Watson School Undergraduate Programs

Be a driving force behind innovation

As an engineer or computer scientist, your world will open to a vast array of challenging and rewarding career possibilities that touch nearly every aspect of life. Moreover, your future in two of the fastest-growing fields will put you in the company of some of the highest paid professionals today.

Explore engineering in the common first-year program

Freshman year, you'll investigate and discover the various engineering fields available to you through the Engineering Design Division. You'll experience hands-on design and development from the very start, combining computer graphics and communications in such projects as self-lacing shoes or turn-signal clothing built using Arduinio, an open-source prototyping platform.

After you declare a major at the end of your freshman year, you'll enroll in department-specific courses in bioengineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering or mechanical engineering.

Computer Science

Start taking CS courses your first semester and specialize in areas such as software systems, networking, operating systems, Web-based systems, graphics, robotics, microprocessor-based design and game design. The flexibility of the CS program also gives you the opportunity to minor in disciplines including the arts, business, math, music, languages or the sciences.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Watson School offers modern facilities including more than $7 million in new equipment and computer facilities. Our focus on hands-on preparation will teach you the fundamentals of engineering and computer science and the application of those principles to solve real-world problems.

When you graduate, you'll be prepared for advanced study or employment in a wide variety of careers, from employment in industrial firms to small businesses and financial institutions.

Summer internships

Employment in industry and government agencies provides real-world exposure to emerging fields of technology and to the challenges you’ll face following graduation. Often, these positions lead to permanent employment.

Designing for life

These are the culminating experiences for Watson School engineering students. Typically, teams work with industrial sponsors and mentors on innovative solutions to engineering and computer science problems. More than just practice in design, these projects train you to learn and work cooperatively, and to communicate effectively

Minors in engineering

Two minors are also offered through the Engineering Design Division. The minor in general engineering is intended for students outside of engineering. The minor in sustainability engineering is designed for current engineering majors.

Visiting the campus

Personal interviews are not required for admission; if you wish to speak with an admissions counselor, you may phone the Admissions Office.

You are welcome to join group information sessions and student-guided tours of the campus held on most weekdays and selected Saturdays during the academic year.

These sessions cover general information about admission, academic and campus life, housing and the surrounding community. Please phone at least one week in advance to be sure a session will be scheduled for the day you choose to visit.

Special events

Each fall, the Admissions Office and individual Binghamton University schools host an Open House for all interested potential applicants and their families. Each spring, open houses are offered for all admitted freshmen and their families.

These events provide general campus information as well as focused sessions on the Watson School, with the opportunity to meet faculty and staff representing your intended major.

Last Updated: 1/15/14