After starting the general Engineering program together, students will select one of three concentration areas for the second half of the curriculum. These three areas listed below have been built upon existing strengths at USF in the departments of Physics, Computer Science, Environmental Science and Architecture & Community Design. Students will receive information and exposure to each of these, and other, areas of engineering well in advance of making the decision. It will also be possible to take courses from the other concentration areas even after declaring one.
Design of systems and products that protect human and ecosystem health and that ensure sustainable development at both regional and global scales. Focus will be on water resources, including improving access to clean water, identifying and mitigating microbial and chemical pollution in water, and promoting strategies for water treatment and reuse.
Sustainable Civil Engineering
Formerly called "Sustainable Built Environments Engineering", the focus is on techniques and solutions that improve the built environment, including social justice as a measure of effective design. This concentration will encompass a range of civil engineering elements from individual building materials to the components of urban infrastructural systems — all of which can be designed to contribute to a sustainable built environment.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Design various types of electrical equipment, including computer hardware, sensors, biomedical instrumentation, and control systems – every kind of device imaginable. Emphasis will be placed on devices used to improve people’s lives across the globe, such as low-cost medical diagnostics and alternative energy strategies.