Education Spotlight: Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Omaha


UNO, one of the largest universities in Nebraska, has made our spotlights on the blog before for their outstanding “alternative education,” (for lack of a better term). Adult learners, transfer students, and members of the military transitioning to UNO are all welcomed and accounted for in wonderful ways. However, today we wanted to chat about something that the University of Nebraska-Omaha is renowned for, not just in Nebraska, but across the country: Their amazing engineering program.

They’ve won accolades, competitions, and more. For aspiring engineers, “The College of Engineering enthusiastically embraces its unique role as the singular intellectual and cultural resource for engineering instruction, research, and outreach within the state. It provides the people of Nebraska with comprehensive engineering academic programs to fulfill their highest aspirations and ambitions.” The program is offered on both the Lincoln and Omaha campuses, and there are six degree programs offered on the Omaha campus.

The program doesn’t exist in a bubble, by any means. The degree requires broad education in the physical sciences, social sciences, mathematics, information sciences, and humanities. For those potentially interested in this degree, they will be pleased to know that the Omaha-World herald recently reported that degrees in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related disciplines,) have been surprised by their starting salaries: Engineering majors who expected their starting salaries to be about $56,000 discovered the average starting salary was closer to $65,000, a not entirely unpleasant surprise. If you want to learn more about what an engineering degree entails or what kind of careers a B.A in engineering provides you with a foundation with, you can read our earlier blog post, Engineering 101.

In Omaha, students can complete a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, and electronics engineering. These five fields don’t include the first-and-second-year coursework available in Omaha for agricultural, biological systems, electrical, and mechanical engineering that students can then finish up on the Lincoln campus. The program is also very open to qualified engineering students who have attended a two-year community college transfer program in engineering, meaning that students who have taken advantage of some of the outstanding community college programs in Nebraska can work with advisors to transfer those credits.

The college aims to matriculate well-rounded students. For example, architectural engineers work primarily with the engineering design of buildings. They can specialize in either the design of building structural systems, building mechanical systems, and acoustics or building lighting and electrical systems. However, students are also required to take Public Speaking Fundamentals, Technical Writing, and Psychology, among other social sciences classes. To learn more about the requirements for architectural engineers, click here.

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