Engineering

Students interested in the engineering profession have a number of resources on campus to learn and explore about the field.    

Engineering is the application of science and math to solve problems. Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. Scientists and inventors often get the credit for innovations that advance the human condition, but it is engineers who are instrumental in making those innovations available to the world. (livescience.com)

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Engineering Departments/Majors/Programs

Here are the areas that UC San Diego offers for engineering:

  • Bioengineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Nano-engineering
  • Structural and Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

Get involved with student-run organizations

To see a full list please go to the Student Organization Page.

  • Academic Connection of Engineers
  • BioEngineering
  • IEEE
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers

Explore the Profession

Discover whether an engineering career matches your interests, skills and abilities and meets your lifestyle expectations:
  • Explore your field of interest through relevant classes, majors & minors at UCSD
  • Talk to faculty and graduate students in your field
  • Pursue Research Opportunities on or off campus
  • Get a relevant Job or Internship
  • Consider doing a Computer Science, Environmental Studies, or other relevant minor
  • Investigate Engineering Internships or an Academic Internship
  • Join Student Organizations or Professional Associations in your field
  • Get advice from UCSD alumni who are in the engineering field

Prepare and Get Experience

Get Experience

To confirm your interest in a field, to develop the skills and knowledge needed for graduate study, and to prove your abilities to graduate schools, you’ll need to prepare academically and obtain relevant practical experience.

  • Explore your field of interest through relevant classes, majors & minors at UCSD
  • Talk to faculty and graduate students in your field
  • Investigate – Is a Ph.D. Right For You?
  • Pursue Research Opportunities on or off campus
  • Get a relevant Job or Internship
  • Consider doing a Environmental Studies, or other relevant minor
  • Investigate Engineering Internships or an Academic Internship
  • Join Student Organizations or Professional Associations in your field


Engineering Companies that UC San Diego works with

Here are some Engineering companies that UC San Diego works with:

  • Medtronic
  • CALTRANS
  • Turner Construction
  • KPFF Consulting
  • Northrop Grummon
  • Chevron

Engineering Positions

Here are some positions that can give you an idea the types of careers:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Test Engineer

Apply to Graduate Engineering Programs

Before applying to graduate school, you want to consider whether graduate school is right for you.  You want to ask yourself if you actually need a graduate degree to do your ideal job.  To explore that, try looking at some job descriptions of the types of positions you want and see what they are asking for in an applicant.  Once you've determine if graduate school is necessary then you want to select and apply to the program that best fits your professional goals.

Researching programs

Application Process

Paying for graduate school

Additional Resources

Alumni can provide an important role in your career development:

  • Use the Alumni Advisor Network for professional development, questions, and as a resource
  • LinkedIn can serve as a great tool to help in your journey.  There you can find alumni in many different companies.

For additional help, come into the Career Services Center or schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor via Port Triton. Learn more about your Career Advisors and their specializations at the staff directory page.