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Fields of Study

Applied Mathematics

The applied mathematics offers options in computer science, engineering, biomathematics, business and education. These choices provide a designated field of application for students while preserving the degree’s foundation in mathematic principles. This option is ideal for those who hope to attend graduate school or work in business or industry.

Biochemistry

The program in biochemistry features courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing, humanities and biology while requiring interactive laboratory experience and a senior research project. These degrees prepare students for careers in health-related disciplines.

Biogeosciences

This degree is an interdisciplinary program that draws from standard curriculum in the departments of Biological Science and Geosciences. Students are exposed to the hard sciences, mathematics and statistics while incorporating the core fundamentals of biology and geosciences with earth systems science. Graduates of this degree program find careers in many areas such as environmental biogeosciences or environmental forensics and also pursue graduate school.
See the Department of Biological Science or the Department of Geosciences.

Biological Sciences

These degrees are intended for students interested in learning the basic principles of biological science as well as how general science fundamentals apply to the area of biology. Students are required to complete more liberal arts and humanities courses compared to those who major in a bachelor of science in biology. This area of study is designed for those interested in studying biology with a foundational science and mathematic curriculum. Students pursue careers in research or laboratory operations and also attend graduate school. A pre-med option is available to students who aspire to earn a bachelor of science degree in biology and ultimately apply to medical, dentistry or veterinary school (see Pre-Med below).

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering programs are designed for those who want to ultimately work in the environmental, petroleum, petrochemicals, natural gas and biotechnical fields; or to pursue graduate work. Our students have the flexibility to specialize their degree plans with options in business, materials, pre-med, environmental engineering and petroleum refining. Students who decide to pursue another degree option within the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences can diversify their education with a minor in chemical engineering.

Chemistry

Degree programs are available for students who wish to develop a broad background in chemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education. The bachelor of science degree option consists of chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing and humanities courses that serve as the groundwork for graduate or advanced professional study. TU’s curriculum is the basis for graduate or further professional study, and strategic selection of electives certifies the degree by the American Chemical Society. This option can be tailored to students’ interests in environmental, advanced materials, applied, health and traditional chemistry.

Computer Engineering

An interdisciplinary graduate program in computer engineering is offered through a partnership of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Tandy School of Computer Science. After completion of core doctorate credits, students are allowed to pursue research and course work that emphasizes either the computer science or electrical engineering aspect of this joint degree. Alumni serve as faculty in academia and also enjoy successful careers in industry and government.

Computer Science

This undergraduate degree combines a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences with core computer science courses. Graduates of this program design new approaches to computing technology while studying, testing and analyzing software systems that drive today’s computing experience. Students who have a strong mathematics background or aptitude generally choose this degree option. Non-majors are welcome to minor in computer science, which prepares students for graduate programs focused on computer modeling and simulation of technical and natural systems. These students work in the advanced fields of technical research and development and use computer simulation for scientific engineering and business operations.

Computer Simulation & Gaming

These degree programs feature design components used in the country’s top 10 simulation and gaming degree programs. The option includes a core computer science focus and set of professional courses aimed at exposing students to other academic areas relevant to simulation and game development. The computer simulation and gaming industry is growing rapidly. In the Tulsa area alone, there are three game companies and nine others that develop simulation technology for commercial and military entities.

Earth and Environmental Science

Programs that are broadly based and offer significant flexibility for students interested in the earth sciences but who do not necessarily want to work in the petroleum or energy-related industries. Students are provided a strong background in the sciences and technology while enjoying the flexibility and curriculum of a liberal arts education. With strategic selection of elective courses, this undergraduate degree can provide the background necessary for entry into graduate-level studies in law, geology, environmental science, environmental policy, meteorology and business.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degrees in electrical and computer engineering prepare students for careers in the design, development and application of computer technology in industrial, commercial and military markets. Our curriculum teaches students the skills required to become experts in computer hardware and software to repair and manage electrical, automotive and computer systems.

