Engineering at WGU
Are You Looking to Get an Engineering Degree?
Nearly everywhere you look, you can see engineering at work. From the bridges we drive on to the technology we use, many of today’s products and services involve some element of engineering. Because of this, jobs related to engineering are in high demand across almost every industry. Across the country, people have taken notice. In fact the number of engineering students in the U.S. increased by 63% between 2006 and 2015, to about 610,000 according to governmental figures. This trend continued in the last few years, with the latest figures reporting 681,848 students enrolled in engineering programs around the country.
While WGU doesn’t currently offer an engineering program, much of the knowledge and skills learned in other online bachelor’s degree programs can help prepare you for a full-time job in a similar profession. For example, both a software development and computer science bachelor's degree at WGU are great alternatives to a engineering degree program and can equip you with training and credentials that will help you succeed.
If you’re thinking about enrolling in one of the plethora of available engineering programs, whether in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or another similar program, or if you're interested in the field of engineering in general, this guide will explore your education and career options.
Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
If you have an interest in engineering programs but also enjoy technology and coding, an online bachelor degree in software engineering could be right up your alley. In this online program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in computer programming, software development, web development, and application development. Your coursework will teach you how to use specific programming languages and project management methods to design, code, and test techniques used in software development.
Software engineers are the professionals behind the computer programs most of us use every day. They apply computer engineering concepts to design software that addresses a specific need. These technology professionals approach problems with sound logic to develop creative solutions.
In addition to preparing you for a career as a software engineer, this online bachelor program can help you build a future as a creator of cutting-edge technology and software. In fact, hardware engineers, network architects, and security analysts are just some of the jobs available to you with a software engineering degree.
WGU’s software engineering degree program provides a solid foundation in computer programming and application development, skills that are needed in many engineering-related roles. Some of the courses at WGU that can prepare you for a career in software engineering include:
- Data Structures and Algorithms I
- Advanced Data Management
- Data Management – Foundations
- Data Management – Applications
- Organizational Behavior and Leadership
- Introduction to IT
- IT Foundations
- IT Applications
- Scripting and Programming - Foundations
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Nearly every industry, especially engineering, relies on computer science experts to contribute to their technology needs. Additionally, many of the skills and knowledge you’ll get in an online program for computer science can be applied to a career in computer engineering or other engineering fields. Courses will help you develop and learn about architecture and systems, data structures, AI and robotics, algorithms, and computer theory. You’ll also study computer systems, design software, and solve problems using computing technologies.
The computer science program at WGU focuses heavily on mathematics and information systems-thinking components, which show up in the calculus, discrete math, data structures, computer architecture, and artificial intelligence courses. Some of the specific courses at WGU that can prepare you for an engineering-related career include:
- IT Leadership Foundations
- Business of IT - Project Management
- Business of IT – Applications
- Introduction to IT
- Web Development Foundations
- Scripting and Programming – Foundations
- Natural Science Lab
- Computer Architecture
- Data Structures and Algorithms I
- Data Structures and Algorithms II
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Plus, you don’t just graduate with your online bachelor’s degree in computer science. You’ll also get top industry certifications that are crucial to your computer science career success, and skills that you can build on if you want to pursue a computer engineering career.
Careers in Engineering
With a multitude of jobs open in almost every industry, and many crossovers between different types of engineering, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering, engineering students can explore a variety of career choices. Of course, some engineering jobs will require an engineering degree; however, a large number of tech-focused engineering roles are available to those with an IT degree, like the online degree programs offered at WGU.
Based on your skills and interests, an online bachelor degree in computer science or software development could be a better fit and give you a broader skill set to work with. To help you better understand your options, here are some jobs you can potentially land with an engineering degree or the degree programs mentioned above.
Why Choose WGU?
Why should you choose a WGU online computer science or software development degree over an engineering program somewhere else? For starters, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals by providing flexible online degree programs that fit your lifestyle. But that’s just the beginning. There are several more reasons WGU’s online degree programs are a great fit for students:
It’s affordable. - Tuition is charged per six-month term—not per credit hour—which means you can complete more courses in one term without paying more money.
It’s at your pace. - Competency-based education means you can use your knowledge to your advantage. Move through courses at your own pace to accelerate your online program and graduate faster.
It’s accessible. - We offer scholarships and financial aid to help with our already-affordable tuition, making college education accessible for even more students.
It’s career-focused. - The coursework in our online programs is directly applicable to your career and provides you with a portfolio of relevant work before you even graduate, which can make you even more marketable to future employers.