Which Alabama Universities Offer Engineering Degrees?

Learn about engineering majors offered in Alabama universities. Read about tuition, career requirements and salary expectations for Alabama engineers. Schools offering Computer Engineering degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Your engineering career could begin with earning a bachelor's degree in your preferred discipline. These degree programs typically require four years of study, and you'll take general education courses along with your engineering training. Studying in an ABET-accredited program better prepares you for employment in a position working with the public.


Engineering Bachelor's Degree Programs Offered in Alabama Universities

Alabama A&M University

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, general electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, microelectronics
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: In-state students pay $6,828 per year, out-of-state students pay $12,156 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: GPA minimum 2.0 and ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 1290
  • School Type: 4-year, public; student population almost 5,000
  • Address: 4900 Meridian Street, Normal, AL 35762
  • Phone: 256-372-5560

Along with the courses required to earn an undergraduate engineering degree, this school also offers you a variety of summer outreach and research programs you can participate in, which are sponsored by entities such as NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). There is also a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the NSF that allows you to work in areas such as carbon nanotubes and thermoelectrics. The school also houses research facilities, including the Reconfigurable Computational Lab, which is sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency.

Auburn University

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Aerospace engineering, biosystems engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer and fiber engineering, software engineering,
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: In-state students pay $8,698 per year, out-of-state students pay $23,272 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: SAT or ACT results
  • School Type: 4-year, public; undergraduate population over 20,200
  • Address: Auburn University, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, 1210 Shelby Center, Auburn, AL 36849
  • Phone: 334-844-4310

This school offers you opportunities to take part in hands-on work during your undergraduate engineering studies. You can participate in co-op programs, internships and study abroad programs. Although traditionally students complete the program in 4 years, you can make arrangements to lighten your course load and take as long as 9 semesters to finish. If you find yourself in need of a break from a strenuous engineering program, the school also offers a Birdsong Scholarship to engineering students, which allows them to study abroad in any subject that isn't engineering.

Tuskegee University

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Aerospace science engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: $17,870 per year (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: SAT score of 900 or ACT score of 21
  • School Type: 4-year, private, not-for-profit; undergrad student population almost 2,500
  • Address: College of Engineering, Luther H. Foster Hall, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088
  • Phone: 334-727-8355

As the home of the Tuskegee Airmen, it should come as no surprise that this university has an active aerospace engineering department. Research facilities include a flight vehicle design lab, a propulsion lab and a process control and unit operations lab. Other projects you'll have the opportunity to work with include multiphase functional nanomaterials, nanotechnology for robotics and alternative energy sources. You can also study how engineering affects other engineering students through pursuits such as the Exposure of Engineering Students to Nuclear Engineering project.

University of Alabama

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, construction engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: In-state students pay $8,600 per year, out-of-state students pay $21,900 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: You must include the writing section in your SAT or ACT
  • School Type: 4-year, public; undergraduate population almost 25,000
  • Address: UA College of Engineering, Box 870200, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
  • Phone: 205-348-0467

This College of Engineering encourages undergraduates to take part in research opportunities, working side-by-side with other engineers on faculty-guided projects. The school also participates in the REU program. Research facilities at this school include the Center for Advanced Public Safety, the Center for Materials for Information Technologies and the Environmental Institute. Another benefit to this school is that within the electronic engineering program, you can incorporate an option in computer engineering.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: In-state students pay $6,264 per year, out-of-state students pay $14,256 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: SAT score of 950 or ACT score of 20
  • School Type: 4-year, public; undergrad student population over 11,000
  • Address: UAB School of Engineering, Hoehn Engineering Building, 1075 13th Street South, Suite 101, Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Phone: 205-934-8410

This university is home to the only accredited biomedical engineering program in the state of Alabama. Some of the work in that department includes studies or research in tissue engineering, implant biomechanics and regenerative medicine. Other research projects at this university include studies in nanotechnology, new materials design and analysis of engineering phenomena. You also have the opportunity to participate in the Engineers Without Borders Study Away program.

University of South Alabama

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Disciplines: Chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Tuition: In-state students pay $6,204 per year, out-of-state students pay $12,108 (2011-2012)
  • Prerequisites: SAT 940/ACT 20 with GPA 2.0 or SAT 900/ACT 19 with GPA 2.5
  • School Type: 4-year, public; undergrad student population nearly 11,700
  • Address: Office of the Dean, 150 Jaguar Drive, Shelby Hall, Rm 2114, Mobile, AL 36688
  • Phone: 251-460-6140

Once you've completed 2-3 semesters at this school, you can apply for acceptance into an internship or co-op program that will allow you to gain engineering experience and possibly income as well. You must demonstrate at least a 2.3 GPA to participate in these programs. The co-op program allows you to extend your program completion time to 5 years in order to accommodate 2 semesters of full-time work.


Alabama Engineer Career and Education Information

Licensing and Education

The state of Alabama requires anyone who works as an engineer to have a Professional Engineer's license (PE). There are 3 requirements you'll need to meet to qualify to take this exam. You must have at least a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, pass the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam and have at least 4 years of experience documented by someone who has a PE license. There are a few exceptions to meeting these requirements, but you'll generally need to have extra years of experience or a current license from another state instead, and Alabama doesn't accept engineering technology degrees to fulfill education qualifications.

Salary Prospects and Job Outlook

Because each engineering discipline is affected by demand in relationship to location, there are no statistics available for engineers in general. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does provide information on the annual mean wages earned by various types of engineers working in Alabama in May 2011, and national job outlook predictions for various engineer disciplines between the years 2010 and 2020.

For example, according to the BLS, aerospace engineers in Alabama earned an annual mean wage of over $116,000. The national job outlook for this discipline showed only a 5% increase, but Alabama was also noted as having the third highest concentration of aerospace engineers in the U.S. as of May 2011. Environmental engineers were predicted to see a national increase of 22% and earned an annual mean wage of about $75,000 in Alabama. Materials engineers were shown to have earned almost $90,000 in Alabama but only had a job opportunity increase of 9% nationally during the 2010-2020 decade.

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