Electrical Engineering

In a world dependent on electricity and electrical devices, electrical engineers are relied upon to improve our quality of life. The electrical engineering programs offer students an education in designing and managing electrical equipment such as motors, radars and power generators. Our graduates are skilled technicians in electronic equipment such as broadcast and communications systems.

Engineering Physics

These degrees are designed to prepare engineering physicists for careers in the fast-paced, evolving world of technology or in areas that overlap the traditional boundaries between engineering disciplines. The degree’s curriculum differs from other engineering courses of study in that additional mathematics and physics courses are substituted for select upper level courses. These students obtain physics or engineering positions immediately after graduation or pursue graduate studies in a physics or engineering discipline.

Geology

Much like a degree in earth and environmental science, this geology option targets students who are seeking a broader, liberal arts-based education. These students are interested in applying geological sciences in non-technical careers such as scientific writing, business, and elementary or secondary teaching.

Geophysics

The bachelor’s option in geophysics applies the fundamentals of the physics discipline to the study of Earth’s material and organic systems. Geophysicists seek to better understand these natural functions and use physics principles to improve our quality of life and the environment. These scientists often work in the areas of volcanology, ecology, seismology, geographic mapping, and oil and gas exploration and recovery.
See the Department of Geosciences or the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics.

Geosciences

The geosciences degree is to prepare students for careers in the study of Earth’s physical characteristics including composition, structure and processes. This undergraduate degree trains students to work as geoscientists at organizations, corporations and government entities. Many geoscientists are employed in the mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction industries where fieldwork is prominent. An option in Environmental Science trains students to work as geoscientists at organizations, corporations and government entities. We equip our students with the skills and knowledge needed to investigate the Earth’s components while considering environmental factors. This option focuses on the responsible monitoring and remediation processes of actions that impact the Earth.

Information Technology

The information technology program offers students a strong foundation in computer science together with supporting subjects selected from professional business courses. A degree in Information Technology provides students with a solid foundation in computer science and emphasizes supporting study in business, economics, and statistics courses. Graduates of this program should be well prepared to pursue graduate study or industrial and business careers.

Mathematics

This bachelor of arts option exposes students to the basic knowledge of mathematics while providing an appreciation for the liberal arts. The degree is ideal for students interested in teaching or working in a non-technical area of mathematics.The bachelor of science degree in mathematics prepares students to use advanced mathematics in the development of mathematical principles, data analysis and problem solving. Non-major students interested in gaining a basic understanding of the mathematics discipline are encouraged to pursue a minor. They must complete Calculus I and II together along with a minimum of 15 credit hours beyond Calculus II.

Mechanical Engineering

The bachelor of science degree prepares students for careers in design and fabrication of mechanical and thermal equipment such as tools, engines and machines. From elevators and escalators to electric generators and air conditioning systems, students learn how to develop and repair the many mechanical and material-handling systems used in today’s manufacturing, engineering, research and development and government platforms.

Petroleum Engineering

The undergraduate option in petroleum engineering prepares students for careers in the extraction of oil and gas from below the Earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers design equipment to harvest oil and gas, develop ways to increase well production and manage those wells and drilling sites. Alumni oversee the installation, operation and maintenance of oil field equipment and conduct well testing and surveys for optimal production.

Physics

This degree offers students a strong foundation in physics and mathematics in preparation for technical or scientific careers. Graduates are qualified to work as physicists and may also pursue a physics graduate degree. This undergraduate option includes the fundamentals of physics while retaining the flexibility to engage in a broad offering of arts and sciences courses. Non-majors interested in learning more about the physics discipline and its career opportunities are encouraged to earn a minor in physics.

Pre-Med

This program includes dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, optometry, and veterinary. Preprofessional (premed, predental, pre-optometry, etc.) advising at TU is housed in the Office of the Dean in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences no matter what the student’s major. A biology premed will automatically be assigned an advisor. Medical schools are not concerned about choice of major as long as a student has the prerequisite courses.  Most premeds are biology or biochemistry majors, but other common majors include chemical engineering, psychology, and English.