Our mission is to provide a modern, high-quality educational experience for all students in order to graduate engineers and scientists who are technically competent, creative, literate, ethically informed, and socially aware. When a river is polluted, who cleans it up? Who creates the trajectories that get a spaceship into space - and back to earth? And who refines petroleum into consumer products such as oil, gasoline, and plastics? The answer, of course, is engineers and scientists, the men and women who expand our base of knowledge - and find solutions to our problems. The curriculum in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences at The University of Tulsa encourages the development of problem-solving skills that require imagination and ingenuity.
A distinguishing characteristic of the academic program in our college is the small student-teacher ratio of eleven-to-one. This ensures that all classes are offered as needed and are taught by faculty, not by graduate students, as occurs at larger institutions. This favorable student-teacher ratio also means that class sizes are small, that individual student instructional needs are recognized and addressed, and that meaningful research participation with professors becomes an integral component of the overall learning experience.
A World of Options
As a student in the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences, you will take supporting courses from most of the nine departments within the college, allowing you to examine different areas of study, become acquainted with professors and their research, and talk with industry professionals before deciding on a major.
The college has diversified programs in applied mathematics, biological science, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, geosciences, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering.
Undergraduates are often involved in the most intriguing research, ranging from modeling the flight path of a volleyball to analyzing hair to detect the presence of heavy metals in drinking water.
As an undergraduate, possibly as early as your freshman year, you will get the chance to participate in sophisticated research projects - hands-on, participatory learning experiences - that will stand out on your resume. Thus, you will have access to the same equipment that our faculty and graduate students rely on to conduct their research. And you will be guided by dedicated faculty members who bring added prestige to the college through both their research and their presence on national committees. The college conducts research that is vital to the energy industry, and the Center for Environmental Research and Technology addresses society's concern for the quality of life and protection of the environment.
From the moment you arrive at our college, you will have access to state-of-the-art color graphics UNIX workstations, a benefit that at some universities is typically reserved for graduate students. The workstations are used for class assignments and projects that can range from solving a challenging calculus problem to designing a micro-computer chip for an electrical engineering class. Also available, are more than 150 personal computers for general student use and access to the university-wide computer network and the Internet.
Students attend classes in Keplinger Hall, a $15-million facility equipped with labs for research in robotics, optics, polymers, nuclear physics, and more. It also houses lecture rooms, faculty offices, and study areas.
Our students graduate with a strong technical background - an interdisciplinary mix of engineering and science - that prepares them to go out into the world to confront problems and find solutions. The college is renowned for its energy-related disciplines, but we also are well known for the quality of all our departments, and we are developing new interdisciplinary programs in areas such as energy-related environmental engineering and science.