Engineering at WVU
"What do engineers do?"
Not sure which type of engineer you want to be? Don't worry because during your freshman year, you'll have opportunities to explore all 12 of our ABET accredited majors in our seven different departments through an Orientation to Engineering course, out-of-class experiences, and department visitations.
As a student in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, you'll gain hands-on experience in engineering design and develop a strong background in math, science, and communication. You'll be taught by experienced professors and, through our open door policy, you'll have opportunities to receive the guidance you'll need to succeed in throughout your college career and beyond.
Our academic support program will provide you with the guidance and support you need to succeed in your first year of college and beyond. The Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center provides students with free tutoring and review sessions for math, science, chemistry, and engineering courses. Students from our College are also welcome to attend study sessions at the Math, Chemistry,Statistic, and English Learning Centers on the downtown campus. Or, if you live in Towers, you can attend free study sessions held in your residential complex.
During your freshman and sophomore years, you might find yourself designing mechanical equipment in our computer-aided design lab, pushing materials like concrete and steel to their limits in our dynamics and strength lab,or constructing a working scale model of an elevator in our mechatronics lab.
After moving into your major, you might find yourself conducting aerodynamics research in our closed-loop wind tunnel, improving systems designed to collect physiological and behavioral signatures (e.g., fingerprints, voice patters, gait) in our biometric systems labs, or working with sensitive electronic equipment or biological agents in one of our clean rooms.
And it doesn't end there. In the coming years, our College will expand to include an Advanced Engineering Research building which will add 75,000 net square feet for labs and classrooms.
Becoming an engineer requires hard work and dedication, but that doesn't mean you'll be spending all of your time in the classroom. As a student, you'll have the chance to join one (or more) of WVU's 300 student organizations, including 30+ engineering specific organizations. Getting involved is a great way to expand your personal and professional networks, give back to the community, gain professional experience, all while having fun.
Want to build your resume before graduation? Our Career Assistance and Corporate Relations Program can help you get placed in an internship or co-op where you'll gain industry experience. Or, if you're interested in expanding your international experience, you can travel to one of more than 60 countries while working towards your degree through WVU's Study Abroad Program.