Online undergraduate engineering degrees

July 30, 2018 · 6 min read · By ASU Online
In 2016, over 1.6 million professionals were employed as engineers in the U.S., and that number will only continue to increase through 2026 as almost 140,000 new jobs are projected to be created, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry includes fields as diverse as electrical or software engineering, information technology and more to suit a variety of interests. Furthermore, the median wage for engineers in 2016 was $91,010—more than twice the median for all U.S. occupations.

As the engineering industry continues to grow and develop more specializations, skilled professionals are needed to fill these roles. If you’re interested in becoming an engineer, pursuing higher education is typically the first step needed to qualify for an entry-level position. Arizona State University offers a suite of online undergraduate engineering degrees worth exploring. Students can graduate from these programs prepared to enter multiple engineering fields in a technical or managerial capacity.


Electrical engineering (BSE)

The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Engineering in electrical engineering degree can prepare students for a wide variety of careers in this field. This foundational program can help students gain the knowledge necessary to enter fields as diverse as computer programming, energy production, health care technology, data networking, sustainable development and more.

Offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the online electrical engineering BSE incorporates labs designed to teach students practical hardware and industry-standard or innovative design. It uses online simulation tools to help students develop the skills necessary for entry-level engineering positions. Students may also take specialty courses focused on areas such as electromagnetic fields, communications networks, energy systems and others.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Digital design.
  • Calculus for engineers.
  • Electricity and magnetism.
  • Principles of C++.

Possible careers include:

  • Aerospace engineer.
  • Nuclear engineer.
  • Computer hardware engineer.
  • Solar energy systems engineer.
Engineers working through equations on a board.
Two engineering students in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering complete equations on a transparent whiteboard. 

Engineering management (BSE)

Students who aspire to a managerial position in the field of engineering should consider the ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Engineering Management degree. This program combines engineering fundamentals with managerial insights to help students prepare for future leadership roles.

The online Engineering Management BSE program, part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, is designed for individuals interested in studying engineering and business. The coursework includes elements of both, through bridges with the W.P. Carey School of Business, helping students understand traditional business practices and organizational behavior alongside engineering science and design. Graduates can emerge prepared for a wide range of careers in engineering and management.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Lean Six Sigma methodology.
  • Statistics and probability.
  • Project management.
  • Risk management.

Possible careers include:

  • Construction manager.
  • Wind energy project manager.
  • Environmental engineer.
  • Information technology manager.


Graphic information technology (BS)

Graphics are an effective way to communicate complex information, and being able to execute a creative, technical and managerial approach to content development is a valuable skill in our increasingly technological world. The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Graphic Information Technology program covers diverse applications for the creation and distribution of graphic assets. The coursework is designed to teach students how to produce content—including computer illustrations, web development, digital publishing and interactive technologies—for a variety of channels.

The ASU Online cross-media approach to graphic information can help students develop skills applicable to numerous fields such as commerce, education, industry and government.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Digital illustration.
  • Web design and development.
  • Commercial photography.
  • Digital video.
  • Video game art.
  • Copyright and intellectual property law.

Possible careers include:

  • Art director.
  • Film editor.
  • Graphic designer.
  • Animator.
  • User experience designer.
  • Advertising executive.


Information technology (BS)

As businesses shift to relying primarily on digital infrastructure, they need technicians with a comprehensive understanding of computer systems. The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program can prepare students to fill this demand by helping them learn the expertise needed to design, select, implement and administer computer solutions. Students will create a project-based solution in a primary focus area of their choice—either networking and security, enterprise computing or information management.

Graduates can emerge from the program with the ability to evaluate network security, design interactive information management solutions, create network architectures in cyber secure environments, configure complex database systems and other vital skills.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Java technology.
  • Object-oriented programming.
  • Information modeling, storage and retrieval.
  • Internet networking.
  • Computer system security.
  • Wireless networking.

Possible careers include:

  • Computer systems analyst.
  • Computer network analyst.
  • Database administrator.
  • Information security analyst.

Internet and web development (Applied Science BAS)

With businesses focused on providing unified multichannel experiences for their customers, professionals with a comprehensive understanding of web development are needed more than ever. The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in internet and web development can give students the foundational knowledge and skills to develop consistent cross-media and cross-platform user interactions. Students must have an Associate of Arts degree in graphic design, graphic arts, fine arts or a technical discipline with related work experience to begin this BAS program.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Image editing.
  • Digital workflow.
  • Multimedia production.
  • E-commerce strategies.

Possible careers include:

  • Web developer.
  • Website consultant.
  • Graphic designer.
  • User experience designer.


Operations management (Applied Science BAS)

Offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the ASU Online Bachelor of Applied Science in operations management is designed for students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science in business or management from a regionally accredited institution. This program helps students build upon their associate program experience to learn about leadership, management, communications and critical thinking in depth. Students can graduate with proficiencies in organizational skills and resource development to successfully move into a managerial position.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Systems innovation.
  • Quality assurance.
  • Enterprise planning.
  • Occupational safety and ergonomics.

Possible careers include:

  • Operations research analyst.
  • Regulatory affairs manager.
  • Human resources manager.
  • Business analyst.


Software engineering (BS)

The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in software engineering takes a unique, project-driven approach to educate students in engineering, computing, project leadership and software construction. Students are assigned projects every semester, teaching them both fundamental software engineering concepts and professional skills like teamwork, communication, professionalism and critical thinking. Upon graduation, students may pursue work in the following areas:

  • Video game creation.
  • Web applications.
  • Embedded systems.
  • Distributed applications.
  • Data, network, security or computer system administration.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Computer systems.
  • Modern differential equations.
  • Database management.
  • Operating systems and networks.

Possible careers include:

  • Software developer.
  • IT manager.
  • Web developer.
  • Software engineer.
  • Computer programmers.


Technological entrepreneurship and management (BS)

The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in technological entrepreneurship and management combines a technology education with business fundamentals. Focused on process innovation and project management, students explore leadership and entrepreneurial skills alongside high-tech.

Students in this degree program can learn how to start, build, finance and operate their own tech-based company, whether for-profit or nonprofit. They will work both on individual projects and as part of various teams in a virtual environment. Throughout the program, they may work on projects relating to consumer behavior, process innovation, management and entrepreneurship, project development and more, helping them gain the skills necessary to successfully start and manage a business.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • International economics.
  • Global supply chain management.
  • Enterprise operations.
  • Negotiations.

Possible careers include:

  • Business analyst.
  • Market research analyst.
  • Social services director.
  • Cost estimator.

Earning an online undergraduate engineering degree with ASU

The engineering industry is constantly evolving and in need of qualified professionals who have a thorough understanding of the discipline. Students can complete online engineering degree programs from ASU to gain the skills and expertise necessary to succeed in today’s market. Potential students who want to learn more should explore the various undergraduate engineering degrees by visiting the specific program pages to request additional information.

Program details are subject to change. Current information can be found by visiting individual program pages on the ASU Online website.


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Engineer working on software project from laptop.
A student in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering completes a software project on her laptop. 


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