrumentation. The curriculum also includes a two-semester capstone design course. It is designed to comply with current requirements for ABET accreditation. Apart from preparing students to work in biomedical industry, the B.S. in Biomedical Engineering is an excellent foundation for graduate study in many fields, including further study of biomedical engineering. It is also good preparation for entry into professional schools, including medical school, dental school, veterinary school, and law school. Although there are no concentrations, a student may emphasize in an area of interest through deliberate selection of engineering electives. 

The Building Construction Science Program at Mississippi State University is designed to prepare students for careers in construction and construction-related fields. The studio-based program is one of just two programs of its kind in the nation, and it is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). 

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Business Information Systems (BIS) prepares students for a variety of careers in corporate, industrial, governmental, and military establishments. Business information systems provide information that organizations use to manage themselves efficiently and effectively, typically using computer systems and technology. Primary components of business information systems include hardware, software, data, procedures (design, development, and documentation) and people. Students majoring in BIS will study how to utilize information systems and technology to improve the flow of business and business decision-making. 

The Chemical Engineering program has three concentrations, which enable you to customize your elective choices to target specific post-graduation career goals. All three concentrations require all core chemical engineering courses, which will allow you to choose a career path in industry (or otherwise). This is important to recognize for the situations where you might begin your study toward a particular career path and choose at the end to change to something else. These concentrations were designed to facilitate one direction or another — not to limit career choice. 

  • Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Chemical Engineering Practice 
  • Chemical Engineering Research and Development 

Our Chemistry curriculum combines broad based training in the major areas of chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical) with a firm foundation in mathematics and physics. 

  • American Chemical Society 
  • Pre-Medicine 
  • Pre-Pharmacy 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a B.S. in civil engineering. Students also have the option of a concentration in environmental engineering. 

  • Environmental Engineering 

Computer Engineering is directed toward the design and development of computer systems. The computer engineer is concerned with all aspects of the computing system--the hardware, the software, the algorithms used--and the application for which it is intended. As in other engineering disciplines, Computer Engineering emphasizes the design of practical, economic systems and bringing innovative solutions to bear on complex, often multi-faceted, problems. 

Computer Science is the study of principles, applications, and technologies of computing and computers. It involves the study of data and data structures and the algorithms to process these structures; of principles of computer architecture — both hardware and software; of problem-solving and design methodologies; of computer-related topics such as numerical analysis, operations research, and artificial intelligence; and of language design, structure, and translation technique. Computer Science provides a foundation of knowledge for students with career objectives in a wide range of computing and computer-related professions. 

The Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity is a focused undergraduate education program in cyber defense and operations. This program is designed for students who wish to help meet the challenges posed by increasing cyber-threats. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the program is designed to provide students with a focused education for evaluating, understanding, and solving cybersecurity problems. 

Electrical engineering concerns itself with the science and engineering techniques dealing with electrons and other charged particles, with their behavior and effects, and especially with the control of them. Only in the last seventy-five years have people learned to use electricity to provide power, heat, light, and communication to ease their burdens. In recent times have come the developments of radar, television, automatic control systems, high-speed computers, transistors, and the whole family of solid state devices. The challenge of the future is limitless. 

The Environmental Sciences in Agricultural Systems major provides an educational foundation to prepare students for diversified careers focused on environmental issues related to agronomic and horticultural production. 

For various reasons, a student may not require the intensive preparation that is typical of a professional curriculum. The general science curriculum is tailored for his/her needs. Flexibility is the key characteristic of the curriculum. The general science program is designed to give students a broad general education and at the same time teach them the fundamentals of science. 

The Department of Geosciences strives for an integrated, interdisciplinary study of the whole Earth.  The department offers a B.S. undergraduate degree program in Geosciences with emphasis in six different sub-disciplines or concentrations.

This program offers an interdisciplinary lifespan approach to the study of children, youth and families. It encompasses specialty areas in preschool teaching, childcare, administration, youth studies, family services, child life, consumer economics, human sciences teacher education and extension. Students develop an awareness of trends, issues and public policy affecting families and analyze factors that influence cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development in the contexts of culture and family. 

  • Child Development 
  • Child Life 
  • Family and Consumer Science Teacher Education 
  • Family Science 
  • Youth Development 

Industrial and systems engineering (ISE) is concerned with designing and improving systems to make products or provide services. ISE looks at the “big picture” of what makes organizations work best. Students in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering learn and research how to design, improve, and control systems of people, materials, information, equipment, energy, and capital to increase quality, safety, and profitability. Industrial and systems engineers provide innovative solutions to the complex problems faced by virtually all enterprises operating in today’s global economy. It is no surprise, then, that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the more than 18 fields of engineering in the United States, our field is among the top three employed. 

