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Top Engineering Fields to Change the World

Being an engineer at Montana State University means solving some of the planet’s most pressing challenges. Discover how an engineering degree can lead to a rewarding career where you can make a difference.


Biomedical Engineering

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With a degree in biomedical engineering or biological engineering, you can make an impact on thousands or even millions of lives. People with these degrees often research new medical technology, developing things like artificial limbs or novel ways for diagnosing and treating diseases. These degrees can also be a first step toward medical school.

Learn how MSU engineer Stephanie McCalla is researching biosensors to diagnose diseases or how Anja Kunze’s brain cell research could one day lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.


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Imagine using data science to predict the outbreak of deadly diseases, developing technology for the integration of renewable energy, or launching a funding platform to democratize access to investment for small businesses. These are just a few of the possibilities with a degree in computer science or computer engineering.
Discover how Laura Stanley is developing augmented reality to help people with opioid addiction or how Brittany Terese Fasy is working on data tools that could be used for improved detection of cancer.

Environmental Engineering

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Picture climbing atop a glacier to study the effects of climate change, bringing clean drinking water to communities, or developing new methods for removing mining waste from the environment. Through MSU’s program in environmental engineering, you can take the first step toward improving the health of our planet.

Read how Adrienne Phillips is leading a team of researchers to study bacteria that may be able to plug oil and gas leaks, or how Christine Foreman's research is rasing awareness about the importance of microbes to climate change.

Renewable Energy and Biofuels

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What if more buildings utilized solar energy and geothermal power? What if the nation’s 250+ million vehicles were powered by electricity or fuel derived from plants? From civil engineering to computer science, MSU offers a swath of majors for those who want to revolutionize the way we use energy. Electrical engineering, chemical engineering and biological engineering are also excellent choices.

Learn how MSU researchers are exploring ways algae can be turned into biodiesel, a renewable, biodegradable fuel.



Engineering Scholarships

MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering has very supportive donors, which allows for the awarding of substantial amounts of scholarship money to students. In 2023 – 2024, the college will award nearly $1.4 million in scholarships. This is in addition to the millions available in general MSU scholarships.


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