ENGINEERING EXPLORATORY PROGRAM
Do you wonder what the engineers in each field actually do? Are you trying to decide between two majors? Are you less than 100 percent sure about your major choice? Are you trying to determine if engineering or computer science is right for you?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Engineering Exploratory program is a great option for you. As a first-year student, you can learn more about each of the disciplines within the College of Engineering – civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, computer science, and engineering education – through coursework, field trips, networking and other special opportunities.
Over the course of the year, each discipline will become real to you. You’ll study each subject, engage in hands-on projects, meet and question professionals in the field, and learn about different industries and career options.
Every step of the way, your professors will guide you. They will help you figure out your strengths and interests. They will show you possibilities in engineering and computer science that you didn’t know existed.
At the end of your first year, you’ll be ready to make an informed decision on your major. You’ll feel confident and excited about your choice. And best of all, you’ll still be on track for graduation. We designed our Engineering Exploratory program so that every course counts toward graduation – no matter what major you end up choosing.
- Take courses that expose you to the six majors offered by ONU’s College of Engineering
- Go on field trips to experience different industries and see engineers in action
- Network with engineers and computer scientists, hear their stories, ask questions
- Receive guidance from professors and advisors who take the time to get to know you personally
- Engage in hands-on projects in the various engineering disciplines
- Join student clubs and competition teams to connect with fellow students and explore your interest
What makes the College of Engineering so special to me is the support group I have with professors and fellow students. I don’t think you could find this at any other university. This support helped me select the best major for me. It keeps me motivated and working hard each semester.
Jackson Spencer, a junior computer science major from Natrona Heights, PA chose ONU because of the outstanding academic reputation of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering. When he arrived on campus, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to major in electrical engineering or computer science. Ultimately, he figured out that computer science fit his learning style and personality. ONU’s supportive environment led to this discovery, he says. Today, he’s a resident assistant, an IT student technician, and a member of the Dean’s Team, the Joint Engineering Council and Club Rugby.
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