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, offered online, and on our Starkville Campus, prepares students for supervisory and management positions in the production, automation, maintenance or logistics areas of industry. Students receive an excellent background in the practical use of both manual and automated machinery and associated tools, as well as knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes, materials, design, human relations and logistics, with an emphasis towards hands-on laboratory experiences. This is combined with relevant applied science and mathematics courses. Industrial technology graduates are in high demand from industry due to their practical skills and knowledge. 

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Services (ITS) prepares students for a variety of potential careers, including technical support, technology training, instructional design, office management and administration, technology sales, digital publishing, and project management. Students receive training in the use of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and hardware, and the creation and execution of technology user support. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers two undergraduate degrees and a significant number of possible double majors with other departments. 

Mechanical Engineering is the application of science and mathematics to the design, development, and operation of mechanical and energy systems. Examples of these systems include mechanical machines from simple linkages and gears to complex automated robots and energy machines from basic water pumps to high-performance jet engines. Since the range of applications is so broad, virtually all industries employ mechanical engineers in various capacities. Some of the major areas for employment are the manufacturing, chemical, paper, aerospace, utility, construction, transportation, petroleum, electronics, and computer industries. 

Medical Technology is a vital part of the field of laboratory medicine. A medical technologist performs a myriad of laboratory tests to find the causes and cures for disease. These tests include the analysis of of blood, body fluids, cells, tissues, and also the isolation and identification of microorganisms which cause disease. 

The relevance of microbiology is more obvious than ever before. From the emergence of deadly infectious diseases to global climate change, to advances in biotechnology, to threats of bioterrorism, the impact of microorganisms on our very existence is stunning. 

  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine 

The undergraduate major in natural resource and environmental conservation is a science-based program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The natural resource and environmental conservation major offers concentrations in natural resource law and administration, natural resource technology, and resource conservation science are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). Graduates of the program can knowledgeably develop, apply, facilitate, and/or execute natural resource and environmental management plans that adequately address matters of ownership/public goals and objectives, ecosystem health and sustainability, and the legal and regulatory environment. 

The Petroleum Engineering Bachelor’s of Science (B.S.) degree program, housed within the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, provides graduates with state-of-the-art education and training for developing energy resources for the world today while enabling new technological energy solutions for the future. 

The mission for the Mississippi State University Department of Physics and Astronomy includes the fundamental responsibility to generate and disseminate knowledge about the physical world and how mankind interacts with it.  Included in this broad area are the responsibilities to educate future generations of physicists and astronomers; to teach physics and astronomy skills and concepts to science and engineering students; and to instill in non-science majors an appreciation of science, applications of science in society, and an interest in the behavior of the physical world. 

The Poultry curriculum provides for in-depth study of scientific principles important in the production, processing and marketing of poultry and poultry products. The curriculum is designed with academic and experiential components to ensure that graduates are prepared to manage people and resources vital to this important food industry. Poultry students should also expect to develop creative thinking skills that will allow them to develop solutions for complex real world problems as they develop their careers as managers. The strong science content of the curriculum also makes it an excellent fit for pre-vet students and students interested in graduate studies. The department provides one-on-one advising for all Poultry Science students. 

  • Applied Poultry Management 
  • Science 
  • Pre- Veterinary Medicine 

Software Engineering is defined in IEEE Standard 610.12 as “the application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation, and maintenance of software; that is, the application of engineering to software.” David Parnas, an internationally-known scholar in computer science and engineering, recently noted that “as chemical engineering is a marriage of the science of chemistry with … engineering areas…, the software engineering field should be a marriage of the science of software with the older knowledge of the engineering profession.” This program recognizes the growing need for programs preparing students for careers in the engineering of large complex software systems and products. The BS program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. 

The Sustainable Bioproducts major is a multidisciplinary program, which encompasses wood and non‐wood composites and other contemporary engineered products, as well as lumber, chemicals, fuels, medicines and much more.

The Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) was the third college of veterinary medicine in the United States to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree program in veterinary medical technology (VMT). Nationwide, there are only 22 four-year VMT programs.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is a university-wide degree coordinated through the College of Arts & Sciences by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. This multi-discipline academic program is appropriate for students motivated by specific interests not recognized in traditional majors and is not intended to compete with existing programs.