University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Students study in the common area of Engineering Hall. Holograms in the background form the Light Rain art installation. Photo: Jeff Miller.

Students study in the common area of Engineering Hall. Photo: Jeff Miller.

 

Engineering mechanics and astronautics 
BS in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics

 

Our undergraduate mechanics program offers a comprehensive curriculum in structural mechanics, mechanics of materials, and dynamics. It is distinct from the mechanical engineering degrees in its focus on mechanics and orientation toward fundamental, rigorous approaches to problem solving.

 

As part of our undergraduate mechanics program, we offer an option in astronautics, which
is the study of navigation outside of Earth's atmosphere. This program includes the fundamental courses in mechanics, and supplements those fundamentals with courses such as satellite dynamics, astrodynamics, aerodynamics, and controls systems. Graduates typically work for institutions such as Boeing, NASA or their contractors.

 

Nuclear engineering
BS in Nuclear Engineering

 

This program emphasizes the use of nuclear energy for electricity production. The undergraduate curriculum is comprehensive, covering nuclear physics, reactor physics, thermohydraulics, materials, and environmental issues. Two required laboratory classes make extensive use of our TRIGA reactor. These majors generally end up working at a reactor owner, operator or vendor. As part of our undergraduate program in nuclear engineering, we have a radiation sciences track that emphasizes the non-electric applications of nuclear energy. The program focuses on nuclear engineering fundamentals, with emphasis on ionizing radiation. These students often go on to further study in health or medical physics. Related links: NRC Education Corner, 1 Nuclear Place.

 

Engineering physics
BS in Engineering Physics

 

Our undergraduate degree in engineering physics is a research-oriented degree for top students ultimately interested in attending graduate school. You must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and junior standing to be eligible for admission. Students in the program choose a focus area that influences course requirements and research topic areas. The degree program offers three focus areas: nanoengineering, plasma science and engineering, and scientific computation.