The programs offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering prepare students for careers in industry or for graduate study in engineering or related fields. The undergraduate curricula emphasize fundamentals and, in the fourth and fifth years, provide courses that allow students to specialize in their chosen fields of study. To help ready students for life in the larger community, a balance among humanistic-social subjects, the physical sciences and professional studies is maintained.
The career orientation of all programs recognizes the changes in technology and engineering and works to establish in all students an appreciation and desire for lifelong learning. The faculty pride themselves on having integrated engineering practice into the academic program. The overall program incorporates classroom and laboratory instruction, engineering research projects and special student projects to prepare students for their industrial work assignments or for advanced study in graduate school.